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Best way to sell used cookware?

I belong to several Facebook yard sale groups and they're broken down into a county or a couple towns. While I've never seen anything I needed, it all seems very aboveboard and I haven't seen many complaints- when I do, it's just about buyers not showing up.

about 12 hours ago
Hobbert in Cookware

On Being a Chef, Nobody Gets Out Alive

I just switched from shift work to a "normal" M-F 9-5 and it sucks. I had far more free time working 12 hour shifts than I do now. Just because you enjoy your schedule doesn't make it optimal for everyone.

about 13 hours ago
Hobbert in Not About Food

Fair amount of tip at a restaurant

Really?! So, if you go out to breakfast and spend $10, you leave a $20 tip? Wow.

1 day ago
Hobbert in Not About Food

Genghi's Grill Crofton, MD

I've been to the one in Fairfax (is it still there?). Very lame. Not worth a second visit.

My Family Doesn't Eat My Cooking

My dad always did this. Every Christmas, he'd make prime rib (which I hate) and every Christmas he'd get in a snit because I still hated prime rib. It was exhausting.

Feb 26, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

Etiquette Question: Tipping the Host/Hostess?

It's a little strange. I tip the coat check person but it would never occur to me to tip the host.

Feb 24, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

dinner host responsibilities

Eh. People I eat with already seem to be aware that they can order alcohol.

I could just go all Oprah and start grandly saying, "You get a beer and you get a beer and you get a beer". That might be my new thing, actually.

dinner host responsibilities

I disagree. As a relative non-drinker (maybe once a year), it has never occurred to me to invite people to order alcohol and I certainly hope they don't assume they shouldn't if I don't.

Is it necessary to clean the inside of new salt and pepper shakers before using them?

So do I. I'm actually surprised to hear that people don't.

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

Hmm. I guess I'll just stick with my grocery store potato rolls. I'm not sure where they're imported from :)

Can yellow and orange bell peppers be substituted for green?

I hate green bell peppers too. There's just something harsh about them. I've made jambalaya with red/yellow/orange and prefer it. Jambalaya purists might not like it but I'd rather make a meal I enjoy :) Go for it.

Feb 23, 2015
Hobbert in Home Cooking
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dinner host responsibilities

That makes sense. I rarely drink (like once a year) so I'm always curious how others approach this. Thanks!

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

So the key to good hoagies is bread "imported" from NJ? Do they stop off in Philadelphia first? I'm confused.

Good hoagies in Northern VA or general DC area?

What brand are the rolls?

dinner host responsibilities

Do you do that because of price or because you don't know why they don't drink and don't want to inadventantly offend (or, of course, know they have objections to alcohol and don't want to offend)?

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

11 year old foodie allergic to shellfish

I think the OP was saying fish are fine but shellfish are not.

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in New Orleans

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I don't think you're weird or prejudiced; just rigid. If sushi is an essential part of a relationship for you, then keep doing what you're doing. We all have different priorities.

11 year old foodie allergic to shellfish

Cochon Butcher would be great for a kid her age. Fantastic food, lots to look at, casual, not terribly expensive. I'm headed back next weekend and am going to try to snag a sandwich.

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in New Orleans

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

The subtlety lies in the fact that I was dating people, not robots. If it was just a matter of finding somebody who ticked my boxes, I'd just hire someone to find that guy. My husband doesn't really hit the superficial stuff I thought I wanted. He's not college educated, never saw him read a book while we were dating, and alleged hated cats. But he's perfect for *me*. And he's now in college, has a stack of books in his office and has a weird, codependent relationship with my cat :)

dinner host responsibilities

Very wise.

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Oh god, no. Dating for me was never pass/fail. If we were compatible, we'd go out again. If not, then we wouldn't. Demanding people eat uni (or other arbitrary standard) was never a consideration.

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in General Topics

dinner host responsibilities

If you know for a fact she can afford it, then it's her choice whether she wants to. If my parents or grandparents were treating the younger generation to dinner, they'd be pretty offended if one of us insisted on paying.

The "principle" may be solid but it's your principle. Not everyone has to adopt it.

dinner host responsibilities

I find it a bit paternalistic that you decided your mother couldn't afford 2 alcoholic drinks. IMO, you owe her an apology.

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

Tipping on self serve? Really?

Showing up to work and doing your job does not entitle you to a tip. I show up to work and do my job and don't expect a tip. Tips are for employees who specifically make very little and rely on them.

Feb 22, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food
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Just received a broken Le Creuset oven! What to do?

I wonder if the weather had anything to do with it.

Feb 21, 2015
Hobbert in Cookware

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

Haha it's good to know your price :)

Feb 21, 2015
Hobbert in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I guess that's something.

Feb 21, 2015
Hobbert in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

So, how has the sushi bar test been working for your first dates?

Feb 21, 2015
Hobbert in General Topics
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does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

I agree. Now I think these 2 are bozos which is probably not the impression they wanted to give off.

Feb 21, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

It's sort of ridiculous what people do and do not know. I do hiring for my employer and we're taking on interns for the summer. I've gotten 2 applications so far and neither were notarized. It clearly states it must be. I emailed both kids (a college junior and a grad student) and ending up having to explain what a notary was and how to find one. Sheesh.

Feb 21, 2015
Hobbert in Not About Food