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Home Tours: Tacky?

I don't mind home tours at all. As long as they are brief, they are fun, not pretentious. Also, when I got my new apartment, my good friends and family were asking to see it. When I visited my best friend from high school, I was THRILLED for her to take me around her new house. Someone I don't know well...that might be a little different.

Dec 21, 2011
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Phone Etiquette at the Table: The Rules Have Changed

Ha! KaimukiMan, that's hilarious and true. Times HAVE changed and things that were once rude are not so much anymore. The human mind often struggles with change, especially on topics we feel passionately righteous about. If and when i use my phone depends on who I'm with, where we are eating, what we are talking about, if I'm alone because they got up to go to the bathroom, and so on. I was once in the "never use your phone during dinner" category, but I've come to realize in life you have to be able to be flexible and let things go that don't matter.

Nov 13, 2011
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Faux Gras: Surprise on a Cracker

Cool! Good to know.

Oct 06, 2011
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Is Registering for a $2,400 Espresso Maker Rude?

My brother and now sister in law are broke as hell. They said they didn't want presents, but if you must, and they gave a couple suggestions. Of really cheap funny things, like a 24 pack of Sam Adams. People gave them envelopes of money at their wedding and it added up to enough for them to go on a honeymoon. People aren't stupid. You don't have to ask for cash to buy what you want...they'll give it to you.

Oct 06, 2011
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Homemade Beauty Tips, Debunked

I agree Calico. The title is called Homemade Beauty Tips, Debunked. So fine, they are calling out things they feel don't work. But what ELSE did they try out? Did they just try out only the things listed and then bash them? Or did they try a bunch of things and these are the ones they were able to "debunk"?

Also, this is FAR from good research. Fine, I get that it's just an article on the internet...but would it hurt to have gotten a couple of your friends to try along with you? That would have bumped up your credibility considerably.

Apr 26, 2011
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How to Avoid the Lure of the Buffet

I get where people are coming from when they say the alcohol is a bad idea, but really, it depends on how drunk you get off one glass of wine or beer. For me, I eat slower and less when I eat with a beer or a glass of wine. I sip or take a gulp in between each bite and it fills me up faster. Especially the carbonation in the beer. I'd be really surprised if ONE drink lowers people inhibitions SO much that they are grabbing platefuls of fries instead of the bread roll they were planning on.

Apr 01, 2011
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How to Avoid the Lure of the Buffet

I have a feeling if the person is already nervous and concerned about over-eating in front of the family, he'll/she'll be pretty conscious of every bite. Just being aware and focused on the food will probably prevent major over-eating from happening to begin with.

Mar 30, 2011
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What's a Little Water Waste Between Friends

So true, ragreen. The money is a big issue for me too. I have conversations with my roomies about leaving the lights on. Why? Because we split the bill and I don't want to pay for their wastefulness. If you leave for work and leave your room light on all day, am I supposed to pay for that? It shouldn't be any different with water.

Mar 14, 2011
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What's a Little Water Waste Between Friends

I have this problem with my roommates. There's 4 of us living in one apartment. Two of us turn off the water between rinsing and scrubbing, and two of us don't. The easy solution so no one person feels singled out is to call a "house meeting" and discuss a bunch of things. Then, you can say, "and let's all try to save water when doing dishes by turning it off when we aren't rinsing".

If it's just two people living in the house, I can see how it's a bit more difficult. I understand people saying "do the dishes yourself" but that only works when it's a guest. If you are living with this person, that means you are supposed to do the dishes every day? I don't think so.

Just say "Hey, I know this may seem trivial, but it drives me crazy when you let the water run." If it's your roommate, and you have a generally good relationship, they should be okay with it. No reason to sugar-coat it, or use the most sensitive phrasing possible.

Mar 13, 2011
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Please Cease Mold Production

I just throw out my roommates food without asking. If it's moldy, it doesn't belong in the fridge. I'd love to NOT have to clean the fridge, but it's a behavior that's hard to change. No one has complained so far. Probably because they don't even remember they had what I threw out.

Feb 27, 2011
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Where to buy fresh squid

Thanks! I forgot about Fish King! It's been a long time so I can't remember what they carry.

Where to buy fresh squid

I'm looking for real squid, not cuttlefish. I'd love for them to be whole and with the ink sac.

I've been to several supermarkets in Koreatown and in Little Tokyo. Usually, they are not the kind of squid I'm used to. Sometimes they are labeled as Korean squid and they are larger than what I've used before. They also taste differently.

I'm by the Staples center, so something on the eastside would be great. But if I'm on the other side of town, I'd be good to know where to make a pit stop!

Hello, I'm Your Annoying Server

Oh, I just remembered what I was thinking when I saw the title "annoying" servers. It's not the mentioning of the name I mind. It's when it goes something like this "Hi! I'm Jane and I'll be your server tonight. Can I start you off with some of our super stuffed jalapeño poppers or atomic onion rings?" I hate, hate, hate when they pitch disgusting items off their menu at you. To be fair, food at chain restaurants like that is typically all disgusting, but I hate to be reminded. They usually do it at the end again with some kind of triple layer molten chocolate flaming desert. Now THATS annoying.

Hello, I'm Your Annoying Server

I've never minded a waiter telling me their name.

Jan 25, 2011
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Ask RuBo: Defriended After a Birthday Dinner

Funny stuff. For those lurking around, pissed off at the column..WTF? MOVE!!

Jan 08, 2011
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Spicy Tomato Soup

Looks nice and simple. I'll try this one out.

Jan 03, 2011
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Gluten-Free But Not Annoying

Good point originalfig. I've never understood why people are so resistant to their friends requests. You're vegan? Cool. I'll explore some options. Your gluten intolerent? Fine, i'll figure something out. It's because you CARE about your friends and you want them to be happy. Same goes for restaurants wanting to please their customers.

Overall, good advice Helena. Just call in advance if you are concerned and let your host know in advance too. Very simple.

Dec 06, 2010
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Why 30-Minute Recipes Take an Hour

I use the cook times. I find the ones that list "active cook time" and "inactive cook time" the most useful. If I've got 2 hours to spare, it's good to know before I tackle a new recipe that it has 3 hours rest time and I can quickly toss it aside and pick another.

Nov 22, 2010
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Is It OK to Complain About Tiny Portions?

There are fine dining restaurants that serve small portions that are not amazing. It's not that people always want to eat until they are stuffed. They want to eat until they feel satisfied and content. If a restaurant can satisfy people with small, artful, tasty portions, then great! People want to feel that their money was WORTH it. I've been to fine-dining restaurants that not only served small portions, but they were dull, tasteless small portions.

Not everyone who is complaining goes to Applebee's or doesn't appreciate fine food. Talk about pretentiousness in the comments. Sheesh.

Nov 19, 2010
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Is It OK to Complain About Tiny Portions?

If it's going to be a small portion, it better be rare, expensive ingredients OR it better be bursting with flavor because of the time the chef put into preparing it. I've been to restaurants where it was $28 for an entree, small portions, and completely flavorless and unoriginal. That's a bad restaurant. And if I cared enough, I'd complain. But I'd rather just never come back.

Nov 16, 2010
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Drunken Guest from Hell

I won't go to a baby shower unless there's beer or wine. No way I'm hanging out in the middle of the afternoon to decorate onesies with puff paint, pin the bottle on the baby, and watch the mother to be open presents for 2 hours without some booze. That is increadibly boring.

I've been to 3 wonderful, tasteful, and fun co-ed baby showers. They are the way to go these days if you want anyone to show up.

Nov 13, 2010
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How to Host a Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

You nailed this one Helena. People are going to go on and on about how vegans are annoying or restrictive, but the point is...you are a GUEST and if you accept the invitation, don't be a jerk and bring a turkey. Or even ask to. Just decline if it matters that much to you.

Nov 10, 2010
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Homemade Vegan Tofurkey That Tastes Good

Looks good!

Nov 04, 2010
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Drinking Wine While Pregnant in France

The woman writing clearly said she didn't want advice on whether she should drink or not. And yet, everyone's lives and experience are so important, they just HAVE to share. Keep it to the question people.

Oct 25, 2010
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Too Frumpy for the Good Seats?

I think the undesirable tables tend to be behind pillars where it seems cramped, or next to the kitchen, were the doors might be swinging near your face. I've sat next to many kitchen doors that were also in corners. Both of these are not only "out of sight" but they are also uncomfortable. I've only had this happen when a restaurant is really cramped. If I see other tables, I ask for them. Sometimes the host will tell me they are all reserved, but I always have that sneaky suspicion...

Sep 28, 2010
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Inviting Vegetarians to Eat Corpse

When I was vegetarian, I never minded seeing whole parts of the animals. Most vegetarians understand eating meat requires pulling apart an animal carcass. They've most likely done their research and seen more gruesome footage of animals than omnivores have. You don't have to shelter them...just warn them in advance.

Sep 24, 2010
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10 "Holy Shit" Things About the Egg Recall

Ugh. Intolerance on CH...I suppose even ignorant people like to eat good food.

Sep 08, 2010
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Chipotle Corn Soup

Made this exactly, but found it too sweet. Next time I might puree a potato into it.

Aug 22, 2010
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Vegan Hotspots

I love the atmosphere and food at Pure Luck off Vermont and Heliotrope, behind LACC. Great beers on tap and some serious grub. Nothing fancy, just hearty. I also just read about Tony's Darts Away in Burbank and would really like to try it out. Same bar-type atmosphere.

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Darts Away
1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506

Pure Luck Restaurant
707 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029

But, Mom …

Yeah, Mom comes first on Mothers day. But what this quesiton is suggesting is that Mom is too worried about price and not wanting to put anyone out. Mom might even prefer to go somewhere nicer, but just needs to be conviced that it's not a hassle or too extravagant. So probe a bit, suggest somewhere nice that everyone enjoys, and see if she continues to resist. Maybe she DOES love Applebees, and maybe she doesn't. No one is saying put up a stink and refuse to go. Actually the article says to go with the flow at the end. Geez.

May 07, 2010
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