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I'm the turtle at the table .

"I'm starving let's eat?"

about 3 hours ago
viperlush in Not About Food
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Places to eat near Tufts?

Redbones for bbq. Not the best bbq in the Boston area, but it's in that area.

about 4 hours ago
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Another CSA discussion?

Kale and collards I can deal with. Like to eat them and can freeze. The over abundance of lettuce drove me crazy. A large bag of mixed lettuce plus 2-4 heads? There are only so many salads 2 people can eat in a week.

1 day ago
viperlush in General Topics

Another CSA discussion?

I did A CSA for a couple summers. I missed the local farm stands of my youth and wanted to eat fresh off the farm again. Also the CSA that I joined had a PYO component. So on the weekends bf and I had a reason to drive out to the country and enjoy the farm. And finally, it really forced me to cook seasonal veggies and get in the habit of cooking veggie focused meals. I enjoyed learning how to can and make jam. Living in a city apartment with limited space it wasn't that hard to find space to store excess in freezer and cabinets. The CSA was good at giving recipe suggestions and long term storage suggestions. Price wise it was not that bad for organics. Price was a sliding scale, but they encouraged you to pay as much as you could. I think they donated the left over allocations when people forget to pick up shares.

After two summers we cancelled because of a price increase for our pickup location. Summer vacations made us miss a couple weeks each summer. Although we tried to have friends pick up for us out never worked out. And the price increase really bothered me. So I decided It wasn't really worth it anymore.

1 day ago
viperlush in General Topics

Returning to a "never again" restaurant (in my case EMP)

Can you walk into the restaurant without thinking about your previous horrible experience? Will you be on your toes waiting for a slight? The fact that you are asking for advice makes me say forget it and go else where. Support those who treat you right and provide a relaxing experience.

I'm the turtle at the table .

I like that the bf can be a turtle. Gives me more time to eat off his plate.

Mar 28, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Carded in our Mid 50s!

Don't know about minors in bar areas. But I do live in an area with a lot of college students. And I get that while I know that I won't be drinking, they don't know that. So for then its better safe than sorry.

Mar 27, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Beer-stealing pig banned from pub

Beer and peanut fed pork. Could be the start of an interesting take on farm to table dining.

Mar 27, 2015
viperlush in Beer

Diageo Is Going to Tell You Exactly What's In Your Drink

Could be useful for those on diets or counting calories.

Mar 27, 2015
viperlush in Beer
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Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

Should have made the Banana Board permanent.

Carded in our Mid 50s!

I'm in my 30s and was annoyed that I got carded in the bar section of a restaurant during dinner time. I wasn't drinking, but my companions were. My annoyance was I just wanted a water and was too lazy to retrieve my wallet from the car. But I did it.

I tend to only get annoyed when I'm neither purchasing nor intending on drinking the alcohol being purchased. But I understand the reasons why places card and I don't hold it against them.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

In response to your #1. I've had that happen to me twice at a famous steakhouse in Baltimore. I still regret sticking around the first time, and returning for the second. If I still lived in bmore and ate steak, I would bear a grudge.

Mar 26, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Acceptable Behavior ?

Once I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. But multiple times? Forget it.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I hold grudges. I think I've eaten at Burger King once since they changed their fries.

LATECOMERS FOR DINNER

We eventually did this with my mom's sister and her family (3hr apart). After years of them arriving late, it became over night visits (so it doesn't matter when food served) or we went to their house. It did cut back on the frustration, but also significantly cut back on seeing each other and I think lessened our relationships.

If the OP really wants them over for dinner I would relax the timing. Accept that they are always late and use that time for pre dinner cocktails and snacks. If they choose to join you for them great, if not just enjoy your drink while waiting.

Mar 26, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Host gifts for challenging hosts

Since that is the situation you are in, I think how you handled it was perfect. A follow up thank you card and gift seems like a better idea than bringing a gift. Gives you more time to study them in their natural habit and take notes.

Mar 25, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Acceptable Behavior ?

I've been the couple that has arrived early or on time. It can be awkward sitting and waiting without ordering something. And when you are part off a large group or have a deadline you don't always have the option of waiting until your party arrives to be seated or to order.

Mar 25, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Acceptable Behavior ?

Without knowing more details, I think definatly odd and unexpected. But I hesitate to label it unacceptable.

Did they offer a reason?

Mar 25, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

What are some of your favorite limited-ingredient dishes?

BLT
Taylor ham, egg and cheese on a hard roll
Caprese salad
Canned sardines on saltines
Mashed avocado

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH "MAYBES" WHEN YOU INVITE GUESTS FOR DINNER?

Well I don't know how others use the term. And I've never thought to ask anyone in my family why they use that term. Maybe its because my father and uncle "stole" my grandfather's daughters? After all he did try bribing both daughters to not get married.

Mar 25, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH "MAYBES" WHEN YOU INVITE GUESTS FOR DINNER?

The only entertaining that we have done is casual grilling/happy hour after work. The invite is more of a "let's have a bbq after work, what day works for you?" and we pick which ever date everyone is free. So there isn't really a reason for a rsvp. I cook what I want, the quantities I want, and we eat the left overs.

We only respond maybe on massive facebook or evites. If it's an option I'm going to use it.

I wish that I could have responded maybe to a friend's wedding a few years back. After rsvping received invites to a great aunt's 100th birthday party and a cousin's wedding for that same weekend.

As a teenager/college student my bf and I would constantly "crash" his parent's dinner parties with a friend or two. But his mom always found us places at the table and always had enough food.

Mar 25, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH "MAYBES" WHEN YOU INVITE GUESTS FOR DINNER?

In my family the "outlaws" are the spouses of the daughters. So my father, uncle, and my boyfriend are the "outlaws". It's how they jokingly refer to themselves when they are on the other side of a family discussion or want to seperate themselves from the family. Their way of bonding And always said in jest.

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Unless I plan to buy toilet paper or paper towels, I no longer use a cart at Costco. Too tempting to fill and too annoying to return.

Mar 24, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

a few of your favorite things??

I always tell my bf that if we had a private chef I would go vegan/pescetarian.

Mar 19, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I think one of the Whole Foods near me has this option.

Mar 19, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

The last time I didn't return the cart was at Costco. The only cart return I could find was spilling out into the lane and I couldn't locate another one. The carts placed by the entrance were also impeding store traffic. After alot of internal cursing and dodging inattentive drivers, onto the island at the base of a tree it went.

Mar 19, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

shepherd's pie: to cheese or not to cheese?

I put shredded Parm on my cottage pie. Sometimes I mix kale or spinach in the mashed potatoes. Last time I put corn, peas, carrots, onion, and mushrooms in with the ground beef. Also threw in some left over chicken gravy with giblets.

Mar 19, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Breaking Borders: Anyone catch it?

I think it would be interesting to see reps from both sides also help in the kitchen with preparing the meal. Maybe chefs or some of the dinner guests? But it is a travel show, not a cooking, so I get the lack of kitchen time.

Mar 17, 2015
viperlush in Food Media & News

Saturday evening cocktails for grown ladies

Both Green Street and River Gods are short walks from B&M if you find it not to your liking. And if you want to to go the dive bar with live music route, Cantab is down the street from B&M.

Mar 17, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

a few of your favorite things??

Vodka and I decided that it would be best to part ways.

Mar 16, 2015
viperlush in General Topics
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