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How do folks feel about restaurant restroom attendants?

The first time I encountered one was in the bathroom of a touristy Italian restaurant in the theater district of NYC in the 70s (Mamma Maria's maybe? I'm sure long-closed now). I was about 10 years old and for some reason thought that the attendant was like a teacher for the bathroom and so I just ran out of there! Last time I saw one was in the bathroom of an Amsterdam department store a few years ago. If they keep the bathroom clean, I have no problem tipping them for doing so. However, I normally keep my own stash of products in my handbag and wouldn't use the ones on offer.

I normally don't carry too much cash on me so I feel bad when I do encounter one and don't have money to tip. Can't be their job of choice; instead probably a job of necessity so I do feel better tipping.....

Jul 19, 2015
Kat in Not About Food

Porcmeilleur

But this isn't vacuum sealed. It is just in a cardboard pie box.

Jul 17, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anchovies on your pizza?

I love anchovy pizza. No one else at home does so that means I get a whole pizza for myself; leftovers for breakfast the next day!

Jul 13, 2015
Kat in General Topics

Favorite U.S. cities (other than Chicago) for a 3 day weekend? Food is #1 priority.... [moved from Chicago board]

Portland, Maine. Intense foodie city: amazing density of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, for its small size, plus the Maine coast in August is peak.

Porcmeilleur

I guess it is not really a sell by date but more of a "best before" date, but still two months seems a long time.

Jul 11, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Porcmeilleur

No. Box says "Embal. le Mai 08; Meil. avant Mai 18".

Jul 11, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Porcmeilleur

Thx, we'll eat them, although I probably wouldn't have purchased them if I had noticed the dates originally.

Jul 11, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Porcmeilleur

Hello All - I bought two frozen tourtieres at Porcmeilleur last week. Shame on me for not checking the sell by dates. I just pulled one out of the freezer and lo and behold the sell by date is May 8th, nearly two months before I bought it. The other is the same. Can't return them since I'm 5 hours away. Should we eat them????

Jul 11, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Morano Gelato Chestnut Hill, the realness

Must try. Thx for tip. Have not found gelato in US anywhere comparable to Italy; went to Grom in Malibu with high hopes but it wasn't even close to the natural pure fruit melon flavor of the gelato we had at the Grom in Milan. Would love to find similar gelato nirvana around here.

Jul 10, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

You know you're a Chowhound when....

Your Chowpup's homework assignment to prepare a sample restaurant menu contains Jerusalem artichoke soup followed by hangar steak topped with seared foie gras and every other kid's menu on display in the classroom offers up cheeseburgers, fries and pizza.

Jul 09, 2015
Kat in Not About Food
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Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

Shouldn't the birthday boy/girl's family be chipping in to pay for him/her as well as paying for themselves instead of leeching off the other guests???

Suggestions for Good Pho on St. Laurent?

Thx for your reply; saw it too late and we ended up at Pho Bac since it was mobbed and we hoped that was a good sign. Two bowls of the spicy beef pho; good, not the best ever, but good.

Jul 04, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anywhere to buy tourtiere at JTL?

Found them frozen at Porcmeilleur! Thx!!

Jul 04, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Suggestions for Good Pho on St. Laurent?

I see that kpzoo reccommended Pho Bang NY back in January, that was the most recent pho posting I could find. Googling shows Pho Bang NY, Pho Bac 97, Pho Saigon Vietnam and Pho Cali. Any advice? Much appreciated. Thx!

Jul 04, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anywhere to buy tourtiere at JTL?

Thx! I am going to buy a few frozen to go in the cooler for the drive home. We were in Porcmeilleur a few days ago but will stop in again tomorrow as well as the others mentioned.

Have been eating very well thx to your tips!!!!

Jul 03, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anywhere to buy tourtiere at JTL?

Going tomorrow to stock up for trip home. Where to buy a good tourtiere there? Thank you.

Jul 03, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cat Cafes?

Hello All, so we are in the middle of our trip now and today we whiled away a bit of a rainy afternoon at the cat cafe on St. Denis. It was very clean, nice staff, definitely rules in place but everyone was respectful of the rules and the cats. My hot chocolate (we ran in the rain to get there and hot chocolate sounded so inviting) was quite good, not too sweet and soothing on a rainy day. Cats were lovely, very friendly and got on well with the humans and each other. They only let in a certain number of people at a time, so you need to wait in an antechamber until someone leaves if it is full. Afterward, we stopped at Mamie Clafoutis across the street and bought a baguette and a bleu cheese/nut ficelle (dee-freaking-licious). Want to go back later to load up before the trip home!

Jul 01, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Why Am I Having a Hard Time Finding Onion Bhaji in NE Indian Restaurants?

Hey All - So, when I lived in the UK as a post-student many moons ago, I fell in love with onion bhajis, never having had them before. Ever since returning to New England, I have very rarely ever found them on menus here. I have, however, had them in a few Indian restaurants in California (where, for some reason, they did not serve the red onion chutney that is everywhere here). Anyone know what gives? Thx!

Jun 19, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Higher End in Monteregie

Greetings - We are planning a couple day trips to the Monteregie area at the end of this month for genealogical reasons. About 12 years ago we last visited the area and had a wonderful dinner in a bucolic setting at Au Tournant de la Rivière, but it is closed now. Any suggestions of where to go? I searched online, found a lot of casual options, but not looking for that. Thank you.

Jun 12, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Foyer (Pizza on Notre Dame West)

Wow. He boasts in an interview that he opened Foyer "to get his wife out of the house and give her something to do"? Not only is that horribly demeaning but how does it every justify stiffing employees their pay??

Jun 08, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Magic Pan in Quincy Market in the late 70s/early 80s. As a suburban little kid it was a special treat to drive into the city for lunch here on Sunday. The ham crepe with mustard sauce was my favorite.
Later in life, rock n roll sushi at Gyuhama. Geoffrey's (original one) for brunch.

Jun 06, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Itchy skate wing question and possible Roche Bros. downhill alert

I just had really delicious skate at AKA Bistro in Lincoln. No itchy lips. I'm glad I didn't read this first or I would have been too freaked out to order it. I have a shellfish allergy, so no more fish issues please!

Jun 04, 2015
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Solo Lunch, Plateau

Thanks! Lots of choices now so wherever I happen to be when I feel hungry, I'll know where to go. I'm not vegetarian, but I just don't like to eat heavy food at lunch. The outside seating at Santropol does look nice, though.

Jun 03, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Solo Lunch, Plateau

That looks perfect, thx!

Jun 02, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Solo Lunch, Plateau

Greetings - I am planning a day of solo shopping on the Plateau during our upcoming trip as the rest of the family are non-shoppers. Where do you suggest stopping for lunch? Somewhere with a terrasse whre i don't need to make a reservation, can't eat shellfish and looking to spend no more than $20 (no alcohol). Salads, interesting sandwiches, etc. Thank you!

Jun 02, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Reservations in Montreal

Where are you trying to book?

May 31, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Again After A Long Time - Where to Eat Montreal Now?

Thanks Plateaumaman!Chef Guru sounds interesting, have to check that out. Good tip about the whole tourtiere from the APDC truck, thx!!!

May 29, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Again After A Long Time - Where to Eat Montreal Now?

One more question: am currently undecided between Grumman 78 and La Capital Taco for a casual dinner. Any advice either way is appreciated. Thank you.

May 28, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Again After A Long Time - Where to Eat Montreal Now?

Thanks for clearing that up about Satay Brothers. Good to know they're at the market, we can grab a bite when we're there.

May 15, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Again After A Long Time - Where to Eat Montreal Now?

Appreciate the suggestions. I am on to tourtiere at La Binerie, thx! Always meant to check it out but never did. I was staying away from Le Bremner because of my shellfish allergy but spouse loves oysters so may need to indulge him once.

Also, I had Satay Brothers on my list but I saw a mention online that they are temporarily closed? Does anyone know if they'll reopen by this summer? Thank you.

May 14, 2015
Kat in Quebec (inc. Montreal)