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  1. Hellga

    The Great Food Truck Race

    I am a bit sad for Rolling Indulgence, but I guess it's been clear for a while that it will come to NoLa and Brunch Babes. I am rooting for NoLa in the final. And I hope the challenges are related to food and not some silly games! And it better be fish! The final city is Key West.
  2. Hellga

    The Great Food Truck Race

    Not sure whether the drrrrama between NOLA and Brunch babes was for real or manufactured for the show. I really feel this show is getting to the same end as every other show out there on the famous diagram...
  3. Hellga

    The Great Food Truck Race

    Easter would be super poor timing, I would think. Unless you go to the area where most people don't celebrate, everyone will be with their families either at home or at restaurants... I don't like how the challenges have become about gimmicks and not about cooking. Stacking dominoes, really? Why not have them cook something? Sure, slow roasted pork is not an option for the competition, but there are plenty of food options for Miami!
  4. I like the prize too. And $100K is nothing to sneeze at. I would even be OK if competitors got small prizes, like $1000, for completing the city finals, or for qualifying for Vegas, or completing each of the finals stages. Although I wonder if those who qualify for Vegas already get a prize in the form of their travel and lodging/meals? Do they have to pay for themselves or does the show pay? It's quite an investment to train for ninja in terms of time and effort and money for gym/travel to local competitions/national competitions/finals...
  5. Hellga

    Small Talk: Only 2 Ounces Of Commenting Allowed

    Thank you! We are hoping that by late September she will be well enough to go on a road trip through North Carolina and South Carolina for her birthday. Neither of us have visited them in the past, and I heard a lot of good things about Charleston and Asheville especially. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, I would hate to end up in the middle of a hurricane. A degree is a tool, but not the only tool in the toolbox. I don't agree with the current push of college on everyone, whether it will be of any value to them or not. I respect a good plumber, gardener or cook more than some liberal arts major who cannot find employment even tangentially related to their field of study and who only went to college because it was a thing to do, not because they had any true passion for any subject and declared an "easy" major when they had to. I personally enjoyed school and I have two graduate degrees to show for that, but mine were practical and did lead to a good career!
  6. Hellga

    The Great Food Truck Race

    Thank you! I had no idea where that expression came from. I wonder if some cities are just tough. Here in my area there are a some very successful food trucks but they have been in the same spot for years, so people purposefully come to them just like them would to a brick-and-mortar restaurant, Or they have a "circuit" where people also know where to find them and expect them. Otherwise, unless you are at an event where food trucks are expected, or in an area already popular with food trucks - I just don't know how you would attract business. I personally tend to think of where I am going to eat and what I want to eat before I head somewhere, so getting me to randomly stop for food when I don't expect it at all would be super difficult. Most people walking around either have a place to be and can't waste 20 mins to wait for food or they are tourists and they have a place they want to try in mind, or they are not hungry because they already ate... so I don't know how these trucks make it at all, actually, unless the show helps with recruiting people to come and try the food, or they are in cities well used to food trucks so people expect to see them and are interested in trying a new one...
  7. Hellga

    Small Talk: Only 2 Ounces Of Commenting Allowed

    Hip replacements are easier to recover from - surprising, but all the literature and conversations with physical therapists and orthopedic nurses seem to agree. And there is definitely more pain med consumption after knee replacements vs. hip replacements. Neither is a piece of cake, though, and it really all comes down to your individual characteristics. What is wrong and how bad it is. Only an honest conversation between you and your surgeon can really tell you what to expect.
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    What we don't need is nasty artificial sweeteners. For one, high potency of artificial sweeteners has potential to change taste perceptions - so someone who uses a lot of artificial sweeteners might no longer find fruit enjoyable or find vegetables horrible. For the other, there are some studies linking saccharine with cancer and aspartame with neurological deficits, for example. While none of them are substantial, it's hard to do studies on that (some would be downright unethical) so I personally would rather stick to natural sugar (no matter if it is cane or beet) and honey. I guess the jury is still out on the fructose, too - I don't necessarily shy away from high-fructose corn syrup but I do try to minimize it. I try to control my sugar intake period. Speaking of jam and sugar - my Mom says that when she was little, her Grandmother scoffed at the idea of making jams and preferred to dry fruit and berries instead, and then use dried fruit for desserts. My Great-grandmother (after whom I was named) was one fierce lady (all 4'11" of her) and she was so used to living on a nearly self-sufficient farmstead, the idea of wasting money on something like sugar was foreign to her. And I have a confession: I bought a fruit (of course!) tart on Friday with the intent of eating it that night. It's now Sunday afternoon and I just realized it's still in my fridge. I failed all the poundticipants with that one move - those who succeeded when I bought it, and those who failed when I forgot about it for two days! 🙂
  9. Hellga

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    I only buy peaches from the stores if they are local - many local supermarkets will have a separate stand for local produce, marked as such. Otherwise, I buy them from the farms - the nearest one is about 20 minutes drive from my home. I am lucky to live in a peach-producing state, when I was young I didn't like peaches and didn't see why people raved about them, because all we had were store-bought peaches that had all the taste and texture of wet cardboard. And then I moved to New Jersey in July 2007, and 2007 was bumper year for peaches. Many people at work were bringing peaches from their trees because they already froze and canned as many as they could possibly want... that's when I learned that peaches are, in fact, delicious. My Mom called me last night to say that cucumbers have started to ripen like crazy... I wish I were closer than 1300 miles away - I love cucumbers, but only small pickling varieties, and only when fresh-picked. I have not had any luck sourcing good cucumbers here in New York...
  10. That would cheapen it. Only a handful finish even a city finals course, it would make Vegas seem like nothing special if everyone and their dog could finish Stage 2. To me a decent ratio would be out of 100 or so who make it to Vegas, have 25-35 complete Stage 1 and have 5-6 complete Stage 2. And Stage 3 stays as is, with low odds of success - I mean, once someone gets past Stage 3, it's pretty much a given they will complete Stage 4 too, so it's the last weed-out stage. And currently the show has a sweet deal (for the studio) where the top prize is theoretically within reach enough that people strive for it, but they pretty much never have to pay out the million.
  11. Hellga

    Small Talk: Only 2 Ounces Of Commenting Allowed

    Here is a Fruit of Doom list by sugar content, per 100 grams. https://tools.myfooddata.com/nutrient-ranking-tool.php?nutrient=Sugar&foodgroup=Fruits&sortby=Highest&servsize=100g&list=Simple&spices=No No surprise, dried fruit wins - they are basically sugar bombs. I love me some dried pineapple, but I do realize it's pretty much natural sugar candy. Grapes are indeed DOOOM because they have some of the highest sugar content of all the fresh fruit... and peaches - good news for the peach lovers among us - are relatively innocent. Their addictiveness, though, makes them very, very dangerous.
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    Not here... here some early varieties have started ripening, but peaches really won't be really in season for another couple weeks. And then YES, I will eat them. Last year, I empirically determined that the most peaches I can eat in one sitting is eight. I could probably push myself some more, but then it would be a while before I could eat another peach without disgust, and at eight I can eat them every day, pretty much. I went to an orchard and gathered some 15 pounds of peaches so I needed to eat a lot of them every day. 🙂 This year I will try to control my peach-picking better, but it's so hard to resist when there are delicious peaches everywhere around, and so many different varieties, so I have to get a few of each...
  13. Hellga

    Small Talk: Only 2 Ounces Of Commenting Allowed

    I have cherries, grapes AND oranges in my kitchen right now. I shall gleefully succumb to temptation when I get back home from work. 🙂
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    Here in NY I sometimes see it in my regular ShopRite, but there is also an Italian butcher shop not too far off my way from work which can order just about any meat as long as you give them a couple days to source it. I wanted to go pick gooseberries this weekend (despite the godawful heatwave) but when I called the farm, they said someone came and picked their entire stock. Next year they should have more as new plantings start to fruit, but boy am I disappointed. Berries are absolutely my fruit of doom. I guess storebought cherries and blueberries it is...
  15. Yep. I find myself rooting against all the "big personality" people. That's not why I watch the show, but I guess there are enough people who feel otherwise because they keep pushing the antics. Yes, I am going to reserve my judgement until I see how it actually works out. After all, the winner of the LA automatic pass to Vegas, even though he didn't finish, ran fast enough to have qualified anyway... I wonder how they would actually implement it - if someone had to repeat the run immediately, when they are already tired, I am afraid they would do worse on the second attempt. Unless they had a really silly fall like Geoff once fell on the first steps of the first obstacle. I would hope they would do their re-run(s) after everyone else has completed theirs...
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