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mongo_jones

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#1419342 what beers are you drinking?

Posted by mongo_jones on Yesterday, 04:05 AM

sure, that's what you say now.




#1419309 dogs--the thread

Posted by mongo_jones on Yesterday, 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.




#1417749 Harvey Weinstein

Posted by mongo_jones on 24 October 2017 - 06:12 PM

If everyone lived by one rule, all this would never occur - never attend a party uninvited.

 

And that covers a myriad of places and occurrences.

 

 

Until there is an invitation, don't assume anything.

 

 

Well, there is a middle ground in some cases. There are people who write out the invitation, but never mail/send it.

 

 

i'm trying to make sense of this and failing. is your suggestion re the subject at hand that:

a) sexual harassment and rape would stop being problems if sexual harassers and rapists would just wait till they have received invitations to consensual relations instead of assuming that women want to have sex with them?

 

or 

 

b) women should not write out invitations that they don't send?

 

both scenarios seem clueless to the point of being offensive. could you clarify?




#1417580 Barcelona recommendations

Posted by mongo_jones on 21 October 2017 - 11:16 PM

Well, we did also have a large lunch like 5 hours earlier. Something I really try to never do any more when traveling.

 

on my first trip to montreal i did schwartz's for lunch and joe beef for dinner on the same day.




#1417283 Harvey Weinstein

Posted by mongo_jones on 17 October 2017 - 12:54 AM

this piece by scott rosenberg on hollywood complicity is worth reading.




#1417066 thai in the twin cities south metro

Posted by mongo_jones on 13 October 2017 - 04:41 AM

sure. but since we're all being reasonable, let me posit that in this context, los angeles deserves a bit more of a mention than as merely the site of a thai consulate or as a place, like portland, where new kinds of thai food are available. it should be possible for a bureau chief at the ny times to do that without focusing their article on los angeles. start with l.a and how a city with such a large thai population has been able to sustain a lot of non cookie-cutter thai restaurants for a long time (along with even more cookie-cutter thai restaurants) and go on to how with more time that has begun to spread to other locations that don't have huge thai populations: for example, lotus of siam is a migrant l.a restaurant. maybe pick up on the fact that it might be in places that are not catering to large thai populations that certain kinds of innovations might be more apt to happen first (pok pok happens in portland not l.a; night + market is very much a post-pok pok restaurant).




#1416889 thai in the twin cities south metro

Posted by mongo_jones on 10 October 2017 - 07:42 PM

we really like bangkok thai deli and on's kitchen on university avenue in st. paul. but that's an hour each way and so we're always on the lookout for plausible substitutes in the south metro which we can combine with trips to costco, ikea and so forth. so far we've tried:

1. taste of thai yai in apple valley. never gone back.

2. spice in savage. never going back.

3. thai curry house in burnsville. have been more than once.

 

this weekend we stopped in at joy's pattaya thai in richfield. a small menu, mostly by the numbers but done better than at most places of similar, low ambition and the food was not quite as diabetes-inducing as minnesota thai can be. would go back.




#1416423 Instant Pot, the best thing since the Veg-o-matic?

Posted by mongo_jones on 01 October 2017 - 05:52 PM

on the other hand, my 7 cup cuisinart food processor's work bowl has a crack on the bottom, rendering it useless. i'm currently making pesto in a blender. can't decide whether it is worth paying $50 for a replacement bowl or if i should just take this opportunity to upgrade to a larger food processor.




#1415461 twin cities vietnamese

Posted by mongo_jones on 14 September 2017 - 07:49 PM

as you may know, the twin cities metro area has a sizable vietnamese population---about 20,000 at the last census. as you might expect there are a number of vietnamese restaurants. all specialize primarily in pho and similar: this is food that is very friendly to the stereotypical upper midwestern palate and hot noodle soup is great during the 19 months of winter.

 

quang in minneapolis (on nicollet) is probably the most well-known of the lot but for my money the best pho is at trieu chau in st. paul (on university avenue); their bun bo hue is quite good too. i posted a review of trieu chau today. in the last year i've also reviewed pho hoa and pho 79 in minneapolis and cam ranh bay in burnsville. the menus at most of these places are mostly interchangeable and none go beyond the noodle soup and broken rice complex. that's a pity. colorado's vietnamese population isn't any larger than minnesota's but 10-12 years ago places like dalat and new saigon in denver had far more wide-ranging menus (the boulder/denver egullet crew did a very good dalat dinner back in the day). i guess this might say something about how the communities are doing in the two metros.

 

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#1414992 Is Every Menu the Same?

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 September 2017 - 10:59 PM

 

 

 

Yes Mongo, but the issue is in NYC a lot of the heirlooms we get at the market are focused more on looking interesting than on taste. That's the point JTF and I are making. Not that all heirlooms are inferior to standard varieties.

 

Yes, exactly.

 

And to mongo's point, can we not forget the "real red tomato flavor" in a BLT, or a tomato sandwich, or in a caprese salad?

 

 

 

you should try those with aunt ruby's green, brandywine (yellow or pink), old german, pineapple, cherokee purple or, or, or, or, or...the best gazpachos i've made have been with a lot of yellow and orange tomatoes in there (jaune flammes in particular). just yesterday i made a wonderful, tart green gazpacho using only green zebra tomatoes from my garden.

 

 

If I had a backyard.

 

There's no doubt that good ones have their place...but on a BLT, I want a plain old beefsteak.

 

 

hey man, you should know that there are plenty of heirloom beefsteak tomatoes too. i don't want to rock your world too much all at once.




#1414974 Is Every Menu the Same?

Posted by mongo_jones on 07 September 2017 - 06:50 PM

 

Yes Mongo, but the issue is in NYC a lot of the heirlooms we get at the market are focused more on looking interesting than on taste. That's the point JTF and I are making. Not that all heirlooms are inferior to standard varieties.

 

Yes, exactly.

 

And to mongo's point, can we not forget the "real red tomato flavor" in a BLT, or a tomato sandwich, or in a caprese salad?

 

 

 

you should try those with aunt ruby's green, brandywine (yellow or pink), old german, pineapple, cherokee purple or, or, or, or, or...the best gazpachos i've made have been with a lot of yellow and orange tomatoes in there (jaune flammes in particular). just yesterday i made a wonderful, tart green gazpacho using only green zebra tomatoes from my garden.