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How do you overlook a restaurant owners' behavior?

Because she charges $100 for her famed coconut cake. I love my friend but she does not love coconut and I don't spend that much on birthday gifts - in addition to dinner & wine.

Jan 17, 2012
cooking4watts in Not About Food

How do you overlook a restaurant owners' behavior?

I should have clarified - the hostess is the owner and the pastry chef. She makes a GREAT coconut cake and I would have ordered a piece along with the birthday cake and probably another to take home to the babysitter! It's a very small restaurant and she knew exactly who we were - and the business we have given her over the past several years - and made the choice to not acknowledge us.
And I appreciate the lack of desire to tangle with health code. I took my cake back to the car. I am more miffed that she never produced the "special birthday dessert" that she claimed when we first arrived at the restaurant.

Jan 17, 2012
cooking4watts in Not About Food

How do you overlook a restaurant owners' behavior?

This past Saturday night, I made plans to meet a good friend and several others to celebrate her birthday. We live an hour apart and made reservations at a favorite restaurant that is in between but certainly favors her - it's her birthday! It's a neighborhood bistro and prides itself on making upscale comfort food from local ingredients. We love the chef - he is a genius and we have frequented this restaurant a good bit in the past 3 years that it has been open.
I made the friend a birthday cake. She claims to "not like sweets" but will eat anything that is chocolate. I think that everyone should get the opportunity to blow out candles and make a wish on their birthday so I make A LOT of birthday cakes - from scratch, made with love.
My husband and I arrived at the restaurant about 20 minutes before our reservation with the intent of having a pre-dinner cocktail. I made the mistake of not calling ahead about the cake and when we arrived the hostess / owner gave me a dirty look and told me they preferred to not bring dessert into their restaurant. She then went on to tell me that they do something special for birthdays and that it was not to serve "outside cake."
I quickly returned the homemade cake to the car and went back in for a cocktail - excited to see what they would produce for the birthday girl.
We had a nice dinner with several bottles of wine and multiple courses. When it was time for dessert, our server came to ask if anyone wanted anything. I was hoping that she would produce the very special birthday surprise. She never did.
The owner made a point of bringing the chef out of the kitchen to speak with several tables but avoided our party. She has yet to say thank you for dining with us or thank you for understanding our policy. And she has yet to come wish our friend a happy birthday.
We passed on dessert and went to parking lot to give the cake (and candles ready to light!) to our friend and went on our ways - not having a place close by to share dessert.
Should I still be miffed and frustrated or should I just forget about it as my husband keeps urging me to do? And should we continue to frequent the restaurant? We really like the chef!!! And finally, should I contact the restaurant and air my frustration - knowing that I am expecting nothing in return since our bill is paid and the night is over.
Any advice or suggestions are welcome....

Jan 17, 2012
cooking4watts in Not About Food

Asheville area Updates - November "11

Had them at Rezazz's on Friday night and Table on Saturday night and both were done to perfection. Sides were better at Rezazz's!

Dec 20, 2011
cooking4watts in Southeast

Asheville area Updates - November "11

We had dinner there on Sat night and it was good. My scallops were perfect but the side with them was not memorable. Staff was excellent - we had a large group and closed the place down and they were still kind. Have fun - Happy 2012!

Dec 20, 2011
cooking4watts in Southeast

Sexy Manly Desserts to Impress!

Southern Living's cover recipe from the September 2011 issue is INCREDIBLE. It is perfect for fall and will travel quite well. Enjoy and have fun!
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apple...

Sep 29, 2011
cooking4watts in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

You must not be from the south! Pimento cheese could be called roasted red pepper spread anywhere else in the country and I really don't follow much of a recipe - but here's the basic premise -

cheese - sharp cheddar, white cheddar. pepper jack if you like spicy, whatever ends you need to use in your fridge! - GRATED - do not use pre-grated stuff from the grocery
mayonaise - I always use Hellman's light
diced pimentos - you may have to use roasted red peppers if you cannot find them in your area
salt
pepper
slight dash of sugar
slight dash of apple cider vinegar

mix by hand until you have a good "spread" - serve on crackers, raw veggies (especially celery) grilled, or toasted; very popular as cheese on a burger

It's easy to make a big batch and freeze in containers that you can reasonably use; will keep 2 weeks in the fridge. Enjoy!

Aug 30, 2011
cooking4watts in Home Cooking

What homemade edible thing do you most commonly gift?

I make homemade pimento cheese every year and it's become such a tradition for giftees that we are getting gifts earlier and earlier in the season so that we do not forget them on the "cheese" list. Don't know what part of the country you are in but this is wildly popular in the south and it's a real treat when it's homemade. The best part about it is that I can make it in the fall as time allows and it freezes beautifully.

Aug 18, 2011
cooking4watts in Home Cooking

Asheville Outdoor Dining?

My husband and I are planning to celebrate our anniversary on Satuday night in Asheville and we LOVE outdoor dining. Any suggestions or ideas? We would also be open to any good suggestions for chefs' tables / tastings. Our favorite places in the area are The Blackbird, Rezaz, Bouchon, Corner Kitchen and The Admiral but were thinkning we might step out of the box this weekend! Thanks in advance for ideas.

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Corner Kitchen
3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

Jul 07, 2011
cooking4watts in Southeast

Winkler Bakery in Old Salem?

The "loose" tea cookies - a little different than the very thin traditional moravian cookies - are the best. They are sold in half pound bags, I think? You can also get hot cross buns this time of year and they would make a great hostess gift. Have fun!

Apr 20, 2011
cooking4watts in Southeast

Good Eats near Winston-Salem

I have heard great things about 21 & Main in Elkin, NC - about 30 minutes north of W-S. The menu looks great and they are making a real effort towards fresh, local ingredients.

Jul 13, 2010
cooking4watts in Southeast

Disappointed... (Crippins, Blowing Rock, NC)

Last night we celebrated an anniversary at what used to be one of my favorite restaurants - Crippens in Blowing Rock. First of all, we love dining in the mountains where you get cooler temperatures and a more relaxed environment but last night did not measure up.
Our meal was good. My halibut was cooked well and my husband enjoyed his meal. But it was very overpriced. It was the little things like the waiter not pouring the beer I ordered into the glass - rather handing both beer bottle and glass to me to do the job. Like the restaurant owner seating us but rushing off to "bigger and better" things while the restaurant sat empty. I have always been impressed but last night felt as if the staff / owners of Crippens are sailing on past reviews and not earning current good marks. They used to be my favorite but I am now convinced that we will not be back anytime soon to pay their prices for mediocre services.

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Crippen's Country Inn & Restaurant
239 Sunset Dr., Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Jul 08, 2010
cooking4watts in Southeast

ALDI Stores: Quality Products at Deep Discount??

I like shopping at Aldi and think the quality of a majority of their products is fantastic. Butter is the cheapest and no issues in using it when coooking. The cheeses are no different from the name brand basics - as good as if not better than Kraft. They carry a thick sliced bacon in plain as well as maple flavor that my husband loves. I use some of their crackers and cereals but have avoided any sauces - mainly because we use very little bottled products in our home. Sugar and flour are great for baking and I love their fiber bars. Sometime they will have some "one time purchase" items such as honey wheat pretzel sticks and they are GREAT! I have rarely been disappointed by purchases there - have fun shopping and saving money!

Oct 28, 2009
cooking4watts in Chains

New Year's Eve in Charleston, SC

We are looking for a good dinner spot for a group of about 8 -10 on New Year's Eve in Charleston. We are staying on Isle of Palms but do not mind driving into downtown - or anywhere else. We want to do dinner out but do not intend to stay anywhere to "ring in 2010." Any ideas or suggestions? We are all seasoned Charleston visitors and had an incredible meal at SNOB last May when we all gathered for our annual beach trip.

Oct 28, 2009
cooking4watts in Southeast