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Apr 4, 2008 08:46 AM

What made you smile last night?

I got home from work, very tired and hungry. To tired to really cook and the larder being almost empty, I found myself eating manouri cheese and honey. I just stood there at my kitchen counter, slicing off pieces of cheese and spreading it with clover honey out of the jar.

I tried to stop myself and threw the spoon in the sink. I then found myself grabbing another spoon out of the drawer and eating a little bit more -- with a big smile on my face.

So, what made you smile last night?

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    1. Melting Lindt's peanut butter truffles and making a sundae for hubby with vanilla ice cream and the pb sauce. Oh, and saving some of both for myself and the dog (no candy for him of course).

    2. After coming home from really terrible catered food at a business function (and I'm talking really bad), we decided to treat ourselves and head over to DB Bistro for his infamous burger.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        This I do not understand. How can you be in a city like NYC and have bad catering? How can you be in a city that has wonderful food and get these terrible meals??? This is like the terrible food we had in Cannes when we were there for a conference. How can you screw up a sandwich? Yet you can walk out and buy a pan bagnat on the street and it is fabulous? GRRRR....

        Sorry Adventuresinbaking, this is not the point of your very positive and happy thread. I shall get back on topic. What made me smile last night? Eating squares of equitable trade 70% dark chocolate sent to me by a dear friend as "medicine" (antioxidants and such, this is health food after all! :) Just what the Doctor ordered, she wrote! Meds taste so much better when administered with love! And the chocolate is really delicious too!

        (whew. That's better than grumpiness about catering. Thanks Adventuresinbaking! Sometimes one needs to be reminded to smile)

        1. re: moh

          It does suck that there are so many bad catered functions in NYC around. Sandwiches from Au Bon Pain would have been better. I was commenting on how bad the polenta was. DH was surprised as he thought it was a cracker. That's how bad the food was.

          But luckily, as much as there's bad food around, there's a lot of good food to be found as well. Man, that fat juicy burger made me smile! And as we rarely eat out during the week (we pretty much cook every night), the added benefit of no clean-up was great as well.

          1. re: Miss Needle

            oh Miss Needle... a tear comes to the corner of my eye as i think wistfully about the great burgers in NYC... must go back soon... But I smile thinking about you enjoying your burger!

            1. re: moh

              I'm sure Montreal's got great burgers as well. If the foie gras ban comes to NYC (which I'm sure it will at some point), I think we'll be visiting Montreal a lot more often.

              Next time you're in NYC, shoot me an Email ( and we'll share a delicious burger together!

        2. re: Miss Needle

          Miss Needle, I assure you that I've had bad catered food here in Montréal - in one case, at an event ONE (short) block north of the Jean-Talon Market. Also in Paris and more than one Italian city.

          As for what made me smile last night, it was the renewed availability of Krinos ewe's milk yoghourt at a shop near me. Yum! Also being able to go to the shops on my bicycle, after a hard winter.

        3. Using my new knife with a modicum of authority (yes I can, yes I can)

          My youngest son telling me he really liked the salad I made for dinner.


          1. hmmm, dinner itself was nothing special(clean out the fridge mac and cheese)....we were bored last night so husband pulled out the mixer and mixed up a batch of peanut butter treats for the dogs. It happened in the kitchen and used food from the fridge and pantry...but not really a chowhound treat I suppose.

            The dogs however would beg to differ on that and were smiling at the results.

            1. Tasting the rogan josh for tonight's dinner for the first time after everything was incorporated (made it last night)

              Needing no extra anything. salt - nothing. Came out perfect. (well not perfect. a little too spicy maybe, but we'll have to see when it's served with the rice, naan, and raita.)

              I'm starting to think I could open a little Indian / Thai take out joint with a very limited menu. A few thai coconut milk curries and a other dishes, and a few Indian dishes. It's rare that I order some of these things that I can make when I go out now because I mostly get disappointed that it's not as good as homemade, and 3x the price.