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Cleveland- What's new?

Spice in Gordon Square is very nice. Edwin's is new, notable and upscale in the university circle area. I assume you've been to Greenhouse Tavern? That's a can't miss. There's a new speakeasy on E 4th as well, across from Lola, and Chinato is one of my faves over there as well.

May 21, 2014
rockandroller1 in Great Lakes

How to ask guest to pay for meal/drinks at dinner?

Completely agree. Almost all the parties in my social circles now are not at someone's house but are celebrated at a restaurant or bar's party room/area. The host might provide some appetizers but drinks and anything else you want to eat are on you. I've been to these for people getting new jobs, for birthdays, for various other informal celebrations. People drift in and out and many don't RSVP at all or are last -minute with cancellations, so it would be a big waste of money to try to pay for everyone you expect since a) you never know how many to expect b) some people won't eat what's served - a lot more vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, paleo, etc. these days - and c) so many people cancel last minute.

Food or drink that gets you out of bed in the morning ?

another coffee vote, but I don't have my coffee on weekdays until I get to work (because it's free), so it's really the alarm clock that gets me out and nothing else.

May 07, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Natural Cut Fries - Cost-Cutting Measure, or Do Some People Like Them?

I like them with the skin on, it somehow visually makes me feel like they are closer to the natural product and more like something I would make at home. I like the texture of the skin.

I will admit to being one of the few people who likes limp fries. I hate hard, hard fries, I don't get the appeal. So everyone's fry mileage may vary, obviously.

May 07, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Left Chicken in Sealed Plastic Out Overnight – Can I Cook It?

JMO but I would throw it out.

May 07, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Tipping delivery or take out. Do you? How much?

I don't know about indie places, but large chain restaurants, people who are doing carry out are getting paid a higher hourly wage (at least minimum) than if they are working a serving station. Those "to go" specialists, etc. This is why I don't tip them. I used to work at these restaurants and know that the carry out person makes a higher hourly wage, not a tipped wage.

May 06, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

I think it's very generous. Maybe they won a free turkey from somewhere and have been trying to figure out a good use for it. Gift horse, etc. Chicken, turkey, all are good. Nice of someone to bring food!

May 06, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Gourmet vs. Gourmand

Never heard the association between "gourmand" and gluttony. Is used interchangeably with "gourmet," in my circles. And, as someone pointed out below, gourmet is more often used as an adjective than a noun. e.g., a gourmand is someone who likes gourmet food.

May 01, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

Calling All American CHs Not Raised in CA!: Did You Grow Up Eating Artichokes?

I've still never eaten one. I mean, I've had the hearts, but never a whole artichoke. Have never been anywhere anyone was serving them, at home or in a restaurant. Grew up in Ohio.

Apr 29, 2014
rockandroller1 in General Topics

Rudest grocery checker remark

The closest grocery to me has a notorious checker who wants to talk to everyone about Jesus. She can work Jesus into any conversation about any product or item, or the weather or whatever impetus she uses to try to engage you in conversation, so that she can turn it towards Jesus. I've told the manager about her but she only tones it down for awhile and then starts up again a few months later.

I avoid her line whenever possible. I've been known to see that she's the only checker, look her in the eye, abandon my cart and leave in a huff to try to indicate that I'd rather quit shopping there and do it all over elsewhere than to interact with her.

I know, I know, quit shopping there. But the next closest grocery is a considerable distance away and I find myself stopping there when I need just one or two things.

Apr 28, 2014
rockandroller1 in Not About Food

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.

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.

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?"

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.

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.

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