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Thoughts on this?

As someone who works in a WineBar in a tourist area I am not so thrilled with events like the couple from Germany who enjoyed the $30 worth of wine I served them last Sunday and left no tip. Not the end of the world by any means, but it is disappointing that people aren't more aware if local norms. Then, again, perhaps it was me. :o(

"live music tip"

" This smacks of the establishment/owner passing the cost of hiring live entertainment largely on their customers;"

Dec 13, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

"live music tip"

Wow! How cynical is that? Why would you assume the restaurant is going to
keep the tips? I'm not saying I'd prefer this to a tip jar or open instrument case, but I wouldn't even begin to assume such a thing.

Dec 13, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

That poster has been a mainstay of the Wine board for years and (apparently) is trying very hard to provide content by posting links to news articles. GO JASON!

I've found the Wine board to be a good resource until recently, but was coming to the conclusion that there were only a small number of active contributors and things were becoming very repetitive. I just think there's only so much one can expect.

Dec 13, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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A Message from The Chowhound Team & Plans for 2015

"Well, I don't mean to minimize the importance of the content, I mean to minimize the role of the content provider(s) or us."

While I tend to agree that we have no 'right' to expect that the site will follow our wishes as users I find your statement to be somewhat self-contradictory. Any single content provider is expendable for sure, even a large number. But without content providers there would BE no Chowhound, so how can you seemingly separate the users from the value of their content? ....... or am I misunderstanding?

Dec 13, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Dim-Sum Style Service

Well.... State Bird Provisions is in San Francisco and Gunshow is in Atlanta..... and the OP never mentions that the food should be Dim Sum, only served Dim Dum style. So this is not a geographically local question but one, I presume, about food served from a cart that comes around to tables. Interesting concept and question, seemingly belonging right here. Just sayin', especially since it's a first time poster.

Dec 12, 2014
Midlife in General Topics

Buying chopsticks

I find any metal, plastic, or lacquered chopsticks more difficult to use. Our nearby Asian market sells a bag of 50 of the higher quality wooden chopsticks (each pair in its own paper wrapper) for less than $5, so that's my choice.

Dec 10, 2014
Midlife in Cookware
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LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

Perhaps an asterisk could note new buildings, but I'm not convinced this topic is about the building and not the food.

Dec 10, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Tipping delivery or take out. Do you? How much?

I don't tip when I dine in because I'm taking up space. The cost of the space is borned my the owner, whom I am not usually tipping. I tip the server (and wherever they tip out) for their service.

With take out, if I feel I have received a level of service worthy of some tip, I will tip accordingly.

JMHO.

Dec 09, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

LA's Oldest Still-Thriving Restaurants

Can't agree that a change of location invalidates a claim re date of establishment. If the business model is the same, that's valid IMHO.

Dec 09, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Page loading problem?

If it ties back to anything I just was able to flip through 6 or 7 pages in last reply mode without anything repeating. First time in 48 hours.

Dec 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Page loading problem?

Thanks Melanie. Now I know I'm not imagining it. BTW, is the email address in your profile no longer correct. I tried emailing you about a recent post of yours and it came back undeliverable.

Dec 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Page loading problem?

Posts don't repeat on the same page but on successive page loads I see the same posts as the second page.

In the screen shot, which is in Last Reply mode, I wouldn't think newer posts would follow older ones (ie- 30min wouldn't come AFTER 51min). the 30min post, and all following it, appearedon the previous page, then again on the next page (the one in the screen shot). Essentially, in these modes, I can only see two pages, then posts start repeating.

Dec 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Page loading problem?

1. Actually I'm sorting by the Last Reply column. Didn't say that correctly.
2. It does repeat posts using Replies but not using Date.

Dec 08, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Page loading problem?

See screen shot. In Replies mode it reverts to earlier posts on the third page scrolled to.

Dec 07, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Page loading problem?

I access the site mostly from my iPhone and, after reading "My Discussions", I will frequently tap on the index bars at the top of the page and go to the "Community" page to see what recent posts are there. I scroll down the page and wait fir the rotating wheel to load more posts. Over the past few days I've been notching that the screen will then flip to the top if that same page and my "page loading" indicator spins but never finishes. I don't have the same loading problem with other sites I might try next, so it doesn't seem like it's my internet connection.

Anyone else have this happen? Or have any ideas? Tech folks?

Dec 06, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Costco prepared entrees in refrigerated section

We enjoy the stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls, stuffed chicken breast, and lamb shanks. Great time savers and need little additional seasoning.

Dec 04, 2014
Midlife in Chains

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

And then there's this:

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5613424

which could have helped achieve this:

http://m.wsj.com/articles/habit-burge...

And Habit Burger didn't make the list in the OP.

Nov 24, 2014
Midlife in Features

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

I stand corrected. I meant that what people who like what I find too soft a bagel would consider 'too' dense and chewy is likely just right.

Nov 20, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

OCMutt, assuming your "OC" is Orange County, CA: I've posted about them here but, if you can, you need to try Bagels 'n Brew (locations in Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, and Mission Viejo) if you haven't already. Their bagels rival Brooklyn's, and their entire menu is terrific. If only they'd offer Corned Beef, Pastrami, Brisket, and could make great rye bread. :oI

Nov 20, 2014
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Bagels... lox... cream cheese...

+1, but someone up thread said Brooklyn Bagels are too dense and chewy. To me those are both signs of a true New York style bagel (assuming Brooklyn's are still the way they've been for the past 30 years). Most bagels in the LA area are much too soft and bread-like compared with the ones I grew up on in NY.

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

Not my experience at all here in South OC, CA. We have one. It is always clean, except for the free peanuts whose shells are encouraged to be tossed on the floor.

I only have two issues with 5 Guys; the same I have with most all burger chains: 1. You can't get a burger anywhere mead close to medium, let alone medium rare, and 2. The buns can't handle all the toppings if you order them (a particular problem at 5 Guys).

Nov 14, 2014
Midlife in Features

Why drink chicken soup when you are sick? What so special?

Because my Grandma said so!!!!!!

Nov 04, 2014
Midlife in General Topics

Is Five Guys Really the Best Fast-Food Chain?

Texas is about as far 'East' as In-n-Out has built permanent locations, but I've read that they've done some pop-ups farther East.

http://www.in-n-out.com/pdf/locations...

Nov 02, 2014
Midlife in Features

Upsurge in Inanity

Not really, but when I do see one I flag it and move on.

Oct 28, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

Pear with the Texture of an Apple?

Oct 26, 2014
Midlife in General Topics

Proper wine service - Opening bottle away from the table?

Curious as to where you could have gotten this theory as I've been 'into' wine most of my life, have read a lot, and never come across that explanation. "Is the wine OK" used to be checked by a Sommelier (using that little silver cup hanging from his neck) but is now usually done by the person ordering.

Oct 26, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

Cash only gratuity allowed ... you may NOT charge the TIP to your CC.

I completely understand the 3% cost factor but I think "tens of thousands of dollars" is a major overreach just based in simple math. $20,000 (2 tens) translates to something like the 3% cost of tip charges on around $4million in sales, give or take. Not exactly a small mom & pop place. And that's if ALL the tips were charged.

Should Orange County have their own board?

My point is that I think people may be reluctant to post OC topics (especially SOUTH OC) because there's comparatively little OC subject matter on the LA board. It may be a chick-and-egg thing, but I personally sometimes don't post because I don't think I'll get much response.

Oct 22, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk
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Should Orange County have their own board?

A population of 3.1 million should deserve it's own board just by the numbers. I have to agree that one of the reasons I'm pretty sure there aren't more OC-specific posts on the LA board is that they are dwarfed by LA traffic. That may be cause to negate an OC board, but I really think an OC board wouldn't flourish until it flew on its own.

Oct 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk