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50 minutes ago, StephanieL said:

She does need it, because most of the people in her department who'll be judging that file are evil.

Ugh. I have a couple of friends who had to pivot for that reason. I hope all goes well.

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On 9/6/2022 at 3:53 PM, Sneakeater said:

How many other recent openings can you think of that are tasting-menu-only?  As compared to a few years ago?

It's interesting, because as we talk about the death of the tasting-menu, the Times reports:

The New Generation of Tasting Menus Won’t Test Your Patience (or Your Wallet)

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Mr. Golden is among a growing, nationwide cohort of chefs who have embraced tasting menus while rejecting the most grandiose conventions of the tradition. They are mostly young, first-time restaurateurs who are attracted to a format they say unlocks creativity and cost savings. Their restaurants are nimble, lower-cost affairs, and they’re not catering to globe-trotting millionaires.

 

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There are tasting menus and tasting menus of course. You could call the places the Times is discussing tables d’hote. Not so much, menus gastronomiques.

I’ve droned on about this in the past. A true tasting menu shows the diner a lot of things the kitchen can do, and is therefore usually contrasted with a carte. Offering a no choice menu is not really offering a tasting menu (although obviously usage has shifted).

Here’s a trend the does surprise me though: https://www.axios.com/2022/09/08/restaurant-reservations-pandemic-covid

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It'll be interesting to see if that trend continues for a long time. Or is it more likely just a knee-jerk response to being able to go out again?

And yes, I guess the Times is basically referring to prix-fixe menus, as opposed to what many of us know as tasting menus.

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1 hour ago, joethefoodie said:

When Rosie wants to play...

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She drags her favorite toy into the hallway (and forces me to fix the rug...again!)...

Then lets me know...

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It's time!!!!  So, play for a while, then offer her catnip...

IMG_7711.thumb.jpeg.cde9408b1bbe56d1e0181d8fcbdf1402.jpeg

Which she not only scarfs down, she then proceeds to lie atop the remainder. And is as stoned as her human might be.

The cardboard box is not the one she sleeps in; this one holds some toys. The string-y thing behind her - another favorite we call "snake."  The scratching post - one of two. Yet somehow, some way, she still manages to destroy the leather dining chairs...

Cats.

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29 minutes ago, StephanieL said:

We have catnip growing in our garden.  N now has a cover over it to stop the local wandering cats from rolling around and sleeping in it.

Have you ever dried it? I'm gonna have to do that. 200 degrees in an oven for a while? Hang upside down?

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