Freida, saying "thank you" while the server is filling should almost always result in their stopping the pour immediately thereafter. Try it. And try to avoid "that's enough" or "stop pouring, please."
For fine dining, I really haven't had anything even close to the quality of my worst meal at Holly Hill as a best meal at anywhere else. It's in a different class from Johnathan's, A La Lucie, Metropol etc. in my opinion. Stella's in Lexington does a great job with soup almost always (especially the Tomato bisque with artichoke hearts and the mushroom with truffle oil) and both the lamb burger and the apples and blue cheese are to die for, the latter especially with the optional bacon. Wallace Station's sandwiches are a bit saucy for my taste, but I'll forever have a soft spot in my heart for any place that introduces me to ice cream as good as Valentine's, which they serve parlor style there (made in Lexington, in Zandale center on Nicholasville Rd.) Absolutely the best ice cream I've ever tasted in my life. If you want a real hidden gem (unless you're in the outdoors crowd, where it's well known) try Miguel's Pizza in Slade, KY, exit 33 off of the mountain parkway. Huge variety of toppings, really great atmosphere, and pizza that's almost as delicious as it is addictive. Spend a full day at the Gorge first, and it'll taste even better. Another great Slade spot is Mark's BBQ at Torrent Falls. Again, spend a day outdoors and it gets twice as good.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage... Highlights: "The evidence that dietary fat correlates with heart disease ''does not stand up to critical examination,'' the American Heart Association concluded in 1957." "With skeptical scientists ostracized, the public debate and research agenda became dominated by the fat-is-bad school. Later the National Institutes of Health would hold a ''consensus conference'' that concluded there was ''no doubt'' that low-fat diets ''will afford significant protection against coronary heart disease'' for every American over the age of 2. The American Cancer Society and the surgeon general recommended a low-fat diet to prevent cancer.
But when the theories were tested in clinical trials, the evidence kept turning up negative. As Mr. Taubes notes, the most rigorous meta-analysis of the clinical trials of low-fat diets, published in 2001 by the Cochrane Collaboration, concluded that they had no significant effect on mortality." "Mr. Taubes argues that the low-fat recommendations, besides being unjustified, may well have harmed Americans by encouraging them to switch to carbohydrates, which he believes cause obesity and disease."
This did not turn out well at all. I had to add so much seasoning after it was "finished" that everything that I'd done beforehand seemed largely irrelevant. Use wet mustard instead of dry, be careful of the beer you choose (a heavy lager is probably best), be generous with the salt and pepper, and add a decent amount of cider or malt vinegar to the potatoes (along with a few pinches of flour) when you're mixing in the bacon, onions and herbs (I've never seen a recipe for german potato salad without vinegar, and frankly I'm not really sure what sort of taste they were going for.) and then leave it for a day, and it turns out ok. I think it would probably be best if the potatoes were actually cooked with some of the seasoning, instead of their being mixed in (maybe glazed with the vinegar). As is, it's terrible.