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Everything posted by LauraB

  1. So sorry, saf. It’s really heart-wrenching to lose a pet. We’ve had quite a few pets (cats and dogs) over the decades. When they passed on, either through illness or old-age, we had them cremated and then we would keep the containers with their ashes in a closet. After awhile we realized we had to do something about that. So, one day we got the idea to mix all of their ashes together and take them to the National Arboretum and spread them on a hillside overlooking a stream. We figured it was organic matter, so shouldn’t be harmful. No doubt this was illegal, but it made us feel a whole lot better.
  2. I completely agree with you about Bittman — I stopped cooking any of his recipes long ago because I found the results to be somewhere between mediocre and extremely average. I regret having given one of his cookbooks to one of my daughters years ago.
  3. I have to assume it’s a shorter name for ‘bourgeois’. If you’re not familiar with the term, you can google it.
  4. If we ever get to a point where we can have guests over again, we will definitely sequester him in another room. His sister, who is not a problem, will probably have to join him.
  5. This is embarrassing, but MrB and I are currently drinking wine out of coffee mugs while watching recordings of Bridgerton because of previously mentioned cat — I’m not going to risk my crystal wine glasses!
  6. Thank you, Torshi. I can tell you that a Lab’s tail can clear a coffee table. We have only cats now and I can tell you that one of them in particular is very good at tipping over water glasses. We had to buy acrylic glasses because the breakage with the glass was too much to deal with.
  7. Never, ever, feed your dog chocolate. I learned this the hard way. I accidentally left the door to the pantry slightly open and unfortunately I had some chocolate on a lower shelf. While I was at work my black lab got into the pantry and ate the chocolate. I found her dead in the backyard when I got home that day. This was 18 years ago, but I still carry the guilt with me. I subsequently learned from my vet that chocolate is very poisonous for dogs.
  8. Pat, I can totally relate. We moved to North Carolina 4 years ago and I really miss having the Washington Post delivered to my front door every morning. I used to complain about it and everyone from my husband to my grown children, to my friends reminded me that I could read it online. Of course I read it online, just like I read the NYT online. It’s not the same.
  9. Looks fantastic! Can you share the recipe? Also, what kind of hominey did you use? Thanks!
  10. LauraB


    It’s a win all the way around for you, Kay, and Spot! Dean, I also want to mention that I’ve really enjoyed your posts about what you and Kay are cooking at home since you closed the restaurant. Since we’re all cooking at home these days, it’s been inspirational.
  11. LauraB


    Dean, I don’t recall you mentioning Spot until recently. How did Spot come into your life? However that happened, he/she seems to have found a great home!
  12. We have bought our seafood from a company called Vital Choice for quite a few years now. They are based in the Pacific Northwest. We are pleased with the quality. We buy salmon, cod, petrale sole, and halibut from them.
  13. I can see I posted this in the wrong forum. Perhaps Don can put it in the proper forum.
  14. MrB and I watched this earlier today and it was 30 minutes well-spent on an Easter Sunday. I thought some of you might enjoy it as well.
  15. The culprit was the restaurant. They threw you under the bus because they did not manage their reservations well and valued this party more than yours.
  16. You don't say what route the train takes, but I assume it's around northern India? 1. Rain could very well be a problem, given that September is the 3rd most rainy month in New Delhi. I went to New Delhi in December, which has the lowest amount of rain. My husband, however, travels to India regularly and has been there during the rainy months and describes it as absolutely miserable. 2. You don't say where your train tour leaves from, but I would arrange for a hotel and have the hotel send a car to the airport to pick me up. 3. If it were me, I would stay at the Imperial Hotel, but given the short length of your stay, you may want to opt for something less expensive. Other DR members will probably have better suggestions. 4. I would. It makes no sense to go to the Delhi airport early. Most overseas flights depart late in the night and they don't open up security and allow you through to the part of the airport that has some amenities until late in the evening. You don't want to be stuck sitting in the pre-security area where there are virtually NO amenities. 5. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/India.html We used a private company to get our visas. It cost more money, but was a lot faster. I can't recall the name of the company, but they have an office in Foggy Bottom.
  17. I've given up trying to find pine nuts that are not from China in my local grocery stores. Wondering if anyone has a source of non-China pine nuts that can be bought online?
  18. Pat, where are you buying pine nuts...i can’t find any that aren’t from China. Even at Whole Foods.
  19. It should, but it doesn't. It's always been a mystery to me. --- Market Lunch (Kev29)
  20. Unfortunately, DC isn't a breakfast town, unlike, say San Francisco. The best breakfasts are found in fancy hotels. Personally, I've always loved the breakfasts at the St. Regis.
  21. There is an independently-owned kitchenware store near where I live. I was recently there and the salesperson and I got into a discussion about All-Clad cookware. (My kitchen has housed a large contingent of All-Clad for at least 20 years, if not more.) She claimed that the quality of All-Clad has seriously declined and they are now selling a brand called American Clad, which she claimed was vastly superior to the current iteration of All-Clad. I'd be interested in any thoughts you all have about this.
  22. I take your point, Eric. However, funkyfood has a sample size of one. I have a sample size of at least 12. And I can tell you that the age range at the bar is all over the map. It is not just old people. I have been there with my 20-something daughters and I have seen many other young people there.
  23. I no longer live in DC, but the bar at Corduroy was a favorite dining spot when I did. So, I was eager to see your post until I actually read it. I have no idea how old you are, but I am really curious why you felt the need to point out the age of the other diner at the bar. Would you have done so if he were in his 30s? And, by the way, you misspelled "septuagenarian" when describing when he left. If he were in his 30s would you have said, "Once my Millenial barmate left." How about just saying, "When the other guest left"?
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