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#1436423 College Football 2018-2019

Posted by mongo_jones on 09 January 2019 - 04:59 AM

hey, the major sport at my college is ultimate frisbee!

#1434623 Thanksgiving 2018

Posted by mongo_jones on 19 November 2018 - 02:05 AM

roasting goat leg this year instead of turkey. hoping 10 lbs (2 legs) will be enough for 9 adults and 3 children. potato-leek-goat cheese gratin. roasted squash soup. soofle, of course. the kids have also asked for mashed potatoes and gravy. sticky carrot cake. lots of cheese. guests are bringing more sides and desserts. plenty of wine and calvados. maybe some sherry to go with the carrot cake.

#1434420 Get paid $10,000 to move to Tulsa

Posted by mongo_jones on 16 November 2018 - 12:56 AM

it'll take more than that.

#1434087 a question about temperature

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 November 2018 - 01:00 AM

this is why people leave the site.

#1434030 Old Man Shaking Fist at Cloud

Posted by mongo_jones on 06 November 2018 - 12:40 AM

tools of her trade (balloons, speakers, changes of clothes, feather boas, more balloons). 


i'd like to hear more about this trade.

#1433205 Annoyances

Posted by mongo_jones on 10 October 2018 - 01:13 AM

wow. but i'll drink to the "could have been far worse" sentiment.

#1433014 brown rice: a question

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 October 2018 - 05:07 PM

in an attempt to get my triglycerides (and general lipid) profile under control i have, among other things, cut down on refined grains. i have all but eliminated white rice from my diet and have begun to enjoy brown rice (which i make by the saveur method with some extra soaking). but i have a nagging question that i cannot seem to get answered (have not talked with a dietician). here is the question:

is brown rice affirmatively good for you? or is it the case that if you have to eat rice, brown rice is much better than white but really it's better if you don't eat too much rice of any kind? 


i guess that's two questions.

#1432582 tenant, minneapolis

Posted by mongo_jones on 20 September 2018 - 06:50 PM

our favourite twin cities "fine dining" restaurant, piccolo, closed last march. a successor restaurant, tenant opened in the same space about a month later. the chefs were from doug flicker's crew at piccolo but the format of the restaurant--now an even smaller space, about 22-24 covers--is different. there's one fixed six course menu with/without a very reasonably priced wine pairing ($25). the small scale and certainty about reservations (held with a credit card) means they can do what they want without the cost of wastage. we were in england when they opened and when we got back it wasn't easy to get in. we finally made reservations earlier this year but a series of misadventures kept causing us to cancel. finally got there earlier this month for what turned out to be an excellent meal. herewith my report.



#1432355 Micromanage my Life - London Edition

Posted by mongo_jones on 14 September 2018 - 09:12 PM

(and go to the museum of london, docklands.)

#1432319 What makes you laugh?

Posted by mongo_jones on 14 September 2018 - 02:03 AM

please to read this mini-thread.


tomorrow on splendid table: francis lam loses his shit when julia child peels a carrot with just a vegetable peeler!

#1432201 Tennis 2017

Posted by mongo_jones on 10 September 2018 - 12:09 AM

for rich? i don't know how his dna works.

#1431700 covering the coverage of south asian food

Posted by mongo_jones on 27 August 2018 - 02:10 PM

today i inaugurated a new series of posts on the blog that will regularly survey writing about south asian food in mainstream american publications. i begin with some history of internet food culture and then move to some issues i've had with some current pieces by prominent figures (like tejal rao). the series is not intended to be a bunch of gotcha moments but as honest critique of what as i see as welcome improvements in the scene.


warning: the first piece is long.

#1431443 Today I played...

Posted by mongo_jones on 18 August 2018 - 12:51 AM

nusrat and party when they were young. has any group of people ever sung so magnificently while wearing such terrible sweaters? i love how bored the chorus in the back look while the dynamite is going off in the introductory section (they're listening closely), though not as much as i love seeing nusrat feeling the rhythm flow through and around him.


#1431414 Aretha Franklin

Posted by mongo_jones on 17 August 2018 - 02:52 PM

And Babe Ruth in 1948.



underrated musician.

#1430098 World Cup 2018

Posted by mongo_jones on 14 July 2018 - 03:25 PM

Couldn't they design the tournament such that there isn't a game for third place?



we must maximize the number of times england can lose.