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Discrimination in Restaurants - does it influence where you dine?

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires the employer who is found to be violating wage laws to pay the legal fees of the employee who prevails in a claim. Plenty of lawyers take these cases on a contingent and/ or hourly fee that is only paid if the case is won. The employees who are being illegally cheated out of the pay required by law do not have to pay the attorney up front.

Jul 21, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

Can't Believe It's That Time Again, But...

I know you've made arrangements, but for the next person with a similar question who may read this thread, maybe Bucca di Beppo or Maggianos would fill the bill. We've had a similar sized company function at Bucca and while their food won't set the world on fire, it's pretty good and great for a crowd, and their rooms are nice.

I've only been to Maggiano's once and it was similarly pretty good and I can see it working for a large group. Don't know if they have private rooms.

Jul 15, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Deviled Eggs

One of the sample ladies at Costco told me that those peeled boiled eggs bounce like tennis balls.

I haven't tried them (eating or bouncing).

Jun 04, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Best Prepared food/Catering items from Central Market?1

I love it, too, but at the south location more than once I've gotten it and the potatoes were so undercooked it was barely edible.

I know it cycles in and out of the offerings but haven't noticed that ties to a particular season.

May 26, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Anniversary Meal - This Weekend - 05/24 - 05/25

Given the username, it doesn't seem unlikely that she's a lady. ;-)

On topic, I ate at Odd Duck recently and while it was mostly good, I wasn't as impressed as I had expected given all the fuss.

May 26, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Smacking and Slurping: Loud Eater Stories

My sister used to work next to a loud eater who she called "Slurpy." I didn't understand why it bothered her so until now.

I share an office with a guy who is a loud eater. Every morning, coffee. Sluuurrrppp. Every sip, long after it could possibly be necessary because the coffee is hot. Lunch: sandwich and chips. Smack, chomp, slurp on the beverage. I never look at his face during this but clearly he is chewing with his mouth open. I think he may have loose dentures. Sometimes the sound of it is almost nauseating. This is five days a week, y'all!

A few days a co-worker came to talk to him while I was eating, and he did the usual with the added bonus of talking with his mouth full. I had to leave the room.

Other than that and the occasional excessively gassy day, he's a good officemate. He is socially awkward and I think he would feel humiliated if confronted with this, so I do not intend to do so.

I'm curious about your experiences with this type of eater, particularly if you deal with it on a regular basis.

Mar 30, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

Hard Hat XII

Interesting combination, Luby's and Fuddrucker's. I live near a Luby's and go there for takeout on occasion. I like the selection of vegetables, especially the stewed okra and the cabbage. They do nice broiled chicken breasts and tilapia, but I do have a nostalgic weakness for that funky baked fish with the mayonnaise topping. Yeah, I get tartar sauce with it! They are heavyhanded with the salt, though.

It was a Furrs that was on South Lamar. I never went there but used to have a co-worker who ate lunch there all the time. I was glad she had moved out of town when it closed, she would have been crushed.

Mar 25, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Anglophiles take note - your breakfast is here....


Mar 23, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Evening BBQ establishment?

Freedmen's is closed on Monday according to the website.

Mar 19, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Anglophiles take note - your breakfast is here....

Those eggs! How do they do it? It looks like a combination of poached and fried. They look mouthwateringly delicious.

Mar 18, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Returning Food - My Moral Dilemma

Sadly, as I read this I'm watching a Travel Channel show celebrating restaurants that feature grotesquely enormous portions and one morbidly obese American after another raving about them.

Mar 16, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

"Sundays are the Worst"

Hill Food, I read that gotw added the coupons on top of the cash tip, not instead of. Actually a sweet gesture, imo.

Dog freindly restaurants.Have you ever brought along your pooch ?

Yes, I would absolutely take a well behaved dog to places that welcome dogs. Unlike cats or rabbits, dogs are very social and are THRILLED to be included for rides in the car, shopping at PetsMart or Home Depot, meals on a restaurant patio, etc. My cat would prefer a slow lingering death over any of those activities.

I would rather be in a restaurant full of dogs than one full of kids. But I don't think that restaurants should ban children to suit me. Granted, my preference isn't based on a life threatening allergy, but if it was, it would be my responsibility to self-restrict and deal with my own disappointment at what I had to miss instead of insisting that the dangerous brats should be banned everywhere and decrying those who wanted to drag them along to places I would rather go without them present, even though it is legal and they are welcomed by the owners.

Another splitting the bill question

Most of the time, the people I go out to eat with order fairly evenly, i.e. everyone gets items of roughly the same value; however, when the check comes, if some people ordered alcohol or the most expensive entrees, that is taken into account when determining who owes how much. There is a natural attention to making the division of the tab equitable. That is the nature of my friends.

I did have an unfortunate experience dining with a group of people I do not know well, who are the long time friends of a friend who was celebrating a birthday. There were about 8 people total. They had organized the dinner. I don't drink, they all do (including the birthday girl, who had recently been having serious consequences of her alcoholism but, unknown to me, had decided she didn't really have a problem). They all ordered multiple drinks and at least one bottle of wine. At the end, the bill was passed around the table for everyone to pitch in their part. I calculated what I owed for my meal and part of the birthdays girl's meal and drinks. When the bill got back to the chief organizer, she announced that there wasn't enough money and looked at me. I threw in some additional cash even though I thought I had already contributed my fair share.

I left a little irritated, but wiser. If invited to dine with this crowd again, I'll pass.

Mar 16, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

Free Shake Shack during sxsw?

I don't know the answer, but your last question definitely belongs on a t-shirt! :-)

Mar 11, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Help! I'm having a party for 40!

I'm late to this thread and know your menu is pretty set, but i have to suggest egg salad with a little mayo, red wine vinegar, plenty of dill, celery, a bit of sweet pickle relish and a wee dash of minced red onion. It would be so good with ham (on or off of a biscuit), delish on top of green salad or alongside the broccoli.

Allrighty, gotta go boil some eggs now.

Feb 09, 2014
Ashforth in Home Cooking

Itinerary help (esp. Tex-Mex and Mexican)

El Sol y La Luna may work for your Sunday breakfast or early lunch. I love their mole enchiladas. They have live music starting at noon on Sundays.

Feb 09, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Dinner Suggestions or Confirmation

I had fantastic fish at Stripsteak at Mandelay Bay last week. Scottish salmon and loup de mer were both perfectly grilled. The salmon in particular had a luxurious texture, while the branzino was perfectly complemented by the smoky grill flavor.

The gratis starter of duck fat french fries with 3 seasonings and 3 sauces was a great touch. The beet salad was beautiful and delicious. Sadly, I didn't leave room for dessert.

I have eaten at Sensi and the meal at Stripsteak was far superior.

Feb 04, 2014
Ashforth in Las Vegas


Aw man. There was a time when Dario's Salad Plate #2 was damn fine eatin! It was one of those places that was a dive with some good food. The little chile relleno that came with the #2 was just about the only version of that item I have ever liked.

They had gone downhill, I heard, and sure enough the last time I ate there a few years ago it wasn't enough to bring me back, along, I guess with a lot of others. Too bad.

Feb 03, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Kumi and the Cut of the Week

Thank you QAW! If we eat at Kumi I will report back.

Jan 28, 2014
Ashforth in Las Vegas

Vegas Eats!

I ate there once as well, and it wasn't bad, but it also wasn't particularly memorable. I recall the naan being delicious. I also recall a sushi roll that I thought tasted fishy in the unpleasant way.

I literally do not remember which entree I had.

If you're looking for a place at Bellagio, I really enjoyed the beef carpaccio at Olives (solo lunch, that was the only dish I had).

Jan 28, 2014
Ashforth in Las Vegas

Improvising with the wrong ingredient

Many years ago my mother sent me and my sister to the store to buy Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce, cautioning us several times to get the right kind. She was insistent that we would know it because in small lettering on the label, it said, "Not enchilada sauce." Puzzling.

We found the product, Old El Paso HOT enchilada sauce, and thus a family legend was born.

Once i turned 40 and lost my close up vision, I understood the whole thing much better.

Kumi and the Cut of the Week

I'm staying at Mandelay Bay starting Wednesday and wondering whether anyone has tried Kumi?

Also this may be a silly question, but at Charlie Palmer, is it required that if one diner gets the Cut of the Week, the whole table has to? This week's CotW looks good to me, but my companion doesn't eat beef.

We won't have a car and may taxi to LOS one night, but it's a working trip so we will likely eat mostly at Mandelay Bay or tram over to Aria, as I am a Julian Serrano fan.

Jan 27, 2014
Ashforth in Las Vegas

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

This thread has really stayed on my mind. I can't help thinking that there must be tremendous fear and anxiety working on SIL that makes her feel that something catastrophic might happen to her children if she is not constantly present to prevent it. It sounds like an exhausting burden. Maybe she experienced some sort of abuse as a child, perhaps by a family member.

This is speculation, of course. But it seems unfair to leap to label SIL as merely selfish and inconsiderate, as many posters seem to have done, when other things are probably in play.

Just a thought.

Jan 18, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

Good Cause and Great Food!!

Thanks for sharing this, girl!

Jan 18, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

How to handle uninvited children at a cocktail party

The party is for your husband, and you know he would want his brother there if he was planning it. And it would hurt your husband if you (from BIL and SIL's perspectives) created a rift by being mean about their precious snowflakes.

So you deal with this graciously, for your husband's sake. Ask BIL about the kids' favorite games, tv or movies, and food. Create a little party for the kids with your son and daughter in the basement. Let the kids know you did this really special thing for them and ask your BIL and SIL to help you make their kids feel special and excited about this treat, and to steer their children back to their event if they make their way to the grownup party. If they won't, you or your husband or your kids can.

Try not to resent the extra work. Try to be patient with the kids. Maybe they will surprise you and respond well.

This is one party. Your husband's brother and kids are in your family for life.

Secular grace

And to that I must add the classic

Good bread
Good meat
Good God, let's eat

Jan 15, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

Lunch downtown

Maybe Searsucker. It's pretty new. I haven't been there.

Open for lunch or brunch except on saturday.

Jan 15, 2014
Ashforth in Austin

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

Tip pooling can be illegal under the Fair Labor Standards Act, depending on who gets a cut. The manager, for example, is not allowed to take servers' tips.

Jan 12, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food

Asking people to join you for dinner

When issuing an invitation to someone you don't know well, particularly a business acquaintance, you use formal etiquette, meaning that he (or she) who issues the invitation is the host and therefor pays. Thusly, one invites the guest to participate in an activity one can afford, whether it's coffee, or cocktails, dinner, or just a walk in the park. Hosting the dinner in your home is a way to control the cost. The rules of formal etiquette would require the guest to reciprocate, thus making it "even."

Informal get-togethers at commercial establishments among friends generally follow the pattern many have described, wherein everyone assumes it is dutch treat unless the invitation is specific, i.e. "I want to take you out to dinner," or an invitation to a dinner party at someone's home (for which I really hope no one expects the guests to make a payment).

Jan 11, 2014
Ashforth in Not About Food