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So glad to see Bluecoat here!
I have never been a fan of gin, but did a tour of Philadelphia Distilling's facilities and now I look forward to whipping up a G&T on a nice warm evening with their citrus-y gin.

Why You Should Try American Gin (And What to Look For) 9-Bottle Bar
4/24/14 10:05 AM

This just reminds me of the Bill Cosby "Chocolate Cake For Breakfast" bit:
"Eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake. And milk! Oh, goodie! And wheat! That's nutrition!"

Why Doughnuts Are the Sneakiest Breakfast Item of All Time
3/4/14 12:37 PM

I'm just happy there's actual attention to trying to improve the food - considering that when I was in high school, I was fed funnel cake for lunch. I mean, as a 16 year old it was awesome and delicious, but there was absolutely no nutritional value. And I used to take the "cheese" off the "hamburgers" and cut shapes out of it and adhere it to surfaces...because it was better as a craft project than a source of nutrition. Or taste.

I can't say I'm sad they still serve potato pierogies in Pennsylvania, I loved those. I do hope they stopped serving carnival food.

School Lunches: How Things Are Getting Healthier for American Kids
8/31/13 12:54 PM

I could understand if this was just soap scum, hair balls, or something like that - but it's not, it's mold and can be toxic. I think if it had just been a case of a dirty shower, then, yes, it would be rude to say something (unless you were really good friends, in which case constructive criticism comes with the territory).
As there is a legitimate concern for the friend's health, I think something should be said. But as other posters mentioned, try to keep it quick, light, and not point blame at the friend's poor housekeeping. I probably would have figured out a way to address it right away, though.

Should I Tell My Friend That Her Bathtub Is a Health Hazard? Good Questions
8/29/13 09:51 AM

Lovely house, lovely views. I want to soak in that tub and have a glass of wine on that deck. And of course, I LOVE the cat. :)

I would, however, be afraid of taking a tumble down the stairs or having one of the boards from the bedroom ceiling fall on my head.

Joey and Gerard's France Meets California Mountain Cottage House Tour
8/23/13 03:02 PM

The last time I made hummus, I peeled each and every chickpea....and found that it did not make a noticeable difference for the amount of time spent popping the peas out of their coverings.

How To Make Hummus from Scratch Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
7/29/13 01:07 PM

The kitchen looks so much more spacious now, nice job.

And I love the donkey. :)

Christine's Uncluttered Kitchen Small Cool Kitchens 2013
7/19/13 09:42 AM

I die. DIE.

Thomas and Rick's Indianola Cottage House Tour
7/18/13 09:11 PM

Ha - I also just logged in to comment about the Federal Donuts.

I get their "simple" donuts at Phillies games. Fresh and hot and delicious.

And their fancy donuts are so good too. I mean, normally, I don't need a fancy donut, any donut will do, but Pomegranate Nutella? Key Lime Pie? French Toast? So yummy. (the names may be a little off, but you get the gist...)

The worst offender (for me): a dry jelly donut. I should not need the jelly to make the donut edible.

What Defines a Truly Great Doughnut?
7/11/13 01:17 PM

I want to know how many non-Philly people pronounce Schuylkill correctly :)

It also better be one tasty sandwich to live down that name.

Casey's Crisp & Contemporary DC Digs House Tour
7/2/13 03:38 PM

I have one of those doors on my foyer - it's one of the reasons I was drawn to buy my house, so I completely understand their draw!

Kendal's Vintage Doors Small Cool Contest
5/8/13 11:02 AM

Tangent, but I'm pretty sure I saw Zach Galifianakis holding a Tab in the trailer for The Hangover III. Maybe it'll become the PBR of soft drinks now.

Whatever Happened to Red Pistachios?
5/8/13 10:19 AM

It is a lovely, lived-in, space that is full of personality.

But I agree, 1,000 sf is a LOT of space.

Lauren's Farewell, Home Sweet Home House Tour
5/7/13 10:44 AM

1. Hey, AT: Foor. Plans.
2. I can attest to rock climbing skills coming in handy for DIY. :)

Esma's Fashionably Personal Hollywood Hills Home House Tour
5/2/13 01:25 PM

Captain and Diet. Pretty much my standard anywhere, but it's very rarely let me down and I've frequented some choice establishments. If that doesn't and cranberry as a last resort.

My Safety Drink at Questionable Bars: Tequila Ginger Ale
4/16/13 10:17 PM

Well if you are a parent, and you had a house like that &/or let your children go unattended in such an environment, that speaks more to bad parenting than bad design.

We can't rid the world of all potential dangers, nor should we. Education and parental guidance kept me, most of you, and many others alive.

Personally, I think the design is interesting and fun. Not everything should be a McMansion (like the two houses that are now on the plot of land where the Catalano House was).

Will Mid-Century Modern Homes Kill Your Children? Projectophile
4/12/13 03:57 PM

Yes - if they have a coffee pot, your options just expanded tenfold! When I was renovating my kitchen, I found (though tips here, actually) about using the coffee maker to make rice, cous cous, and (my go-to) quinoa. It was fantastic.

Also great for oatmeal, and possibly pasta? (You could use packets of salad dressing to make a pasta salad..?)

Ideas for Real Meals I Can Make in a Hotel Room? Good Questions
4/10/13 10:20 AM

It is a personal choice, and I don't think it was right for the parents to suddenly "turn" on you - it's your life, not theirs. And it has no bearing on their life.

That being said. I own, and couldn't wait to do so. Growing up, I was indoctrinated with the fact that my grandparents rented their whole lives, and when my grandmother was in her sixties she had nothing to show for it. Conversely, my parents bought when they got married, paid it off well before the 30 years was up, and used the equity to send me (partially) to college. And to purchase their cars (with a tax-deductible loan). And to make repairs to a family home that was damaged by Sandy.

So, yeah, it actually is a pretty good investment from where I sit. And I say that being currently unemployed. Because worst-case scenario, I can't pay my mortgage - I move in with my boyfriend or parents and rent my house out. Which I would be fortunate to be able to do, I recognize that isn't the case with everyone. But I don't see my mortgage as some "albatross."

I'm Renting...And Okay with That
3/27/13 06:21 PM

What everyone else said. :)

I think it's great to see posts that really make the most of what was there - I think it really helps the average person and can be inspiring to see what a difference can be made without tearing everything out, or painting cabinets.

Kitchen Before & After: An 80's Kitchen Gets a Facelift, But Stays Warm Reader Kitchen Remodel
3/19/13 12:33 PM

So excited to see someone else with one of these chairs! I have one that's still very much in the "before" stage.

I do love the fabric on this one. :)

Before & After: A Wooden Bench Goes Bright
3/7/13 06:21 PM