Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Toast! At last!

Here at the house, we have had inferior toast production for a year and a half. When my dad moved to Nashville, I lent him my toaster and, to compensate, I pulled out the little toaster oven, which used to make OK toast about 25 years ago, but in 2014, the toast function didn't work.

I discovered that, if, instead of the toast function, I used the oven function, the bread got brown and dried out, sort of like toast.  Of course, with no automatic shut off, I had to continually check the little oven to make sure the toast wasn't burning. I learned that different types of bread take different amounts of cooking time, but I never was able to set a timer accurately enough to conquer toast.  More than one piece had to be tossed out because of burnt edges or completely charcoal-ed exterior.

I kept checking Costco for a white toaster. All the toasters have been stainless steel, and my appliances are white. I guess almost everyone wants stainless steel now, but, finally, Costco had a white toaster on deep discount.

Here is my new 4-slice Cuisinart toaster, which can make regular toast in all shades, or toast only on one side. I can still remember my x-father-in-law getting angry with me because I made toasted cheese by toasting the bread first instead of browning on one side, the correct way.  One-sided toasting is also preferred for bagels.

I paid $19.97 for my new toaster. Nashville Costco had a bunch,  On the Internet these Cuisinarts sell
For around $50.00. 

I had four slices of toast yesterday. I'm going to have to cut back.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

5 Best Places to Eat Lunch in Nashville (Granny Style)

I've been asked by TheBesty.com for my list of the best places to eat in Nashville.  My dinner list would look like everyone else's- City House, Josephine's, 404 Kitchen, Husk, Etch... (if I left yours off, I haven't eaten there yet).  But grandmothers are economical, and like to eat lunch, which is cheaper than dinner. And grandmothers, like me, might be retired, and might have time to mosy around after lunch and look around, so here are my lunch picks:

Frist Cafe: At the wonderful, art deco, Frist Museum the food is good, and the restored old building is marvelous. The museum is worth a trip just to see the building even if no exhibit catches your fancy. If you're traveling with grandchildren, the hands-on art room upstairs is a very fun place to visit.

Pineapple Room at Cheekwood:  Harder to recommend because if you're not a Cheekwood member, you have to pay to get into Cheekwood, a significant extra expense. The food is ladies-who-lunch fare, salads, light sandwiches, but fresh and well prepared. If you've never seen Cheekwood, the house that Maxwell House Coffee built, you need to visit. This beautiful 1930's mansion is now an art museum and the grounds are a botanical garden.

Etch:  This restaurant has some of the best food of the group, the food is truly wonderful, and also has valet parking, which is great because Etch is located downtown right across from the symphony hall. Let the valet park your car, and, after lunch, go explore Lower Broadway.  Be sure to see the symphony hall, but also cross over the pedestrian bridge for a Nashville photo opportunity.

Capitol Grill: This restaurant, in the historic Hermitage Hotel, also has excellent food.  Don't leave without seeing the men's restroom, often on the best restrooms of America list. Afterwards, cross Memorial Plaza, the state legislature meeting rooms are underneath this open square, and visit the pre-Civil War state capitol and an Andrew Jackson statue identical to the one in Jackson Square in New Orleans..

Thistle Stop Cafe:  This cafe serves fresh salads and sandwiches, but, also, this is a great place to eat because of the extraordinary mission of the cafe, to be a learning lab for women who are working to turn their lives around.  This is another enterprise of the same group that developed the Thistle Farms cosmetics line.

So many fun places, so much to do in Nashville. What's your favorite place to lunch? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Long Black Skirt at Costco

I need an outfit for a formal dinner in August, but I want something I will wear more than once.  Instead of a long formal, I think I can squeek by with a cocktail dress.  I ordered a little black dress from Nordstrom on-line, $150; uninspiring in person, I had to return it.  Rather than mail it back, I returned it to the store here, where the Nordstrom sales person found me a cute little black dress for $895.  Hmmm. No.

I also needed a swimsuit, and, at Nordstrom, in the swim department, I noticed long black skirts with elastic waistbands being sold as "dresses/skirts" for around $50.  Took me a second, but I realized they were designed to be pulled up and worn either as strapless bathing suit cover-ups or as skirts over a suit.  Hummm. 

I remembered seeing something similar at Costco.

These matti m skirts at Costco are very similar, but sell for $16.99.

I'm not going to wear this to the formal dinner, I'm going to wear it over a swim suit. Probably.

Happy National Hotdog Day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kenneth Cole Reversible Belts at Costco

Been looking for a belt for my Dad and this Kenneth Cole Casual Belt, reversible, is working great.  

My dad had no complaints and says ithe process to reverse from black to brown is easy. 

I paid $17.99 at the Nashville Costco.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Apple Products at Costco

Apple products are in my Costco in Nashville!  I saw phones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Nanos.  I'm not sure how these prices compare with the Apple store.  Here are some details:

I asked about the iPhone 6. They said they may be taking names once the launch is announced, but expect to sell out fast.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Frozen Books From Costco

This 4 book Frozen set is a big hit with my 5-year-old granddaughters.  

The chapter book was the first non-picture story book for one of the girls.  

With the less than $15 price tag, I was able to send the set by USPS Media Mail to Brooklyn for less than it would have cost to send the set from Amazon. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Adams Reserve Sharp Cheddar Slices at Costco

My Nashville Costco has changed the sliced medium cheddar Tillamook Cheese to sliced sharp cheddar Adams Reserve.  We liked the Tillamook Cheese, a staple here.

But the Adams Reserve is growing on me.  I like a sharp cheddar taste better, but liked the Tillamook because it was Costco's only real cheddar that came in slices.  My impression is that Jacques prefers medium cheddar, but, so far, he hasn't complained about the Adams Reserve.

Tillamook was packaged in 2.5 lb. packages; Adams Reserve is in 2 lb. packs.  I paid $6.99 for 2 pounds of the Adams Reserve, making it a slightly better buy than Tillamook.

The Adams Reserve does not come with paper separating the slices, but the slices don't seem to stick together as much as the Tillamook.