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Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

it was her call.
i would have be just as happy to move christmas (but then again, i'm not christian and she is)

really, it is all about honoring her the way she wants to be honored.

about 7 hours ago
westsidegal in General Topics

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

will: i don't believe that james was being serious,
i do believe that genoO was, in fact serious. . . .

i'm with you and even more so...."correct" = what works for me/us/those that i care for.

a close friend of mine was born on christmas day.
we "decided" decades ago to move her yearly celebration to june (every year).
all holidays and celebrations are subject to being moved around in my group.

about 8 hours ago
westsidegal in General Topics

Callebaut White Chocolate at Whole Foods -- which variety is it?

just go the specialty food department.
normally the process of "breaking bulk" for chocolate is done there.

if they don't have the info for you immediately, they should be able to get it for you in time.

about 8 hours ago
westsidegal in Chains

Trader Joe's / Whole Foods...sterility vs. other

for those of us who don't live anywhere near you, and who shop for a household and who work 50 hours a week and who commute and who try to devote our time to hold together a relationship and who like to go to restaurants (i.e. we don't want a lot of food left over sitting around and rotting when we chose to go out) and who don't like left-overs all that much and have picky kids and want to avoid running all over town at "rush hour" and prefer to spend our weekends doing something other than running from store to store,

your approach is not all that attractive nor is your smugness .

the reason trader joe's exists is that it provides what many of us need, in locations that many of us can access, at a price that many of us are willing to pay.
if you are so enamored of spending your time this way, maybe you can provide the service to those of us who won't/can't.

it's perfectly ok if you don't understand.
p.s. if you're going to go online to berate tj's, it would be only right for you NOT to take advantage of their well-maintained bathrooms. maybe "hold it" for one of your "better" places. . . .

about 8 hours ago
westsidegal in Chains
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THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

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about 8 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

Soba: i'm with you on skipping the turkey entirely.

about 10 hours ago
westsidegal in Home Cooking
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THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

yup

about 10 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

genoO: wow!

do you normally speak to other adults in that judgemental fashion about issues that have NO legal nor moral importance?

there is no moral nor legal requirement that any adult in this country subscribe to YOUR values about a secular holiday meal.
this means that no excuse is even NECESSARY.
we are just comparing our differing values.

not too many posts leave me speechless, but yours did! (and not in a good way)
yes, your post, to me, is indeed, very bleak.

THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

of course there must be a way.

about 10 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

AND washes hands before scooping (at least for the first time).

if they have to shuttle back and forth and back and forth, and back and forth in quick succession the odds of a "missed" washing increases.

the fewer trips, the better, imho.

about 13 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

gloves or no gloves, the more switching back and forth the higher the likelihood of sloppiness about taking the gloves off, putting the gloves on, washing the hands between taking money and scooping.

the shuttle between washing hands/gloving up/ and taking money is very annoying and time consuming, and, because of this, sooner or later there will be lapses in the procedure.

about 14 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Recommendations for an out-of-town sushi snob ;)

respectfully disagree if, by "genre" you are talking about anything good.

about 14 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area
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THRIFTY ICE CREAM (still kickin' at RITE AID)

disagree with you on the pay proceedure.
imho, it is better if the person scooping the ice cream is NOT the same person taking the money.

about 17 hours ago
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Is reheated pasta less fattening?

in other words, the whole study has a degrees of freedom problem

1 day ago
westsidegal in Special Diets

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

with my group, we usually convene at someone's house before the meal so that the adults can talk and the kids can bond.

we then go out to the meal

we then return to the home for the adults to pass out from their food coma and the kids can run off some steam.

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

why would you come so such silly conclusions? (do you actually believe that it is impossible to have fellowship and to enjoy food unless you cook it? if so, sorry, that is nonsensical)

my entire family dines out together at thanksgiving and christmas.
it is our family tradition.
it is a GREAT tradition.

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

i've had terrific times dining out on thanksgiving and on christmas.

why wouldn't it be terrific?

no cleaning

no waste

no having a refrigerator full of high calorie left overs that i don't want to eat, but i don't want to waste either.

my family has dined out on christmas for as long as i can remember. my mother was a genius that way.

not having to devote the better part of a week to a meal that, for the most part, has no appeal to me. i don't like bland, fatty, comfort food to start with.

Beyond Vegan

VenusCafe: given the choice between "new" research, or the Ornish research (which has been replicated again and again and again over decades), AND if this was a life or death matter, i'd go with the Ornish research every time just as ed has done.

there is good reason that Ornish is and has been a GIANT in this field for as long as he has.

3% healthcare charge: coming to more receipts near you

i bought the book and gave up on it after reading about a quarter of it.
there is nothing about the relationships described in the book that resembles the one i have with my housekeeper:
starting with the fact that the housekeeper had to start out negotiating her pay with the employer.
my housekeeper told me what she wanted to earn, and i just paid it.
after three weeks, unasked, i gave her a raise.
now, after 20 years, she earns OVER 500% of her original pay scale.
she NEVER asked me for a raise in all this time.
i just automatically GAVE her more money over time because she DESERVED IT.
i never nickel and dime people who take care of me.

the employers described in the book are not like me.
the relationships described in the book are not like mine.

Oct 22, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Strauss Milk Sightings?

thanks for explaining.
since i never drink the stuff, i just read the OP and answered without reading the whole thread.
sloppy of me

Oct 22, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Strauss Milk Sightings?

this morning the el segund whole foods also had stock of the Saint Benoit in addition to the Straus

Oct 22, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Strauss Milk Sightings?

a whole shelf of Strauss Whole Milk at
Whole Foods el segundo

20 minutes ago (10/22 11:40AM)

Oct 22, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

How's Mo-Chica now that Chef Ricardo Zarate is Gone?

can only speak to my experiences at Paiche

1) the food quality was spotty--some dishes great, some dishes ok, no consistency about any individual dish from visit to visit.

2) service spotty--sometimes great, sometimes awful. there appeared to be a tremendous amount of staff turnover. some of the newer servers didn't seem to know how to fold napkins AND keep an eye on their tables at the same time. .

3) the drinks: the powers that be felt that the restaurant was so trendsetting that they could afford NOT to have olives for martinis. this sort of hubris wasn't appealing to me.

3) the only really consistent thing was the tiny/minuscule size of the portions. without some sort of special deal, it would take me about $50 to be full at lunch.

Oct 22, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

i called and they told me that nothing was vegetarian.

Oct 21, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Strauss Milk Sightings?

good Eggs will deliver it to you.
they carry the nonfat, the 1%, and the 2%
for the whole milk they only carry the St. Benoit organic.

here's the link for the 2% half gallon
https://www.goodeggs.com/la/strausla/...

Oct 20, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Side for Lasagna other than Garlic Bread

to me, an organization's board meeting is inherently a very DIFFERENT animal than a dinner party.

taking the additional info into consideration:

1) for a group like this, with some of them being vegetarians, AND with the entire cost coming out of your pocket, i would completely forego the meat/poultry.

the cheese in the lasagna will provide more than enough fat and protein, and, imho, the addition of meat as a side dish unnecessarily complicates the service (a real consideration for a meal that will be served and consumed during a board meeting) and unnecessarily adds to the cost.

2) i would also skip the salad.
salad, imho, is not a good choice either for serving during a board meeting and is especially a poor choice for nibbling during a meeting.
after all, the main purpose of this get together is the meeting, right?
if you feel like you absolutely must have something along the lines of a salad, i'd go with crudite, but my first choice would be to skip this entirely.
the vegetables in the lasagna are adequate.

i would avoid thinking of food served at a board meeting as some sort of variation of a full-blown dinner party.
i'd save the "dinner party" treatment for a REAL dinner party.
wowing people with my hostess and cooking skills is not the point of a board meeting. having too much food variety changes the focus, imho.

Oct 20, 2014
westsidegal in Home Cooking

Leaving half doughnuts behind

was at a meeting last week at which there were several half-doughnuts and half-cookies.
ALL THE HALVES were consumed within 7 minutes of becoming halves.
(yes, i timed it)

some of the wholes were still sitting there 45 minutes after being served. . . .

Oct 18, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food

After slaughter, what happens to the unused cow parts?

every pet food store sells pizzles as dog chews

Oct 18, 2014
westsidegal in Not About Food

TonyC Finds Shaanxi style food on Westwood Blvd.

also, it is "cool" in that it is not completely impossible to find a parking spot.

Oct 17, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area

Best Mexican food in WLA?

AAQjr: i'd add Casa Sanchez to your list of mexican-STYLE restaurants. . . . .

(a friend of mine on occasion, is forced by his work schedule to get coffee from a lousy vending machine. he told me that by forcing himself to think of the stuff as "warm brown caffein-containing beverage," it became tolerable. if he were to try to think of it as anything related to "coffee" he wouldn't be able to gag it down, but as "warm brown caffeine-containing beverage" he can.)

Oct 16, 2014
westsidegal in Los Angeles Area
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