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  1. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Talking about standards and being awarded a Michelin star. I've eaten in a few Michelin star restaurants and you can clearly see the high standards that they have, but as you mention, a few like Bussia in Amsterdam get overlooked.

    I don't have the best palate, but nothing ticks me off more than when a restaurant says something is fresh and it's not. It's really apparent in seafood and when you ask, "Are you sure this is fresh?" they come back with some crazy statement like, "It's fresh frozen". That's not fresh. There is such a big difference in taste between fresh and frozen seafood. Just cook a fresh trout and a frozen trout side by side. There's a big difference in taste between the two. Even the texture with the fresh trout is so much lighter and fluffier than a frozen trout.

    We have a lot of small taverns by our house and 98% of them have the normal tavern food. Frozen pizza or frozen pizza puffs that they heat up behind the bar. Most of the food pictures I've posted are from a tavern that my wife and I go to a lot to eat, and whoever the chef is, he/she has high standards. Not what what you would normally expect from a tavern.

    The loaded nachos I posted yesterday are not your normal loaded nachos. Most places that you order loaded nachos from toss some beans and canned jalapeno peppers on some tortilla chips and then pour melted Velveeta cheese on the top. Those load nachos that I got yesterday were carefully layered from the bottom to the top. It's hard to see from the picture, but once you started eating it, you saw all the layering. Tortilla chips, then hot beans and beef, then real shredded cheese, then fresh (not canned) jalapeno peppers and black olives and then lettuce. That's the way it was carefully layered all the way up. You wouldn't normally expect that from loaded nachos. I actually couldn't eat it all.
    Here in the UK pubs had to change or otherwise perish. A lot of pubs have closed here in the last few years.

    What's happened now is that for a pub to survive is has to have good food. We've entered the world of 'Gastro Pub' here. There's even a pub that has a Michelin star.

    Any pub not severing good food these days will simply not last. There are places that people still go to that just want a drink after work and hang out.

    That also goes for restaurants too. The competition has become quite vicious. Those not making the grade will eventually close.

    I don't go to many pubs or to too many Michelin star restaurants. I eat a lot at home and when I'm out I'm happy to get something good but simple and low priced. :P The street food here is pretty good in London. Even when in France my wife and I try to eat simple. I nice baguette is great for lunch. We do our best to go to the 'locals' restaurants and avoid the tourist traps.

    In August we're doing our first major road trip through France to Switzerland. I'm looking forward to the food and the scenery. :)
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    04-09-2014 10:40 AM
  2. palandri's Avatar
    I wish those standards would come to the taverns around me Jeez, we have like 20-25 taverns within 5 miles of my house and only two have good food, the rest just have peanuts, canned sardines and/or frozen pizza or pizza puffs. The taverns by me are definitely for drinking, rather than eating.
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    04-09-2014 11:04 AM
  3. palandri's Avatar
    If they are those broiled peanuts, those can be delicious!


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    LOL! No they're not the broiled peanuts. You must be from the south because the only place I have ever seen peanuts in a brine is in the south.
    04-09-2014 11:48 AM
  4. palandri's Avatar
    Yeah! I live in Texas. Though the best broiled peanuts I had was in a bar in Tampa, Florida. Regular peanuts are boring. Boo. Haha.

    I should eat something horrible for me right now. At 2PM, my braces get tightened.


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    Tampa was also where I first had them.
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    04-09-2014 12:35 PM
  5. Guytronic's Avatar
    So I thought I would post my 40th birthday dinner photos. It's a couple of years back. It was at Bussia in Amsterdam. A restaurant seriously lacking a Michelin star. I hope it gets one soon.

    This is a collection of starters, mains and desert. Not all dishes we had are present and I can't describe them all as I don't remember.

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    Desert - Mango four ways. (it's the only thing I remember)

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    Well by golly!

    Happy happy birthday kiddo!
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    04-09-2014 02:03 PM
  6. palandri's Avatar
    Did you live there or just visit?

    Ever go drink and eat down in Ybor City?


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    Just a visit to see Micky & Minnie. I stopped by one of those drive through liquor stores and bought some beer and the peanuts. Never went to Ybor City
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    04-09-2014 05:58 PM
  7. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Well by golly!

    Happy happy birthday kiddo!
    I think you missed text. :P That was a couple of years back and my birthday isn't until June. :)
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    04-10-2014 01:58 AM
  8. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Just a visit to see Micky & Minnie. I stopped by one of those through liquor stores and bought some beer and the peanuts. Never went to Ybor City
    I've had those peanuts I believe. I've visited Micky and Minnie a couple of times myself. I think I may have had those peanuts somewhere else though. I don't recall liking them much.
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    04-10-2014 01:59 AM
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    I think you missed text. :P That was a couple of years back and my birthday isn't until June. :)
    Ok so I'm early
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    04-10-2014 04:04 AM
  10. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Ok so I'm early
    No worries. Just don't want to feel older than I already am. :P
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    04-10-2014 05:35 AM
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    I've had those peanuts I believe. I've visited Micky and Minnie a couple of times myself. I think I may have had those peanuts somewhere else though. I don't recall liking them much.
    I guess it's actually boiled rather than broiled. The Stuckey's gas station chain in the states has those peanuts in a can to buy: Stuckey's Pecan Shoppes-Shop Online for Boiled Peanuts
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    04-10-2014 09:10 AM
  12. stmav's Avatar
    Yes it's boiled, not broiled. You can find them at Walmart here in Dallas. Though I prefer to boil my own and kick up the heat with some peppers and hot sauce in the boil. What do taverns in Chicago know about nachos? Stick to hot dogs, Italian beef and pizzas!
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    04-10-2014 10:33 AM
  13. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Yes it's boiled, not broiled. You can find them at Walmart here in Dallas. Though I prefer to boil my own and kick up the heat with some peppers and hot sauce in the boil. What do taverns in Chicago know about nachos? Stick to hot dogs, Italian beef and pizzas!
    I've had some great nachos in Canada.... ;-)
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    04-10-2014 10:37 AM
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    I've had some great nachos in Canada.... ;-)
    Blasphemy! Canadians know even less about nachos!
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    04-10-2014 10:44 AM
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    Blasphemy! Canadians know even less about nachos!
    Probably. I also make them at home and you can find places here in the UK that serves them... I wonder what level that gets to... :P
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    04-10-2014 10:59 AM
  16. stmav's Avatar
    Probably. I also make them at home and you can find places here in the UK that serves them... I wonder what level that gets to... :P
    It's not like nachos are rocket science or anything. A good bit is just what do you like on them and go for it. I pretty much don't care what's on them as long as they don't skimp on the jalapeno's. I like a jalapeno slice per bite ratio. And a good melted shredded cheese is much better than the velveeta goo. But there are times late at night when just some chips covered with melted velveeta and pepper slices hit the spot just fine.
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    04-10-2014 11:12 AM
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    It's not like nachos are rocket science or anything. A good bit is just what do you like on them and go for it. I pretty much don't care what's on them as long as they don't skimp on the jalapeno's. I like a jalapeno slice per bite ratio. And a good melted shredded cheese is much better than the velveeta goo. But there are times late at night when just some chips covered with melted velveeta and pepper slices hit the spot just fine.

    I don't mind jalapenos but they're not my favourite chili. I know they're more authentic I suppose, if there is such a thing. Since my wife is allergic to milk and it doesn't do me any favours either we do a homemade guacamole. We also do them veggie using red kidney beans in a hot sauce. :)
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    04-10-2014 11:26 AM
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    I don't mind jalapenos but they're not my favourite chili. I know they're more authentic I suppose, if there is such a thing. Since my wife is allergic to milk and it doesn't do me any favours either we do a homemade guacamole. We also do them veggie using red kidney beans in a hot sauce. :)
    I've had some very good veggie nachos. I prefer the red beans over the black beans. If not cooked right the black beans can have a funky taste. My wife is a homemade guacamole fan. I can take it or leave it. I like many peppers. Jalapenos taste good and aren't so hot that you can't taste or enjoy the food. There are some places and people that focus on making it so unbearably hot, that there is no way you can taste anything. Ok, so you've proved your macho but what good is eating food you can't enjoy?
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    04-10-2014 11:41 AM
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    I've had some very good veggie nachos. I prefer the red beans over the black beans. If not cooked right the black beans can have a funky taste. My wife is a homemade guacamole fan. I can take it or leave it. I like many peppers. Jalapenos taste good and aren't so hot that you can't taste or enjoy the food. There are some places and people that focus on making it so unbearably hot, that there is no way you can taste anything. Ok, so you've proved your macho but what good is eating food you can't enjoy?

    I love spicy food. :) But I like flavour, not just heat.


    I find jalapenos not too spicy, rather mild actually. P

    I love avocados and so does the wife. Hence the guacamole. :)
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    04-10-2014 12:36 PM
  20. stmav's Avatar
    I love spicy food. :) But I like flavour, not just heat.


    I find jalapenos not too spicy, rather mild actually. P

    I love avocados and so does the wife. Hence the guacamole. :)
    Exactly, jalapeno's give it a little extra kick but nothing serious. Habaneros and ghost peppers are on a different level. But then again, growing up in Louisiana, I have a bad habit of putting tabasco on everything so my heat scale is probably skewed. Been using this stuff lately called slap yo mamma. It has a great flavor but really brings the heat. I use it for crawfish boils, gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice to name a few.
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    04-10-2014 01:02 PM
  21. Iki Taba's Avatar
    Homemade triple chocolate cake with extra sour apple/apricot jam. Sweet + sour = heaven.
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    04-11-2014 01:18 PM
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    Homemade triple chocolate cake with extra sour apple/apricot jam. Sweet + sour = heaven.
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    Mmmm....gimme some
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    04-11-2014 02:06 PM
  23. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    My version of Eggs Benedict. With smoked salmon, spinach and ciabatta bun.

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    04-11-2014 02:53 PM
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    80F/26C in Chicago today. Firing up the barbeque for a chicken.
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