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Automatic gratuity - what % is normal?

While I don't know lots of restaurant specific computer programs, I do know that with 'all the technology we have' - it can mean that the exact program a company uses is far less flexible than if everything was just calculated via pen and paper. It's not like there are multiple flexible programs an individual server can bounce between depending on what technology would best suit a specific table, but rather a streamlined system used for book keeping and to avoid user error.

Fair enough - maybe the system could have made to print out that guy's bill, but that server didn't know herself and a manager who does wasn't there.

2 days ago
cresyd in Not About Food

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

I think for general 'winning all the time', hating the Patriots is fairly easy. And at this point, most DC fans hate just about every other team with any more success. Which isn't all that challenging.

I also think that most pro athletes don't exactly have all that much tribalism for who they're playing for. So if anything someone saying "I hate you" (if they're a fan of any other team) is basically a compliment.

Dec 18, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

Eastern Shore of Maryland - restaurants

No problem - there's also a rum distillery in St Michael's that actually makes a pretty nice rum. When I went there it was for an event, so I'm not sure what their standard tour/visiting hours are like.

http://historic.stmichaelsmd.com/list...

Eastern Shore of Maryland - restaurants

I've stayed at the Old Brick Inn - largely speaking very nice, but as a 'bed and breakfast' - the breakfast was nothing special at all. Also, it's not on the water and has no water view in case that is part of what you're looking for.

Eastern Shore of Maryland - restaurants

208 Talbot and Gina's were the places I enjoyed eating at the most in St. Michael's. 208 Talbot is more in the fine dining category while Gina's is very nice TexMex.

I recently went to a place in Tilghman Island during oyster season, and had really amazing oysters prepared very simply. But can't remember the name of the place at all.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

The idea of a beet broth or other kind of red sauce pouring onto a plate seems like such a great place to start.

Dec 18, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News

McDonald's Burgers Ranked Worst in the U.S. - Cutting Menu Items

Thank you for the inside information on this. I'm also that kind of person who's at McDonald's as a rush after though, and it is just frustrating to feel like I appear to be unable to navigate the menu.

Dec 17, 2014
cresyd in Chains

McDonald's Burgers Ranked Worst in the U.S. - Cutting Menu Items

This is exactly my problem.

I go to McDonald's very infrequently - and when I do it's so confusing. Basically what I want is either one or two burger patties with just pickles and mustard, no cheese, nothing else. And figuring out specifically how to make that order without ordering the most expensive burger on the menu but then having them hold everything - it's so much of a puzzle.

Dec 17, 2014
cresyd in Chains

My family situation/pink pork

Not entirely sure what the point about medical schools mean. My mother did not go to medical school, she's a registered dietician and went through that education and accreditation process.

Also, instead of 'high in calories or saturated fat' let's replace that with "a doughnut or similar item". Sure, all foods in moderation etc etc - but I was, and perhaps carelessly - just looking for a way to summarize 'generically unhealthy food'.

Ultimately though - my point is about the etiquette of asking professionals when they're 'off duty'. In my mom's case if you ask her about whether or not you should eat a doughnut, and have the intention to eat it anyways - then it just brings up a range of negative sentiments. First, the question asker has just asked her to be 'on the clock', second - they've ignored her, and thirdly perhaps either tested her ('Well I actually think doughnuts are really healthy and you must be bad at your job) or just drawn attention to her as the food police.

Lots of people on these boards have opinions about what is/isn't healthy - and I should have worded that part of my post better. But my point is that when you ask a "professional" - be it a chef, dietician, plumber for their advice when they're not working, and then disregard it - it's not likely to bring up positive feelings. And at best is going to be irritating.

Jewish Cooking not just Kosher

100% this.

Look at questions about Katz's or Carneigie's - it could be a Jewish deli question, a New York/Manhattan deli question, a pastrami sandwich question, but it's not a kosher question (as neither restaurant is kosher).

Prior to moving to Jerusalem, I would have been far more timid about posting on the kosher board. Now, depending on what kind of answer I want - decisions will change. I think the same "clear as mud" problem exists though with something like Italian food. There's food from Italy, there's food made by Italians in different U.S. cities, there's Italian American food, there are Italian traditions surrounding food that don't necessarily involve food, etc.

Dec 16, 2014
cresyd in Site Talk
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Jewish Cooking not just Kosher

I think that trying to find a balance between the Home Cooking and General topics board with the Kosher board is probably the best solution. I once asked if questions could be cross posted on the Kosher and Middle East board as there were lots of posts that dealt with crossover issues, and was told that was not possible. So I think it would be fair to perhaps try a question on the Kosher board and then either ask for it to be moved to Home Cooking/General or repost it there.

As someone from a Jewish family, who's not kosher and lived in Jerusalem for five years - it's fair that perhaps there's no perfect board for me. I think creating a Jewish Cooking board would serve to make things even more confusing.

Dec 16, 2014
cresyd in Site Talk
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My family situation/pink pork

In the general sense of advice and being a guest - I agree. However, my mom's a dietician and I've grown up watching people ask her "should I eat this (insert food item high in calories, saturated fat, etc.)?", and then proceed to go ahead and eat it anyway. Not to mention questions that involve a more involved answer and go ahead and do the opposite. And so while being a good guest meant accepting the decision - I really respect the anger and frustration of thinking "don't involve me if that's going to be your choice!!"

Dec 16, 2014
cresyd in Not About Food
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My family situation/pink pork

In general, I do think that it is the hosts prerogative to choose how something is served. However, I do think that it is a bit different when someone asks a "professional" on a night off for advice and then entirely discards it. Obviously individuals always have the right to choose what they're going to do - advice or not - but it's not a great tactic for building positive relationships with friends and family.

Dec 16, 2014
cresyd in Not About Food
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Which DC area restaurants would close if there were no expense account diners?

I'm from originally from Cincinnati - no successful restaurant in that city is making its primary dollars from expense accounts excluding the usual suspects based in hotels.

Not that no on in Cincinnati is on expense accounts or does business in restaurants - but where people live/work in the city doesn't support that kind of restaurant business model. I'm sure that across the U.S. in many 'mid major' cities that plays out similarly.

Ashkenazi/Sephardi fusion cuisine - examples?

Also a pet peeve of mine. However, in the context of talking about fusion food, I think it's appropriate. "Beet hummus" is as effective as an explanation as saying "beet dip with tahini".

I find it irksome - particularly for food where there's no chickpea or tahini present - but it's a battle I've accepted as being lost. I'd much rather a US marketplace with edamame hummus than Sabra's proposal to the FDA to codify what can and cannot be called hummus.

Dec 16, 2014
cresyd in Kosher

Ashkenazi/Sephardi fusion cuisine - examples?

I've never made it, but had it at Soupergirl in DC. However my understanding is that the beets replace the chickpeas - here's an infographic of sorts with some spins on hummus that includes the beet variety. http://imgur.com/QdOzaNR

Dec 16, 2014
cresyd in Kosher

Meat ideas for beans

In my case it was just a Cuban recipe for black beans. But I'm just trying to think of other ideas for other recipes. Sometimes I like the flavor that a smoked product will give, but other times it's not quite what I want.

Dec 15, 2014
cresyd in Home Cooking

Meat ideas for beans

Last night I was making back beans and threw in an extra marrow bone that I had in the freezer. I was really pleased with the final result and it had me wonder what are meat additions that people like using when cooking beans to add some extra fat and flavor.

Dec 15, 2014
cresyd in Home Cooking

Ashkenazi/Sephardi fusion cuisine - examples?

Beet hummus - works shockingly well.

Dec 15, 2014
cresyd in Kosher

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

That's not accurate. Amongst observant Jews it is true, but that represents a far smaller minority of Jews that amongst unobservant.

Dec 15, 2014
cresyd in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

I'm sorry that you find the evolution of the Jewish community in New York to be bothersome. The fact that there is now a sizable Israeli community in New York and that many New York Jews have been in Israel and bring back those food cultures and seek out that food is something you equate with Montreal or the suburbs - so be it. Hummus isn't exactly a native food of Montreal.

Dec 14, 2014
cresyd in Manhattan

Carnegie Deli or Katz's?

The Katz's model is only functional if you own the building - which most restaurants don't have as a starting point. Basically the prices of beef do not allow for the traditional Jewish deli model to function unless sandwich sizes are smaller or the beef costs are offset by other avenues - such as selling alcohol.

Katz's can sell the airspace above their building - that's not a general model for restaurants. MIle End isn't kosher and to my understanding neither is Katz's.

Dec 14, 2014
cresyd in Manhattan

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

With all due respect, if you are invited to the home of a Jewish or Muslim person's home for Thanksgiving, I hope you have the respect to ask ahead of time if your ham in a ziplock is ok. And hope that this hypothetical host has the composure to not be flustered and wildly offended.

One person's religious observance is another person's potentially highly offensive and rude request. My mother is Jewish. Anyone my mother would invite to Thanksgiving would most likely know she's Jewish. The request to say a grace (which that word heavily implies a Christian perspective, though there are now less religion specific graces) really would put her in an offended and bad mental space.

She also gets that watching football for some is a family tradition - though not rooted in a religious tradition. She does not approve of any TV with dinner with very few exceptions.

My mother would say 'no' to both requests. At my mother's dinner table neither are acceptable. However one request would put her in a horrible and offended head space. The other would prompt a rational "we don't watch television during dinner" response.

I'm not saying that amongst government policy or community awareness that religious tolerance is similar to sports. But this is a question of individuals and traditions. I'm not going to get in the business of elevating one set of traditions just because they're religious over another just because they're rooted in people's families. Others feel far more comfortable telling people which traditions do and don't have value. I don't, and I really don't think I lessen my argument.

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

My intention wasn't to compare the actual act of going to church with watching sports, simply this situation. The question was asked prior to the meal in a way that did not put the host on the spot in front of other guests. And the request was regarding what to many is a holiday tradition.

This question could have easily been written by mother if instead of football, the question had been about someone asking to saying a religious grace before the meal. The level of insult and anger she would feel about just being asked might even result in her not finding an appropriate way to respond. However had someone asked her about watching the football game, her response would be a far more measured and unemotional no. Certain practices rub certain people wrong more than others. There are very few truly universal traditions, and it's important to acknowledge that - and also that we bring different baggage to different customs.

Dec 12, 2014
cresyd in Not About Food
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Dupont/Farragut lunch options continue apace

I will have to try this out once I get over my DGS for lunch kick....

make ahead meals

In terms of transportation - as long as your car is vaguely climate controlled (neither too hot during the summer and the ability to put food in the trunk during the winter or not next to any direct heat) - then there shouldn't be a concern of spoilage. And most stewed dishes should survive in a fridge alone for less than a week without any trouble.

Dec 11, 2014
cresyd in Home Cooking

make ahead meals

If you're only staying 2-3 nights, then making a kind of stew or chili that would be divided into individual servings and reheated in the microwave could work well. You could supplement it with some kind of bread/roll/bagel etc. and then a size salad or fruit.

Dec 11, 2014
cresyd in Home Cooking

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Of all the Roz stories, this actually seems the least offensive to me.

While in general I would never expect to ask other people to help me clean after a party, and I would never expect to feel required to clean - when done in certain respects I do think it can add to a homey feel of a party. And particularly for smaller casual affairs, I don't really think about it. Perhaps it's just my age or social group where people have varying degree of homes that are hosting possible - so it unevenly distributes hosting duties. So for someone who's never hosting in their studio to be happy to help clean up a bit can be more of a 'share the burden' feeling. But it clearly depends radically on the group and how the request/offer is made.

Doughnut Season

Roladin is always great for more adventurous flavors - but I've often found that the pipets of filling make the doughnut too soft/squishy. But then I guess that's more a matter of taste regarding doughnut to filling ratio.

Dec 11, 2014
cresyd in Kosher

Mexican soda commercial

It's definitely difficult to imagine a similar commercial ever running in the US.

http://qz.com/309778/this-mexican-ad-...

Dec 11, 2014
cresyd in Food Media & News