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The Best Combination of Two Distinct Flavors

Bob W. May 14, 2002 05:36 PM

To me, it's chocolate and hazelnut, AKA gianduja. E.g., Nutella, gelato, etc.

I'd like to know what others think. Savory as well as sweet combos also welcome!

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    saucyknave RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 05:51 PM

    Sweet & Sour as in almost anything that is sweet and sour

    Sweet & Salty as in a pissaladiere with caramelized onions and anchovies and olives.

    Is there a common thread here? I could go on, but I'll leave some for others.

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      byrd RE: saucyknave May 14, 2002 08:34 PM

      Roquefort (Maytag Blue an acceptable substitute)
      and fresh figs or the poor mans version feta
      cheese and watermelon

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      The Pie Queen RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 05:56 PM

      Pineapple on pizza! The sweet pineapple and salty cheese and sauce are oh so nice together. But hold the ham.

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        Albie RE: The Pie Queen May 15, 2002 08:50 AM

        Throw on some pickled jalapeno slices and you have...oh, wait, that makes three distinct flavors.

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          Bob Savelli RE: Albie May 15, 2002 11:12 PM

          Stilton Cheese with Pecans/Walnuts and Vintage Port

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        GG Mora RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 06:06 PM

        Stinky, aged goat cheese and a big, rustic red.

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          Miles RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 06:08 PM

          Raw oysters and Muscadet

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            Jambalaya RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 06:13 PM

            Garlic and rosemary as in rubbed on chicken or in focaccia, not necessarily the sweet and savory thing, but they do go together well.

            Homemade apple pie with a nice slice of sharp cheddar cheese

            Sauteed mushrooms seem to go well seasoned with fresh sage.

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              TR RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 06:40 PM

              Sweet salame & and a sharp gorgonzola, or same cheese and scallions

              Sharp cheddar and grapes

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                susan blair RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 06:46 PM

                Really strong black coffee and warm, iced cinnamon rolls.

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                  galleygirl RE: susan blair May 14, 2002 06:57 PM

                  Really strong black coffee and a fudgey brownie, even cold!

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                  Miz Chalmers RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 07:04 PM

                  Medjool dates and gruyere cheese. Oh, yeah.

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                    the rogue RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 07:30 PM

                    Lime Juice and Cilantro. I think the two flavors heterodyne off each other.

                    (Of course you add some onions and jalapenos and it gets better exponentially...)

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                      C-Fish RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 07:40 PM

                      Swiss cheese and avocado...

                      I'm going home now for din-din.

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                        berkleybabe RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 07:43 PM

                        Great Gouda with fresh, ripe pear.

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                          woo! RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 08:05 PM

                          Big slab of perfectly seared foie gras and a giant glass of properly chilled Chateaux d'Yquiem... Heaven.

                          on the other end of the spectrum...

                          Fresh, hot, just baked Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donut and a cup of perfectly brewed French Roast coffee... awesome... btw, not trying to start a Krispy Kreme discussion...:)

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                            Bill RE: woo! May 15, 2002 10:24 AM

                            Followed by a nice Port and a serving of Stilton.

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                            Chino Wayne RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 08:12 PM

                            Vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
                            Pastrami & chopped liver between rye bread.
                            Bourbon & 7-Up.
                            Bacon and scrambled eggs.
                            Lox and cream cheese.

                            There is no end to the best combination of two distinct flavors, it varies with the day, the weather, the mood, what ever.

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                              Karl S. RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 08:23 PM

                              A cold kosher dill pickle and a hot thin slice of cheese pizza. A flavor, texture, temperature and ethnic culinary fusion....

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                                Tom Meg RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 08:34 PM

                                Sauerkraut and some form of salty, cured pork.

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                                  Elle RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 08:44 PM

                                  Chocolate and Banana are an unbeatable combination. I think Mango and lime are a born duo as well.

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                                    Stephanie L. RE: Elle May 16, 2002 02:03 PM

                                    In that same vein, chocolate and orange, especially in its purest essence, chocolate-covered orange peel.

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                                      Will Owen RE: Stephanie L. Aug 6, 2009 05:06 PM

                                      The old 7-Up candy bar, which was essentially seven different chocolates bound into a single piece, had one chunk that was an orange jelly. I always ate the parts one by one and saved that one for "dessert". Citrus and chocolate are the sweet world's equivalent to pork and sauerkraut, I think - pleasing in every way. When my nephews were kids and living in Italy they were a pair of insufferable brats, but the fact that they were both fanatics about having lemon and chocolate gelato on the same cone gave me hope for their souls. They have since become very fine men...

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                                      KaimukiMan RE: Elle Aug 12, 2009 10:52 PM

                                      chocolate and fruit in general

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                                      wow i'm a dog RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 09:15 PM

                                      Spicy red onion and bleu cheese.

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                                        JessicaKlonsky RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 09:27 PM

                                        Chile and lime, especially on mango (okay, I know that is three distinct flavors, but delicious)

                                        also on jicama

                                        chocolate and citrus (orange or grapefruit)

                                        strawberries and balsamic

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                                          Alexandra Halsey RE: JessicaKlonsky May 15, 2002 02:52 PM

                                          Yes! Chocolate and orange. Combined in one ice cream flavor, preferably . . .

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                                            Bob W. RE: Alexandra Halsey May 15, 2002 03:35 PM

                                            Chocolate and orange is definitely high on my list of combos too, especially in the form of the mandarin chocolate ice cream at Toscanini's in Cambridge Mass.

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                                              Cloudy RE: Alexandra Halsey May 16, 2002 12:11 AM

                                              Yes, chocolate & orange rules. Have you tried Ben & Jerry's Pulp Addiction? I haven't seen it in a few months; I hope they haven't stopped making it.

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                                                Stephanie L. RE: Cloudy May 16, 2002 02:06 PM

                                                Man, I haven't seen that for ages. I was so happy to see it, especially since I remember that back in the '80s, B&J had a chocolate orange ice cream in their Scoop Shops for a brief moment.

                                                I posted below about this, but it's really one of my favorite "chocolate and" combinations. A lot of people I talk to, however, just shudder when I even mention it.

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                                                  Cloudy RE: Stephanie L. May 17, 2002 12:38 AM

                                                  Maybe Pulp Addiction is hard to find, but earlier today I was lucky enough to encounter orange ice cream as a daily special flavor at Custard Beach in Grand Central Terminal. Had a scoop with hot fudge!

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                                                  FrankDrakman RE: Cloudy Aug 7, 2009 11:21 PM

                                                  I just checked their current flavour list, and Pulp Addiction is not listed. However, they did have a new flavour "Orange and Cream" which is orange sorbet swirled into vanilla ice cream - sounds like a Creamsicle in a cup!

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                                                    kattyeyes RE: FrankDrakman Aug 8, 2009 04:32 AM

                                                    If you like Creamsicles or an Orange Julius and have an ice cream maker, I enthusiastically endorse the following (paraphrased) recipe for Orange Julius Sherbet from "The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book" by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough. I've loved every recipe I've made from this book.


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                                                  the rogue RE: Alexandra Halsey May 16, 2002 06:38 AM

                                                  Or the Terry's chocolate oranges... whack and snack...
                                                  Dark or milk... mmmmmm

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                                                DavidH RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 10:25 PM

                                                Grand Marnier and homemade eggnog

                                                Frangelico and blueberrys

                                                Frangelico and air

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                                                  the rogue RE: DavidH May 14, 2002 10:30 PM

                                                  Frangelico and air? Aw that's just nuts. ;-)>

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                                                  Letsplay1 RE: Bob W. May 14, 2002 10:56 PM

                                                  Just picked from the garden beefsteak tomato and real mayonnaise, it's going to be a long wait.

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                                                    LisaLou RE: Letsplay1 May 15, 2002 10:06 AM

                                                    On pita and popped in the microwave for 10 seconds. I lived on tomato and mayo sandwiches for an entire week one summer.

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                                                      GG Mora RE: LisaLou May 15, 2002 10:39 AM

                                                      Gotta have it on whole wheat toast with lots of freshly ground black pepper.....

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                                                        fladd RE: GG Mora May 15, 2002 12:47 PM

                                                        Nearly correct -

                                                        What you obviously meant was, "On warm-from-the-oven white bread with sliced cucumbers and Miracle Whip"

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                                                          Will Owen RE: fladd Aug 6, 2009 05:11 PM

                                                          Go wash your mouth out with soap!! ...which I'd much rather do than put MW in it. Okay, de gustibus and all that, but it'll never be allowed in my house. Unless someone brings a jar as - quite literally - a gag gift.

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                                                            gordeaux RE: fladd Aug 7, 2009 06:47 PM

                                                            Miracle Whip is a sickly sweet, sugar laden abomination of all that is good with mayonnaise. Leave it to Kraft to take a delicious substance, and make it sweet. Their salad dressings are also disgusting, sugary garbage as well.

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                                                              alkapal RE: gordeaux Aug 7, 2009 07:09 PM

                                                              miracle whip is not mayo. it is an entity unto itself. sui generis.

                                                              actually, it's good with crunchy cubes of iceberg and juicy chunks of summer tomato. s&p. maybe a dash of white wine vinegar and a hit of oregano. done.

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                                                        DavidH RE: Letsplay1 May 15, 2002 02:19 PM

                                                        My favorite. Haven't made it yet with homemade mayo but will try it this summer when the farmers market opens up. The tomatoes (even plum) have no taste right now.

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                                                        Sam I Am RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 12:14 AM

                                                        Green Eggs and Ham

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                                                          woo! RE: Sam I Am May 15, 2002 03:01 AM

                                                          uh... I WILL NOT EAT GREEN EGGS AND HAM! I WILL NOT EAT THEM IN A HOUSE, I WILL NOT EAT THEM WITH A MOUSE!

                                                          hey, wait a minute... I LOVE GREEN EGGS AND HAM!!!!

                                                          I must say... I LOVED this post... brought me a BIG A$$ smile!

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                                                          Gayla RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 01:07 AM

                                                          corn tortillas and carnitas

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                                                            Shaebones RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 03:06 AM

                                                            peanut butter 'n jelly

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                                                              Gene RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 07:22 AM

                                                              strawberrys and sliced bananas
                                                              ham and eggs

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                                                                Gene RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 07:23 AM

                                                                chocolate ice cream and fresh blackberries

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                                                                  Tom from NC RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 08:05 AM

                                                                  Gorgonzola and apple slices

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                                                                    Fargo RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 09:00 AM

                                                                    Cream cheese and Jalapeno jelly

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                                                                      GG Mora RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 10:42 AM

                                                                      Tunafish salad and peanut butter.

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                                                                        lilmomma RE: GG Mora Apr 22, 2009 01:14 PM

                                                                        For real?!?!

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                                                                        the rogue RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 10:49 AM

                                                                        Bacon and Maple syrup
                                                                        Tomatoes and Balsamic vinegar
                                                                        Sake and Cucumber
                                                                        Mango and Hot Sauce
                                                                        Lime and Advocado
                                                                        Peanut Butter and Jalapeno jelly

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                                                                          Samantha RE: the rogue May 15, 2002 07:33 PM

                                                                          Sausage in maple syrup is even better.

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                                                                            the rogue RE: Samantha May 16, 2002 06:36 AM

                                                                            Yumm... It's a hard bet which I like better. Maple syrup over sausage or bacon. But around here good bacon is easier to find than good sausage. As a matter of fact i have'nt had good sausage since I lived down south. I like Carl Ehmer's low sodium/nitrate bacon. Very nice, slightly smoky, and meaty. One of the best bacons on the market. Cook medium, not too soft but not crisp, over very low heat. Cook up some easy over eggs, some vanilla french toast (just add a few drops of vanilla to the egg/milk mix), and add butter, fresh pepper and good maple syrup and you have the best breakfast going. So good I only have it every other week to keep the joy factor high.

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                                                                          Lauren RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 12:17 PM

                                                                          bananas and peanut butter
                                                                          chocolate and cherries

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                                                                            fladd RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 12:41 PM

                                                                            Here in New England, they say "apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without a squeeze".

                                                                            I always hated that saying.

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                                                                              tatamagouche RE: fladd Aug 8, 2009 09:59 AM

                                                                              Yeah, that's creepy.

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                                                                              Jackie Avery RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 12:43 PM

                                                                              Fresh sweet corn and tangy goat cheese

                                                                              A ball of fresh ricotta rolled in toasted sesame seeds

                                                                              root beer and vanilla ice cream

                                                                              salt and avocado

                                                                              Walnuts and cheddar

                                                                              Peanut butter and pickles

                                                                              Watermelon and ginger

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                                                                                tatamagouche RE: Jackie Avery Aug 8, 2009 09:59 AM

                                                                                Wow! This is one of the more interesting answers! Where'd you get the idea for #2? Also, can you elaborate on the last 2?

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                                                                                  KaimukiMan RE: tatamagouche Aug 12, 2009 10:56 PM

                                                                                  oh, jackie is right, peanut butter and pickle sandwiches are great.

                                                                                  speaking of great, let me also add sugar frosted flakes and strawberry sorbet on a hot summer morning.

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                                                                                dale RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 01:28 PM

                                                                                gin & vermouth

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                                                                                  ironmom RE: dale May 15, 2002 02:49 PM

                                                                                  I was waiting for someone to post this.

                                                                                  Image: http://www.calvines.com/67824martini0...

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                                                                                  trojan RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 02:05 PM

                                                                                  fresh peaches and cream

                                                                                  grilled cheddar toast and vine-ripe tomatoes

                                                                                  tawny port and pecan dessert

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                                                                                    Stanley Stephan RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 02:15 PM

                                                                                    Fresh figs and marscapone cheese

                                                                                    Strawberries and champagne

                                                                                    Fried clams and tartar sauce

                                                                                    Not all at the same sitting

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                                                                                      DavidH RE: Stanley Stephan May 15, 2002 02:21 PM

                                                                                      Just curious.. where do you get your fried clams at?

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                                                                                        Stanley Stephen RE: DavidH May 16, 2002 06:12 AM

                                                                                        New England.....sigh. I live in SF.

                                                                                        However, here are some threads to fried clams in New England, New York and even LA. My favorite is Turks in West Haven, CT (just outside of New Haven). Anytime anyone in my family is within 200 miles we’ll drive down. Why does the New Haven area have such great food? New York is so close to New England, so why is it so hard to find good fried clams there?

                                                                                        Below are fried clam joints discussed by chowhounds, followed by the links. Restaurants are more or less in link order. Essex Seafood seems to beat out the better know Clam Box. Big Raves about Bob’s Clam Hut, Lennys, Kream n Kone, Dubee’s and Captain Frosty’s.

                                                                                        There are mentions in the links below to mail order fried clams at the Ipswich Shellfish Company, but they didn't work, so I’m reposting below (click on Fresh Catch). Have not tried them, and, since I don’t really cook, it’s unlikely I’d order them. However, next time I’m anywhere near LA I plan to try Sid’s.

                                                                                        New England / Boston Area

                                                                                        Red Wing on Route 1 south in Walpole
                                                                                        Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere Beach, Saugus, or Natick
                                                                                        The Hingham Lobster Pound at the Big Turn on Rt 3A in Hingham
                                                                                        Woodman's of Essex north of Boston in Ipswich
                                                                                        Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine
                                                                                        The Clam Box in Ipswich
                                                                                        Essex Seafood on Rte. 133 (near the Essex-Gloucester line)
                                                                                        Turk's in West Haven on Captain Thomas Blvd
                                                                                        Lenny's Indian Head Inn on Montowese St. in Branford.
                                                                                        Clamshack Portland, Old Orchard Beach Maine Area
                                                                                        Bailey's Portland, Old Orchard Beach Maine Area
                                                                                        Captain Newick's, in South Portland
                                                                                        Susan's Fish & Chips Portland
                                                                                        kream n' kone in Chatham
                                                                                        cubby's in Brewster
                                                                                        Sir Cricket in Orleans
                                                                                        Captain Frosty's in Dennis
                                                                                        Farnhams in Essex
                                                                                        the Lobster Pound (also in Essex)
                                                                                        John's in Dartmouth Nova Scotia
                                                                                        Andreas2 in Gloucester
                                                                                        White Cap, in Ipswich
                                                                                        Dubee'sSalem MA
                                                                                        Bob's on Highland Ave Salem MA
                                                                                        No Name Boston
                                                                                        Summer Shack Boston
                                                                                        Captain Frosty's: Yarmouth; Cape Cod, MA.
                                                                                        Legal Sea Foods
                                                                                        Pemberton Bait & Tackle, at Pemberton Point







                                                                                        Los Angeles

                                                                                        The Jar on Beverly
                                                                                        Sid's Seafood at Topanga and Roscoe in Canoga Park
                                                                                        MoJo's in Provincetown. Ma
                                                                                        Bluewater Grill(665 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach,





                                                                                        Bigelow's in Rockville Center in Nassau County
                                                                                        Gage & Tollner in Brooklyn
                                                                                        Sea Swirl Mystic, CT
                                                                                        Clam Castle or Lenny & Joe's in Madison


                                                                                        Link: http://gonewengland.about.com/gi/dyna...

                                                                                        1. re: Stanley Stephen
                                                                                          clams247 RE: Stanley Stephen May 16, 2002 11:00 AM

                                                                                          Your list includes a "cubby's" in Brewster, MA.

                                                                                          That's a mis-spelling, but apparently any attempt to spell the name of this place results in mis-spelling. The sign actually reads "COBIES" with no apostrophe -- rhymes with, uh, "snow bees."

                                                                                          The gentleman in charge is popularly called "Cobie", so an apostrophe would seem to be in order -- unless there is in fact another Cobie in the vicinity. The search continues.

                                                                                          Fried clams are best north of Boston, but Arnold's in Wellfleet is pretty good. Kelly's Roast Beef on Revere Beach used to serve excellent clams. Still?

                                                                                          I would POINTEDLY fail to include Mojo's of Provincetown on my own list.

                                                                                          Incidentally, Cobies' [sp.?] char-grilled chicken breasts plus their sweet red pepper relish might be my favorite combination of two distinct flavors.

                                                                                          I also recommend the flavor combination of pan-fried scallops and "1000-year-old eggs." To the best of my knowledge, you can't get those at Cobies.

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                                                                                            galleygirl RE: clams247 May 16, 2002 05:11 PM

                                                                                            Could you elaborate on the pan-fried scallops and 1000 year old eggs? I've never heard the combination before, and I love the eggs....

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                                                                                              the rogue RE: galleygirl May 16, 2002 05:53 PM

                                                                                              Why do they call these eggs thousand year, hundred year and Ming dynasty eggs? They are only covered in Lime and buried for 100 days.

                                                                                              Also why, once you dig them up, do they go bad in about two weeks unrefrigerated and 4 weeks refrigerated? I mean it makes no sense, they were already buried for more than three months.

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                                                                                            Stephanie L. RE: Stanley Stephen May 16, 2002 02:13 PM

                                                                                            C'mon down to the Jersey Shore! Any of the big boardwalks (Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, etc.) have plenty of stands offering fried clams. Mmmm....looking forward to summer.....

                                                                                            1. re: Stanley Stephen
                                                                                              tatamagouche RE: Stanley Stephen Aug 8, 2009 10:01 AM

                                                                                              I'd put Neptune Oyster's over No Name's any day. As for Summer Shack, I actually used to prefer their RI-style fried calamari—not sure if they still do it.

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                                                                                          epicure-us RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 02:16 PM

                                                                                          Black tea and ginger
                                                                                          Chocolate and ginger
                                                                                          Black tea and bergamot
                                                                                          Salt and egg

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                                                                                            emily RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 04:05 PM

                                                                                            chocolate and star anise
                                                                                            chocolate and salt

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                                                                                              Mr Grub RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 04:46 PM

                                                                                              bacon & berry jelly

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                                                                                                Elvis RE: Bob W. May 15, 2002 07:06 PM

                                                                                                Did I hear someone mention peanut butter and bananas. My next siteing will be on monday in dallas. Please have one of these delivered there ready and waiting.

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                                                                                                  Jackie Avery RE: Elvis May 16, 2002 02:30 PM

                                                                                                  And here I always thought you preferred peanut butter, mayonnaise and bacon!

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                                                                                                  jill RE: Bob W. May 16, 2002 06:46 AM

                                                                                                  Indian lentils (dhal) and yogurt

                                                                                                  saltines and bar chocolate

                                                                                                  oreos and peanut butter(in the middle of course)

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                                                                                                    Jennie Sheeks RE: Bob W. May 16, 2002 01:40 PM

                                                                                                    lemonade...that simple combination of sour lemons and sweet sugar

                                                                                                    baked melty triple cream brie with roasted garlic

                                                                                                    vine ripe tomatoes with sea salt

                                                                                                    papaya with lime juice

                                                                                                    pretzels dipped in milk chocolate

                                                                                                    popcorn and Raisinets (which may be more than 2 flavors)

                                                                                                    Zinfandel (red) with grilled lamb

                                                                                                    leg of lamb studded with garlic cloves

                                                                                                    fresh sage sauteed in butter

                                                                                                    bacon and greens

                                                                                                    spoonfuls of peanut butter and vanilla ice cream eaten alternately

                                                                                                    seared foie with grilled ripe figs

                                                                                                    chocolate and coffee

                                                                                                    chocolate and raspberry

                                                                                                    melted sharp cheddar on toasted sourdough bread

                                                                                                    green olives stuffed with blue cheese

                                                                                                    homemade yellow cake with homemade caramel frosting

                                                                                                    (yes, I have spent way too much time thinking about this)

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                                                                                                      torta basilica RE: Bob W. May 16, 2002 03:18 PM

                                                                                                      fresh home grown vine ripened tomatoes & fresh basil
                                                                                                      (can I not count the sea salt & fresh ground pepper?)
                                                                                                      balsamic & olive oil (both excellent of course)
                                                                                                      bread & butter
                                                                                                      great vanilla ice cream, salted spanish peanuts & honey or chocolate sauce (oops, 3!)

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                                                                                                        umbushi plum RE: Bob W. Apr 20, 2009 01:35 PM

                                                                                                        cottage cheese and tuna
                                                                                                        avacado and rye toast
                                                                                                        pita breead (wholemeal) and vegemite
                                                                                                        mint and chocolate

                                                                                                        1. NellyNel RE: Bob W. Apr 20, 2009 02:04 PM

                                                                                                          Chocolate and raspberries

                                                                                                          Sea salt and caramel

                                                                                                          red wine and Locatelli cheese

                                                                                                          1. buttertart RE: Bob W. Apr 21, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                                                            Chocolate and mint. Frango Mints. Fondly remembered Laura Secord's French mints, mint/marshmallow chocolates, and dark chocolate discs with mint crunch (do they still make those)? Girl Scout Thin Mints. Not so successful, although acceptable: York Peppermint Patties (ratio of mint:choc too high, also not fond of fondant fillings).

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                                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: buttertart Aug 6, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                                                                              I'm with you on the York Peppermint Patties, but used to eat them, anyway. Remember the ad campaign that likened them to getting silver medals? :) Here's a little twisted teenager humor for you. Do you recall the York Peppermint Patty ice cream sticks? They were kind of a cylindrical shape and were dipped in chocolate. We thought we were so clever, we called them "Peppermint Patricks." HA HA HA. A better mint to chocolate ratio are those After Eight dinner mints. Or better still, 'cause the minty filling is so creamy, Fazermints. I haven't seen them in a long time, but they were stellar.

                                                                                                              Edit: Get the sensation and a silver medal here!

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                                                                                                              laliz RE: Bob W. Apr 22, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                                                                              coffee ice cream w/hot fudge

                                                                                                              warm apple pie w/chocolate ice cream

                                                                                                              chocolate and coconut

                                                                                                              Polly's Pies used to make a banberry pie (bananas and strawberries)

                                                                                                              cranberry and turkey

                                                                                                              1. mcsheridan RE: Bob W. Apr 22, 2009 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                Ain't nothin' wrong with Nutella.

                                                                                                                Bananas and Rum, though...Wow.

                                                                                                                On the savory side, Shrimp and Ginger.

                                                                                                                Mixing it up, Beef and Orange.

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                                                                                                                  socaljane RE: Bob W. Aug 4, 2009 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                  it sounds weird but i LOVE this chocolate called smoke salt. It dark chocolate with a little bit of salt. Delicious!

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                                                                                                                    limster RE: socaljane Aug 6, 2009 11:52 AM

                                                                                                                    Not weird at all -- it's virtually the same combination that makes chocolate covered pretzels taste so good.

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                                                                                                                      kattyeyes RE: limster Aug 6, 2009 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                      Or chocolate and BACON!!!

                                                                                                                  2. Veggietales RE: Bob W. Aug 5, 2009 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                    Blue cheese and honey.... I love this on bread, maybe a sprinkle of Marcona almonds *yummm*

                                                                                                                    1. tatamagouche RE: Bob W. Aug 6, 2009 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                      This is more a fond memory than any guarantee that my 8 year old palate was onto something—but how I loved to go to Baskin-Robbins and get a two-scoop cup with French Vanilla and Daiquiri Ice. I thought it the height of sophisticated combos.

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                                                                                                                        kattyeyes RE: tatamagouche Aug 6, 2009 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                        Then you grew up. ;) Although I will NEVER outgrow these classics:
                                                                                                                        chocolate and mint
                                                                                                                        peanut butter and chocolate

                                                                                                                        And now, though I haven't tried it yet, but know it rocks: almond butter and chocolate

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                                                                                                                          tatamagouche RE: kattyeyes Aug 7, 2009 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                          Actually, I like peanut butter and vanilla better than peanut butter and chocolate! But it has to be a good, strong vanilla, it can't be virtual ice milk. I just never did like chocolate ice cream much, even as a kid. Odd, I know.

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                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: tatamagouche Aug 7, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                            peanut butter and vanilla ice cream is quite tasty!

                                                                                                                            at baskin robbins, i always liked jamocha almond fudge and butter pecan....

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                                                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: tatamagouche Aug 7, 2009 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                              OK, now you're speaking my language. I love chocolate and peanut butter as a candy, but as ice cream, they must be hanging out in the vanilla. As much as I love chocolate, I really don't care for chocolate ice cream or chocolate milkshakes...but chocolate and peanut butter TOPPING over VANILLA, well, that's just the way it should be. Not odd at all.

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                                                                                                                                tatamagouche RE: kattyeyes Aug 7, 2009 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                                Meanwhile, my SO eats PB & yellow mustard sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                I keep trying them, and I keep not being impressed.

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                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes RE: tatamagouche Aug 7, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                  I give you credit for trying that more than once. I'm fairly confident that is exactly one more time than I would have given that particular combo!

                                                                                                                        2. alkapal RE: Bob W. Aug 6, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                          three combos that come to mind:
                                                                                                                          garlic & ginger
                                                                                                                          lime juice and fish sauce
                                                                                                                          stilton and wild chestnut honey

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                                                                                                                            Bob W RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                            Wow, I saw this great thread, then to my surprise found that it was one I had started SEVEN years ago.

                                                                                                                            So I might as well continue with something I had never heard of seven years ago: Wensleydale cheese with cranberries. It comes with blueberries and apricots too, but the cranberry variety is the best. It's a regular treat at our house over the holidays.

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                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: Bob W Aug 6, 2009 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                              see bob, some threads never go out of style; they're "classics."

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                                                                                                                                spazita RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                There's a Stilton with mango that's amazing!

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                                                                                                                                  lifespan RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                  7 years, and no one's mentioned gin & tonic?
                                                                                                                                  How can this be...
                                                                                                                                  or tuna and capers...

                                                                                                                            2. EWSflash RE: Bob W. Aug 7, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                              Forgive me if somebody posted this already, but-

                                                                                                                              green chiles (any kind) and walnuts. Cream is a bonus, but the two together are alchemy on a plate.

                                                                                                                              The walnuts should be toasted, and the chiles scorched over an open flame.

                                                                                                                              This whole thread makes me drool for the most part.

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                                                                                                                                Soup RE: Bob W. Aug 12, 2009 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                salt and pepper

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                                                                                                                                  cornflower55 RE: Bob W. Aug 13, 2009 12:25 AM

                                                                                                                                  velamints an cranberry juice

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                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: cornflower55 Aug 13, 2009 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                    that made me shudder!

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                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes RE: alkapal Aug 13, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                      Right there with ya, alkasis...that's just cruel!

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                                                                                                                                    LEsherick2008 RE: Bob W. Aug 13, 2009 11:58 PM

                                                                                                                                    Chocolate Ice Cream with Carmel Sauce with sea salt and blueberries.
                                                                                                                                    Chips with ice cream or the best is fries dipped in a milkshake or frosty.
                                                                                                                                    Anything pickled right now the Sweet and Sour is the best. Love Pickled Beets and Eggs and 3 bean salad.
                                                                                                                                    Boiled Peanuts and a ice cold glass of diet coke.
                                                                                                                                    Scrapple/Bacon/Sausage with syrup.
                                                                                                                                    Scrambled eggs with ketchup
                                                                                                                                    Fried Mush in Bacon Fat with syrup
                                                                                                                                    Potato Chips with carmels
                                                                                                                                    sure there is more but can't think.
                                                                                                                                    I love caramel right now and anything pickled is really good especially bread and butter pickles or big garlic pickles

                                                                                                                                    Oh and White Stilton with blueberrys are good but love the white stilton with mango and ginger is soo good. I can only get it here in PA at Delallo's or online through IGormet

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                                                                                                                                      Bob W RE: LEsherick2008 Aug 14, 2009 06:50 AM

                                                                                                                                      Trader Joes and Costco both carry fruity cheeses, if you have either in your area. TJ's Wensleydale with Cranberries is a holiday staple at our house.

                                                                                                                                    2. Monch RE: Bob W. Aug 14, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                      Prosciutto and cantaloupe!

                                                                                                                                      Not much of a cantaloupe fan, on its own.

                                                                                                                                      But wrap a wedge in that piggy/salty goodness and WOW!

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