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 on: Today at 07:28:18 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Saffron Road Chicken Pad Thai is actually pretty good.  But it's like $5... at that point, I might as well buy actual pad thai from an actual restaurant.

But yeah, frozen food is dying and has been for years.  That's why you got all the healthy stuff in there, all the new ethnic stuff, all the different varieties... they're throwing a lot of stuff at the wall and hoping something sticks.  But the "sodium bomb" stigma is not easy to erase.

I would think frozen food is an inferior good to restaurant meals.  You would know better than me, but I kinda doubt people are forgoing frozen food for delicious home-cooked meals.  Too time consuming now in the age of two-earner families and everyone having to schlepp their kids to all sorts of activities.

The economy has been decent so lots of foodies going to hipster restaurants and drinking craft beers.  Even if you go lower end or have a busy family, "fast casual" has been hammering fast food.

But if the economy takes a hit, I think we will see fast food and frozen food make big comebacks. No one is going back to making big family meals.

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 on: Today at 04:09:00 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by MissKitty
BTW, my mom likes to tell a story about HER father, who said - and I quote, "Women will have it made when someone invents canned gravy."

I swear.

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 on: Today at 04:05:55 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by MissKitty


Then I thought, if I think frozen food has changed a lot in my life... imagine if I could remember when before Microwaves exited, but there wasn't even Hungry Man TV dinner.  No big box grocery stores.  Not even a lot of the canned stuff we have now or like frozen peas that don't even count as frozen food.

Every day, I would get up.  And go to the butchers to get meat.  And then to the grocer to buy vegetables and fruits. 

Then every afternoon, I'd make a steak.  Mostly.  But if money was tight I might make a meatloaf, or casserole.  Every day.  Cook all that stuff.  45 minutes, maybe.  And then shuck some corn and boil it.  Or mash up some potatoes as a side.  Then make gravy.  Another 20 minutes.  Every few days, bake a pie.  That's like a solid 2 hours of cooking.

So... even after microwaves are invented, and frozen food, and reliable freezers exist, you still make a big meal from scratch every day.

You have just described my mother. My dad wasn't clueless and was quite happy to have one take-out meal per week (usually pizza because there wasn't much else by way of choice back then) but my mom told me on more than one occasion "Your dad works very hard and the least I can do is have a homemade, hot meal waiting for him when he gets home."

Different times, for sure.

After dad died my mom also fell in love with frozen ready meals - mainly because she can get single servings so there are no leftovers and nothing goes to waste.

If I didn't know better I'd think my mom lived next door to you. But that's crazy. She won't even come to Cincinnati, let alone Richmond.

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 on: Today at 03:29:32 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by Butter
Saffron Road Chicken Pad Thai is actually pretty good.  But it's like $5... at that point, I might as well buy actual pad thai from an actual restaurant.

But yeah, frozen food is dying and has been for years.  That's why you got all the healthy stuff in there, all the new ethnic stuff, all the different varieties... they're throwing a lot of stuff at the wall and hoping something sticks.  But the "sodium bomb" stigma is not easy to erase.

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 on: Today at 03:15:11 PM 
Started by rva - Last post by Zafer Kaya
Composting is a bit harder than it looks.

If you get the brown to green ratio just right and some nice hot days, it all breaks down pretty fast.  Don't even have to turn it over too much.  But get it wrong, and it never breaks down at all.

That's the problem with composters.  You throw kitchen scraps and newspapers in there and hope you get it right.  But if you don't, you've just got like a half a composter full of junk.  Don't really know how to fix that. Just guess and add more greens or browns I guess.  But your composter never really empties.  It's just like dead branches and grasses and then an eighth full of actual compost that you can't get out easily.

The only way to do it is just to have a compost pile, and whatever doesn't break down then you just pull out and use the rest.  Except that if you live in the city, then it's not really a compost pile anymore.  It's really more of a vermin attracter and fly breeding ground.  My sister tried to have a compost pile in her yard.  Some anonymous neighbor complained to her HOA.  I guess I couldn't really blame them.

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 on: Today at 03:06:24 PM 
Started by clemsonfan - Last post by Zafer Kaya
When I first moved into my house.  There was an elderly lady who lived next door.  She and her husband actually owned the house but never lived in it.  They rented it out.  Then her husband died, so she sold their residence.  And she was just sort of living there temporarily I guess until she figured out her next move. 

She was very friendly, but odd.  Everyday when I got home, she would tell me what she ate.  Which was always frozen food.  Then she would go off on these long things about how nice frozen food is, and which frozen food she wanted to try next, and how I should go out and try some brand's lasagana.

Sometimes, I'd get home and she would say "Oh dear.  You look a little peaked.  Come on in and rest for a bit."  And she would insist on serving me a frozen food dinner, which to me was odd because she was a traditional Southern sort who I figured would insist on lavishly made comfort food and look down on such things.  But nope, she'd hand me like a Lean Cuisine Spaghetti with no trace of embarrassment whatsoever.  And discuss it in intimidate detail.  "What do you think?  I like it, but to be honest it's still a bit chewy.  The pasta doesn't come out quite right.  Have you tried this new Michelina's brand?  They have a chicken pot pie that is fabulous!"

Anyway, today I was on my way to work and I stopped by the fancy new grocery store to pick up frozen food for lunch.  They had this big, shiny, cool, freezer display.  And inside the freezer were dozens of brands of frozen food.  In really pretty packaging.  They all looked delicious.  And there were some that were even not total sodium death bombs and semi-healthy or at least not too terribly unhealthy.  And they had Thai stuff, Indian, Mexican, all kinds of things I'd never seen frozen, some that I'd never eaten before frozen or not.  All stacked up and looking so neat and organized.  It was all so... clean and convenient.

I was thinking like Man, I remember when the frozen food section was just like a couple of boxes of Swanson Hungry Man.  It was always the same:  fried chicken or meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas.  They looked garish and horrible on the box.  And you had bake them in the oven.  And sure enough, the mashed potatoes were phony and the peas were mushed, and the chicken tasted like wood.

I just got kind of lost, marveling at how far frozen food had come.  And how really, I could just eat it every day.  Then I saw some 25 year old giving me a funny look, and I realized I had spaced out and been just standing there looking at frozen food for like, 5 minutes.

Then I thought, if I think frozen food has changed a lot in my life... imagine if I could remember when before Microwaves exited, but there wasn't even Hungry Man TV dinner.  No big box grocery stores.  Not even a lot of the canned stuff we have now or like frozen peas that don't even count as frozen food.

Every day, I would get up.  And go to the butchers to get meat.  And then to the grocer to buy vegetables and fruits. 

Then every afternoon, I'd make a steak.  Mostly.  But if money was tight I might make a meatloaf, or casserole.  Every day.  Cook all that stuff.  45 minutes, maybe.  And then shuck some corn and boil it.  Or mash up some potatoes as a side.  Then make gravy.  Another 20 minutes.  Every few days, bake a pie.  That's like a solid 2 hours of cooking.

And then let's say I had a husband who was sexist.  Not in a bad way, really.  Just a guy who has never cooked in his life.  Has no idea how to make anything and is too old to learn.  He can't really even like, wrap his head around cooking because that's not something he's supposed to do.  If he cooks, he's a failure because he's like a woman.  And maybe being a woman isn't a bad thing... but he's a man.  He goes out and wins bread.  His wife feeds him.  Those are the roles that are supposed to be played. 

If the roles are changed, something failed, and as the man, that failure is his.  He eats steak, meatloaf, and casseroles (if he has to).  It's what he does.  And his wife makes them, because that's what she does.  And for his own wife's good he won't allow her to make frozen food, just like he'd want his wife to say something if he stopped working 50 hours at the plant to feed the kids.  You gotta work.

So... even after microwaves are invented, and frozen food, and reliable freezers exist, you still make a big meal from scratch every day.  Because your husband doesn't get it.  And when your kids come home from college or to visit, the one thing they want is a big, home, mom-cooked meal.  And you want to give it to them, because you feel like your husband is kinda right.  That's your role in life and you should accept it and work hard at it.

And then, one day your husband dies.  And you are old so you rarely eat very much.  If you made a big meatloaf, it'd mostly be wasted.  So, you go to the frozen food section.  And you see... not what I saw today... but still comparatively a decent amount of frozen foods.  And you buy one.  Shove it in the microwave.  It cooks in FIVE MINUTES.  And you're done.  You don't even have to wash a plate.

I think I might cry.  Tears of joy.  Tears of sadness. Maybe tears of rage, too.  But one thing is for sure. I would tell every goddamn person I met about the miracle of frozen food.

So I bought my frozen food, and took it to work. I microwaved it for lunch.  My co-worker popped into my office and grimaced sympathetically, like "Oh.  Stuck with frozen food, huh?"

WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?  FROZEN FOOD IS AMAZING.  IT'S A MIRACLE AND A TESTAMENT TO THE AWESOMENESS OF OUR TIMES.  YOU SHOULD THANK GOD EVERY TIME YOU PEEL BACK THE PLASTIC ON ONE OF THESE FUCKING THINGS.  PEOPLE USED TO GO A LIFETIME WITHOUT EVER TASTING BIBIMBAP AND YOU JUST MADE YOURSELF SOME NOTTOTALLYSHITTY BIBIMBAP IN FIVE MINUTES.

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 on: Today at 02:34:51 PM 
Started by Bronzetree - Last post by Dan
vizzah is a lady, fyi

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 on: Today at 01:09:39 PM 
Started by MissKitty - Last post by MissKitty
1. V's Cafe on 7th - Downtown
2. Joy Trattoria - Cancun, Mexico
3. La Buffet - Cancun, Mexico
4. Maki Taco - Cancun, Mexico
5. Dos Lunas - Cancun, Mexico
6. Ibiza Restaurante - Cancun, Mexico
7. Los Internationale Market Place - Cancun, Mexico
8. Health Bar - Cancun, Mexico
9. Dragon Wei/Red Dragon - Cancun, Mexico
10. Fountainbleu - Cancun, Mexico
11. Sian Ka'An Beach Club - Cancun, Mexico
12. Sevilla Wine & Tapas - Cancun, Mexico
13. VIP Lounge - Cancun, Mexico
14. Tunkul - Cancun, Mexico
15. Coffee & Me - Cancun, Mexico
16. Coyote Loco - Cancun, Mexico
17. Fresh to Go - Atlanta, GA
18. Che! - OTR, Cincinnati
19. Americano Burger Bar - Race St., Downtown Cincinnati
20. Doc Crows - W. Main St., Downtown Louisville, KY
21. 8Up Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen - W. Chestnut St., Downtown Louisville
21.1 PBR Louisville - 4th Street Live Entertainment District, Downtown Louisville
22. ZBGB - Race St. OTR
23. Mazunte - Madisonville
24. Tigin Irish Pub - JFK Airport, New York
25. Waitrose Service Area - Birmingham, England
26. Shiraz Turkish Restaurant - Liverpool, England
27. Wall of Fame - Liverpool, England
28. Blake's - Liverpool, England
29. BHS Tea Room - Liverpool, England
30. The Bell - Tanworth in Arden, England
31. The Bell - Alresford, England
32. British Royal Legion - Park Gate, England (this was a one-off venue showcasing the handiwork of Chef Adam Fargin)
33. The Inn by the Sea - Lee On Solent, England
34. The Station - Eastleigh, England
35. The Cafe at Romsey Station - Romsey, England
36. Luzborough House - Romsey, England
37. Purbani Indian - Romsey, England
38. MexiGo - Southampton, England
39. The Olive Tree - Romsey, England
40. Mine's a Pasty - Lymington, England
41. Rio Grande Brazilian Restaurant - Queens, New York
42. Victory Grill - LaGuardia Airport, New York
43. Incline Public House - Price Hill, Cincinnati
44. Maplewood - Downtown Cincinnati
45. Kabobske - Downtown Cincinnati
46. GyroHero - Downtown Cincinnati

47. Saigon Subs - Downtown Cincinnati

This little sandwich shop on Fourth St. apparently started out as a food truck and has made the leap to a bricks-and-mortar restaurant this week. They serve up banh mi sandwiches, pho, rolls and bubble tea.

I got the vegetarian banh mi and it was really delicious but sadly they don't add any heat, so unlike Pho Lang Thang and Le's Pho, the sandwiches do not include jalapenos. I'm a bit bummed about that, but it won't stop me from visiting from time to time because their marinated tofu was stupendous. It's not easy to give tofu good flavor without frying it, but they have managed it. At $6.50 it's on par with other local Vietnamese places.

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 on: Today at 12:24:03 PM 
Started by TayFo - Last post by Drjohnrock
Saturday December 3, 2016--Bad Luck Jonathan, new band from Jon Langford, who is also in The Mekons and 50,000 other bands.

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 on: Today at 11:45:36 AM 
Started by Bronzetree - Last post by daytime drinking
this forum sorely lacked a firebrand retarded libertarian

We tried recruiters to no avail, that position was vacant for quite some time.

and i've shattered expectations.  but this isn't about me.  can this vizzah character explain himself?

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