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Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

They built one in Boca a few years ago... we tried it but we weren't impressed. Very high price point for food that didn't taste much different to regular 'fast food' burgers (we don't drink so beer with our burgers was not a draw)...

about 17 hours ago
Kajikit in Chains

Host gifts for challenging hosts

I'm a craftsperson, so I give people something handmade... if anyone hasn't liked it, I haven't heard. :P But for somebody really difficult who probably wouldn't appreciate my crafts or baking, I'd go with a fancy card and a gift certificate to some place suitably posh.

Mar 23, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

I had a store like that... the bus stop was on the outside edge of the parking lot... my answer was to wheel the cart to the edge of the lot as close to the bus stop as it would go (ie leave it in the parking space closest to the bus - nobody ever wanted to park there anyway because it was so far from the store!), pick up my grocery bags, and leave the cart there so I had minimal carrying distance for my shopping... carts are for use in the carpark, so it's not 'stealing' the cart unless you found a way to take it out the carpark entirely and wheel it home.

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

They activate if you try to take the cart out of the door... which to my mind makes the carts useless because you can easily load them up with more than you can carry, and you have to get it out to the car on your own! The other thing some stores do is put a big pole on the cart so that they won't fit through the front door... and as a person with carrying limitations I hate both!

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Which in a hot climate will get you a ticket and/or a visit from CPS... it's against the law to leave children or animals in a car for a good reason. They don't care if it's 'only for a minute'. It's fine to leave your grocery cart safely stowed in the the space between the cars (NOT in the middle of a spot or where it's going to roll into somebody else's car - turn it sideways to the cars). If we're parked REALLY close to the store I'll take it back or leave it at the closest edge of the carpark, otherwise I leave it between the cars... what's my excuse? A cane for one... and for two, but the time I've finished shopping I'm exhausted.

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

They're not afraid of getting sued - but if they were to have employees ready to help customers with extra stuff, that would mean they'd have to actually HAVE extra employees and you know how most corporations are fixated on the bottom line - they don't need to pay a self-checkout :( ... I refuse to use an 'auto checkout' - I will always go to the open register and wait for the real person, and so will a lot of other people...

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

One of the nice things about Publix is that they will ask you if you need help to your car... and yes, they collect the carts back regularly. I know that ALL grocery stores have disabled signs saying 'if you need assistance please ask' but you try getting help at Walmart or Winn Dixie... they don't have enough staff to do it! Ugh...

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

The question is - why don't (some) supermarkets employ people to go around collecting the carts any more? They just leave them laying around the carpark for hours on end, while there are none at the front of the store for new shoppers...

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Now that I am Not Low Carbing, what to do with Coconut Almond Milk

sounds like it would make a really yummy rice pudding... and if you've been low-carbing it's probably quite a while since you've indulged in that creamy goodness. :P

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

Is it safe to let my chicken stock simmer on the stove overnight while I sleep?

I'd use a crockpot for overnight cooking... just in case. If your stove heat is low enough, it's pretty safe to use the stove unsupervised, but that's what they designed crockpots for.

Mar 20, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

$15 hr min. wage x zero hours =?

Presumably the food and drinks will still be delivered by an actual person... I like the terminals at Chillis - we go there for supper and play trivia together, and then you can pay the check when you're ready instead of having to flag down the waiter... (we don't order on them, but if you were going to have a lot of drinks it would be nice again, not to have to flag down your waiter - you place the order and somebody will bring you what you asked for, so it's a time-saver for everyone...) It's not in the same ballpark as the 'do-it-yourself checkouts at the grocery store, which I HATE and refuse to use, because they make you have to do an awkward job on your own and abolish somebody's job entirely.

Mar 15, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Does one RSVP to a Save the Date?

If you know definitely that those dates are unsavable, then yes, let them know... why make them send you an actual invitation when they could give it to somebody else who might be able to attend...

Mar 15, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

How to eat frugally?

Do they have a grocery store equivalent to Winn Dixie or Albertsons where you live? Meat costs a fortune and we have trouble affording it even on a regular salary, but I save a ton of money by buying meat on sale at those two stores and freezing it, when you can get boneless skinless chicken breast for $2 a pound, and lately I've been getting boneless pork loin for $2.50/lb and slicing it up myself. They rarely put red meat on sale, so needless to say, we eat a LOT of pork and chicken...

Mar 15, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Cooler of beer as checked baggage

I'd have thought that it would be far easier to just pick up the case of beer and two bottles of bacardi when you get off the plane... I see you're taking special local beer, but there are TONS of 'craft' breweries in Florida nowadays.

Mar 12, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Peanut Butter and. . .

I like natural peanut butter with something to sweeten it... usually jelly or chocolate spread. But when we ran out, raisins and/or chocolate chips do a good job of adding that bite of sweetness. (never EVER add butter to a peanutbutter sandwich - it's more than fatty enough already!)

Mar 12, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

What it's like to compete on Chopped

INteresting article... and looking at the rest of the columns it looks like an intersting site. Thanks for the link. (sorry for typos - it's late and there's a cat trying to get between me and the keyboard!Z)

Mar 09, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

$40 for Two Croissants... Would you buy that?

ANYTHING at Williams Sonoma is ridiculously overpriced... I'm sure these 'giant party-sized croissants' are no exception.

Mar 09, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

BJs vs Sams Club?

Can anyone think of any good reason to change membership from Bjs to Sam's Club? (there isn't a Costco anywhere near us so don't suggest that...) We've had a BJs membership for years, but the store where we live now is old, tired, SMALL and never seems to have any of the things I'm looking for, so we almost never go there any more... there's a Sam's Club about a mile further down the street and my husband thinks we should maybe change memberships...

Mar 09, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Glad it's working out for you! That thing looks a little scary to me, but I don't have very good balance at the best of times... if I had to use crutches I'd try to get a rolling scooter.

Mar 09, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Now they sell the stuff in plastic bowls - rip the foil top off and pour in the milk...

Mar 09, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics
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do you return items to Trader Joe's?

Since the store is a half hour's drive away, it's more trouble than it's worth to return stuff... we only go there about once a month and returning it would mean hanging onto something we didn't even like, or making a special trip...

Feb 28, 2015
Kajikit in Chains

dinner host responsibilities

You could always offer to buy the drinks for everyone... ordering one drink for your guests is a normal expectation of hosting - ordering the most expensive thing on the menu is being over-extravagant.

Feb 23, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Get yourself a water bottle with a carry handle - you can hook one finger into it and not worry about spilling a glass... some are insulated so you can put hot stuff in there too.

How long do you get to keep your table after you finish dinner?

I've never seen the appeal of sitting in a noisy and crowded restaurant just to chat once we've finished eating and drinking... especially if it's a diner - as soon as I've finished my food I'd like them to remove my plate and give me my check so we can get out there and get on with our day... if I want to linger, we'll order coffee and dessert and take our time enjoying it. But the whole point of a diner is meant to be quick in, good food served quickly, and quickly out again.

Feb 16, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food

Are you a food hoarder ?

If they sit in the fridge too long without being used (say six months), I figure we didn't like them and I toss the rest of them out...

Feb 16, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

Best Frozen Pizza (not Trader Joe's)?

There's a line they recently started selling in Publix called 'Screaming Sicilian'... flavours are limited - they have 'mambo Italiano' with real meatballs, a typical pizza with peppers, and a super cheesy pizza which I used to make a ham and pineapple (my favourite combo). Not cheap (eight bucks each) but it doesn't taste like frozen pizza to me.... a nice thick sourdough crust and huge toppings. Yum! (sorry I have no idea if they use corn syrup but it's a premium line...

Feb 16, 2015
Kajikit in General Topics

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

A lot of adults don't want to go to a 'kiddy' party... and you made it sound kiddy enough to drive a lot of them away! if you wanted it to be a housewarming, you should have made it clearer on the invite... call them and pin them down either way since you need to know for the caterer, but they're probably not coming.

Feb 14, 2015
Kajikit in Not About Food
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Heartburn-friendly AND lactose-intolerant friendly recipes?

I'm mildly lactose-intolerant and when it flared up many years ago I went dairy-free... and rapidly found out that I can NOT tolerate processed soy pseudo-dairy products. They gave me massive indigestion and heartburn, and I didn't even HAVE digestive issues back then other than the lactose intolerance... in recent years my digestion has gone south and anything fatty or greasy would trigger it, and I started getting asthma from the reflux - I found prilosec to be a miracle cure... one little tablet every morning and I can eat whatever I want.

Feb 13, 2015
Kajikit in Special Diets

How Top Chef could be "fixed" - according to Grantland

I don't think it needs to be 'fixed' - it's not broken... but more mentoring would be good. Mentors give you not only the 'what' but the 'WHY' and 'HOW' which is the most interesting part... you can keep the snark and back-biting, that doesn't interest me in the least (I hit the fast-forward button as soon as they get to the 'between challenges' moments)...

Feb 13, 2015
Kajikit in Food Media & News

BK's Chicken Nuggets Officially SUCK!

I made the mistake of buying some... once was enough. One of the nuggets seemed to be missing the 'chicken' part entirely, and the others weren't anything to write home about. They were so thin that they came out of the fryer CHEWY! Chicken nuggets are one of the few things that I actually like at McDonalds because they have actual identifiable chicken in them, but the ones from Burger King are inedible (and so is the rest of their menu as far as I'm concerned...)

Feb 13, 2015
Kajikit in Chains