There's some weird people working at Bagel Palace, though. Ill-tempered older folks (the owners?), waiters and waitresses getting into LOUD, pissy arguments in front of customers, food that isn't as good as it used to be...and ridiculous prices. Call me unimpressed. I've only heard wonderful things about Goldbergs. I agree with the other poster who said that the mom and pop stores need to earn their reputation. To me, Bagel Palace's reputation isn't as sterling as some people think it is.
Carl: I know! That's a sad, sad thing. You should hear people out here in Tacoma, WA going ga-ga over a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Tacoma Mall. My neighbors were raving about it and I didn't know what to say. Oh, blast! Suddenly I have a craving for those #$%! waffle fries! Truett Cathy is getting his revenge.
Move to Tacoma, WA! Better weather, better (educated) people, not bad transit, beautiful mountains and water, only thirty-five miles to downtown Seattle...oh, wait! Never mind! Don't move here! I moved here to get FAR away from the joke that is the metropolitan Atlanta area.
I can't wait until I move to the Seattle area. God, I hate the South. All this whining and crying and stupidity.
Here's what I had for Thanksgiving supper: Two boneless, skinless chicken tenders with salt, pepper, and a smidge of Old Bay seasoning. Aaaaand, for my vegetable I had EIGHT Brussels sprouts. My, what a meager meal. Yes, a few days before Thanksgiving I was told that my liver was very messed up from years of eating crappy food and too much of it. I was told to eat no more than 20 grams of carbs a day. No more onions, no more bread, cornbread, rolls, potatoes, rice, pasta, peas, carrots, cereal, milk, ice cream, gravy, stuffing, cranberries. This was a huge blow because I already had to give up lots of things when I got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2008. But, you know what? I'm damn thankful for finding this out before my liver completely failed. So, while everyone is cramming gravy and mashed potatoes and stuffing and pumpkin pie down their eager gullets, I'm alive and learning that is IS possible to get through life with only 20 grams of carbohydrates a day.
Buying pickles for presents is great if you have a job and money. I don't have a lot of money and I have no job but this week I made two medium size batches of my own pickles and the process was so easy, a child of five could probably manage it. I'm going to perfect and tweak my recipe and then give away jars of fresh, homemade pickles to friends and relatives. I also make a tasty Pico de Gallo with watermelon. I love giving presents to family and friends but a store-bought gift just isn't the same as a nice card or edible treats or even services to elderly or handicapped folks. Just sayin'.
Universal Joint in Decatur (Oakhurst neighborhood) has some very good burgers most of the time. And The Square Pub in downtown Decatur has VERY, VERY good burgers. I like U. Joint and Square Pub because neither place is frou frou upscale snobby rich places. You got great liquor and great food and interesting, regular folks and none of the burgers come with "field greens picked at their ripest and grown with love and classical music being played to enhance their growth". I'm so tired of bullshit restaurants...give me a juicy slab of ground beef with traditional fixings, unlimited iced tea or booze and I'm happy.
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