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Re: “Corkage 101

Ted, you should be a carpenter, because you hit the nail on the head.

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Posted by jimmyutah on 07/16/2014 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Luybochka Grocery & Deli

I went here after reading the article. Definitely looks like a hole in the wall place but darn was the food amazing. The owner was similarly awesome - he makes all the food himself and was so patient in explaining what each item on the menu was and accommodating my vegetarian diet. We ordered the borsht, pirogi, verenki, pelmeni, and blitzes - all at dirt cheap prices. Having never had Russian food before, I can say I'm addicted. It's true - once you go Russian, you never go back.

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Posted by Noo on 02/14/2014 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Corkage 101

When I managed a food establishment, 83% of margin resulted from alcohol sales. Favoured customers were allowed to bring BYOB but the trade off was my staff had to closely monitor consumption rate due to state regulatory and insurance issues.

It was a delicate issue as customers were easily offended but most complied with my policy.

As a side note, though a sizeable selection of craft beers were stocked Coors Light and Bud Light were the top sellers.

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Posted by ShadowTex on 07/17/2014 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Mayan Closes

Cucina literally means "kitchen" in Italian. Vanina is the name of the owner, who is Italian. Cucina Vanina literally means Vanina's Kitchen. Leave it to dense, uneducated bloggers to come up with the idiotic sexual references displayed in Duke's & Bill's comments. Please save us the pain of having to read such idiotic comments; educate yourself before you post.

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Posted by Literately Wise on 12/05/2011 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Corkage 101

Let me put to you this way, I don't care what the sommelier or manager or anyone else thinks. I AM NOT PAYING $30 for a $8 bottle of wine. I am happy to pay a corkage fee, but I am not going to pay $100 for a $30 bottle. If they don't like it, then say so and I won't go there. If they need to sell at these prices to make money, charge more for the food. If they want me to buy wine, charge $40 for a $30 bottle.

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Posted by Patrick R. Jones on 07/21/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Mayan Closes

Cucina literally means "kitchen" in Italian. Vanina is the name of the owner, who is Italian. Cucina Vanina literally means Vanina's Kitchen. Leave it to dense, uneducated bloggers to come up with the idiotic sexual references displayed in Duke's & Bill's comments. Please save us the pain of having to read such idiotic comments; educate yourself before you post.

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Posted by Literately Wise on 12/05/2011 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Morrison Meat Pies

The Scottish meat pies are the best!

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Posted by shirley wilson on 05/10/2015 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Luybochka Grocery & Deli

I've been here many times and always receive the most gracious hospitality along with smooth, aromatic tea and delicious delights for your pallet. Kit.B

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Posted by tkit8548 on 04/30/2015 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Corkage 101

I wish you would not have admitted to frequently bringing wines to restaurants Ted. The majority of people who BYOB are embarrassingly cheap and now they're going to say "Scheffler does it!" By the way, most BYOB types also order well done steaks.

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Posted by ketelrocks on 07/21/2014 at 1:24 AM

Re: “Corkage 101

This is a great thread. Lots of good points. If you want to bring your own wine and the restaurant allows it, then accept the fee. Bring a nice bottle. No cupcakes or yellow tails.

I bring wine all the time when I go out to eat. Never had a problem.

Check out corkagefee.com to see what corkage fees local restaurants are charging.

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Posted by gdiaz2100 on 07/17/2014 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Corkage 101

Great Article Ted, explaining both sides of the issue. I would like to point out that most of the restaurants in other states charge as much if not more for the same wine that you find in Utah establishments. If the out of state restaurants are paying wholesale you can see how their profits from wine are even greater than here.
I usually only BYOB if I have something special to open or if I know the restaurant has a wine list consisting of "Red (Cab or Merlot, retail $5), White (always Australian Chard-ick), Pink (White Zin-what else!".

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Posted by sonnydog on 07/17/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Organic Manic

Close to home AND with a variety of hot soups... this is a total win /win :)

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Posted by Local-Vore on 12/22/2011 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Mayan Closes

The Mayan thing was just absolutely weird! When it opened, I scanned my gastronomic memory banks for a connection between bloodthirsty, illiterate, superstitious, cold-blooded, murder-cult savages. . .and their delicious cuisine that no one has ever heard of before. Anxious to sample Mayan delicacies such as boiled tree monkey testicles on a stick and mashed brains-of-foe with herbs on a corn husk, I was suprised to learn that Mayans ate staples like corn, squash and beans, considered the "Three Sisters" of hemishperic sustenance at the time, but not to be confused with The Staple Sisters. They were into maize, not Mavis.\ But to visit there and discover a mish-mash of bad Mexican and bad American dishes administered by scrubbed-white local high school kids grab-assing and horsing around with one another in the line to enter the great room was over the top. When I got my family home after one of the worst restaurant meals I ever choked down, I called the manager and only mentioned that our visit was ruined in the first 10 minutes by a large, endomorphic high school student who yelled and ranted and made a scene at the check-in area like it was a Restaurant Haunted House. He wandered around like a retarded adult making inappropriate comments to diners and fellow employees alike. And apparently his behavior was no surprise to a manager who tried to sell it to me that he was well-liked by his co-workers and they found his shennanigans entertaining. Then I realized that The Mayan is what you got when you mixed a wealthy, successful Mormon businessman with no taste or sophistication and a theme restaurant idea = total confusion and a financial lead balloon for years.

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Posted by Bill on 11/07/2011 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Mayan Closes

Okay, we're idiots, but we're idiots together. Cucina Vanina just sounds sexy! Koochy Va-jay-jay? Besa Mi Vanina? It sounds like something your Italian lover would moan over and over. "Cucina Vanina. . .cucina vanina. . .Ok, baby, I'll try but you have to help me. Like this? How about like that? More? Less? Faster?"

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Posted by Bill on 11/07/2011 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Local Cooking Classes

Wish you had included the cooking classes offered by Lifelong Learning at The U of U - they are really varied, affordable (especially for staff and faculty), and generally have great instructors!

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Posted by Virginia on 09/22/2011 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Desert Edge Beer School

so how much is it, and how do you sign up?

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Posted by Jason on 05/11/2010 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Pettingill Fruit Farms

Thanks for sharing this article about the famous Fruit Way. However, I can't think of any other strip of Hwy 89 that can beat it for it's beauty with a view of the Willard Bay and the Willard Mountain Peaks.

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Posted by Rebecca Dilg on 04/10/2018 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Sage Advice

You're a pretentious jack wagon. And it's people like you that are strangling the life out of Park City's charm. Let's just have cookie cutter typical recipe over priced snobby restaurants.

I say, good day, to you sir.

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Posted by Tibbers on 06/12/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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Posted by William Roundtree on 12/14/2015 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Rosé Roundup

Shoutout to our own locally made Ruth Lewandowski Wines who creates the best Rosé I've ever encountered in my life.

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Posted by shauna on 09/02/2015 at 8:18 AM

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