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Food is more than survival. With it we make friends, court lovers, and count our blessings. The sharing of food has always been part of the human story.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/foodfeatures/joy-of-food/

This thread is in preparation to what I am about to have today: 

Schnitzel Mashed Potatoes (picture is from the web): 

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Today, before sleep -> I'll go with the Spinach and Cheese Omelette. Tomatoes with salt on the side. Exactly like in the picture. Found a picture similar on the web. 

The silvery is not that fancy. = )

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Don't feellike cooking, I tend to make such rich sauces I'll end up with gout if I don't have something plain.

Unfortunately I don't really have much in the fridge, it's -27 degrees out there and nowhere to order dinner in this dead town.
And I need pods for my vape -  so the Jeep's warming up while I'm on here.

My be a store bought roast chicken... if they have any. They seldom do, it's a major chain supermarket and didn't even have milk or bread so far this week.

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The wife used to make a dinner and once I finished say "Well THAT was supper"

Sure miss those days. When you're hungry and something is plopped in front of you so you just eat it, someone else did the ordeal of deciding what to eat and all the prep. Sometimes she'd say she forgot to defrost anything, we'd have to eat eggs benny... like she didn't make the best ever.

Might grab some burger and make bulgogi & noodles for dinner.

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Even better with salmon flavoured cream cheese and some capers sprinkled in...

Had smoked turkey at Christmas dinner. Liked it even less. Grew up with Mom's turkey, so dried up one forkful of white meat would suck every drop of moisture from your body. Thankful Grampa always made sure to have several 2L bottles of pop on the Xmas table.

The wife would always keep enough leftovers to make us each a Clubhouse next day and give our friends from the farm out of town all the rest to take home & finish off.

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Today I decided to go inside a grocery store to get a big box of Lasagne, I was craving it. 

I remembered reading @I am Groot's status update and made sure I grabbed a bag before I went out of the door. You saved me some money. 😄

*Picture from the internet: 

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1 hour ago, Contrarian said:

An article about food was trending today in my app. I'll pass it along. 

The 25 Essential Dishes to Eat in Paris - France.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/13/t-magazine/paris-best-restaurants-food.html

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I studied in Paris when I was young.  One of my classmates, learning I was Canadian, asked "have you been to a restaurant?" Not any particular one, just a restaurant in Paris.  That's culture.  I was asked by others too.

The NY Times, in talking about and suggesting a visit to Paris to try a cabbage leaf is putting culture behind glass and behind class.

People need to grow a healthy culture around them, not static, and also not elitist.

To do that we would need to stop listening to programmed instructions on culture from the NY Times, to connect with each other (unify) and enjoy life.

I hope that this will start to happen. 

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15 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

To do that we would need to stop listening to programmed instructions on culture from the NY Times, to connect with each other (unify) and enjoy life.

I hope that this will start to happen. 

Ok, I am not being ironic, but how does one unify if one does not have the opportunity to travel or study in Paris? 

Is easy to drop our guard in front of culture, you and I have traveled it seems around the world and can go to any immigrant restaurant and discuss food. You are saying people should not read the NY Times and talk to us that traveled about the real food? Just curious about your response.

Personally, I don't like the formality of a fancy restaurant, I don't have time to play formality games for a bigger tip. I rather go to my local Turkish shawarma place and argue politics, or football with the man that is serving me the food. It probably gave me more positive energy than any restaurant dish I ever had while flying around Europe in my younger years. 😄  I even got him to add me french fries on top. 😄

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1 hour ago, Contrarian said:

1. Ok, I am not being ironic, but how does one unify if one does not have the opportunity to travel or study in Paris? 

2. Is easy to drop our guard in front of culture, you and I have traveled it seems around the world and can go to any immigrant restaurant and discuss food. You are saying people should not read the NY Times and talk to us that traveled about the real food? Just curious about your response.

3. Personally, I don't like the formality of a fancy restaurant, I don't have time to play formality games for a bigger tip. I rather go to my local Turkish shawarma place and argue politics, or football with the man that is serving me the food. It probably gave me more positive energy than any restaurant dish I ever had while flying around Europe in my younger years. 😄  I even got him to add me french fries on top. 😄

1. I meant unify our culture - a localized, federated Canadian one.  We can't hope to have a culture as strong as France's but we can have something else that's strong in different ways.
2. I don't think that people should aspire to be a NY times culture person.  Don't dream about going to Hollywood all the time, go or don't go.  The NY Times paradoxically doesn't understand French OR American culture but it makes its own little culture which it is expert in.
3. Hear hear.  You do not argue politics in public in Canada, though.  You must be talking about another culture or maybe Montreal.

 

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22 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

You do not argue politics in public in Canada, though.  

The Canadian of Turkish descent who runs the shawarma place where I eat disagrees. 😃 

Let me clarify my intent, when I say argue in public, I meant in a friendly matter, looking at something from every angle with a passionate view. 😃

When two similar non-tribal minds meet, meaning we don't own our orthodox allegiance to no group anywhere, the possibility is endless. Don't spend my time arguing with ideological tractors. That is for this forum. 😄

Sometimes we start with Turkish football rants and we end up talking about close to home politicians' affairs with staffers.

Is great country in Canada, one can do whatever one wants without fear of groupthink, within the law of course.

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6 minutes ago, Contrarian said:

1. The Canadian of Turkish descent who runs the shawarma place where I eat disagrees. 😃 

2. Let me clarify my intent, when I say argue in public, I meant in a friendly matter, looking at something from every angle with a passionate view. 😃

3. When two similar non-tribal minds meet, meaning we don't own our orthodox allegiance to no group anywhere, the possibility is endless.

4. Sometimes we start with Turkish football rants and we end up talking about close to home politicians' affairs with staffers.  Is great country in Canada, one can do whatever one wants without fear of groupthink, within the law of course.

1. Well I never considered that immigrants might bring open political discussion in public to Canadian culture but maybe.
2. No, I know what you're talking about.  I have seen it in other countries.  I have also done it with cab drivers but let's face it - those kinds of interchanges are limited in time and also passion given the client relationship.  
3. Well yes and that is what is SUPPOSED to happen here.  But people on here see RED when they encounter a Conservative who is rightly skeptical of manipulative populism.  They were raised on hockey, not true politics, and so it's winner take all.  
4.  Ha ha... we need to work on it though.

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14 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

3. Well yes and that is what is SUPPOSED to happen here.  But people on here see RED when they encounter a Conservative who is rightly skeptical of manipulative populism.  They were raised on hockey, not true politics, and so it's winner take all.  
4.  Ha ha... we need to work on it though.

3. Mob politics. Reminded me of a previous interaction, I have a friend from the left, which is lately he is sliding towards the tribal left, he knows me as being an expert in looking up things so he had me find him some info on a specific school that is viewed normally quite left. I did it and asked him why? He said he wanted to see what their donations were because he suspected the conservatives are donating there due to 1 ARTICLE THAT HE READ. There was nothing wrong with that school, he got angry that the school was not feeding him the social media garbage which mob politics deliver on Twitter and went on a crusade verbally against this school. 

4. I am still thinking about what you said earlier, that solution which is coming to tackle social media, mob anger online. I don't see it without some sort of censorship. You don't share too much about it, we will wait to see it. 

PS: *it was not the reason.com case, this was for the Columbia School of Journalism which has a great reputation. 

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1 hour ago, Contrarian said:

1. Mob politics.

2. I am still thinking about what you said earlier, that solution which is coming to tackle social media, mob anger online. I don't see it without some sort of censorship. You don't share too much about it, we will wait to see it. 

PS: *it was not the reason.com case, this was for the Columbia School of Journalism which has a great reputation. 

1.  We are a country founded by peasants and governed by friends of the king.
2. Well, yes and no.  I have come to learn a deep thing: the biggest and most pervasive changes are not noticed by people.

If we didn't have scientists comparing temperatures from the past nobody would notice climate change, must as the citizens of Easter Island were focused on erecting monuments and not noticing that the trees were disappearing.

Here's the relevant example to social media: we once had muckracking news in the US similar to today.  Press was very partisan and would regularly publish rumours akin to "Hunter's Laptop".  

Question: Why don't we talk about that ?  
Question: What happened to that landscape ?

Simple things like that happen under our noses all the time.  Politicians and propagandists will whip up the crowd over something stupid like an errant weather balloon or SENATOR Lyndon B. Johnson's "Missile Gap" with the Soviets.

But what is really happening ?

Social media is, in fact, closer to people than broadcast media ever could be.  My young son would mimic a clip from a grown-up TV show that we didn't watch in front of him, nor not at all.  Why ?  Because a classmate had a tablet with a Peppa Pig (kids show) parody that included a clip.

William Burroughs - prophet of cyberpunk - said "language is a virus" (he was also a beat poet btw).  Others thought there was something to it... years before the internet.  Really, though, culture is a virus.  The workers in the Hawaiian shipyards spoke English, Tagalog, European and Island dialects.  One day they discovered that their children had synthesized all of these together into a new language "Pidgin English" at school that the kids themselves understood best.

So it is with social media.  As with TV, the kids who grew up with it will make the best use of it.  So Facebook blew up in 2006 or 2007, and sometime this decade or next it will realize its potential in our culture.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on these extemporaneous ideas.

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Will go with the Jerk Chicken today.

  • Around 10$, the price for this box:

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24 minutes ago, Contrarian said:

Will go with the Jerk Chicken today.

  • Around 10$, the price for this box:

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It looks good.  And I don't eat meat anymore.  I might make an exception if someone threw that chicken at me.  I'm not a zealot.

I'm in the middle of making a batch of maple bean burritos.  Yum.

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