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Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

Haha, that's a good one. I live in California and we have an abundance of Asian cultures here. There's a supermarket called Ranch 99 that is an interesting experience. The cooked poultry at the deli section is hanging, heads-on, by the neck (won't see that in Safeway). There is seafood still swimming: geoduck, fish, eels, etc. Then there's packaged, canned, frozen and dried seafood. At the meat section, there's cow uterus, and every other organ, piece, chunk, or whatever from cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, quail, whatever you can imagine. You will see tons of produce you've never seen before. It's just endless, and educational. In one way I admire that they use every bit of every single thing, kind of like the Native Americans are known for, not letting things go to waste. But, in another way, it just seems so consumptive. I feel that if not for legalities, tiger penis powder and whale steaks would be for sale. Anyway, the point with regard to a "secret" menu is that while some people might want to be adventurous, they may be in over their heads when it comes to certain dishes. The restaurant won't want food sent back, or complaints when it's more about inexperience.

Jun 30, 2014
Marji in General Topics

Easy BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs

Who is the "weirdo" you are referring to? It's funny that you think kosher salt is some kind of religious seasoning. Plus I have known plenty of Jews who eat PORK.

Jun 30, 2014
Marji in Recipes

The End of Table Manners

I enjoyed your column and will miss it. Thank you.

May 04, 2012
Marji in Features

Loud Music in Restaurants

I agree with Helena that you should have left when you walked in and knew the music was too loud for your preference. But it's not rude to make the request, and should be treated very politely by the staff, whether they are able to accommodate or not. However, as people are pointing out, the investment into a restaurant is substantial and the owners are certainly free to choose decor, menu, and the ambiance--music included. It's a crap-shoot for any new restaurant to survive longer than a year. There is a niche for loud and boisterous places. Maybe some people have to go to dinner with others whom they don't want to hear what they have to say anyway?

Apr 06, 2012
Marji in Features

Bursting the Pop-Tarts Bubble

I agree with Mr Norton, Bigger Game is the thing here. Anyone with even half a brain could take on Pop-Tarts World, and have enough brain power left to produce a big diatribe against every chain restaurant strip that sprouts in every town in America. Besides, I'd rather have children with Pop-Tarts in their stomachs for breakfast than nothing at all...but that issue could lead to a whole new diatribe, maybe one worth talking about.

Apr 04, 2011
Marji in Features

10 "Holy Shit" Things About the Egg Recall

I agree Danna. Everyone has such misplaced PC issues in this country, it is essentially crippling our nation, turning so many people into whiny little sheep. People died, gave their lives for our freedom, our rights, and you're going to jump on some bandwagon, protesting the use of the word "illegals"? Grow up.

Sep 04, 2010
Marji in Features

Perfect Margarita

Yes, mylosmiles, I second that--why wait? Post that recipe! Also, BevMo sells agave syrup.

Apr 29, 2010
Marji in Recipes