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Do you pray before a meal?

I agree that shows of religious faith by individuals are stronger in the U.S., but something that often gets lost in bits of Western Europe are how secular is used to veil the deeply ingrained Christianity that is part of the institutional order. I mean, France loves her laïcité but the Ascension of the Virgin is a Bank Holiday. And the UK? There are bishops in the House of Lords; television license fees fund the Songs of Praise on the Beeb; and, as the most heinous thing to happen to this atheist Jew: all cinemas are closed on Christmas. And that's just a few instances. It's funny what can be invisible when one is inured to the ways of their nation. Religion is important in the U.S. for quite a few reasons, but in some ways, I have to wonder if it is the separation of Church and State (not a thing in the UK) is part of what motors these shows.

And to answer the question, no. Except for when circumstances require bruchas be said...

1 day ago
Lizard in Not About Food
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Diseased Urine Ad Photo

I rarely see the ads in question as I also use ad-blocker software but nevertheless I get to enjoy the evocative pleasures of the words 'diseased urine' every time I come here. Words hurt, too, people! #thestruggleisreal.

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

"Using "ethnic" is a useful shortcut. There is no negative value judgement that goes along with the word."

As soon as I read that, I thought of this:

http://www.theonion.com/blogpost/ster...

Jul 28, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News
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What is your perfect breakfast?

As with everyone, it depends. But here are some anyway:

- buttered toast with a soft boiled egg

- shakshuka

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

I imagine lots of things sound silly and pretentious to people who don't read and wander about with their pants down. :)

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Did you read the article? Or my post? Seriously, your question to makes it sound like you didn't or you're struggling with comprehension. And why the upset with 'gastronaut'?

Jul 25, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Wow. So much hostility to the article so far. What she writes here is very much what is said on CH time and again when someone asks for 'ethnic food'. That is, ALL food can be seen as ethnic food, but only some are called that. The usage isn't pejorative as such, but it is troubling, since it's affixed to ideas of what certain national/regional cuisines should be (usually cheap and 'authentic'-- another word that conjures the colonial imagination of a people locked in time and ripe for the discovery of the gastronaut).
This isn't about PC (ugh, is it that awful to think about what the perspectives of others are that you imagine some fantasy authority as the enemy). It's about thinking about word usage and the ideas and convictions that are smuggled in and perpetuated alongside.
So chill. Use the term. No one is stopping you. But perhaps you all might like to sit and actually think about what she's written here?

ETA: Every comment here really suggests that no one got further than the headline. That makes it kind of difficult to discuss the article.

McDonald's manager 'confirms' that the secret menu exists

I'm later than you. I sort of want to test this, except that that would involve eating there... (Not that I'm so high and mighty, but I've a long list of other rubbish that goes inside me first.)

Jul 21, 2015
Lizard in Chains
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Inside Amy Schumer - I'm So Bad

More food-related entertainment from the genius.

Jul 05, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

Italian Grandmas Try Olive Garden For The First Time

More in Buzzfeed's admittedly inane yet kind of entertaining series.

Jul 05, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News
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Chinese People Try Panda Express For The First Time

I'll just leave this here since I imagine this is something CH might enjoy.

Jul 05, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

Just Go! The 10 Essential Rules of Drive-Thru Etiquette

Nothing is more important than Tom Appel getting his Diet Coke! JUST GO. I'm not even sure where to begin with the many types of wrong here. Seriously, what's his deal? He wanted in surgery or something? He might do well to park far from the door and walk off some of what's going on inside.
(Yes, yes, I know that people faffing about can be a real annoyance. But I guess this says a lot about what I've always suspected about the mentality of the motorist.)

LA Restaurateurs Think the $15 Minimum Wage Hike Spells Doom for the Industry

There are so many disturbing (read: wilfully illogical/ill informed and uncompassionate) posts in such threads.

1. It is not a 'high' wage if it basically functions to ensure a baseline to access of goods and services, particularly in a highly privatised nation. It is certainly not a 'high' wage if factoring in for inflation and other indices into use to make for a real terms pay cut.

2. How is it that so many are invested in a market place or luxuries marginally less expensive than they are now at the expense of other human beings? The way people speak of the market, and more specifically, of free market capitalism it would appear you've assigned it sentience and autonomy, and value above the basic necessities to maintain a human life (see the UN covenant on economic and social rights).

I mean, what's with the mockery of social justice, too? True, many with privilege in this society have an opportunity to act on social justice issues (for instance, to shop where prices aren't so low in order to avoid sweat shop products, etc.- there is a high cost to low price, after all), but what's with the sneering? Overall, the social justice movements are bringing everyone in, it's just that you may be more aware of the 'upper class' activity, which yes, is problematically affixed to commodity value rather than human value.

I can post loads of links, etc. but I rather like this comic, not that it will change the minds of those who value their access to a hamburger over human dignity and wellbeing:
http://nextshark.com/one-comic-perfec...

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

I... I can't even begin to understand what happened there. That you didn't flip a table is testament to your decency.
Salad is strange enough but an orange? I can't even begin to even...

May 20, 2015
Lizard in U.K./Ireland

Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

Thanks, Chowser. As you'll see from above, this is my ambivalence as well. If there is a diversity of pronunciation (or even not) is the employee obligated to avoid even the hint of correction by avoiding saying the word at all?

And how horrible is it to be corrected? Or to learn there are a range of pronunciations?
My friends and I called it 'You read more than you speak' phenomenon, but even then, there were issues.

For instance, I struggled because Americans responded very poorly to my pronunciation of certain words courtesy of French being my native language. I was teased horribly so cringe in certain cases: How do I say it so I won't drive the other person insane or outraged?

For that very reason, my sympathy lies with the shop clerk.

Apr 29, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food
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Pronunciation-checked at Penzey’s

I'm not convinced this is a 'correction' unless one believes that sales people and other service professionals should change their preferred pronunciation to accommodate the customer. Of course, it's hard to know because sometimes it's all in the inflection.

Five myths about fast-food work

Thanks, Chemicalkinetics. I had responded earlier, but it was 'disappeared'. That said, it was nowhere near as good as yours because I don't think I understood smallh's confusion. I thought I was being called out on a nuance of free market enthusiasm that believed business could course correct. But now I see what happened.

Apr 21, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

How to word invitation- not paying for drinks

* losers
* lieu

If you want to insult people, do it right.

Apr 20, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food

Five myths about fast-food work

I doubt this will change the mind of the neoliberal types who frequent the boards, but I'm leaving this here anyway. After all, that last myth dovetails with the distress some here have articulated over a minimum wage rise.

Apr 12, 2015
Lizard in Food Media & News

Traveling to Paris with child, and question about Frenchie

This may be answered elsewhere on the boards, but is this a branch/satellite of Miznon from Tel Aviv? In such a case, I'd advise anything apart from falafel-- not because they wouldn't do it well, but because OMG Mizon's TLV pitas are something else. (Also something else: roasted head of cauliflower.)

Apr 10, 2015
Lizard in France

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Thanks, Cheflambo, for taking the road more sensible and considerably less snarky than mine.

I understand the need for those above to vent and try to have fun with these frustrations, but as they accumulated, they seemed so petty bordering on nasty.

I know what it's like to feel or be in a hurry, and to have hoped that one process wouldn't take as long as it does but even so, it seems that on the whole it's more about the mood one creates for themselves when stewing.

Plus, chatting helps us all to remember our humanity (that of each other). And it's doubtful anyone is going to die just because the person ahead would like to pay with change or a cheque (although I have seriously not see a cheque in aeons).

I have to remind myself of that at those moments I fume, because this is all so minor compared to so much else. It is certainly too minor to generate all this angst for oneself and loathing for others. (And, as is visible in this thread, these loathed others take such a distinct form vis gender, body size, and age.)

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Do people still pay by cheque? Where do you live?

And yes, all those ladies and their purses! And the cheek to talk at the same time. Isn't there a man wanting a sandwich somewhere?

Apr 03, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food
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Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Oh, that's hilarious, Bob. And yes, the fats are always the ones, aren't they? Fat ass. Priceless.

Apr 03, 2015
Lizard in Not About Food

Paris Food Tour

Indeed. I wouldn't even know about going to this chain when local patisseries in Brussels (I wouldn't know the Parisian ones) can do so well.

I also knew a French person would fight me. Yes, I'm sure this was all around, but as called a merveilleux, Belgian. I certainly remember this when checking in with French patisseries in bouts of nostalgia.

But again, when in Brussels, go to Le Saint-Aulaye (with shops in Uccles and Ixelles)-- so lovely, although definitely closed for Ascension. (Sorry, mlee, I should post this on Europe page.)

Marks & Sparks Food Emporium at 6 Rue de la Pepiniere in the 8th.

What are the options at the M&S Food? I mean, are they exporting the same kind of sandwiches and ready-meals, or are these adapted to accommodate local tastes and food?

Apr 02, 2015
Lizard in France

Marks & Sparks Food Emporium at 6 Rue de la Pepiniere in the 8th.

Seconding, but asking for Edinburgh as well.

Apr 02, 2015
Lizard in France

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).

Mar 30, 2015
Lizard in France
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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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