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I Don't Care If She's Family

Just don't go out to eat with her?

Sep 17, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Cheez-Its Still Doin' It for Me

I think Hershey chocolate leaves a weird aftertaste and I love milk chocolate. I never eat their product. I've had the cookies, though, and they are not bad.

Aug 18, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Breast Practices

Um Dineout...first of all, I don't think that an adults only restaurant is akin to "whites only" and secondly, I was joking. I was referencing another Helena column where Cheflambo and I were discussing children in restaurants. So, please learn to use an analogy that actually has something to do with the original statement.

Aug 10, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Breast Practices

Can't the same be said about having a bit of compassion for those shelling out the bucks to go to a restaurant without having to witness the boobage?

Cheflambo, I'm back to having some adults only restaurants. What say you?

Aug 08, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Pomegranate Raspberry–Flavored Beer

He is a great writer. What an interesting column.

Jul 27, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Kids Gone Wild

Diana, I don't think anyone is disputing that it is the parents fault. That is where I have the beef...the parents. If they are like maplesugar, more power to ya. That's not where the problem is.

My thought is that I just really couldn't fathom taking a kid to a fine dining place in the first place. That's why the first thought that popped into my head was, hey, is my niece even allowed? I can see taking your kids to other types of restaurants to help teach them table manners, etc. But, at a white linen place where people are paying for an upscale or romantic environment? What's the point? Just because you can?

The bottom line is that the same people who's kids are so oblivious to their kids running around being hooligans are hardly going to have the conscience of mind to care about anyone else in the first place. Gee, junior, isn't this foie gras just delicious!?!

Jun 25, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Kids Gone Wild

Cheflambo, my I asked my sister to take me to a moderate to upscale restaurant for my birthday this year. Being that she has a three year old, I told her to ask when she called for reservations if they allowed children. She said that they didn't. I told her that I didn't want her to pay a babysitter, too, so we went somewhere else. She wasn't mad about it or anything. She would still go there when she didn't have her daughter, so I don't know if it is necessarily a deterrant to have a no children policy.

My point is, I guess I just assumed that there are some places where children just wouldn't be welcome and although they didn't have any signs or anything of the sort, that was their policy. I just believe that there some times that it is not appropriate to take children to a particular restaurant out of respect for the other patrons.

Jun 25, 2008
carriegoch in Features

Vegas Specifics

Well, just for an update, I got back to Indy yesterday and we had some really great food while we were out there. We had dinner at Mesa Grill and split the goat cheese queso fundido, had the mahi mahi and cilantro mashed potatoes. Then, we had the dessert sampler with chocolate cake, fruit cobbler, and flan. Everything was very good, but we left extremely stuffed.

Also went to Lotus of Siam. I had curry and my friend got the chicken and vegetables. We were both really impressed with the food.

I had dinner at the bar at Border grill and my quesadillas were yummy. I love the three salsas. I was also planning on going to Rosemary's, but never made it. Maybe next time.

I was going to eat at Aureole, but nothing really sounded great for the $$, so I had a $17 martini. Ouch!! That is the most I have ever spent on one cocktail. All in all, though, a great trip.

Jan 14, 2008
carriegoch in Southwest

You Shouldn't Have

I love the line "giving my life the kind of context that only comes from truly old friends."

So true.

Dec 06, 2007
carriegoch in Features

In Full Flower

It’s okay, Pointy, I’m sure you secretly regret having kids and you hate the fact that anyone chooses not have them has the freedom to do what they will. And, I don't want your choice of having kids to infringe on my life. All you are left to do is whine about how they can't be controlled and how you need special provisions for the HARD WORK :)

Luckily we do live in the land of the free where others can express their opinion whether Pointybird agrees or not. I guess I am lucky that I only have to hear your kid in the supermarket and you get to deal with them all the time. I would want an extra parking space, too.

Dec 05, 2007
carriegoch in Features

In Full Flower

Um, don't think I'm a jerk because my opinion differs with yours.

Why am I "self centered and selfish" because I choose not to have kids because I know how much responsiblity they can be? Instead, people have kids and then they say, give me some more spots because I can't possibly control my kid and a cart and groceries? It's just SO MUCH WORK. Kids are just SO MUCH WORK. I get it!! I'm not disagreeing that having kids is difficult, I'm just saying that it is YOUR CHOICE. It would be selfish of me to have a kid and then expect everyone else to be inconvenienced because of my choice.

Why is your kid a "protesting little screamer"? I don't recall acting like that much as a kid because I knew there would be serious consequences for behavior like that. Who's responsibility is it to ensure that kids don't act like that? Maybe the store should do that, too. Or maybe they should just come to your house, pick you up and provide the babysitter, too?

I didn't insinuate that I knew what it was like to raise a kid. I said that I knew what it was like to have to take a kid into a store. I would say that me taking my neice into the grocery is the same experience as her mom taking her into the store. I haven't had too many experiences where I haven't been able to control her and her safety was endangered without having closer spots.

Finally, how have we gotten this far in the world without additional mommy spaces? I think your totally exaggerating the safety issue. By your logic, that means that there are tons of kids getting hit in the parking lot without these spaces? Nope, think most moms somehow manage to keep control of their kids without being 6 additional spots closer.

You are trying to make it about more than a convenience factor when it isn't. It's a pain in the butt to get the kid out of their car seat, hold their hand and slowly walk up to the door, watch them...you know, be a MOM. So you think you are entitled to more, but my time is just as valuable as yours even though I am a selfish jerk who chose not to have kids.

Dec 05, 2007
carriegoch in Features

In Full Flower

Pointybird, I noted that handicapped spaces are warranted. What is not warranted is the mother/pregnant children spaces. I have a 2.5 year old niece who I babysit frequently, so I know what it is like to have to run inside with kids, but I am so sick of the "I've got kids, whoa is me" crap. If it is so tedious to lug your kids around that you have to be accomodated, don't have them.

And, please don't try the "we all need exercise" debate. I am 5'5, weigh 120 and I exercise three times a week. I'm not some fat ass who never gets off the couch and I don't need exercise built into my short grocery trip.

Besides, here in Indiana, they already have these type of parking spaces at Marsh Supermarkets and more often than not, they aren't even used.

I agree with DougRisk. Everyone wants some medal because they have kids. We need movies in the carts so the kids can be distracted, we need special parking spaces. If your kids can't behave long enough to walk into the store without hassle, maybe it's time to go back to the parenting drawing board. It's funny how our parents managed without all of these things.

Dec 04, 2007
carriegoch in Features

Human Forehead Tastes Like Elk

I'm not a prude by any means, but I get sick of the blogs with f-bombs. It's a bit ridiculous when I am just trying to get info about food.

I can understand if it is being used as an exerpt, but it just gets a bit tedious to read f-this, f-that when it isn't warranted.

Dec 04, 2007
carriegoch in Features

In Full Flower

Frankly, I could do without more reserved parking spaces. In between handicapped (which are genuinely warranted), pregnant/mom with kids parking and the cart corrals, I end up having to park 6 spaces back just to run in and get one or two things. It's irritating.

I've stopped shopping at the mega marts and mostly shop exclusively at Trader Joe's because it is so easy to get a spot at, imagine this as a woman with no kids, THE FRONT, pop in, get my stuff and get out!!

Dec 04, 2007
carriegoch in Features

Vegas Specifics

Has anyone tried any of LOS's curries? I would love a recommendation.

The thing I am really excited about is visiting the Vosges chocolate store. I don't like paying shipping from their catalogue, so I will literally be like a kid in a candy store (ha) getting to see and touch all of their stuff. I'm concerned too much of my Vegas budget will be spent on chocolate to bring home.

Nov 19, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

Vegas Specifics

Wow, thanks for the suggestions. I love spicy food so the nachos will be right up my alley. I am pretty excited to try LOS. In Indianapolis, we had a Thai place downtown that I liked, but they moved to the southside and it's a bit of a trip to get there, so I have to settle for a little of this, a little of that. One place has a good Pad Thai, but my favorite is Massaman Curry and there aren't a lot of places that do it right.

I guess the question is, how do I choose between the rice, ice cream, or fried bananas OR how do I fit them ALL into my stomach? ha!!

Nov 16, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

When Food Sneak-Attacks

I'm 25 and just got my first kidney stone this year. What this story says makes sense, but in my case, I haven't eaten meat since I was 18 and get a lot of dietary calcium, so I don't know how correct this is.

Maybe I need to eat more rhubarb?

Nov 15, 2007
carriegoch in Features

Vegas Specifics

Well, I think that my friend and I are going to do Mesa Grill because we both like the southwest style of cooking. I had a bit of debate within myself about whether we should do Tao or Social House. In the end, I think we will end up doing Lotus of Siam instead (I LOVE Thai) and then go to Social House for the atmosphere (we are 20-somethings in Vegas after all) and maybe a bit of sushi. So many restaurants that I see recommended time and again are probably ones that I wouldn't get a lot out of since I am a veg.

I think we will play the buffet by ear. I will be stopping by Michael Mina's for dessert because it looks so good. I'll let you all know how it comes out!!

Nov 13, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

Fondue Party Drink Needed

I am having a fondue party where I will do a Mexican style cheese fondue and a milk chocolate dessert fondue. Can I get some suggestions for a cocktail? I'm trying to decide whether to go the standard wine route, but I think a signature drink might be more fun.

Nov 05, 2007
carriegoch in Spirits

Smoothies in the NE Indy area

Can anyone suggest a good place for smoothies? My co-worker is dying to find a place close that has them and I can't think of anything (what kind of foodie am I?). We work in the Geist area and she lives in the Anderson area. Thanks in advance.

Oct 03, 2007
carriegoch in General Midwest Archive

Vegas Specifics

What do you think of Tao or Social House?

Sep 12, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

Vegas Specifics

I was there last February for a real estate convention at the Mandalay Bay and I stopped at Border Grill for a quick snack on my way back to my hotel. I got some empanadas and they were so yummy. I will be making a stop by there again if I don't find 8 million other restaurants I want to try!!

I saw the Mina cookbook tasting and heard that was good. I was just going to go straight for the veggie version...Man, January is just too far away.

Aug 31, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

Vegas Specifics

Thanks for the ideas. I think we are definitely going to do Mesa Grill. I went to the website for Michael Mina's and the vegetarian tasting menu looks wonderful. Has anyone tried it or any of his other tastings? What did you think?

Aug 30, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

Vegas Specifics

I will be in Vegas in January. This will be my second time, but the only place I recall eating on my previous visit that was even relatively memorable was Rum Jungle. Need some suggestions:

I don't eat meat, though I do eat fish and I would like at least one evening at a restaurant that will provide a memorable experience and money won't be an issue. I am not picky with the whole vegetarian thing, I would just prefer that the whole restaurant not revolve around steak and the like.

I also would like a recommendation for a great buffet and a great Asian restaurant (not my fav, but it is my travelling companion's). I love Mexican/Southwestern fare, so if you have any ideas for that, it would be much appreciated. We will be on the strip and prefer to stay there.

Aug 29, 2007
carriegoch in Southwest

Indianapolis Wine Tastings

Can anyone give me some information on wine tastings around town in Indy? I am dying to try Oakley's Bistro and I know they have one on Wednesdays as well as D'Vine Wine Bar.
Any other suggestions? Has anyone had the food at D'Vine? It seemed a bit on the pricey side from the looks of their menu, but maybe the food is fantastic?

I would be so happy to find a restaurant that has some sort of flight of bourbon/whisky and/or whiskey tastings, but most restaurants only have a selection of scotch and no flights at that.

Thanks!!

Jun 14, 2007
carriegoch in General Midwest Archive