To FuziOh's comment on TJ's produce being past their prime. This is very much a suburb (or city without plentiful deli/vendors/grocers) vs city mindset. In the a city you don't stock up on stuff. When you want a banana you buy a banana and want it ripe to be eaten that day or the next day breakfast or lunch. Usually you buy it on the street or at the grocery on your walk home. In suburbs or a city like Atlanta people drive to buy their produce and tend to buy more than they need for that day or next day. Ripe, ready to eat produce is not seen as a good thing. Non-ripe produce is seen as a bad thing in big cities. I haven't had problems with TJs produce, I like that it is ready to go - that I can buy bananas that aren't green. The challenge with selling ripe, ready to eat is that in 48 hrs that produce is not saleable at full price.
Here is an interesting tidbit. In the NE there is, compared to the south, a shortage of adoptable specific-breed dogs. They come to the south to get them from rescues, or have them transported north. Spay/Neuter, a different culture of seeing animals as living things deserving of dignity, vets assisting in program, adopting a breed vs buying from a breeder, etc. - generally a more holistic approach has made a big difference in the NE. Not saying the problems have been solved, but the mindset of the population combined with new shelter/rescue approaches have gone a long way.
Don't believe me? Just in the township of Huntington, Long Island, our township of 200,000 people had invested with public/private funds in a 250K mobile vet clinic. Same month the clinic arrived 9/11 occurred. That mobile clinic went straight to the the crash site to provide free services to the rescue dogs.
The rescue where we adopted our dog routinely went (at least up to 2011) to Fulton animals services to bring dogs up to the city for adoption. When you adopted from them they would give a voucher for a free or almost free (depending on your financial circumstance) for spay/neuter from a mobile vet clinic in the city. Our Dixie was a Louisiana rescue adopted in NYC.
I hope that the good work of Lifeline can be supplemented with mobile clinics that can drive to the source, open up shop, and people can walk straight up and get spay/neuter.
I have to agree with "cloyingly sweet." It also happens with some of the Korean influenced items at Heirloom. Doesn't keep me from going to either place but I find myself with limited menu items. Overly sweet dishes tend to monopolize my taste buds, altering how I taste other things.
As a NYr living in Cobb. It never ceases to amaze me the misinformation about the racial demographics of this county, in particular the 5 mile area right OTP. Have you ever shopped here? There are lots and lots of black people who call this area their home. Go to Cumberland Mall, heck go to the Houston's on Paces. In fact my husband and I have never lived, worked, and shopped around this high a percentage of black people in our adult lives (Brooklyn, Miami, Manhattan, etc).
This perception that Cobb county is a white bastion is only true in pockets and those pockets are not "right across" from the perimeter.
I can't help but believe that every time so-called ITPs go on and on about how much better they are as human beings because they believe in diversity - that they are actually reflecting personal prejudices. What you resist persists.
Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful reviews. I'm stunned about Yakitori Jinbei. I haven't been there in 4 months but the ramen certainly didn't have the sesame seeds and other items you mentioned. Seems like they've made a big change.
correction "Their desserts ARE quite typical of Vietnamese restaurants in the U.S. and in France."
sigh...adding a non-Vietnamese origin, American made Jalapeño based sauce, to fish sauce? Why not ask for some Vietnamese or at least SE Asian chili sauce to mix in. Keep the flavors authentic.
"...now serves." They've been doing this for at least 5 years, at the end of dinner all nights of the week. Perhaps you aren't aware of the French influence on Vietnamese food. Their desserts are not are quite typical of Vietnamese restaurants in the U.S. and in France.
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