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Slum Dwelling

A hot, crispy, fresh McDonald's french fry over any other.

about 15 hours ago
viperlush in General Topics
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"Amateur night" and other terms of disdain - do you actually WANT my business?

At least you aren't the dreaded tourist, just the slightly less dreaded bridge and tunnel (ferry?) crowd. Or do tourists get a waiver from the amateur status because they don't really have the option to dine in.

1 day ago
viperlush in Not About Food

"Amateur night" and other terms of disdain - do you actually WANT my business?

I do find it condescending when people use that term to describe diners or specific days. Doesn't matter if its a Wednesday or valentines day, if you are open the service and quality of food shouldn't differ. And I don't see the difference than someone wanting to celebrate a special occasion at a restaurant and someone who wants to celebrate a holiday. It just makes sense to me that someone who enjoys good food and dining out would want to celebrate at a restaurant.

To me the only time to use the term amateur night is at a strip club or open mic.

Best/worst Thanksgiving ever...

My family holiday dinners have never disappointed. No drama, no bad food, and no big surprises. I know that as much as I complain there will always be a bed to sleep in, a warm welcome for my Siamese, and at least garlic free mashed potatoes on the table.

But the worse had to be the first one after my brother and ex SIL separated. It happened between celebrating my nephew's 3rd bday (end of October) and Thanksgiving. It was a complete surprise to my family. We only found out because we were planning to do Thanksgiving with her family and she called my parents to cancel.

The most memorable were the "Thanksgiving" dinners at college. The week before the break our cafeteria served traditional Thanksgiving food. Not the best food, but one of the better meals they served. My "college family" made sure to eat together. We would always make sure to grab a couple pies and a can of whipped cream for a late night snack.

2 days ago
viperlush in Not About Food

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

"I hate flying now", "Thanksgiving should be spent with the whole family", "your nephew is too young", etc. Maybe next year I'll be able to convince the bf to drop the dead weight and go on a trip without them. A few years ago we went to a private island off the coast of Belize a couple of days after Thanksgiving. The Americans we met, who had spent the holiday down there, had no regrets.

Oct 29, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Is it depressing to dine out on Thanksgiving?

I think it comes to having a choice and choosing what makes you happy. My dream is to dine out for Thanksgiving. I find the minimum 5 hour drive (one way) and hundreds of dollars in tolls and gas just to eat one meal depressing. Same goes for Christmas. As a kid the best Christmas we had was spent in Vienna while on vacation. But that was because we chose it. For the past few years I've been pushing renting a villa in Europe or beach house in the Caribbean as an alternative to Thanksgiving. No takers yet.

Oct 29, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Upsurge in Inanity

<I like chocolate, wait, what are we talking about again?>

Why there is a Cheese Board, but not a Chocolate Board?

Oct 29, 2014
viperlush in Site Talk
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Upsurge in Inanity

I consider someone a regular when I recognize their name or I see numerous posts spanning more than a couple days or even someone who was a lurker before a poster. Someone who should be able to predict the types of responses that they will receive. And someone who knows that the other posters expect some feedback. I would consider myself a regular because the number if years and frequency in which I visit the site. But, there are those who are way more active and engaging who are newer. But really, unless a poster identifies them self as a first time poster, writes something dumb or way outside the norm I assume that they are a regular. And I'm no way do I consider regulars to be better or more knowledgable, just more experienced.

But what do I know, I thought that a bag of dry roasted coconut from TJs was a legit lunch, and now I'm considering a sundae for dinner.

Upsurge in Inanity

OTOH there are also regular Chowhounds who post preposterous things. These self proclaimed experts seem to enjoy the ruckus responses to their threads and seem to encourage them. Sometimes makes me think Ali G or Borat is posting.

Everyone was a first time poster. Some were better than others, some lurked before wading in, and some never return.

It can be frustrating when a poster doesn't engage, but nothing says that they have to. Unwritten rules are for baseball, not Chowhound.

Oct 29, 2014
viperlush in Site Talk

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

Might depend on the crowd and where you sit. A couple of weekends ago for of us thought it was quite loud. But, it was packed and our table was towards the middle.

Borderline (can converse, but might need to raise voice): ICOB, Oleana, Cafe Sushi, Coppa, Bergamot

Loud (easier just to eavesdrop than to try to converse): Strip T's and that large french place in the south end, Ribelle (at least the communal table)

Quiet (don't need to raise voice): Muqueca, Tupelo, Hungry Mother, Red Lentil

Oct 28, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Boston - Ep. #1 - 10/15/14 (spoilers)

I liked the chef who cooked the chicken skin and greens. Though it was smart to keep it simple for the first challenge. Especially since it always seems that at these food festival like challenges the more complicated (recipe or plating) dishes are risky. And since she was the one who mentioned feeling intimidated during the quick fire, it seemed smart to try to hide in the pack during the challenge.

I had a great corn soup with clams a couple weeks ago. Wasn't fishy or clamy, great corn flavor. Couldn't imagine salmon roe improving it.

Oct 19, 2014
viperlush in Food Media & News

Brockton breakfast find! (lunch too!)

Stopped in today after a visit to the Fuller. Wanted lunch, but they only serve breakfast on Sunday. There was a line for tables so we just sat at the counter. I watched pancakes and french toast being made and the both looked and smelled good. Not the Texas toast thick french toast or plate sized pancakes that I'm use to seeing. The bacon looked crispy. My breakfast sandwich would have been better if it hasn't been sitting under the warmer for about 5 min. Bread got soggy and the eggs cold. And the spinach, roasted red peppers and turkey would have been ok if I hasn't seen them construct the sandwich. Ungloved hands touching raw meat before placing turkey on sandwich. Red pepper strips dropped on the counter then sweeped into hand and dumped on sandwich. But my mom's hash was crispy and her egg hot. Don't know what my dad got because his plate was empty when I glanced down. And the bf's burrito didn't look too bad. I thought it was weird that the cooked breakfast potatoes were stored ,partly covered, on the shelf under the griddle (about 3 inches from the floor). They dumped them on the griddle as needed.

So overall the food was okay, coffee hot, service hectic, and cooks sloppy. Next time we visit the museum we will probably just bring sandwiches.

Oct 19, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

I'd also avoid the butternut squash ravioli. It was also very sweet when I tried it this year.

Oct 14, 2014
viperlush in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

It's pumpkin. I'm sure that those who like pumpkin enjoy it, but apparently I'm not a pumpkin fan. I assumed that since I liked the frozen pumpkin croissants last year, that I would like the other pumpkin offerings this year. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

Oct 14, 2014
viperlush in Chains

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

It's growing apparent that I'm not a pumpkin fan. For me the mini frozen pies, pumpkin O's, canned pumpkin (used in a gingerbread pumpkin bread), and pumpkin rolls were all nays. The pies didn't have much filling and crumbled when I removed them from the oven. The cereal had a weird taste and texture. And the icing for the pumpkin rolls was too pumpkiny. I ended up making an icing to put on them. As someone else mentioned, rerolling with nuts would be an improvement. I do have a box of the croissants in the freezer that I hope are a yay. I enjoyed them last year. So as everyone else loads their carts with these goodies, I'll be at the customer service desk returning them.

Oct 14, 2014
viperlush in Chains

A Tale of Two Donut Shops (long)

I think the worst cider donut I've had was from Ohlins. Oily with no discernable apple flavor. More like a apple spiced donut (or cinnamon and nutmeg). Both times I've been to Ohlin (8amish on a weekend?) I've been disappointed with how oily the donuts are. Cider Hill and that farm stand outside Amherst (I keep forgetting the name) are my favors in the area.

Oct 14, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

And possibly ramen. When we went for dinner this summer people started lining up for ramen over an hour before it was to be served.

Oct 12, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary spot?

Oct 12, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Update: Bergamot was a partial success. I think it's been noted on a different thread, but the portion sizes were so inconsistent. BF's charcuterie and veal main were enough for two. While my corn soup and grilled swordfish were barely enough for me. I also like desserts that are more than a couple bites. It was also difficult to find dishes with out garlic. Also quite loud and cramped tables. Wine didn't arrive until midway through the entrees. But everyone enjoyed their meals (we thankfully had a large lunch that day) and drinks. Not somewhere I bring either set of parents. It is probably better as a date night restaurant for bf and I.

Unfortunately Strip T's is off the list since they don't do reservations.

At least I have until next April or Oct to find somewhere else for their next visit.

Oct 10, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

If someone was able to acurrately divide a bill down to ounces consumed by each diner I would be so impressed by their math skills that I wouldn't think to be mortified. But I might be tempted to argue the value of each ounce just to see if their head explodes. Is the value of the first bite/sip more or less than the last? Is a ring of calamari= to a clump of the tentacles? Does Billy Sue have to pay for knocking over Bobby's wine or should Bobby?

Oct 10, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

I assume that since he was invited on the family vacation that the relationship isn't casual. My "just a BF" was intended to give a reason why he could have declined. "You go enjoy a family vacation, I'd rather plan a vacation for just the two of us".

Since the OP hasn't given us much detail I can only relate to my experiences. Even after a 15 yr relationship (10yr living together), bf and I aren't expected to go to every family event together. But bf's sister and her husband are expected to make joint decisions and attend things together.

And I do feel that anytime your money is being spent that you shouldn't be afraid to speak up. And I do kind of fault the gf for agreeing to the dining plans with out consulting with the OP.

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Not to disagree with you, but if an extra couple hundred dollars is a big deal maybe the OP should have been more vocal at the planning stage or declined the invitation. As just a BF and not spouse he should have more leeway in accepting invitations from GF's family.

I do feel bad the the OP has gotten in this situation and I hope things turn out ok.

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

The OP did mention that he spoke to the gf about his concerns and it created some tension. Since the OP hasn't rejoined the conversation, one can assume (hope) that they have addressed his concerns.

Oct 10, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Top Chef Duels Finale (spoilers)

I don't really mind CJ winning. Not my favorite chef, probably wouldn't eat his food, but he did have a difficult duel theme. Foraging with Stephan then having to cook for an annoying starlet? The only more annoying guest was the aged vegan rocker that Dale had to cook for.

Oct 09, 2014
viperlush in Food Media & News

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

I don't see any city dwellers making jokes, just expressing a different way of life.

Winter Emergency Stock-Up

If your concern is being snowed in and not loss of power, I'd fill my freezer with prepared meals. Stews, soups, sauces, pulled pork, etc. I'd also have stuff on hand to bake since that's what I like to do when bored.

With limited freezer space I would be more careful with what I put in it. Why frozen fruit? Apples, pears,oranges all keep pretty well in the winter. Onions as well. Jarred roasted peppers instead of frozen.

Since my concern is mainly losing power I just keep my pantry stocked meals we can cook outside on our camp stove or just eat cold. Nut butters, sardines, bread, canned soup, beans, etc.

Am I being too cheap? Splitting restaurant bill on family vacation

Suck it up. You are getting free lodging and are being included in a family vacation.

Be the one to go food shopping.

Maybe try doing some meals seperate.

Isn't alcohol not really found in Disney? And if the bills are split by person (not per adult/couple) it's really the parents of the kids who are subsidizing any alcohol consumed.

Just be happy that at the end of the day you are not the one having to wrangle over excited kids at Disney.

And for the next family vacation suggest a cruise or all inclusive resort.

Oct 09, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

Looks like you nailed it:

http://boston.eater.com/2014/10/6/692...

Oct 07, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's "pumpkinundation" 2014

Have you had the cinnamon rolls? I'm curious how they compare.

Oct 02, 2014
viperlush in Chains

Central Square Dumpling Festival

Never heard of it before.

Sep 28, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area