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Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

The boots are for this winter in Sacramento not to be worn for the trip. A souvenir of sorts.

about 14 hours ago
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Greater Seattle

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

Thanks, it was a typo.

about 16 hours ago
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Greater Seattle

Good non-toxic, grain-free things for a puppy who is teething to chew on?

I don't mean to be antagonistic, but why no plastic?

I had a German Shepard mix that had serious chewing issues. First put everything away, no amount of toys to chew on will deter him from your favorite shoes, cell phone, etc. Second, I swear by Nylabone. Kongs and Buster Cubes come in a close second. Though the Buster Cubes are plastic they are very durable and a lot of fun for the dog.

As for real bones get them from pet supply places, don't cook them on your own. Some bones are less dense than others and can chip off and lodge itself in the dogs throat (per my vet). I am in the no rawhide camp too. I will never forget the time I had to unstick a piece a of rawhide from my dog's mouth and throat.

about 18 hours ago
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food
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Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

Thanks all. I am not sure if I am staying in the Fremont area or not. Is there a good local newspaper or magazine online that has an overview of places to eat listed by neighborhoods? Are there any food bloggers aside from eater that are noteworthy?

about 19 hours ago
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Greater Seattle

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

I usually play a lot by ear when traveling. I want to see Pikes Place Market, the Chilhuly Garden, the observatory at Columbia center, the wooden boat center, ferry ride and outdoor walks in places like Washington Park. I am also meeting up with a friend's brother for some sightseeing. I need to shop for rain boots too. I plan to do Pikes, Chilhuly and the Columbia center on a weekday when there are fewer tourists. I prefer to pack snacks and a lunch with me and save my $$ for dinners and other travel expenses.

about 19 hours ago
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Greater Seattle

Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

On a whim I bought a cheap flight to Seattle for 6 days/5 nights. I am have reserved a place in Fremont to stay just in case my options are limited closer to my trip. After reading the reviews on this board and other internet sources I am a bit overwhelmed. I have a rough idea of an itinerary for sight seeing, but need some guidance as to where to start looking for places to eat. For the most part I stick to bargain spots to eat with one big treat/spendy spot. I will be visiting from 9/12 - 9/16. Any advice on periodicals, guidebooks, blogs, web sites that will give me a snapshot or an overview of restaurant offerings in the Seattle area? Thanks!

1 day ago
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Greater Seattle

What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

Thanks, it is super, super easy. I bought a crepe mix at the Asian market I like to visit, but will make my own from scratch in the future. I got the midnight munchies and made myself a few pancakes. I made them a little thicker and cooked them at a higher temp and viola` I had a very crispy pancake. With so many folks going gluten free rice flour is easy to find. I am looking forward to making the batter from scratch. I used this video as my guide:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5UlA...

Jul 19, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #313 - There's a Summer Place Edition! [through July 21, 2014]

When it gets above 95 degrees in Sacramento I head for the bay area and last weekend was no exception. I had Banh Xeo (Vietnamese crepe filled with pork and shrimp served in a lettuce wrap with herbs and a tangy dipping sauce) and loved it so much I bought all the ingredients and made it for dinner tonight. I need to work on the crepe a little bit, but it was really good anyway. I used chicken thigh instead of pork and cobbled together a dipping sauce using the sweet and hot chili sauce I had on hand. This is definitely going to be on the regular summer rotation. Refreshing and light yet very filling.

Jul 18, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking
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lunch before jail, dinner after [San Francisco]

When I went we parked our car at our hotel in SOMA and took the F Market St. streetcar to the Alcatraz tour pier. We caught a cab back as there were a lot more options near the hotel. The cab cost $, but considering how much it costs to park to park in a garage it was a wash. Have fun it is a great tour!

Jul 05, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in San Francisco Bay Area

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

For laughs, I am dying to see the My Drunk Kitchen cookbook. I am hoping I might get it for Hanukkah from the same person who gave me my Amy Sedaris cookbook.

Jun 28, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking
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What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I love that cookbook. His text is in the same manner as his speaking. It adds to the fun when a cookbook makes you laugh while you cook.

Jun 27, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking
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Mayo Clinic's 3-Day Emergency Meal Plan

Hickory Farms is better, but I seem to remember preferring Swiss Colony's petit fours.

Jun 27, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking

What should I bring sailing?

Don't over think this, bring a few treats, but buy dinner afterwards. I disagree on the chocolate. I guess I have only sailed w/ chocoholic captains.

Jun 23, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in General Topics
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What to do with a *lot* of chopped liver?

Mail it to me. I'd incorporate into a terrine.

Jun 23, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking

Mayo Clinic's 3-Day Emergency Meal Plan

I live in California and live in a flood zone, but luckily not near an earth quake fault, but you never know. I don't need the Mayo Clinic for my meal plan. My plan is to stock up on water and order three baskets from Swiss Colony. I figure I can gorge myself on petite fours and summer sausage until I am rescued.

Jun 23, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking

Burger King now delivers

sorry.

Jun 17, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Chains
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Burger King now delivers

Slurpees and nachos delivered to my door, right on!

Jun 16, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Chains
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Burger King now delivers

Sacramento, Ca.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Chains

Why do people go to All-You-Can-Eat Buffets?

I loved buffets as a kid and would eat til I made myself ill. As an adult my strategy is different. There is an Indian restaurant in my neighborhood that has a buffet on weekends. It I order two entrees during the week day it is almost $30 on buffet night the same two entrees are $15. I really can't over eat there as the food is so filling.

Hometown Buffet is near a lot of fast food and chain restaurants. I rarely go there but if I do it is for lunch. I like their baked chicken and will make a salad to go with it. The to go box for dinner is good value too. I get mostly protein and it is a little less than eating there. It is a better alternative to the fast food in the area and pricewise almost the same. I never overeat there because I am going for lighter food.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in General Topics

Fighting to keep my voice

I am so sorry, this must be a very difficult time for you. I know it is apples and oranges, but when I had strep I was warned against drinking anything that would cause acid reflux. This was not the first time I heard of this advice. I originally wanted to be a speech therapist and similar advice given to the clients with vocal chord injury. Stomach acid for some folks can really hinder the healing process.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Special Diets

Burger King now delivers

I know there are some BK haters out there, but for those of you who like BK, BK delivers from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. I have had the occasion to use them and it has worked out well. The drivers have been prompt, the hot food arrived very warm and cold stuff cold. They are not my favorite burger, but in a pinch it is acceptable.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Chains
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What stores/chains would you drive long distances for?

Back in the day before TJ's was in Sacramento we'd include it in a trip to the Bay Area (along with a visit to Peet's Coffee).

El Pollo Loco and Popeye's. Neither are too far from my house, but traffic is always an issue.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Chains

What's as easy as pulled pork but *not* pulled pork?

I'd roast or barbecue a couple of turkeys the day before and buy or make salads that can be prepped ahead of time. Also buy some rolls and fixings for sandwiches. Reheat the meat or go cold turkey.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Home Cooking

I'm sorry you don't like what I ordered, but keep your thoughts to yourself

Get used to it. We are now a social media crazed society where everything someone does is posted on twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, yelp etc. Some people are self entitled, special little snowflakes and all of their opinions need to be telegraphed somehow. If they can't hold back from texting to social media sites on their phone then nothing prevents them from making verbal comments about what others eat.

My mom used to say if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything. I think today it would be if you don't have anything nice to say then add a hash tag and tweet.

Jun 14, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food
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Food porn as man bait

Let's move on from this topic folks. Obviously this was a huge mistake on my part. I regret having brought it up in the first place and I only seem to make things worse. I have asked the mods to close this topic as well.

Jun 13, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food
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Food porn as man bait

@Jeanne that is what the flags are for, if an apology is not sufficient then use the flags.

Jun 13, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

I knew someone who was an owner of a really popular sushi bar who claimed it was more profitable than expected. His family owned restaurants so he pretty much knew what he was getting himself into. I think part of it was small portions of ingredients compared to other cuisines, high turnover ingredients so waste was manageable and sushi is addictive to some people and they can't stop ordering after the first round. He was located in a strip mall so his rent was affordable.

Jun 11, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food

Food porn as man bait

Interesting idea. It might attract people who have a passion for food. I am in my 50's, but I am not sure why you asked. The good thing about online profiles is that you can change things up if it doesn't work.

Jun 04, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food

Food porn as man bait

I'd like to make this abundantly clear the questions not "should" I post pictures because I already plan to. The question is WHICH foods would be good to add to the array.

Jun 04, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food

Food porn as man bait

Thank you for your replies. After I checked the responses at lunch I had a nice conversation with a very good male friend. He is quite a hound himself and his wife is always bragging about what a great cook he is. I asked him what he thought of the idea and he suggested two pictures and to tie the pictures in with the narrative about myself.

Lastly, I did not mean for this topic to be sexist and apologize if it offended anyone. I was being facetious and was unaware I came across that way. I love to have fun both in and out of the kitchen. My intentions are the opposite of what a few people assumed they were.

Jun 03, 2014
free sample addict aka Tracy L in Not About Food
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