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Overpriced Burgers & Employee Dropped my Onion Rings!
February 26, 2017
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As you can see in the photo, just 2 burgers and a side of french fries/onions rings plus lemonade (not pictured) was easily $35 bucks! Why? This is a higher end burger spot featuring grass-fed beef and supporting local produce.

However, we my boyfriend and I were not happy customers and the food does not look appealing what so ever! We actually tried this burger spot in the past at a different location that had superb food and service, but this was a much more newer construction so they are definitely lacking on their food and service.

What we ordered:

Appetizer

  • Half of Garlic Fries, Half of Onion Rings

For Him

  • “Grass Fed Bison” consist of: Pickled Onion, Gorgonzola, Garlic Aioli

For Her

  • “The Classic” – consist of: American Grass-Fed Beef, Lounge Bun, Organic American Cheese, Organic Ketchup, Mustard, Chopped Onion. I opt out the Pickles and added Applewood Smoked Bacon for extra cost

Drink to Share

  • Housemade Lemonade with Lavender Mint with unlimited refills if you dine there (which we refilled only once more)

The wait to get our food was a little longer than we expected but that gave us some time to chit chat and be hungry. As the guy delivered our food who was also our cashier, he dropped the onion rings on the table! Not only did he drop the onions rings accidentally he picked them up with his hands and put them on our plate and said “enjoy”.

Oh no no no….

I looked at my boyfriend, who told him we would like a new side of onion rings. The guy reassured us that the tables were clean. I do not care if the table is clean, regardless I paid a premium for the food and he touched his hands with the money we had just paid! I did follow him to get the our new batch of onion rings as I did not trust him.

Then, my complaint about the condiments. You have to “ask” for condiments, and when I asked for ketchup, it is served in this tiny container in which you cannot dip the onion rings freely in! Then, I had to stand back in line to get a refill because no one came to the table asking if we would like a refill for our drink.

Overall: A horrible experience and we definitely will not be back!

Have you ever come across overpriced restaurants, places that aren’t worth the food and customer service?

This is a story of what I did on Tuesday in February 2017
February 24, 2017
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I really had a good day on Tuesday.I enjoyed tuesday a lot.I went to Chick Fila with my mother and nephew.I ordered a kids meal at chick Fila.I ordered 6 pieces of grilled chicken along with waffle fries as well as a diet dr pepper soft drink.After lunch was over my nephew Garrett played in the indoor playground at chick filla.I just sat on the bench and watched because I was to old to go down the slide and crawl in the tubes.My mother drove me home to my luxury apartment and my nephew and I sat in the back seat.When we arrived at the front of my apartment complex, my mother walked over to my mailbox to get my mail.She used the key to open up my mailbox.My clixsense paycheck that had been mailed to me was in my mailbox.Later on on Tuesday evening, I received $10.70 by paypal from opinion outpost.Opinion outpost is a survey site and it took 107 points to redeem that money.I transferred the money from my paypal account to my checking account.Another thing that I did on Tuesday was deposit my clixsense check into my bank account.I did not have to go to the bank to deposit the check because I was able to do it electronically by installing a whitney bank app on my iphone.I had to sign the back of the check and write deposit only on the back of the check.I had to take a picture of the front and back of the check.My clixsense check was for $11.42.Over $22 was added to my checking account on Tuesday.I want to thank everybody for reading this post and fell free to comment on this post and send me a friend request.Thanks for reading this post and all other posts that I submit.

This is what food is like at an American Restaurant
February 22, 2017
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Most restaurants here will have a special section of the menu featuring a deal typically for two people. I like to browse that section first before browsing the original menu because you can get sometimes get your money’s worth!

For instances, this restaurant Chili’s, you can choose an appetizer and then two full size entrees for only $22 dollars plus tax – in the past it was 2 for $20 but it has increased by 2 bucks since.

Appetizer to Share

  • Half Texas Cheese Fries, the photo is with chili. Essentially french fries topped with cheese, jalapeños and chili. Garnished with green onions.

Entrees 

  • What my boyfriend would order – Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs with your choice of side. He had a side of mac n’ cheese.
  • What I would typically order – Classic Bacon Burger and instead of fries since we had fries as an appetizer, I had loaded mash potatoes topped with bacon bits and shredded cheese

If you were to order this entire meal seperately, the appetizer would be$4.89, half rack of ribs would be $11.39, bacon burger would be $9.99. Essentially the appetizer is “like” free. And these food selects are what we typically would have ordered anyway so it is a win, win situation for us!

We do not typically eat at Chili’s, but occasionally when there is a good deal we may consider it. Simply by being a Rewards member of Chili’s which is completely free to sign up, you will be emailed on going promotions for instance: $10 off your purchase of $30 or more, free dessert of your choice with no purchase required, free appetizer for dine in, free kids meal, and etc. Plus for every purchase you make, you will accumulate points to redeem for free food!

At restaurants where you live do they have a special menu too? Do you order from the special menu?

Valentines Day Offers – Meal for Two Deals
February 21, 2017
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During Valentine’s Day week or weekend, depending on which day Valentine’s Day lands on – Many restaurants would offer some sort of special deal where you can select from the fixed menu (featuring your choice of appetizer, two entrees and dessert) for a fixed price plus tip/tax of course.

For instances, the food I am going to show you features meal for two for $35.

This is the appetizer we enjoy to eat when we go to this restaurant. It is called artichoke dip with tortilla chips.

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This is the entree I ordered which is pizza, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage Pizza. I only wish the crust was thinner because I don’t like pizzas with a lot of crust!

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The pizza was a generous amount, so my boyfriend helped me finish it. And his entree he ordered was the Kung Pao Spaghetti – it does not look like much, but the dish sinks down a little.

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As far as dessert, we shared the red velvet cake with a side of vanilla ice cream. Red velvet desserts are very popular but honestly, I do not think it lives up to its hype but out of the menu, that is the only appealing dessert they had.

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In the offer, drinks are not included, so if you order drinks (soda/wine/beer/juice) it will be an additional cost unless you opt for water with lemon which is free.

Note: These photos were taken a few years back, when we went to celebrate Valentine’s Day here – it was 2 for $32, a few years later, the cost now is 2 for $35, so it looks like it each year the menu remains the same, but a dollar increase.

Valentine’s Day has passed, but is there a restaurant you and your significant other / or friends like to visit? Or do you have a special routine you two do? This year, we bought the heart bundle deal from Pizza Hut which consist of a heart shaped one topping pizza and hershey cookie for $15. It was perfect for our Netflix and chill type of evening.

What do you order when dining out? Steak & Pasta!
February 21, 2017
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When it comes to dining out at a restaurant – my boyfriend typically orders ribs, steak or seafood while I am the one who orders the opposite: pasta, sandwiches, or burgers! Of course our options always vary depending on our mood. We occasionally get salad and soup to share too depending on the restaurants food portion and if we are hungry. We try to order food items that we do not typically eat often, or know how to make that well.

The photos above are photos I took, and I am sharing what food would be like for two here in California – My boyfriend ordered the 14 ounce juicy rib eye steak and you have an option to get two sides. He selected the Chicken Tortilla Soup, which is one of our favorite soups and big enough for the both of us to share, sort of like a starter along with a side of french fries. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Pasta with some broccoli and side of two garlic toast.

The food portion at this restaurant is definitely way too big to finish in one setting, so we do bring the leftovers home to have for dinner as well. It is pretty common here to bring left overs home if you would like.

After finishing the soup and entrees, the servers will typically ask if you would like to see the dessert menu. Chances are we do not have any room for dessert so, we kindly reject and ask for the check instead.

When you dine out at restaurants, what do you typically order? Do you always get an Appetizer? Entree? Dinner? 

When we dine out, we typically just get an entree usually you’ll get sides that are like an appetizer. In this case, his steak also came with two sides – so technically he could have gotten two bowls of soup instead of a soup and french fries, so that’s “like” an appetizer in our case.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU DINE OUT?
February 15, 2017
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Do you like to eat only home cooked food or prefer dining out? Well as far s I’m concerned me and my husband both of us like to eat out at least twice a week.

Whenever eating at home we prefer basic food but when stepping out we are a typical foodie and love to try out new varieties.

Though I’m a pure vegetarian and my husband is a non veg lover we both allow each other to their taste buds turn by turn.

Eating out is a kind of energy booster for us and we feel energized after doing so. It breaks the life’s monotony and allows us to spend some healthy time together without the intervention of any family member.
I simply look forward to these small outings.

Like everything eating out also has its pros and cons which vary from person to person.For me the pros overrule the cons but there are others for whom disadvantages of eating out are far more than the advantages.

Here are a few cons that I can figure out:
1). Break from regular cooking.
2). A good option to fill the stomach in case you are too tired to cook.
3). Saves cooking time, fuel and vegetables.
4). Gives a change of mood.
5). Energy booster.
6). Allows you to explore new places to eat out.
7). Allows you to taste and learn about new delicacies.
8). Gives a nice and uninterrupted family time.
9). Increases your flexibility in food you eat.
10). It can vary from a small treat to a big celebration.
11). Helps to build social skills and manners.
12). Allows to spend good time with friends as well.
13). Helps to increase communication skills.
14). Gives you a chance to dress well and flaunt yourself.
15). Allows the kids to learn to sit and eat.
16). Improves table manners.
17). Helps to keep us updated.

Well these are the main points that strike my mind at present. Any additions to it are most welcome.

But excess of anything is bad. The advantages remain beneficial only if there is a set boundary line that must be followed strictly.

The associated demerits are:

1). A hole in the pocket.
2). No control over food quality.
3). Compromised hygiene.
4). Limited portion of food.
5). Increased probability of stomach infections.
6). Managing children can be tough at times.

Books You Must Read – Slaughterhouse-Five
January 28, 2017
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Kurt Vonnegut is an American author who wrote a number of books and short stories.  Slaughterhouse-Five is simply the most well-read.  There are other books by Kurt Vonnegut that you should read, basically because of his style.

He tends to write as if  sitting across the table, speaking directly to you.   He avoids harshness, despite writing about very painful topics, he always sprinkles a bit of humour or fantasy to offset the pain.

His linguistic style is described as straightforward; his sentences are concise, his language simple, his paragraphs brief, and his ordinary tone conversational.

Kurt Vonnegut uses this style to convey complex subject matter in a way that is intelligible to a large audience.

Slaughterhouse-Five was his greatest work.  It is based on Vonnegut’s own experiences during World War II  when he was a prisoner of war.

On February 13, 1945, Dresden was the target of a fierce fire bombing by the Allies.   Vonnegut  as a prisoner of war,  was engaged in forced labour in the city.  He and his fellow prisoners were billeted in Slaughterhouse Five, that is the title of the book.

The fire bombing lasted until February 15, leaving tens of thousands of Germans dead.    When Kurt Vonnegut and his fellow prisoners emerged from where they had hidden, (in a meat locker three stories underground) they were astounded by the level of both the destruction in Dresden, the death, and the fact it was to be kept secret.

In the Book,  Vonnegut describes what he saw and experienced, but not in a depressing or harsh manner.

Kurt Vonnegut and other American prisoners were put to work immediately after the bombing, excavating bodies from the rubble.   But the book is not gruesome nor depressing.

Slaughterhouse-Five was released in 1969,  at the height of the anti-war movement, and rocketed Kurt Vonnegut to fame.

The story is not told in a linear fashion, and to alleviate the painful and repulsive theme there are many fantastic sprinklings such as his kidnapping by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore.

Many of Kurt Vonnegut’s earlier works had appealed to college students.  The strong antiwar message of Slaughterhouse Five resonated with those marked by the Vietnam War.

 

You Got What You Wanted, Now You Don’t Want What You Got
November 20, 2016
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We were sitting in a posh restaurant,  having a happy conversation, deciding on what we would order.   There was a group at the other table, which had come before us, and we heard them order.

We made our orders and were talking, and then the other table’s food arrived.  A woman who was sitting there suddenly shouted; “Snails!  These are Snails!”

Well, duh.   She ordered Escargot.

We were cracking up.   The waiter tried to explain to her that Escargot is snails, the manager came out, perhaps assuming that she had not ordered Escargot Provencial but another style, and it was just the high point of the evening.

The woman had clearly ordered Escargot.  She got Escargot.  Didn’t she know that it was Snails?

Apparently she didn’t.

When our food arrived we did various take offs on her reaction.   One going; “Spaghetti?  I didn’t know those were noodles!”  or  “Steak?  But it’s Meat!”  and on and on, laughing so hard, because it was so funny.

How does a person order something and NOT know what it is?

I always ask; “What is this? What is in this?”  to insure I don’t order something I can not eat.

When there’s some proposition before the Board I ask about it.  What does it mean? What will happen? For I don’t want surprises.

When there’s a candidate to vote for, I need to know what s/he stands for.  What is their position on the various issues.

I don’t vote against my interest, so need to know if this candidate and I are on the same page.

Donald Trump, for example, is a racist, a sexist, and an Islamophobe.  He’s said so. He’s made it clear.  How can anyone be surprised at the appointments he is making?  He is choosing racists, he is selecting Islamophobes, he had made his position of non-citizens of America very clear.

I can not understand anyone being upset about his appointments, because that is what he stands for.   When he puts more of his positions into practice, and ex-pats who hold jobs in America are dismissed and asked to leave, I can not see how any of them can be surprised.

If he closes Mosques or demands every member be registered, and taps their phones, well, clearly, that is simply putting into practice what he has so clearly defined.

That he ends Affirmative Action, Open Admissions, and Quotas, well of course that is clearly on his agenda.

Didn’t they vote for that?

People who complain about Trump’s appointments and positions are just like that woman who ordered Escargot and then objects because there are snails on her plate.

Do You Choose What To Eat?
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A Colorful Table

The table hajs been neatly arranged with all the delicacies that your best chef only knows how. There is Meat of all colors, red meat,white meat and others. The table is laid with all the appetite arousing colors. There are flowers and candle light burning that one may think you are celebrating a wedding anniversary or birthday. No, it is just a normal meal.

Are you choosy what you eat?

Do you just fall on the food and eat gluttoneously over any type of food or you watch what you eat? Do not tell me that you have not been refused any food by the doctor. Are you waiting for the doctor to tell you to mind what you eat. You must choose as you are the solo doctor of your body.

Are you aware of these?

Your body needs no meat in your diet. If it is a must that you eat meat, then opt for white meat like fish, chicken, rabbit e.t.c.
Eat plenty of vegetables. Vegetables are known to have most of the essential minerals and vitamins that your body badly needs.Some vegetables like stinging nettles or urtica are known to have curative and preventive qualities to diseases.

Take plenty of fruits daily. I know your mind has gone to bananas and fruits such as coconuts. Yes, they are fine fruits. What I meant was that you eat more than five types of fruits daily. They must be fruits that you eat both the peels, succulent flesh and seeds.
Always be wary of the oils used to prepare the meals. Solid fats contain too much cholesterol and solidify quickly Making them not good enough.
Sugar intake should also be controlled. The body Needs only One Spoonful of sugar a day. Too much of it is poisonous. If You were to Take soda then Take club soda Otherwise the Other sodas have too much sugar.
Take plenty of water. Twelve glasses are needed by the body daily. Water assists in digestion, food Swallowing  and excretion. Most of the body Is water. Blood And  milk  is One Hundred percent water.

Do you do exercise?

This is another Vital part of Dating. Exercise is very necessary. It assists to burn down the food eaten. Exercise opens the pores as it rids the body of excess water, urea and salts.

Diseases

We have had diseases and most of them are food related. There are deficiency diseases caused by lack of certain food nutrients and those caused by taking certain food nutrients in the excess.Our eating habits are wanting. Take precaution before food kills you.

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Restaurant Experiences: Sure Signs You’re Addicted to Chinese Food
August 16, 2016
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How do you know you’re addicted to Chinese food?

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Hmmm? Well if you’re married to a man like my husband:

 

  • Every time he decides to treat you by taking you out to dinner, you always end up at a Chinese restaurant.

 

  • When it’s family pizza night, he orders pizza … so the kids won’t get mad at him. But he also orders Chinese food!

 

  • Whenever you travel, no matter what state you travel to, he always looks for a Chinese restaurant.

 

  • If you relocate to live somewhere else, on his list of top priorities? Finding the Chinese restaurant that’s near to where you are now living, and figuring out if they have delivery service!

 

  • If you haven’t moved into your new home or apartment yet, he will ask a local to point him in the direction of a really good Chinese restaurant, while we’re looking for a place to stay.

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