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Paris Food Tour

mlee, on the Europe board you said you were going to Belgium and I believed I mentioned Au Merveilleux de Fred (which just opened up on Grassmarkt IRRC). So if you really want to go there, you have an option in Brussels. And in fact, I'd recommend having a merveilleux there, if only because it is Belgian (although some have it also as coming from the North of France).

Brussels with a 4 year old

I'm not sure what foods you seek apart from chocolates and frites, but I'll give a try:

It goes up and down and I haven't checked with my family where they are now in said cycle, but Brasserie Georges (http://www.greatmomentsinbrussels.be/...) is a good place to go with a child. It's often full, so booking is a good plan, and every time I'm there, there are families with children of all ages. It's a bit out of the centre, but accessible by tram.

I'd love for someone to weigh in on Merveilleux de Fred. It seems this lovely delicacy is now achieving attention (the next thing after macarons?) and I know there's one across from Cora Kemperman on the Grassmarket. It's new to me, and I didn't get a chance last time.

Some may warn you away from Aux Armes de Bruxelles. I'll confess that's a place that's always close to my heart, as I went there many times as a child.

As for Ascension day, as it is a public holiday, quite a bit will be closed. Probably not everything, but a lot. It may be worth checking out the procession in Bruges or going to the cinema (it's open on Christmas, so why not Ascension?) But I will defer to all those chowhounds who are there the entire year.

Mar 23, 2015
Lizard in Europe

How has ChowHound provided y'all with a safe and fun community?

Yes, ma'am.

Mar 16, 2015
Lizard in Site Talk

How has ChowHound provided y'all with a safe and fun community?

I think you should tell us more about the prompt and the class. Conducting a form of interview and saying what a few members of community has to say is a different method than conducting, say, a discourse analysis, of the site. The latter involves reading multiple threads and boards and and following certain terms and discussions to determine the sorts of connections and how each hound, or subgroups, define the community and its values. I'm not sure what you mean by 'platform', either, as that can refer to a policy, but also to the types of media through which certain forms of content are presented and consumed.

At this point I raise my eyebrows at an English class that is teaching Media Studies, but this might be a composition class to catch you up with how to write an essay. Still, method is part of an essay and informs how it will be written. But if you're being asked to 'analyse' a website, I think that your instructor is probably not advocating surveys and interviews-- or if s/he is, there is a bit more required in that than stating one is writing a first-year four-page essay so could we offer feedback on this general prompt.

So my advice is this: Look at the terms of service, look at the site page where people alternately grouse and support what's taking place but also look at the pages where people discuss tipping, restaurants, recipes and other items, since each page can have its own identity and understanding of community and its values. What can you see in the writing that is implicit and explicit?

Meanwhile, please share the syllabus or the prompt (along with the readings associated). I'm happy to help if not explicitly answer this vague request for information which may or may not benefit you in this assessment.

Mar 14, 2015
Lizard in Site Talk
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Jewish meal

I may have buried that in my post, fish and chips are said to have come from Portuguese Jews, who made up part of England's Marrano population. A piece of it ended up in the Telegraph a while back, but was in a cookery show or two: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddri...

(Ah, I see Harters brought that to your attention Indy. I guess sometimes one wants the voice of authority...)

Mar 14, 2015
Lizard in General Topics
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Jewish meal

There is far more to say about this than I can or have time to share here. The politics of Jewish assimilation and presence in England is one thing (having an established Anglo-Jewish presence from very early on [despite the violence and alienation] will have created a different set up for assimilation and the production of certain foods. The fact that Jews from the East were not often looked upon favourably by Jews from the West may have also played a role. (And even internally, class difference is an obsession). That said, the Portuguese Jews did a good job with fish and chips.

But it should be noted that bialys are Eastern European inasmuch as the town of Bialystok in Poland is held to be origin of this food. So yes, Harters, as you noted, the local matters on all ends (even NYC v US-- as bialys are nowhere near as widespread in the US as are bagels).

Mar 13, 2015
Lizard in General Topics
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Jewish meal

Oy. Because Jews (at least Asknenazim) aren't dallying with heart disease, what with the love of schmaltz and salt bagels...

Mar 08, 2015
Lizard in General Topics

PBS Heats Up Sundays With THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW {THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS]

England? So the rest of the UK doesn't matter? And here I was, thinking this was the Great BRITISH Bake Off. I mean, if people were going to vote all wrong on the 18th, you'd think Better Together would have stuck. :)

Mar 08, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Maybe everyone replied to the son, given that the OP decided to make it sound as if he had issued the invite. :)

Mar 08, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food
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Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

What's interesting in that piece are the different periods of interest in the food, particularly for colonials returning back... I think you might find this piece interesting.

Mar 06, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

Of course, the UK has a very different relationship to India, and this results in a very different food history: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8...

Why is "the best" so important

Hmmm. I'm not sure this is a uniquely American affliction (arrogance and exceptionalism more like). The Academy Awards are hardly the sole awards ceremonies on the planet. And a glance at any UK paper will bring one league table or another.

That said, there is definitely something to think about regarding the best, the listification of reportage, and FOMO. Probably also something about the way consumption and (personal) value are so fused through one of capitalism's many self-perpetuating mechanisms.

Feb 13, 2015
Lizard in France

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

Words like 'misogynistic' tend to get a rise out of people (as they have here) and shut down a necessary conversation.

I say 'necessary', because as I watch these programmes and as I read comments threads on them, I see a lot of unchecked unconscious bias that lists very much to the sexist. The doubt that the women actually bring skills, the comments on their looks (particularly if fat or if not given to smiling), and the comments on behaviour if they are not 'nice' (and performing the affective labour so many crave) are particularly prominent on comment threads.

Yes, the shows and their fans do focus on who can bring it, but the shape of the debate is one that I find striking when not depressingly tedious and outdated.

Would you buy your neighbors' home cooked food

Your reference to Uber is precisely why this business model is a problem. The issues of safety, price gouging and exploitation alone make this an ugly proposition (for home cooks and clients).
An online database of neighbours willing to share is one thing, and even then, we have to wonder about privacy issues involved, but this seems a curious plan. Who will be doing pickups and deliveries? Frankly, it sounds like a leftover exchange service and I'd imagine many might have such a thing in place,
If it is an arrangement to sell food produced in unregulated kitchens, I think that's already done in a casual, underground manner and I don't see the benefits to the participants in bringing in a middle man.
Whatever the health concerns, I'm not seeing a fully formed business model that convinces me of benefit all around.

Feb 03, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food

The "Gastro" thing...

My unnecessary addition here is that I giggled when I saw the title 'The "Gastro" Thing' as written by Skidmark *ahem* Jones. I am more familiar with 'gastro' as shorthand for 'gastro-entérite' and associate it with its symptoms (hence further sniggers with 'Skidmark').

I'll just leave now.

Jan 14, 2015
Lizard in Los Angeles Area

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

And also

Christmas Dinner Highlights and Lowlifes

I did read it, thanks, so please don't make me subject it to a good old-fashioned fisking to demonstrate my point about tone.

It may be that you could reread mine, however, which acknowledges the frustration this person caused and does not excuse the behaviour of this visitor. The focus is on empathy. There's enough to go around in this case; although in short supply on chowhound, it's actually not an endangered resource.

Jan 04, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food

Christmas Dinner Highlights and Lowlifes

I agree. Puffin certainly could care less. (And might do, to boot.)

Jan 01, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food

Christmas Dinner Highlights and Lowlifes

Ah, but surely as a trial lawyer, you'd recommend preparing the OP for the testimony-- to remind that this is an adversarial process, that the statement is subject to cross-examination, and that language and tone matters. :)

I have to say I find this entire thread fascinating. I'm not sure why a trial analogy was brought in. Not every encounter is suited by making such analogies (as was actually nicely argued in the pieces responding to THE NEWSROOM and the episode 'Shenandoah').

I don't think the doubters are denying that certain things happened, but that there are reasons for looking for reasons for that behaviour-- possibly in an act of empathy. (And imagining what has happened in someone's day before s/he encounters us is part of that, and hardly so far fetched as to imagine said person an alien.) I think for some of us, too, the empathy was especially triggered by the tone and delivery of the OP, where judgements seemed levied over this girl's appearance and quiet demeanour even before questions of action were taken up.

I appreciate that there is a lot of anger and frustration since the OP was left without a gift and without thigh meat. And I can imagine that the behaviour was of the eye-brow raising kind. But in this case, reading the OP, my response wasn't 'WHAT WAS SHE THINKING?!?!' (re MF) but rather 'What was she thinking? What is going on here?' As for the OP, the position, even if irked/amused, was one of relative comfort: surrounded by loved ones by choice.

And if one is to bring in an analogy, let's just say that many of you might be happy that people do respond to weirdness with empathy. Imagine if it was your kid having a meltdown of sorts (and as a uni lecturer, I've seen my share of inappropriate behaviours); it's nice to think someone might respond with wanting to know more before levying judgement. Judgement is fun, but I think there was possibly too heavy a hand in the report, leaving some of us sympathetic.

I'm not excusing or explaining away the behaviour, just saying that there is a rationale for some wanting more. And the nice thing for humanity is that this tendency is related to a very valuable commodity- empathy.

(Also, let's just say that in light of what's happening in the US, a bit more suspicion cast on testimony should be a good thing. *ahem*)

And now, having posted enough for all of 2015, I'll go back to my post as occasional lurker.

Happy New Year, everyone! May your year be filled with spicy drinks, delicious thigh meat, and enthusiastic guests!

Are food allergies really hereditary, or is my SIL overly cautious?

PhilD, perhaps. However, what Sunshine and others are trying to explain is that there is a window within a child's life where sensitivity to and likelihood of allergic reactions are higher. And according to the NHS, the risks of allergies actually are greater when they run in the family. in some cases, children are fed first peanuts at the surgery, where their reactions can be monitored. (I know this last but only through friends and colleagues, but it sounds like it's not just the US reacting to allergies.)

I'm not sure that breast milk would be a problem, but I'd certainly sympathise with someone wishing to be careful. It may be annoying to find out at the last minute, but anything I'd argue against.

(Also, there are allergies to things like milk and eggs early on, but babies are so gross that it can be easy to miss the milder responses like rashes and eczema. Peanuts and shellfish are more likely to produce life threatening reactions.)

Dec 26, 2014
Lizard in Not About Food

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Sorry, nope. All the same, even with your chowsplain.

Dec 20, 2014
Lizard in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I guess I'm the only one not enraged by these changes. I mean, I didn't care for it, but looked up the instructions and fixed it for my personal preference. It just doesn't seem that big a deal.

There are things I get upset about to be sure, but this just isn't one of them.

Dec 20, 2014
Lizard in Site Talk
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Nah, actually it makes sense. The problem is always thinking of it as 'cramique'. I'm just trying to get my head around it with anything but raisins.

Aw... now I'm hungry. And wish I had some cramique here. I'm calling my mum...

Dec 17, 2014
Lizard in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

I passed by a Merveilleux de Fred in Brussels (on Grassmarkt) just a few weeks ago and was taken aback. Not in a bad way, since merveilleux are my favourite, but because it looked like Belgium's next step in advancing a local(ish) traditional delicacy. (And that the Parisian one sells cramique makes me think about Belgium's newfound hotness in the francophone regions; in fact, my mum and I were talking about it, but more in terms of comedians).

Don't really know what I'm saying, but I guess I'm gobsmacked by the attention and spread of all those things that were so much part of my growing up but of which so few knew about until recently.

Oh: also merveilleux are not really for transporting. Or I would have picked up a bunch during my last trip which was more a layover between one spot and home. But cramique? Yeah. And oh so good (although this brioche comparison makes me wonder what exactly they're selling.)

Dec 16, 2014
Lizard in France

Comments Heard At Restaurants...

The manner is important, but apparently manner for you includes the horrific offence of eating out whilst fat.

Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

I can't necessarily vouch for all the food, especially as I haven't been recently, but you may enjoy checking out the Japan Centre on Shaftsbury Ave., which has prepared foods (although maybe not heat and eat, I can't remember).

Dec 05, 2014
Lizard in U.K./Ireland

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

Tipping in a pub? I've been doing it all wrong the past years I've been living here (more than I care to say for reluctance of confronting my age and mortality). Uh oh.

Nov 23, 2014
Lizard in Not About Food

Returning food too often customer banned

There may be a good point, but crikey... "should of"? *Shudder*

TUMS at a dinner party?

I keep allergy pills around for visitors to my house. This isn't a prescription to others, but I'm happy when people make the effort and know that an additional run past the chemists may not be desirable or possible. But I would never expect that of others and I also acknowledge that medicating ones guests may actually not be best practice.

Nov 20, 2014
Lizard in Not About Food

Drive-by Posts?

Is it my imagination, or has there been an increase of one-time posters, joining only to ask etiquette style questions that have little to do with food?

This may be an inappropriate question. I certainly wouldn't want to stop anyone from dipping their toe in and coming to know the people here (and checking out good recipe and restaurant tips). This could be a first step in and it might be that it's just coincidence as I've popped by to check out recommendations. Indeed, I'm probably not one to talk since I'm not one of the major contributors myself, but yeah, I was wondering.

Nov 17, 2014
Lizard in Site Talk