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      12-05-2019, 08:33 PM   #177
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While I wouldn't call myself an aficionado; today I did enjoy the best French Onion soup I've ever eaten.

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Love French Onion Soup!
I used to love it a well.

We stopped for lunch on our way back from Killington and had a bowl for dinner.

That was followed by the worse case of food poisoning that I've ever had. It took almost three days to recover.

To this day I can not order it.....
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And a restaurant story.....

A while back the wife and few of the other wifes (five) went to Napa for a girls week out. They rented a nice place up in the hills and made a bunch of reservations to do tours of wineries.

They had one night open so they called French Laundry and were told there was no seating but would take their name and call if something opened up.

So the week comes and they are out have a blast and the free night is upon them. They decide to just go home and drink wine they had discovered that day.

Back t the house, the phone rings and it's the restaurant calling to say they have a cancelation and would the girls like the spot. They talk it out amongst themselves and decide they are all comfortable at home and let the hostess know they will pass.

About 15 minutes later the manager of the restaurant calls back to confirm that they were indeed informed that there was a spot for them..... once confirmed, the manager said that he had never had someone say no.....
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Love French Onion Soup!
I used to love it a well.

We stopped for lunch on our way back from Killington and had a bowl for dinner.

That was followed by the worse case of food poisoning that I've ever had. It took almost three days to recover.

To this day I can not order it.....
I had the same experience with zeppole once. I guess the oil was bad because I became so sick. I used to love zeppole; now I can barely handle smelling them.
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I used to love it a well.

We stopped for lunch on our way back from Killington and had a bowl for dinner.

That was followed by the worse case of food poisoning that I've ever had. It took almost three days to recover.

To this day I can not order it.....
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I had the same experience with zeppole once. I guess the oil was bad because I became so sick. I used to love zeppole; now I can barely handle smelling them.
Not food but Long Island Iced Tea's for me. If I even saw one being made I'd gag.
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So I was up at my mothers cottage last week doing some reno's and repairs to get it ready for the summer season. I'd been under one of the buildings lying in the mud for most of the day doing plumbing mutuelles indépendants. I was tired, sore, dirty and hungry. There wasn't much in the fridge and I sure didn't feel like going out, I found this Butter Chicken and Basmati rice dish in the freezer....picture on the box vs what it actually looked like. FTR it tasted worse than it looked.
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And a restaurant story.....

A while back the wife and few of the other wifes (five) went to Napa for a girls week out. They rented a nice place up in the hills and made a bunch of reservations to do tours of wineries.

They had one night open so they called French Laundry and were told there was no seating but would take their name and call if something opened up.

So the week comes and they are out have a blast and the free night is upon them. They decide to just go home and drink wine they had discovered that day.

Back t the house, the phone rings and it's the restaurant calling to say they have a cancelation and would the girls like the spot. They talk it out amongst themselves and decide they are all comfortable at home and let the hostess know they will pass.

About 15 minutes later the manager of the restaurant calls back to confirm that they were indeed informed that there was a spot for them..... once confirmed, the manager said that he had never had someone say no.....
I believe it. It’s so hard to get a table there. You have to call at least 2 months in advance to the day in order to get a reservation there
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I can't tell you how many times I have seen this while traveling overseas. I try to go during off season for this exact reason and so that I don't get lumped into the "obnoxious American" stereotype. LOL.... sad but so true.
Whether you want to get "lumped in" or not, us Europeans can spot an American from a mile away.

What we as Europeans can see right through, is the American trying hard to non-Americanize him/herself for a trip abroad. And why would you? Just be your American self, and enjoy the locals. You'll end up having much more fun.

I'm married to a Texan, and when she comes home to Europe with me, she'll be extra Texas. I absolutely love it.
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I can't tell you how many times I have seen this while traveling overseas. I try to go during off season for this exact reason and so that I don't get lumped into the "obnoxious American" stereotype. LOL.... sad but so true.
Whether you want to get "lumped in" or not, us Europeans can spot an American from a mile away.

What we as Europeans can see right through, is the American trying hard to non-Americanize him/herself for a trip abroad. And why would you? Just be your American self, and enjoy the locals. You'll end up having much more fun.

I'm married to a Texan, and when she comes home to Europe with me, she'll be extra Texas. I absolutely love it.
I don't hide the fact that I am from the U.S. at all, but prefer to not be in the middle of a pack of American tourists. My wife and I love to travel off the beaten path so we can mingle and socialize with the locals. We almost always rent a car and drive so we can experience the country for what it truly has to offer. We very recently spent 2 weeks driving the Carpathian mountains in Romania, an awesome experience.
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I can't tell you how many times I have seen this while traveling overseas. I try to go during off season for this exact reason and so that I don't get lumped into the "obnoxious American" stereotype. LOL.... sad but so true.
Whether you want to get "lumped in" or not, us Europeans can spot an American from a mile away.

What we as Europeans can see right through, is the American trying hard to non-Americanize him/herself for a trip abroad. And why would you? Just be your American self, and enjoy the locals. You'll end up having much more fun.

I'm married to a Texan, and when she comes home to Europe with me, she'll be extra Texas. I absolutely love it.
I don't hide the fact that I am from the U.S. at all, but prefer to not be in the middle of a pack of American tourists. My wife and I love to travel off the beaten path so we can mingle and socialize with the locals. We almost always rent a car and drive so we can experience the country for what it truly has to offer. We very recently spent 2 weeks driving the Carpathian mountains in Romania, an awesome experience.
Player 2 in my travels is valuable, my Gypsy wife speaks 5 languages, fluent in Italian, Spanish and French

our good public school system in Massachusetts teaches kids not Spanish not French but (mandarin) in 20 years the world is going to feel smaller, math and good communication skills with some engineering mixed in will be so valuable in the 2030's (guys it's right around the corner)

Back to the subject: my wife catches locals talk about us all the time, most are pricks in and around Paris, Rome and Barcelona
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What we as Europeans can see right through, is the American trying hard to non-Americanize him/herself for a trip abroad. And why would you?
Because multi-lingual European locals seem to get amnesia about speaking fluent English when they see us mono-lingual Americans in their countries. I could tell you more than one funny story about how muddling through high school Spanish helped to cure the amnesia, when locals in French/Italian-speaking countries took pity on the dumb Americans in my family.....
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