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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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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