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Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Mediterranean" is not a euphemism for "Middle Eastern" and certainly not for "Arab" cuisine (whatever that might be. "Middle Eastern" might refer to the cuisines of Turkey, Iran (not Arabic), Lebanon, or Egypt. There is a food truck in my neighborhood which proudly advertises its cuisine as Egyptian. "Mediterranean" would include Catalan, Provençal, Italian (of various kinds) and Greek, although these are all so distinctive as to be thought of individually. Then there's "North African." What term one uses has nothing to do with being "safe," but merely useful -- as specific as necessary to the purpose. When I get a falafel from a Middle Eastern deli, I might know the nationality of the owner, but I don't need to know it. If there are subtle differences between falafels from different countries, that doesn't matter to me.

22 minutes ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News
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Dungeness crab recipes

I always put asparagus in my Crab Louis, but I never put ketchup in the dressing (or in anything else).

about 12 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Hot dog fast food chains

Caspers in the SF Bay Area.

about 15 hours ago
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Dungeness crab recipes

I suggest you elaborate on your usual by making a Crab Louis with a homemade dressing using homemade mayo. That's still my favorite, but crab bisque and crab cakes are right up there.

about 19 hours ago
GH1618 in Home Cooking

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

There are more Asian restaurants than European, for one thing. As for my example, I was not trying to be comprehensive. Why must you be so argumentative?

I've never hear of "Bukharan" but I have had Burmese food. That's Asian. Much of Russia is in Asia, but the cuisine is Russian, not Asian. Mongolian and Korean are Asian.

India is in Asian, but I wouldn't think of Indian if someone mentioned "Asian cuisine." People could say "Indian" and I would also consider Pakistani and Sri Lankan. Hyper-correct people would have said "South Asian."

People will say whatever gets the message across and somehow decide on a suitable place to eat, and most won't worry about this hypothetical language issue because it isn't a real problem.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

What is up with Burger King?

Where do you get the idea that I love "slime," as people like to call it. I prefer that it not be used in ground meat products because the process encourages bacterial growth which must be mitigated.

What I "love" is accuracy.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Because "Asian" is easier than saying Chinese or Vietnamese or Thai, when one hasn't yet made up one's mind.

I used the term "Central European food" to refer to the cuisines of the Czech and Slovak Republics, when I traveled there. People use terms which are convenient and which convey the necessary information. Most people know how to communicate without worrying about it.

Example: One person suggests "how about Asian tonight?" The other replies "Possibly. Vietnamese or Thai?" The first responds "Isn't there a Cambodian restaurant over on such-and-such street? Let's try that!" "Ok."

What is up with Burger King?

LFTB was muscle meat, salvaged from the trimmings. There's no comparison. The ammonia was used to kill pathogens. Those aren't beef, either, and you don't want them in your hamburger.

The ammonia dissipates. It's used in other areas of food production as well, but it isn't an ingredient.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Chains
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Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

The "lion's share" was actually 100%, but hardly anybody remembers that.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

That's an example of an exception to the general rule, and one which I had already thought of. That's why I wrote "almost always."

1 day ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Does parking make a difference for you ?

I was referring to "hipsters," especially the Californis strain. I didn't mean things like Russian army hats and such.

1 day ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

Driving Hungry

Whatever.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Driving Hungry

Who's saying they're elite? One of them wrote a book about eating on the job. It looks interesting. It's legitimate.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Food Media & News

Dairy Queen cheeseburgers?

I haven't had a DQ burger in a very long time, but I'm about to make a trip to DQ country. I'd better get one in the interest of science.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Chains

What is up with Burger King?

I don't recommend eating the hoofs, horns, or hide. Do you think McDonalds is putting shoe leather in their hamburger?

People raised on farms used to say they ate every part of a pig but the squeal.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Chains

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

"Atlas" was an old brand of mason jars. The newer ones that were used for pasta sauce are also mason jars (mine are so marked), but they are a little smaller than a quart. They may not be as sturdy as a jar sold especially for home canning, but if the edges are in good shape, they should work fine.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Cookware

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Efforts to tell people how to use language are almost always doomed to fail.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Isn't it easier ..." That depends. In some circumstances it is easier and more useful to narrow it down. But, as I have explained, when one is merely characterizing the wide variety of cuisines available in an area, it is definitely easier to say that there "must be 50 kinds of ethnic food in Oakland" than to enumerate them.

People use a nonspecific word when it is useful and use more specific terms when they are useful. We use words to communicate with the people around us, not to satisfy the abstract concerns of someone who is not part of the conversation.

Does parking make a difference for you ?

That's a separate issue. I am aware of that.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

Pressure canning- Ball or Weck?

I wouldn't use a Weck jar for canning. This is obsolete technology. Dome lids are safer, and probably cheaper than replacing the seals on jars with glass lids. I do use a jar with a glass lid and rubber seal for keeping ground coffee, for which it works nicely.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Cookware
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Does parking make a difference for you ?

Serious hat-wearers do not look to so-called "hipsters" for sartorial tips. Some older gentlemen wear hats because they serve practical purposes. When young men wear hats, it's usually an affectation. One must be over 45 to wear hats convincingly.

2 days ago
GH1618 in Not About Food

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I live in the East Bay. While it is not particularly helpful, as you note, to say that one wants ethnic food for a particular meal, it is accurate to say that the Bay Area offers a large variety of ethnic restaurants. If I tried to enumerate the choices, it would not only be tedious, but I would likely leave something out.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

It isn't necessarily used for unfamiliar foods. It is used to refer to a variety of foods without having to enumerate them.

Eating Right for Cancer Survival DVD

Dr. Barnard is a founder of the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which seems to be a cover name for a radical animal rights group. That's his hidden agenda.

Hot dog fast food chains

Doggie Diner is gone, but it was immortalized by Zippy (the pinhead).

http://doggiediner.com/pages/toons_ma...

Jul 26, 2015
GH1618 in Chains

Hot dog fast food chains

There are still regional and local chains. We have Caspers in the SF Bay Area, but I've never tried it.

Jul 26, 2015
GH1618 in Chains

Hot dog fast food chains

Isn't Nathan's national?

I think hot dogs are not as popular as hamburgers because the contents seem more suspect. Even if they are known to be all-beef, they probably have more fat. A hamburger is just better all around.

Jul 26, 2015
GH1618 in Chains

the trivialities of pan seasoning!

I'm not sure, but I think one should always stay below smokin' hot unless using an outdoor grill. My iron pans are well seasoned withou that. Long use is the main factor.

Jul 26, 2015
GH1618 in Cookware

Eating out with people who don't enjoy food

Perhaps people who are not especially interested in food are interested in and knowledgeable of other subjects which like to discuss over dinner, and find your obsession with food to be somewhat narrow.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

You exaggerate everything. I didn't use the word "gospel," I merely used an example to illustrate the point.

All this argument over semantics is tedious. Most people know how to communicate, in their native language, at least. When a poster recently asked about "ethnic" food in Portland, the meaning was clear and inoffensive. People who want to make something of it should get a life.