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Crisco

It's on their site at the link mcsheridan provided, just in case you want verification from the manufacturer.

Apr 21, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Open for Easter - Downtown Cleveland

There are obviously a lot of places doing an easter sunday brunch around cleveland. You might look at SOHO Kitchen & Bar, which is in the Ohio City neighborhood only a couple of minutes away from downtown by car (not walkable, but there are cabs at hotels, or we now also have lyft), I'm pretty sure they are doing brunch.

Mondays a lot of sit-down places are indeed closed. Downtown, Lola and Greenhouse Tavern are open on Mondays.

Apr 16, 2014
rockandroller1 in Great Lakes

Paying it forward

Just be careful, because everyone who walks around in what looks like military fatigues/camo is not necessarily a veteran. Recently near a military base someone was called out for walking around basically pretending to be a veteran, with a name badge and other things as well, but he walked by the wrong soldier, who could spot what was fake about his outfit and called him out in public about it, and it started a bit of a brawl.

The group of people at a table probably legit, but you never know with just a single person walking around, unfortunately. I do thank them for their service, but I probably wouldn't PIF for them for fear of rewarding an imposter.

Apr 14, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Is there a chance in heck we can get Fast Food chains to cut back on the salt on the fries?

I completely agree with this. Potatoes without salt? No thanks.

Apr 14, 2014
rockandroller1 in Chains

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

I personally don't. And I agree, the microwave popcorn is the worst smell ever. It might be worse than Subway "bread" smell, which at least you can get away from after you pass by one of their stores.

Apr 14, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

THIS.

Apr 10, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I quit using coupons years ago, as I transitioned to less and less processed and packaged food. As you pointed out, both the fact that almost all coupons are for things I no longer buy, as well as for things that aren't really so much of a "value." Even shopping the sale flyers became irrelevant most places because so much of what they put on sale is junk I don't eat.

I primarily do my grocery shopping at a now that focuses on GOOD national brands as much as possible, and offers a large variety of mostly organic produce - local when in season, and other local products from bread to honey to maple syrup to local jarred pasta sauce. Am I spending more on my groceres? Probably, yes, but am also saving as I quit buying things like boneless/skinless chicken breasts and went to alternative cuts, and my health is better as I quit buying processed stuff and, at this store, have organic meat, bison, wild-caught fish, food in BPA-free cans when possible, and am supporting a locally-owned grocery stocking locally-made products. I feel much happier shopping and eating this way than I did filling up my cart with a cereal I bought only because I had a coupon, and BOGO cheap, nasty steak.

Apr 10, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food
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Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Apr 04, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Would you eat sans bathroom?

I have GI issues, though they are better post-surgery than the years I was sick before surgery. There are many "hole in the wall" places I had to skip going to because there is no bathroom.

As to why they don't let you use their own, it's often a violation of health code (see list of rules someone posted below) to have the public traipsing through food prep area, though I know of at least one place I've been to where I live where you literally walk through the kitchen and use the bathroom that the staff uses if you have to go. It's probably not legal.

Apr 03, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

I think it's weird and rude. The end.

Apr 03, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food
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Best canned soups?

Thanks all, for the suggestions. I will look into wolfgang puck and some of the boxed soups.

I do cook a lot at home, but I'm looking for the convenience and variety that grabbing a can in the morning brings, that I just can't get with frozen, homemade soup.

Mar 28, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Good points, and fair enough.

What my friend asked, which prompted me to post here, is why do people working in restaurants have to use anything at all to label you. Why can't they just say, "good evening, sit where you like?"

Mar 26, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

It's not my place to speak for my friend, but I refer to her as she because I believe that's how she refers to herself. She still uses a female name and identifies as "gender fluid" vs. either male or female. It's a new area for me so maybe I'm not describing it well or doing the right thing, but the mutual friends we all have refer to her using female pronouns as well.

Mar 26, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

I would ask, though, what's "identify as" mean? My friend was born physically female, but believes she is a male, identifies as and presents as a male in every way. A "mannish" haircut, completely male attire, what some people would call a "butch" look, etc. She looks male enough to often get "mistaken" for a male in these situations, and then the server/bartender corrects themselves when they look closer and realize she is a woman. But my friend feels the "mistake" is the fact that because of how she was born, she still looks somewhat like a female, enough to find it a little offensive when she goes out of her way to do everything to walk, talk, dress and act like a man, but is hailed with "good evening, ladies" when entering a bar with a female friend. And as I understand it from my friend, others with gender fludity feel the same offense in these situations. Heck, as mentioned elsewhere in the thread, even people without gender fluidity have objected to being referred to as "ladies."

I generally agree with you, for what it's worth - if someone doesn't mean to be offensive, we should all take it with a grain of salt and let it roll off our backs. However, if there is a growing movement that something not previously considered offensive is now growing to be recognized as such, then social conversation turns to accept that. Which is why we don't use certain names to refer to minorities any longer, even though, when those monikers were still generally popular and used widely, those using them didn't find them offensive. It's because the people they were addressing DID find them offensive that people quit using those terms. So I was just kind of wondering if that's how the tide is turning in dining. Or not. Always interesting to get the Hounds' take on things.

Mar 26, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

wow, that's crazy.

Mar 26, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

It's not a gang word, but I believe what the person upthread was implying is that it's how African-Americans have been referred to, either at some point in history, or currently, e.g. "black folks." I hear "white folks" just as frequently, and again, have no dog in this hunt, but potentially, an AA person could take offense to it and I think that's why the upthread poster was saying "folks" isn't a good term to use. I think that's a little ridiculous, but I'm not AA so it's not really for me to say.

Mar 26, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Host! Fail! Could also be a hostess! Kidding.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food
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Best canned soups?

I've had that, though it's been years ago, and never liked it. Too herb-y.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Plane Food for a LOOONG Flight--Frozen pastrami?

I would def bring more than just a usual granola bar or whatever, but I also def would not bring pastrami.

I seriously would bring something benign like a turkey and swiss sandwich, maybe some pretzels, some protein bars. Something that doesn't smell.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Plane Food for a LOOONG Flight--Frozen pastrami?

I agree, first thing I thought was OMG that smell when I'm trying to sleep!

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Best canned soups?

Sure. I'm not necessarily looking for organic either. The bulk of his diet is organic foods and I can bend a little. I'm just kind of looking for "best of the rest" suggestions. Thx for your thoughts.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

That's pretty much my position too - the greeter is only looking to be polite/friendly, and not offensive. Honest mistake. I was once called "young man" when I was younger and had really short hair. It hurt my feelings, but it's not like it scarred me for life. It was just a mistake.

But I thought it might be interesting fodder for discussion as to whether those in the service industry should be more careful and just not use pronouns at all, given the increased sensitivity to gender issues. I mean, even Facebook is now presenting different choices besides just "male" and "female" for a profile, so I think these things are evolving.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Thanks for looking further into my OP.

Basically, not everyone who feels they are another sex has surgery for it, so the answer to your last question is no. But the larger issues is that many people who are "gender fluid," or trans could be very offended when addressed in the way that they don't see themselves or present themselves. Sort of how if you were just a very effeminate-looking man, and someone called you a lady, you might be offended.

Gender fluidity and related issues are coming up more and more - just having a "male" and "female" box to check on forms is going to go away eventually, so I just wondered how CHers felt in relation to the issue in terms of restaurants.

The question we were discussing was, since it can be offensive to some people, maybe it just shouldn't be said at all? Like, why can't you just say, "good evening," and not "good evening, ladies?"

I will clarify that this is not my personal issue, and so I am playing Devil's Advocate in a sense as I want to see what the general temperature is. But it is the issue of the friend with whom I was having the discussion, who is a good friend and who was offended by such an address recently.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food
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Best canned soups?

We quit using canned goods some years back due to the BPA issue. Now, about the only canned soups I buy are Amy's, as they are organic and have BPA-free can liners. I love them, but my little guy isn't crazy about them. My son is just shy of 5 and I promise you is not a picky eater, he is a true chowhound, but his taste buds haven't yet evolved to flavors as complex as Amy's lentil soup or french country vegetable, and a lot of soup I've made him has gotten thrown out (that i've sent in his lunch to school).

I grew up loving my thermos full of Campbell's soups. Chicken and stars, chicken noodle, chicken gumbo, tomato and rice, beef alphabet. My Mom was a great cook but working FT and raising a family, she didn't make a lot of homemade soup and this was a nice way to have something warm and hearty, a change from the cold sandwich.

I am pretty against Campbell's now as I don't eat crap like that. Heavily processed, full of MSG and chemicals, corn syrup, etc. which has been another reason why I liked transitioning to amy's. But they are also all vegetarian, and I would like soups with meat, if possible.

I'm looking for a happy medium, if there is one. I can deal with the minor amount of BPA exposure from a canned soup if he only has maybe a can a week, two cans max, but I can't deal with the corn syrup and MSG. There are so many canned soups now out there, I don't have the $ for a trial and error to find some that taste decent - something halfway between my beloved chicken and stars from childhood and amy's offerings.

What do you all like?

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

A friend of mine and I were discussing why/whether or not it's wrong for folks who work in a restaurant to address people by gender. For example, if two people who look like women come into a restaurant, the bartender calling out, "Good evening, ladies! Sit where you like!" or two people who appear to be male sitting down at the bar and the bartender saying, "What are you drinking, gents?"

I'd like to know where the Chowhounders stand on this. good? bad? indifferent?

Edited to add, for clarification:

As opposed to not using gender at all, as it does offend some people. e.g. "Good evening, sit where you like!"

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Help!!! Where are those mid-priced HOME COOKING GREAT Cleveland Ohio Restaurants???

Not sure why we resurrected a thread from 2007? Waterstreet grill, mentioned in this thread, closed long ago.

Mar 25, 2014
rockandroller1 in Great Lakes

I am starting to really dislike chicken

I quit buying factory farmed meat years ago and buy from a local farm now. Normal sized, tasty meat.

Mar 24, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics
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Packing food at house parties

Honestly, I think that's completely appalling, and would feel right in responding, "No, we like to keep the leftovers to eat throughout the rest of the week/weekend."

And I'd answer the same way the next time, and then next time, and the next time.

Mar 24, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Urgent Tipping Question - Caterer

Also surprised there wasn't a service charge. Tip 20%.

Mar 24, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Relative always ruins good food

To quote Frozen, "let it go, let it go!"

Resign yourself to crap food while at the ILs and smile and eat it and be polite, the way the rest of us do. Cook and eat good food when you aren't there.

Mar 21, 2014
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