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When do you send a drink back?

I was seeing the desire for a simple relaxing dinner, followed by the bar's inability to make your first drink choice as being the first hint.

about 2 hours ago
viperlush in Spirits

When do you send a drink back?

The only time I sent a drink back was on a cruise. I ordered a fancy gin, cucumber and tonic like cocktail because it was the only non sugary drink on the menu. Took my first sip and all I could taste was simple syrup. Bf went back to the bar and asked for more tonic to see if it would cut the sweetness. Didn't work so i checked the menu to make sure it didnt mention simple syrup. it didnt so bf went back to have them remake it. they told him that they put simple syrup in all their drinks. Should have known to stick with the basics on a cruise.

In your situation I would have gone straight to a gin and tonic at the first hint of suspicion.

about 3 hours ago
viperlush in Spirits

ISO Raw Peanuts

I think I have seen them at Russo's in watertown and the co-op in Central Square. Maybe in the whole foods bulk bins?

about 23 hours ago
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

On the road

My parents have done the overnight car train from NoVa to Florida a couple times and really enjoyed it. They are able to have their car with them to while in Florida and to leisurely drove back, but don't have to waste time driving down.

Jul 25, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Effect of Market Basket stoppage/boycott on inventory of other chains?

I thought i saw on the news a couple days ago that people aren't working in the warehouses and that suppliers are stuck with their produce. They're was some guy talking about how he was still picking his summer squash, but didn't know what to do with it.

Jul 24, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Turning pimento cheese into pimento mac and cheese?

Thanks. Usually I make sauce, add spinach, toss with pasta and bake. Just didn't know if I should still make the bechamel and melt in the pimento cheese, melt with a little milk, or just mix it in the hot pasta and bake until melted.

Jul 21, 2014
viperlush in Home Cooking

Turning pimento cheese into pimento mac and cheese?

I made a big container of pimento cheese last Sunday night. There is no way the bf and I can eat it all (about 2 cups). Is there a way that I can make mac and cheese with it? It's a mixture of cream cheese, mayo, cheddar, and pimento.

Thanks

Jul 21, 2014
viperlush in Home Cooking

On the road

Not for us. Once a year we drive north to Maine and then into Canada. Always have a destination, but we always stop whenever we see an interesting sign or restaurant. Growing up the bf and his family did many road trips in the US visiting the national parks and doing other touristy things. He and his sister still speak of those trips fondly. And growing up my family did many road trips in Europe. My mom always packed sandwiches just in case.

After hearing my grandparents/parents stories of traveling pre I-95, with no AC, during Jim Crow I'm thankful for the interstates and changing times.

Jul 21, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Wegmans going downhill

My mom tends to stick with Costco for meat, WFs for fish, and Wegmans for everything else. They did stop making the loaf of bread that my family enjoys (epi), but the manager told my mom that with 24 hr notice they will bake a couple loaves. I think it's the customer service that keeps her.

Super H is a fun store to shop at but the traffic and their parking lot tend to keep us away.

Jul 21, 2014
viperlush in Chains

Wegmans going downhill

My mom is not a fan of the redesigned Fairfax va location. It was great when the wine was basically its own store. Separate entrance (but still accessible from the main store) straight from the garage, an easy in out without having to deal with the crowds in the store. They had a few wines and beers in the main store. But last year? they moved the wine to the main store. Although she had been told that the selection of food hasn't changed, my mother swears that it has. Less variety/choice, tighter aisles, and items have been moved or theyno longer carry them. It's still her best option for food shopping, but if she had a choice she'd go elsewhere.

My main complaint is it always seems easier to find the expensive meats than the inexpensive. I would rather all the duck be together than the $75 duck prominently displayed and the $30 around bend tucked in the corner.

Jul 18, 2014
viperlush in Chains

arguing here?

If it's directed towards me I try to easily away. But for some reason I always find myself wanting to jump in and defend others. Even when it's a thread that I'm not participating in or I don't have a dog on the fight.

Jul 14, 2014
viperlush in Site Talk
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Do you wait for a thread to be locked before reading?

Sounds good.

Jul 14, 2014
viperlush in Site Talk

Day trip from Boston

We usually head north across the border. Ports mouth is a great place to wander around and shop and eat ( happy hour! ). And then meander back along the coast. We also had west to Amherst for hiking and a stop at a the farmstand ( forgot its name). Might not be the best time of the year, but we like to drive to the Cape for bike riding and the beach. Meander up to Ptown for an early dinner and then drove home.

Jul 11, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area
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Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Loved Little Tavern after a night of drinking in Salisbury and OC.

Jul 11, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Do you wait for a thread to be locked before reading?

<Sometimes, someone makes a remark to which you've just got to respond. You know it will get deleted but you just hope the other person sees it before that happens>

Probably the best reason for and against private messaging.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in Site Talk
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What not to do at a farmers market

Yup, better to avoid the market when money is tight and let the local growers/producers make the decision to either toss the left overs or take them home.

Seems like the best advice the author could have given is to learn the customs of the market. Is haggling ok? Are the vendors required to sell only what they grow? Do patrons leave unattended bags as line place holders? Are pets allowed? etc.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in General Topics
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What not to do at a farmers market

But is it that hard to say we only sell here? Wouldn't it just be easier to put up a sign saying where the product can also be found? Why wouldn't the vendor want to tell any interested potential or current buyer where else they could find it?

And FYI, the author who wrote this sells her granola at various Whole Foods and stores nation wide.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

I hope they at least paid and you got some great alcohol or dessert to make up for it.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9725...

This is the thread I mentioned above. I guess it wasn't Roz's dislike of the dish that was wrong, but the way she made it known and acted during the meal that was. It's fine to dislike, but not fine to make someone feeling uncomfortable for liking. Same goes for the opposite.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

Why is it offensive to want someone to know what something is before passing judgment on it?

You knew what a snail was before you made your decision to dislike, you knew what drugs were and their affects before decided not to partake. You weren't ignorant and were willing to learn before making your choice.

I just want everyone to make informed decisions in all aspects of their life. Foods they eat, people they elect, cars they buy, etc. I know it's a lot to ask for.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Non-alcoholic uses for grenadine?

Drizzled on snow.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in Home Cooking

What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

It's there a thread about a friend's girlfriend making rude comments about other people's orders floating around? That's an example of when its wrong to not like something. When you criticize someone for liking what you don't like.

I would also say its wrong to dislike something when you haven't been exposed to it or don't know what it actually is. Example, if you have tasted/ smelled/ seen/ read accurate description of/ etc of chittlin fine dislike them. But if dislike chittlin because you don't like vegetables, then I think it's wrong.

At the end of the day it's ignorance and unwillingness to learn that annoy me. Know something or experience something before disliking it.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

If I'm going through the trouble of picking crabs the meat is going right in my mouth or on the bf's plate. And hopefully there is plenty of beer and good company. But sitting and picking crab to add to a dish is boring, and at least to me not worth the bother. Would rather eat crab dip at a bar or crab cakes at a restaurant.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Have you made your own crab cakes or is it just not worth the bother? Just curious.

Jul 10, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

What about tarts? I am not a fan of pie (soggy crusts, to sweet cooked fruit, etc. ), but I do love tarts.

Jul 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

The only person I know who truly likes them is lactose intolerant. She's from NY state.

Jul 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Most likely. Not being from Philly I only knew what my grandparents and mother offered. I didn't hear about the whiz until college. Probably one of my first "Chowhound" discussions/ arguments was about the authenticity of whiz on cheese steaks.

Jul 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

Nothing in particular. Just not a fan of the taste or texture. It wasn't something I grew up eating. So I guess the thrill of getting cheap lobsters and lobster based dishes doesnt do it for me.

But send me to the Eastern Shore and I will gladly eat anything with crab.

Jul 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

That's where I grew up and it was always Taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a roll.

Jul 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Famous Regional Food you find embarrassing or disgusting?

I think we could start a thread just on regional beers. When they resumed selling Yuengling in MA not too long ago people got excited. Bars and liquor store were advertising that they had it and friends were excited.

Jul 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics