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  1. I’m also a lapsed Catholic. I don’t eat meat on Fridays. Which is oddly difficult as I don’t eat meat often, but when you abstain from something, it’s always in your mind. My husband who isn’t Catholic does eat meat and sometimes I get jealous/ irritated. I haven’t given anything up yet. I couldn’t come up with anything I could do and not fail. My parents both eat meat on Fridays and they both grew up in very strict Catholic homes— one side is Irish, the other Italian. I kind of like doing it as it reminds me of my grandparents. That said I often find myself fasting most of the day then in exhaustion reaching for the “oriental” top ramen or making pasta or eating pizza.
  2. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Looks delicious. I can and have eaten capers by the teaspoonful. Hope you were safe in this weather.
  3. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Theres one in Union Square
  4. Valentine's Day Plans??

    Going out. Yea I know. I worked in restaurants for decades. But it’s Ash Wednesday and pizza isn’t appealing. So we’re going to a small Italian restaurant.
  5. My husband will be away for a bit in a few weeks so I wonder if I will eat earlier. I have a feeling I will mostly graze. I can’t eat what most think is a full meal more often than I can. I am a lazy grazer too. A couple marinated mushrooms there, maybe a slice of cheese. Two sips of low fat chocolate milk if I need something sweet. And English muffin half toasted with butter and sprinkled with sea salt. No doubt it isn’t the healthiest. I was an incredibly difficult eater as a child and as an adult I am not but I really won’t eat just to eat. It has to be something that appeals to me.
  6. Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

    In the NYC area I’ve seen actual tv commercials for Spam, on a regular basis. I’ve never seen a Spam commercial that I can recall and I’ve never eaten it. I’m not totally opposed, as Taylor Ham is probably a cousin of Spam’s and I do love a good Taylor ham, egg and cheese with salt, pepper and ketchup on a Kaiser roll. I’m a bit curious as to how or even if there is a way to make Spam palatable. Maybe pan fried? I’ll be on my own for a bit in a week and may just try it out.
  7. Charleston Revisited

    I will try to take pictures so I can write up a report of my trip. I’m staying in what I gather is an area called Cannonborough. It’s north of the French Quarter but our rental apartment has a trolley stop nearby.
  8. Charleston Revisited

    Thanks ya’ll. (I so cannot pull of saying that especially since when I drink I do have an odd northeastern accent ). Since we’re going over St. Patrick’s Day weekend (my bday is 3/17) I figured a good steakhouse dinner to soak the inevitable drinks (which in my instance is mostly wine) was a good idea for an early dinner that night. I have a lunch reservation for Monday 3/19 at Husk. Crowds can irritate me and their lunch menu seemed just as good. I’m thinking of Hominy Grill for Friday. Or SNOB. Or Magnolia Grill. My eyes are a lot bigger than my stomach!
  9. @liuzhou that schedule appeals to me. I get hungry again later because I am a night owl but I tend to have a cup of broth or something simple. I think a lot of when people eat is due to where they live/ the types of industries they work in and if they have children and the ages of the children when applicable.
  10. Charleston Revisited

    We’re going to Charleston for an extended weekend next month. I made reservations at Hall’s Chophouse for my birthday. Others on my radar (there are so many!!) are Hominy Grill, Husk, Magnolia’s, SNOB’s , Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, Rodney Scott’s BBQ and Pearlz Oyster Bar. Has anyone been recently or from the area? Any “must try” dishes? We’re only there for four nights so unless we have an awful time I think we will likely go back soon.
  11. @ProfessionalHobbit we eat earlier on weekends as well. Even if we go out, I prefer earlier reservations to avoid crowds.
  12. My husband’s brother was in town from CA recently and we met him for dinner. He was a bit shocked that we made 7:45pm reservations on a week night, but since he was still on CA time he was fine with it. We don’t have kids and my husband commutes to NYC so the earliest we tend to eat is 7:30 and we often eat dinner at 10pm. Ususally we eat at 9pm. I’m curious as to what time others have dinner and why.
  13. Cuts and scrapes

    I tried to put an avocado to make guacamole after a few margaritas. The knife wound up stuck beneath my wedding band. I didn’t look but it bled a lot. I don’t mix drinks with food anymore. I still have a scar large enough that my wedding band had to be resized.
  14. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Has this been posted to recipe gullet? I couldn’t find it.
  15. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I’m going to contest that as a born and raised and a forth generation Jersey girl.