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#1419768 Annoyances

Posted by prasantrin on 01 December 2017 - 01:17 AM

I didn't become anemic because of my diet, but for other reasons (age-related women's problems, if you know what I mean). But many of the foods rich in iron are foods that just don't appeal to me (in general, but especially now), in large part because they leave me bloated and uncomfortable. Beans and lentils, kale, anything wheat-based... so many others... And stuff I like which should be ok, I've been warned against because of the calcium content, like broccoli. Broccoli is delicious! But also has enough calcium potentially to interfere with the absorption of iron.


I get that I have to suck it up, but it's an annoyance,and look at that! Annoyance is also the title of this topic!


I love spaghetti with tomato sauce. It's my "I don't feel like cooking" comfort food, and is one of dishes for which I will suffer the bloating. Cast iron pan spaghetti it is! (no parmesan, though. Darn calcium!)

#1419365 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by prasantrin on 20 November 2017 - 08:12 PM

Not exactly something to be very cheerful about, but my flight was oversold so I volunteered to take a later flight for $800 compensation plus a $10 meal ticket. Sure I'll be arriving home about 8 hours after my original eta, but it's not like I had anything else to do today.

#1417134 Winter 2017-2018

Posted by prasantrin on 14 October 2017 - 04:53 PM

Too early? Because it snowed overnight, enough to leave a thick coating on my car this morning. It'll melt by the afternoon, but there was still a fair bit on the ground at 10am.

#1416828 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by prasantrin on 09 October 2017 - 10:19 PM

Speaking of Italy, did LiquidNY move to Italy already? I have not seen his posts around in many a day. . .week. . . month.

#1416734 Pure Food and Wine

Posted by prasantrin on 08 October 2017 - 01:05 AM

As a fellow vegan, it's nice to have her back out and back on the team. Id be curious to know how the food is in the clink

Maybe her an another famous ex-con, OJ could team up for something. They both have a type that may be compatible


I wonder if she's still vegan.



#1416718 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by prasantrin on 07 October 2017 - 02:51 PM

You'd be accompanying my mother. Think about whether that would be worth it. . .  :unsure:

#1411271 Sunday In Brooklyn (Atera alums in South Williamsburg)

Posted by prasantrin on 13 July 2017 - 03:15 AM

What did they offer to make it up to you? Did you accept and even if you don't, would you return?

They didn't offer anything at the time.  But they have since seen my Instagram post and sent my girlfriend (who booked the reservation) a very nice e-mail promising to make things right on our next visit.  I probably would have been back even without the e-mail -- as Sneak said, the food really is very good, it's fairly (and reasonably) priced, and I found the snafu to be more funny/awkward than upsetting.  It's not like they spilled a bottle of red wine on me.

I saw they had posted when I looked at the picture. It was very kind of them to contact you.

Happy belated birthday, btw!

#1411238 Reasons To Be Cheerful

Posted by prasantrin on 12 July 2017 - 06:59 PM

I'm telling the world.... I'm having lunch at a winery and the server asked me for ID. I asked her how old I would have to look in order to not be asked, because I needed to brag, and she said 30. She was, btw, just four years older than I.

#1410518 Serena Dai Takes on David Bouhadana

Posted by prasantrin on 01 July 2017 - 07:45 AM

I don't think Mickey Rooney's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's was offensive. Actually, I think the vast majority of the Chinese people I know don't find that offensive.

I find it offensive, but I am only part ethnically Chinese, and not at all culturally. I could explain my theory for feeling offended, but it would probably get deleted.

#1410239 Annoyances

Posted by prasantrin on 28 June 2017 - 01:20 AM


Wow, no grass grows under your feet. We'll work something out.


I know I'm overdue for posting about Vietnam, but, in short, I loved every minute of the trip so much that I booked another moto guide/tour about 3 days after I got back :)





How lovely to "see" you again! I miss your photos of everywhere, and can't wait to read about Vietnam (on my list, but there are other places I need to return to first)..

#1408504 The Rancho Gordo Thread

Posted by prasantrin on 28 May 2017 - 04:15 AM

as someone who comes from a medium line (maybe from three or four generations up from me) of sugarcane plantation owners, my comment was only half in jest

#1403889 The English Language

Posted by prasantrin on 16 March 2017 - 02:41 AM

Rona, you're correct.  I started to write something else then got distracted.
I noticed the error after I hit <enter> but didn't have time to correct it.
Now corrected!
As to your comment about "subject prepositions", your conclusion doesn't seem to be applicable as so many edited texts/books frequently have things like "to you and I", etc.  Hardly a case of "pretensions" (in my view, at least)!

Now that was *my* mistake! I meant to write "subject pronouns". Oops...

I have never seen a subject pronoun as the object of a preposition in an academic text. Ever. I've seen it used in novels or magazines, but never in an academic text.

These days there are probably teachers who might use that construction, but since grammar is rarely taught in schools, they are not likely directly teaching it to students. Instead, children are probably learning it from either mass media or (as is often the case with language) from their parents. But then where do their parents learn it and why do they use it?

I have observed that people who use subject pronouns all willy nilly do so because they think it makes them *sound* more correct or well educated. My sister in law, for example, used to say "for xxx and me", but out of the blue, she started saying "for xxx and I", and she usually only did this when she was around my family. She was a grown ass woman at the time, so she certainly did not learn it in school. She heard it from someone, somewhere, and started using it because she thought it sounded better and therefore made her sound better which would make us feel better about her.

Is that not somewhat pretentious?

She is very much a commoner, so I doubt this reasoning is unique to her. (She also uses reflexive pronouns incorrectly, for much the same reason)

#1402060 Micromanage my Spanish food requests

Posted by prasantrin on 13 February 2017 - 04:05 AM

My aunt is going to Spain for three weeks and has offered to bring stuff back as long as it's light. That means no wine, port, or sherry; no olive oil; no paella pan; no bomba rice. So what does that leave me? Right now my list is:

Conservus de combados sardines
Ortiz anchovies
Piment d'espelette
Some paellero paella seasonings
Maybe some turron
Is quince paste light?

All difficult or impossible to get where I am, and small enough not to weigh my aunt's luggage down too much.

Any other suggestions? As for turron, I only know El Almendro, but are there better brands I can try?


#1396411 The Pete Wells Thread

Posted by prasantrin on 30 November 2016 - 04:19 AM

Could someone try Bad Saint and tell me if Pete Wells knows his Filipino food.

#1395681 thanksgiving 2016

Posted by prasantrin on 19 November 2016 - 11:23 AM

At one of the heartland gatherings, Kerry Beal made a broccoli (maybe broccoli. I only remember it was green) soup with whey that was extremely popular. One guy not only had seconds but he used his finger to clean out his glass (it was served in little shot glasses).

I could ask her for details if you're interested.