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natural/good food stores in blacksburg or roanoke?

Annie Kay's on Main Street in Blacksburg

What is it that really turns your stomach?

Deviled eggs or boiled eggs in any form.

Big glops of mayo.

Does parking make a difference for you ?

I hate parking issues....I don't mind walking but I hate searching out a parking space, small parking spaces or finding street parking.

I don't mind paying for easy parking.

Chic Fil A highest rated fast food

I love Chick-Fil-A and go there on average once a week.

I have never had a cold sandwich, cold fries, a rude employee or a screwed up order in the many years I have frequented them. I am not surprised at all by the ranking.

Offering alternative meals to children - yay or nay

My husband says his one regret with his daughter (now in her 30's) was the separate meal thing. He and his wife always did separate meals as well as very often separate meal times. My stepdaughter had very poor table manners during her teen years and was a picky eater until she went to college. She is no longer a picky eater and her table manner are just fine.

However, our 3 year old granddaughter also has separate meals and separate meal times. She does not eat meat (doesn't like it...they aren't a vegetarian household) but eats a lot of cheese, yogurt, eggs, pbj and pasta. She prefers fruit to veggies.

I think kids should eat what the family eats and have a family dinnertime, but that is easy for me to say as I never had children of my own.

How do you deal with the compulsive need for everyone to like your food?

A different sense of taste does not mean "no sense of taste".

How do you deal with the compulsive need for everyone to like your food?

I don't think it's childish, but it is an unreasonable expectation. Food is so subjective and there isn't one food on the planet that everyone loves. And that is okay.

I think you are defining your value based on others reactions and that is a recipe for failure and damaged self esteem.

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

I agree....if you like the place, go back. Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?

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

Do you think they should have given you the second plate of food for free?

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?


If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

I have no issue with happiness being shared. In the case of the party I was a part of, our friend decided to give his wife (whose birthday is the week before mine) a surprise 30th birthday party at their home. That was great...we were in, everything was lovely.

Then we had a hurricane/storm and their power went out and it was projected it would not be back at their home in time for the party. My husband volunteered to hook him up with a club we belong to. I had no issue with that. The host then sent out an email (which I was on) saying that the location of the party had changed and that we were celebrating my 30th birthday also. I was turning 40-something and most of the people on the email list did not know me. I was horribly embarrassed and that night was awkward as I knew only a few people there. I felt like I stole her moment and it was clear to all that my husband was trying (unsuccessfully) to cover his ass.

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

I believe it is different because it isn't multiple birthday celebrations for non-relatives and there isn't a primary birthday celebrant and the B list celebrants.

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

Yes...and I was the birthday third wheel. One of the most awkward events I have ever been involved with. I would have much preferred my birthday never to have been mentioned (and I am big into my birthday). It took me months to forgive my husband.

Top Chef Season 13 Is Heading To...

Texas was the only season I bailed out on.

Bobby Flay and Wife to Split

I have been married three times....my husband has as well. We have been married for almost 16 years. Good people can marry other good people and it not work out. Divorce is hard enough outside of the public eye with all the winks and judgments. I wish both of them all the best.

Top Chef Season 13 Is Heading To...

I thought of Charleston as well.

Bryan Voltaggio has a cookbook coming out

How was your meal? My husband went there for lunch last week (his office is close by) and said it was awful and $30 later he was still hungry.

I'm the turtle at the table .

I am a fast eater and my husband it not. He also eats about twice as much as I do and more courses. Most nights at home I finish, take my plate to the kitchen and come back and chat with him until he is finished.

For me, the big issue is I like my hot food hot and my cold food cold. DH's doesn't like really hot (temp) food and also is a fussy-britches in general..does a lot of fiddling and the like.

Tips posting to credit card later?

DH and I use credit cards about 99% of the time. The swiped amount shows pending and then it will settle and be posted a few days later with the total including tip.

Thoughts on Fresh Market selection?

Good post rockycat.

Also, their salmon cakes ROCK!! :-)

Apr 01, 2015
Janet from Richmond in Chains

Kid Friendly Dining in Charleston

My husband loves that seafood stew at Hominy Grill! Jeni's ice cream is so good. Thanks for the reminder! Glad you had a good trip.

Mar 22, 2015
Janet from Richmond in Southeast

Richmond Va - Boka Grill & Growlers

Thank you for this post....I have been wanting to try it for lunch and will soon. I love a good taco. Hell, I even like a bad taco.

Kid Friendly Dining in Charleston

Since you like beer, this is a place to consider http://edmundsoast.com/

FIG is a special place. Granted, I am more conservative in this area, but I do believe there are places more friendly for kids than others. And I do not want to take away from anyone's experience or my own.

If you want to venture to Sullivan's Island, we had a very good meal at SALT and took our granddaughter.

Kid Friendly Dining in Charleston

Hominy Grill is a great idea. The Lost Dog at Folly Beach is good for breakfast or lunch. Bowen's is very casual (to the point of being a dive) but is a great experience, especially if you love oysters.

I would not take a toddler to FIG for dinner. I also would not be happy to go to FIG for dinner and have a toddler next to me. Our granddaughter is 2 1/2 and lives on James Island with her parents and we would not consider taking her to FIG.

My husband and I had an early dinner at Magnolia recently and were surprised at the number of families there. It is very good and especially if you are dining early, it would be a place to consider.

Mar 09, 2015
Janet from Richmond in Southeast

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

We sliced it thin so it would be brown throughout. Not as thin as for a sandwich, but around a 1/2 inch. It would be brown throughout even though it was in the broth for less than a minute.

What it's like to compete on Chopped

I would love to be on Chopped. I likely would not get through the first round, but I'd love to give it a shot.

Looks like "The Taste" is bland and won't be back

I watched it and like it. Aside from Curtis Stone who gets on my nerves, I like the other chefs. A couple of the contestants are off-putting (as is to be expected), but I think it has the potential to be worth while entertainment.

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

We always have beef tenderloin for Christmas. Back in the day, when my in-laws were here, we'd slice a piece of and zap it in the microwave for my MIL.

I also have kept beef stock on the stove at a simmer and dipped tenderloin in it for her so it would be brown.

dinner host responsibilities

For me, this is not about the cost of two drinks but about protecting your mother from your fiancee and your future MIL. Not that it is necessarily a bad thing, but this is the type of situation where the "my" family vs. "your" family can rear it's head.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #15 – Finale - 02/11/15 (spoilers)

She did what we are constantly saying contestants should do..come up with a great dessert that she could do on her own.

So, she proved us right...lol