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Dannyalcatraz

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Bit if a fail the other night. Concentrated sobhard on the garnish forgot to put the chicken on derp.

Going camping tomorrow so thought I would try this fella.


He is doing a Syrian food truck. Tried a chicken saj with shatta sauce and za'atar iirc. A say is essentially a wrap but what he did with it was magic.

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His falafel was beautiful. Light fluffy and crispy. Bought 12 if them to share at family meeting tonight.
I’m not a big fan of falafel, but a really good one is a culinary treat, no question!
 

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Dannyalcatraz

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I’m mildly allergic to chocolate, but I really love it. So I have to pick my culinary battles.

A few days ago, I had an insight: coffee (when sweetened) and chocolate have similar flavor profiles, so a coffee flavored syrup might be a reasonable substitute for chocolate syrup. So I started looking for recipes. Like I figured, such a thing was basically a mix of simple syrup and a coffee you like.

But before I could start experimenting, mom ordered some Torani Coffee flavored syrup online.

Gotta say, my first experience tasting it on an ice cream sundae after dinner tonight pretty much confirmed my hypothesis.

I’m still going to be using actual chocolate syrup, but now I have another option to scratch that itch on days when I REALLY need to avoid having even a minor reaction.
 

prabe

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I’m mildly allergic to chocolate, but I really love it. So I have to pick my culinary battles.

A few days ago, I had an insight: coffee (when sweetened) and chocolate have similar flavor profiles, so a coffee flavored syrup might be a reasonable substitute for chocolate syrup. So I started looking for recipes. Like I figured, such a thing was basically a mix of simple syrup and a coffee you like.

Gotta say, my first experience tasting it on an ice cream sundae after dinner tonight pretty much confirmed my hypothesis.

I’m still going to be using actual chocolate syrup, but now I have another option to scratch that itch on days when I REALLY need to avoid having even a minor reaction.
I have long known that chocolate was often a recognizable flavor in coffee. I'm pleased you're able to make it work. I'll point out that coffee liqueurs are often really sweet, and might be another way you could scratch that itch.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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I have long known that chocolate was often a recognizable flavor in coffee. I'm pleased you're able to make it work. I'll point out that coffee liqueurs are often really sweet, and might be another way you could scratch that itch.
I actually have a couple coffee liqueurs on my booze cart. And I have used them- and other spirits- on ice cream, so THAT wasn’t the epiphany.

But I had NEVER seen coffee syrup on a store shelf. I didn’t know it existed as a commercial product. Still, I strongly suspected it was a culinary thing, and I’d be able to make some.

Fortunately, I don’t HAVE to!
 

prabe

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I actually have a couple coffee liqueurs on my booze cart. And I have used them- and other spirits- on ice cream, so THAT wasn’t the epiphany.

But I had NEVER seen coffee syrup on a store shelf. I didn’t know it existed as a commercial product. Still, I strongly suspected it was a culinary thing, and I’d be able to make some.

Fortunately, I don’t HAVE to!
If you're looking for a recommendation ...

This stuff is really, really good.
 


Zardnaar

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Options are limited atm. Camping with lpg bbq's and catering to kids.
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Hometown cheese roll. Cronut place was closed on a Monday morning. Very traditional ones tasty enough
 
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Zardnaar

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Morning tea for the whanau.
Carrot cake muffins with cream cheese icingX5, some other muffin, lemon neenish tart. In the bag X2 sausage rolls.

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Off to that fish and chip shop I've been raving about. Generally rated as top 10 in the country. 15 minute drive from the campsite. It's Monday though so idk if it's open
 


Zardnaar

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Naked blue cod, chips and a hot dog.

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With tartare sauce, lemon juice and beer unfused tomato sauce on the hot dog.

Not a fan of seafood but every now and then get a craving for blue cod or sole fillet.

It was amazing best blue cod and hot dog I've ever had. Chips were great but not the best but 0 regrets. Approx $15 usd and I gave a puce of fish and most if the chips away.

Back into my internet free black hole.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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I love finding little family run places with fantastic food. The only better culinary experience is good home-cooked food with friends & family.

Don‘t get me wrong- the high-end stuff may be fantastic, but it’s less…relaxed.
 

Zardnaar

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Post camp family meals.
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Chicken filo.

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Bread and dips. Pesto, dukkah, olive oil and vinegar, hummus. Got to sample it dukkah was a bit salty, pesto was great.

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Loaded fries gravy and bacon. They were very nice.
 
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Zardnaar

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NZ ribs.

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Blue cod, tartare, lemon and chips. Not as good as town down the road. 7.5/10.

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My burger, very saucy basically a cheeseburger with caramelized onions in a brioche bun. 9/10 chips were good.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Today was my maternal aunt’s birthday, and her youngest son’s birthday was last week. So I took the pair of them out to a seafood place (of her choosing) to celebrate.

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We had a good meal and a good time. The last time I was in that place, I had their chargrilled oysters for the first time, and repeated that experience tonight. Then I had some clam chowder and- because @Zardnaar has been making me hungry- some fish & chips. I doubt theyre even in the same ballpark, quality wise, as what HE gets, but I was happy. Along with the fries, I had some sautéed/wilted garlic spinach.

My aunt also had the oysters- no surprise, because she’s the one who tipped me off to how good they were at this place- and a crab & shrimp stuffed flounder. Her sides were the menu standard mashed potatoes and green beans.

My cousin decided to be adventurous for once. Initially, he was going to have a shrimp po’boy. But when it came time to order, he decided to have a bowl of their crab bisque and the same entree as his mom. However, instead of the standard sides, he subbed a cup of gumbo for the green beans. 🤣
 


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