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Is it too soon to talk about Thanksgiving?

It's the holiest day of the year. I start thinking about it on Black Friday.

about 14 hours ago
MGZ in Home Cooking

Olive Garden investor cries 'too many breadsticks and not enough wine'

All the knee-jerk, "Nannie state", "I love OG" responses from their viewers are priceless. As if the Starboard report came from HHS.

about 18 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Olive Garden investor cries 'too many breadsticks and not enough wine'

Personally, I get a slightly perverse joy following the stories of the mega-food industry and the "maximization of monetization" plot lines. The "just another widget wrapped in corporate speak" mesmerizes me and my "I'd rather spend $400 on fungus than a 401k" mind. It has the sad surrealness of watching a woman in a bikini sell $40 "Allah Rocks" tee shirts outside the gates of Mecca.

That being said, I stumbled across the following yesterday: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/0... The comments are hysterical.

about 19 hours ago
MGZ in Food Media & News

Table salt free diet and eating out

"I'm of the opinion a zero salt diet is optimal."

Based on what? I'm sometimes of the opinion that I'm still sober after a liter of tequila. Reality can be a bitch, huh?

"I have the sneaky suspicion that salt like gluten is haphazardly thrown into almost every processed food."

Gluten? Wow! By the way, how do you define processed food?

"How do I feel like I'm not some sort of social recluse yet, maintain my health?"

Learn more about health and nutrition.

In all seriousness, if you hadn't posted several times before, I would think this thread is a joke. Frankly, I'm still not sure. At least, you're sorta disproving the notion that "ignorance is bliss".

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

"I hope you see the view I had hoped to convey."

We know. Problem is, it's not exactly groundbreaking stuff. I mean, did you think that Andy Rooney schtick was going to sew the seeds of a revolution or something?

How The Coffee Shop Has Ruined Customer Service

Grumble. Grumble.

That guy thinks he's got it bad? You have any idea how hard it's become for me to find a phone booth when I have to get changed?

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

It's not weird. Taking the idea of guilt literally is always one of the ways to play this game when somebody starts such a thread. Nearly as inevitable as Kraft Mac-n-Cheese and Rotel Dip. It's certainly more fun to embrace and enjoy everything.

Sep 14, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Wasn't that the implicit point of the article at issue?

Sep 13, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Tyranny of the masses?

Sep 13, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

"You can't be an iconoclast and also be popular."

But, you CAN be comfortable when you look in the mirror.

Sep 13, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

Which would rather have? Great Food or Great Service in a Restaurant?

I'm with you, Steve. I've never had service that rose (or should I say "sank") to the level that it could trump good food. In fairness, we were lost in a crowd one night not too long ago and wound up leaving without ordering, over the mea culpas of the server and manager. We went back some time later, on the "Shit happens" theory, and had a pretty good meal.

I'm not much of a mystic, but I've got a half-baked idea that maybe recurring bad service issues are part of some kind of invisible, reciprocating energy thing. You know, you get back what you put out? Common sense suggests that in instances of repeated conflict, it's wise to examine the one constant in the interactions. This isn't to say that bad service doesn't happen to good people, but, maybe, in the big scheme of things, it's a little shard of evidence that Karma counts.

Then again, it could simply boil down to expectations. I'll stick with the 'hound's eye view from inside the Invisible Fence. Just give me the best kibbles you've got, I don't mind if I have to eat 'em on the porch. Bonus points for keeping the drink bowl filled and parting with the fattiest bones in the joint.

Sep 13, 2014
MGZ in Not About Food
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

I'm still on the fence . . . .

Sep 13, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Mashed potatoes are, in fact, known to be a Category 1 IBDV.*

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*Improvised Butter Delivery Vehicle

Sep 13, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

Well, curiosity and some extra time this morning (damned inclement weather) got the better of me. Technically, I believe it is the Icee company that provides the slurpee-type services as most theaters. They've tagged the flavor "Blue Raspberry" - apparently with a straight face. Given the ingredient list, I might have gone with "Gummy Quillalia Fruit" or, given the color, "Washer Fluid Fun".

(My sincerest wishes that the foregoing is the most useless piece of information with which you are confronted today.)

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

At times, it seems like it might actually be easier to reason with Assad than a brood of clucking hens at a PTA meeting or soccer game. If nothing else, it's probably easier to get a word in edgewise.

Sep 12, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

It's more respectable to quit than ask for more money? It seems to me, those are really the only two tools in labor's belt. Try the flathead, if it don't work, try the phillips - you're probably getting screwed either way, but maybe you can minimize the stripping. The hammer is still locked up in the shed, after all.

This isn't to say that I am not a big fan of the righteous "fuck you" to the boss, but how is it not worth respecting someone who has the balls to say, "I think my compensation doesn't reflect the value I provide"? As an employer, I actually think I respect those who articulate wage increases more than those who simply quit, because the former actually show reciprocal respect by implicitly stating, "We can work together to solve this." At bottom, there exists such a massive disparity of power, that I fail to see how anybody who risks something to say, "I deserve better", doesn't deserve respect.

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

So. If I understand . . . .

Employees grow disgruntled with employment.
Employees quit employment.

Shit, folks, that's how this whole thing is supposed to work.

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Funny. I woud've thought they'd be bitter and stringy.

Sep 11, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

Life of the party.

Sep 11, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

'Blue Eggs and Spam' was actually the least appreciated of Dr. Suess's books (or the name of a band I was in freshman year).

Sep 11, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Well, in fairness, I think I might actually prefer eating a vegan to spending the next forty years avoiding animal products and cooked food.

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

I'll add two new ones to those I've put up in similar threads in the past (At least, I don't think I've admitted to these yet??):

A large movie theater slurpee (preferably blue - whatever flavor that actually is supposed to be) to which I add a half pint of Cuervo (those flask-like bottles fit perfectly in a front pocket). Caution: This treat may result in your wearing the 3D glasses all the way back to the car.

A plate of good cheese (you know, like that $20 chunk of Emmental left over from the cocktail party or a well aged Provolone) microwaved on medium-low until fully melted and the edges start to bubble and crisp. Eat with a fork.

Sep 11, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

"The rest of the time I rely on magic."

Yeah, I think I'd rather eat a vegan, raw food diet for the rest of my life, than completely give up magic.

Sep 11, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

"[A] symptom of a larger issue with people being unable to make distinctions for themselves."

Exactly. The present state of political discourse comes immediately to mind. Sound bites and talking points in place of reading comprehension, analysis, and critical thinking.

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"To now believe that it's "poison" defies, among other things, natural selection."

One could plausibly argue that the proliferation of the population with celiac and allergies are actually a triumph of modern medicine over natural selection. Individuals with such maladies are now permitted to survive and procreate, even though they fail to adapt.

Sep 10, 2014
MGZ in General Topics

Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Not really. At least, not in the way civilization is commonly defined. You could make a plausible argument that there were civilizations that developed around the same time without the cultivation of wheat, in China and Peru,* for example, but there really is very little evidence of anything resembling a "civilization" anywhere on Earth before agricultural practices were developed and population concentrations could exist (I'll pass on the semantic and etymological points, but one could say that agriculture is actually an indicia of civilization). It took carbs to make humans "human".

The fact is, the civilization that the cultivation of wheat permitted is the mother of ours (Western). The fundamentals of our legal system, notions of property, morality concepts, creation myths, etc. all trace back to what happened because man figured out how to domesticate the grain.

*Climate and indigenous plants made the cultivation of other starches more beneficial in such places.

Sep 10, 2014
MGZ in General Topics
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The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

It was pretty whiny, I agree. But, what do you expect from a woman?

Sep 09, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

I'll keep that in mind the next time I post a response to a stupid assertion here. Maybe we can turn every website into FaxNation.

Sep 09, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

It was only forty-five cents?

Sep 09, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News

The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner  

I'm guessing you weren't trying to satirically reinforce the fundamental point being made?

Sep 09, 2014
MGZ in Food Media & News
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Do you think wheat is "the root of all evil" or staff of life?

Since I'm feeling a bit lazy this morning, I'll just repost my feelings about bread.

"And bread. Well . . .

Bread, begging the pardon of the gluten-free gourmets and the low-carb lifestylers, is beauty. Bread is the source of life - everyday and everlasting. It is feast and fodder for poets, philosophers, and priests - proletariat, politicians, and prosperous. It is synonymous with both food and money; used to celebrate faith, family, and friendship.

Moreover, bread is one of those wonderful goodies that provides in scrumptious stages.[footnote omitted] You have the glory that is the 'tear off a chunk while it's still kinda warm' of a fresh loaf. Then, the next-day magic of toast. Finally, the 'kick save and a beaut' of crunchy, cubed croutons or the humble, protein extender of ground crumbs."

P.S. I'm Pro-Booze, too.