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Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Other factors include - this bar is in a pretty agreeable, non-rainy weather part of the world. And the indoor seating that this place has is far more limited than the outdoor possibilities (the bar is located on a corner and has lots of sidewalk space). Basically by having the outdoor tables - they increase the volume of customers they take in by a lot.

Also, while the shaky tables don't help - usually the spills only happen when it's someone knocked, bumps, etc. the table. The tables definitely don't help, but there's also 100% human error in this.

All I'm saying is that I saw a bar go through this business model and apparently not suffer. So this notion that as long as the patron's accident is within reason....it's hard for me to not think on some level that it will be comped. Try to be happily surprised and appropriate mortified depending on the scale of the accident - but I would be surprised by a non-comp.

May 14, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

I think the comping of drinks in this case is really interesting and is probably very based on what your experiences are. Honestly, I can't think of a place where a genuine "own fault" on the part of spilling a drink wasn't comped. So while I don't expect it in the sense of "you owe me" - it'd be wrong to say that I have no expectation of that happening.

I'm very apologetic when it happens (esp if I'm the one with the flailing hands or slippery fingers), and if the phrase "can I get you another/a replacement" - I graciously accept and then apologize. But my reality, at least, has been that it does happen.

I used to go to a bar frequently that had outdoor seating on a mild incline. Nothing massive, but steep enough. Their tables would occasionally wobble, and frequently enough someone would get a table full of drinks in their lap. The place always comped the spilled drinks. Now as this was definitely a 'thing' that happened regularly (not just for us, but for patrons in general) - was it the bar's fault for having the outdoor seating at all? For not investing in better tables? Was it the patrons fault for not being more careful? Or was it just cheaper and easier for the bar to acknowledge that at least once a night they were going to lose a few glasses, replace drinks, due to gravity?

As the bar's been around for years, I'm going to assume that their cost/benefit analysis on this is solid. So it does surprise me when businesses don't.

May 14, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

I've been to many restaurants/bars where a drink was spilled - entirely the fault of the customer and it was replaced without charge. Similarly, I've been in restaurants where a drink spilled onto a plate of food resulted in a replacement plate without charge. In one case, my friend and I were trying to hand-off some food to one another, and it dropped into her glass of beer. The restaurant replaced the beer and offered to bring her a new entre despite it only being basically a taste of food that fell into the beer.

I think that this happens enough that to expect to be comped on the replacement (in the US) is hardly a reach.

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Given the nature of the mom and pop restaurant and language barriers - I'm not sure if there was necessarily a better way to handle it. A more aggressive way to handle it, yes, but I don't know if that would have necessarily made you feel better or not.

Places like this fall into that category of "it is what it is" for me. Typically they're a mix of being a good value, convenient to where I live/work, and tasty. However, every so often there is a grimace eye roll moment where I think "really". If that feeling gets to a point where it deeply aggravates me then I stop going.

So I would say that if this is not something you can get past, and that's fair, then don't go back.

May 13, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food
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Bearnaise DC

I will be eating at Béarnaise in DC for the second time tonight. The last time I had the mussels, which I enjoyed - but I'm interested in recommendations for the rest of the menu. I'm going before a show at the Folger, so won't be planning on eating too heavy.

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Or: Cooking without Love, Soul, or Family.

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

If that was truly the case, then there'd be at least about 20% fewer NAF posts. I'm all for people celebrating in some way every year. And not embarrassed by it.

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

She should suck it up. But it's also the most normal teenage reaction I can possibly think of.

Be happy she went at all. I had two cousins skip my Bat Mitzvah because it was in the middle of the college semester (October) of their undergrad studies and would be far too disrupting of their weekend plans.

You're being quite harsh. Going to a bar/bat mitzvah when you've aged out but are still considered a young person isn't really fun.

May 12, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

Perhaps the fact that our birthdays had that one day in between still allowed for individual acknowledgement. Regardless, when his parents would take us out for his birthday, they'd always acknowledge me and vise versa with my parents.

May 12, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

You think it's dumb that a teenager wants to be with her friends on her 16th birthday? I couldn't imagine anything more normal....

May 12, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food
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Can Ceviche Conquer the World? Peru’s Top Chefs Think So

I think that's a huge barrier to it becoming a "big thing". That being said, across the world many different countries have found a version of cheap sushi that appeals to a significant consumer base. In the US, grocery store sushi, with raw fish, may not be top notch by anyone's definition - but it definitely sells and is popular.

For ceviche to truly become a big thing outside of Peru, they're going to need to find a way to have it at a more accessible price point. Not that there doesn't remain a higher level version - but finding that lower price point is critical.

May 12, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

I guess I'm just the cheese stands alone on this one.

I grew up friends with a set of triplets (in the same family there were also twins), and an ex-boyfriend of mine for many years had a birthday two days before mine. This notion that a birthday celebration can only be for one person at a time and acknowledging any other person in any capacity as awkward just isn't part of my experience. I think that there are ways to graciously and subtly acknowledge and enjoy being a "secondary" or "lesser" celebrant.

May 12, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food
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Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Yeah, the "Christian only" aspect of the show is probably one of the most disappointing aspects of this series. Instead of just being "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives - Christians Only" - it could have been an interesting window into various kosher and halal eateries, butchering facilities/factories, as well as smaller food business/restaurants that have a strong faith base.

I used to live in Jerusalem, and for a few years there was a Korean restaurant that also served as an unofficial community center for the Christian Korean community that lived there. Lots of restaurants of minority communities around the world serve as this dual community space, and by just focusing on the Christian community in the US, it's unfortunate.

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

While there are lots of people talking about the misery of having their birthday acknowledged on this thread - I think in general the gestures are typically really appreciated. Even if there may be some general embarrassment with being the center of attention.

This is hardly the same thing as your niece being brought on stage during the Bat Mitzvah party for some acknowledgement or even the slightly cringy aspects of the restaurant happy birthday in places where lots of servers sing.

May 12, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Sigh.

May 11, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News
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If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

I don't know if I feel this aptly applies. I've known twins and triplets who's celebrated their birthdays together are kids/teens - and it's never felt like an inappropriate mixed celebration. (Not to mention that when my mother mixed Thanksgiving and Hanukkah together two years ago, that was pretty fun).

I used to have a boyfriend who's birthday was two days before mine, and when throwing a party there really was no way not to do a joint party. Among one another and family we could certainly make one birthday the primary celebration - but it never entirely worked. It never felt bad or inappropriate, it's just how it worked.

May 11, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food
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If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

I don't know. Maybe I'm showing a tendency to be more of a me generation type - but I enjoy it. And in this situation, I think there are very discrete but thoughtful days to acknowledge the other's birthdays without a big deal.

That all being said, there are also always ways to discretely ask. If you know the person's spouse/partner or family member who's also attending you can ask. I will say this, if I was hosting such a party - I would find a way to acknowledge the other birthdays. Because if you happen to be the host and in a position to know it's someone's birthday, unless they're a close family relative, chances are they're not so horrified of acknowledging the date.

May 11, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

Gluten-free friendly in Tel Aviv

http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-p...

I'm pretty sure none of these places are kosher, but I could be wrong.

May 11, 2015
cresyd in Middle East & Africa

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I get the point about 25 individual cards, however lots of tables of 5 pay with having a bill split 5 ways. The fact that it was a party of 25 and everyone was on the same timeline, I get that's aggravating. But….to me this is one of those work complaints that just doesn't rise to the level of being all that compelling.

May 09, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

If you were invited to a birthday party (for someone else) on the day of your birthday... what would be a nice touch for you?

I'm an adult who enjoys celebrating my birthday. That being said, unless my birthday is on a Monday or Friday - I never take my birthday off from work. I have other friends who always take the day off and think I'm nuts for not taking the day off.

Different strokes.

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

I've never seen Old Navy and Gap (or Gap and Banana Republic) co-exist in a shared space.

However, Jungle Jims - a mega grocery store outside of Cincinnati - serves both very high end and niche products, as well as being designed in a way for the local population to do "regular" shopping there without getting sucked into the store's expanse. Personally, I don't know anyone who lives in the neighborhood and how that does (or doesn't) work for them, but I have seen that design.

That being said, I think those are all fair points in terms of WF being best served by going more the Gap route having WF be the high end, and this new creation be the Old Navy.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Chains

Yay!! New Sandra Lee TV show coming to ABC

I would definitely watch Have a Drink and Pay Someone Else To Do It with Sandra Lee.

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

I think my point in terms of comparison shopping is that I do expect some of the burden to be carried by the store. If every time I go into WF (or anywhere else) I'm buying a bottle of wine, a cheese, a condiment, etc. that's not what I want in my weekly budget - while I acknowledge that I'm clearly part of the problem - my way to fix that is to stop tempting myself in those environments.

So if the environment, (in this case WF) wants me to spend more time there - they need to change the environment that produces results I'm happy with. A product like canned tomatoes is something where based on what I'm using it for, I'll want a different level of quality. But if every time I look at WF's canned tomatoes I'm seduced by various San Marzano products or side tracked by some fancy capers or anchovies (that weren't even on my list) near by, then that leaves me with the impression that WF is only good for a splurge. If they want me to leave that aisle with the 365 can and other items to leave me with a bill that makes me think "I'll do this again next week" - part of the challenge is on them.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Chains

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

I think my point about self discipline is that grocery stores don't just want customers to come in a buy a ton - they want shoppers coming in regularly. And so I think structuring some of the discipline for the consumer helps.

If I think of cheese/dairy sections in many grocery stores - there's a deli style section with more up-market cheeses and then amongst the milk/eggs you have your giant blocks of cheddar, string cheese, and other down market cheese products. I think this is very intentional in not having all the cheese in one place. One set of cheese is marketed as occasional, the other - every day. Similarly your average shopper doesn't have to enforce so much discipline in the every day cheese section when looking at products and with less effort can skip the deli cheeses wholesale.

I don't aggressively comparison shop every item, every week. What I do instead is look at my weekly store totals (i.e. how much I spent at TJ's, how much at WF, etc.) and determine if there's one particular bill that's become a problem and/or if there are products from a certain store I've become unhappy with. So even if I can shop at WF very frugally - if my reality is that I don't have the discipline - I'll switch to other places where it's not as much work.

So to me, this is more the idea that WF is playing with. How to change their marketing model so that people don't have to be so disciplined in their shopping and don't think of WF so much as Whole Paycheck.

ETA: My mention of popularity is that I don't believe that WF needs to attract more customers. I think they need to attract more of their customers to buy more.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Chains

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

But arguably, that group of 25 represented 5 tables. So it was the case of trying to cash out 5 tables at once - not just one. And that is bound to take more time.

If a restaurant isn't capable of serving a group of 25, that's one thing. But honestly, while this sounds like a minor headache - I'm struggling to see it as much more.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Not About Food

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

I do believe that WF would be better served if they grouped their 365 brand in one spot. That would simplify the process, but also I think while it is possible to budget shop at WF if you're disciplined - it's so easy not to be. And that's when the "Whole Paycheck" and "I need to do the majority of my shopping elsewhere" kick in.

If they grouped their house brand/sale items in one place - I think they'd see far more people who are already there (but perhaps not spending so much), spend a lot more.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Chains

Anyone watching Chopped All-Stars?

For the most part, I think that all judging be it figure skating, ball room dancing, or food will always be up for debate. In shows like Chopped and Top Chef in particular, difficulty level of a preparation is far more heavily considered than in a show like Cutthroat Kitchen.

I definitely remember earlier seasons of a variety of reality television shows (Top Chef, Project Runway) where I really cared about who won....and really fussed about the judging. Now, I'm fairly ambivalent about who wins. And with that, I like how Chopped introduces ingredients I'm unfamiliar with, so I space out when listening to someone talk about how the past year was very difficult for them to overcome etc etc.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News

Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

As someone who is in a Whole Foods regularly - but set myself a $15-20 budget for what I get there - I don't think that their problem is popularity at all. But rather there are loads of people like myself who go there for a handful of items and don't take the time to seriously price check how their 365 refried beans compare to my current preferred brand. I go there to wander, make mental notes of what unique produce they have, buy a few things, and that's it.

Then I go to Trader Joe's and spend more money. Now, when it comes to their store brand, their prices may be more comparable - but as they're spread among the pricier brands - that's a kind of aggressive price checking shopping I'm not so interested. But if there was a 365 Store that also included some other stuff, but cut out the more high end pieces - that would work for me. I also think it would work for me if it was designed in a fashion similar to large Gap stores are divided between adult, children, babies. It's technically all one space, but everything isn't all mixed together.

May 08, 2015
cresyd in Chains
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S. Mpls Restaurant with Racist Sign?

A policy can be racist (or sexist or ableist, etc.) without having an intent to be so. And yes, a restaurant can have their rules - but if they're found to be discriminatory on the basis of race - that is illegal.

Nielsen: Where's the Beef? Why Consumers are Buying Less Fresh Meat

Ha - oops. Draught, drought…..

May 07, 2015
cresyd in Food Media & News