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givemecarbs Aug 26, 2011 02:03 AM

Irene is on the way. People are stocking up on bottled water and eating down their freezers in anticipation of downed trees and massive power outages. John and I have a long planned dinner with friends in Ambler at eight pm on saturday and John is thinking we will have to cancel. What are my fellow chowhounds in the Philly area doing about Irene? Ignoring her? Battening down the hatches? My hair stylist has a gas oven and is planning on cooking a nice roast on sunday and stocking up on some beer and wine so she will be snug even if the lights go out.
If it was up to me I would keep the reservation unless the forecast changes a lot. But John says it's a no-go because his mom will most likely not let him leave the house saturday night.

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  1. sunshine842 RE: givemecarbs Aug 26, 2011 04:08 AM

    What does the restaurant say? There's a good chance they may close if the weather goes downhill enough.

    Don't underestimate what a storm of this magnitude can do. You can always reschedule a dinner....it might take longer to reschedule if you are injured by heading out into a major storm.

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      ssturn RE: givemecarbs Aug 26, 2011 04:15 AM

      Personally I stocked up yesterday. Lots of wine in the fridge. I'm all set. All kidding aside, I was thinking about getting some groceries for making something on the grill (in case of power outage). 70 mph winds you say? I'll make my husband go out there. Don't worry, I'll give him a helmet.

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        DaisyM RE: ssturn Aug 26, 2011 04:57 AM

        SSTurn, I completely understand. It is a man's works to grill in a hurricane. It just is.

      2. AmblerGirl RE: givemecarbs Aug 26, 2011 04:30 AM

        Keep the reservation! We are not doing anything different for the storm (but then again we are always stocked up with food and water). You never know how bad it will be (even the weather forecasters are saying it will grow more unpredictable as it moves up the east coast) so why let it dictate your weekend? Keep your plans and go and have fun! Of course, if on Saturday night the storm is just terrible you may have to move to a Plan B. But its too premature to cancel now!

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: AmblerGirl Aug 26, 2011 05:38 AM

          Having lived in Florida with it's 'hurricane' mania, that is excellent advise.

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            bucksguy14 RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 27, 2011 07:04 PM

            Just how different is that "mania" from our "winter storm" mania?

            I have fish, duck, steak and oxtail ragu in the freezer. Have enough Redpack tomatoes, garlic and basil to make a couple of batches of marina. I'm always in possession of a couple of cases of San Pellegrino and a few cases of wine and at least a half case of champagne. Went to the FM today and picket up enough veggies for 3-4 days. Have some cherries and just cut up a pineapple. Have a gas stove and a gas grill. When you add all of that up, I think it means that I won't lose power because I'm prepared for it!

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              givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Aug 27, 2011 10:39 PM

              I like the way you think bucksguy. Well the friends bailed but John slipped the leash and we were planning to keep our eight pm reservation. We were gonna hang out at the mall, walk around and work up an appetite but when we got there around sixish, everything was closed but Sears. So we moved our reservation to two at six thirty and had a lovely meal. No other saturday night would Saffron be relatively quiet and peaceful. There were four other tables full when we got there, and when we left right around eight there were only two tables, one of which had just arrived for their eight pm reservation. Went back to John's for cards and a raid on his mom's biscotti stash and coffee. The wind really picked up about ten thirty pm so we decided to call it. There were some tree branches in the road while I was driving home from John's but other than that so far so good. I still have electricity!

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              sunshine842 RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 27, 2011 11:47 PM

              It's a fine line for the public safety folks -- if they say it's no big deal, then it's a sure thing that someone's going to do something stupid and get themselves hurt or killed, and then it will be "oh, you evil bastards, you didn't warn us and somebody DIED!"

              If they whip everything into mania, then hopefully somebody will think twice before they do something stupid (even if they do it anyway) -- but then everyone talks about the boy who cried wolf.

              What should they do?

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              givemecarbs RE: AmblerGirl Aug 28, 2011 12:12 AM

              Thanks for the sensible advice AmblerGirl. Everything was yummy!

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              jarona RE: givemecarbs Aug 26, 2011 09:44 AM

              After work, I'll stop by the supermarket. I'm going to make a duck confit this weekend. I figure if we will be stuck indoors with bad weather, I may as well make something on a slow-low oven. Hopefully we won't lose power b/c our oven is (ugh) electric. I'm more concerned about losing power due to the use of styling my hair with my blow-dryer. That being said, we'll go to the movies to see "My Idiot Brother".
              I'm not too concerned -- if we get the storm we get it--it's out of my control.

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                givemecarbs RE: jarona Aug 26, 2011 10:54 AM

                Thanks all for the great comments. I have a gas stove too and it does seem like cheating. Hmm I might just go without John if his mom won't let him leave the house. Good idea about calling the restaurant first. I want to see My Idiot Brother too. One thing I'm not doing is driving to Atlantic City to hit the slots!

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