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What happened to the Charlotte based 'hounds?

I was wondering if it would help to ask "where'd everybody go?" there.

about 4 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

What happened to the Charlotte based 'hounds?

Luckily I'll only be there two days.

about 5 hours ago
MGZ in Site Talk

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

"[I]t seemed to stop...."

I felt like that too. I've noticed it happening more and more on sites like the Atlantic. As if there's a page missing at the end.

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

What happened to the Charlotte based 'hounds?

My usual last minute attempts to peruse the recent posts concerning the Charlotte, NC dining scene left me feeling as empty as a dinner at a vegan, raw food, tapas joint. When did that sub-board die?

Come to think of it, I haven't seen many of those regulars on the general boards either . . . .

1 day ago
MGZ in Site Talk

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

For want of a perfect place to add it, I choose here . . . .

I'll admit that I'm very pleased with the general shifts in the zeitgeist towards reason and anti-theism. Not sure how much I trust in it becoming the majority/prevailing thought structure and assuming control of the political process for another generation, but that's another question for another time and place.

Nevertheless, for anyone inclined to consider some of the related issues, there's an interesting article in 'The Atlantic', titled, "Dr. Oz and the Pathology of Open-Mindedness", related to this sub-discussion and the thread as a whole. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc...

1 day ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

And here I thought food television had already seen it's nadir.

1 day ago
MGZ in Site Talk

Will Chowhound ever be a major player in food reviews and discussion

"In a way back then was a more-pure time where people kept to the point online sharing pure solid information including news when it was mostly colleges and military before the Internet went public in 1993."

But, you have to admit, the porn is way better today.

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Old school, PR, E & C? Gotta be ketchup.

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

Palate Memory.....................

Make it a can of Bud a decade later on the East Coast, and the story's basically the same for me. Though, I'd have to add the pastiness of cottonmouth and scent of lingering, acrid smoke in the nostrils to the memory (and recreation scenario).

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I think it should have a secret pocket inside to hold a "just in case"/"this happens every time", twenty dollar bill.

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in Not About Food
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The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit

"Magic is much more fun."

Agreed. You know what they say:* One man's magic is another's Sunday morning.

* OK. Technically, I don't know who "they" is. As of now, it's just me. But, who knows, if I can just scrape together enough to get me one of them hashtag thingys, I may find the second voice necessary to justify the use of the plural pronoun.

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in Food Media & News
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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

You may be right that super trendy chef's are over the ovum - chicken at least. Duck and quail still seem to have some time left on the clock though. And, nobody's really started to fully explore the possibilities with pheasant and goose.

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Something about this thread made me think of the 'Portlandia', "Put a Bird on it" sketch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHmLl...

Or, if you prefer, there's Beyonce's "Single Ladies". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EF...

Either way, the "Put an Egg on it" parodies practically write themselves.

Personally, I'm good with it - have been for as longs as I can remember. I mean, adding fat to something that's fatty and tastes good to start with? Yes, please.

And, if that runny yolk ejaculates a little out from your sandwich, fear not. It just means you're handling it correctly.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

Wonderful.

It's interesting to contemplate why those folks don't post on these threads. I had a couple ideas. It's possible, they're simply too busy sorting through their photo libraries to make sure they don't look too fat when they put pics on facebook. Or, perhaps, they're searching for places to hide their extra cash in the yard? Running for Congress?

If you have any luck finding 'em, let us know? Afterwards, maybe you could lead us to the parents of the terror children that run around restaurants screaming? They never seem to post here either.

Apr 25, 2015
MGZ in Not About Food
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

This is what I was referring to.

Apr 24, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Well, as to footnote 1, I was referring to the Gizmodo article. I quoted the author's text. The device is clever because it lends weight the veracity of the statement without requiring support.

As to fn 2, there is a symbol for the word "therefore" in formal logic. It's basically one dot over two in a triangle format.

Apr 24, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

If you've ever fried baloney, you can think of it like that (If you haven't fried baloney, well, you should try that too). I'd suggest getting slices about 1/8th of an inch thick to start; however, I personally prefer 'em to be closer to 1/4. One other thing, you should cut three notches, equally spaced, into the perimeter of each slice. This will keep them from curling up too much in the pan. Sorta like in this image.

Apr 24, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey
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Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

"[H]ow come so many of their studies have needed manipulation to show the results they seek? How come they changed the name to Climate Change?"

I think the last time those talking points were used seriously, you could still buy shares in Lehman Brothers.

Is it time to stop buying/eating almonds?

Thanks for the link, JB. I have continued to read a great deal from a large number of sources on this issue, but had not come across that essay. At its core, however, Walker's making fundamentally the same points as most of the recent spate of rebuttals and defenses (Hell, even Salon kinda had one: http://www.salon.com/2015/04/19/almon... ). In presenting these arguments - which really amount to "there's other stuff that's bad too" - you achieve success with public opinion through a distraction on a sub-issue, at the expense of a more thoughtful consideration of the true issue.

It's never really been about almonds, per se. Almonds are an entry point, an attention getter, a metaphor - something for the average person to wrap their heads around. It doesn't matter if alfalfa, chick peas, or dairy cows are as big or bigger water users. While multiple villains may make for an unusual movie plot, they're typically the real story in life.

All of the "Bush did it too" style responses presuppose the validity of the statement that Walker even uses as a subheading: "California's job is to grow food."* Considering that agriculture only produces one and a half percent of the State's GDP, that statement deserves questioning. To break down the assumption of the conclusion implicit in the argument, look at it quasi-syllogistically:

CA agriculture is all good.
Almonds are CA agriculture.
Therefore,** almonds are all good.

OK. So then, the question to be examined really might have to be, is CA agriculture actually all good? In that context you get to questions of: Do practices need to be changed? How national an issue should this be? Should our food supply be this depended upon a region that is not naturally sustainable for such purposes? What role do consumers need/want to play? Etc.

The biggest problem with all of this, and one that is undoubtedly going to be struggled with on multiple layers for a long time to come, is the fact that capitalism is essentially an economic philosophy based upon the infinite. Human beings, and the planet they inhabit, on the other hand, are finite.

* Personally, I think using it as a subheading was a great rhetorical device for the piece.

** Anybody know how to make the "dot triangle" symbol for this?

Apr 24, 2015
MGZ in General Topics
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How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I want a "Mathtaxtipfumbulator" tee shirt.

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

This is starting to feel like an early Kevin Smith movie.

Apr 23, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey
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Hot Dogs... Grilled, Boiled, Steamed... or really?... Microwaved?

Here's a fun menu from a place in NJ to some ways to expand one's hot dog topping horizon's. http://www.destinationdogs.com/our-me... In many ways, it might be the most "American" menu I've ever seen.

Apr 23, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

Hot Dogs... Grilled, Boiled, Steamed... or really?... Microwaved?

Is there a wrong way to cook or top a hot dog? (OK, microwaving and DQ hard chocolate coating are out - I stand corrected.)

Preferences?

Dear god, I'm married. There's only so much commitment a man can have in his life. Sure, my first dog of the season may be cooked on the grill using the indirect heat provided by a low, oak wood fire and topped with nothing more than freshly grated horseradish. But, that's because I know the next one might be steamed and griddled before being smothered with melted Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions. All without foreclosing the possibility that I might be able to snag some gas grilled, supermarket dog off the kids' table at a Fourth of July party and douse it with ketchup while nobody's looking.

Please don't make me choose. Please?

Apr 23, 2015
MGZ in General Topics

When was the last time you had a REAL hot dog?

Funny to think about it, but dogs like that are pretty much the only ones we ever get - maybe two, three times a year. Typically it turns into an unnecessarily large production, with near ritualistic overtones. I'll find myself making chili two days before, buying three hot dogs from each of two butcher shops, and/or spending the morning bakery-hopping in a quest for the perfect rolls. Silly food dork fun!*

Ironically, the last time we had 'em was this past fall when I fortuitously 'scored' seven Kobe beef dogs from the chef at a local restaurant. Grocery store, top split rolls and the condiments in the fridge were the only available accompaniments. We cooked them over a small fire in the backyard watching a Jets game. If I recall, my last dog was topped with mustard, onions, and melted Cheez Whiz.

* No, Mom. It's not obsessive. My therapist says it's OK . . . I don't do it all the time.

Apr 23, 2015
MGZ in General Topics
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10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Then, I'll have to make yours the way I do mine - with extra cheese!

Apr 22, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

It's good to see Johnny's get some love. Frankly, I'm good with any deviant versions of PR sandwiches being made.

Apr 22, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

10 of the Shore's top spots for pork roll

Pork Roll, sausage, and bacon with egg and cheese is the "three little piggies" sandwich for us (well, mostly just me and a couple of others willing to try it over the years

Apr 22, 2015
MGZ in New Jersey

Clueless moderation?

Good. It's important enough to make sure there're no doubts.

Apr 22, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

Clueless moderation?

"Words that undermine civility should get tossed."

I don't know if I could more emphatically disagree with that statement (or, at least, any vagueness permitted by its articulation). Any specific word, in and of itself, must be viewed as incapable of accomplishing such an effect - it's usage that HAS to be the focus of consideration/moderati

Apr 22, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk

Clueless moderation?

"High quality food conversions . . . when not backed up."

I guess I just don't see the same threads as you. I will say that over the years we covered a lot of ground and sometimes folks are hesitant to revisit issues for the fourth or fifth time. I mean, I think I'm finally done with the "gross/indulgent" food lists, you know?

Apr 22, 2015
MGZ in Site Talk