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Sunday, unexpectedly, we lost one of our own.  After a sudden diagnosis of liver cancer just two days before, our very own mama Breeze lost her battle with this disease and passed away on Sunday afternoon.   She passed peacefully surrounded by her family.
 
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We started on this journey fifteen years ago - breeze, Pam, LKH, and radi8.  Through everything that has transpired over the past fifteen years, we have always remained family - and Mama breeze was an integral part of that family.  We will be posting additional information here, as much as we can while still respecting her desire for privacy and anonymity.  For now, while we process our grief, we will close this notice with Godspeed, Mama.  We miss you so much already.

 

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The Dining and Food Thread

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How does anyone in a first world country not know what club soda is?  :dntknw:

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4 hours ago, Pam said:

How does anyone in a first world country not know what club soda is?  :dntknw:

That would get into a deeper question of "Is Chicago First World?" 

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5 hours ago, Konrad2012 said:

That would get into a deeper question of "Is Chicago First World?" 

I made some great lifelong friends when I lived here, and it was great seeing everyone, but if it wasn't for them I'd probably never come back. 

 

On an unrelated note I just took a shared Lyft ride back to my hotel.  I went from Bucktown to Millennium Park for $4.42, pre-tip. That could not have been economically viable for anyone but me.

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I once read that pre-ordering the airline meals for people with special dietary needs resulted in tastier food.

 

So far:  myth. 

 

The diabetic omelette on my SAN-ORD flight last week was terrible.  On my recent HND-LAX flight I had the low-sodium breakfast (it needed a lot of salt and still wasn't very good).   I'll know in about five minutes how nasty the gluten-free lunch is. 

 

On a positive note, when I complained to AA recently after the catering vendor didn't manage to get my special meal onto my flight they gave me 5,000 miles for my inconvenience. 

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Venturing into a Starbucks this afternoon was pleasant.......no waiting in line. And no douche bags using the place as their office.

 

All the unwashed masses must be raiding the Walmarts for water and food with the hurricane coming.

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2 hours ago, TheVig said:

Venturing into a Starbucks this afternoon was pleasant.......no waiting in line. And no douche bags using the place as their office.

 

All the unwashed masses must be raiding the Walmarts for water and food with the hurricane coming.

I am coming up on the one-year anniversary of my last Starbucks purchase.  I bought a couple of small sandwiches at one in Tokyo last year when I couldn't quickly ascertain other convenient options for carry-out near my hotel. 

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6 hours ago, cv91915 said:

I once read that pre-ordering the airline meals for people with special dietary needs resulted in tastier food.

 

So far:  myth. 

 

The diabetic omelette on my SAN-ORD flight last week was terrible.  On my recent HND-LAX flight I had the low-sodium breakfast (it needed a lot of salt and still wasn't very good).   I'll know in about five minutes how nasty the gluten-free lunch is. 

 

On a positive note, when I complained to AA recently after the catering vendor didn't manage to get my special meal onto my flight they gave me 5,000 miles for my inconvenience. 

The gluten-free meal was mostly a winner.

 

The roll was ultra-dry and inedible.

 

The salad and the shrimp cocktail were good.  The chicken breast was better than most you get on an airplane.  The roasted cauliflower was quite tasty, even though I found out after I ate it that it was actually grits with roasted corn.

 

The pre-packaged chocolate chip cookies tasted like a Keebler elf's pajamas.

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I had a late (3pm-ish) lunch with my mom at Chipotle yesterday.  This was my first Chipotle experience in probably three years.

 

At the counter there was a sign that said that they were out of guacamole.  

 

While we ate, four others came in, and three left after reading the sign.  

 

Who loves fast-food guacamole so much that they'd rather endure the inconvenience of driving somewhere else for lunch than just skipping the guacamole this time?

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1 hour ago, cv91915 said:

Who loves fast-food guacamole so much that they'd rather endure the inconvenience of driving somewhere else for lunch than just skipping the guacamole this time?

I usually just adapt, but I have had a few times over my fifty years on planet Earth where I simply HAD to have a certain food craving met. I guess those people are like that all of the time.

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1 hour ago, cv91915 said:

I had a late (3pm-ish) lunch with my mom at Chipotle yesterday.  This was my first Chipotle experience in probably three years.

 

At the counter there was a sign that said that they were out of guacamole.  

 

While we ate, four others came in, and three left after reading the sign.  

 

Who loves fast-food guacamole so much that they'd rather endure the inconvenience of driving somewhere else for lunch than just skipping the guacamole this time?

According to the data provided, 50% of people. 

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Lunch today will be Cuban/Puerto Rican at Andres.  

 

They're a MileagePlus Dining restaurant, and I need to prevent some United miles from expiring.

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2 hours ago, TheVig said:

For dinner tonight, I will be making homemade beef stroganoff.

Yum.  I haven't had that in forever...  

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6 hours ago, cv91915 said:

Lunch today will be Cuban/Puerto Rican at Andres.  

 

They're a MileagePlus Dining restaurant, and I need to prevent some United miles from expiring.

~90 United miles coming right up.

 

Bonus: I also got an email from MOGL.  $1.53 back for the same meal.

 

The pierna de puerco asada was really good.  I'll definitely go back.

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On 9/10/2018 at 10:58 AM, cv91915 said:

I once read that pre-ordering the airline meals for people with special dietary needs resulted in tastier food.

 

So far:  myth. 

 

The diabetic omelette on my SAN-ORD flight last week was terrible.  On my recent HND-LAX flight I had the low-sodium breakfast (it needed a lot of salt and still wasn't very good).   I'll know in about five minutes how nasty the gluten-free lunch is. 

 

On a positive note, when I complained to AA recently after the catering vendor didn't manage to get my special meal onto my flight they gave me 5,000 miles for my inconvenience. 

 

On 9/10/2018 at 5:25 PM, cv91915 said:

The gluten-free meal was mostly a winner.

 

The roll was ultra-dry and inedible.

 

The salad and the shrimp cocktail were good.  The chicken breast was better than most you get on an airplane.  The roasted cauliflower was quite tasty, even though I found out after I ate it that it was actually grits with roasted corn.

 

The pre-packaged chocolate chip cookies tasted like a Keebler elf's pajamas.

 

I just ordered the kosher meal for my PHX-OMA flight tomorrow.

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My special meal adventure on American Airlines continues.

 

Today I ordered the Hindu option for breakfast.

 

No idea what the main item was.  It looked like a shrimp cake to me when the FA set it down.  I tasted it, and it was sweet, which was alarming because I wasn't expecting sweet.

 

By the third bite I liked it.  I have no idea what it was, but my best gues is rice cooked with milk, golden raisins and a few carrot shreds.  Topped with chopped coconut.

 

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6 hours ago, cv91915 said:

My special meal adventure on American Airlines continues.

 

Today I ordered the Hindu option for breakfast.

 

No idea what the main item was.  It looked like a shrimp cake to me when the FA set it down.  I tasted it, and it was sweet, which was alarming because I wasn't expecting sweet.

 

By the third bite I liked it.  I have no idea what it was, but my best gues is rice cooked with milk, golden raisins and a few carrot shreds.  Topped with chopped coconut.

is Halal an option?

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11 hours ago, IndyPoolPlayer said:

Ritz-Carlton? That had to set you back about $40

So I should starve?

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