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Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

The UN recognizes the Mediterranean Diet in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and includes these countries: Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal.

If you claim a Middle-Eastern country is Mediterranean they will send you a strongly-worded letter.

about 15 hours ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

The Dr. Laffa story. What clowns!

They sound like a Laffa minute!

The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

The no sugar jams have lots of concentrated fruit juice added, though. But, if sugar is a preservative, why is jam usually put in jars and canned?

1 day ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Let's all go for an English

https://youtu.be/xdo79znnHl8

1 day ago
hal2010 in Food Media & News

The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

I'm still not convinced. I prefer to limit both.

Jul 27, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

$15 Minimum Wage=No Tip

But when giving a tip you believe you have some discretion, you are doing a good deed and you are rewarding good behaviour. It's almost like a form of charity for some people.

Paying an automatic 15% or 20% on top is not so warm and fuzzy feeling.

Jul 27, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

There was a discussion on this topic on the phone-in "Cross Country Checkup" on CBC Radio yesterday. Nobody thought the restaurant owner should have yelled at the child, but except for a few callers who described their hands-off approach to parenting, the overwhelming response was that parents need to take responsibility for their children in public and if they are screaming they need to be removed and calmed down before they return.

Jul 27, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Totally agree about PC but not certain this is just being PC."

That's my feeling too, but obviously it's not shared by everyone. It may even be in the minority. I've looked through a few older discussions on this topic - it pops up every 5 years or so on this board - and I find that in previous discussions there was more agreement about it being a negative term. Maybe we are just getting sick of political correctness?

Here's a quote from an article in the Bruce Palling in the Wall Street Journal which I can relate to:

"It is a tricky phrase to define because ultimately, it seems to me to mean food eaten by people poorer than we are. I have never heard French, Scandinavian or Japanese cuisine referred to as ethnic food, but it is used for, say, North African, Indian or Caribbean dishes."

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1000142...

Clarissa Dickson Wright responds that "Just because you don't like a word doesn't mean that it doesn't exist". That's true but there are lots of words that exist that we don't use in conversation. Many are related to racial slurs. Has the term "ethnic food" become a racial slur? It seems that for some it has.

Jul 27, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Soybean Oil Causes More Obesity Than Coconut Oil and Fructose

I think the demonization of fat came from a few limited studies done in the 70's and 80's on men who had already had heart attacks. Yes, you should avoid saturated animal fat if you have high cholesterol and risk factors for heart disease but it wasn't such a wise piece of advice for the general population. Fat was replaced with salt, sugar and empty carbs, which did nobody any good.

Jul 26, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

NEWLY Closed/Changed 2015 Restaurants in Toronto, July 1 - end of the year 2015

Mediocre and expensive? ;)

Soybean Oil Causes More Obesity Than Coconut Oil and Fructose

So does this discount the recent food hysteria which claimed that fat was fine and it was sugar and empty carbs we needed to worry about?

Jul 25, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

What is it that really turns your stomach?

Hair in my food. Especially a big clump of it.

Jul 25, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Soybean Oil Causes More Obesity Than Coconut Oil and Fructose

Are lots of people eating high-soybean-oil diets? I'm not really seeing the value of this study.

Jul 25, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

No stars: Not recommended.
* Good, but won’t blow a lot of people’s minds.
** Very good, with some standout qualities.
*** Excellent, well above average with few caveats, if any.
**** Extraordinary, memorable, original with near-perfect execution.

"Not recommended" is as critical as they get. One star should at least blow a few people's minds.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

That is the definition of "ethnic food", yes. But it's often used with a slightly perjorative intention. And it's extremely vague and generalist. I prefer to identify food by the continent of origin and circle in on the country or region from there.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I agree. I hate the term "ethnic food". Shrimp and grits is ethnic food if you're from Minnesota.

Jul 24, 2015
hal2010 in Food Media & News
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Checking Origins of Foods being sold at groceries

Doesn't Roundup break down into harmless substances in a short time?

Beloved picky guests

People with real food issues know how to deal with it. They don't derail a whole dinner party with their issues.

Beloved picky guests

Fair enough. But have you ever been to a dinner party where blue cheese, licorice and liver are being served? Those ones are easy to avoid.

Jul 23, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

I'm looking forward to the Scientologist's brunch and the Zoroastrian midnight snack.

Asked to leave the building after ordering take out

Do you go there often?

Jul 22, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

Sounds like it was handled badly on all sides.

Beloved picky guests

I had a friend like that. He'd ask stuff like "Is this butter or margarine?", and I tell him it was whatever it was I knew he liked. Sometime I had to guess. Haven't seen him in years.

Jul 21, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

McDonald's manager 'confirms' that the secret menu exists

It's the Daily Mail.

Jul 21, 2015
hal2010 in Chains

How do folks feel about restaurant restroom attendants?

I thought it was an old custom, like shrimp cocktails. Are bathroom attendants making a resurgence? And do they have them in women's washrooms?

Jul 19, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

How do folks feel about restaurant restroom attendants?

Only time I've seen them was in a steakhouse in Chicago and I thought the whole concept was creepy.

Jul 18, 2015
hal2010 in Not About Food

Entertaining out of town foodies - but they want a "casual" place for dinner!

Little Sister.

Indonesian on Yonge north of Davisville.

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

We like Zee, Simple and Pleiade. The Churassco place is good and Marigold has decent, dependable Indian.

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

With a couple of exceptions, Leaside restaurants seem to wallow in mediocrity. It's too bad. It's a great old strip that could become a destination. Mt. Pleasant has half the traffic and twice the restaurants.

NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

Haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere but The Local Public Eatery, a chain I've also seen in Vancouver, opened in the old CIBC bank building on Laird in Leaside in May. Haven't been but an article in the local paper said it's a great hangout but they need to work on the food.

http://localleaside.com/#