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by sevenseas
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Generator
Replies: 18
Views: 1678

Re: Whole House Generator

I am having a whole house generator installed and asked my contractor for his recommendation (Kohler vs Generac). His company is one of the premier generator specialists (sales, installation, service) in my area so I trust his opinion. I told him I'd heard that Kohler was more reliable than Generac....
by sevenseas
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Supermarket are you?
Replies: 155
Views: 8399

Re: Which Supermarket are you?

Fairway, Agata and Valentina (local upscale Italian grocery), H Mart (Korean chain) or Chinese supermarkets when in the city. Wegmans when visiting my family in NJ (yes, I will shop here and bring back to my place in NYC, I love Wegmans that much). Adams Fairacre Farms when upstate. Also loved Guido...
by sevenseas
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4262

Re: Gardening 2018

I'm pretty excited that I can finally contribute to this thread after years of being a frustrated city-dwelling gardener. Taking baby steps at the new house: planted 6 tomato plants (Big Beef, Roma, Green Zebra, Sweet Million, Sun Gold, Yellow Pear), 1 sweet banana pepper plant. Six blueberry bushes...
by sevenseas
Sat May 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany
Replies: 76
Views: 3819

Re: Road trip Newark NJ to Albany

That whole region of NY State (Hudson River Valley) is beautiful and should be spectacular (fall foliage) in October. In general, west of the Hudson River is more rustic, mountainous (e.g. Catskills); east of Hudson (e.g. Rhinebeck) a bit more affluent, pastoral. Both equally beautiful in my eyes. W...
by sevenseas
Wed May 09, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the view on dogs running free?
Replies: 110
Views: 5835

Re: What's the view on dogs running free?

There is a way to talk to your neighbors about this that would likely solve the issue and keep you on friendly terms. The key is to avoid doing it in a way that puts them on the defensive. E.g. "Hey, I wanted to warn you that I've been having a problem with mice and put down some bait in the backyar...
by sevenseas
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?
Replies: 43
Views: 3860

Re: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?

If the restaurant is Cuba Libre, here is their mango butter recipe (supposedly from waiter at restaurant):

CUBA LIBRE'S MANGO BUTTER:

2 lbs. Softened Butter
6 oz. Mango Puree
1/3 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp. Black Pepper

I may actually try this myself, it sounds good!
by sevenseas
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?
Replies: 43
Views: 3860

Re: How to ship two big tubs of butter internationally?

I doubt that mango butter would be that difficult to make from scratch...though I'm still unclear as to whether this is mango-flavored butter, or non-dairy pureed mango product. Why don't you ask the restaurant if they would be willing to provide the recipe to see if your uncle (or any decent cooks ...
by sevenseas
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New York City Restaurant Week Suggestions
Replies: 15
Views: 1045

Re: New York City Restaurant Week Suggestions

Took a quick gander at the list; my suggestions: Midtown: Soccarat, Ma Peche Other nabes: ABC Kitchen, Fish Tag, Paowalla, Red Cat, Danji or Hanjan (sister restaurants), Quality Eats, Tuome, Casa Mono, Nougatine, Hearth, Bar Boulud or Boulud Sud.... From where you are staying, Upper West Side and He...
by sevenseas
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Misuse of adverse when averse was meant
Replies: 149
Views: 9447

Re: Misuse of adverse when averse was meant

OK. I'll play. My pet peeve regarding chronic linguistic offense on the Forum: "You guys" is not a pronoun. "Hey guys!" is not a polite greeting. "Thanks guys" omits (slightly more than) half the world. Runner up for peeve du jour: Subject titles that end with a string of question marks. What's tha...
by sevenseas
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.
Replies: 85
Views: 9202

Re: Putting in a Word About Tea - brands, types, etc.

Several people have already mentioned genmaicha, or green tea with toasted brown rice (delicious). A cousin to this which I first discovered on a visit to Japan is hojicha, in which the green tea leaves themselves are roasted. This is my current favorite and still fairly unknown to most people in th...
by sevenseas
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: North east cross country ski getaway
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: North east cross country ski getaway

Of the places you mention, I've only skied at the Trapp Family Lodge (without kids, lodging or lessons, so can't speak about those aspects). I recall huge quantities of snow, great trails (plenty of mileage, wide diversity of terrain, beautiful scenery), and above all, an exceedingly warm, friendly ...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Diamonds are forever.
Replies: 59
Views: 5296

Re: Diamonds are forever.

centrifuge and simplesimon have the best advice for actually buying a new diamond (if that is what you and your wife are looking for). Whiteflash, Brian Gavin Diamonds, Good as Gold are all reputable online vendors. They are not the cheapest, but carry extremely high quality stones. For everyone poo...
by sevenseas
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: NY Gov. Cuomo Allows NY Tax Prepayment - but counties still have final say
Replies: 5
Views: 1061

Re: NY Gov. Cuomo Allows NY Tax Prepayment - but counties still have final say

NY State residents may want to check with their local tax office for the most recent info. My town in Ulster County initially told me a week ago that I couldn't prepay my 2018 town/county tax (due end of Jan 2018). However, they've now revised this and are accepting payments, which just need to be p...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to stay in Sydney? What to see?
Replies: 19
Views: 1336

Re: Where to stay in Sydney? What to see?

Was hoping someone would mention the Bondi to Coogee Beach walk (or Coogee to Bondi, as I did). Easy public bus ride out and back. Highly recommended for spectacular coastal views and to get away from downtown for a bit. I also stayed near Circular Quay (Radisson Blu) and was happy with my choice. E...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 13559

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

I don't want to de-rail the thread, but does anyone have any recommendations for places for us to visit, based on what we like and don't like? Sounds like you like smaller, slower-paced places close to nature. Stockholm, Oslo/Bergen might suit. Lake Como, Italy. Provence (Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Pro...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: European Cities that don't interest you
Replies: 187
Views: 13559

Re: European Cities that don't interest you

Just to be contrary, I loved Florence, Moscow and Madrid! Maybe I'm a cockeyed optimist, but I've never travelled anywhere that I later regretted or felt was a waste of time. Always found wondrous sights to see, great food to eat, and new (if admittedly superficial and limited) insight into the cult...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who missed out on maximizing 401k?
Replies: 62
Views: 6326

Re: Who missed out on maximizing 401k?

My company has a 401k match but not a true up provision in case one hits the annual limit too early. Unfortunately it took me 3 years to realize this, which means 3 years of missing out on the maximum match. :oops: This year I was careful to make sure that my deductions went through to my last pay p...
by sevenseas
Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?
Replies: 266
Views: 23677

Re: Do you see a meaningful change in your income with new Tax Bill?

I am in about the worst possible situation when it comes to the new bill: single, no kids, W2 employee, high state/local taxes, just bought a house (no mortgage, high property taxes) this year, county won't let me prepay next property tax installment, my marginal rate will go up, lose the employee h...
by sevenseas
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron
Replies: 27
Views: 2482

Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

Check out Serious Eats' "Will It Waffle" series for some inspiration. I got my waffle iron as a gift and barely use it, but wouldn't be without it. When I want waffles, nothing else will do. You've inspired me to pull the thing out to make dinner waffles this week.... http://www.seriouseats.com/tags...
by sevenseas
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor

Thanks for the replies everyone. The monitor is not close enough to any baseboard heaters to likely be causing the temp swings. The room thermostat is an old Honeywell analog...that round one with "heat", "cool", "fan", "auto", and dials for room temp and setting temp. You know the type I'm sure. I ...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor

Be sure to give us an update when you find out what was going on. Questions like these can generate epic threads like this classic one. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=62092 Hopefully your solution is simpler. Will do...and thanks for the link; I remember that thread but somehow ha...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor

I knew you all would have some logical suggestions (or at least funny comments!) However, so far nothing seems to fit. It is an electric powered monitor and the power had been on continually. There is no way for direct sunlight to be hitting it...it is on the floor, not near a window, on the east si...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor

Thesaints wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:48 pm
Sounds like something that the Warren’s may find interesting...
Okay, I had to Google who the Warrens are...LOL! Hopefully nothing paranormal involved. I did have brief visions of a squatter turning up the heat while rummaging through my kitchen for food...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor

Hi guys, need some help with an odd issue. Have a second home in Hudson River Valley (NY State), which has been unoccupied for a month. Heating is hot water baseboard system run on fuel oil. Analog thermostats (3 heating zones) set at 55 or so. Have a remote freeze monitor that takes hourly readings...
by sevenseas
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NYC restaurant suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 4151

Re: NYC restaurant suggestion

Some suggestions off the top of my head: Hearth (Italian), East Village Sakagura (Japanese), Midtown Gaonnuri (Korean BBQ), Midtown (great view!) Soccorat (Spanish, paella) several locations including East Midtown and Chelsea Red Cat (New American), Chelsea Little Owl (New American), West Village Th...
by sevenseas
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 5306

Re: A Trip to Russia

Agree strongly with recommendation to learn Cyrillic alphabet beforehand. I found this especially helpful in translating street signs. If you are a foodie, I am a big fan of Georgian food which you can find readily there. Khachapuri (cheese bread), pkhali (vegetable and walnut dips/salads), khinkali...
by sevenseas
Sat Nov 25, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Etiquette question: going out to dinner with friends and how to split the bill
Replies: 86
Views: 6283

Re: Etiquette question: going out to dinner with friends and how to split the bill

This thread is bringing back fond memories of my mom, who would practically get into fist fights with family friends over the check after a meal. As in literally trying to wrestle it out of someone else's hand (I'm of Asian descent and this is a cultural thing.) We kids would sit there in utter emba...
by sevenseas
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office Chair Recommendations (Aeron?)
Replies: 38
Views: 3370

Re: Office Chair Recommendations (Aeron?)

My company bought me a Steelcase Amia when I requested a more ergonomic chair for my home office (lower back issues). It has been great for me and price point is in your range. Have been using it for years, 8 solid hours a day...quite happy with it, so much so that I paid out of pocket to buy anothe...
by sevenseas
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Holiday Recipes
Replies: 48
Views: 4641

Re: Favorite Holiday Recipes

This is my recipe, modified from one in Bon Appetit. For those who don't like traditional fruitcake, this is more of a "pound cake with dried fruit". The ingredient list sounds daunting but the actual preparation is a breeze. Please don't omit the almond paste, it really is essential (I use Odense b...
by sevenseas
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Shirt for Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 4916

Re: Warm Shirt for Winter

Just had family and friends over for the weekend during our unseasonable cold snap (low 30s daytime, teens at night) and we had this discussion. The unanimous agreement was Uniqlo Heattech. It's a super thin and lightweight undergarment (comes in tops and bottoms) that you wear under your regular cl...
by sevenseas
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cord in NYC
Replies: 10
Views: 1110

Re: Cutting the cord in NYC

I personally don't understand why anyone who is lucky enough to have access to FiOS internet would choose something different, but I have very high standards as I work from home and need a 100% reliable service, which in my experience only FiOS can provide. Have used it in NYC for many years...knock...
by sevenseas
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Join ebates for extra cash back
Replies: 22
Views: 2150

Re: Join ebates for extra cash back

I installed the Ebates tool over a year ago and have gotten many hundreds of dollars back. Just a few weeks ago I bought some Fiestaware from Macys, which was having a 20% off sale, with an additional 12% cash back from Ebates (that is the highest rate I've ever seen and lasted about a day or two). ...
by sevenseas
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Pillows
Replies: 15
Views: 2276

Re: Bed Pillows

I've been sleeping on the COOP pillow for well over a year now. It is nearly everything advertised: supportive, comfortable, adjustable. Probably one of the best pillows I've owned (prior to this bought cheaper random brands that inevitably went flat.) However, I have noticed it going flat more ofte...
by sevenseas
Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: VG using outsourcing to call me & I'm not happy
Replies: 76
Views: 8587

Re: VG using outsourcing to call me & I'm not happy

I got this same phone call several nights ago (Canton MA). I usually never pick up numbers that I don't recognize, but for some reason did this time. Was also suspicious until I chatted with the caller a bit (also a lady with an slight accent, but fluent in English) and could tell that she was legit...
by sevenseas
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 1099 employees how do you mentally handle taking time off?
Replies: 25
Views: 1730

Re: 1099 employees how do you mentally handle taking time off?

Agree with others that this was the hardest part of the 5 years that I freelanced. I had one main steady client that provided me with more than enough work on a constant basis to have reassured me, but still pushed myself too hard (often taking extra work on weekends) and took too little vacation ti...
by sevenseas
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit report freeze guide
Replies: 6
Views: 1036

Re: Credit report freeze guide

I just did this today for all 5 companies and it is really straightforward. A Google search for each company (make sure names are properly spelled) will turn up the correct company as the top "hit". Cruise around the website if you are paranoid, to make sure it is legit (but honestly, unlikely to en...
by sevenseas
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Galapagos Trip, Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 2884

Re: Galapagos Trip, Suggestions

Anyone have suggested reading material to read as a pre-Galapagos trip book list? Would love to learn some more about the islands, culture or history of the area prior to visiting... This is the book I read while on my trip...highly recommended if you have any interest in natural history, evolution...
by sevenseas
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Desperate to get rid of mosquitoes, what else could we try?
Replies: 62
Views: 5558

Re: Desperate to get rid of mosquitoes, what else could we try?

I'm having the exact same problem this summer. Want to avoid yard sprays for fear of killing beneficial insects, but none of the repellents I've tried (lemon eucalyptus oil, Off personal fan, Avon Skin So Soft) has been 100% effective. Out of desperation I just bought a "mosquito net outfit" from Ha...
by sevenseas
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to find a financially like-minded significant other?
Replies: 140
Views: 12185

Re: Where to find a financially like-minded significant other?

I am finding this thread hugely entertaining and it is bringing back memories of my dating years. Like the time the guy I was seeing horrified me by telling me he wasn't maxing out his 401K and thus losing out on the company match. I still remember saying to him, "That is FREE MONEY you are giving a...
by sevenseas
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: emerald ash borer disaster
Replies: 35
Views: 2868

Re: emerald ash borer disaster

Yes, that's exactly what I noticed! We've had a string of hot dry summers lately...last August the poor things were practically naked. Unattractive, and the leaves are also quite large and a mess to clean up. That's likely a result of anthracnose, as mentioned above. Mature plane trees and sycamore...
by sevenseas
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: emerald ash borer disaster
Replies: 35
Views: 2868

Re: emerald ash borer disaster

Our area has some but they tend to be along country roads and set back from the road. In cool, wet springs they tend to lose all their leaves and then a second, smaller set of leaves come back in early summer. In very dry summers they drop leaves quickly. Yes, that's exactly what I noticed! We've h...
by sevenseas
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: emerald ash borer disaster
Replies: 35
Views: 2868

Re: emerald ash borer disaster

Sad to hear about the ash borer issue. I agree with the recommendation to stay away from the Bradford pear. The smell when flowering is just dreadful. For interest, I've attached the NYC official list of approved street trees (your HOA should take a look as our climates should be near identical, and...
by sevenseas
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability with dogs, hypothetical
Replies: 67
Views: 5159

Re: Liability with dogs, hypothetical

She puts up with attitude from our 7# Yorkie without being aggressive herself. The two of them often sleep in her bed. The three dogs across the street bark at her often, and she does the dog equivalent of rolling her eyes. She's a pretty mellow dog, spayed (obviously), and at 3 years of age, is lo...
by sevenseas
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Liability with dogs, hypothetical
Replies: 67
Views: 5159

Re: Liability with dogs, hypothetical

I'm a vet and also own a pitbull mix. You've mentioned that your dog is people friendly, which is the norm with this breed. What is her attitude towards other dogs? Pitties of course have a strong tendency towards dog aggression due to their breeding. I would be extra cautious if she has ever shown ...
by sevenseas
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Negotiating a House Using Seller's Agent (opinions wanted)
Replies: 101
Views: 7876

Re: Negotiating a House Using Seller's Agent (opinions wanted)

I too am unsure about exactly what part of the situation you are interested in opinions on. However, what stood out to me is that you are using the seller's agent to negotiate. It is never wise for the same realtor to represent buyer and seller, as that would obviously represent a conflict of intere...
by sevenseas
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poaching chicken
Replies: 51
Views: 6380

Re: Poaching chicken

I use the Cooks Illustrated recipe for poaching chicken breasts (can Google for this online; the original is behind a paywall but plenty of copies out there.) It seems complicated (uses a short brine) but is super easy (as long as you have a meat thermometer). Depending on the desired use, I usually...
by sevenseas
Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying first class, business, versus economy.
Replies: 184
Views: 19413

Re: Flying first class, business, versus economy.

I am usually an Economy Class all-the-way flyer, even for 14+ hour red eye flights to/from Asia. Also, since I select flights strictly based on schedule and price, I don't have status with any airline, so am always in the last zone to board, i.e. the lowest of the low. I have just returned though fr...
by sevenseas
Sat May 20, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer outdoor parties - party food ideas
Replies: 20
Views: 2330

Re: Summer outdoor parties - party food ideas

Any vinaigrette-based salad would work and this gives you tons of options...can have a purely vegetable based salad, or one with a grain base. Plethora of recipes online if you Google. Some favorite combinations of mine: Quinoa, farro or similar grain with avocados, black beans, tomatoes, corn, feta...
by sevenseas
Wed May 17, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: experiences with treating sulfur odor in well water?
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

OP here...thanks to the latest posters. RandomFly, your post was particularly reassuring as you are familiar with the area! I will continue to do my due diligence and await inspection/test results but won't stress too much more about this. I do love the house so fingers crossed this all works out. R...
by sevenseas
Wed May 17, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: experiences with treating sulfur odor in well water?
Replies: 10
Views: 1128

Re: experiences with treating sulfur odor in well water?

OP here; thanks for the additional responses. Yes, in my limited research I've seen that the problem (bacteria producing the gas) can be in the groundwater itself or different components of the system (well, hot water tank, etc.). I agree that I need more clarity from the sellers, but at this point ...