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  1. My computer's in the bedroom, and I don't eat here. But I do drink! Late evenings will usually find me online with a glass of wine.
  2. I'm not in the Triangle, so I can't speak to specifics, but I have two words: Indian Buffet. My almost-two-year-old will eat rice, naan, saag paneer, and "pink chicken" all day long. Also, he's at an age where he can't stand to see other people having food when he doesn't have any, so the buffet is a good solution for getting some food on his plate fast. For a quick lunch, we also like Souper Salad - again the buffet aspect is good, and he can at least get some nutritious things there. When we're not at a buffet, I agree with others - don't bother with the kids menu. At his age, he'd never eat a whole kids portion anyway. I just ask for a side plate and give him part of my own food. Restaurant portions are so big that I never miss it. I suppose when he's older he'll want his own order, but I don't mind getting him something from the regular menu - we can just divide it up and take some home. I would love to see the upscale restaurants around here offer kids' portions (and prices) from the regular menu, but I don't think it will happen - it's not like those places really want kids in there anyway.
  3. I wasn't there for this one, but my parents swear it's true. One night they were at a restaurant and the waitress recommended a dish from the menu that was called "Chesapeake Chicken" - but she pronounced it "Cheapskate Chicken"!
  4. Brent, we must live pretty close to each other, because I live about 5 minutes from Dakotas. I'd call it upscale comfort food with a Southern accent. They have fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese on the appetizer list. I usually get beef or pork there - the preparations vary but they usually have some Southern note like country ham in the sauce. They always have interesting sounding seafood but I'm not really into seafood. They mention on the menu when they get vegetables from local farms - I know I've seen Morning Glory Farms listed. I've never had a disappointing meal there. Since we're talking about good places in South Charlotte along Providence Road, I'll also bring up two fairly new places I love to go - Ilios Noche and Arooji's Wine Room. Both are in strip malls near the 485 intersection, and both have some great food and interesting wine choices. At Arooji's I love the antipasto plates they have - really high quality cheeses and meats. My favorite things at Ilios Noche are the wood-grilled pizzas. I didn't mention either in my first post because they're kind of distant from the University area (where the original poster is coming from), but with that leg of 485 complete it's a little bit easier than it used to be. Either makes for a fun night out.
  5. I live in Charlotte, and my favorite upscale places are Carpe Diem, Pewter Rose, Ethan's, and Dakotas. I've only been to Bonterra once, and didn't have the greatest experience there, but that was almost four years ago.
  6. My little guy's not yet two, so it always warms my heart to hear him say "Mo' eggpwant pweeeze!" Or tofu, or broccoli, or spinach - all those things kids aren't supposed to like - he eats everything. The one mispronunciation that made me roll on the floor laughing - when he first started to have peanut butter, he called it "penis butter"! (Unlike some of the mispronunciations talked about in this thread, this one has not been adopted as the permanent name for the food in our house.)
  7. I find myself wondering if "urban vs. suburban" is even a useful axis. It seems like most of the posters on this thread are equating "urban" with "hip, edgy, authentic, young crowd" and "suburban" with "boring, stodgy, chains, families". But is this accurate? I spent 5 years living in the far south suburbs of Chicago (really more like the northern suburbs of Kankakee) and investigated just about every place within an hour's radius that served food. I got Indian food in a strip mall in Orland Park that was every bit as good as what I got on Devon Ave. At the same time, there's a Cheesecake Factory on Michigan Ave. So which is urban food and which is suburban food? It seems like we're dealing with stereotypes instead of reality here. Why not just say you're looking for food that will bring in the young, hip crowd, and leave out the question of where said crowd lives?
  8. I decided not to switch to Core because for me Flex ain't broke yet. I know the point values of the things I regularly eat, and can figure out new things by looking at the label. Having to remember a list of Core and Non-Core foods is just too complex for my tired brain. I definitely like the emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods in the Core plan though - but since I eat that way most of the time anyway, it wouldn't really make that much of a difference. (I had tofu, broccoli and soba noodles in peanut sauce for lunch today - 10 points, which is more than I usually have for lunch, but since I got 6 APs this morning, I had room for it.)
  9. I can only agree. Wine is a staple of my diet and any regimen that forced me to abstain would not be stuck to for long. For favorite low-point foods - I am a vegetarian cook (I'm not a vegetarian, but my husband is and we keep a vegetarian household) so I was already familiar with lots of the meat substitutes from Boca, Morningstar, etc. Some I can't really tell the difference anymore - Morningstar crumbles instead of ground beef in spaghetti sauce, tacos, chili. And some I appreciate on their own merits - tofu, Quorn, veggie burgers. Substituting for meat is a great way to cut down on points. I made a red curry last night with light tofu and light coconut milk that was really tasty. A couple of people have mentioned that they read the WW boards - if anyone here reads "Vegetarians Get Together", over there I am Stellablue.
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