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Elements Of Americanization?

LOL! My father visited my Irish MIL a few years ago while touring Ireland and asked for a "doggy bag" to take some leftover steak home while at a somewhat upscale restaurant (for Cork anyhow). My MIL was scandalized! My wife heard about this incident from my MIL anytime the subject of restaurants or eating-out is brought up.

My father never knew how scandalized my MIL was. Truth be told, he wouldn't care about how my MIL felt if he did know. Like E Eto said, he belongs to the "I paid for it, I'll do whatever I want with it" faction.

Dec 01, 2009
DNA481 in General Topics

Do some families really do this?

It's funny to see this subject. My mother just told me that as kids, we had a 7-day menu schedule that very rarely changed. I never noticed or at least remember this. My Mom is an excellent cook but my Father apparently insisted that she cook to a schedule. She has distinct memories of trying different recipes and my Father reacting very negatively to the meal.

He came from a 13 child Irish Catholic family that lived on the edge, so I guess routine was very important to him.

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in General Topics

Bottled Water Delivery

Shirley,

If every penny counts, why are you buying water at all? Spring water is code for city water or well water. I know, I worked in the business for years. Unless your local water just tastes awful, why buy it? And if you need different water, why not a reverse-osmosis under sink water filter? It'll pay for itself quickly compared to your 5-gallon bottle plan or your 1-gallon bottle plan. We have one and love the taste.

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in General Topics

What's the name for this type of party?

Chowser,

I think you nailed it for me. A "house warming open house" is exactly what we're thinking. Except how do I rephrase it so that 2 of the 4 words are not house?

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in Not About Food

Olive Oil with Bread

The book I'm referring to is a compilation of Caesar's actual letters from Gaul. I have also read Colleen McCullough's series of books about Julius Caesar and agree with you that they are a great way to really understand history and be entertained at the same time. She does a great job with her research into Rome.

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in General Topics

What's the name for this type of party?

Then that's it. Seems like a silly question, but for some reason I couldn't wrap my brain around it.

Thanks

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in Not About Food

What's the name for this type of party?

I thought a house-warming party is what others throw a new home owner, not the other way around.

I'm just fishing for the right phrase to put on invitations so that people know what to expect. Like I said, I'm feeling a little dense right now.

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in Not About Food

What's the name for this type of party?

We just bought a new house and want to throw a party to welcome our new neighbors, co-workers and friends to our home.

What do you call this type of party? Open house? I suspect that I'm being dense and that an obvious answer is right in front of me, but I've been thinking about this all weekend and can't come up with a satisfactory name.

Thanks for your suggestions,

Dan

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in Not About Food

Olive Oil with Bread

Whether Italians dip bread in olive oil is just a matter of history. If you read Julius Caesar's "The Gallic Wars", you'll find that he is appalled that the Gauls (modern day French and Belgians) use butter on bread rather than the more civilized olive oil. To him, a meal of bread, cheese, olives and oil was as good as it gets - he was definitely not an epicure.

So, dipping bread in olive oil has a very old history. If modern day Italians do not dip bread in oil it doesn't mean that it shouldn't be done or has never been done. Rather, it is just out of vogue.

Sep 14, 2009
DNA481 in General Topics