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Harassing a waiter/waitress

I will never understand why people do this. Even if I were a total, complete, narcissistic, evil jerk, I would still know to refrain from berating anyone who may be alone with my food. If decency cannot prevail, common sense should be a back-up.

about 1 hour ago
Isolda in Not About Food

Calling a (not young) woman "Young Lady"

They didn't love it. They chuckled because they were brought up in an era when you just glossed over other people's foolishness without making a fuss.

Calling a (not young) woman "Young Lady"

People do this because they think it is flattering so their intentions are probably good. But their underlying assumption is that being old or older (I'm about your age) is the worst thing that could happen to a person, so pretending they are young is a compliment. It's a silly, ill-informed practice, but it's kindly meant.

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1 day ago
Isolda in Not About Food

The B&B breakfast from hell

I am the OP and wasn't generalizing. I was merely asking if it was possible to generalize based on this one experience because I wasn't familiar with the region. (Though I will be, since my son is in college there.)

Oddly enough, I am not a fan of flavored pancakes or pancakes at all, but I tried these with an open mind and they were very good. Orange zest and ricotta (another thing I don't normally like) are surprisingly good together.

We have the same issue with ultra-pasteurized cream. The only place where I can consistently get regular cream is either at Whole Foods or small dairies and they are expensive and not always convenient. I've found that most people who want half and half are okay with whole milk, which I usually have around.

1 day ago
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

My post isn't a review. There are special rules and a specific format for reviews on Chowhound.

Yes, I do wish I'd known that the breakfast was bad. Not sure I would have chosen not to stay there, but I would have made other arrangements for eating.

I have mixed feelings about giving the place a bad review on one of the travel/eating sites, for the reasons I have stated throughout this thread. And really, I don't want someone to go out of business just because they don't do breakfast well. As I've said in multiple places, the B&B was otherwise clean, comfortable, even luxurious, and the hosts were kind. Even some of the judgmental people on this site, if they had met the hosts, would have second thoughts about giving a poor review. But I might, as one of the more gracious posters here suggested, simply describe the food that was served in a neutral manner on a travel site. That would likely be helpful.

1 day ago
Isolda in General Topics
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The B&B breakfast from hell

That wasn't my message. Perhaps you could direct me to the posts where this is a constant thing?

1 day ago
Isolda in General Topics
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The B&B breakfast from hell

That is hilarious, and it does sound a lot like uptight llama lady! Maybe some B&B owners like to cook and also happen to enjoy interacting with people, so that's why they go into the business, while others just have a lot of shiny stuff and cooking skills they want to show off and aren't so good with people. You have to really like people to be hospitable, and if you're worried about your antiques, white carpets, etc., it will show.

2 days ago
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Thanks for your charitable interpretation of my post! And that is very interesting to read about the coffee creamer being a regional preference. I find it strange that this could be so, because it tastes so awful, but then again, I don't love hash browns, which are commonly offered at breakfast places around here.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

And it wasn't just the low fat stuff, it was the fact that she offered "coffee whitener" rather than milk/cream. Who does that?

The B&B breakfast from hell

I really didn't want to insult the woman, who wasn't guilty of anything other than being either a stingy or a horrible cook. She was otherwise very nice.

Like you, we've also run into the haughty-proud-weird B&B owner type. Years ago, we were in Nova Scotia, staying at a llama farm with our kids, and the owner was super uptight. She had us carry our heavy bags rather than roll them across the floor (I get this, but still..) She admonished us not to touch anything. At first, I just assumed this was for the children's benefit, which I appreciated, but I overheard her give the same speech to an elderly couple!

Her breakfast was fantastic, but she insisted on pulling down the shades in her formal dining room and eating by candlelight. She also made all the guests gather in a little sitting room before "unveiling" the breakfast. We were all terrified of spilling something!

We got great stories out of this place, but it was so unrelaxing we'd never go back or encourage anyone else to try it.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Karen, it was $150 per night for the two of us, a little extra for the night my son stayed with us. I think the price of B&Bs really varies, based on the market. In some places we've stayed (London, for example), we've paid as much as $400 for a basic, well-kept B&B.

My point in posting that the price was the same for the good breakfast and the bad was that they weren't that far apart, yet one was of a much better value.

I agree with your assessment of what a B&B should offer, though.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

I guess we tie for post with most self-righteousness tone, then! But I can assure you that even lovers of low-fat aspartame artificial coloring would probably not have enjoyed this food.

The B&B breakfast from hell

My husband and son were kind of hoping the doughnuts were of the treat variety, but even my son, who stayed there the first night with us, and who is food-challenged, said they were awful. And this is a kid who eats Dunkin', Krispy Kreme, Entenmann's, and Hostess with equal relish.

The B&B breakfast from hell

Sort of, yes. We're known to be a frugal lot. ;)

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics
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The B&B breakfast from hell

I don't feel bad. People definitely have varying tastes.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Yes, we saw a ton of farms, mostly growing soybeans and corn, but a few cattle as well. I do hope it was just this one woman's idea of cooking, but there aren't too many options for places to stay, so we may well have to go back.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

You're just going to have to take my word for it that I didn't intend to insult anyone. "Food challenged" was my description of the woman. I then wondered if the type of breakfast ("maybe it's") was a mid-western thing. But if you are insulted, again, I apologize.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

I deliberately put some dish soap in a milkshake that my mother insisted I make for my brother decades ago when I was a teenager. It did have some unpleasant digestive effects, and I felt very, very guilty!

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in Not About Food
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Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

You know, I'm not super disgusted, as long as you didn't have any food particles in your mouth or bleeding gums. If it was just water and a little saliva, the oven probably killed off the bacteria. I wouldn't have eaten this knowingly, but I'm not as grossed out as I am by the spider in the smoothie story.

Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

Wow, that's gross. No condemnation from me because (see my post), but I wouldn't trust you again either.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in Not About Food

Sketchy Stuff We Resort To In Kitchens

I've done this a few times, too--made a vegan casserole but used Worcestershire sauce in it, served a vegetarian something with gelatin--but it was done out of ignorance. I think Kaleokahu is looking for examples of bad stuff we've done deliberately, like the time I served a dish with red pepper puree because I had no tomatoes to my MIL, who claimed to be intolerant (not allergic) to all peppers. She was perfectly fine and asked for the recipe. I gave her the correct version.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in Not About Food

Odd ID situation: when is "Valid" considered not valid enough?

Restaurants don't have to serve alcohol to anyone, though I think this particular restaurant was staffed by people with no common sense or desire to make a profit. If the person is obviously of age and is not drunk and disorderly, the server is foolish not to take the opportunity to make some money, (and possibly get a better tip) by serving him.

Sep 01, 2015
Isolda in Not About Food

The B&B breakfast from hell

No. I don't want to name the place because I don't want to affect her business--as I said, she was a gracious host and the house was very nice--but that was not it.

My post was simply out of curiosity about whether this was the norm in that region, and whether others had had weird B&B experiences. I'm not trying to trash the place. If I were really evil and had a vendetta, I'd post on Yelp ;)

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics
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The B&B breakfast from hell

That was kind of the impression I got. I also had the sense that she wasn't that into food.

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Sigh. I didn't mean it as an insult. Read the whole thread again with a less defensive eye and that might become clear to you. I realize that different regions have different culinary values. My "nasty" might be someone else's idea of healthy.

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Nope, they didn't. That was one reason why I asked if this was common in the Midwest. No intent to disparage an entire region's culinary values!

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

I am glad to hear that! We will be taking several trips to Ohio over the next few years while my son is in school there. Although accommodations are limited in the semi-rural area where he is in school, we'll keep looking, or else stay at the same B&B, but decline the nasty breakfast.

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

God bless your mom! My brother and SIL have never been able to stay in a B&B because of their autistic son. He needs a predictable place like a hotel to feel safe. Catering specifically for people with special needs is a brilliant idea!

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

The B&B breakfast from hell

Yes, we did! Nothing mentioned the breakfasts specifically except to say that they were good. This is why I'm wondering if people thought this food was healthy and called that good.

Aug 31, 2015
Isolda in General Topics

6 nights no kids, need opinions please

I gave Il Casale two tries. I would have given it more if I'd thought there was hope, but everything was just a little off. It's too expensive not to be good, and it isn't relaxing enough to go in spite of the mediocre food.

Aug 30, 2015
Isolda in Greater Boston Area
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