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My Aldi experience!

There are three Aldi locations in my trading area. Two are clean and well stocked. One is dingy and not well stocked and I avoid it whenever possible. What's interesting is that the dingy store is in the wealthiest community.

about 12 hours ago
bagelman01 in Chains

My Aldi experience!

but they never have to go out in the rain or snow and gather shopping carts...............

about 20 hours ago
bagelman01 in Chains

My Aldi experience!

Youngest and a girlfriend took a ride up to campus Sunday to explore, shopping, eating, banking locations in the area.
She texted me to say she found an Aldi only three miles from her dorm, and it's on the free college shuttle bus route.

about 20 hours ago
bagelman01 in Chains

No kids allowed?

My breakfast experience this morning was ruined by a 4-5 year old child. I live in New England just as you do. Last night we entertained so we decided to have breakfast at the diner about 5 miles from home. The booth next to us had a couple with their two children. One was an infant in a high chair. No problems at all. The other was an obnoxious 4-5 year old girl who would not stop kicking the bench seat and jumping up and down.
I asked the parents nicely to get her to stop and was ignored. The second time I told them that I'd ask the owners who put them out. Before I could go for the owner to ask that they be removed their little darling managed to upset mommy's cup of hot coffee spilling it all over mommy and daddy. They left in a huff.

I never before have had to ask twice that a parent control their child's kicking and jumping at a restaurant. Though it did happen years ago on a trans-Atlantic flight. Mommy was sound asleep and kid kept kicking my seat-back. I finally reached behind grabbed the kid by his ankles and threatened to cut off his feet. He was an angel the rest of the way to Prague.

My Aldi experience!

Hill
Youngest Ms. B was adopted in China 18 years ago last month. Mrs. B is having problems as the baby is leaving for college this month.
All I keep thinking is empty nest>freedom. Time for travel, dining out and doing want we want. Mrs. B keeps saying she wants another baby.

2 days ago
bagelman01 in Chains

My Aldi experience!

Aldi's in our area have more than adequate amount of employees working each shift. They are very helpful and will direct you to merchandise and offer to check the limited back room for items.
My youngest goes through a huge quantity of OJ, Unsweetened Almond Milk, fresh berries, carrots, onions and celery.
We have found Aldi's Not from concentrate 59 ounce carton OJ to be the best we've ever had. The price was lowered this spring to $1.99. That's 1/3 less than the national advertised brands we don't like as much. We use a case each week. Their fresh berries are about 1/2 the supermarket price. I am not comparing farm fresh items, but supermarket items.
I use Imperial margarine, I happen to like the taste. 69 cents/lb at Aldi. $1.39 in area supermarkets. Love their crackers, chips, dry cereals as well. Don't buy meats, fish, deli..as they don't carry kosher.

We make 2 visits to Aldi each week. When youngest leaves for college next month, we'll cut back to once each month.

Our dogs really love the White Chocolate bars. At $1.99 for 7.7 ounces it's a real bargain

One of Mrs. B's girlfriends (if I can use that term for a 55 yo) has worked at Shop Rite as a cashier for 10 years. She was just given a 7 cents per hour raise to $9. She told Shop-Rite wear to stick it and walked across the street to Aldi who was happy to hire her. The starting cashier wage at Aldi is $12.50 hr. No more working til 11PM, our Aldi locations open at 9am and close at 8 pm. PLUS they provide stools so the cashiers can sit while scanning orders.

Aug 01, 2015
bagelman01 in Chains

No kids allowed?

The dining room at my city club (near court) allows no children, neither do the men's, lady's or grill rooms at my country club. Those with children are relegated to the family dining rooms in each club. This system keeps members happy.
There is a time and place for families and children, but it is not all times in all places.

Public restaurants may have a legal problem with these restriction in some jurisdictions.

Do you pray before a meal?

Harters,
If you want to see how many of a particular group of CHers practice/observe their religion take a look at the Kosher Board. It would not exist except for religious requirements.
I must say it is a much more active board than my regional board.

I live in a small town about 50 miles from NYC. There are 35,000 residents and about 20 active houses of worship. This is not the bible belt, but the 'liberal' northeast.

That said, prayer before eating in the B home is a silent individual affair, except on Sabbath and Holidays when the Challah is blessed and cut/distributed by the host. Prayer after meal is individual if less than 3 are eating, group if 3 or more. Not an arbitrary number but set down in the Ethics of the Fathers.

Last night I was asked to give the pre-meal blessing at a Christian organization's dinner (I was not eating but part of the group cooking and serving). We do not share a deity. My remarks were: Let us give thanks for that is provided for us and for those in whose company we may enjoy it. It offended no one.

Do you pray before a meal?

Rumpole..........
I have a glass of cheap claret with that

Jul 30, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Madison Beach Hotel (Madison, CT)? Or other brunch of note?

I had brunch at both. The food was good, but the selection changes regularly at MBH.

Warning about a brunch at Water's edge. The seating/restaurant layout is multi-level. This gives a better view of the water, BUT carrying loaded plates of food up steps is not easy or enjoyable for all, especially older or disabled patrons.

Does parking make a difference for you ?

An H&H Bagel style Shtreimel for bagelman....if only I could get it with sesame seeds.

Jul 29, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Does parking make a difference for you ?

I favor Delmonaco Hatters in New Haven, great service and selection without the NYC prices.

Jul 29, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Does parking make a difference for you ?

When mom was 87 she had 3 car accidents within 90 days all on the left side of the car. She didn't tell us about it, but her auto body place in West Palm Beach contacted social services to pay her a visit. They insisted that she have her eyes tested, turned out mom had gone blind in her left eye. The eye doctor was obligated to both report her to motor vehicles and ask that she surrender her license. Social services made arrangements for senior transportation to take her shopping and to appointments until we could hire a driver for 3 outings per week.
Within 6 months we convinced her to sell her home and move north with us. Without a car she was mostly homebound in Florida.
The bonus was that we got to spend 5 years together before she died.

Does parking make a difference for you ?

Good for her.

Here in Connecticut, for about 20 years they issued lifetime placards to all except those with a 6 month temporary need (per doctor). It seemed a State judge ruled that he thought it violated the ADA to make you re-qualify. Two years ago our appellate court ruled that they could issue 5 year placards and require re-qualification after that, BUT all holders of lifetime placards (such as myself) are grandfathered. However, if your lifetime placard is stolen, lost or dries out in the sun and falls in pieces you need a new Doctor's note and only get a 5 year placard.

We keep a placard in each car, but have warned our children that if they are ever caught using it for convenience, they will lose driving privileges and be relegated to the city bus.

Jul 29, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Help Me Out with Plan B: Cruise cancelled, considering NYC//or Washington, DC

No one should chance the DC Metro. A fine young man from our town was stabbed to death noontime on July 4th in a car loaded with passengers. The DC Metro is a dangerous as NYC subway was in the late 70s.

Jul 27, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Does parking make a difference for you ?

some of us males have worn dress hats for religious reasons since becoming teenagers............

Jul 27, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Does parking make a difference for you ?

yes, but it's not against the law for a police officer to demand identification to prove you are the person to which the handicap parking permit is issued.

Jul 27, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Beloved picky guests

If I were to invite them it would prove the point. I have never invited them, they invite themselves. At this point I think they will avoid self invitations to the B residence in the near future.

Beloved picky guests

Hill,
You have better manners than to just invite yourself to our home. That said if you plan a trip to southern CT, let me know and we'll set out a lavish repast and welcome you with open arms.

Jul 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Beloved picky guests

She is beloved by Mrs. B, not me. They know each other more than 50 years and both lost their fathers at the same teen age.

Other people's little kids are beloved, when they get to 30+ and are still freeloading off mommy and mommy's friends they are not so beloved.

BTW>this is a 2nd marriage for both Mr and Mrs B. My first exposure to this long time friend of Mrs. B was when she walked into our home through the mudroom door, entered the kitchen and immediately opened the refrigerator and took something to eat without asking.
Then she said hello.

It's been downhill ever since.

Jul 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Beloved picky guests

It's 4:25 and they just left. the 33 year old son was complaining that we hadn't served lunch or snacks. The 30 year old daughter was overheard saying she wouldn't come back if invited.
Now if only the 59 year old mother would stop inviting herself to our home I'd be happy.
I told Mrs. B...it's ok to have some friends who you only see on your own and not at our house.

Beloved picky guests

Mrs. B has a divorced GF and her 2 adult kids who are an absolute pain when it comes to food. I do my best never to host them.
They called this morning and invited themselves to spend the day at our pool, telling Mrs. B that she was sure I would make a meal that accommodates all their requirements/likes/dislikes.

Mrs. B told her friend, that anything I serve today would contain absolutely nothing that they couldn't have or wouldn't like.

Today is Tisha B'Av, a Jewish Fast Day. We neither eat nor drink, and there is no meal being served at the B house. They can take themselves wherever they like on the way home and eat whatever they like...................

BTW>>>in the 40 years I've known this person I have never been served as much as a glass of water. She is the perpetual guest.

Beloved picky guests

"who show up declaring..."
Sorry, the meal is already cooked, if this is so important to you, you should have contacted me in advance..................

Kasha Question

My late mother was of German Jewish Ancestry, My late father-Litvak.
Kasha was not allowed in our home while we were growing uo because my mother couldn't stand the smell of that awful peasant food...her words.
So, every year when she went to Florida to visit her mother for two weeks, my father, brother and I would make and eat kasha.

Later in life mom came to live with me and Mrs. B. We served kasha and she ate and enjoyed it. She asked me how I managed to make it without that awful smell permeating the entire house?

Simple answer, I make it in a frying pan on the burner of my gas grill on the patio.

Jul 22, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Costco sheet cake kosher?

Don't know what Warehouse Clubs you have in Chicagoland, but Costco bakes all its cakes from scratch on the premises.
Only certain 'brand name' pastry items and breads are brought in and not sold under the Costco name.

If I found a store frosting previous frozen cake and selling it as fresh, I'd be calling consumer protection authorities.

Jul 22, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Southern New England Kosher BBQ Craft Fair

08/30/2015
A great afternoon with loads of activities for the family.

Jul 20, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher
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Costco sheet cake kosher?

It depends on the location. Some Costco bakeries are under kosher supervision, some are not. The one near me is not, I have to drive 45 minutes to the nearest Costco with a kosher bakery when I want one of their cakes.

Jul 16, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Does parking make a difference for you ?

I don't shop at my hometown supermarket because of the tight parking. Now that they have instituted on-line ordering and pickup-they have taken away 6 handicap parking spaces near to the store entrance.
I have filed a zoning complaint as they no longer are in
compliance and waiting for it to work its way through the hearings process.

I have a reconstructed leg and can do only so much walking per day. As the day goes on the need for close in parking grows. By the time evening rolls around, I tend to choose restaurants with valet parking.

Jul 15, 2015
bagelman01 in Not About Food

The passing of a legend!

It had a good run. I moved away from New Haven 10 years ago, and when I visit it just wasn't high enough on my short list to patronize. I do have nice memories from when I had a much larger New Haven rotation.

Elk steaks, roast goose... maybe coming our way

The Chanukah Goose was a staple of Eastern European Jews for centuries. Don't say it never caught on. Goose may not be in favor in the USA but it is available all over Israel and many places in Europe.

I grew up eating duck and still do. It fell out of favor in the NY area when local slaughter and processing of Kosher poultry moved to PA, MD and the midwest. The large factory farms concentrate on chicken because they can have a new crop ready every 12 weeks.

Jun 22, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher