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Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

I'm not talking about 2008-10, I'm talking about now. And the reason that Wal-Mart and some of the dollar store chains have given for their recent poor performance is that the bottom has fallen out for the low end-food stamp cuts, foodstuff inflation leaving less disposable income, etc. I think Wal-Mart was even toying with lending its support to a minimum wage increase for a bit.

1 day ago
Naco in Food Media & News

New Bob Garner Book

Indulge me a little here. The local paper had a story about Garner's new book, “Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm”.

That would be all of them, I presume.

1 day ago
Naco in Southeast

Dear McDonalds, Has it occurred to you that maybe folks just want something better?

Lots of companies that target the middle and lower-middle class are hurting right now because their incomes are negative in real terms.

Oct 22, 2014
Naco in Food Media & News

Any NC State Fair Reports?

Where is that located typically? I've never been in the habit of eating at the corn stands-when I was a kid, we'd collectively eaten about an acre of silver queen over the summer, so we always skipped that at the fair.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

It is not the same in taste or texture. There is a difference between corn dog batter and hushpuppy meal.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Any NC State Fair Reports?

The deep-fried barbecue is not like the Pig in a Pup at King's, which is just a barbecue sandwich with two halves of an enormous hushpuppy for the bun. The deep-fried barbecue is like a corn dog with barbecue inside of it instead of a hot dog.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

I forgot one thing I had that was really good-a pumpkin-spice funnel cake from a stand near Neomonde. They put some sort of icing on it instead of powdered sugar. After a minute or two, the icing melted all over the funnel cake. It was really good.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Any NC State Fair Reports?

No, I get it. There's a ton of tradition bound up in it for me, and I still find it kind of exasperating at times. And the days when pizza and Italian sausage seemed impossibly exotic are gone with the wind.

When I am god-king of North Carolina I will outlaw the paid prize games with my first edict and bask in the approval of parents of young children everywhere.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Any NC State Fair Reports?

As it happens, I was talking with someone about the increase in crunchy types at the fair over the last 15 years or so and came up with some ideas for 21st century fair foods.

Deep-fried Breast Milk
Giant Kale Leg
Sous-vide Brightleaf dogs
Quinoa on a Stick
Deep-fried Bento Box
Boiled Anaphylactic Shock Vectors (regular or Cajun)
Italian Regional Charcuterie-Flavored Moravian Cookies
Mustard, Chili, and Onion-Flavored Vaping Liquid

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast
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Mi Peru now open in Durham

Tilapia ceviche sounds...dire.

In Ecuador, they eat ceviche with popcorn. Much better than the Peruvian corn nuts to my mind. Worth trying if at home.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

Well, it'll be there next year-I think this was their 65th year at the fair-and if you have kids, you damn sure will be too.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Any NC State Fair Reports?

I have heard this too about the difficulty of getting a vendor space. It would be interesting to know how many spaces turn over every year-few, I would imagine. Some of the food vendors have been there forever. Even leaving the church places in front of Dorton out of the mix, I've been getting a hotdog at Barefoot's for around thirty years. My father ate at Barefoot's and so did my grandfather.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Ladies, Stop With "Getting Out My Aggressions"!

The male analogue to this is declaring that one is "getting in touch with my feminine side" after any instance in which the speaker was more emotionally expressive than Mr. Spock.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Not About Food

Ladies, Stop With "Getting Out My Aggressions"!

The actually extant, yet somehow still a reductio ad absurdum example of glammed-up female cooking personalities is the video of Giada de Laurentiis making sausage.

You may need to disable your SafeSearch settings to pull it up in Google.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Not About Food

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Yeah. There's also the point that most of the country does not have any kind of emotional attachment to "good" pizza according to the consensus on here.

Growing up in rural North Carolina, Pizza Hut was it as far as pizza went. It is archetypal for me. I live in a medium-sized city in the same general area now, and we have a place or two that claim to make real NY-style pizza. When I eat that stuff, the real mozzarella that they use inevitably makes me wake up at 4am praying for death.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in General Topics

Any NC State Fair Reports?

With regard to your money:time ratio, be careful what you wish for-my wife and me were on the grounds from 10am-6:30pm yesterday. I was having out-of-body experiences by the end of it. One thing we did this year that saved a lot of money was bringing in some of our own drinks. I didn't realize it until this year, but you can bring in outside drinks. So we brought in some water and a few soft drinks. We also got one of those big lemonade cups that many vendors will refill for $3 or so.

On the food, I agree that the variety is a little lacking for me at this point too. Of course, I didn't eat a lot this year, as both of my kids are now old enough to ride most of the stuff on the main midway, well away from most of the food booths. Having said that:

Deep-Fried Barbecue on a Stick: pretty good, nothing spectacular. Value was pretty good-I think they charged $8 (maybe $10) for the main course, plus a decent sized portion of fries and a little cup of slaw.

Bananas Foster: Didn't live up to the hype. Decent. Overpriced.

Shawarma from Neomonde: A busman's holiday for those of you in the Triangle, but one of the best things on offer from my perspective.

Hotdog with mustard/chili/onions from Charlie Barefoot: My favorite hot dog place at the fair. I've gotten one of these every year for decades.

Deep-Fried Reese's with bacon: Bad. Took one small bite, let the kids have the rest.

Kettle corn and ice cream from down behind the Village of Yesteryear, tops as always.

The La Farm stand is hard to find-it's behind Dorton. There's a sign that says "Try Lionel's Bread" or some such.

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Enjoy this undifferentiated protein/starch product!

Oct 21, 2014
Naco in General Topics

Are we meant to tip at a Sonic Drive-In? Or others?

Yeah; the drive-through appears to be relatively recent. Sonic is everywhere where I'm at-the ones built in the last 3 years or so have DTs, the older ones don't.

Oct 17, 2014
Naco in Chains

Are we meant to tip at a Sonic Drive-In? Or others?

Not all Sonics have drive-throughs.

Oct 17, 2014
Naco in Chains

Are we meant to tip at a Sonic Drive-In? Or others?

Yeah. I mentioned this exact issue on the old thread. I feel bad for not tipping, but I rarely carry cash these days.

Oct 17, 2014
Naco in Chains

Eastern NC cheese biscuits

The question is, which is the more prurient interest?

Oct 16, 2014
Naco in Southeast

Greenville, NC: La Bendicion...and anything else going on?

Grad school has turned me into a hermit.

I ate at a soul food/Southern place called Mac and Cheez a few months ago that was pretty good. I wanted to go back at least once more before I posted about it on here and never got around to it. It's on Old Tar near the intersection with Evans.

Where is La Bendición? Google says it's in the Sterling Pointe apartments, which seems unlikely.

There was a new Mexican place on North Memorial (across from Warren's) called Como En Casa. I'm not sure if it's still there; this may be the single most cursed of the cursed locations in town. There's also been a taco cart outside of La Guerrense on N. Greene St. a lot lately. Again, I haven't been able to try it.

Oct 15, 2014
Naco in Southeast

The food's terrible...and such large portions

Those are the ones. Oddly, I could usually tolerate the spicier hexagonal school pizza, but the squares laid me out.

Oct 09, 2014
Naco in Chains

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

I had one in Chile that had all three of those, plus mayo. The memories are a little fuzzy because I rather quickly learned to pound back a beer or three before digging in.

Sep 30, 2014
Naco in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

This still sounds better than the sheer horror that is South American pizza, and I say that as a US Southerner who really coudn't care less about the damn stuff to begin with.

Sep 30, 2014
Naco in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Chuck E. Cheese is a bit better than Little Caesar's and much, much better than Cici's. And CEC has a salad bar and beer.

Sep 30, 2014
Naco in General Topics

The food's terrible...and such large portions

After eating gradeschool pizza, I used to get raging, all-day migraines that involved bouts of projectile vomiting.

I'd still rather eat gradeschool pizza than Cici's.

Sep 30, 2014
Naco in Chains
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

It is sad that people have that fear-but the fear is perfectly reasonable.

Sep 13, 2014
Naco in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Winner, winner, seafood dinner. I could not agree more. I will just add that a recent poll found that 68% of Americans think that it should be illegal for 9-year olds to play unsupervised at a park. For 12-year olds, it was in the low 40s. Assuming the methodology was alright, that isn't a statistically insignificant risk.

Edit to add link: http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/20...

Sep 13, 2014
Naco in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

I don't think it's unreasonable for parents to have some apprehension about being reported to CPS et. al. over trivial matters. There has been a spate of highly-publicized examples of these incidents lately-sources have been provided already.

These have a chilling effect-by and large, the "infractions" in question were things that were normative behavior a generation ago.

Sep 13, 2014
Naco in Food Media & News
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