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Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and Dives - any worthwhile in Monmouth County?

"I can't swear if they keep it updated, but it's something."

You certainly provided a fine example. Firefly moved to Point two years ago.

Thanks for the heads up.

5 minutes ago
MGZ in New Jersey

Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and Dives - any worthwhile in Monmouth County?

"Someone should start or relist a thread of CH triple D"

I'm not that well versed in the show. In fact, I'm not sure if I've ever seen more that a couple episodes all the way through. Consequently, I can't say whether these places have been featured or not; however, they seem right for it:

Frank's, Asbury Park
Circus Drive-In, Wall

Over past several years, as we've travelled to various places in the US, Mrs. Z and I have inadvertently stumbled into a few places proudly displaying the posed glossies of Guy and the restaurant ownership/staff near the hostess station. I couldn't say any of the spots weren't good, but each left us with the unspoken assessment of "Yeah, but . . . ."

The overexposure and success multiplier brings crowds and pressures that some spots can't grow into gracefully. Or, even worse, they willingly grow away from in order to compensate. Like the greasy spoon dive that soon moves or renovates. Sure, it's great for the profit margin and the new customers, more power to the owners and all that. But, as a food dork, you wanna shake the guy - "Dude, you're spot was great BECAUSE it wasn't pretty. You washed away the funk and now you're Friday's."

To put it another way, those DD&D appearances sometimes turn out like the first wish granted by a trickster genie, recently released from his bottle - a "Touch of Grey" moment.

12 minutes ago
MGZ in New Jersey

Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and Dives - any worthwhile in Monmouth County?

And, If I recall correctly, that was at the old location with the original menu. The pork mole is still the same though.

about 2 hours ago
MGZ in New Jersey

McDonald's Has Revived the Hamburglar Because Nostalgia

That Grimace looks like he could use a few shakes.

about 16 hours ago
MGZ in Chains

What trends do you see in the preparation of foods and drinks in restaurants?

Google was barely even a noun when I started having that vermouth conversation with bartenders.

about 20 hours ago
MGZ in General Topics

Need to Suck It Up? Try a Meat Straw

Thank you, ipse, for showing me the light leading out of the dark age of bloody maries without meat straws. I'm excited to try one. May even try hollowing out a Slim Jim in the meantime.

about 21 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

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OK. So, you're fundamentally saying that we should have no minimum wage at all. A much more intellectually reasonable, if presently unworkable, approach to the issue than "We can have it, but should never raise it." While it didn't work well before we implemented the minimum, such a systemic overhaul could work if done properly and in conjunction with expansions of the social safety net. I'd certainly welcome the dialogue and debate. In the meantime, the floor for pay exists and it seems more productive to fix the problems in the details that you've just highlighted.

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

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I don't see the inconsistency. It's quite common to agree to a range within which a value will rest without true certainty as to the precise value. Often this is because anything within such a contemplated range provides enough benefit of result to simply call it "close enough". When folks are willing to risk their well being, and whatever job security they have, to fight for a wage increase it suggests a flaw in the status quo. When we as a nation have to provide taxpayer funded subsidies for people who are working full time, the existence of that flaw becomes harder to deny. Face it, a ribeye with an internal temperature of seventy degrees is pretty unpalatable to most eaters - and don't get me started on chicken.

And, for what it's worth, you'll have to show me my addresses to anyone or their characters. In reading through, I only see responses to the arguments and rhetoric used in this thread (as well as the other one recently on the subject) and the posing of questions.

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

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"And BTW, the minimum wage isn't "socialism." Neither is Social Security. Or laws prohibiting child labor."

Unlike, say, police, fire, the military . . . .

about 23 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

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Oh, so like Graeber's narrative timeline. I get it - thank you for providing enough to permit some understanding of to what you have been alluding. The thing is, I haven't been talking about economic theories; just a concrete issue directly affecting about five percent of the workforce. While I grasp the fundamental interconnectedness of it all, I frankly don't see a wage increase having much of an impact on the debt load of the US, other than the fact that if done well, we will stop having to use government funds to subsidize such workers incomes.

I've never considered myself an adherent to any economic theory. Like any other branch of philosophy, I find it interesting and instructive to examine and contemplate the thoughts of those who have devoted so much energy to the study. There are lessons to be learned and ideas to be implemented into the concrete realities of the world and the systems societies have evolved.

While I adore considerations of long term ideological shifts and Utopian substitutions, they don't provide much guidance for solving immediate dilemmas. I mean, the US Constitution could desperately use a rewrite after two and a half centuries, but I don't see a convention in the cards any time soon. No matter how strong the argument, we will likely never have a nationwide consensus that no debts shall ever be incurred again - at least not once we have to start picking and choosing what little bits of money we'll spend on what. Beside, I'm thinking you know as well as I do that are are philosophic, economic ideas that could solve the debt problem inherent in capitalism; they're a bit taboo at this moment in history, but they do work in theory.

Edit: I failed to mention that I do not think there will ever be a point of "full employment" again in the US. That's basically what I was implying in my very first post. I am fascinated, however, with the possibilities that could arise therefrom.

about 24 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Sausage, peppers and onions

Mozzarella or provolone slices would be my suggestion for the OP's spread - although some grated parmesan is easy to put out as well. The thing is, at some point around the time you've eaten your two thousandth sausage and peppers sandwich, you start figuring out ways to gild that lilly.

Cheese is one way to put the fire* back into the ol' love life before you reach career S&P number 5,000. Mozz and prov are simply the peignoirs and negligees of adornment. Some might prefer the excitement of gruyere or manchego's more exotic lingerie or, even, the YouPorn of cheese - microwave melted and poured straight from the jar.

* Speaking of "fire", adding some chiles in with the sweet peppers is a worthwhile alternative to try.

Sausage, peppers and onions

Well, if you ever decide to try it, remember, cheese goes on the roll first so the sausage can melt it a bit (unless, of course, if you do the melted Cheez Whiz pour-over).

1 day ago
MGZ in Home Cooking

Sausage, peppers and onions

Some cheese for the sandwiches would make this hungry guy happy.

1 day ago
MGZ in Home Cooking

How do you eat your grits?

Well, the fellas were talking about blood in grits. Being very familiar with Polish food, czernina and kishka came to mind.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

How do you eat your grits?

Nothing that I'm aware of.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

Getting around thread locks?

Yes, but it requires the filing of Form 16(A)/56:4, subparts (e) and (f). And a thirty dollar utility fee.

How do you eat your grits?

That soup and kishka were on my mind when I posted.

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics

How do you eat your grits?

Yeah, but, now don't you wanna try it?

2 days ago
MGZ in General Topics
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I guess I'm old fashioned. Nothing equine until at least the second date. Third if saddles or crops are involved.

2 days ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

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"Yes when Europeans came to America pretty much anyone with a work ethic and a healthy body could 'get ahead."

Exactly. When you think about it back at the start, there was a group, armed with Enlightenment ideas, freeing themselves from British austerity policies, defining the scope of membership in its own society, and sitting upon a continent of untouched, seemingly endless, natural resources. How could they possibly fail is the better question.

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That was easy. Working it into a seduction with a lady you meet at a bar - - now, that takes skill.

2 days ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

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That's the thing, the $100 per hour talking point is logically fallacious - in more than one way. It manages to combine elements of the slippery slope, ridicule appeal, and ad absurdum into a red herring better suited for a cable news morning show than any policy discussion. That's why the question isn't asked when the issue is discussed without an audience.

Let's look at it this way: Cooking a NY Strip to an internal temperature between 120 and 140 is generally good, therefore cooking is to 500 degrees is better. We know that's nonsense because we know the consequences of the absurd alternative. Raising the $100 distraction is designed in the same manner to make the argument easier for opponents to the wage hike because now they get to argue against the absurd - something for which no one will argue in favor.

The debate about proper doneness, however, can be had within the rage generally accepted. Reasonable minds can disagree about the virtues of 125 versus 130 - even make a case for 140. That's the issue being contemplated - not trying to figure out the flash point of cow flesh.

There is, as you know, no objective answer as to the ideal internal temperature of our steak. Likewise, there is no economic certainty or consensus as to what is the perfect minimum wage to avoid the problems associated with increased inflation. For purposes of contemplating this latter point in the context of the instant issue, I am accepting as true that humans generally have a desire or obligation to be concerned with the general welfare of their fellow humans.

Now, with those thoughts in mind, and having had this discussion with some peers whose views differ from mine on many subjects, I posed the question that I seem unable to answer through Devil's advocacy: "Why do some folks so adamantly oppose raising the minimum wage in general (forget for a minute haggling over how much)?"* The closest thing to an answer I'm seeing basically boils down to "I fear the consequences of some of the speculation from some of the economists discussing the issue enough to maintain the status quo because that's working for me personally right now." To be fair, however, there's also some smatterings of latent "the poor are poor because they choose to be poor" and "this is the position on the issue 'my side' promotes, so I'll go along with them."

The question remains on the table and my curiosity in the thought processes at play here remains sincere. Nevertheless, silly, obfuscating questions and flawed logic don't really add much.

* My colleagues were unable to really address the question because none of them actually opposes any wage increase - it's just a question of finding the right spot on the balance. Admittedly, there was some consideration of the idea that we might be better off without a minimum wage at all, but that's more of the kind of utopian, esoteric discussion that flowers when the bottle is almost empty.

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No, I'm still sincerely looking for an understanding of what you meant by "six thousand years of human history." Are you really appealing to some creationist timeline? In all the time I've spent over the years in both classrooms and courtrooms, I can honestly say, I've never seen any serious argument founded on that myth.

I've provided some relevant points in the history of humans and economics. So, perhaps now you can enlighten us as to what happened in 4,000 BC?

May 27, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News
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No, that question gets answered all the time. After all, it’s asked every time this issue is discussed as if it’s appeal to absurdity and threats of a slippery slope are actually of any significance to the debate. For example, here’s you asking me the same thing two months ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1007... My answer is there too – it’s the same answer anyone with a modicum of understanding of the economics of this issue would provide.

On a related note, you’re still not answering the question I posed. You seem to be hinting at the notion that you oppose any wage hike “because economics”, but that’s curiously vague. No one really denies that wage hikes will have some impact towards inflation, much like we accept that inflation eventually necessitates wage hikes. The problem that remains unresolved is what is the “right” number for minimum wage that permits a livable income without triggering excessive price increases across the economy.

I have not seen any economist offer a compelling analysis of what that perfect point of equipoise is and I doubt any credible scholar would ever want to stick their neck out like that. Perhaps you know the sweet spot or would like to provide citations to someone who has offered one? (Maybe move on to the ideal highest tax rate for the Laffer curve next?)

May 27, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News
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Really? That silly question again? We both know that we leave the realm of economic speculation at that point. Between 10 and 15 bucks, reasonable economists can disagree. That's why I posed the question the way I did.

May 26, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News

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The history of modern humans begins around 50,000 years ago. The Agricultural Revolution was 10,000 years ago. "Religions" probably predate even that.

Smith wrote 'Wealth of Nations' in 1776.

May 26, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News
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Good. Now we're all aware that the minimum wage was not implemented to apply only to "starter" jobs - it just found a more limited application in the booming post-war years (benefit of not having fought the war on US soil). And that our economy shifted to being service based over the past few decades.

May 26, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News

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Well, at least a lack of historical understanding is honest.

May 26, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News

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"Six thousand years"?????

May 26, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News

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Well, I see speculation based upon static economic analysis that does not enjoy the consensus support of the professionals, and now, sheer hyperbole. Again, I'm left wondering - What's the true motivation? I'm not trying to be a dick, but it comes across like a fantastical and fanatical faith in preordained economic apocalypse.