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McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

Actually I've never had an order gone wrong. Not that I've been to McD's more than for a quick fix maybe once every two or three months, but that's over many, many years. Maybe SoCal employees are smarter?

about 2 hours ago
Midlife in Chains

McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

I get parts 1, and MAYBE part 3, but not part 2. If a McD's person asked me the same thing twice (apparently within possibly 30 seconds) I could find myself doing a George H W on them, as in "read my lips". But that's just me.

about 14 hours ago
Midlife in Chains

What's the most overpriced menu item you've seen?

about 15 hours ago
Midlife in Not About Food

Fake "Facebook header" ad on mobile, leads to free iPad/iPhone site

This has just happened again with a flashing notifications icon and a "1" in the icon. This is acting like a virus.

May 26, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

What Goes Into Wine-Label Design?

Ipse, Ms. Teague can be controversial I suppose. While I've seen my share of customers choose a wine based on the label, I think it's pretty ridiculous to state categorically: "Ask someone the kind of wine he prefers and he may or may not be able to describe it; ask someone what kind of wine label he (or she) likes and you’re guaranteed to get a reply. From occasional imbibers to serious oenophiles, just about every wine drinker I know cares about labels—and even employs them as a buying guide. "

May 26, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Fake "Facebook header" ad on mobile, leads to free iPad/iPhone site

Just had it happen again!!!! Very bad!!!!! Locks up my iphone and I have to reboot. My fault for clicking on the flashing notification, but still!!!!!!!!! It looks like it's part of the topic header.

May 26, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

good winery to visit near petaluma

I agree, in general, but that distinction seemed to be a difficulty in this topic. There's a subjective issue regarding how many tasting rooms there are and whether grapes are grown there as well. Orange County has 8 or 10 "wineries" now, but I wouldn't call it 'wine country'.

good winery to visit near petaluma

This discussion is frustrating in that, as one just observing it, there appears to be a simple difference going on here as to whether the term "wine country" requires WINERIES or just vineyards.

There are lots of areas in California where vineyards go on for miles but there are no (or few) wineries. I've never drawn a distinction as to whether the term 'wine country' requires that you can actually taste wine there, but I suppose some people would.

Difficulty lighting my gas grill.

I'm assuming that the regulator in the line to the tank does have a safety feature. My Ducane grill's instructions say to open the tank valve and wait 5 minutes before lighting the grill. That suggests there is a built-in feature that requires pressure in the line to build up again after having been shut off for some time.

If you've ever lit a BBQ and had it flash at you (singed eyebrows to prove it) this feature makes sense.

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

Ummm....... And that, plus healthcare benefits & pensions, almost out them out of business. Just sayin'.

May 23, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Westside Tacos

So...... Tito's would be the wrong answer here, huh? ;o)))))

May 23, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Have you ordered spicy hot food and then complained about it being too hot?

I understand your point, but find that better than nothing. At least it's a reasonable place to start, and helpful if you return.

May 23, 2015
Midlife in General Topics

Fake "Facebook header" ad on mobile, leads to free iPad/iPhone site

Same experience on my iPhone. The only way I could get out if it was to reboot the phone. ANNOYING!!!!

May 21, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Wine ettiquette question

My take is that it's not so much rude as it is inconsiderate, in that you're wasting what could be enjoyed by your dining companions. If you know you won't drink the wine just say so. If your palate is very 'sensitive' just say "I'd like just a little". That way you're not blatantly wasting what could be a significant cost to your host.

I've told this here before, but I was once at a small dinner with biz associates where the host ordered a few bottles of one of the best Bordeaux wines. One guest had been poured a full glass and never touched it. As we were leaving the restaurant our host disappeared briefly. I was curious, so I checked and saw him drinking that guest's glass. Me? I would have offered it to the server, but you get the point.

May 20, 2015
Midlife in Wine

McDonald's Sirlon Burger

There's no way McD's can do a decent burger of any kind and have it ready by the time I make it to the window from the order spot....... unless it's pre-cooked and then nuked.

May 17, 2015
Midlife in Chains

List of San Diego Breweries

Is it me or is Beermapping totally useless on mobile?

May 15, 2015
Midlife in San Diego

Pennsylvania's trying to do what?

OK. Agreed. Let's see if a reading of the bill and the NAWR statement has me on the right course.

What it looks like is that Pennsylvania may finally be about to allow direct shipping of wine to it's residents but only from wineries, not from retailers (who are the domestic source of wines made outside the USA). NAWR indeed seems to be twisting the story. I've followed the NAWR for some time and would really like to understand why they aren't more forthcoming about what's happening. PA residents are going to get progress, just not enough progress. I'm not at all sure why, with the strong lobbying clout of US alcohol wholesalers, they aren't working together here. BUt, then, the two don't ever seem to work together. NAWR is defending retailers, sure, but come on guys!

May 15, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Pennsylvania's trying to do what?

Banning the sale of all European wines in the state is a little out of the ordinary...... no?

May 15, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Pennsylvania's trying to do what?

This should get interesting.

http://nawr.org/press-releases/pennsy...

May 15, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Maybe it's my propensity for legalistic logic, or too much CSI on TV, but I don't see enough in the OP for me to conclude anything specific about the glass itself, or the possible force with which the it was hit, or if it hit anything causing it to shatter.

I've seen water glasses so heavy I'd be hard-pressed to think they'd ever break and others that might do so easily. A fast and forceful hand motion, with maybe a large ring or watch making contact??? This is why we need more than police officers to wear body cameras. ;o]]]]]]

May 14, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Two things:

1. I always find it interesting that people will come to conclusions with only minimal information, such as those who have concluded that the restaurant used inferior quality or damaged glassware when the only evidence is that it broke.

2. It is not all that surprising that a small business owner could be focused on their own profit and not fully aware of how this kind of thing might be handled at other establishments. Sometimes this is a cultural thing, sometimes just a survival thing, but not outside the realm of understanding.

I'm with jfood's take on how this SHOULD have gone down and wonder what the OP's thoughts are on the responses so far.

May 14, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

What's a inexpensive good to starter scotch?

I wound up with Chivas and sometimes the Macallan Fine Oak my son gets me for special occasions.

May 13, 2015
Midlife in Spirits

What's a inexpensive good to starter scotch?

I asked a similar question a while back;
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722482

May 13, 2015
Midlife in Spirits

So Confused

Click on the curved arrow to respond. That works in all areas, I think, except within the Q&A format where you can only post to the original question.

May 13, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Good and fun recs for a bachelor party in Palm Springs??

Looking for recs for a bachelor party for fun-seeking 10-12 30-something men in the Palm Springs area for this coming weekend. Good food but not necessarily all that Chowish. These guys are all from SoCal and have known each other for 20+ years. They're all straight (as far as I know) but a low-key gay venue might fit on the itinerary.

May 10, 2015
Midlife in California

Does anyone do a Newark hot dog in OC?

Thanks, but:

1. Kind of a trek from South OC for some rolls.
2. I'd think any good pizza place could do it, if I wanted it badly enough and would pay the price.

Anybody know if it's simply pizza dough in a hoagie-type shape?

May 10, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Does anyone do a Newark hot dog in OC?

Pizza bread does not seem to exist here. You're right.

May 10, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Is Surfas going away?

Yup. Gotta quote the WHOLE thing.

Is Surfas going away?

1. Someone could just call them and ask.
2. They DO have a very large store just North of South Coast Plaza, in Costa Mesa, if you're really worried.
3. That article says they are renting space in the existing structure while the new owners go through their pre-building processed, which anyone who's been involved in something like that knows could take a VERY long time.
4. No way to know what the current owners paid for Surfas when it was bought a few years ago, and assuming the property was bought by the store operators, $16million is a LOT of money and should give them lots of options.

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

Our local Albertson's once created a whole section (a 20'x20'alcove)for their private-label paper and kitchen products, but it lasted only a few months and they found a better use for the space.

May 08, 2015
Midlife in Chains