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Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

After reading stories like this, if I was a business owner I would assume that every well behaved dog/ monkey/mini horse, etc was a service animal. I would watch and instruct staff to keep an eye on them, but would only approach if the customer or their animal became disruptive. It doesn't seem worth it to possibly cause a scene and risk a lawsuit without a very good reason.

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

While I do agree that this would make things easier, what about the owners who don't want to draw attention to their disability? It's easy to recognize limited mobility or vision, but what about seizure disorders, PTSD, etc.? What if those people don't want others to know their disability? The vest might draw unwanted attention. And training can be very expensive and time consuming.

Its hard to find pet friendly housing, airlines limit the #of animals is the cabin, amd charge a couple hundred each way. Maybe if more places were pet friendly people wouldn't feel the need to scam the system. I know, wishful thinking.

The couple people that I know with "service animals" got doctors to sign off and went online to order vests.

Aug 21, 2014
viperlush in Food Media & News

Bundt cake

If you like citrus there is this one. I've only used oranges but I'm sure lemons would work as well.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/415619

Aug 20, 2014
viperlush in Home Cooking

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

That's why I said I might. Depending on my mood, who I'm with, how hungry I am, etc. Fortunately/unfortunately(?) as a tall thin female people that dont know me well assume that I don't eat much. So its almost expected that I don't eat or just pick at food. Those who know me know that between a sensitive stomach and headaches, its not unusual if I abruptly decide not to eat or even leave the table. And my bf knows that I can be extremely stubborn and will cut off my nose to spite my face.

Aug 19, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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Have you ever left a Restaurant...

Alone I'd leave. With others I might cancel my order and just drink water (my beverage of choice). But I would never make a scene or try to rush the rest of the group.

Aug 19, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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What makes you sick or react that you love?

Nothing yet that I can't eat, mainly stuff I shouldn't eat. But both my parents developed shell fish allergies as adults, so fingers crossed it won't happen to me.

Ice cream and cheese. For awhile I tried lactaid, but it wasn't enough. I will still eat good cheese in limited quantities and suffer the consequences.

Beef steak (well done ground doesn't bother me), duck, and lamb. At least it lessens my food bills.

For awhile I stopped eating raw fish. But I missed it to much.

Aug 19, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

Nothing. But if I'm shaky or feel too light headed I'll drink a small glass of kefir.

Aug 18, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

I could do Harvard Square, but not really interested in Harvest, Beat Hotel, Russell House or Ten Tables. A&h is a possibility though.

Aug 18, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Except there isn't a clear consensus on Chowhound that the food and service have improved. And after a bad brunch there 5 yr ago and frequent disappointment with the grilled lunch, I hesitate to bring guests there. But I agree that if they were more consistent, that they would be a good substitute for Rendezvous.

Aug 18, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Uncomfortable seating, loud, and have never had a good complete meal there. Bf's dad also has a garlic allergy and it can be difficult to find something. No real interest in Sarma. But I do agree that Oleana is similar to Rendezvous, and is frequently recommended by other Chowhounds ( including myself) as an alternative.

Aug 18, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

For others looking for a substitute maybe, but ECG is one of my least favorite restaurants in the area.

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Sycamore is already on the list of possibile restaurants, I'll have to add Bergamot. Parking and location are what made me hesitant to add Bergamot. But price and menu both look good.

Aug 17, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

Yeah, I was including Strip T's because of food, location, and service. Somewhere with consistency, easy to park, and takes reservations on a Friday. But I did forget about the noise and comfort level.

Aug 17, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Anywhere Similar to Rendezvous?

For the past six years Rendezvous has been the go to restaurant for my bf's parents when they come to visit. Price point, location, service, food and cocktails were perfect after their 5 hours in the car. Are there similar restaurants in the Cambridge/Watertown area? I was thinking Strip T's, but is there anywhere else? Not Oleana, Hungry Mother, Craigie's or West Bridge.

Thanks

Aug 17, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

My plants are plagued by aphids and fungus gnats

That's what I did for my indoor plants. I first removed the first couple inches of soil (where the larvae usually are) and then spread 1/2-1 inch of sand. The gnats couldn't dig in the sand so they didn't hang around. I put cider vinegar traps out to catch the stragglers. Haven't seen any since.

Aug 09, 2014
viperlush in Gardening

Seafood dump on the table in Boston

They just showed that on Phantom Gourmet this past Sunday. It looked interesting. They do give mallets and a large bucket to dump the shells.

Aug 06, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Stone in Berlin

Try reading it while watching sharknado 2 and drinking margaritas.

Aug 02, 2014
viperlush in Beer

Do fast food restaurants in your area sell bagged ice?

Last night while dining at a sonic (MA) the bf pointed out that they sell bags of ice for a couple bucks. We have noticed it at other places, but couldn't remember if it was only in MA or elsewhere. So please help satisfy our curiosity.

Jul 31, 2014
viperlush in Chains

Alternative to Market Basket for cheap lobsters

I guess this is a two part question. First, are lobster prices similar to the last couple years or are they higher? And since Market Basket is a no go, where else can one find inexpensive lobsters?

Jul 31, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

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.

Jul 29, 2014
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.

Jul 29, 2014
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?

Jul 28, 2014
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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