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Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile - on a budget

Traveling to Chile for the first time with a couple of girlfriends, April 18-24, and we are looking for some good places to eat that won't break the bank. We are all flight attendants, so we are on a little bit of a stricter budget. No Astrid y Gaston on this trip.

We have no problem going a bit out of the way or going to very local places. Two of us are Spanish speakers, so that shouldn't be a problem. We are adventurous - last year backpacked Peru for a month (and hope to have a much better food experience in Chile!). Thanks for any recommendations!

Apr 10, 2013
KariAnneATL in Latin America & Caribbean

Home Delivery - what do you tip$? (moved from Ontario board)

I'm sure that there are plenty of places everywhere that don't play by the rules, but it is then up to the worker to either report it or to find a new job. I served at a "new, upscale" restaurant in a small town. After 2 months the novelty wore off and no one walked out of there on a Friday with more than $100 in tips because the community simply couldn't afford it. I gave it a couple of months more and left along with almost all of the waitstaff. It was my responsibility to find myself a new job.

As for immigrants, if they are illegal, they aren't intitled to a driver's liscence. It's different in NY because you have bikers, but immigrants are more likely to be working construction jobs than delivery, and that is an entirely different issue.

Check out some of the posts on this webste of delivery drivers if you like. They are all recent and you will see that they recommend 15% or $2 as the bare minimum tip. The times they get upset are when they get less than $1 or aren't compensated for snow, 45 minute drives, etc.
http://tipthepizzaguy.com/discussion/

Jan 22, 2008
KariAnneATL in Not About Food

Home Delivery - what do you tip$? (moved from Ontario board)

Waitstaff is different, with a different minimum wage. By US law, drivers aren't considered waitstaff and are paid a higher minimum, like hosts. If a business is paying their delivery drivers the waitstaff minimum, they should be reported.

Jan 22, 2008
KariAnneATL in Not About Food

Home Delivery - what do you tip$? (moved from Ontario board)

I'm not from Toronto, but I know that in many metropolitan areas in the US, these drivers are paid more than you think. They are paid minimum wage or more, so at least $5.15 but usually around $7-$8 an hour. They also can claim gas and mileage on their car, and trust me, the ones who do take advantage of it by claiming a greatly inflated number. If you add in average tips, they usually come out making $15-$25, and more on weekends. One time we were in Florida and my friends offered someone from Atlanta a $500 tip to bring us some subs from "our place", but they didn't take it!

Don't get me wrong, a good tip is always appreciated. But if you only tip $2 or $3 on a small order you shouldn't feel like a horrible person, that's really about average. I always have small orders, less than $15, and my house is centrally located, so I usually tip $3-$5. I knew drivers in college that would only get a $2 average tip but could make it to so many places they would come out with hundreds of dollars a night. Dorms and college campuses are close together, plus all of the fraternity houses - these drivers have it the easiest.

Jan 22, 2008
KariAnneATL in Not About Food

Recipes for a tonsillectomy patient

Don't worry about carbs and fats right now! I took a full 3 weeks to even start eating normally after mine at age 20, and my dad took 4 weeks at age 48, although he also had his uvula out. I think I lived on straight painkillers and water the first two days, after which I could finally eat some sorbet. Day 4 or 5 started the cold soups. Have you tried some gazpacho? A melon or fruit soup would taste good chilled whih would probaby feel great on your throat. Please take it easy. I think I pushed myself too hard the second week of recovery (talking too much, etc) and pushed back my recovery to almost 4 weeks.

Good luck with your recovery and your ENT problems. My tonsillectomy saved me from 5+ times a year strep and probably saved my life. I got scarlet fever twice in one year and was hospitalized and put on IV fluids quite a few times. One of these times was at a remote college and I could have ended up in the ICU if my roommate hadn't come home early and found me unable to even move from bed.

Jan 11, 2008
KariAnneATL in Home Cooking

Do you Pre Rinse dishes for your Dish Washer? [Moved from Not About Food board]

I am the same way! It comes from my mom. Even though I have a nice new dishwasher, I scrub everything before it hits the wash. I hate having dirty silverware or seeing a dried milk ring in my cup, or thinking about the noodles from a bowl floating around.

Part of this is probably due to the fact that I am unmarried with no kids. I don't use a ton of dishes so my dishwasher will usually go 3 or so days without being run. If food sits that long it is not gonna come off....it might be different if I had a family and needed to run it once or twice a day.

Jan 10, 2008
KariAnneATL in Cookware

Interesting College Cuisine

One of my former roommates would make microwaveable alfredo or simple stovetop like pasta roni, and add in a can of tuna....eww....I hate tuna. My favorite college microwaveable were the Tombstone mini pizzas, actually very good. Both of the dorms I lived in had a small crappy kitchen in the basement. I kept all my ingedients and pans in my room and baked constantly, and did lots of stovetop pasta and the Banquet meal-in-a-box. Get some throwaway tupperware (lasts forever) and eat the leftovers the next day.

Jan 10, 2008
KariAnneATL in General Topics

Why is everyone feeding my teenager pizza?

I do think that talking to the other parents about their choices is rude, however I see the exact opposite on bringing over food. I see it as not only a win for the OP parent, but a polite gesture. Maybe I am alone in *this*, but I am from the South, and hospitality often equals food. We don't just bring over a casserole for a death or family crisis. Sharing a main dish or more often something like muffins or a cake is a regular occurance and a nice gesture. Haven't you ever heard of a hostess gift? Food is the original appreciative gesture. If someone brought you an apple pie or even a couple of loaves of banana bread, would you think that they were rude because of it? This time of year our food gifting gets even crazier with trying out new recipies. It is not unusual to simly make too much of something and find friends who would enjoy it.

Also, teenagers don't need "babysitting". Supervision yes, but usually minimal. Most teenagers are babysitting other people themselves, don't forget that. I had my first part time nanny job at 16 and my sister started babysitting at 13.

Jan 10, 2008
KariAnneATL in Not About Food

Fake wedding cake trend?

This might sound horible to you, so take it as you will. But I will suggest a boxed cake mix. A higher-quality boxed mix can taste great, especially if you use good homemade icing. While my mother is not a professional baker, she took more than 10 decorating classes (and is an excellent baker) and for more than 20 years has made 75% of the wedding, birthday, etc. cakes in our family. Especially in the 90s, elaborate ones with fountains, multiple tiers, satellite cakes, and now there is fondant and elaborate groom's cakes. For most of these she has changed to boxed cake mixes. Get about 10 brands and flavors and try them out several months before the big day. If you make SURE to use the highest quality butter, eggs, oil, etc, you will have great results that are a lot easier and more reliable than home baking.

Please don't get me wrong. I bake a lot, several times a week (for a single woman with no kids that is a LOT!) and most of it is from scratch. However there are many times when I will use a boxed brownie or cake mix. High quality eggs and butter, good hommemad frosting, that makes all the difference.

Also, as practically a professional wedding guest and bridesmaid (mid 20s and everyone around me engaged), I've noticed that the cakes that get eaten the most are the more simple ones. White cake, chocolate, red velvet, with simple fillings, ganaches, frostings. The more trendy ones that most bakers offer or ones like carrot or pumpkin cake usually sit there most of the night.

Jan 09, 2008
KariAnneATL in Not About Food

Why is everyone feeding my teenager pizza?

I will admit I read all of this yeserday morning and haven't gone back and read the new replys, so this may have already been said. If you and your daughter are sick of the pizza, why don't you make a casserole or something that is easy and non-offensive to send along as food? It would be very easy to say "Hey, my mom wanted to try out this recipe and she thought you might give her another perspective," or get your daughter to help and she can tell them that she helped make this dish in appreciation for them having her over and feeding her in the past. Good food, non-offensive (as long as you don't put it in a no-more-pizza-please way), problem solved. It may even encourage the parents to know that the teenagers would like more diversity.

I can't speak to a personal point much because when I was a teenager, my mom's house constantly looked like a tornado had hit it and I wasn't allowed to have friends over. Consequently I didn't visit others a lot because I could not reciprocate. But as a young adult now, in a house with a relatively nice kitchen, I do cook for my friends when they come over. Often something simple like shepard's pie, pasta, appetizers, but I will sometimes just do a frozen pizza.

Jan 09, 2008
KariAnneATL in Not About Food

Strangest chow you've eaten?

While in Finland, I had Reindeer Pizza with smoked reindeer on top of it. It was actually very good, very strong. We then went to Lapland and saw the reindeer in person, then bought lots of Poro snacks (reindeer jerky) that my youngest brother's friends still beg for.

Jan 09, 2008
KariAnneATL in General Topics

Two dinners in Atlanta

Please do not eat at Buckhead Diner. The food is not very good and the prices are outrageous. They also try to cheat diners, for instance a diner orders a side salad and they ask if he would like salmon on top of the salad. The diner says yes and on his check appears a $7 side salad and a $25 "Salmon Dinner", for his small salad with a 4-6 oz piece of fish on top. I've seen it numerous times along with wine upsells of a bottle that is "just a little" more, aka 2 or 3 times the price.

Jan 09, 2008
KariAnneATL in General South Archive

ATL Looking for St. Peter's IPA

If you're close-ish to Kennesaw, try the new Total Wine place on Barrett Pkwy in the Target shopping center (used to be Media Play). They carry over 1,000 beers including several IPAs that I've spotted and my favorite Dutch and Czech beers. Pretty good prices too.

Jan 07, 2008
KariAnneATL in General South Archive

Heading to Charleston

I haven't actually eaten at Rue de Jean in some time although I have have been there twice since the summer. Both times we recieved very poor service and left right before or right after ordering. In November, with more than 4 empty tables in the dining room, we were told we could only sit outside in the heated tent. They sat us outside in November with no heat and no other patrons around. After 10 minutes of waiting, the host sat another (older) couple outside, the waiter immediately took their drink orders, and we had still not been spoken to. We immediatey left.

I still enjoy Coast and their fish is excellent, also right now is oyster season. I second the recommendation for the Fat Hen. My boyfriend's family and I talk about it constantly and it will definately become our go-to restaurant.

The gelateria on George Street, Modica, is very good. It's right off of King St and next to it is one of my favorite places for lunch, hoagie heaven. Try the Jack Sparrow sandwich or any of their other specials. Cheap and very good, much better than something like Subway. Garibaldi's on Market is a favorite when I'm in that part of downtown, especially the flounder when it's available. Great service and very good Italian food.

Jan 07, 2008
KariAnneATL in General South Archive

Carrollton, GA - The Mess Hall?

When I used to live in Carrollton we would frequent a hole-in-the-wall with some of the best southern food I've ever had. I THINK it was called The Mess Hall. For $6 you got brunswick stew, a meat dish, 2 or 3 side items, a bisuit, and sweeeet sweet tea. It was not far from the college and it was inside an army-navy store. I can't remember the street it was on and have tried searching CH and Google with no real help.

Does anyone know if it is still there and what street it's on? Is the food just as good as always? Lately I've been really craving their chicken and brunswick stew and figured I could find an excuse to visit an old friend or two and get some good local food! Any help is greatly appreciated.

Dec 30, 2007
KariAnneATL in General South Archive

Fat Hen, Charleston - review

I absolutely LOVE the Fat Hen. I am in Charleston every 2-4 weeks and only recently discovered this. It is rare that my boyfriend and I will make the trek out of downtown to eat (walk to the garage, get the car out, re-park it when coming home, etc). For the Fat Hen, I will gladly go to John's Island...easily one of my favorite 5 restaurants of all time, especially for the price. My favorite appetizers are the BBQ scallops with their AMAZING BBQ pomegranate sauce and the steamed mussels. I don't like tomatoes in any form but sauce, but even I love the fried green tomatoes. It's hard to try new things here because you get addicted to them all!

For entrees, I highly recommend the salmon bernaise, lamb shank, and most of the specials. If you get there late it is assured that many of the specials will be gone. Also try the haricots verts, they are just as good as in the French countryside. For deserts, they often offer a chocolate dessert anda bread budding that are superb.

I'm really trying to get out more when I'm in Charleston, but it is very hard with some great addictive places like The Fat Hen. We often go with a party of 6 or more and the service is superb. I will warn you of their signature drink, although I can't remember the name of it. It has champagne and several liquors in it and is so strong the waitstaff has never seen anyone have more than one, and it is rare that people even finish it.

Be prepared to think that you've missed it on the way out. It is quite a while on a weird road and in the dark we almost turned around several times. We have been frequent patrons of Rue de Jean in the past few years and have found a similar experience in food quality now that the former chef and his wife have opened Fat Hen. They are committed to buying local as well, which in my mind is always a positive. If only I could eat here once every 2 weeks I would be so much happier.

Dec 29, 2007
KariAnneATL in General South Archive