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  1. If you are buying wine in bulk 6 bottles or more you can have the winery ship it back to your home for you. Failing that I have seen a 2 bottle hand carry wine container which you can stuff into your luggage quite nicely. something like this looks pretty stable; http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HC6WSE/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00015COUS&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0HARM7BCDWDEEYMTEZ7P
  2. Its true, that what may seem distasteful or "ok" to you may seem great to others. Example: I had dinner at a semi famous portugese restaurant with one of my girlfriends the other day, neither of us having experienced much of this type of cuisine. While I found it quite pleasant but a bit pricey, she found it boring and didn't know "what" she was eating that was so amazing. Now they said it was slow cooked in its meats for so many hours to bring the taste out etc etc as was the description on the menu but in the end its really personal preference. And it seems for me the restaurants with the mo
  3. Yes, now you've got me all interested! If its something new and cool I'd really like to know about it. (photos maybe?
  4. Well it makes sense to sniff food. People sniff wine and such before they drink it so they can enjoy it more, so why not? Agreed its not for everyone... For me if I lift the top off of a steaming pot and all the delicious flavors waft up into the air visibly it does in fact tempt me to poke my nose into it
  5. i love watching the naan makers in the restaurants splat the uncooked stuff all over the oven walls and ceiling.. something I would never make at home.. dried scallops..coz they smell and you need a lot of sunlight! and you can just buy a huge pack pre dried for a pretty decent price
  6. I quickly learned that home cooking is actually very fun, when you have the time. the keyword being time, which we all seem to have less and less of.. even a master cook / home kitchen supermom will want to take a break and eat out once in a while..then those once in a whiles become more and more habitual, and soon enough everyone is at the cheese cake factory every wednesdays or something.
  7. The Cuisinart seems like a pretty good mixer from what I have read online. Of course, I am still waiting to get my hands on one of them
  8. I grew up in a mix of west and east cultures, most of the time my breakfast can revolve around eggs and toast, with some steam vegetable or congee. It is a bit weird seeing everything all fusioned up sometimes but I guess I am used to it by now. Makes for an interesting kitchen space though.
  9. Wow! Very informative...great to know about these details Thank you. I only knew from trying goats milk once somewhere in Mongolia..
  10. i was in san fransisco and there was this cheese commune place which served only one type of pizza throughout the whole day and it was packed full of people, and they had a band playing at lunch too! absolutely fabulous!
  11. Even in Chinese Shark Fin soup country , there are people lobbying for an end to serving sharks fin at restaurants, and the idea is getting more and more popular, I would say it is not some action taken against the Chinese people if we ourselves are also against it.
  12. I believe goats milk is a little bit thicker than cow's milk too, so the lactose intolerance aside, you may have to experiment with different amounts of milk inside your chowder mixture beforehand..
  13. This thread is great! I will post some of my food things from where I am in the world soon... For now all I have to share is a meal from a while ago (but it is quite fun!) Well, we have a yellow bowl with some chicken rice, on top having 2 beef balls and a japanese "wu zi" i don't know how to say it in English... then underneath a dash of spring onion Some soya sauce on the left and to keep your mouth from being dry, a corn and pork bone soup with bits of vermicelli on it.. o..and its a face too
  14. I am happy for subway, I really prefer eating the fresh and crunchy subs compared to the wet and soggy burgers at MCds!
  15. Here is the toaster we use at home right now.. its a Tefal, not as nice looking as some others ive seen, but the good thing is it has a little removable plastic cover on top which i really like! So far its about 1 year old and no problems, except maybe when we put in pieces of toast that are too thick and get stuck
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