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Costco To End Relationship With American Express

Thanks for the explanation, acgold.

Feb 28, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

Gee... I've been using my AmEx Gold Card for my Costco purchases and I've never received a rebate of any sort. I thought the rebates were only for the AmEx Costco affinity card. Should I contact AmEx and ask for my rebates?

Feb 27, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

I've found AmEx to be fairly useless when traveling abroad. Their ads used to say, "Don't leave home without it." Nowadays, the card just takes up space in your wallet.

Feb 25, 2015
CindyJ in Chains

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Crutches sure do present challenges, and there are some really good suggestions here. Don't be shy about accepting offers of help. When I had my hip replaced several years ago, my friends came over with lunches, dinners and afternoon tea snacks, and I accepted their help graciously. Once I advanced to a walker, things became easier. I attached a bike basket to the front of the walker and that made moving things around a lot easier.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Feb 24, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics
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Bones for chicken stock

When chicken parts or whole cut-up chickens are on sale -- which is often -- the cost of family packs is low enough to make a huge pot of stock inexpensively. And the meat, especially the dark meat, adds lots of flavor to the stock.

Feb 23, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Dinner options in Lancaster *City*

Ma(i)son is probably my #1 favorite. Be sure to make a reservation, though; it's pretty small with limited seating. And be aware it's BYO.

Feb 22, 2015
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

Let us know how your choices work out for you.

Feb 22, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Dinner options in Lancaster *City*

I've long regarded centralpadiner as the #1 go-to resource for recommendations for dining in and around Lancaster. His/hers is the voice of experience. :)

Feb 22, 2015
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Why do most food blog recipes suck?

There's an art to good and accurate recipe writing that goes far beyond getting the ingredients list and oven temp correct. Some recipe writers are aware of this and it shows; others are oblivious to the nuances and THAT shows, too.

Feb 22, 2015
CindyJ in Food Media & News

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

That drive isn't bad at all if you do it off-peak. It's that one light at 202 & 926 that messes things up.

Feb 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Yet another person looking for a good coffee solution

I, personally, prefer my coffee devices to be separate rather than integrated. If you have a coffee system that grinds brews and more, what happens when the grinder breaks or the brewer fails? You end up replacing the whole thing.

Baratza makes several really good models, and last time I shopped for one I found that there were good deals to be found with factory reconditioned ones. If I were shopping for a new coffee grinder today, that's the route I'd go. I don't consider myself a coffee geek; that said, I'd much rather enjoy a good cup of coffee than have a cup brewed from a tin of ground coffee that's been sitting on a supermarket shelf for months. Even when I'm making just one cup of coffee for myself, I use freshly ground beans and a French press.

Feb 21, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Where can I get helpful, unbiased reviews of major appliances?

I guess like most things, at the end of the day it's all about the almighty $$$. That said, I do find a lot to like about Houzz -- it's great for "inspiration" when considering home remodeling and/or redecorating projects.

Feb 21, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

Where are you located?

Feb 21, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Where can I get helpful, unbiased reviews of major appliances?

Garden Web is now a part of Houzz.

Feb 20, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

Where can I get helpful, unbiased reviews of major appliances?

Let's see... exhaust hood: Zephyr. Refrigerator: Kitchen Aid. Dishwasher: Bosch. Wine fridge: we opted out. I've been using 2/3 of the large pull-out deli tray in the fridge for chilling wines. So far, we're happy with all of our choices. In addition to those appliances, we kept our relatively new Dacor cooktop and Bosch double ovens. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably choose differently for the ovens.

Feb 20, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

One bottle of wine to take to the Farm and the Fisherman?

At the very least, I'd bring along a red AND a white. Even when it's just two of us, we'll often start with a white with appetizers and move on to red with entrees. The other thing I would do (and HAVE done, many times) is print out the menu and bring it to Moore Brothers, and have one of the very knowledgeable folks there help me with wine pairings.

Feb 19, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Upscale restaurants in Wilmington

I've been out of touch with the goings-on there. Is it still owned by DuPont? I remember hearing, some years ago, that it was going to be sold to one of the big hotel chains. Did that ever happen?

Feb 18, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Are you a food hoarder ?

Interesting. In most of the supermarkets here in PA that I shop in, when there's a BOGO offer, you pay full price, whether you have one or two. BUT, if the offer is 2 items for the price of 1, you can usually buy just one at half price.

Feb 18, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Are you a food hoarder ?

No... I rarely use coupons for that very reason -- I don't like being forced to buy multiples when all I want/need is one. Go figure! :-)

Feb 18, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Are you a food hoarder ?

Not really so much a hoarder, but I have noticed that my tendency to buy in "twos" results in more pantry inventory than I often realize. For example, if I need one tin of anchovies, I'll buy two; if I need one can of crushed tomatoes I'll buy two; one pound of pasta, buy two... And then I forget that I have whatever it is stashed in the pantry, so the next time I'm in need of crushed tomatoes I'll buy two more.

Feb 18, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Upscale restaurants in Wilmington

That really is sad to hear. "Back in the day" the Green Room was THE place for a special occasion dinner or Sunday brunch. And when it was time for our kids' bar and bat mitzvahs, the Hotel DuPont was the only place we even considered. Maybe it's just the kind of venue whose time has come and gone.

Feb 18, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Bulk or Wholesale Mexican (dairy, tortillas, etc) for party of 75

You don't say where you're located but here in Chester County, the place for corn tortillas is El Sombrero in Avondale. They make them right there and when you go into their grocery store they're still warm from the factory, stacked in cartons on skids. They also sell large bags of tortilla chips, freshly made.

I also find their produce to be very reasonably priced. Avocados, limes, tomatillos, all kinds of fresh chiles, and lots of fruits and veggies I don't even know how to use.

Feb 17, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

I know just where you mean. For some reason, I rarely -- no, make that never -- seek out spots like that when I'm in the mood for pub food and drink. I'm much more likely to dash over to the Four Dogs or to the Whip than to a "shopping village" venue. Even the Two Stones Pub, which has really good food, a great beer selection, and is really close by, is a place I hardly ever visit.

Feb 16, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

My Technivorm quit--service?

You might try bringing it back to W-S. They have a very liberal return policy on products they carry.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in Cookware

PLEASE! A decent pancake mix?? [Moved from Home Cooking board]

No... I've still got an unopened box in my pantry.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in General Topics

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

Sligo's...? Not at all familiar with the place. And for some reason, I'm not able to find their menu on their website. But it sounds like it's worth checking out. Thanks for mentioning it.

BTW, a friend and I had dinner at Fellini Cafe a couple of weeks ago. It was definitely a "will return" experience. I'd put it in the same overall category as Antica, just across the road. Then again, maybe I'd give the edge to Antica.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Spence 312 in West Chester...?

I never look at Trip Advisor but out of curiosity I just now took a look at the rankings for West Chester restaurants. What a mish-mosh of rankings. You're so right about "apples and oranges," Faye.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Spence 312 in West Chester...?

She's actually already (personally) connected to Moore Bros.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

Have you seen the size of that complex? I'm guessing there will be some larger stores in there, too.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

You're so right, FCF! Wegmans will challenge every one of those. If I were to guess, I'd say the survivors will be Giant, WF and ShopRite (in DE; can't speak to the one in WC). Sadly, I don't think TFM stands a chance. And the Acme in Concordville -- well, they'll probably stay, but business will certainly decline.

Feb 15, 2015
CindyJ in Philadelphia