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Whole Foods parking hell

www.fogandsmog.com/whole-foods-parkin...

Check out this video. Too funny! I think this was shot in CA, but it should apply.

about 15 hours ago
Kat in Washington DC & Baltimore

Reservation Confirmation.

I think it is the few bad apples who have caused this to happen. Whenever we travel, I go on various travel websites to plan our trips. I was surprised to read of people who make mutiple dinner or lunch reservations at different restaurants and then decide which one they will go to at the last minute, depending upon whichever is closest to where they happen to be at mealtime. I think that this is more common than I had realized.

1 day ago
Kat in Not About Food
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Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Take him up on it! Be sure to act the same as they did. Choose the date and invite yourself to stay. Do not bring a hostess gift and do not treat them to any meals or buy any groceries. Give them a good hearty taste of their own medicine.

Apr 14, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

Here is a kinda gross, yet related, story: My BIL one day brought a leftover shrimp dish into work and reheated it for lunch. A woman co-worker walked in as he was taking it out of the microwave, was apparently offended by the odor, and yelled "That smells female funky!". He was mortified and never brought in seafood to reheat for lunch again.

Apr 14, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Baked Goods as Gifts For Teachers, Etc.

Saw that this old thread was bumped and being the OP, I thought I'd give an update. I ended up giving the teacher good quality chocolates and a handmade card from our child. Child said teacher received more than a dozen boxes of chocolate. Teacher did not send a thank you card or email, so next year I will just stick with the handmade card. I guess there is such a thing as too much chocolate!

Apr 13, 2014
Kat in General Topics

I cannot eat "strangers'" food

My mom has always been exactly this way. She won't touch anything at a bake sale or potluck and would never go to someone's house for a meal. She was always fine with restaurants, oddly, until about 8 years ago and now she's getting worse as she's getting older. She'll only eat prepackaged food from the grocery store that comes in a sealed container. She is this way about other things too, not just food. Her aunt was the same way. I'm not and I hope this thing doesn't carry down.

Apr 10, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Easter - Grape Jelly and Ham?

Doesn't a Monte Cristo sandwich have sliced ham and jam? So, not an unheard of combo. Easter is coming up, might try it!

Apr 10, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Globe Article on a Local Food Blogger Who's Very Ill

That brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely last wish.

Apr 10, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

The Sinclair

No, the restaurant is separate from the concert space in the same building. At the concert I went to there, it was standing only and it is a small space.

Apr 07, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Reservation Confirmation.

Yup, it annoys me too.

Apr 04, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Crepes like the Magic Pan?

I remember going to the Magic Pan when I was little! I loved the warm ham crepe with mustard sauce, mmmm my favorite.

Apr 03, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Rude. Did they at least bring you flowers or a hostess gift? Bottle of something? Did they gift you with nothing for being kind enough to welcome them into your home after they foisted themselves upon you without an invitation? The husband is not alone in this, his spouse is pretty rude too for not doing her part. I too would be annoyed if I were you. Better to have an excuse ready if they try to pull this on you and your family again.

Apr 03, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

When You No Longer Can Eat Some Foods You Love

I became allergic to shellfish out of nowhere about 15 years ago. I live in New England and my spouse is a lobster lover, as was I, so it can be so hard! Sometimes I lean my head over his bowl of discarded shells and just breathe in the wonderful smell. I really miss scallops too, the small, sweet ones. And fried clams in the summer. Yes, it stinks, but you do get used to it over time. I just re-focus on other foods I love and that I can still eat.

Mar 31, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Lunch near the Peabody Essex Museum?

I was just at the PEM Sunday. The Garden Restaurant has several good veggie options and is a nice place to rest up with a meal between gallery tours. There is also a self- service cafe in the lobby, but that is more casual. On a side note, the mid-century modern California design exhibit that just opened is fantastic!

Mar 31, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

Did she get confused between the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and the Chicken Fried Steak?

Mar 31, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Do you hate organizing dinner outings?

Yes, part of me hates it: the stress of being the picker, so everyone has me to blame if they don't like the place. On the other hand, I choose places I like, so I don't get stuck going to someone else's idea of a good restaurant (ie., Olive Garden. You laugh, but it's happened).

Mar 27, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Nashville - Best Place for Oysters

Thx!

Mar 27, 2014
Kat in Kentucky & Tennessee

Nashville - Best Place for Oysters

Hello - Looking for a place for dinner for a group of oyster-loving employees at a conference in Nadhville. Any ideas? Thank you!

Mar 26, 2014
Kat in Kentucky & Tennessee

Packing food at house parties

She does sound like a food hoarder. Out of curiosity, have you ever been in her home? Just wondering if it is full of hundreds of little plastic food containers with mouldering food.

Mar 24, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Urgent Tipping Question - Caterer

Hi - Yes, I asked about the service charge. Tax included, but not service. I will tip.

Mar 24, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Urgent Tipping Question - Caterer

Hello - I have to pay a small, casual restaurant today for food that they delivered yesterday for a party of about 120 people. Owner helped me pick the menu then dropped off the food himself. Do I tip? Owner was very accommodating and helpful. But, is this like a hair salon situation, where you only tip the workers but would never tip the owner, even if s/he was the one who did your hair? I don't know what to do. help, thanks.

Mar 24, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Strip T's Sandwich Bread

Yes, it is the baguette. I'll ask the next time that I am there.

Mar 22, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Relative always ruins good food

Sometimes, the person who wins the war is the person who graciously concedes the battle. You are new to the family. Let her cook as she wishes in her parents' home. Let everyone in the family notice how good you are with her (if she's a PITA to you, she's a PITA to everyone else too) and they will appreciate you all the more. You have your own home in which to cook as you wish and make dishes showcasing your healthful and fresh cooking choices (just don't let her in your kitchen!).

Mar 20, 2014
Kat in General Topics
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Electric Grill Suggestions?

Our condo association has the same rule. They never enforced it but now they do. These are the electric grills we are looking at for this summer:

http://www.lowes.com/Search=electric+...!

Mar 18, 2014
Kat in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

Yes, same problem here. Very annoying.

Mar 18, 2014
Kat in Site Talk

Indian Restaurants: UK vs. US

I have a hard time finding onion bhaji on menus in the US. I often see pakoras and samosas, but that's it.

Mar 17, 2014
Kat in General Topics

An Antidote for Very Salty Food?

I was on a med that caused dry mouth a while back and found that Biotene helped. It is a mouthwash specifically for dry mouth symptoms. To keep it food related, for an irritated throat I drink hot water with a little lemon and a good amount of honey. Maybe try that?

Mar 17, 2014
Kat in General Topics

"Sundays are the Worst"

I live in the Northeast and always have done so. A few years ago, we drove to Tennessee to visit family who had just moved there. We stopped for lunch on Sunday at a Cracker Barrel ( no judgments! were hungry and on a schedule) somewhere in TN right as the post church crowd arrived. To the poster who questioned how to tell if the people in question were church folk: well, I have never seen anything like it. Everyone was dressed to the nines, suits and ties on the men and dresses and skirt suits on the ladies. All of the men wore ties with two big crosses on them and the ladies had similar pins on their dresses. These crosses were identical to the many crosses we saw erected on roadsides as we drove along the highway. Everyone knew everybody else. This was definitely a local cultural event unlike anything I have ever seen at home. Unfortunately, I did not keep an eye on their tipping!

Mar 15, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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The Unbearable Classiness of Nick Varano

I LOVED the Tar Bar! It was our local go to place after class. Miss it (and my 20s).

Mar 12, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

How Long Is Enough to Wait for a Reservation?

This. I would have done the ladies' room/scope out the situation walk too. I'll wait up to 20 minutes for a table I reserved, but then annoyance will set in. Without a reservation is a different story, probably up to an hour at a good place but no more.

Mar 12, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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