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Wegmans going downhill

I stumbled on this thread when searching for something else but it is timely as I just mentioned to my husband this weekend that I was shocked at the change in the Mechanicsburg, PA Wegmans. I hadn't been there in 12+ months.

For example -

the change in the international section as others noticed. I was very disappointed as I have grand plans for a major shopping binge.

Less selection in the frozen seafood department, it now looks like any other grocery store in the area

Lots more house brand, especially canned goods, that have replaced the unique items that used to draw me to Wegmans

The produce section seems smaller and looks very generic now.

The bright spot was the fresh seafood, great selection and it looked fresh. (this was a Friday afternoon)

about 19 hours ago
cleobeach in Chains

What would you offer on these Cast Iron frying pans?

I live in PA and cast iron pans are sold in box lots at auctions for basically scrap value, a couple bucks at best. There are piles of discarded CI in every farmhouse basement, barn and garage. By the piece they go for $2-$5.

There has been interest recently in Griswold pans with collectors actively seeking those out, especially the larger sizes.

about 23 hours ago
cleobeach in Cookware

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I had a similar model but I far prefer the old fashion glass reamer.

Jul 18, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

Some I-80 faves for travellers

We have tried to eat dinner at Elk Creek many times on the way home from State College or skiing and they always have bands on the weekends and the dining room closes at something like 5pm.

Jul 18, 2014
cleobeach in Pennsylvania

De-Electrifying the Kitchen

I remember my great grandmother's coffee grinder.

I just put a manual meat grinder/sausage stuffer in the donation bin.

Lee Valley Garden Tools is a good source for hand kitchen tools.

Jul 18, 2014
cleobeach in Cookware

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

Shuddering at the slow gin mention. 14 yo at my best friend's house for NYE. That family didn't drink except for the rare holiday. For whatever reason, they thought it is was ok to let us drink slow gin and 7up. I vomited for hours and then dry heaved for another couple of hours.

Jul 16, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

I had Food Network turned on while I cleared out the fridge yesterday and this show came on.

My husband came home and within minutes said "who IS that?"

Jul 15, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Were Pat's and Geno's always tourist-y?

I ask because nearly 30 years ago, I remember a friend of a friend from South Philly taking us there. He lived in the area and I remember walking to Pat's.

Looking back on it, he didn't strike me as the type that would have taken out of towners to a tourist spot.

Jul 15, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

And he was smart enough to start bottling it! (or license it or whatever his arrangement is)

I wonder if it is an old-style golf course drink?

Jul 15, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

We like to go to philly once or twice a year for a long weekend.

We enjoy Jim's. I am sure there are better places in the eyes of the locals but as a tourist, it is a nice combo of neighborhood people watching and a decent sandwich.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Well, a half and half tea at my club is half tea, half lemonade.

I am guessing it has different ingredients other places.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

At the opposite end of the spectrum, two casual restaurants in our area did away with wing nights because teenagers (and to be fair, some adults) were coming in and ordering 6-12 25 cent wings and water while taking up a table from 6pm to 9pm.

I know the owner of a third restaurant that during special nights like wing night or peel and eat shrimp restricted table size to 4 people max (moving tables together was not allowed), which broke the customers' habit of large groups "camping" together all night. He said the tables turned far faster when the groups were smaller.

This policy did run off a segment of his clientele but he said sales and profits actually increased because he was able to accommodate the type of customer that might order a few wings as an appetizer but really came in for an entree and most importantly, booze.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Tell me how to cook frozen shrimp

I remember reading about a sugar and water brine (but is it a brine without sugar?) in one of Alton Brown's books where it was mentioned as a restaurant method to "plump" up shrimp.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I am with you on the ice cream. I too loved those B&J's flavors 20+ years ago. We used to ski in that area and every night we all sit around with various pints, yumming it up!

Now I like just plain ice cream.

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

in my area, honey dipped = glazed as it relates to donuts. I

Jul 14, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

I put shoo fly pie under the other thread! I agree with linguafood, way too sweet as are most PA German/Dutch for my taste.

I do remember dinners of just corn or just tomatoes (and butter bread) when those were in season.

Jul 13, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous foods from your region you find tasty and delicious.

Soupies, when they are good they are great.

Eta, they are like soppressata.

Jul 12, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I knew it spelled souse. Totally agree on the yuck. We recently stayed at the Mayflower in DC and the vanity top in our hotel room reminded me of souse.

Jul 11, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

BBQ sandwiches in PA are sloppy joes

Jul 10, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Some I-80 faves for travellers

I like the bar area.

do you ever play at Elk Creek?

Jul 10, 2014
cleobeach in Pennsylvania

Some I-80 faves for travellers

>and the food quality has unfortunately gone down quite a bit<

I noticed that as well. What caused it?

My husband's work takes us to that area and Gamble Mill was one of our favorite Saturday stops. The last time we were there we decided we needed to give it a break for a while.

I haven't been but friends who are seriously into craft brewing rave about Old Forge.

Jul 10, 2014
cleobeach in Pennsylvania

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Microbreweries are popping up everywhere in PA and I don't get the appeal, some are just bad.

Jul 09, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Premium on draft was the standard beer in every bar where I grew up so I sort of grew up (in my late teens on up) on that and will still drink it today if it is offered.

We keep Chesterfield at our cabin and I enjoy one of those on occasion as well.

Lager always gave me a headache. It is still widely regarded as the "good beer" to have on draft at weddings. No thank you!

Jul 09, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Central PA gal chiming in! My short list of famous regional "treats" I find disgusting -

shoo-fly pie
scrapple
whoopee pies (not all, just the ones with the gritty filling)

I never warmed to Yuengling Lager (but do like some of their other beers), which was by far the most requested item from my friends when I visited. Back in the day, it was hard to find outside of Central PA.

Jul 09, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

What not to do at a farmers market

You are naughty!

I used to see the Amish loading up their wagons with out of season produce at Aldi's on Friday and selling the same on Saturday at our farmer's market.

Our market has no restrictions on such practices, it just sort of rubs me the wrong way because some consumers think they are buying "local"

Jul 09, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Wash post: picking up food stamps in a Mercedes

While I liked the article, the WP title is a little misleading. WIC is a separate program from food stamps. She drove to the WIC office in the Mercedes.

In college, I worked at a WIC office and at that time, it was actually pretty easy to qualify for WIC.

Jul 09, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

Am I the only person who scrutinizes the food-related props in catalogs?

OMG, I love this so much!

Jul 07, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

I'm so over...

California Joseph - you put into words what I was thinking.

Jul 07, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics
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Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

Love the They Might Be Giants reply!

Jul 07, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food
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Am I the only person who scrutinizes the food-related props in catalogs?

I think I might like following that blog...

About 6 months ago, I started transferring staples into glass containers and cereal into tall, plastic pourable containers. It does help with the clutter.

Another thing Mr. CB yearns for is one of those California Closets. He is always showing me the ads, hoping I will agree to do one. The problem is, they show like 6 shirts and 4 pants. He has shirts older than our relationship (20+ years), the quantity is overwhelming. He would need a closet the size of our entire second floor to make it look like the ads.

Jul 07, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food