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  1. I think that traveling by bus is the .
  2. They make a margarita here.
  3. The longer you let the sauce the more flavor it will have.
  4. This hotel is the top in this town.
  5. I have had as much driving as I for one day.
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183 Cooking
Jessica talks about how she likes to make spaghetti.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

top of the top

My spaghetti is the top of the top.

The 'top of the top' is like saying 'the best of the best' or just 'the best.'  Notice the following:

  1. My grandmother's pies are the top of the top.
  2. This wine is really the top of the top.

mean spaghetti

I can make a mean spaghetti.

We can use the word 'mean' before a food or drink to say that it is good.  We can also use "mean" to talk about excellent abilities.  Notice the following:

  1. I didn't know you had such a mean singing voice.
  2. He does a mean Elvis impression.

as much as you can stand

As much garlic as you can stand to cut.

'As much as you can stand' is like 'as much as you can handle' or until your personal limit.  Notice the following:

  1. I have had as much football as I can stand today.
  2. Do as many push-ups as you can stand.

the way to go

Tofu, I think, is the way to go.

'The way to go' is the method, or in this case the ingredient, that you should use.  Notice the following:

  1. She says that walking wherever she can is the way to go.
  2. Online classes are definitely the way to go for me.


Let it simmer to absorb all the flavor.

To 'simmer' something is to cook it at a low heat, usually for a long period of time.  Usually when something is simmering there are little bubbles, but not as big as if it were boiling.  Notice the following:

  1. The soup has been simmering for the last few hours.
  2. After it boils, then you reduce the heat and let the rice simmer.