Your Questions About Sharing Meals Community

Donna asks…

What should I do and what is her deal?

My family and I are going camping with some friends soon and our eating habits are VERY different. She wants to share food and make meals a community thing but I don’t see how that could work. We are far vegetarians (we don’t eat pork or beef) and her family loves junk food. I told her that we could share snacks and drinks but that our eating habits are too different and that we should plan our own meals with our own families. Her answer- “well, we will all just have to compomise”. I am NOT compromising! She wants to cook everything with fat, sugar, and bacon in it and my family does not eat that way! Why should we have to compromise? No matter what I say, she doesnt’ get it! It would not kill her to eat healthy for a few days. I don’t want to cancel the trip, because that would not be fair to my kids, but the food issue is becoming a really big problem! Suggestions?

richmama answers:

In no way should you have to compromise to make your meals a “community affair”. The best thing you can do is pack a cooler with your own snacks and such, including whatever healthy foods your family enjoys, and just keep them to yourself. When it comes to mealtime, offer to fix something from your menu for them to try. If they dont like it, thats too bad. If they do eat it and add whatever they like to it, do not consider it an offense since they did at least try it. It seems as if she is being a little insensitive to your food style, but the way you eat is the way you eat. If it comes down to it, explain to her that you are vegetarians, that you prefer not to eat pork or beef in any form and that is your decision. Even though I am not a vegetarian, I do understand where you are coming from. Pack your own cooler of food so that you have the stuff you want to eat. Make sure to take your own cooking pans, skillets, etc. So that you can cook them, if needed. If she gets upset about it, I guess that she is not really a good friend. Hope this helps and have fun on your trip if you go.

Joseph asks…

What is your opinion on Burger King has announced it plans on pairing its value meals with beer?

Move over, South Beach burger joints. The King is coming. And he’s got booze.

Burger King announced plans Friday to open its first South Florida Whopper Bar — a boutique version of the Miami-based fast food chain that hawks exotic recipes of its signature sandwich. The second of its kind in the country, and the first to serve up ice-cold beer, the 24-hour Whopper Bar South Beach has been in the works for several months and is set to open in February at Washington Avenue and 11th street.

Burger King touts the venue as a unique hometown location on high-profile real estate, and BK is adding SoBe flavor to the new locale: Delivery men on scooters will fetch your whopper to your condo (call 531-FIRE), and beer will be sold until 5 a.m.

“It’s in our backyard,” said Jonathan Muhtar, senior director of new concept development for Burger King. “We love the idea of having a marquis, flagship location for us in Miami that we can share with the community we grew up in.”

Analysts say Burger King’s new venture is part of a recession-friendly recipe. Customers are splurging on small luxuries like a gourmet burger but are less likely to fork over big bucks for a five-star meal, and the industry has noticed.

“People aren’t spending as much money,” said Richard Lackey, a Palm Beach Gardens-based restaurant broker and consultant. “Where today they’ll be at Morton’s Steakhouse, tomorrow they’ll be at a Friday’s or a gourmet burger bar.”

richmama answers:

The last sentence gave the answer. They are not doing anything that Friday’s, Chili’s, Spoons, or Red Robin’s already does with more class and close to the same price. Why stoop to Burger King’s level? Z

Laura asks…

Is John Edwards paying hush money?

Believe it or not, not one news media picked up on this, except for the National Enquirer.

In 2007, reporters first started to question the relationship between Edwards and Hunter, who produced video “webisodes” for his campaign. The New York Post had published a gossip item about a presidential candidate with a New York City girlfriend and another reporter had written about the abrupt disappearance of the videos from the Edwards campaign web site.

The National Enquirer in December discovered a then-pregnant Hunter, who had moved from New York to a few miles from the Edwards presidential campaign headquarters in North Carolina. She was driving a car registered to Andrew Young, a top Edwards aide, and living in a gated community a few streets away from where Young lived with his wife and three children, the paper reported.

Shortly afterward Young claimed, through his attorney, that he was the father of Hunters child, and that he had left the Edwards campaign and sought privacy as he worked to heal his family. The Enquirer and others have reported a number of facts that, while not proving paternity, indicate a complicated effort to finance and hide the pregnant woman.

Reports stated Hunter moved within blocks of Andrew Young, his wife, Cheri, and their children, even sharing meals. When questioned by the Enquirer, Hunter first denied her identity and then refused all questions. Andrew Young was also coy about his identity and blocked the Enquirer reporter’s car in his driveway, while Cheri Young called 911. No charges were filed against the reporter, Alan Butterfield.

Within months, Hunter and the Youngs had moved to the West Coast. Enquirer reporters say that they all moved into the same house in a gated section of Montecito, an exclusive section of Santa Barbara, Calif., and one of the nation’s most expensive communities. confirmed that public records connect Cheri Young to the rented home worth approximately $4 million. Since leaving New York, no public records exist of Hunter living anywhere, however, when her daughter, Frances Hunter, was born, she signed the birth certificate in Santa Barbara on Feb. 27.

The space for “father” was left blank.

Financing Two Families

As for reports that Edwards is paying “hush money” to Hunter and Young, Edwards has stated that he never paid money to anyone to keep them quiet about the affair.

A source close to Edwards former campaign confirmed to FOX News reports thatFred Baron, a Dallas lawyer and former campaign finance chairman for Edwards, secretly provided financial help to both Hunter and Young. He apparently paid with his own funds and has told other news outlets Edwards did not know about the arrangement.

Edwards said he learned of the payments through reporters and that he “had no knowledge” of the payouts outside of that. LOL!

The payments reportedly have been towering $15,000 a month to Hunter, according to reports, plus other payments to Young.

The Youngs previously lived in an upscale, gated North Carolina community just south of Chapel Hill, renting a property then owned by a top Edwards donor, former NBA star Eric Montross. He told the Youngs paid market rates and the arrangement was “totally free of any ties to the political campaign.”

Multiple calls left to the owner of the California house have not been returned.

richmama answers:

He might have paid the girl. It would not be possible to payoff the media, but no one really gives a crap about this. He wasn’t going to be Obama sin Laden’s VP choice anyway.

Nancy asks…

True or Flase (serious answers please)?

The Elderly Nutrition Program oversees congregate meals provided at community centers (sites where elderly can meet and share a meal that is designed to meet 1/3 of the RDAs for the elderly), and also the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers a meal to a person’s home once a day. All persons 60 years of age or older are eligible for these programs regardless of their income, although priority is given to those who are economically in need.

richmama answers:

TRUE ! Meals On Wheels is based on need : social, health, economic. The goal is for independent living for senior population. There are eligibility requirements. View them at :
Congregate meals at senior centers are the same.
The federal government subsidizes the meal programs for seniors, but there are state/county/civic requirements (some economic) that have to be met. Good luck !

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