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mongo_jones

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#1422345 babani's (st. paul, mn)

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 January 2018 - 05:16 PM

babani's is the first kurdish restaurant in the u.s, and it's located in st. paul (now in new digs). wonderful hospitality, simple but tasty food at fair prices: what's not to love?

 

review on the blog (you should click on the link if only to read the wonderful origin story they print on their menus).

 

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#1422279 Creasey II

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 January 2018 - 04:10 PM

"innocent" comments? at best, they're passive aggressive.




#1422224 Tom Petty

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 January 2018 - 12:16 AM

remind me why i should care that you don't care, please.




#1420784 chengdu taste (los angeles)

Posted by mongo_jones on 21 December 2017 - 05:11 PM

another fabulous lunch at chengdu taste.  on the one hand, i wish we lived close enough to eat here often; on the other hand, my stomach lining would dissolve.

 

 

 

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#1420692 thai cafe, st. paul

Posted by mongo_jones on 19 December 2017 - 06:43 PM

this is where we'd planned to eat when we ended up at thai garden last week. about a block away from thai garden in one direction and from bangkok thai deli in the other and probably sits that way in order of quality as well--but closer to bangkok thai deli than to thai garden. it's a tiny, unassuming place but the cooking is very good. if only they hadn't forgotten to make all our food properly hot and if only i hadn't discovered this after the others in our group had already served themselves from the bland dishes...

 

review.

 

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#1420268 Sexual harassment and the restaurant industry

Posted by mongo_jones on 11 December 2017 - 10:30 PM

who has lost their job so far just for putting their hands on anyone's shoulders or for making the occasional lewd comment?




#1420175 China Trip 2017 November

Posted by mongo_jones on 09 December 2017 - 02:00 AM

lovely pictures! how on earth do they make that third dish? and how are you supposed to eat it?




#1419830 wine bottles with screwcaps, the storing of

Posted by mongo_jones on 02 December 2017 - 05:45 PM

fine to put them on their sides in a wine rack? or should they be upright to avoid long-term metal contact?




#1419829 The Beatles

Posted by mongo_jones on 02 December 2017 - 05:39 PM

the elvis analogy is the best formulation of wilfrid's argument that I've seen in this thread. (I haven't read the whole thread.)

 

 

the elvis analogy only makes sense if you think that anyone is arguing that but for the beatles rock and roll would have stopped or not developed in some other way. no one is arguing that. the point instead is that the actual development of pop/rock that followed the beatles was influenced by them (in musical and non-musical ways) to a staggering degree.




#1419342 what beers are you drinking?

Posted by mongo_jones on 20 November 2017 - 04:05 AM

sure, that's what you say now.




#1419309 dogs--the thread

Posted by mongo_jones on 20 November 2017 - 12:05 AM

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#1419128 lyn 65 (richfield/south minneapolis)

Posted by mongo_jones on 15 November 2017 - 04:44 PM

another small plates, meat-centric place in the new reconstructed american vernacular genre (charcuterie, roast vegetables, fried chicken etc.), lyn 65 is pretty decent for what it is and quite reasonably priced. here's my review.

 

apologies for the cell phone pics.

 

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#1418458 Offended

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 November 2017 - 03:43 AM

i think it's best to leave this topic (generally, not just in this thread) to older white men (in the american context) who're disappointed that they can't just go on with their old default assumption that everything they say or do should be fine with everyone else. 




#1417775 Harvey Weinstein

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 October 2017 - 08:11 PM

well, how on earth else am i supposed to understand this as a commentary on the problem of sexual harassment and assault that this thread is about?

 

 

I grew up with this thought - I would never do or say anything to a person without considering their feelings. In other words - to put myself in their place. I would never assume what they were thinking or feeling. And I firmly believe if all people acted in that manner, many of the problems (not exclusive to this problem) we experience today would be diminished.

 

 

 

if you think the problem is that sexual harassers/assaulters fail to consider their victims' feelings or make faulty assumptions about them...well, you're probably right that further conversation will take us nowhere.




#1417771 Harvey Weinstein

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 October 2017 - 07:22 PM

Where do you get this stuff from?

 

I grew up with this thought - I would never do or say anything to a person without considering their feelings. In other words - to put myself in their place. I would never assume what they were thinking or feeling. And I firmly believe if all people acted in that manner, many of the problems (not exclusive to this problem) we experience today would be diminished.

 

That's about as plain as I can make it.

 

 

well, if this is your explanation, i don't think i'm getting stuff out of nowhere. this seems to me to be naive at best. you may as well say that we would have no crime if criminals would follow the law. and again, making assumptions about what their victims are thinking or feeling is not what sexual harassers/assaulters are doing.