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What Are Your Irrefutable Food Rules? [moved from Not About Food]

I'm also a hater-turned-lover.

Are there any bourbons available that are independent (not owned by massive conglomerates)?

Pretty awesome list. Thanks.

Nov 28, 2011
invinotheresverde in Spirits

Are there any bourbons available that are independent (not owned by massive conglomerates)?

These guys distill their own bourbon in MA. It's not the best I've ever had (a bit thin and slightly harsh), but I enjoy supporting the local guys.

http://berkshiremountaindistillers.co...

Nov 28, 2011
invinotheresverde in Spirits

Drinking While Food Is In Your Mouth??

What I gathered from the article is that red table wine and most cheeses don't pair well (something I agree with), not that one shouldn't have food and wine in his mouth simultaneously (something I do not agree with).

Drinking While Food Is In Your Mouth??

Perhaps I'm confused, but nothing in that article mentions what you've posted about.

What wine with vegetable lasagne for Thanksgiving?

Just saw this today, so it's too late, but in the future I'd opt for something Sangiovese-based, which is acidic enough to stand up to the red pepper sauce, but not usually super full-bodied.

Nov 27, 2011
invinotheresverde in Wine

Ceres Bistro - Worcester

Ever since Niche pulled out, it's being run by The Beechwood, who, to put it mildly, have no idea what they're doing. What a waste of $9m.

Need a pre-meal Thanksgiving Cocktail

Interesting recommendation by the WP. I consider it a summer drink.

Nov 25, 2011
invinotheresverde in Spirits

Charging for cakes

Sorry. Hard to tell sometimes.

Charging for cakes

Those first few sentences are a joke, right?

Charging for cakes

;)
Happy Thanksgiving, four.

Charging for cakes

So you're going to bad-mouth the restaurant because you didn't get your way? That's not a Chowhound attitude in the slightest.

A restaurant makes policies knowing full well it may alienate some customers. Those are exactly the customers they want to alienate.

Charging for cakes

Bueller?

Charging for cakes

I dealt with an issue like this personally. I'd mentioned it in another post, but it was deleted.

A table brought in a whole cheesecake to the restaurant I worked at (even though we served cheesecake). When I opened the box, the cake had a 1" thick ring of mold around the bottom of it. The host freaked out when I showed her and blamed us (it was in our walk-in for all of 90 minutes). She made a huge scene, yelling loudly enough for other tables to hear about how unhygienic, etc. the restaurant was. They bought one of our cheesecakes instead and basically stiffed their waiters. Even though the fault wasn't ours, it was an uncomfortable situation that could've been completely avoided.

This is just another example (in the long line of many) why I think it's unacceptable to bring your own food to a restaurant.

Charging for cakes

"Like"

Charging for cakes

What is the difference between bringing in Nona's Festival Insalata Caprese and a cake?

Forced to Rush Through Dinner at Pomegranate (moved from Ontario board)

There are numerous threads about this happening right here on Chowhound, if you search.

I personally would give a 5 minute grace period, assuming the diner was made aware of the time restraint when the reservation was made.

Best Vietnamese in Worcester?

Thanks for posting back. Glad you enjoyed. Now I have an "excuse" to try something other than the banh mi.

Charging for cakes

As a side note, bringing ANY outside food into a restaurant is illegal in my state. Some restaurants are willing to bend the rules and some are not.

BTW, at a "nice" restaurant, it's always a special occasion.

" Points "

I'm a firm believer in sharing.

Nov 21, 2011
invinotheresverde in Wine

Charging for cakes

Agree that if no dessert is offered, it's not as big a deal.

" Points "

""People who are spending the kind of money that top Bordeaux require based upon a ratings scale are wine collectors, not wine drinkers."

Most often they are both. I associate with a large group of wine collectors. There are not very many wine collectors that don't know much about wine...or that don't drink it. Most wine collectors (including myself) love wine so much that they spend a great deal of time and money on their "hobby". They often get drawn into collecting to support their habit :) That is where points are paid attention to, they are not used to tell a wine collector what they "like"- but: what will sell at what price. We use points for a whole different reason."

Yes, this I definitely agree with- points as a selling tool, but not as a drinking tool.

I'll take those Sauternes and Oporto off your hands. ;)

Nov 21, 2011
invinotheresverde in Wine

Charging for cakes

Choosing to patronize a restaurant means you can do whatever you like?

Forced to Rush Through Dinner at Pomegranate (moved from Ontario board)

You're not going to restaurants with seatings, then.

Charging for cakes

Please explain to me how it's different than taking in your own main or appetizer, please.

Charging for cakes

No, it's usually NOT a special cake. That's part of the problem.

Charging for cakes

I'm "reacting so strongly" because it's no different than taking in any other course. It's a slap in the face to restaurants and especially pastry chefs. And, just my opinion here, but it's incredibly tacky.

Most people don't bring in "special" cakes, they bring in a red dye #5 travesty, complete with loud plastic container.

There's a big difference between the restaurant CHOOSING to give you something to celebrate a birthday and you taking it upon yourself to bring something in.

I know EXACTLY how restaurant staff are: I was one for 15 years. It's nice that you think they thought your dad's cake was cute and hilarious. Betcha I could tell you verbatim what they said out of earshot.

Hang Times

Even just opening pages is taking forever.

Nov 21, 2011
invinotheresverde in Site Talk

Etiquette- The holidays. traveling and the vegan

Bummer. Would've made things so much easier.

Charging for cakes

"...and the restaurant was very happy for us to bring a cake". Restaurants are not happy you bring a cake, let alone very happy. If they don't serve dessert, they probably don't MIND, but happy? If they do serve dessert, they're losing revenue. It's the hospitality industry, so they put on a happy face.

How is a birthday cake any different than the rib eye I mentioned? Can you bring your own soup?