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braumeister 02-05-2021 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Greddy (Post 2555923)
And in Argentina, beef is so delicious and so cheap, the standard practice of folks I visited there is to buy 2 pounds in the morning, eat what you like during the day, and then give the rest to the dog in the evening. Repeat the next day.

I don't know if it's for real or not, but I remember seeing a statistic that the average Brazilian ate five times the amount of beef as the average American. And the average Argentine ate three times the amount of the average Brazilian!

Of course they are all grass fed cattle there, which certainly makes a difference, and there was none of the standard aging that we see here. When I bought beef at the butcher shop in the afternoon, it was likely that the cow had met its maker that morning.

Koolau 02-05-2021 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2555913)
I will never forget my first time in Munich, 1976 when I was walking down a street and saw a line of Germans out on the sidewalk waiting to get into some store. As I got closer I saw that it was a McDonalds, and they were having a big promotion of the brand new ViertelPfunder (Quarter Pounder) that week. The locals were entranced by it and couldn't wait to try this new exotic treat.

Me? I couldn't wait to get to the next block and find a decent place to eat.

Pulp Fiction would have been forever diminished had Vincent been in Munich instead of Paris when he learned about the Quarter Pounder with Cheese. (ViertelPfundr with cheese just would NOT be the same as Royale with cheese.) YMMV:coolsmiley:

Music Lover 02-06-2021 07:51 AM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2555856)
In the craft beer world, the saying is "Bud Light is to beer as Velveeta is to cheese."

There are a lot of good craft beers....unfortunately, there are far more awful ones. But, maybe it's just me :laugh:

jcfradio 02-06-2021 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2555930)
Of course they are all grass fed cattle there, which certainly makes a difference, and there was none of the standard aging that we see here. When I bought beef at the butcher shop in the afternoon, it was likely that the cow had met its maker that morning.

I actually saw a show recently (it might have been on BBC?) that was trying to understand why Argentine beef was so good. In their investigation, they found that something like 75 % of their beef is feedlot finished (not much different from North America) and that the real reason for its great taste (which I agree with from several trips there) was due to the way that they cook it slowly over wood embers.

ERD50 02-06-2021 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2555856)
In the craft beer world, the saying is "Bud Light is to beer as Velveeta is to cheese."

The way I always heard it told (and I'll need to self-moderate here) is :" Bud Light (or Coors/Miller, etc) is like making love in a canoe. It's eff-ing close to water!".

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2556263)
There are a lot of good craft beers....unfortunately, there are far more awful ones. But, maybe it's just me :laugh:

And, IMO, that's the beauty of it. There is a wide variety, some you may hate. But when it comes to just about anything, I'd rather be given a choice where I might think 40% of it is just awful, but 1% is fantastic, than to be given a choice of 100% bland, non-offensive but nothing wonderful either.

I figure if I don't occasionally just hate a podcast or a song or other work by some creative individual, I sense they aren't trying hard enough. Makes the great stuff all the better. IMO.

-ERD50

ERD50 02-06-2021 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by ls99 (Post 2555898)
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One, in a small town Bamberg, was called Rauchbier, the mug of brew I had in a basement beer joint, was served with a small tube containing hot water, which we used to stir the beer with to warm it up.
Try that with the usual 'merkin beer.

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2555905)
That's not done any more, but there are still two well known breweries in Bamberg making Rauchbier. (Rauch means smoked, because the the malt is dried over open wood fires).

Wonderful stuff, but probably an acquired taste since it has never spread much beyond the city of Bamberg.

I never heard of a tube of hot water served with the beer, though cutting the smokiness of a Rauchbier might make sense.

I recall having a couple smoked beers decades ago, and I thought they were just awful -cloying, campfire smoky. Swore them off. Then the first sanctioned home-brew competition that I was a steward at, a judge overheard me say that, and suggested I try one from his table (he was judging the smoked beer category). It was great, subtle, but definitely smokey, cherry-wood sort of sense to it. Hmmmmm.

So I now will enjoy one from time to time, if they are well done. A local micro-brewery here does a great job with them, appropriately named "Scorched Earth Brewing".

Foraging Swine | Scorched Earth Brewing

-ERD50

RobbieB 02-06-2021 07:53 PM

McDonalds, quarter pounders and velveeta, bud light or coors - miller have no purpose in this Blow That Dough thread.

When I arrived in So Cal in 1979, the local store was hosting the "beer wars", it was Coors vs Bud and a six pack (back then) was $1.60. Cheaper than Coke. Cheaper than water.

It was pick up a case of whatever was on sale. I always had beer in the fridge. Sometimes no food, but always beer. I preferred Coors, but I wasn't going to spend a buck more if bud was on sale.

To return, that was in my younger, broker, more frugal days and today I don't buy any of that stuff.

"Welcome to piss water beer company" - from Take this job and Shove it.

Ronstar 02-06-2021 08:06 PM

Haven’t bought a Miller, Budweiser or Coors product in years. Did buy a 4 pack of New Holland Dragons Milk today for around $13.50. It makes sense to blow dough on good beer.

Souschef 02-06-2021 08:22 PM

We have a local brewery called TopaTopa, named after a local mountain. I used to go get my growler filled there until I found I could buy 12 oz cans of it at Trader Joe:) The one I liked best was Chief's Peak IPA.
Funny story. Some time ago I was at another microbrewery near my son. I got there after lunch and there was a guy selling bratwurst outside. I looked at how many he had left over, and offered $20 for the lot. He said ,"sold" LOL
Another subject: I have been fascinated by the stories of the Jambon Iberica, so tomorrow I am going to order a 2 oz sliced package from Amazon. DW and I will see what it is all about.

NW-Bound 02-06-2021 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Souschef (Post 2556605)
Another subject: I have been fascinated by the stories of the Jambon Iberica, so tomorrow I am going to order a 2 oz sliced package from Amazon. DW and I will see what it is all about.

Sorry to say, but it's Jamón Ibérico. Jambon is French.

There are two types: Ibérico de Cebo and Ibérico de Bellota. They are both from Iberian pigs; the first are raised on farm feed, while the second are free ranging and feed themselves with acorn and grass.

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... is it true that Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is better than Jamón Ibérico de Cebo? No, they’re just different products. Jamón Ibérico de Bellota is more expensive because it costs more to produce but this does not mean that you will like it more. If you like your ham less juicy, Ibérico de Cebo is a more suitable option for you.

Sunset 02-06-2021 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by braumeister (Post 2555905)
That's not done any more, but there are still two well known breweries in Bamberg making Rauchbier. (Rauch means smoked, because the the malt is dried over open wood fires).

Wonderful stuff, but probably an acquired taste since it has never spread much beyond the city of Bamberg.

I tried the smoked beer in Bamberg, at supposedly the original old place where it was accidentally invented. Of course I don't like beer, so I didn't like it either.
Silly me buying things I don't like ;)

audreyh1 02-07-2021 07:44 PM

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Oh yeah! This is the life!

NW-Bound 02-07-2021 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2557280)
Oh yeah! This is the life!

Looks good!

But you forget to show a glass of wine to go with it.

Maybe a glass of jerez? When you buy a glass of jerez in Spain, the bar tender may carve you a small complimentary slice of jamon, but the more common type and not the expensive iberico though.

Souschef 02-07-2021 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2556664)
I tried the smoked beer in Bamberg, at supposedly the original old place where it was accidentally invented. Of course I don't like beer, so I didn't like it either.
Silly me buying things I don't like ;)

I had it in Bamberg, but when I bought some here in CA, and offered it to a friend, he said, well, I do not have to try that again.:laugh:
There is a brewpub in Vancouver that serves a similar beer. I am a scotch drinker, so I am sort of used to a smoky taste.

audreyh1 02-07-2021 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2557290)
Looks good!

But you forget to show a glass of wine to go with it.

Maybe a glass of jerez? When you buy a glass of jerez in Spain, the bar tender may carve you a small complimentary slice of jamon, but the more common type and not the expensive iberico though.

Yes, as it happens I’m drinking Fino with this, but didn’t want to try to include the wine glass in the photo.

We’ve been making good progress with the jamón carving.

NW-Bound 02-07-2021 08:41 PM

I am reminded of an evening in Toledo some years ago. We went to a bar-restaurant looking for dinner. It was off-season, hence cold, and it got dark early. And we were hungry from walking all around the hill-top town all day.

As the Spanish have dinner very late, like 9-10 pm, the restaurant was not opened. We were sitting at the bar at 7pm, waiting and hungry. I ordered a glass of jerez, and the bartender cut me a small slice of jamon (I snapped a photo of him carving, and still have it somewhere).

Anyway, the sherry and the bitty jamon only made me hungrier, and we started to help ourselves with the green olives in a jar on top of the bar, and couldn't stop. The bartender didn't say anything (we were sure he would charge us later). Spanish olives were awfully good, and now we wanted more substantial food. So, we started to point to various tapas he had in the glass counter, and had our dinner right there instead of waiting for the restaurant to open as originally planned. The tapas were cold, and not really fancy stuff (I don't even remember what they were), but for a hungry couple they were all great.

It was a good dinner and memorable nevertheless. We were the only customers in that small bar besides the bartender, as it was off-season. We managed to communicate with the bartender, us speaking no Spanish and him knowing little English.

Just look up my diary, and it was in late Jan 2007.

corn18 02-07-2021 10:06 PM

It is impossible to stick to my diet when I open this thread. Please stop posting pics of delicious foods.

NW-Bound 02-07-2021 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2557367)
It is impossible to stick to my diet when I open this thread. Please stop posting pics of delicious foods.


Eating expensive food helps reduce calorie intake, I would think, unless one has an unlimited food budget. :)

audreyh1 02-08-2021 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by corn18 (Post 2557367)
It is impossible to stick to my diet when I open this thread. Please stop posting pics of delicious foods.

If you are not eating delicious food, you are on the wrong diet!!!

NW-Bound 02-08-2021 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2557863)
If you are not eating delicious food, you are on the wrong diet!!!

Sure. But let's not forget that delicioso is a subjective matter. :)

What if someone likes to gorge on inexpensive bacon, instead of the expensive jamon de bellota?

By the way, come to think of it, jamon is way more expensive than prosciutto, it makes the latter look like peasant's food. :)

audreyh1 02-09-2021 03:00 PM

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Wow, HEB had an impressive selection of whole briskets today!

NW-Bound 02-09-2021 03:06 PM

Wagyu beef for $6.99/lb? ???

REWahoo 02-09-2021 03:12 PM

Note the label says "American Style" Wagyu beef... :)

NW-Bound 02-09-2021 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by REWahoo (Post 2558302)
Note the label says "American Style" Wagyu beef... :)

I know. But still.

I do not see Wagyu beef around here. Or perhaps I have not looked hard enough.

PS. Saw some Argentina grassfed strip loin just now for $5.99. Wanted to get some, but the two fridges are full. Darn, we keep buying more food than we can eat. The way my wife hoards food, people would think we were from the Great Depression era.

NW-Bound 02-09-2021 03:25 PM

Well, I guess I don't really know what Wagyu beef means or entails.

Recently, I read an article about Angus beef. The gist of the article is "What's the big deal?"

It said that a huge percentage of the beef (forget the number) is Angus beef already. It's like saying "wine made from grape", as the peasant Ligurians liked to say, as told in a book that I am reading.

Well, I have to talk about that book, but it belongs in another thread.

Koolau 02-09-2021 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2558303)
I know. But still.

I do not see Wagyu beef around here. Or perhaps I have not looked hard enough.

90 degrees to Wagyu beef, but still well within the BTD theme (example to follow), I can NOT find any Spumoni Ice Cream on the Island (in a store - more to follow). Even back "home" on the mainland, I must have asked at half a dozen grocery stores and just got a blank stare when I asked for it.

BUT, Old Spaghetti Factory serves Spumoni Ice Cream for dessert. AND - here's the best part - they SELL it by the gallon. It cost me $20 plus tax, but once or twice a year, I BTD and buy a big box of it and with a little (very little) help from DW, I consume it in less time than it takes to start "going bad" like ice cream does when it gets "old."

Heh, heh, the song lyric that just went through my head, thinking about spumoni ice cream was "I'm In Heaven" from CHEEK TO CHEEK sung by Fred Astaire in "Top Hat" ca. 1935. It was included, IIRC in "The Green Mile." You folks who love (love, love, love) jamon de bellota may not share my enthusiasm for spumoni ice cream, but my passion for it helps me understand YOUR passion. Totally different flavors and even food groups, but passion is passion and should be celebrated IMHO.:dance: YMMV

ejman 02-09-2021 03:44 PM

Bought a couple of new belts for my Rega P3 turntable. $6.10. Why not? blow that dough!

Koolau 02-09-2021 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by ejman (Post 2558327)
Bought a couple of new belts for my Rega P3 turntable. $6.10. Why not? blow that dough!

Hey, throw caution to the wind! YOLO though YMMV.

Dtail 02-09-2021 04:20 PM

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Originally Posted by ejman (Post 2558327)
Bought a couple of new belts for my Rega P3 turntable. $6.10. Why not? blow that dough!

Wow, lots of dough.;D

audreyh1 02-09-2021 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2558303)
I know. But still.

I do not see Wagyu beef around here. Or perhaps I have not looked hard enough.

PS. Saw some Argentina grassfed strip loin just now for $5.99. Wanted to get some, but the two fridges are full. Darn, we keep buying more food than we can eat. The way my wife hoards food, people would think we were from the Great Depression era.

They’ve been carrying quite a bit of American Wagyu beef at our local HEB. But this was the first time I ever saw a Wagyu brisket. I haven’t tried any of their Wagyu.

I really wanted the grass fed brisket. It was quite flexible, so I think it would turn out great. But I have neither the time nor the space at the moment and and still have some leftover smoked brisket from Jan in the freezer.

American Wagyu is a cross between Japanese Wagyu and typically Black Angus according to Snake River Farms.

walkinwood 02-09-2021 04:56 PM

This should be renamed the "Blow the diet" thread!


This thread makes me smile.

NW-Bound 02-09-2021 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Koolau (Post 2558323)
... You folks who love (love, love, love) jamon de bellota may not share my enthusiasm for spumoni ice cream, but my passion for it helps me understand YOUR passion. Totally different flavors and even food groups, but passion is passion and should be celebrated IMHO.:dance: YMMV


There are food I love that do not cost that much. I can be happy without spending a lot of money.

NW-Bound 02-09-2021 08:21 PM

Koolau just made me crave some ice cream. I have not had it for a while, for trying to keep my blood glucose low. Just earlier today, at the grocery store, my wife asked me if I should get some, and I said no.

Now, I am thinking maybe I should drive to the store just to get some. Any kind of ice cream would work. :(

audreyh1 02-09-2021 09:38 PM

Yeah - I haven't had ice cream in forever due to low carb, and I avoid what I consider "fake" sweets. But my sweet tooth is pretty much turned off, so I haven't missed it too much.

I do eat 88%+ dark chocolate, so that goes a long way to not feeling deprived.

RobbieB 02-09-2021 10:00 PM

"American" wagyu beef is best described as "over prime".

We do not have the grading system of the Japanese and probably never will.

But it is really good and I like to support US - :)

NW-Bound 02-09-2021 10:04 PM

My wife just found some Mochi ice cream leftover in the fridge for me. They were abandoned in a corner and suffered from freezer burn, but that satiated my sugar crave for now.

I do not normally eat sweets, and my sudden craving for sugar may be telling me something.

RobbieB 02-09-2021 10:19 PM

Get some Ben & Jerry or some Hagen-Daz. A little goes a long way.

I don't eat a lot of ice cream, but when I do...

Dtail 02-10-2021 07:09 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2558565)
Get some Ben & Jerry or some Hagen-Daz. A little goes a long way.

I don't eat a lot of ice cream, but when I do...

Same here. Those are my 2 go to ice cream brands.

Christine 02-10-2021 07:23 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2557863)
If you are not eating delicious food, you are on the wrong diet!!!


I so agree. I love low carb eating. A delicious meal every time. Bacon, cheese, beef, iberian ham, icecream etc. Fits my palate to the max. If I want to go down I have to watch portion sizes. But it still taste great.


And I get to blow a little dough buying high quality food.



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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2558547)
Yeah - I haven't had ice cream in forever due to low carb, and I avoid what I consider "fake" sweets. But my sweet tooth is pretty much turned off, so I haven't missed it too much.

I do eat 88%+ dark chocolate, so that goes a long way to not feeling deprived.


You should try the 30 sec icecream which is my goto:


A handfull frozen berries, a dash of cream, one egg straight from the fridge. Mix with a handheld blender until looks icecream'y. Enjoy immidiately.


You can of course swap the berries for dark chocolate + an ice cube.


Add a dash of something from your liqueur cabinet and you can blow some dough too. :laugh:

Ronstar 02-10-2021 07:46 AM

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Ice cream. I don't go by an Oberweis dairy in Chicagoland without getting one of these

audreyh1 02-10-2021 08:34 AM

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I wasn’t able to pass up these prime beef “Dino Ribs” yesterday. They are over 2 pounds each! Smoking them today.

DH was skeptical at first, but I showed him that there was a huge slab of meat on top of each bone.

NW-Bound 02-10-2021 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2558565)
Get some Ben & Jerry or some Hagen-Daz. A little goes a long way.

I don't eat a lot of ice cream, but when I do...


Speaking of Ben & Jerry ice cream, I was surprised to see it in a grocery store in Spain.

Just now did some research, and found that "it was founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont, and sold in 2000 to British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever. Today it operates globally as a fully owned subsidiary of Unilever."

Back to blood glucose level, Harvard's data shows that premium ice cream has a lower glycemic index than standard ice cream. The reason? Rich ice cream has more butter fat in it, and that slows down the absorption of the sugar. Money can buy not just happiness, but some health too.

Leo1277 02-10-2021 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2558739)
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Back to blood glucose level, Harvard's data shows that premium ice cream has a lower glycemic index than standard ice cream. The reason? Rich ice cream has more butter fat in it, and that slows down the absorption of the sugar. Money can buy not just happiness, but some health too.

Great to know, and a great justification for me to prefer Häagen-Dazs and real Italian Gelato... :D

Leo1277 02-10-2021 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Christine (Post 2558639)
I so agree. I love low carb eating. A delicious meal every time. Bacon, cheese, beef, iberian ham, icecream etc. Fits my palate to the max. If I want to go down I have to watch portion sizes. But it still taste great.

And I get to blow a little dough buying high quality food.

You should try the 30 sec icecream which is my goto:

A handfull frozen berries, a dash of cream, one egg straight from the fridge. Mix with a handheld blender until looks icecream'y. Enjoy immidiately.

You can of course swap the berries for dark chocolate + an ice cube.

Add a dash of something from your liqueur cabinet and you can blow some dough too. :laugh:

Wow, I have to try this! The liqueur and the eggs remind me of my favorite home made eggnog recipe (European style, with 20% alcohol and less sugar). But I am wondering, does anyone have experience with these ice cream making machines? Seems in these Covid times :hide:, this may be a worthwhile investment :coolsmiley:

Mr. Tightwad 02-10-2021 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2558565)
Get some Ben & Jerry or some Hagen-Daz. A little goes a long way.

I don't eat a lot of ice cream, but when I do...

Bought 10 containers of B and J's for $20 yesterday. BTD.

I ration it so it lasts as long as possible.

audreyh1 02-10-2021 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2558739)

Back to blood glucose level, Harvard's data shows that premium ice cream has a lower glycemic index than standard ice cream. The reason? Rich ice cream has more butter fat in it, and that slows down the absorption of the sugar. Money can buy not just happiness, but some health too.

It may reduce the glycemic index, but I’ve come to believe that high fat plus high sugar is a very unhealthy food and contributes to metabolic disease. High fat is fine unless you add a bunch of sugar or carbs.

yakers 02-11-2021 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2558803)
It may reduce the glycemic index, but I’ve come to believe that high fat plus high sugar is a very unhealthy food and contributes to metabolic disease. High fat is fine unless you add a bunch of sugar or carbs.



+1, one or the other (but low carb is better for low BG) but both are not a good idea

Dtail 02-11-2021 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Tightwad (Post 2558784)
Bought 10 containers of B and J's for $20 yesterday. BTD.

I ration it so it lasts as long as possible.

How did you get that price?
The best I can do is BOGO at Publix.

NW-Bound 02-11-2021 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by audreyh1 (Post 2558803)
It may reduce the glycemic index, but I’ve come to believe that high fat plus high sugar is a very unhealthy food and contributes to metabolic disease. High fat is fine unless you add a bunch of sugar or carbs.


A lot depends on the individual's body. I still eat a lot of carb for dinner. But if I eat bread for lunch, my fasting blood glucose shoots up past 100. With quinoa for lunch, it's a lot better.

Just did my monthly fasting finger pricking test. Result: 86. I can safely do ice cream once a week with that.

Teacher Terry 02-11-2021 10:28 AM

Closing on my condo on the 12th of March. I have my handyman lined up to paint, pergo the bedrooms and do a few other things. Intend to buy all new stainless steel appliances. Luckily it has a new kitchen except for appliances and hardwood floors except for the bedrooms. Very excited!

pacergal 02-11-2021 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Teacher Terry (Post 2559380)
Closing on my condo on the 12th of March. I have my handyman lined up to paint, pergo the bedrooms and do a few other things. Intend to buy all new stainless steel appliances. Luckily it has a new kitchen except for appliances and hardwood floors except for the bedrooms. Very excited!

Yeah! Happy for you to move on to this new phase in your life.

audreyh1 02-11-2021 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by NW-Bound (Post 2559337)
A lot depends on the individual's body. I still eat a lot of carb for dinner. But if I eat bread for lunch, my fasting blood glucose shoots up past 100. With quinoa for lunch, it's a lot better.

Just did my monthly fasting finger pricking test. Result: 86. I can safely do ice cream once a week with that.

As long as your fasting blood insulin levels are also low, you’re good. Unfortunately fasting blood glucose doesn’t tell you that you are in trouble until way late when a lot of damage has already been done. But elevated fasting blood insulin levels can detect if you are developing insulin resistance (and thus on a trajectory to diabetes) much, much sooner.

Regardless - by itself, eating ice cream once a week is not going to cause metabolic health problems.

RunningBum 02-11-2021 12:06 PM

$900 for ski boots. Apex Antero. https://www.peterglenn.com/product/a...-ski-boot-mens

It's to replace my ~7-8 year old Apex MC-1 ski boots that are wearing out. In traditional ski boots my feet were never comfortable, and always were the first thing to get cold. Apex boots have a special snowboard-style boot that fits into their ski boot frame. To me they perform as well as any other ski boots I've had, and are by far the most comfortable. My feet feel great and only get cold on super cold days, and the boot part is really easy to walk around in. Much safer too, to avoid slipping on ice in the parking lot on hard plastic ski boot bottoms.

It's about 2x the cost of very good traditional ski boots, but totally worth it to me. I ski 50-75 days a year so I get a lot of use out of them.

Retired Expat 02-11-2021 12:39 PM

Started a house renovation project November 2020, Jan 2021 had me buying appliances and doing the final outfitting. Upgraded from original plans to a bigger and better Fridge Freezer, dishwasher, air conditioners , even added those outlets with the built in USB ports. All told probably added 10k in bells, whistles, energy savings and conveniences. But portfolio is doing great and 2020 living expenses were way down so why not.

doneat54 02-12-2021 03:14 PM

Went to the Dollar store and bought five pairs of readers and two pairs of sunglasses for $7.44. I know, crazy. But I lived the frugal life and I have to get more comfortable with spending money I think.

RobbieB 02-12-2021 03:35 PM

Two hundred on 3 pounds of Bluefin and 12 ounces of Unagi from Catalina!

street 02-12-2021 03:56 PM

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Two hundred on 3 pounds of Bluefin and 12 ounces of Unagi from Catalina!

You aren't just showing off RobbieB are you ??? Lol It must be some good tasting fish and good for you!

Been wanting to buy some bison (Tatanka) steaks but the cost is 12 4oz a total of 3lbs for $180. The ribeye and tenderloin are more.

chicamuxen 02-12-2021 04:03 PM

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Here is what i blew my dough on. I ordered this back in September. Just came in yesterday. 2021 F150 Lariat. Much nicer compared to my 2013 i traded in.

HI Bill 02-12-2021 04:32 PM

Does a $300 e-book reader count? I've been wanting a Kindle for a while, and now that I'm at T-15 days to RE, I thought I'd splurge as I hope to do a lot of reading!

chicamuxen 02-12-2021 04:34 PM

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Does a $300 e-book reader count? I've been wanting a Kindle for a while, and now that I'm at T-15 days to RE, I thought I'd splurge as I hope to do a lot of reading!

Nothing like a good e-book reader. Battery last for day's on a charge.

street 02-12-2021 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by chicamuxen (Post 2560244)
Here is what i blew my dough on. I ordered this back in September. Just came in yesterday. 2021 F150 Lariat. Much nicer compared to my 2013 i traded in.

Beautiful!

Ronstar 02-12-2021 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by chicamuxen (Post 2560244)
Here is what i blew my dough on. I ordered this back in September. Just came in yesterday. 2021 F150 Lariat. Much nicer compared to my 2013 i traded in.

I can't think of anything better than this to blow dough on. Enjoy!

skyking1 02-12-2021 05:26 PM

Smooth move there with the new truck:) The '13 was nice then, but so much has happened technology and feature wise. All the safety and convenience updates that rolled out in the later teens plus the latest and greatest. Enjoy your new ride.

chicamuxen 02-12-2021 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by street (Post 2560289)
Beautiful!

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2560304)
I can't think of anything better than this to blow dough on. Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by skyking1 (Post 2560312)
Smooth move there with the new truck:) The '13 was nice then, but so much has happened technology and feature wise. All the safety and convenience updates that rolled out in the later teens plus the latest and greatest. Enjoy your new ride.

Thank you

Souschef 02-12-2021 07:01 PM

The hollow gold rope chain that I bought at the gold bazaar in Istanbul in 2007 finally broke.
I just ordered a solid rope chain instead for over $700. I figure my funds are up so why not?;D

RobbieB 02-12-2021 07:02 PM

One pound of Bluefin Tuna;

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c2e260d1_o.jpg

Tekka & Kappa Maki;

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...48748e25_o.jpg

Yeah, I'm a show off - :)

Seriously, this fish is better than what you get at the sushi bar. And no covid to worry about!

street 02-12-2021 08:36 PM

That looks great!!
I wouldn't know how to eat that with those sticks thou. You would think with that expensive of Tune cut, you could afford some silverware thou. Lol

skyking1 02-12-2021 09:29 PM

^ I would get slivers from the sticks too. The fish does look fabulous.

Accidental Retiree 02-12-2021 09:37 PM

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I wasn’t able to pass up these prime beef “Dino Ribs” yesterday. They are over 2 pounds each! Smoking them today.

DH was skeptical at first, but I showed him that there was a huge slab of meat on top of each bone.

My husband’s recent Dino bones.

street 02-12-2021 09:39 PM

You are folks are eating like KINGS. If you can, why not!

audreyh1 02-12-2021 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Accidental Retiree (Post 2560428)
My husband’s recent Dino bones.

Wow! Yep!!!

Ronstar 02-13-2021 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Accidental Retiree (Post 2560428)
My husband’s recent Dino bones.

Nicely done! Did you smoke that?

Accidental Retiree 02-13-2021 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Ronstar (Post 2560509)
Nicely done! Did you smoke that?

My husband smoked the Dino bones in his Traeger.

audreyh1 02-13-2021 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Accidental Retiree (Post 2560515)
My husband smoked the Dino bones in his Traeger.

That’s the smoker I have and I enjoy it so much! DH is still raving about my recent homemade bacon attempt.

cbo111 02-13-2021 10:47 AM

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Two e-bikes arrived via Fedex a few days ago. It took about 3 hours to do final assembly and adjust the disk brakes. These are Ride1UP series 500 bikes. Priced at about $1200 each, they have components and build quality of much higher priced e-bikes. The company is based in LaJolla, and the bikes are built in Sparks, NV. Beginning today, there is no such thing as a headwind or hill in my riding vocabulary.

davebarnes 02-13-2021 11:09 AM

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Originally Posted by cbo111 (Post 2560666)
Two e-bikes

And, they come with anti-gravity settings. I am impressed.

Mr. Tightwad 02-13-2021 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Dtail (Post 2559262)
How did you get that price?
The best I can do is BOGO at Publix.

Ralph's had them for $2.50 each. I had bought 5 of them a few days ago for $12.50, and was issued a coupon for $2.50 off my next purchase (could have been anything). I bought my 5 and used the coupon making it $12.50 - $2.50 = $10. I was issued another coupon, and without leaving the store went back and bought 5 more. I got a third coupon but couldn't repeat it a third time as my freezer had no room. I saved the third coupon for a purchase down the road.

neihn 02-13-2021 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by davebarnes (Post 2560679)
And, they come with anti-gravity settings. I am impressed.

:laugh::laugh::laugh:

euro 02-13-2021 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2560353)
One pound of Bluefin Tuna;


Yeah, I'm a show off - :)

Seriously, this fish is better than what you get at the sushi bar. And no covid to worry about!

Finally, you made me break down and place a $300 order myself ;D

Sadly, they were all out of uni - I guess it's not urchin season...

BTD

audreyh1 02-13-2021 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by euro (Post 2560765)
Finally, you made me break down and place a $300 order myself ;D

Sadly, they were all out of uni - I guess it's not urchin season...

BTD

Ha ha!

RobbieB 02-13-2021 01:32 PM

The Uni goes really fast. I was lucky enough a couple of times to get the live ones. A lotta work, but incomparable flavor!

You're in for a real treat! Catalina has never let me down.

Ronstar 02-13-2021 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Accidental Retiree (Post 2560515)
My husband smoked the Dino bones in his Traeger.

I thought that smoke ring looked familiar. I'm going to start smoking again when the outside temp gets to 30°. Cold temps really affect my grilling times.

RVplusDog 02-14-2021 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Leo1277 (Post 2558780)
Wow, I have to try this! The liqueur and the eggs remind me of my favorite home made eggnog recipe (European style, with 20% alcohol and less sugar). But I am wondering, does anyone have experience with these ice cream making machines? Seems in these Covid times :hide:, this may be a worthwhile investment :coolsmiley:

Yes! I had one for years - it was part of the truckloads of things that got sold when we went full time in the RV.

The old ice cream maker was awesome and easy, and it wasn’t even a quality one. I imagine they work even better now. I need to buy one. Nothing better than home made custard ice cream, to me.

Poweruser 02-14-2021 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by cbo111 (Post 2560666)
Two e-bikes arrived via Fedex a few days ago. It took about 3 hours to do final assembly and adjust the disk brakes. These are Ride1UP series 500 bikes. Priced at about $1200 each, they have components and build quality of much higher priced e-bikes. The company is based in LaJolla, and the bikes are built in Sparks, NV. Beginning today, there is no such thing as a headwind or hill in my riding vocabulary.


Nice! I can see picking up a couple of these in the near future.

skyking1 02-14-2021 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by cbo111 (Post 2560666)
Two e-bikes arrived via Fedex a few days ago. It took about 3 hours to do final assembly and adjust the disk brakes. These are Ride1UP series 500 bikes. Priced at about $1200 each, they have components and build quality of much higher priced e-bikes. The company is based in LaJolla, and the bikes are built in Sparks, NV. Beginning today, there is no such thing as a headwind or hill in my riding vocabulary.

Very nice, could you let us know how they work for you? I am in the market for DW.

tmm99 02-14-2021 02:52 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2560353)
One pound of Bluefin Tuna;

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c2e260d1_o.jpg

Tekka & Kappa Maki;

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...48748e25_o.jpg

Yeah, I'm a show off - :)

Seriously, this fish is better than what you get at the sushi bar. And no covid to worry about!

Very good looking piece of medium toro!

Time2 02-14-2021 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Out-to-Lunch (Post 2555665)
That is great. I am glad you found a solution. I was tempted to suggest cypress, since you are in FLA, but that would probably be outrageously expensive. Poplar should serve your needs.


I'm making progress, I have the exterior covered, the insulation installed, the conduit and wiring run. My upper vent cut and have the lower vent boxed in. I got all the Poplar cut to size, so after I get the Infra Red vapor barrier installed, I can start on the interior walls. I found a Sauna heater on the Marketplace, I paid $50 for it, not tested, but that included the rocks. Ordering just the rocks would run more than $50. When I got home I found the thermostat was not working, but I found one on Ebay for $70.

I had a mandatory work stoppage this afternoon, the Daytona 500 is on.:dance:

In a rain delay now, may go back out and get something done.

Out-to-Lunch 02-14-2021 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Time2 (Post 2561369)
I'm making progress, I have the exterior covered, the insulation installed, the conduit and wiring run. My upper vent cut and have the lower vent boxed in. I got all the Poplar cut to size, so after I get the Infra Red vapor barrier installed, I can start on the interior walls. I found a Sauna heater on the Marketplace, I paid $50 for it, not tested, but that included the rocks. Ordering just the rocks would run more than $50. When I got home I found the thermostat was not working, but I found one on Ebay for $70.

I had a mandatory work stoppage this afternoon, the Daytona 500 is on.:dance:

In a rain delay now, may go back out and get something done.

If you get that heater working for <$150 or so, that is a STEAL. I paid a grand!

ShokWaveRider 02-15-2021 06:46 AM

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Chuckanut 02-15-2021 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Leo1277 (Post 2558780)
Wow, I have to try this! The liqueur and the eggs remind me of my favorite home made eggnog recipe (European style, with 20% alcohol and less sugar). But I am wondering, does anyone have experience with these ice cream making machines? Seems in these Covid times :hide:, this may be a worthwhile investment :coolsmiley:

I have a Donvier ice cream maker. It consists of an aluminum insert that some type of freezable liquid in it. One freezes the insert 24 hour ahead time, minimum. Make the ice cream custard. Take the insert out of the freezer and put into the maker. pour in custard. Turn handle every 30 seconds to start and then about every minute or two. In 20-30 minutes you have ice cream. No need to mess with salt solutions, etc.

https://www.serving-ice-cream.com/do...eam-maker.html

aja8888 02-15-2021 10:39 AM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2561549)
Blew Some....

Nice...what year? 1971? (I had a 1968).

Time2 02-15-2021 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Out-to-Lunch (Post 2561517)
If you get that heater working for <$150 or so, that is a STEAL. I paid a grand!


Ya I do have a concern though, I was shopping for a 3kW unit and got a 5.2kW unit. I may have to throttle it back, on the other hand I have read a lot of posts on r/sauna of people not being able to get a high enough temperature, I don't expect that problem. It has two 2.6kW heating elements, if needed I can find a work around. At least it will be a quick warm up! Got most of my IR barrier installed this morning, one more small piece and the ceiling, and I'll start nailing wood to the walls. The last hurdle will be the door. I bought a 24" door with casing for $10 at Habitat for humanity. I expected to put a window in the inset panel, but then I realized the door it to tall and the inset panel is to long, so I can't just cut the top and bottom. I suspect I'll donate it back :angel:

ShokWaveRider 02-15-2021 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by aja8888 (Post 2561657)
Nice...what year? 1971? (I had a 1968).

1973 Chrome Bumper Model.

street 02-15-2021 12:30 PM

Beautiful car ShokWaveRider!!

skyking1 02-15-2021 12:38 PM

Super nice car shockwave. My sister and brother-in-law had a 69 MGB GT. I have no idea what happened to it. I remember it was fun it had that electric two speed.
Funny story: my high school age brother borrowed it one night for a date. brother-in-law gave him all sorts of crap the next day about the footprint on the inside of the windshield!

aja8888 02-15-2021 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by ShokWaveRider (Post 2561723)
1973 Chrome Bumper Model.

I noticed the chrome bumper but couldn't tell if it had the split rear bumper. Nice looking B!

Charlotte 02-15-2021 01:16 PM

My new Apple iPhone 12 arrived this morning! This will be a nice upgrade from my old 6s plus. It’s been a breeze setting it up, apple sure makes it easy.

Out-to-Lunch 02-15-2021 02:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Time2 (Post 2561720)
Ya I do have a concern though, I was shopping for a 3kW unit and got a 5.2kW unit. I may have to throttle it back, on the other hand I have read a lot of posts on r/sauna of people not being able to get a high enough temperature, I don't expect that problem. It has two 2.6kW heating elements, if needed I can find a work around. At least it will be a quick warm up! Got most of my IR barrier installed this morning, one more small piece and the ceiling, and I'll start nailing wood to the walls. The last hurdle will be the door. I bought a 24" door with casing for $10 at Habitat for humanity. I expected to put a window in the inset panel, but then I realized the door it to tall and the inset panel is to long, so I can't just cut the top and bottom. I suspect I'll donate it back :angel:

I wouldn't be concerned! Mine is a 7 kW.

CDRE 02-17-2021 04:38 PM

My butt and back appreciates the $400 (tax included) I spent on a Workpro 12000 office chair at Office Depot. It is similar to the Aeron by Herman Miller except not quite blowing that kinda of dough.

ArmchairMillionaire23 02-18-2021 04:47 PM

Thanks to hearing about them on another thread on this site, I splurged and spent $24 on my first pair of Darn Tough™ socks. They arrived via UPS this afternoon.
I know $24 is not all that much in this thread but never in my life would I have imagined spending $24 on a single pair of socks.
Ya gotta start somewhere, right?
(DW already has a '77 MGB) :coolsmiley:


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