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About NolaCaine

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    Spicy Crawfish
  • Birthday 11/24/1973

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    I enjoy eating, cooking, and shopping at grocery stores. I also, hike, bike, and walk a lot. At any one time, I am reading two or three books. I garden in good weather but forget to water...Diagnosed with food allergies at 40 (milk protein, nuts). EOE is aka Eosinophilic esophagitis AKA allergic oesophagitis, is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus that involves eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, narrowing the esophagus. Symptoms are swallowing difficulty, food impaction, and vomiting.
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    DC and Arlington

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  1. NolaCaine

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    I am very, very lucky that my kids both eat school lunch, so far. I did pack today and wonder if that peppa pig lunch box will return home. Odds are about 50/50
  2. NolaCaine

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    I half-assed breakfast this morning: hard boiled egg, peaches cut up, tater tots. Kids were done eating in about 5 minutes. Husband made fancy omelet yesterday morning; complaints, cajoling, breakfast took about 20 minutes. WHy?
  3. NolaCaine

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    Got schooled earlier this week on the situations for which carrots are appropriate (by 5 yr old). Raw, fine. In soup, fine. Not in any type of sauce, not even "yummy sauce" which is some basic teriyaki thing I get from Trader Joe's. Not steamed, not in a box, not with a fox.
  4. I went to a conference in Boston over the summer and this happened to me TWICE! I know BIO was in town and for one of the nights (of 3) I was on the dance-cards of various organizations. Seriously thought of just lying. In retrospect, why didn't I?
  5. NolaCaine

    Trader Joe's, 16 Area Locations

    TJ's has noodle soup in a cup (miso ramen, chicken ramen). It's great, I love noodles in cups generally so that endorsement isn't really impressive. What bothers me is that it is a ...construction project with the flavor packet and something else in little bags that one has to open, pour into cup, and not spill all over. Terrible.
  6. I have not been to a Vietnamese chain before, but now I have. I really enjoyed the bun bo hue, but thought husband's pho was too sweet. Rich broth combined with perfectly slurpy noodles made this particularly satisfying (or maybe it's because I have a hell of a cold right now). I am very curious how we got this franchise about a mile from Eden Center.
  7. Been meaning to put a link to this book, Gaijin, in this thread. It's not bad IMO but I"m no historian. https://www.amazon.com/Gaijin-American-Prisoner-Matt-Faulkner/dp/1423137353
  8. The hours are still weird, but less weird. Thursday-Sunday 11:30-8. Loved the cucumber salad and tonkotsu was absolutely amazing. Husband's hatcho miso was very good but delicate in a way that just couldn't compare with the macho tonkotsu. He finished his, I still had some noodles left, but no broth. Lunch for 2 with tea about $46.
  9. and to clarify my critique of Asiatique, I meant to say "cajun smelling sushi anyone?" I am thus, again reminded, that my remarkable wit does not translate well when I am forced to type.
  10. NolaCaine

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    Last night kids chowed down on my grandmother's beef barley soup recipe (which is conveniently located on the back of the Quaker barley box). What made this pot outstanding was that i used home-made broth. That home-made broth was from all the various meat things in the freezer that were just taking up space and were never going to be otherwise used...the broth itself was amazing. At the end, 8 yr old said to me "that was really good mom". He's not the eater so it meant a lot to me. Then he asked for a cooked potato for dessert, which I gave to him (why not?).
  11. NolaCaine

    Portland, ME

    I was going to weigh in but thought it off topic! Re claws. I love claws, except for the "finger" part which I give to my husband or 5 yr old (who will pretty much eat anything). I also like an "underdressed" lobster roll. By that I mean letting the lobster shine through on the white bread...nothing too fancy. Fun personal fact; I ate my first lobster at 23 and found it really bland after a lifetime of crawfish. My second was years later and I realized that fresh off the boat Maine lobster should not be compared to what's found in Connecticut.
  12. NolaCaine

    Give Octopuses Psychotropic Drugs and They Hug More

    tried to have a perfectly respectable science thread and it devolves into James Bond sex talk. Of course. 😉
  13. If you give typically solitary octopuses the drug MDMA, they, like people who've taken the party drug, act more social, Gizmodo reports. A pair of researchers noticed through a phylogenetic analysis that despite a separation of more than 500 million years of evolution and differences in brain organization, humans and octopuses have similar SLC6A4 genes. In addition, as the duo from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report in Current Biology this week, they found that the MDMA binding site in the serotonin transporter (SERT, encoded by SLC6A4) was conserved. They dosed a handful of octopuses with low levels of MDMA and watched to see whether they then chose to spend more time with a novel object, another octopus, or alone. They report that when octopuses were given MDMA, they were more likely to spend time with another octopus than when they were untreated. Additionally, paper co-author Gül Dölen from Hopkins tells Gizmodo that one animal, on a low dose, "looked like it was doing water ballet," and was interested in sounds and smells. "It's not just quantitatively more time, but qualitative," Dölen says at Quartz of the time the dosed octopus wanted to spend with the other. "They tended to hug the cage and put their mouth parts on the cage. This is very similar to how humans react to MDMA; they touch each other frequently."
  14. NolaCaine

    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    I just ate the remainder of my authentic red beans sans rice, some leftover non-authentic Indian beans, and some non-authentic shrimp stir fry...cleaning out the fridge for the weekend. Strangely satisfying that meal.
  15. Fast forward 2.5 years and I still like SER. Special Market Salad $14 The Best The Market Had to Offer: Amazing. I was supposed to share it with my husband, but think I ate more than half. Mushroom Appetizer: This was from the happy hour menu, $7, a more simple version of their main menu selection and I loved the texture and the flavor. Pasta con Txangurro $28 • Egg Pasta, Lump Crab, Sea Urchin, Shrimp Butter: I'll admit it, I took a bite. It was amazing. I have not eaten butter in a very, very long time and it was my last bite of the evening and I double drugged when I got home. (i have a rare type of food allergy; the sparse clinical research supports this tactic) Gambas al Ajillo (GF) $12 Shrimp, EVOO, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper: The only disappointment of the evening. I've eaten this particular dish at SER multiple times and this was the only time the shrimp were dried out. The rest was great and our bread was warm and toasty. By the glass, I had one red and one white and they were just right.