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Title: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 07:39:40 AM
Schizophrenia beats dining alone. -Oscar Levant

What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

Bon Appétit!
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: alexslogan on March 18, 2012, 08:47:35 AM
What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could? There are 3 cities where I can get a pastrami sandwich to die for.

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.) Tongue

Do you cook? What’s your specialty? Yes; anything from hot dogs to gourmet. The house specialties are sweet and sour meatballs and a KILLER chocolate mousse (If I say so myself)

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? Red

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner?  Dark ale

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita? Scotch

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!"  Spicy

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)  Dark, purist; Swiss or Belgian

Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 08:59:41 AM
Alex likes to tongue - excellent.  /cheerleader
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: James Craig on March 18, 2012, 10:33:17 AM
What's your favorite cuisine? 

French, Morrocan, Persian. Love the way each cuisines flavors all come together. Good yet basic ingredients thrown together to produce amazing tastes. 

What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

A good Parisian Croque Monsieur.

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

Toasted Pâté and Pickle sandwiches. Takes me back to days working in London. The two ingredients actually work very well.

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Speciality would be, (if I dare use the word) Coq au Vin

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 

Red. Not too heavy, generally blended like Bordeaux's or it's US equivalent Meritage. I prefer these over single grape varieties.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 

Depends on the day/ weather/ event but I'm not a big beer drinker these days.

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

Neither but if I had to then Scotch.

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 

Medium/spicy. It's as much as I can handle.

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

Yes. Darker the better but I find 70% cacao content about perfect for me. Lindt is probably my favorite closely followed by Ghiradelli's Intense Dark 72%. I like to savor chocolate rather than just eat it. The good thing about dark chocolate is that it only takes about 2-3 squares and it's enough.
Love it with good coffee, and sometimes strawberries.

Bon Appétit!

Gracias. :)
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Quinn on March 18, 2012, 02:52:26 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

Can't possibly pick one favorite. As for the food I can no longer get, that would be tender (melt -in- your- mouth)  perfectly battered fried chicken gizzards (I know - that probably goes under yucky).

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

See above. Also liver and onions.

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Yes. A perfect pot roast.

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red?

Don't drink it.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner?

None.

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

Neither. I'm not much of a drinker, but I like a sloe gin fizz or a pina colada once in a while.

Mild, medium,
 spicy, or "call the fired apartment!"

Mild to medium.

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)


I like them all. Plain, or with additions, dark to white. Lindt is probably my favorite, but I like lots of others.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Ellen on March 18, 2012, 03:48:05 PM
What a great thread!  Thanks for starting it Kat!

What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?
Favorite cuisine is Asian, Indian or Middle Eastern - the real stuff, not the imitation US version. 
Lately I've had the hankering for a really good English "High Tea" with the girls - Tea with milk (not the same in the States as it was in England - was it the milk or the fine bone china or the surroundings that made it different?), finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream - I would be out of my wardrobe quickly if I lived in England!

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)
I'm not that adventurous - tried fois gras with a former boyfriend - hated it.  Had rattlesnake once and alligator tail once (key word, once).  Won't touch escargot or any type of insect.  I would have a tough time with tongue, Alex.  BTW, liver and onions brings back memories of childhood when I refused to eat it at the dinner table and went without supper at least once a week since my parents liked it so much!

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?
Rarely do I cook anything fancy (tough to cook fancy for only one), but I did get into Indian cooking at one point and used to have dinner parties for my friends who at least pretended to like it.

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red?
Red - particularly the reds that have "legs" when you swirl them in the glass.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner?
Pale ale

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?
Either - no frou fou umbrellas, though.

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!"
Medium to spicy

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)
Conviction regarding chocolate?  I would be convicted if it was illegal!  Usually dark, usually pure, (also a Lindt afficianado), but sometimes there is just nothing that beats a Hershey bar like you remember from childhood!
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 07:17:41 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? Mexican, Indian, Thai, French, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Moroccan --  maybe what I don't like is a shorter list.  

What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, where ever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could? When I was in Norway the host mom made this apple and cream dessert I've never been able to duplicate. 


What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)  menudo (tripe), beef heart in wine sauce, 

Do you cook? What’s your specialty? I don't cook much anymore, but I loved to make stuffed grape leaves, cous cous with caramelized onions and sauté veggies, sweet and sour pork with egg rolls, gumbo -not all in one meal, of course

 Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red?  Like Ellen, I like leggy, dry reds. However, in the summer a chilled white that is not Chardonnay is lovely. 

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? Amber. 

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita? Scotch 

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" depends on the cuisine. I like Thai so hot tears stream down my face. I prefer Mexican med/spicy So I can savor the underlying flavors.  It's hard to find authentic Indian, however I'm lucky that friends and coworkers indulge me with their homeland favorites. 

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)
I have a deeply held conviction: chocolate=yes 
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 07:32:43 PM

Neither. I'm not much of a drinker, but I like a sloe gin fizz or a pina colada once in a while.


Quinn, should we ever meet you'll need to introduce me to a sloe gin fizz.  /clap2
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Quinn on March 18, 2012, 07:54:39 PM
Would be glad to, Kat, but there's not much to it: Seven-up and sloe gin. Very fruity. I can't stand the taste of alcohol, so I have to have sweet drinks that mask it. That's why I seldom drink.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 07:58:08 PM

Speciality would be, (if I dare use the word) Coq au Vin


You dared. I'm shocked.   /cheekkiss
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 18, 2012, 08:08:28 PM
@ Alex, a killer chocolate mousse......sounds yummy ;)

@ James, Croque Monsieur.......very, very yummy
but, toasted pate' and pickled sandwiches? I think I'll take your word on that one. ;)
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 08:36:06 PM
@ Alex, a killer chocolate mousse......sounds yummy ;)

@ James, Croque Monsieur.......very, very yummy
but, toasted pate' and pickled sandwiches? I think I'll take your word on that one. ;)

I double-dog dare you to try it.  /cheers
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: James Craig on March 18, 2012, 08:37:46 PM
/rolleye2

Speciality would be, (if I dare use the word) Coq au Vin


You dared. I'm shocked.   /cheekkiss

That I used the word "speciality" or "Coq?"  /rolleye2
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: James Craig on March 18, 2012, 08:41:31 PM
@ Alex, a killer chocolate mousse......sounds yummy ;)

@ James, Croque Monsieur.......very, very yummy
but, toasted pate' and pickled sandwiches? I think I'll take your word on that one. ;)

Actually they're very good. :) Personally I can't stand Liver but Liver Pâté is okay and when you add that juicy, crunchy, sour dill pickle to it's awesome. I have no idea how I came up with it. Probably during my first pregnancy ;)
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 18, 2012, 08:43:02 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, wherever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could? Greek food is the favorite at the moment. There's this amazing Greek spot in the Dupont Circle area of DC called Zorba's Cafe (HIGHLY RECOMMEND), that will leave you feeling like you just had an oral orgasm. I spend two years in Seoul, South Korea and there's this beer... mmmmmmmhmm...yummy. I'll mention it more below. I also love Korean BBQ (especially Bulgogi w/ lettuce leaf).

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)
Ketchup on rice. Any kind of rice really. White rice. Brown rice. Spanish rice. I always say don't knock something until you try it. And then try it again. And if still not convinced? I mean really?!? How can you not LOVE Ketchup w/ rice!!!

Do you cook? What’s your specialty? Sadly... never became a Maverick at this specialty. Must make a mental note to learn how to boil water. Any questions about wine?

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? Oh! Here we go! Of course. Love it. Drink at least two (ok... maybe four or five) glasses wine a day. Sort of like The Real Housewives of DC. I consider myself more of a red wine connoisseur, but have been easing my toes into white and Rosé {Blush} wine on a regular basis. Favorite whites: Riesling, Pinot Grigio and Viognier. Reds: Beaujolais and Bordeaux. But if stuck on a desert island and had to have my $$$ worth of inexpensive wine? I would hands down always resort to Australia's  [ yellow tail ] brand of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an esophagus's wet dream. I am a fan of light, dry wines. Sweet desert wines are nice w/ company, but by my lonesome w/ Marion Meadows on repeat? Drizzy night. /LOL  

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? I'll go light again w/ this answer. But for the life of me there is this Dark ale I had once in South Korea... wow! It was a German brew, I cannot remember the name but it had this Oatmeal flavor. It was a beer that was just toooo delicious. I can distinctively remember saying the slogan should be something along the lines of "Breakfast for champions" lol it was that damn good.

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita? We'll do the margarita because I can't handle anything remotely "heavy." Seriously. I am such a cheap date. Two Bud Lights and I'm pretty much tipsy. Think the term is lightweight? Which confuses me because I take wine sooooo easily.

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" Very mild. Or medium, depending on the time of day. I leave spicy for the bedroom.

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.) I was once told I was made out of Dark chocolate, but I'm not all too sure there is a way to prove that. I am a purist by trade. But have you ever had Dark chocolate (w/ almonds) and sweet grapes and honey? Pretty much foreplay in a nutshell. While we're at it, throw in a bottle of Martini & Rossi Asti Sparkling Wine!!

Bon Appétit!  /cheers
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 18, 2012, 08:43:30 PM
@ Alex, a killer chocolate mousse......sounds yummy ;)

@ James, Croque Monsieur.......very, very yummy
but, toasted pate' and pickled sandwiches? I think I'll take your word on that one. ;)

I double-dog dare you to try it.  /cheers

A dare and a double dare at that........James would have to make it for me and then I might try it. But pate'...........thats a big dare for me....Totally out of this gals comfort zone...... :-\
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 18, 2012, 08:46:26 PM
@ Alex, a killer chocolate mousse......sounds yummy ;)

@ James, Croque Monsieur.......very, very yummy
but, toasted pate' and pickled sandwiches? I think I'll take your word on that one. ;)

Actually they're very good. :) Personally I can't stand Liver but Liver Pâté is okay and when you add that juicy, crunchy, sour dill pickle to it's awesome. I have no idea how I came up with it. Probably during my first pregnancy ;)

sounds like something ELVIS would come up with, lets say like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches......
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 08:50:22 PM

sounds like something ELVIS would come up with, lets say like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches......

Tell me you did not just knock grilled PB&J.   /&
Elvis is gonna turn over in his grave. lol
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 18, 2012, 08:51:32 PM
@ Alex, a killer chocolate mousse......sounds yummy ;)

@ James, Croque Monsieur.......very, very yummy
but, toasted pate' and pickled sandwiches? I think I'll take your word on that one. ;)

Actually they're very good. :) Personally I can't stand Liver but Liver Pâté is okay and when you add that juicy, crunchy, sour dill pickle to it's awesome. I have no idea how I came up with it. Probably during my first pregnancy ;)

sounds like something ELVIS would come up with, lets say like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches......



Here I am thinking I was the only one who remotely knew about this!
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 08:52:20 PM
/rolleye2

Speciality would be, (if I dare use the word) Coq au Vin


You dared. I'm shocked.   /cheekkiss

That I used the word "speciality" or "Coq?"  /rolleye2

Yes! Exactly! I do so enjoy a man who gets it on the first try.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 18, 2012, 08:58:45 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? French, Italian, Spanish,Moroccan

What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?  your going to laugh, but fried dill pickles in Mississippi........they were the best!!!!

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)
peanut butter and syrup sandwiches........I know odd, right.....my third pregnancy brought those on...

Do you cook? What’s your specialty? Yes, I love to cook.......my specialty, hmmmmmm  I love trying new recipes, but my most asked for dish at home is fried chicken and sweet potato casserole.........very southern foods, of course

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? red blended

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? lite pilsner, if I drink it. Not much of a beer drinker

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita? neither

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" medium

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)  dark chocolate, with nuts on occassion. Lindts is probably my favoite.

Bon Appétit!

Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 18, 2012, 09:20:00 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? French, Italian, Spanish,Moroccan

What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?  your going to laugh, but fried dill pickles in Mississippi........they were the best!!!!

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)
peanut butter and syrup sandwiches........I know odd, right.....my third pregnancy brought those on...

Do you cook? What’s your specialty? Yes, I love to cook.......my specialty, hmmmmmm  I love trying new recipes, but my most asked for dish at home is fried chicken and sweet potato casserole.........very southern foods, of course

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? red blended

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? lite pilsner, if I drink it. Not much of a beer drinker

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita? neither

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" medium

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)  dark chocolate, with nuts on occassion. Lindts is probably my favoite.

Bon Appétit!



I think I just added something new to my 2012 bucket list! Much appreciated Madison... I think  /thumbsup
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 18, 2012, 09:22:39 PM

sounds like something ELVIS would come up with, lets say like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches......

Tell me you did not just knock grilled PB&J.   /&
Elvis is gonna turn over in his grave. lol

I did just knock out fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches........sorry :)
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 18, 2012, 09:24:22 PM
@ Logan.......your welcome! They are delicious, especially in a few places that are musts.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 18, 2012, 09:26:48 PM

sounds like something ELVIS would come up with, lets say like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches......

Tell me you did not just knock grilled PB&J.   /&
Elvis is gonna turn over in his grave. lol

I did just knock out fried Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches........sorry :)

'sokay. You redeemed yourself with the peanut butter and syrup. Or was it banana and syrup? PB on waffles with syrup totally rocks!   /rock
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 18, 2012, 09:58:13 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

Vegan.  Yeah, sorry peeps, but that honestly does count as a cuisine.

I had delicious vegan food at some little place in Los Angeles in 2010.  And there is an excellent - but expensive - vegan cafe in my town. The specialize in raw food; even raw cake.  I had raw chocolate cheese cake there once.  OMG, I could have lived on that alone for the rest of my life.   

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

Vegan food!    /TF

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Short answer - no. (Although I can and do cook for myself.) 

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 

No.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 

No. 

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

*groans* Oh God ... single malt scotch. (Oh, the memories - but, er, I've been sober for 22 yrs now.) 

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 

Very, very mild...

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

Bittersweet chocolate, around 70% ... perfection. 

Nuts?  Sometimes.  Soft centres?  Maybe.  Toffee and such?  No. 

Bon Appétit!

Merci.    /cheekkiss

Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: winddancer on March 19, 2012, 04:32:58 AM
What's your favorite cuisine?

Mexican or French Bistro


What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

Bouchon Bakery croissants in Napa.


What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

Drinking pickle juice from the jar.... I know, I know... but I'm serious.  I love pickle juice.  I also used to eat onions like apples when I was a kid.  I love onions!


Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Not a big cook.  I'm married to a chef so my cooking does not compare at all.  But the two things that he won't touch and makes me do because he said they are my specialty are:

1) Poached Eggs.  4 minutes on a low rolling boil and they are perfectly gooey inside.

2) French Silk Pie: A recipe from my childhood that my mom and I used to make together for holidays. Think light airy chocolate in a graham cracker crust.

Plus, I'm trying to become a raw vegan so there is not much cooking involved in raw fruits and veggies. :)


Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red?

YES! Ooops, was that too loud?  I love red wine... Currently fascinated with everything Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel.  Or a blend thereof.  I found a fantastic blend of all three called Apothic Red.  $8.99 a bottle.  Can't beat that with a stick.


What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner?

I'm a fan of the white/wheat beers.  Leinenkugal with a big slice of orange is my favorite at the moment.


Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

No scotch.  All I taste is leather when I drink it.  Ugh!  And I guess I'm a margarita purist... no flavors for me just tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup or orange juice and a splash of Grand Marnier.


Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!"

Mild.  I'm a wimp when it comes to heat. 


Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

No convictions.  I try and stay away from sweets because once I get started I can't stop.  Right now, I'm loving all the 70% chocolate bar options that Whole Foods carries.  Especially the organic/fair trade bars.  I like pure chocolate and sometimes other additions like orange or mint.

Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 19, 2012, 05:56:03 AM
What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

Vegan.  Yeah, sorry peeps, but that honestly does count as a cuisine.

I had delicious vegan food at some little place in Los Angeles in 2010.  And there is an excellent - but expensive - vegan cafe in my town. The specialize in raw food; even raw cake.  I had raw chocolate cheese cake there once.  OMG, I could have lived on that alone for the rest of my life.   

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

Vegan food!    /TF

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Short answer - no. (Although I can and do cook for myself.) 

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 

No.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 

No. 

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

*groans* Oh God ... single malt scotch. (Oh, the memories - but, er, I've been sober for 22 yrs now.) 

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 

Very, very mild...

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

Bittersweet chocolate, around 70% ... perfection. 

Nuts?  Sometimes.  Soft centres?  Maybe.  Toffee and such?  No. 

Bon Appétit!

Merci.    /cheekkiss



I think I may need to start hanging out w/ you Tasha... see if you can curb me from my alcoholism.  /LOL

The raw chocolate cheese cake sounds delish! Is there any other raw food delicacies you feel you cannot go without? My because trump card in dealing w/ vegan food has always been that it's not an inexpensive diet to maintain. Otherwise I'd consider switching over ASAP. Does it really always cost more to eat healthier than it is to eat like a piglet???
 
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 19, 2012, 06:02:30 AM

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red?

YES! Ooops, was that too loud?  I love red wine... Currently fascinated with everything Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel.  Or a blend thereof.  I found a fantastic blend of all three called Apothic Red.  $8.99 a bottle.  Can't beat that with a stick.


You and me both dancer! And Apothic Red? Definitely on next week's shopping list.


Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

No convictions.  I try and stay away from sweets because once I get started I can't stop.  Right now, I'm loving all the 70% chocolate bar options that Whole Foods carries.  Especially the organic/fair trade bars.  I like pure chocolate and sometimes other additions like orange or mint.

 /cheers Why give up something so sweet? Thank God for the substitute.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 21, 2012, 06:59:44 PM
What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could?

Vegan.  Yeah, sorry peeps, but that honestly does count as a cuisine.

I had delicious vegan food at some little place in Los Angeles in 2010.  And there is an excellent - but expensive - vegan cafe in my town. The specialize in raw food; even raw cake.  I had raw chocolate cheese cake there once.  OMG, I could have lived on that alone for the rest of my life.   

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

Vegan food!    /TF

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Short answer - no. (Although I can and do cook for myself.) 

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 

No.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 

No. 

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

*groans* Oh God ... single malt scotch. (Oh, the memories - but, er, I've been sober for 22 yrs now.) 

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 

Very, very mild...

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

Bittersweet chocolate, around 70% ... perfection. 

Nuts?  Sometimes.  Soft centres?  Maybe.  Toffee and such?  No. 

Bon Appétit!

Merci.    /cheekkiss



I think I may need to start hanging out w/ you Tasha... see if you can curb me from my alcoholism.  /LOL

The raw chocolate cheese cake sounds delish! Is there any other raw food delicacies you feel you cannot go without? My because trump card in dealing w/ vegan food has always been that it's not an inexpensive diet to maintain. Otherwise I'd consider switching over ASAP. Does it really always cost more to eat healthier than it is to eat like a piglet???
 

Logan, I have enough trouble keeping myself sober, let alone anyone else...  ;)

Now, as for cost, I asked my omnivorous friends and they informed me that vegan delicacies are no more expensive than their more common alternatives.  That being said, I have had people say they like having me over for dinner because vegans are so cheap to feed!  Please keep in mind I've been a vegetarian for more than half my life, so I have no idea how much meat costs.

Last year - after Aussie crops were wiped out by natural disasters - bananas went up to $18kg / $8.20lb so I wasn't happy then, as they are a bit of a staple of my diet.  But in general, I think vegans are pretty cheap to keep - unless you plan to eat out all the time.  ;D   
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 21, 2012, 07:22:04 PM
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Logan, I have enough trouble keeping myself sober, let alone anyone else... 

Now, as for cost, I asked my omnivorous friends and they informed me that vegan delicacies are no more expensive than their more common alternatives.  That being said, I have had people say they like having me over for dinner because vegans are so cheap to feed!  Please keep in mind I've been a vegetarian for more than half my life, so I have no idea how much meat costs.

Last year - after Aussie crops were wiped out by natural disasters - bananas went up to $18kg / $8.20lb so I wasn't happy then, as they are a bit of a staple of my diet.  But in general, I think vegans are pretty cheap to keep - unless you plan to eat out all the time. 
   

Consider it done Tash... I will be purchasing a vegan cookbook sometime in the next week.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 21, 2012, 07:48:10 PM

Consider it done Tash... I will be purchasing a vegan cookbook sometime in the next week.

Logan, this cook book is a great place to start.  ;D
http://www.amazon.com/How-All-Vegan-Irresistible-Animal-Free/dp/1551520672
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 22, 2012, 12:56:52 PM
Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans!  /party
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 22, 2012, 02:17:37 PM
Save a cow, eat a Vegan
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 22, 2012, 09:17:50 PM
Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans!  /party

 /clap2  /heart   /cheekkiss  /xo  /makeout

Save a cow, eat a Vegan

 /&
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 22, 2012, 09:32:43 PM

 /clap2  /heart   /cheekkiss  /xo  /makeout

Save a cow, eat a Vegan

 /&

Liked that, did ya?   /cheerleader
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 23, 2012, 02:58:00 AM

 /clap2  /heart   /cheekkiss  /xo  /makeout

Save a cow, eat a Vegan

 /&

Liked that, did ya?   /cheerleader

Well, at first I thought you meant eat with a knife and fork.  :o

Then I figured out you probably meant it in the sense of: Save a horse, ride a cowboy!    Hence the  /&
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 23, 2012, 06:25:40 AM
Or save a tree, eat a beaver  /cheers
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: alexslogan on March 23, 2012, 06:35:24 AM
Quote from: Tasha
Then I figured out you probably meant it in the sense of: Save a horse, ride a cowboy!
So no we're up to adding a fireman uniform, army fatigues, and a cowboy outfit to the wardrobe /LOL
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 23, 2012, 07:43:23 AM
Or save a tree, eat a beaver  /cheers


wow.  /rock
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 23, 2012, 07:44:08 AM
Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans!  /party

 /clap2  /heart   /cheekkiss  /xo  /makeout

Save a cow, eat a Vegan

 /&

 /makeout O0
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 24, 2012, 03:23:08 AM
Or save a tree, eat a beaver  /cheers

Kat, that is disgusting!   /TF

Quote from: Tasha
Then I figured out you probably meant it in the sense of: Save a horse, ride a cowboy!
So no we're up to adding a fireman uniform, army fatigues, and a cowboy outfit to the wardrobe /LOL

Alex, please don't add a cowboy outfit on my account. (And I haven't seen any of the other ladies state a preference for cowboys, either.) 

Although I once heard of a cowgirl outfit that consisted of a stetson hat, a fringed holster, and real spurs...     :o

Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans!  /party

 /clap2  /heart   /cheekkiss  /xo  /makeout

Save a cow, eat a Vegan

 /&

 /makeout O0

Logan, all jokes aside, if you want to discuss vegan food / life, just PM me.  ;D
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 24, 2012, 04:22:48 AM
Or save a tree, eat a beaver 

wow.


Kat, that is disgusting! 


Bad Kitty!  ;D
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 24, 2012, 04:44:02 AM
Or save a tree, eat a beaver 

wow.


Kat, that is disgusting! 


Bad Kitty!  ;D

Hey, you edited out my smilie - which was supposed to soften the words! 

But you know that I adore you, right? 
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 24, 2012, 04:54:34 AM
Back at'cha, babe!
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Guest007 on March 24, 2012, 05:52:47 PM
Or save a tree, eat a beaver  /cheers

Kat, that is disgusting!   /TF

Quote from: Tasha
Then I figured out you probably meant it in the sense of: Save a horse, ride a cowboy!
So no we're up to adding a fireman uniform, army fatigues, and a cowboy outfit to the wardrobe /LOL

Alex, please don't add a cowboy outfit on my account. (And I haven't seen any of the other ladies state a preference for cowboys, either.) 

Although I once heard of a cowgirl outfit that consisted of a stetson hat, a fringed holster, and real spurs...     :o

Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans! Go Vegans!  /party

 /clap2  /heart   /cheekkiss  /xo  /makeout

Save a cow, eat a Vegan

 /&

 /makeout O0

Logan, all jokes aside, if you want to discuss vegan food / life, just PM me.  ;D


I will keep that in mind, lady T.  /drink
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 25, 2012, 05:42:23 AM

Alex, please don't add a cowboy outfit on my account. (And I haven't seen any of the other ladies state a preference for cowboys, either.) 


I don't know about that, Tasha. Maybe an abbreviated version? Chaps and a lasso.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tasha on March 26, 2012, 05:59:57 AM

Alex, please don't add a cowboy outfit on my account. (And I haven't seen any of the other ladies state a preference for cowboys, either.) 


I don't know about that, Tasha. Maybe an abbreviated version? Chaps and a lasso.

Kat, I apologize for speaking too soon.  ;)  I hadn't seen any mention of a cowboy fetish at the time I posted. 

And if Alex is dressed in chaps and carrying a lasso, he needs a cowboy hat as well ... otherwise he'd look silly.   /ROTFL   
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 26, 2012, 07:10:51 AM
No apologies needed. I don't know if I have that fetish, but I like the idea of a man draped in leather with viewing and touching access to all of the interesting parts. Hmmm interesting parts. 

LMAO. You are killing me!  Alex? Are you game?  What about boots? I mean, talk about silly, what's a cowboy without boots?  How did Alex get roped into this? Alex . . . Rope . . .  Mmmm
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Madison on March 26, 2012, 11:46:41 AM
Now girls, the right man in tight denim jeans, and boots is quite sexy.....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the thought of it all...... ;)
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: alexslogan on March 26, 2012, 03:39:51 PM
I go away for a day and .... ;D
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 26, 2012, 03:46:15 PM
Alex, does this mean you're willing, eager, and -er, ready?
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: alexslogan on March 26, 2012, 04:14:19 PM
Chaps, lasso, cowboy hat, boots and nothing else? Hmm
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 28, 2012, 09:25:00 PM
Is that an I'm good with that "mmm", or is that a not no, but hell no "mmm"?   /LOL
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: alexslogan on March 29, 2012, 05:59:47 AM
Yes :p
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on March 29, 2012, 06:43:12 AM
Yes :p

 ;D
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tealight on October 06, 2014, 03:11:39 PM
1. What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could? 
I've yet to find a cuisine I don't like  ;). I miss a former co-worker's lumpia and fresh seafood (from when I lived in the City)

2. What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)
Probably beef tongue. I also put ketchup on my tacos (and have been laughed at by many a waiter/waitress/restaurant-owner)

3. Do you cook? What’s your specialty?
I'm more of a baker and people compliment my pumpkin pie.  This question reminds me of a guy I knew in undergrad.  I told him I didn't like to cook and he told me I would never find a husband.  WTH!

4. Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 
Yes, and I prefer whites and blushes.

5. What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 
I don't really drink beer but, if I had to choose, I would go with the light pilsner.

6. Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?
Strawberry margarine

7. Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 
I'm okay if it's mild but I prefer no spice.  Why do you think I put ketchup in my tacos and not salsa?  I know, I know -- blasphemy!

This reminds me of eating pho with a former co-worker.  She was particularly beautiful and meticulous in dress, make-up, demeanor - the works!  There was a hot sauce on the table labeled "Kick Yo Ass! Hot Sauce" and she reached for it and poured until all you could see was red.

 "Omg," I thought, "I'm going to see her lose her composure!"

She didn't even break a sweat.  There were no tears glistening in her eyes or a nose sniff.  She merely flipped her hair back over her shoulder and said in a calm voice, "it's a little hot" and then proceeded to eat the whole thing without incident.  I was impressed, to say the least!

8. Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)
These days, I usually go for dark chocolate.  My favorite treat is probably chocolate-covered strawberries.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Kat O'9Tales on October 06, 2014, 08:12:44 PM
Fun to read your responses, Lady Tealight.

I promise never to mock your ketchup- lladen tacos.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: GreggAllen on October 07, 2014, 12:19:45 PM
1. What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could? 

I love Asian food of all types.  I have a particular affliction for spicy Thai and meaty, spicy Indian.

2. What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

In my world, my love for Mongolian is typically not shared which is a shame or a determent. Asian/Mongolian is my starting point in many relationships!

3. Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

Pastas and their associated sauces.  I am a dangerous man with a cupboard full of spices!

4. Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red?

Yes to all!

5. What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner?

I don't care for beer at all and really don't know the language and science.

6. Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

Give me the fruity drink every time my pet!

7. Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fire apartment!"

For the most part, spicy is not a friend save for the aforementioned examples above.  After mentioning that I don't like beer, I am afraid to say that I don't even care for salsa (god...I am losing potential clients...I can feel it!)


8. Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

Yes..I have been convicted regarding chocolate.  Chocolate on chocolate, chocolate Oreo bits and m & ms on chocolate.  Don't contaminate my chocolate with nuts are anything else. White chocolate is wrong.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Tealight on October 07, 2014, 09:10:56 PM
Thank you, Kat!  That is much appreciated  :D
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Gianni on June 19, 2015, 10:50:32 PM
Naturally, I have a fondness for Cuban cuisine, but I do enjoy and experiment with French and Asian techniques and dishes of note

Seitan, when it's made right, can be quite delicious, though closed-minded objectors do exist.

Cooking is one of my passions. Over time, I've learned to bake bread (though I still have a ways to go on polishing my technique. I was a vegan when I started cooking, though I have reintroduced life's other pleasures into my diet (that's not to say it'll last forever). Today I cooked slightly spicy monkfish with vegetables.

Wine's divine. Reds are preferable, but I do enjoy a good riesling on occasion.

I generally prefer golden ales when it comes to beer.

Lately, I've been seen hitting the fruity mixers more often than the whisky.

I walk the line on medium-spicy.

Dark chocolate can be quite pleasurable, depending on my mood or if it's paired with something. I don't do much milk chocolate nowadays. I love hazelnut chocolate, and have had a good berry infused bar. It doesn't matter where it's from as long as it's good, but my most memorable experience of the chocolate variety has been a bag a French purchased in Paris. Such a lovely variety. White chocolate has it's merits, but not antioxidants- purely indulgant.
Title: Re: Galloping Gastronomique
Post by: Liquidfyre on July 09, 2015, 01:10:09 PM
I hope no one minds me bumping topics.

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What's your favorite cuisine? What's that thing you used to get when you lived or visited there, whereever there was, can't get here, and you wish you could? 

Favorite cuisine:  Anything that combines lime juice and chiles.  Especially if it includes fish sauce and herbs. 
What I can't get here:  When I lived in San Diego I could get crispy shredded beef tacos, they were fried.  No luck here.  And Rubio's fish tacos.  I get both when I travel to Phoenix several times a year.

What’s something you love, but others think is odd, strange, or yucky?  (Yucky= highly technical term.)

My yum (don't yuck it!): Brawn, Sulze, Headcheese, Souse

Do you cook? What’s your specialty?

I'll try cooking anything.  I have a fantastic marinara, chicken parmigiana, I make ravioli, do a mean sausage and clams.  But I'm most passionate about pickling.  I have two crocks of pickles fermenting right now and will start a batch of sauerkraut this weekend along with kimchi.

Do you drink wine? If yes, do you prefer white or red? 

I'll drink wine on occasion, usually when I travel with my boss, just so she doesn't have to drink alone.  I prefer unassuming white wines (Vinho Verde) that aren't heavy.  Of course I always get sucked in by the description of the wine (lush, fruity) and am always disappointed that it's not like drinking a big glass of fruit juice.

What about beer? Dark ale or light pilsner? 

Generally only Belgian lambics (kriek or framboise) or grapefruit beers such as Stiegl Radler.  Nothing that tastes like beer.

Aged scotch or Strawberry margarita?

Neither, though my go to is Amaretto Sour if I have to appear to be drinking.  And I'm experimenting with Lillet-based drinks this summer.  And as the song goes "Tequila makes her clothes fall off" but only straight, good tequila, sipped slowly.

Mild, medium, spicy, or "call the fired apartment!" 

Spicy, please.

Do you have a conviction regarding chocolate? Dark, milk, semi-sweet, or white? Are you a purist, or do you like it with nuts, fruit, or other additions? Which country’s chocolate do you prefer? (Assuming you have a chocolate conviction, of course.)

I'm not a fan of chocolate (the horror!).  If I'm forced to, I'll eat it or if I'm in Europe, but never white chocolate.