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  1. porcupine

    Dover Sole

    answer also this [excerpt: "The geographical title “Dover” was tacked on to the true sole because the English town of Dover could supply more fish for London’s Billingsgate market than any other fishing village. But, despite its name, Dover sole is caught in other places. This flatfish ranges from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and is usually found in shallow waters."]
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    EMWTK: The Zone Theory Of Taste

    That's because they are masters of manipulation. Seriously, anyone interested in how opinions can be shaped should read this article. There's a lesson in there that goes far beyond stemware. Also, the conclusion might surprise you. Shattered Myths.
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    Independent Coffee Houses: The New Map

    My info was several days old; I'm sure what you posted is more current. Thanks.
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    Independent Coffee Houses: The New Map

    Little Beast uses Vigilante beans and made some nice espresso-based beverages the other day; however, I understand that business has not been good, so they are closing the cafe operation in about two weeks and going to restaurant-only status, offering three meals a day. What they'll do for coffee at that point, I don't know. I'm going to put it on the map for the time being.
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    Independent Coffee Houses: The New Map

    Can you write a little about their coffee program?
  6. I've been using a Scotch-Brite pad with Bon Ami on my All-Clad when required; I've had the pans for over 20 years. Absolutely no damage to them whatsoever. I expect that they will last the rest of my life. Sundae, you might be pleasantly surprised by the quality of browning; I wouldn't worry about burning. It happens sometimes, of course, but a good overnight soak followed by the above treatment has always worked.
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    Looking for recommendations for Milwaukee. Will be spending two nights there in November. Any must-try restaurants? Any interesting things to do for half a day? Grateful for any ideas.
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    Independent Coffee Houses: The New Map

    Updated map is here. jondagle is now an editor, so we should see more frequent updates. Please continue to post new finds, changes, etc. in this thread. Thanks.
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    Independent Coffee Houses: The New Map

    The short answer is yes. The longer answer is more complicated. Basically, I don't have time to keep on top of everything. There are so many places now that I don't feel compelled to visit every new one. Did you see that I changed the stars to pin colors? Also I've reverted the map to my original: Really Good Coffee, rather than Independent Houses. I'd be happy to have help, especially if there's a way to clone the map. Message me and we can discuss further.
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    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Smoky ratatouille with ricotta and saffron couscous. Tonight, tomato sandwiches on homemade sourdough, assuming the bread turns out okay; if it doesn't, tomato salad. Probably roasted corn on the cob, too. I love August.
  11. Interesting. “A retailer shall not: (a) Discriminate against cash as a form of payment for services purchased on the licensed premises; (b) Post signs on the licensed premises that cash payment is not accepted; (c) Charge different prices to customers depending on their payment method." article in PoPville The Guardian DC Councilmember David Grosso
  12. re: customer service; twice I've had to call Chase in order to create a complicated itinerary that couldn't be done on-line. Both times the rep was super friendly but obviously unskilled. One of those phone calls lasted an entire hour, even though I started armed with all the info: time, date, airline, flight number, seat number... One thing the AmExPt has going for it, their customer service is fantastic.
  13. "TROPICAL AMBROSIA tapioca – mango – meringue – passion fruit" --------- The current iteration of this involves tapioca pearls, passionfruit pastry cream, coconut, pieces of mango and maybe pineapple? with a touch of blue basil oil, all topped with a meringue cap; it sounded like a case of Way Too Much Happening In This Dish but was the most brilliant dessert I've had in a restaurant in ages, and it wasn't precious. The rest of the meal was excellent, too, but I'd go again just for this. Admittedly I am a fool for passionfruit (and mango, and coconut), so this was right up my alley, but then again I know a well-executed dessert when I taste one.
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    Mid-Coast Maine

    Also check this thread, though there isn't anything recent.