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#1425126 Ugly Delicious - David Chang

Posted by mongo_jones on 21 March 2018 - 04:01 AM

Pizza was terrible and made me really never want to try Lucali. Ansari is just embarrassing. The whole pandering to Redzepi thing was just ridiculous. Meehan going on about authenticity and then a whole thing about how this vaguely Mexican person is doing something authentic by cooking in vaguely Mexico. Sheesh. Some good segments but I gave up while multi millionaire Chang was busy attacking a working class Vietnamese dude for not serving food that nobody wants to eat. 


halfway through the first episode.


lowlight: aziz ansari


highlight: the moment the brooklyn chef who's been shit-talking neapolitan pizza takes his first bite of the margherita in naples and you can see his soul leave his body as he realizes it's better than anything he makes.

#1424358 Ugly Delicious - David Chang

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 March 2018 - 06:23 PM

the missus is watching it and says she likes it. but then she also likes me (most of the time).

#1423929 Billy Graham

Posted by mongo_jones on 27 February 2018 - 01:36 AM


 political commentary?


t,  sadly, you are experiencing what I and others have been through.  No wonder  people are leaving here.



not enough people though.

#1423925 eating in Japan

Posted by mongo_jones on 27 February 2018 - 01:27 AM

that's why billy graham invented airplane movies.

#1423840 Micromanage my Life - London Edition

Posted by mongo_jones on 25 February 2018 - 05:59 PM

i don't approve of trading on or supporting raj nostalgia; i have no opinion on their food.

#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).



#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.





#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...





#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?

#1419898 Instant Pot, the best thing since the Veg-o-matic?

Posted by mongo_jones on 04 December 2017 - 02:38 PM

i was being facetious. i do see the appeal: white people have finally discovered pressure cooking and they can't claim it fully unless it's also a technological advance.

#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.