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Adele's picture

Met Gary! (post #52720)

Gary is here for the American Culinary Federation Convention and had a little time today to visit me for lunch at Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ.   We had a lovely time just talking away. Solved all the problems of the world, so everyone can relax now.  Granite over concrete or laminate counters, and no stainless steel appliances.  :)


Wish he could of watched the shuttle go up, but a storm was within range and got aborted yet again.  It's pretty cool to watch it blast off on TV then run outside to see it go up. 


Hopefully, he'll be back down again when it is cooler and I can show him a little more 'local' Orlando.


 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Jean's picture

(post #52720, reply #1 of 18)

Solved all the problems of the world, so everyone can relax now


Oh, thank you thankyou!



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(post #52720, reply #2 of 18)

It's very cool that you met Gary. I envy you both!

When you get together again, please work on my problems, if you have all of the world problems solved. I know other CTers who could use some help, too. LOL

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(post #52720, reply #3 of 18)

I am jealous of you both!

 


 


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #52720, reply #4 of 18)

I'm so jealous.

Florida2's picture

(post #52720, reply #5 of 18)

What a wonderful time the two of you had. And the shuttle was scrubbed yet again today. No suprpise. Dont they know that it storms every afternoon in the Florida Summer?!


Adele, what are some of your favorite restaurants in Orlando. Sometimes we go to eat there when we land at MCO. Also, My FIL is in a retirement facility there, so wen we visit him, sometimes we go out to eat.

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(post #52720, reply #7 of 18)

I think that we were wise not to stay "a few extra days" to see the shuttle...we would have still been there a month later, LOL.



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Gary's picture

(post #52720, reply #8 of 18)

I've found another hole-in-the-wall place that has quite good Mexican food. Aztecas is on Main street in Kissimmee. Small place with only about 15 tables and it is the owner who does the cooking. Maybe not as good as what you get in Texas or SoCal.
http://www.aztecasmexrestaurant.com/

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(post #52720, reply #6 of 18)

You solved all the world's problems, but what did you eat? (I know bbq, but I'm curious about the specifics.)

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Glenys's picture

(post #52720, reply #9 of 18)

"Solved all the problems of the world, so everyone can relax now. Granite over concrete or laminate counters, and no stainless steel appliances. :)"

So why didn't you two solve all the problems before my headaches began????? But then, I'm not having granite. I must be the crack in the solution.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #52720, reply #10 of 18)

I don't like granite either. I want stainless steel countertops. That is what we had on one half of the kitchen growing up and I really liked it.  Of course it looked odd with all the avocado appliances (this was late 60s, early 70s) and it was quite uncommon then.


I do think a 3/4 bath is on the docket before we redo the kitchen, however.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Glenys's picture

(post #52720, reply #11 of 18)

I'm of half a mind to take out the tub and do a shower-only bathroom, but at this point, it's the only bathroom. In this market, down the road a bit, I'd have to add a bath. On the other hand, I'd have to add another bathroom anyway for resale.
Should I give in to my wants and desires for a few years? ( lingering thoughts, OK, Sis, it's been a lifetime. Get over it.

And it's not that I don't like granite, I've just seen too much of certain colours and overuse; it's like beige, there's nothing wrong with beige but I'm better with creamy white.


Edited 7/14/2009 9:48 pm by Glenys

Risottogirl's picture

(post #52720, reply #12 of 18)

Our little house now has just one full bath and I'd be okay with that, except that being a bungalow (to which a dormer was later added) that bath is downstairs and the bedrooms are upstairs. A minor inconvenience at night now, but in a few years...not fun :)


If we also redo the bath that we have, I'd be inclined to take out the tub anyway. I don't do bathtubs, hot tubs, pools or even really small ponds/lakes. Ewwww.


I really don't like granite, in any color. I'd do Corian before granite.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Syrah's picture

(post #52720, reply #13 of 18)

If we also redo the bath that we have, I'd be inclined to take out the tub anyway. I don't do bathtubs, hot tubs, pools or even really small ponds/lakes. Ewwww.


I'm shocked. What is better than being in a nice warm bath with bubbles in a candlelit bathroom, with a glass of wine and a novel to escape into. I'm pretty sure it's what happens in heaven. ;)


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AnnL's picture

(post #52720, reply #14 of 18)

I'm the same way about tubs, but if you ever think you'll sell, keep the tub.  It will affect re-sale value, since people with kids need tubs for baths.  But, if you don't care about that and plan to stay there a long time, then do what you want.

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TracyK's picture

(post #52720, reply #15 of 18)

I have granite in the new kitchen, and I'm pretty ambivalent about it (beyond just LOVING the fact that it's not ancient cheap & cheesy wood-grain laminate like my old kitchen, LOL).


It's great for rolling out pastry, I like the way it looks, it's easy to keep clean... but something about it is just... i don't know. Cold and hard. Like granite, LOL.


I think I would prefer silestone, or even Corian. Someday I'll be in charge of those kinds of decisions. :)



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #52720, reply #16 of 18)

The people that owned our house before us did a lot of stuff on the cheap including the kitchen...laminate and totally stock HD cabinets, but all new at least. I'm glad they didn't redo the kitchen with really expensive stuff because it surely would not be my taste and I'd be changing it anyway. And it would have been reflected in the price.


It is very simple and the layout works well. I wanted to live in the house and the kitchen for a while before deciding what changes to make. And now, well, with DH unemployed for almost a year and such, the kitchen redo is lower on the priority list!


I love stainless steel counters, but I'm not sure they would really fit the style of house I have, so I'll probably go with Silestone or Corian. I like metal and glass in a kitchen rather than a lot of wood, but that modern Euro feel doesn't really work with my taste/style in the rest of the house LOL.



Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay


Edited 7/15/2009 11:47 am ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

TracyK's picture

(post #52720, reply #17 of 18)

The owner of the condo redid the kitchen when she bought the place, then didn't end up living there very long as she got married and moved to her husband's place.


But she did a great job in the kitchen... it's white cabinets, mottled black granite counters with flecks of gold, nice five-burner gas stove with a warming drawer. The only thing she didn't replace that could use replacing is the fridge... not that it's bad, it's just old and doesn't have the more-convenient shelving & storage options that newer fridges have.


Really I'm just pleased that I have enough room to keep my food processor on the counter. :)



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #52720, reply #18 of 18)

I know what you mean. I don't need or want a huge kitchen (nor a huge house for that matter!) but I do want a good layout. After living in this kitchen for about 2 years now, I don't think I am going to change the actual layout, although I may decide to take out half a wall to the dining room that is adjacent


Some of my friends  around here have these enormous kitchens and most don't really cook all that much. Some of my European friends, especially the urban dwellers, have gorgeous, tiny but well designed kitchens that make much better use of space. It amazes me what some people can turn out of a kitchen the size of my closet (not a walk-in!).


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay