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MomOfLittleFoodies

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  1. I'm a busy mom with 5 kids. On school nights, I'm all about things I can make quickly. I save the laborious stuff for weekends or when the kids are on break from school. On school nights, things are just too hectic to do anything elaborate.
  2. Freddy's, Whataburger, Culvers, Smashburger? Wha? Are my West Coast roots showing yet? Here are my rankings... 1) In-N-Out (because I'm from the SGV, birthplace of In-N-Out) 2) Nations (a Bay Area Chain) 3) The Habit 4) Jack In The Box 5) Fatburger 6) Carl's Jr. 7) Burger King 8) Wendy's 9) McDonalds 10) Sonic (love their chili cheese tots though) I figured that if Five Guys is in the mix, I could throw Nations and The Habit in there too. We do have a Five Guys here, but I refuse to set foot in there because of their use of peanut oil (long story)
  3. I like Round Table Pizza too... while it's not gourmet, it's good. Dominos and Pizza Hut are tolerable in a pinch. My pizza of choice though, is a local chain called Skipolinis. I'm a peasant though, and don't like my pizzas too frou frou.
  4. I've gone through about 3-4 bags of these in the past 2 months. I like them. They've got a little hint of tomato going, but mostly that light bacony taste with a hint of mayo flavor.
  5. Kikkoman Soy Sauce, import or domestic are both fine, but it has to be Kikkoman.
  6. I'm not a food professional by any means, but as an average Joe on the street, here's some things that draw me into a restaurant. First off, make sure you're listed on websites like Yelp, and things like Foursquare if they're available in your area. When I'm craving something different from my usual, or looking for something nearby in an area that I'm not terribly familiar with, I search using yelp or foursquare. Also consider local news blogs too. For example, I found my favorite taqueria through a local news blog (claycord.com) when they were discussing where to get the best burrito in the area. Another local news source, Patch.com, occasionally runs articles on restaurants. When I'm walking out walking or shopping, things that catch my attention are things like good smells, attractive photos of some of the products being offered, or even take out/paper menus by the door. Being able to take a menu with me without having to commit immediately has helped me find some of my favorite places, and I also have a small stack of menus of places I want to try in the future sitting in the car. Specials and loyalty programs are attractive too.
  7. I live in California, where waitstaff get paid the same minimum wage as the teenager bagging groceries gets ($8/hr), unless you're in San Francisco, where minimum wage is $9.92/hr. The "I don't make minimum wage before tips, take pity on me" card isn't really an issue here. Hubby and I tend to tip around 20%, never less than 17% unless the service is wretched. That said, we're not talking about fine dining establishments. LOL From the California Department of Industrial Relations website FAQ on minimum wage "Q. I work in a restaurant as a waitperson. Can my employer use my tips as a credit toward its obligation to pay me the minimum wage? A. No. An employer may not use an employee's tips as a credit toward its obligation to pay the minimum wage."
  8. I'd rather use local, fresh tomatoes when available over anything that comes in a can, no matter how "premium" the canned stuff is. Granted, when I make pizza, I'm not going for gourmet, I'm going for what my kids like and will eat.
  9. He's kind of annoying. Unfortunately I know his S/O (went to school with her for 6 years) so I need to play nicely, at least on social media.
  10. This pretty much sums up my feelings on the issue too.
  11. As the mother of a milk allergic child, there is always a place for margarine in my fridge. That said, I try to avoid cooking with it when I can. Mostly I use it to make icing, cookies, other baked goods and for "buttering" her majesty's (my milk allergic daughter) toast.
  12. Granted I tend to stick to family style restaurants and ethnic eateries lately, but if the service is really wretched I reserve the right not to leave a tip. For average service I tip 20%.
  13. Over the years, I've eaten many meals with Buddhist priests, which included meat. My great-grandfather and great-uncle were/are Buddhist priests in Japan, and they both consume(d) meat. Most of the very devout Japanese Buddhists I know are not vegetarian or vegan.
  14. At our elementary school, the kids get 20 minutes from the time lunch starts to the time we release them to the playground. That includes the time spent in line waiting for a hot lunch if you're buying lunch.
  15. A lot of why school lunches are so screwed up comes down to funding. I know that in our school district, the food services department is supposed to be self supporting. The district only provides funding to maintain the facilities and pay staff. Everything else gets paid for with revenue from meals and snacks bought, and the USDA reimbursements for free/reduced price lunches, and other subsidies. The school district would have to probably double the price of the lunches to be able to provide the kind of lunches Jamie Oliver touts.. and our district actually has some of the healthiest school lunches in the area.
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