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Re: Provo, Turks and Caicos, restaurants costs and recommendations

Interesting local - Da Conch Shack

It has been 3 years since our last Provo trip. I remember entrees in the high $20s, more like mid $30s for the low range. Everything is a la carte. We regularly spent $100+ on just food for two adults for our evening meal and that was typically one split appetizer, two entrees and split dessert.

I agree with Linguafood, meals are very expensive on Provo even at the casual, simple food places. Think $3 sodas, $3 ice tea. $8 beers.

What is the right thing to do? Etiquette question.

I agree with Hobbert's comment on the wife.

In a perfect world, people would know that only the names on the invitation were invited to attend.

That being said, I see a lot of confusion surrounding evening events, especially a (insert appropriate label) party hosted at a restaurant/bar in that people tend to think spouses are included because it is labeled as a party or social function (based on time and venue) when the host is hosting a work event.

And this is the reason I dread after hours business invitations...

Jan 14, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

I was just conversing with a friend over the weekend and he swears by his vacuum sealer. I am considering getting one.

Jan 13, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

Absolutely! This type of multi-day use of common ingredients changed our meals, my cooking and our budget for the better.

The theory is simple but it takes commitment to master it.

Jan 13, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

People who bring their own food

Maybe they shouldn't be in the business of correcting Little SIS's manners directly but what about a general "at this table we don't yuck on another's yum" type of statement to let her know what type of behavior is expected?

The scenario the OP describes brings back memories as my father didn't tolerate any complaining about what was served at our house. I can remember my friends and boy friends pulling faces and making "ewww, yuck" comments about holiday meals. Dad let them know that sort of behavior was not tolerated at our table. They got the message and changed their tune. But that was a different generation. (I am 44 yo.)

Jan 13, 2015
cleobeach in Not About Food
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People who bring their own food

Being that they are trying to blend families, I would overlook the food issues. But this would probably put me over the edge -

"saying things smelled gross and looked disgusting and the Christmas crackers were stupid"

The GF better think long and hard about what she is getting herself into....

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

I tried so hard to be that person who saves bits and pieces for stock, juices the lemons, etc. but was finally honest with myself that I am not. Our life doesn't allow me the time and my house doesn't have the space to be as efficient as I would like.

Maybe I will try again when I am retired and an empty nester :)

Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

I agree with the cook less food statement. Our household is not good at leftovers. I either am disappointed that they don't taste as good the second time around or they get lost in the fridge. While there are some exceptions, chili comes to mind, I typically only cook what I know will get consumed at that meal.

Also, I realized that it is ok to spend a little morefor less of an ingredient (on a per unit basis) that will get consumed than to buy something in bulk that might go bad. This goes against everything I was taught and was hard to break. Like lemons. I bought one lemon the other day for $1 versus a bag for $4 or $5 because I knew I would never use up the bag before they went bad.

Jan 11, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking
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What to do with leftover roasted elk?

I was thinking along the same lines. My idea was very thinly sliced, served cold with some sort of horseradish sauce.

Friends of ours make a lot of wild game and they do a lot with red wine sauces.

Jan 08, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Songs with restaurant names in the lyrics

Concerning Jimmy Buffett - Is Captain Tony's in Last Mango in Paris a real bar in Key West?

Jan 06, 2015
cleobeach in Food Media & News

All-Clad: Which One of These

I have the 4qt sauté pan in the classic style of the 5qt in your first link. It is the most used pan in my kitchen by far. I purchased it from the Cookware and More site, which I can recommend.

I wonder about the size of the 5 qt, I think it might be too large unless you have a larger than average cook top.

Unlike others, I never had a problem with the shape of the AC handles.

Jan 06, 2015
cleobeach in Cookware

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

This American appreciates Canada. We were blown away by the Niagara park system when we took our son to Ontario and visited Fort George and Fort Erie as well as the attractions around Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake.

Jan 06, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Over the holidays, someone gave me the same recommendation. I think we will try to plan a trip for this summer.

Jan 05, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

What kind of roast is this?

Chuck roast was my first impression as well.

Jan 04, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking

Cocktail party eats -- a report

I love that town! We spent five nights at the Oban and did the forts and wineries two years ago. The flowers blew my mind, I have never seen anything like your downtown.

Jan 04, 2015
cleobeach in Home Cooking
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North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Philadelphia has a lot to offer. We have a 9 yo and have taken him to Philadelphia for short trips once or twice a year since he was 4 yo.

The city has a great restaurant scene that runs from ethnic and budget friendly BYOBs to high end. The reading terminal market could take the better part of the day to eat your way through.

If you are interested, I can search for my notes on what restaurants we enjoyed over the past couple of trips.

If you do want to get out to explore, there are many interesting attractions that aren't touristy or crowded. The city is home to many universities and it is easy to slip into feeling like you are a local instead of a tourist if you want to blend into the neighborhoods.

Where we stay doesn't meet your desire for a kitchen, pool, etc but bare with me. We enjoy staying at the Sofitel, which is a French hotel. With advance planning, you can find rates that included breakfast, which is excellent. The staff treats children very well.

It is located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood and is within walking distance to many, many restaurants. the lobby lounge has a large area with sofas and chairs that look out of walls of floor to ceiling windows. Mid afternoon to early evening, it is particAlly diserted and a nice place to read, play quite games and people watch.

Jan 04, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics
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Color me frugal

We always took our own food when skiing. Not only did we never buy food or drink at the slopes, every single minute of that ticket was spent skiing, no going inside to warm up, no breaks and bathroom breaks were expected to be kept to a minimum and preformed as quickly as possible. No eating allowed until after our tickets expired then we ate in the car before driving home.

My dad often got free or discounted tickets because he had a friend in the equipment business. I remember getting soaked to the bone one morning (this was upon the 80s before high tech fabrics) and begging to quit and sit in the lodge. No dice. Dad lectured me about cost (even though the ticket was free) and being a sissy. I Stormed off to the parking lot and sold my ticket to a guy walking up to the ticket window, tracked down my dad, gave him the money and spent the rest of the day in the lodge reading.

Dad was disappointed in my sissy-ness yet proud of my money making.

Eggs all Taste The Same to Me

I cook a lot of eggs - scrambled, fried, poached, soft boiled - and use raw eggs in homemade mayo. I generally use eggs from my CSA farmer or from a friend's backyard flock with regular commercial eggs when I need to.

From the farm eggs have a vibrant yellow yolk compared to commercial eggs. I occasionally get double yolks in farm eggs but never in commercial eggs.

My husband, a man with opinions, can't taste a difference between the two.

Jan 02, 2015
cleobeach in General Topics

Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

Don't even joke about that! I+J=4ever!

Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

Within the past few days, I watched her Christmas show and I am certain he was in it. I realize the show was filmed ahead of time. Maybe it was a show from a prior year.

My second thought (after friend S's thoughts of hope) were of their children.....

Dec 30, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

Wedding Family Style Meal Ideas

The venue you describe sounds lovely and suited to a more formal event than first came to my mind.

Check out the blog Manger for menu inspiration for rustic yet classy dishes. The author lives in France and has that European enthusiasm of “let’s throw a lunch in the woods” or “brunch in the vineyard” and makes it look so effortless.

Here it is - http://mimithorisson.com/

Dec 30, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Wedding Family Style Meal Ideas

Family style service at weddings is fairly common where I live and generally works well. I can't say I have ever seen a dropped plate or other mishap. I agree with the poster that said make sure there is enough staff to keep the food coming at a pace to ensure everyone gets their first round at the same time.

I assume this will be a casual affair? If so, I think the pig roast or lobster boil idea is great.

We went to an outdoor wedding early last fall and the meal was served family style. The menu was sort of upscale BBQ, classics that were taken up a few notches. I remember baskets of rolls and cornbread with flavored and regular butter. The meats were BBQ chicken pieces and ribs in 3-4 bone sections. There was some sort of slaw, roasted red potatoes and a multi bean salad.

This wedding was so memorable not just because the food was good but because the tone of the entire event worked, a casual setting, casual attire, casual service with a casual menu. I have been to outdoor weddings where the guests were in suits and dresses while wrestling with Styrofoam plates and plastic, which was not good.

Dec 30, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Giada De Laurentiis and Husband to Divorce

Off to call my close friend, Giada is his dream woman....

Dec 30, 2014
cleobeach in Food Media & News

May I vent? (living with a reasonably Chowish person who isn't quite a Chowhound..)

Yep - "I think that sometimes he plays the "I didn't know" game in hope that the next time I will follow the "If you want it done right, do it yourself" rule."

And double Yep - "I've been known to write down what I need DH to purchase, down to what store and where in the store to get it, a description of the label...and he'd say he couldn't find it."

we are coming up on 22 years together and years back, I accepted and embraced the clearly defined roles that lead to a happy marriage. Simply put, I do all the meal planning, shopping and cooking without exception.

Further, I (sort of) forbid him from going to the grocery store unless it is a dire (meaning I am physically too sick to get out of bed or have just given birth) from grocery shopping.

Dec 29, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Jewish Christmas

I used to work with a Jewish/kosher vegetarian that wolfed down pepperoni pizza at office lunches.

Dec 24, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Need a book recommendation for a young baker ASAP!

I looked at both books recommended and decided to give her the What to Bake...one as I think the pictures make it a less intimidating for her age.

I am debating keeping the other for myself.

Dec 24, 2014
cleobeach in Not About Food

Our loves we will not admit

Speaking from experience? :)

Dec 23, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Our loves we will not admit

That is funny. Come to PA and you will find those items at a circa 2014 picnic. We went to a family reunion this past summer at there were at least three pans (it was potluck) of Kraft mac and cheese.

Onion soup mix with ruffles is the ultimate drunk and/or hangover food.

Dec 23, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Our loves we will not admit

"why-can't-you-serve-what-normal-people-serve subtext"

Ah yes, been at the receiving end of that several times myself.

Dec 23, 2014
cleobeach in General Topics

Help with Goose dinner

Goose was our family meal, it was the only thing that my mother ever cooked. And she did it very well.

All were sourced from local Amish farms and were definately free range. My mother never brined them.

The steaming step seems odd to me. I would just roast it. Mom stuffed the goose with apples and 2.5 hours was her standard roasting time, adjusts as needed.

Dec 22, 2014
cleobeach in Home Cooking