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If the cafe only accepts cash should they get pissy if you want to include some coins in your payment?

I paid my mortgage with cash all the time!

Aug 13, 2012
mikepete in Not About Food

Basic Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I will make this recipe. But, I like my Grandmother's pan fried method better. Not so much oil, and the chicken spends time under the lid of the 100+ year old cast iron pan to finish it by "steaming" it! All those years and that pan has made pretty much ONLY been used for fried chicken! Passed down to me!!! Then there's the gravy....DROOL!!!

Jun 26, 2012
mikepete in Recipes

How to Make Slim Mints

The Ritz cracker recipe is a family fave. We use chocolate almond bark, it's even cheaper then!

Mar 01, 2012
mikepete in Features

Tipping - How do you feel about tip jars?

EXACTLY!! If they are not a server-they are making at least-and probably more-than minimum wage. AND-the tips you give them, are not reported to the IRS, like they are with each server, The IRS basically tells each server what they have to claim on their taxes, because they base it on the amount of sales each server makes. So, if someone doesn't tip over 10% of their ticket total, that server pays taxes on money they DON'T EVEN MAKE!!!!! And-in lots of states, minimum wage for waiting tables is something like $3.12 an hour!!! I tip servers. Servers are the ones who have the knowledge of product, both food and wine, and are the frontline!! They make or break my experiance, even if the food isn't the best on that visit.

Sep 02, 2011
mikepete in Not About Food

Is Groupon Heading For A Financial Crash & Burn?

Having been in the restaurant business for over 30 years-I don't think Groupon, or any coupon book, or discount service brings in repeat customers. That is a fact. The people who use them are generally just looking for a deal. Cheap food. They have no intention of ever coming back, unless they get another coupon. That said-we use Groupons. But we buy them for places we already go. And we buy lots of them. In multiples. We end up going more often than we might otherwise, and we certainly spend more. It's a win-win when used properly. They just aren't used properly all that often.

Aug 23, 2011
mikepete in Food Media & News