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SOS: Elegant tea reception for 200

What a lovely promise you made to your friend, and is respect your commitment to honor that promise even though it obviously is a huge responsibility you've taken on. The bride is very blessed to have you in her life.

I believe this is doable on a budget of $3000, if you

1) fully utilize the church ladies to do a lot of baking and food prep
2) create a menu that has elegantly-presented and tasty small sandwiches utilizing budget-friendly ingredients, and
3) have access to either a large-volume warehouse store like Costco or Sam's Club or better yet, a restaurant supply store. Where I live (Seattle area), we have Cash and Carry which is a lifesaver for buying bulk items at a great price.

My husband and I did tea sandwiches for a friend and his wife's wedding three years ago. They purchased a cake, had punch and coffee, and we provided the open faced sandwiches for 125 people. We spent about $700, if I recall correctly. We used Cash and Carry to purchase almost all of the ingredients in bulk...I think the only thing we didn't get there was the bread.

We did five or six types of sandwiches: caprese, ham/pineapple/cream cheese (this was a hot sandwich that was broiled), chicken salad, cucumber & cream cheese, and I forget the other one or two.

It was a lot of work....definitely a labor of love, but so worthwhile!

Jun 24, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics
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Tipping at a BYOB

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Jun 22, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Other than PEEPs, what food do you "intentionally stale" and THEN eat?

Red vines. Black vines, too.

Jun 17, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics
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After you've dined or filled your shopping bags... [moved from France board]

"Supporting drop-in centres is much more beneficial to the homeless community than giving to individual beggars (who may, or may not be genuine, as sunshine points out)."

Exactly the right thing to do, IMO. In my community, there are lots of people who panhandle all over the place. I have begun keeping business cards of our local in-take center for food and shelter charities. If they are truly needing and looking for help, they will find it there. I also know the locations of community suppers (we have one every day of the week) so I will let them know about those. And if I think the person is really hungry, especially if it is someone I recognize from serving at the shelter, I will buy a meal.

May 26, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

Yes, I am. I take antihistamines and use an inhaler every day but I am still sensitive to certain allergens. Some are far worse than others, and within a species such as dogs, some breeds bother me much more than other breeds.

At my office, there is a woman who had a small chihuahua named Cujo, which was hysterical because it maybe weighs six pounds soaking wet. This woman would bring Cujo to the office with her and let him run around. He was very well-behaved and uncommonly quiet for his breed. More than once, I had a violent sneezing attack accompanied by itching eyes and throat, only to find out that Cujo was lurking around in my immediate work area. I had to tell that woman(an independent contractor who came and went as needed, whereas I, a full-time employee am expected to work a normal schedule) that if she continued to bring him to the office, she would either have to do my work for me or explain to our boss why I had to leave the office abruptly. She was a total snot about it...couldn't believe that her little tiny darling could affect me that way.

As it relates to service animals, if they are trained and providing a legitimate service animal function, they are most likely providing a service for someone whose health status (physical or mental) requires a companion animal. Their medical status is going to trump my status as a more or less normal and healthy adult so I accept and support the idea that I can and should suck it up so their needs are met.

On the other hand, I resent being unnecessarily exposed to allergens because entitled people think their animal is just so special and precious that their need to enjoy its company trumps the consideration of others, whether they be highly allergic people like me, or people who have an irrational fear of animals, or something similar.

May 21, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food
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Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

He probably got the gas points but no charge got the club card savings, which can be significant. That was really nice of the checker to do.

Apr 12, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food
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Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Brilliant...absolutely perfect. I will be rehearsing this.

Apr 08, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Packing food at house parties

Unfortunately she came back a few times after that...she was the wife of my husband's best friend. Thankfully (at least for us and others in the friends circle), she decided that the grass was greener elsewhere a few years ago and left him and their son. (That's a whole other story!). While I wouldn't wish that heartache on my worst enemy, her husband is happily remarried to the most lovely woman who is welcome in my house any time.

Mar 25, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Packing food at house parties

I have not experienced that, thankfully. I was appalled enough by a guest who used to bring a cooler and Tupperware to take home leftovers without them being offered to her. (She never offered to contribute to meals, always ate seconds, thirds, and even more, and waited til I was out of the room to bring out her containers. Bizarre behavior.

It sounds like your cousin is either extremely self-focused and entitled, or maybe is socially awkward. I've known lots of people who I thought *should* know better given their education/occupation/station in life but who are just clueless.

Mar 24, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

I like Ice!

If cost and convenience were not a factor, I would have Sonic ice for my own consumption. I would have cubed ice for serving drinks that I didn't want to have diluted.

At home, I have an ice maker--not the industrial kind but the counter-top type. It freezes at 32 degrees so the ice doesn't get super solid, and it melts much more quickly than ice straight out of the freezer. That suits me quite well as it is soft enough that I can crunch on it or whatever without worrying about breaking a tooth. When I need a lot of it for a party, I bag up batches of ice and put it in the freezer.

My frig is only a few years old and in every other way is wonderful, but the ice dispenser has never worked properly. The water dispenser works fine, so it is something with the ice mechanism. We have had people out to repair numerous times and it always breaks down soon after so rather than continue to fight with it, we got the counter top ice maker.

Mar 21, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics

I like Ice!

You are so right...I love Sonic ice. It is the perfect size and texture.

Mar 21, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics

I like Ice!

Finding the ice machine and loading up the ice bucket is the first thing I do when I arrive at a hotel as well. And my husband of over 32 years still thinks I'm odd. At least he realizes that I'm not likely to change. :-)

Mar 21, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics

The Chatty Bagger at the Grocery Store

Another possible reason that management knows and tolerates the situation is that the employee could have some protected legal status that makes firing or even disciplining her nearly impossible.

For years (and I mean many, long years!) my regular grocery store had a checker that was impossible. She was slow, she would ask intrusive questions about items being purchased, she would have ridiculously lengthy conversations with people, etc. It was obvious store management knew she was a problem as they put her in the housewares checkout area, which had much less traffic than other areas.

Finally, she disappeared and was gone and didn't return. I discretely asked another checker (who happens to be the daughter of a friend of mine) what happened to her. She got fired for the sixth time, but this time it stuck. Local management had tried over and over to fire her for her poor performance and bad customer service (complaints all the time). Every time, the union would get involved, cite the fact that she had some disability (I am guessing a mental illness of some sorts because she always seemed completely able-bodied but her behavior was erratic). The reason that her final firing stuck was that she did something so outrageous that even her union couldn't defend her. She called a customer the n word...yelling and screaming it at the woman because the woman pointed out a price error. She also threw in other very inappropriate racial commentary and stereotypes.

Mar 21, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

"Sundays are the Worst"

I think your point about social standing and asserting power is a good one.

When I first read that blog, my immediate thought was that those were stories from the south or "bible belt." I couldn't really decide why I thought that, other than my own prejudices or stereotypical thinking, however.

Mar 13, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

"Sundays are the Worst"

Oh my gosh...heartbreaking indeed. I do not know how people can reconcile that kind of behavior with being a Christian. Truly sad.

I wonder if those stories come from a specific geographical region or are pretty much random across the country.

I have attended church all my life (across a number of Protestant church denominations) and have often dined out with friends after church. I cannot recall ever seeing the type of rude, haughty behavior described, nor seen poor tipping as described. Or worse yet, tracts in lieu of tipping.
I'm not saying it doesn't happen...just thankful that my church friends aren't like that.

Mar 11, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Gourmet Music

Lol...I wore out an Immaculate Collection cassette....still probably have the replacement floating around somewhere. I loved that music!

Mar 09, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

was this a social faux pas?

If your guest routine behaves that way, I'll be the doesn't get asked back for a second time very often. How rude and ungracious!

I am someone who loves the flavor of spice and heat but sadly, it no longer loves me. To my everlasting sadness, I will suffer if I eat something to spicy for my tricky digestive tract. (Makes me feel so old!). I would appreciate knowing of the two different levels of heat and would not have taken any offense at it at all. In fact, that level of care would make my dining experience more enjoyable.

Likewise, I am a huge fan of labeling dishes, especially when it's not obvious by looking. It warns diners of potential allergens and it also informs of favors which might not be visually obvious.

Both things were very considerate and thoughtful.

Your guest was ridiculous.

Mar 09, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food
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Self Cater an Evening Fundraising Event

I just got home from our school's annual PTA fundraiser this evening. This is the fourth one I've headed up and I learn a little more each year.

Unless your school has a history of swanky auctions, most guests won't be expecting a lot food-wise, as the goal is to raise the maximum $$ for the school. We go very casual--the evening is a 2-part family event: auction and bingo. As such, we go casual for food, with the emphasis on tasty and filling, but not worried about impressing people.This year we did made-to-order sub sandwiches and chicken Caesar salads. Desserts were donated by parents and we had a "dessert dash" as a fundraising segment of the evening.

If you want to keep things more upscale, perhaps have a couple of cost-effective but filling items and then a couple of nicer items in small, bite-sized servings. The suggestion of passed trays is a great one. Getting donations from food vendors is also a great idea. We had more outside donations from the community this year (not directly food) and I was so pleasantly surprised at the generosity of businesses.

Good luck!

Mar 08, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics
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Shady business practice?

Maybe, maybe not. I've run across a few folks who feel entirely comfortable dodging taxes and don't seem to have a problem saying so.

More likely, you could get some information from a direct and plausible answer (need cash for vendors or whatever) or some interesting non-verbal clues.

Mar 05, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Shady business practice?

Lots of plausible reasons offered that don't involve shady stuff, and of course that's always a possibility as well.

If it were a restaurant I enjoyed and would like to visit regularly, I would just ask them. Not in an accusatory manner, of course, but in an "I'm curious" kind of way.

Mar 05, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Gourmet Music

Ahhh...some kindred spirits here.

Faves include Led Zeppelin, Eagles and Don Henley, Lynrd Skynrd, Yes, and don't judge me...early Madonna. Love the extended play versions.

Mar 05, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food
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Frank Bruni / A taste you just hate?

Really great article. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 25, 2014
jlhinwa in Food Media & News

Question for the ages

If I've purchased a gallon, then no bag. If just a half gallon, then I bag it with other items.

Feb 24, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Do you cook or bake for your coworkers?

I bake for my coworkers probably once a month or so. It's a great way to test out new recipes; my family will only eat so much and I hate throwing away food.

Case in point: tried a new brownie recipe last week. Kept out about six brownies out of a 9x13 pan and took the rest to the office. Some people will never touch the stuff for dietary reasons, others wait eagerly for my next baking day. I am just happy to always take home an empty plate and to have willing guinea pigs.

Feb 23, 2014
jlhinwa in General Topics

Are we allowed to share horrible, completely unredeemable experiences here?

I agree that this whole situation is very unfortunate all the way around. I doubt that the OP has fared well in the wake of the media firestorm as well and possibly wishes he had handled things differently than he did.

My two cents worth on the FB, Yelp, etc. aspect of this is that those are just communication tools and platforms. They are neither bad nor good, just like print media, television, radio, etc. In this case, the OP used local media in addition to social media. He was clearly pissed and wanted to get maximum exposure. 30 years ago it might have been handled by print and local media, picketing, petitions, etc. so I don't see the media tools as the problem at all.

I get that social media is extremely powerful due to the quick and wide hit it can have but I also think that many readers/users are smart enough to know that there is always more than one side to a story, just like with print media, etc. Sounds like this business was going under sooner or later and this media firestorm pushed it along.

I know there are a lot of negative social media experiences, but for the most part, my own experiences have been very positive. I am a huge FB fan. I don't tweet...too old/set in my ways with limited time to devote to social media. I will say that FB has been an enormous positive in my life and I started out negative to neutral. I've reconnected with people from my past that I care about, I stay connected and up to date on family and friends in a way that I could never do with the phone and email. One key to my enjoyment is that I skim over stuff that makes me a little nuts (just like on CH), I don't engage in political debates, and I don't judge others. I only post when I have something nice to say and want to share or connect with others. Thankfully, I am FB "friends" with many who feel and behave the same way I do. And the others, I ignore.

Feb 17, 2014
jlhinwa in Austin
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Would you wait 2 hours for a table at a restaurant?

I could not imagine waiting two hours in the scenario described in the OP. Just reading it made my head want to explode.

I could see myself waiting two hours (but not in the midst of chaos) for a table if 1) it was very important to someone I loved...i.e., they really wanted to go to that specific restaurant and waiting that long for a table would bring them joy; or 2) if there was a two-hour wait but it was someplace where I could pass the time shopping or sight-seeing and return (or be called) when the table was ready.

Any other situation, highly improbable.

Feb 11, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Would you wait 2 hours for a table at a restaurant?

I have waited a ridiculously long time at three different Cheesecake Factory's in years past -- Phoenix, Honolulu, and Bellevue, WA. No rhyme or reason that I could figure out...maybe it is part of their business model to keep people waiting and create a buzz about how popular they are?? Apparently enough people buy into it.

I am not a big CF fan, but the varied menu and large portions makes it a decent choice when dining with a group...there's something there for just about everyone.

Feb 11, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Mice in apartment

I would suggest finding out what the landlord/tenant laws are where you reside. It is possible that the city or county where you live covers this issue in landlord/tenant laws.

I would also suggest being persistent t the point of being a pain in their ass and have documentation. Not suggesting being unreasonable or rude, but know and push your rights to the limit. Even if the landlord doesn't want to do anything about the problem, they may roll over just to get the issue to go away.

Feb 06, 2014
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Clean/wash up while cooking ?

Doggone it...no fair! It is brilliant. I often get recipes from the web but don't like having my iPad on the counter so I usually print the recipe. What a clever idea...my husband will think I'm a genius haha!

Feb 01, 2014
jlhinwa in Not About Food

Clean/wash up while cooking ?

I clean as I go and I need my kitchen to be clean when I begin prepping. I just cannot think as well in a mess. My husband thinks I'm a little OCD but it's what works for me.

Feb 01, 2014
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