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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

Yes, everything you said can be a "schmear" including miracle whip sandwich dressing since it's just another way of saying "spread" or "smeer (if you don't want it to sound so nice)."

Apr 16, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

So what's the Yiddish for pizza, burrito, or lettuce?

Apr 15, 2014
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what do Germans eat?

Well, I may be a bit late to the discussion, but...

This is just based on my family, relatives, and family friends from the 70s thru nowadays:

Breakfast: bread with jam, honey, cream cheese (quark), possibly cheese or cold cuts. Coffee. Basically a small breakfast. The bread might be a hard roll, dark bread, toast, or "knaeckebrot."--hard fiberous wafers

Lunch: The biggest meal. Anything from "meatloaf/meatballs" (Frikadellen) or baked fish to Applepancakes, potato pancakes, schnitzel, pork cutlet with some potato or noodle and cooked vegetable. A small salad on the side, very often cucumber salad with lots of dill and lemon juice as dressing

Dinner: Smaller meal, generally cold. Bread with cold cuts and cheese, sliced tomatoes, pickles, maybe herring, or herring salad or pickled herring with onions.

Sausages might be for lunch or dinner. Generally, in my experience, when eating at home, sausages are boiled, not grilled or fried. Because of this, I suppose, I have a strong preference for boiled sausages over fried or grilled.

Of course, there are pastries on special occasions or at "coffee time" in the afternoon.

Typical condiments are mustard, horseraddish, horseraddish with beets. Over the years, through globalization or americanization, I noticed the ever increasing presence of salad dressings and ketchup among the condiments.

A few other curiosities are the fact that coffee is not very sweetened (not much sugar), I'd say desserts tend toward dry and perhaps a bit less sweet, not so creamy. Perhaps a tendency to include a lot of sweet/sour tastes, such as stewed fruits, compots, fruit mixed into meat dishes, herring with sourcream and apple, etc....

Apr 15, 2014
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Battling "condimentia"

I can relate to this! My partner just "can't" eat an entire single serve yoghurt. For people like him, or your house guest, they need to make thimble-sized servings!

Apr 09, 2014
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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

Hasn't "schmeer" (also known as "spread") always been part of US sandwich culture, think: peanutbutter, jelly, butter, mayo, mustard, miracle whip, etc...

Apr 09, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

Battling "condimentia"

What about child-sized mini yoghurts just half eate and the rest saved for later, not to mention half eaten fruits and avocados, half squeezed lemons, half eaten sandwiches and other meals all merrily hanging out in the fridge?

Apr 04, 2014
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Foods Without Enemies

I'm not a fan of tacos. Although hate would be a bit strong.

Apr 04, 2014
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Foods Without Enemies

My mom was not a fan of pizza nor lasagna (any noodle dishes for that matter)--although hate would be a strong word, she disliked them.
My mom and my grandmother were not fond of chocolate, though, again, hate would be a bit strong.
I realize that they were statistical outliers in their tastes when it came to pizza, lasagna, chocolate.

Apr 04, 2014
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Would you eat sans bathroom?

Don't all restaurants or eating establishments have bathrooms? Isn't it absolutely unsanitary to not have one? Besides the weak bladder scenario, what about just needing to wash your hands? I imagine it's illegal to have a resto without a bathroom.

Apr 01, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food

What food have you lost a taste for?

I've lost the taste for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, refried beans--pretty much Mexican food--perhaps, in its SW US form. It's been out of sight and out of mind for me for around 20 years, and now on visits to the US I don't even really want it although I could it eat it per se. Just don't ever crave it.
I don't miss bacon and hamburgers either, though I never really craved them ever.

Apr 01, 2014
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Squeezable Bacon Sweden

I found it believable as they have salmon in a tube--why not bacon?

Apr 01, 2014
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What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Of course pinkel (or Kochwurst) is part and parcel!

Mar 31, 2014
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is "spicy" finally getting spicy?

Most people far from Europe probably won't differentiate between Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, and Sweden.

Mar 31, 2014
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is "spicy" finally getting spicy?

Yes, I've heard that. Alas, I've never been to Asia (well, Armenia and Georgia, which are Asia, but not in the way everyone means nowadays, i.e. "Asia=The Orient"), so I can't personally comment on experiencing that.

Mar 31, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

Yes, Linguafood, the proverbial "Grünkohlessen" of the winter.

Mar 31, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

Kiwi Season and Preferred Cntry of Origin?

Here in Chile, they seem to be available to some extent year-round, but are especially plentiful in winter here (starting in June) going through the spring (till October or November).
Sometimes they're really tasty and juicy, but usually when you buy them, they're rockhard and I find that you have to leave them lying around for a week or two till they become acceptably soft--though not squishy. When hard they are often meally, dry, and a bit bitter--so not quite ripe I'd say.
Perhaps, they're being harvested early as they will be shipped to the Northern Hemisphere.

Mar 31, 2014
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Amen to that!

Mar 28, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

A lot of AAVE grammar reflects slightly archaic forms of historically English grammar--such as expanded use of the subjunctive.
Example: ...he be...
Vs. I recommend that he be...

Mar 28, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Wherever there's a perceived gap in a language people will fill it with something. In someplaces it's y'all, in others it's just you...
If the gap doesn't get filled, it's not perceived to exist.

Mar 28, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food

is "spicy" finally getting spicy?

I agree--I like "hot" or "spicy" to a point, but it does not mean better. I think it should be seen as a neutral description: some might find it nice, while others not. To each his own.

The fact that immigrants are arriving from countries that have traditions of spicy food might be affecting US tastes, but I'm not totally sure of that either. Might it be that they make it spicier in the US due to American expectations of "exotic food" being spicy? Mexicans may eat (fairly) spicy food, but the rest of Latin America certainly doesn't, if anything the Latin influence should be making US food less spicy.

Mar 28, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

is "spicy" finally getting spicy?

Chile, which has a very large Peruvian population is full of Peruvian restaurants--some cater more to Chileans and some cater more to the Peruvian community. But, the food in the ones that cater to the Peruvians, would certainly not be considered "hot" by what I think are American standards for hot. You might feel a slight sensation, but certainly not strong heat. Also, eating at homes of Peruvians, what would strike me more than heavy use of hot spices is the heavy use of mayo. I suspect, but can't be sure since I haven't eaten Peruvian food in the US, that the Peruvian food in the US would be spiced UP not down since Americans would expect it to be spicy.

Mar 28, 2014
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is "spicy" finally getting spicy?

Well, cows have cute eyes...

Mar 28, 2014
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is "spicy" finally getting spicy?

Obviously, you can find a lot of other things (hostess ding dongs or snocones, etc...), but the fact that so many snack packagings are embellished with flames and chiles does say something about trends in society and what sells.

Mar 28, 2014
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Lime shortage, who knew?

Here in Chile, there's a lemon shortage due to a bad harvest (drought along with a Spring frost caused it), so lemons are being imported from the US. A kilo costs about $1.90 (depending on exchange rate)--that's about 4 or 5 lemons.
Limes can't really be found, sometimes there are green lemons, though.

Mar 28, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

What is the hottest / hippest / cutting edge food of this moment in time?

But, hasn't kale pretty much always been in the grocery store / supermarket. I believe I can distinctly remember it being there in a run-of-the-mill Southern California supermarket from the later 70s or early 80s right next to collard greens.

Mar 28, 2014
Wawsanham in General Topics

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

We probably don't need to use gender at all. But, people do things for reasons. Perhaps, the habit of refering to the gender in this off-hand way (adding ladies or gents to a question) is just a way of creating a bit more closeness between the speakers. I imagine that if any reference to anything particular to a person (such as gender, but it could be something else, too) were to be eliminated, communication might come off as a bit more distant and cool/cold.

Mar 27, 2014
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Maybe, we should just arrive at restaurants with needy looks on our faces and wait for the person with the helpful friendly facial expression to motion for us to follow to our padded booth.

Mar 27, 2014
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Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

I'm also an English teacher, and those English teachers have damaged generations of people with their being sticklers for, in most cases, artificial grammar rules.

"Can" is used for permission all the time. It is clearly understood as a way to express permission (besides "may").

I'm sure your mom was a nice lady in general, and I don't mean to be putting her down as a person.

Mar 27, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

I love this! It's straight and to the point!

Mar 27, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food

Addressing people by gender at a restaurant

Hopefully, those English teachers who distinguish between "who" and "whoever" (in THIS CONTEXT) are dying off at this point! Said by an English teacher.

Mar 27, 2014
Wawsanham in Not About Food