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Jul 26, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Well, that's really my point.

Jul 21, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

Does anyone know what wait staff is paid per hour at The French Laundry? The bill there, for a table for
four, is easily $1800 or much more. I have to wonder if some of the posters here would say they don't need to tip if the minimum wage is $15.

Jul 21, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

I must have done some self-editing since I've never seen a taco (hard OR soft) in a flour tortilla or a quesadilla in a corn tortilla here in SoCal. Not saying they don't exist here though.

Also, DiningDiva's educational post (linked courtesy of Rhonelyinsandiego just above), says "I have never seen what most American would call a quesadilla, i.e. a flour tortilla filled with cheese, chicken or whatever, in Mexico." and makes me want to know how this has apparently become the norm in the US.

Jul 20, 2015
Midlife in General Topics
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Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

This whole topic is about the use of flour vs corn tortillas for quesadillas, so that's what I'm asking about.

Jul 20, 2015
Midlife in General Topics

Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

Anyone have any idea why flour seems to have become dominant, at least in restaurant service?

Jul 20, 2015
Midlife in General Topics

Restaurants are inappropriately using flour tortillas instead of corn? :(

The OP is saying that quesadillas are made with CORN tortillas. That has not been my experience in 40+ years in SoCal. Enchiladas, flautas, tacos.... yes. Quesadillas no. I'm sure they can be, but I've never seen one served that way.

Jul 19, 2015
Midlife in General Topics

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

MY homemade burgers are 1/3 to 1/2 lb patties, grilled medium rate, and are often lamb. So.......... yeah!!! I wouldn't begin to compare them to InO.

Jul 19, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

For me, it's really hard to describe something as small as In n Out fries in terms of texture. I eat them two or three at a time and, with them 'well done', they're crispy. I'm not there for the fries anyway.

We don't have Freddy's or Raising Canes here. I haven't been to a Red Robin in years but I DO remember the fries as being pretty good.

Jul 19, 2015
Midlife in Chains

BBQ with Franklin on PBS

Hadn't noticed it before but it IS available on my cable. Looks like it's about wood fire and/or charcoal BBQ, so it won't do much for me as I'm propane-bound.

Jul 18, 2015
Midlife in Food Media & News

Your favorite pub or restaurant . Would you mention to the manager that the restrooms are getting a little dirty ?

It doesn't take long for a rest room to go from clean to a mess. Sometimes just one knucklehead patron. Even if the venue has a regular checking routine, things can change fast. I'd let them know without making a big deal of it. As was said above, they SHOULD appreciate the heads up.

Jul 18, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

Of course not.

Jul 18, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

"Suck" tells me you don't like them. Could you explain why? I find them too small and prefer them cooked twice so at least they're crispy, but they don't ruin the meal. I much prefer the fries at 5 Guys or even Carl's Jr., and sometimes at McD's if they're not too limp.

Jul 18, 2015
Midlife in Chains

McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

Part 1. It has never taken that long in my experience.
Part 2. Their drive-thru lines are usually quite long at busier hours and locations, so they have someone out there taking orders far ahead of where the order kiosk is.

Jul 17, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Why is In-n-out so damn good?

1. I've never found them limp and greasy, but they're not as crispy as I like.
2. They will double cook them if you ask.

You ARE, however, making me wonder what's up with In n Out in the 90024..

Jul 17, 2015
Midlife in Chains
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McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

I guess I'm living in an alternate universe. When McD's has my burger ready (in the bag and in my hands) in 2-3 minutes they are doing something differently.

I fnd Carl's Jr. to be a pretty good burger most of the time. It's never been ready in anywhere nearly as little time as routinely happens at McD's.

JMHO

Jul 17, 2015
Midlife in Chains

McDonald’s Rolls Out New Protocol for Taking Orders

How long does it take YOU grill a burger at home? Carl's Jr/Hardee's takes a while too as does 5 Guys. There's a reason, but if you like thin, nuked, overcooked patties...... McD's is just fine.

Jul 16, 2015
Midlife in Chains

Costco: An American Dream for the Wines From Spain | Foods & Wines from Spain

Costco's buying power apparently gives them access to lots of 'serious' wine and their pricing is usually as low as it gets here in SoCal. They also stock lots of 'everyday' wine and they can be a great source if you have good wine knowledge and/or are good at Google.

We recently bought a few bottles of McManis Cab there and found it a good daily drinker til they ran out. We then found it at Total Wine for just, I think, 50¢ more.

I think I once posted here that, a while back, one local Costco was selling a Chard for $17.59 that the shop I work at was paying $17.45 for at wholesale. Problematic for the shop which is 2 miles away.

Jul 16, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Does parking make a difference for you ?

No snark intended. Where I live people seem to be able to get them for a bad cold.

Jul 15, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Black Bars on Photos

Nope. Don't see them when I 'open' the pic either. Never mind. Sounds like DeborahL has you in hand.

Jul 15, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Black Bars on Photos

Not familiar with what you're trying to do but,FWIW, when I look at your pic in that test topic you link to I don't see any black bars.

Jul 15, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Does parking make a difference for you ?

Temporary handicapped placard?

Jul 14, 2015
Midlife in Not About Food

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

Okay..... You say they were busy but you don't say if there were people waiting for tables. If not...... totally rude. If yes..... I can see why your taking the table of someone who'd been waiting for eat-in would cause an issue.

Costco - Whitefish Salad - OC?

Since the OP is in South OC I'll throw in that you can buy fresh whitefish salad at the Kosher Bite Deli, on Moulton Parkway, in Laguna Woods. It's in the center where the DMV is located. I'm sure it's more expensive that at Costco, but it's really good.

Jul 14, 2015
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Could someone please explain Sip's weird wine pricing?

Assuming a half glass is 6oz and a full glass is 10oz, the pricing makes no sense at all. That said, a 6oz pour is significantly larger than what most places call a full glass, and 10oz is huge. Regardless, I'd call the place and ask. Something is off with that half to full pricing ratio.

Jul 13, 2015
Midlife in Greater Boston Area

Zombie Threads and First Time Posters

If it's OK why bother flagging?

Jul 13, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Zombie Threads and First Time Posters

Just happened on a 7 year-old topic on the Wine board. The posters comment includes a business name and seemed like it could be spam. I flagged it but it's still there. Another poster tried to question it by posting to it but that post has disappeared with no mod removal notice. Just the way things are these days. No way to be sure the zombie post isn't legit I guess.

Jul 12, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Constellation to buy Meiomi for $315m

Do you possibly have a link to that detail? I'm really curious.

Jul 12, 2015
Midlife in Wine

Pointing out a basic problem with the site design

Don't have that on my Windows laptop (using Firefox) or even on my iPhone (using Safari). As suggested, if you provide more info (including a screen capture) you'll get a more helpful response.

Jul 12, 2015
Midlife in Site Talk

Constellation to buy Meiomi for $315m

Meiomi is pretty popular in SoCal, possibly influenced by the connection to Caymus, but also because of it's parent label Belle Glos. I have no idea what sales are, but $315million is mind-boggling. The company owns no vineyard property that I know of, so this is solely a brand play. Constellation must know something I don't.

Jul 12, 2015
Midlife in Wine