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Originally Posted by Cunrad View Post

b1os, if/when you are in Berlin, try Aux Delices Normands, esp. for tarte aux apricots.
Thanks, it's already on my list, but a good hour away by public transport. Lenôtre makes some decent cakes. I wouldn't call it high-end bakery like they seem to present themselves (the folder "Additives" on the counter isn't exactly small), but it's better than most one can get. The tartes, on the other hand, are a disgrace to every Frenchman.
post #2792 of 2860
Great, so now we have to pick between fish and erections?
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A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute...shows...fish fats may not be improving everyone's health — in the trial, those with high concentrations of marine-derived omega-3s in their blood showed a 43% higher risk of developing prostate cancer than those with the lowest levels.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/12/health/salmon-cancer-time/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
post #2793 of 2860
Depends on how high of a concentration
post #2794 of 2860
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Depends on how high of a concentration

My erections have a high concentration of hardness so should I worry?

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post #2795 of 2860
only if they last longer than 4 hours
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Josh Ozersky. More specifically, Josh Ozersky's episode of Munchies on Vice--a show that's hit or miss but had never fallen to such depths before.
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Szechuan food. Not worth the aftereffects.
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Was the bill rather large?
post #2800 of 2860
"I grew up in a fruit-forward household"

rolleyes.gif what does "fruit-forward" even mean?
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

"I grew up in a fruit-forward household"

rolleyes.gif what does "fruit-forward" even mean?

 

Gay was OK in the household. :hide:

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Does Whole Foods actually train cashiers to ring up items incorrectly to the store's advantage? I've kind of just made peace with the fact that cashiers will always ring up any produce as organic even if it's not, and I have to make a decision whether it's worth my time to correct them. But my cashier today really went out of her way to be creative in screwing me over: ring up my single garlic bulb, then ring up my pound of bananas ($0.79 / lb) also as garlic ($5.99). Schlepped back to demand a six dollar refund.
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So... I've started a restaurant - or rather, I bought something that was there and we've started it over from scratch. It's been a few weeks so far. It's a tiny 29 seat bar/cafe with a really small open kitchen, and a light cafe feel with teak folding chairs and stuff, with candles and dark lighting at night (which is the only time we're open right now) - we have 2 in-house craft beer taps and 2 guest taps of American microbrew, an edited list of original cocktails, and I've added a few basic wine choices that sit in the midrange. Food is supposed to be shareable comfort-y/junk-y food to go with the theme of craft beer and table wine, etc. It's all extremely casual, small and edited, with a painted concrete interior, enameled tin plates, and duralex cups for wine.
We want to encourage people to settle in and drink (often romantically), because they usually only order one plate or two of shared food. Shellfish seem to do well, even though it's not honestly the season for mussels or clams, but I've had clams steamed in white wine and serving it with a big plate of fries and baguette going out well. I relented and put an SV burger on the menu because friends seem to keep pouring in during the less-romantic after-dinner rush and I wanted an individual item people could go for as well, and went and got custom buns and custom beef grind supplied. As an aside, the burger done sous vide and then seared on plancha is almost too tender, and I think people get a bit confused because they're used to meat-loafy crappy local 'craft' burgers, but still I think the burger shows well, as it tastes insane and shows well in pics. I put wild arugula, gorgonzola and tomato confit on it and it's a huge flavor bomb burger without being ridiculously gross, though, which is better to drink beer with. Oil pastas do well and I can stage the water baths down to red meat temp and hold SV eggs to crack onto the spaghetti and the locals seem to like sharing stuff like that. I got a couple guys to cook on shift and one is interested in food and a bit of a dreamer, the other works like a nicely seasoned line chef. The two will eventually get along, I think.
All in all, it's going well - I knew going in that it was going to be back breaking work, but it makes good money all things considered, we're at ease with our pricing and it's all so fairly priced that we can invite anyone we know, and we don't have to do any comps. The three or four of us owners are all quality freaks (we kinda-sorted met through styleforum/sufu/internet clothing years ago) and they come from a background of quality before ultimate profit as I do, so it's been easy going and we know we're all on the same footing. The concept suits young Korean girls in groups, and calmer classier types better than drunk expats or salarymen who frequent bars up the street - and it's far more pleasant to look at a dining room full of cute girls for 8 hours than it is to look at bunch of drunk suits, so that part is good....

The real problem is a local thing, i think we're at a weird stage in Korean socioeconomic history where young Koreans need places like mine for the different experience.... but they just don't spend a lot per ticket. We have good customers who keep drinking or order a fair ticket for the amount of time they plan to sit, but the weekends aren't doing enough turnover to allow for a line outside, just a few parties that come in every 10-20 mins asking for a four or six top when we have nothing left - but meanwhile, there are always three tops of young pretty girls in 4 seats who have been nursing one beer each for 3 hours or more, and talking their heads off, or not, and playing on their cell phones. I seem to always have this problem on the weekends, when girls from a bit further out come down to our district for fun, but seem to only want to spend like $20 each for the evening, yet want to hang out in nice places. I am not sure if you guys understood all the messages in the Gangnam Style video, but he touches upon the girls who buy a $6 coffee in order to sit at a coffee shop all day and sip on it over the course of like 4 hours - but that's the problem I have now. They're always cute enough and make the store look nice from the outside, but they just monopolize those seats. I have had FOH trying to nudge them in all ways possible, by clearing their tables of everything but the beers they nurse, giving them the 10-20 min 'want another drink?' sells, but nothing works, they flat out refuse to buy anything more and still want to sit for another hour. We're gonna get ticket cases for placing on their tables, to see if that works - but it's so frustrating to have to turn away what looks like thirsty 4 and 6 tops when I have 3 tickets on the floor that have made the store like 30 bucks from 10 people, for 3 hrs... It's pretty ridiculous. There's nothing like this in American culture, not even Japanese culture, which was probably in a similar place years ago - but the Japanese wouldn't entitle themselves to your real estate for such a long time, for free.
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Congrats! Great stuff

Post a link if you have a website. And though I won't be in Korea anytime soon, where are you located exactly.
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

There's nothing like this in American culture, not even Japanese culture, which was probably in a similar place years ago - but the Japanese wouldn't entitle themselves to your real estate for such a long time, for free.


dude.

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on a much lower tip, and this shit is gonna boggle your fucking minds: So it has been established that I live in Korea, the land of terrible food; add this food crime to the top of the heap. We have Costco here locally as well, looks and smells identical to the ones Stateside, products are 90% the same and imported, plus a little added local stuff in bulk sizes, and the huge thing here is that the food court is run the same way as the ones in the US. You get a hot dog and a Coke for about two bucks, a slice of pizza for about two bucks, a chicken or beef (they call it bulgogi bake here, not like the bulgogi most are familair with) bakes, clam chowder, chicken caesar salad, ice cream, etc. All like under $3, same idea as the US version of Costco. Korean people are pretty far up there in terms of the world's most stingy, cheap, calculating people, so the food court is packed to the gills with Koreans loading up on cheap food like it was a free crack giveaway, from open to close, 4 or 5 cash register lines about 15 people deep when they're not that busy. Okay, so that's the background, here's the real shit: Koreans don't really like this food, they unanimously refer to all Western food as 'greasy' and 'oily' (all things considered, the Costco food court is indeed loaded with that fake mozzarella, but it's really not that greasy at all) - but obviously they don't offer kimchi as a side dish here, and Koreans need some sort of free side dish that tastes like spicy ass that they poke at while eating pizza or something. So they do this: 1. go to onion dispenser intended for hot dogs; put plate under the nozzle, rotate until you get 5 full onions worth of minced onion. 2. pump a half bottle's worth of ketchup and mustard, each, to the side of the plate 3. go back to table and add the free packets of relish from the hot dogs, and about 30-45 dashes of Tobasco from the communal Tobasco bottles (it's hard to get your hands on these sometimes, there's like 5 bottles in circulation and 300 people in this food court) 4 (optional) mix up and eat with forks I am not lying when I say that everybody in this food court does this, there might be 150-300 whole onions worth of minced onion, maybe 4 or 5 commercial tubs of mustard and ketchup each out on the dining room floor at any given time. They have to have someone come out and refill the condiment bar about every 5 minutes, no joke. I tried to get a pic of them looting the onion dispenser, but alas, the refill girl was putting more onions in:
My gf went up to a table and asked to take this photo. Note that this onion plate isn't even on a real plate, it's the lid from the chicken caesar salad. (this was for two people, I believe)
This is how it's eaten; get a two dollar slice of pizza and a coke, ask for extra plate so you can get 4 onions and a bottle of condiments on there, as a 'side dish'
So anyway, this is so fucked up, right? happens day in, day out. We have the G20 going on across town right now, and the plebes eat mountainous plates of onions mixed with hot dog condiments as a ghetto kimchi.
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