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baltoellen Dec 23, 2007 08:19 AM

In a thread the other day, I was writing about a new restaurant, and wrote, "they are being careful not to bite off more than they can chew."

That made me think of foodie sayings that some people use. Such as:

You can't have your cake and eat it too;
and
Their eyes were bigger than their stomachs.

There must be more of these, but now I'm stuck.

So, are there any other common sayings that have their origins in eating and/or ordering food?

  1. Paulustrious Aug 5, 2010 04:05 AM

    Pardon this cornball's sirreverence...

    Nuts!

    Meat and two veg (aka carrot and onions)

    A kick in the plums

    A cracker with a nice pair of buns

    A bun in the oven

    Talking tripe. (cf.: Eating humble pie)

    Blowing a raspberry

    Pavement pizza

    1. chef chicklet Aug 4, 2010 03:47 PM

      And the ever poplular,

      OH FUDGE!

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        jumpingmonk Aug 4, 2010 04:18 PM

        An obscure one (and to some of us here possibly disturbing one)

        In many parts of Southeast Asia they use the expression "It's going ill (or badly) for the dogs" when discussing a legal or business matter that has gone on too long (the connection is that, in many of the places where dog is eaten, it is considered a celebratory food, and it is auspicios to serve it at the conculsion of a sucessful legal matter or stage therof.)

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          RicRios Aug 4, 2010 05:48 PM

          In the US you would say (equally disturbing) : "It's going well for the lawyers".

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        carollins83 Aug 4, 2010 12:58 PM

        B double E R... Beer Run Beer Run B double E R... (Silly drinking song)
        One tequila two tequila three tequila floor

        Tequila makes her clothes fall off

        got milk

        California Grown

        Happy cows come from California

        let them eat cake

        too many cooks ruin the soup

        Blacked eyed peas on new years day bring luck all year long. (Southern Grandmothers)

        What is worse than finding a worm in your apple? Find half a worm. (My son's riddle book)

        One bad apple spoils the lot.

        Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan.
        If you can't make boxty, you'll never get your man (Irish Grandmother)

        1. Passadumkeg Jun 9, 2010 05:52 AM

          My retirement investment philosophy reflects this quotation by HL Mencken:
          "Nobody has ever gone broke underestimating the bad taste of an American"
          My stock portfolio contains many of the chain restaurants contained in shopping malls, to which you'd have to drag me kicking and screaming. Eat Olive Garden pasta or an Outback steak for my retirement, please. Texas Road House w/ no brisket and Chili's w/ no chile. I love it! Eat up everyone!

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            Servorg Jun 9, 2010 06:23 AM

            "My stock portfolio contains many of the chain restaurants contained in shopping malls, to which you'd have to drag me kicking and screaming."

            An excellent example of someone receiving his "just deserts" as it were... ;-D>

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            sabroso May 27, 2010 05:51 PM

            "I eat my peas with honey
            I've done so all my life
            They do taste rather funny
            But it keeps them on the knife"

            1. luckyfatima May 26, 2010 12:08 AM

              Here is one from Gulf Arabic:

              "Huwa maa yaarif issaggar yashwi" He who does not know the falcon barbecues it. It is an expression about someone who wastes something valuable due to lack of appreciation for it.

              1. cuccubear May 25, 2010 09:31 AM

                "Do you want some cheese with that whine?"

                and

                "You're as popular as a pickle in the punchbowl!"

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                  kattyeyes May 25, 2010 09:34 AM

                  I must run with an unsavory crowd as I have heard the expression "turd in the punchbowl" more times than I'd like to admit. ;) Changing that to pickle cleans it up nicely, thanks!

                  1. re: kattyeyes
                    cuccubear May 25, 2010 10:41 AM

                    Yeah, "turd" is the word, but I've heard "pickle" used on occasion, and the alliteration makes it roll off your tongue. Since this is the "Food Sayings" thread, I figured the latter was more, uh - foodlike. ;-)

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                      alkapal May 25, 2010 10:45 AM

                      i thank my parents that i never heard the term "turd."

                      ~~~
                      but speaking of pickles, the harris teeter brand refrigerated dill pickle halves are quite nice and very crunchy.

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                        cuccubear May 25, 2010 11:29 AM

                        speaking *more* of pickles...you'll like this...

                        http://www.mcphee.com/shop/products/P...

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                          jumpingmonk May 25, 2010 12:44 PM

                          "I'm not trying to hang noodles on your ears"

                          Accoding to a Smithsonian article I read, the literal translation of a Russian aphorism that literally mean "I'm not trying to fool you"

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                            alkapal May 25, 2010 03:09 PM

                            how history would have been changed had that been introduced to the world earlier. the pickle-pult indeed.

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                    amandakeith May 9, 2010 05:34 AM

                    not sure if it is a food saying but my parents would guilt us into eating foods we didn't like by saying " don't you know there are kids in other countries that would love to eat this dinner." we would respond by saying " I bet we could get some good air mile points " lol

                    1. buttertart Jul 9, 2009 11:47 AM

                      Another family one: when guests invited or not are at dinner, and there may not be quite enough to go around: "FHB" as code for "family hold back", i.e. you kids keep your mitts off until the guests are served.

                      1. cuccubear Jul 9, 2009 11:39 AM

                        Dare I say it? This was a rhyme from childhood. I don’t where it came from or who came up with it. It’s vaguely scatological, but I have my fingers crossed it will survive the censors...I think you can figure it out. Anyone else heard this?

                        Milk, Milk
                        Lemonade
                        Around the corner, fudge is made.

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                          kattyeyes Jul 9, 2009 04:27 PM

                          Yup, it ends with Tootsie Roll. HA HA HA! We were sick little children, weren't we?! ;)

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                            cuccubear Jul 10, 2009 06:59 AM

                            Ah Tootsie Roll, that's right - sheesh :-) Sick, sick little kids! heehee

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                          jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:09 AM

                          My two favorite Guy Fietti saying are:
                          "Love peace and taco grease"
                          "Winner, winner, chicken dinner"

                          1. carswell Jul 9, 2009 10:03 AM

                            A saying that that's been told to at least four generations of kids in my family: Small firsts, happy seconds.

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                              Cookie Baker Jul 9, 2009 09:53 AM

                              Going bananas

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                                morwen Jul 9, 2009 09:47 AM

                                "How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?" -Pink Floyd

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                                  thinkgarnish.com Jul 8, 2009 04:15 PM

                                  Oh I wish I had found this thread a couple of months ago when I was making luncheon invitations and wanted each one to have common sayings related to food! Anyway, the one we used was "Knowledge is the food of the soul". Not totally food related, but since it was for a teacher luncheon thought it worked well! I shall save these amazing ones for the next time around.

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                                    Passadumkeg Jul 8, 2009 04:23 PM

                                    First, welcome to Chowhound. Second, teaching is the oldest profession; after all, where did the other "oldest profession" learn how?

                                    Passadumkeag, molding young minds since 1971

                                    Mom, an English teacher, always said, "Knowledge is power", "Books are sacred" and "Is your homework done?"

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                                      jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:47 AM

                                      I was always told sales was the oldest profession because someone had to seal the deal.

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                                    chaz Jul 4, 2009 08:13 PM

                                    "How do you like them apples?!"

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                                      chaz Jul 4, 2009 08:11 PM

                                      "The early bird gets the worm".

                                      1. waytob Jun 25, 2009 05:12 AM

                                        "Daal me kuch kala hai" - literally - there's something black in the daal, but basically means - there's something not quite right here. Or like the English saying - smells kinda fishy

                                        1. kattyeyes Jun 24, 2009 07:12 PM

                                          L'appétit vient en mangeant.
                                          Literally, the appetite comes while eating.
                                          But really, "The more you have, the more you want."
                                          Isn't that always the way?!

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                                            shae1229 Jun 24, 2009 01:18 AM

                                            "Beans Beans the musical fruit
                                            The more you eat the more you toot
                                            The more you toot the better you feel
                                            So lift your leg and let it squeal!" - my best friend says that one.

                                            "That really grates my cheese."
                                            "That frosts my cookies"
                                            "How do you like them apples?"

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                                              jumpingmonk Jun 24, 2009 04:44 AM

                                              "What's that got to do with the price of kumquats in Argentina?"

                                              Used by my mother when she is climing that something said is irrelevant to the matter at hand (I have no idea where she got it, or if she made it up herself)

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                                                Scargod Jun 24, 2009 05:05 AM

                                                What does that have to do with the price of cheese on the moon? (from the Seventies?)

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                                              LaurCar Jun 2, 2008 12:27 PM

                                              The Italian saying, "You can't melt cheese twice." I could not find the translation.

                                              1. danhole Jun 2, 2008 08:52 AM

                                                Visualize whirled peas.

                                                1. coney with everything Jun 2, 2008 08:14 AM

                                                  Didn't see this one: Il faut cassez les oeufs pour faire une omelette.

                                                  1. Scargod May 30, 2008 07:37 AM

                                                    "Pass the hand grenade!" This is drink related. I bought a bottle of Blanton's Whiskey. I found it funny when I was told this by the old fart salesman. The bottle has a unique shape; being round and squatty, with a faceted suface. I was told it was used as a prop in a Monty Pithon skit. It's is some powerful, smooth stuff so it's a bit like a double entendre.

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                                                      bakersdelight May 31, 2008 06:24 PM

                                                      From "The Rubaiyat" by Omar Khayyam (verse XII), written in the 12th century:

                                                      "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou."

                                                      http://classics.mit.edu/Khayyam/rubai...

                                                    2. cocktailqueen77 May 24, 2008 11:06 PM

                                                      Loved reading through these...a couple of my own...

                                                      Cool as a cucumber

                                                      Born with a silver spoon (utensil/foodie related)

                                                      Apple of their eye

                                                      I hope those might take the cake!!

                                                      1. Scargod May 23, 2008 06:09 PM

                                                        "Need no teef to eat my beef".
                                                        Sign at "House Park Bar-B-Que" - Austin, Texas (est. 1943).

                                                        "If you haven't any teeth, up above, or beneath,
                                                        You can gum it with your gummy gum gums". Stan Frieburg

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                                                          Passadumkeg May 23, 2008 07:50 PM

                                                          Fine as frog's hair,
                                                          You old lard but!

                                                        2. Scargod May 22, 2008 05:35 PM

                                                          Lick me till Ice cream!

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                                                            Passadumkeg May 23, 2008 09:41 AM

                                                            In Heaven there is no Beer, That's Why we Drink it Here.
                                                            Polish Polka

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                                                              jcattles May 23, 2008 12:25 PM

                                                              That's the Beer Song!!

                                                              In heaven there is no beer (no beer)
                                                              That's why we drink it here (right here)
                                                              And when we're all gone from here
                                                              All our friends will be drinking all our beer

                                                              Our local university band goes to each bar the night before a game and plays this. During games, the only song the crowd sings louder is Ragtime Cowboy Joe. (University of Wyoming)

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                                                            chaz May 20, 2008 07:14 PM

                                                            Oh, and...
                                                            3. My teeth are floating.

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                                                              chaz May 20, 2008 07:13 PM

                                                              1. The early bird gets the worm.
                                                              2. Scuse me. I have to go where the king goes afoot.

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                                                                Veggo Jun 24, 2009 03:10 AM

                                                                The early bird may get the worm, but it's the SECOND mouse that gets the cheese.

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                                                                  Sam Fujisaka Jun 25, 2009 05:20 AM

                                                                  The early worm gets eaten by the bird.

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                                                                    FoodFuser Jun 25, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                    But in the end, the worms get the bird, both mice, and the cheese.

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                                                                      FoodFuser Jun 9, 2010 03:19 AM

                                                                      In the spirit of posthumous tribute to Sam, I wish we had played and repartee'd more with this thread. Maybe we did, and got out of line to the point of needing moderation... but that guy was one hell of a fencer. May he rest with sharpened rapier.

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                                                                        alkapal Jul 15, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                        sad, isn't it?

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                                                                          baltoellen Jul 16, 2010 03:59 PM

                                                                          Well, this thread is only 2.5 years old, there's still time for a tribute.

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                                                                            kattyeyes Jul 16, 2010 04:52 PM

                                                                            Join us here:
                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7014...

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                                                                              Servorg Jul 16, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                                              She was part of that tribute thread to Sam (I checked when the post above showed up).

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                                                                                kattyeyes Jul 16, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                                There are tributes to Sam all over this board and, very honestly, that makes this kat very happy. Thanks, Servorg.

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                                                                                  baltoellen Jul 16, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                  Oh, and sadly I didn't realize that FoodFuser was responding to an old Sam post. I hope my above post wasn't misunderstood. (It was supposed to be about infusing the thread with more of his spirit. That's all.)

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                                                                                    kattyeyes Jul 16, 2010 06:29 PM

                                                                                    Not at all! :) There is plenty of Sam spirit to go around. I say keep it comin'! I wish I had a relevant food saying to add on his behalf.

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                                                                                      operagirl Jul 18, 2010 01:57 PM

                                                                                      Never one to fish for compliments, I think Sam would still be happy to know that we all remember him so fondly!

                                                              2. BerkshireTsarina May 20, 2008 07:01 PM

                                                                Two practical ones:
                                                                Don't save on kishkeh money (kishkeh=intestines)
                                                                and
                                                                When in doubt, throw it out.

                                                                1. Alacrity59 May 19, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                                  My father had a couple.
                                                                  "Hunger makes the best sauce."
                                                                  "My stomach thinks my throat is cut."

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                                                                    jcattles May 19, 2008 08:44 AM

                                                                    sufferin succatash

                                                                    It's easier than nailing jello to a tree

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                                                                      KevinB May 15, 2008 09:59 AM

                                                                      Recipe for a successful life: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

                                                                      "He was a brave man who first ate an oyster"

                                                                      (Dedicating a new home): Here is bread so you will never know hunger, salt so you will always have flavour, and wine so you will always know joy.

                                                                      1. Scargod May 14, 2008 04:06 AM

                                                                        Great sufferin' catfish!
                                                                        Root, hog, or die...
                                                                        I'm waitin' on you like one pig waits on another!

                                                                        I'll eat anything that's not movin' and doesn't smell bad. (my saying, AFAIK)

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                                                                          SharaMcG May 14, 2008 08:07 AM

                                                                          Shakespeare on food:

                                                                          "Revenge is a dish that tastes best cold"
                                                                          "The funeral meats doth coldly furnish the marriage table" (this one is stated by Hamlet who is implying that his mother married his uncle so soon after his father died (yes, something was rotten in the state of Denmark!), that they could use the food from his father's wake for his mother's wedding reception. Gotta love that bard!

                                                                          1. re: Scargod
                                                                            buttertart May 14, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                            Man, you are the first person ever to mention one of my dear departed dad's favorites - abbreviated to "like one pig waits for another". Thanks for the blast from the past (are you by any chance from soutwestern Ontario, Canada?).

                                                                            1. re: buttertart
                                                                              Scargod May 14, 2008 11:07 AM

                                                                              Nope. Born in Texas, from farming stock/hard-working people who knew pigs.
                                                                              My mom taught me a lot, including that and how to cook; she died last year at 92. Thanks

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                                                                                Passadumkeg May 14, 2008 11:20 AM

                                                                                The Chinese use everything from the pig except the squeal and Henry Ford uses that.
                                                                                Quasi Chinese proverb:
                                                                                Get drunk and be happy for 3 days.
                                                                                Cook a pig and be happy for a week.
                                                                                Get married and be happy for 2 years.
                                                                                But plant a garden and be happy for life.

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                                                                                  Scargod May 14, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                                                  Reminds me of a W. C. Fields line: I had a friend who made non-skid tires out of octopus tenacles; horrible thing to do to an animal! .... Wish I hada thought of it!

                                                                            2. re: Scargod
                                                                              alkapal May 20, 2008 05:59 AM

                                                                              "I'm waitin' on you like one pig waits on another!"

                                                                              used regularly at family food fests! thanks for reminding me, scargod.

                                                                            3. Passadumkeg May 13, 2008 09:27 AM

                                                                              Mom: Chicken today, feathers tomorrow.
                                                                              Dad: (upon finding about the cancer that killed him) If God gives you lemons, make Margaritas and enjoy it while you can.
                                                                              Dad's dad: The church is near the, but the road is icy, the tavern is far, but I'll walk carefully.
                                                                              Mom's dad. You'll never get drunk on another man's vodka.
                                                                              Maine: Nummah than a f*%#kin' hake.
                                                                              W/ regarding the attitude of "natives" vs "transplants" in Maine: Just because a cat has kittens in the oven, doesn't make 'em biscuits.
                                                                              Modern Medicine: A banana a day keeps the cardiologist away.
                                                                              A 2 fisted drinker.
                                                                              Childhood rhyme:
                                                                              Great big gobs of gooey grimey monkey meat,
                                                                              Tiny weeney birdy feet,
                                                                              All wrapped up in all purpose porpoise pus
                                                                              And eaten w/o a spoon.

                                                                              Gotta go get a life....

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                                                                                meatn3 May 26, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                Our version was:

                                                                                Great big globs of greasy grimey gophers guts,
                                                                                Mutilated monkey meat
                                                                                Itsy bitsy birdies feet
                                                                                All these things are very very good to eat
                                                                                Oops I forgot my spoon!

                                                                                Then you burst into peals of laughter, giddy with the grossness.

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                                                                                  alkapal May 26, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                                                  ah...yes....the venerable greasy grimy gopher guts. ;-)). we had those in fort myers, too.

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                                                                                    buttertart May 26, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                                    And in London, Ont. And me without my spoon.

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                                                                                      jumpingmonk May 26, 2010 04:31 PM

                                                                                      Well If we are adding songs how about "Mrs. Murphy's Chowder"

                                                                                      http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/m012.html

                                                                                      There was also a song I remember form my childhood (in much the same vein as "Gopher guts" called "Chicken lips and lizard hips" (written and sung to my astonshiment, by Bruce Springsteen
                                                                                      )http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bruce+sp...

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                                                                                    calliope_nh Jul 15, 2010 08:59 PM

                                                                                    Ours was similar:
                                                                                    Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts
                                                                                    Mutilated money meat
                                                                                    Tiny little birdy feet
                                                                                    French fired eyeballs rolling down the dirty street
                                                                                    I wish I had my fork

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                                                                                  filth May 9, 2008 05:52 AM

                                                                                  WHO CUT THE CHEESE?

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                                                                                    alkapal May 20, 2008 05:57 AM

                                                                                    speaking of cutting the cheese, (somehat ot): http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453097

                                                                                    my aunt billie's fave: "a second on the lips, a lifetime on the hips."

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                                                                                      jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                                                      Not me but did you lick the knife?

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                                                                                      maddogg280 May 8, 2008 08:36 AM

                                                                                      Hungry like the wolf...
                                                                                      - Duran Duran

                                                                                      What can I say? I'm an 80's chick.

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                                                                                        csweeny Apr 14, 2008 09:20 AM

                                                                                        excuse if these have been mentioned but,

                                                                                        cool beans
                                                                                        and
                                                                                        beef, it's whats for dinner

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                                                                                          roxlet May 8, 2008 06:52 AM

                                                                                          Another Italian saying:
                                                                                          Che non e zuppa, e pane bagnato. (If it's not soup, it's wet bread.)

                                                                                        2. meatn3 Apr 13, 2008 09:36 PM

                                                                                          My ex-BIL (a big & very fast eater) always said:
                                                                                          There are two kinds of eaters, the quick and the hungry!

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                                                                                            grayelf Apr 13, 2008 11:09 PM

                                                                                            The refined Chowhound, who has eaten enough after a delightful repast:

                                                                                            "Thank you, I've had an elegant sufficiency."

                                                                                            The Grayelf-type CH, who has stuffed herself silly on great food and can't eat another bite:

                                                                                            Carry I straight, don't bend I."

                                                                                            (both courtesy of my old friend Snooze, latter used much more often than former)

                                                                                          2. cheesepowder Apr 13, 2008 08:36 PM

                                                                                            like two peas in a pod
                                                                                            no use crying over spilt milk
                                                                                            (when referring to fog) as thick as pea soup
                                                                                            that's a fine kettle of fish

                                                                                            1. vvvindaloo Apr 13, 2008 03:30 PM

                                                                                              Sicilians have some terrific (albeit cynical) sayings involving food. Roughly translated:
                                                                                              better an egg today than the chicken tomorrow
                                                                                              a man who marries is happy for a day; a man who butchers a pig is happy for a year.

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                                                                                                miranda Apr 13, 2008 06:30 PM

                                                                                                Give a man a fish and feed him for a day.....teach a man to fish and feed him for life.
                                                                                                The apple doesn't fall far from the tree
                                                                                                Life is just a bowl of cherries
                                                                                                Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth
                                                                                                She's so tough she chews nails and spits rust
                                                                                                Popeye says I yam what I yam
                                                                                                If life gives you lemons ...make lemonade
                                                                                                How about the 2 Arabs sitting under a tree eating their dates.....Miranda

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                                                                                                  Davwud Apr 14, 2008 09:39 AM

                                                                                                  If life gives you lemons, find someone who's life has given them vodka and have a party.

                                                                                                  Give a man a beer and he'll drink for an hour. Teach him where the fridge is and he'll drink all night.

                                                                                                  Life is like a box of chocolates.

                                                                                                  If you're worried about getting a rotten apple, don't pick from barrel, go straight to the tree.

                                                                                                  DT

                                                                                              2. vvvindaloo Apr 13, 2008 02:38 PM

                                                                                                Not for all the tea in China!

                                                                                                A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

                                                                                                And let's not forget the recent instant classic: I drink your milkshake!

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                                                                                                  BigBelt Feb 12, 2008 11:47 AM

                                                                                                  "She has a butter face"

                                                                                                  Everything is good but-her face.

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                                                                                                    honcha Feb 7, 2008 10:11 AM

                                                                                                    Oh, and one we made up yesterday after finding our produce guy dropped some limes in the parking lot:

                                                                                                    When life gives you limes, make mojitos!

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                                                                                                      honcha Feb 7, 2008 09:47 AM

                                                                                                      From a Creole cookbook:

                                                                                                      Eat, eat. You have to have strength to worry.

                                                                                                      others I remember from books over the years:

                                                                                                      He who cooks a potato without an onion has no soul.

                                                                                                      Eating yellow food makes people happy.

                                                                                                      And the one about ful mudammes - breakfast for a rich man, lunch for a laborer, dinner for a pauper.

                                                                                                      1. Veggo Feb 7, 2008 04:37 AM

                                                                                                        said about the anal-compulsive who are obsessed with irrelevant detail:

                                                                                                        "he can pick the flea shit out of the pepper"

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                                                                                                          happybellynh Feb 7, 2008 08:07 AM

                                                                                                          Or, in my dad's vernacular: somthing can be "harder than picking fly poop out of pepper with boxing gloves on."

                                                                                                        2. amethiste Feb 6, 2008 07:35 AM

                                                                                                          I have also heard "The best thing since brown n serve rolls"
                                                                                                          "Not for all the tea in China"

                                                                                                          1. baltoellen Feb 6, 2008 06:59 AM

                                                                                                            I don't remember if this has been mentioned, but "the best thing since sliced bread." And, I'm on some international hosting sites, and do have the motto, "guests, like fish, stink after three days!"

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                                                                                                              Cinnamom Feb 6, 2008 06:26 AM

                                                                                                              the big cheese
                                                                                                              she dropped him like a hot potato
                                                                                                              candy is dandy...
                                                                                                              know what I mean, jelly bean?

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                                                                                                                Jen_in_NJ Feb 6, 2008 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                My grandfather used to say this "prayer" before dinner:

                                                                                                                "The Father, Son and Holy Ghost..
                                                                                                                ..Who ever eats the fastest, gets the most"

                                                                                                                Sitting around a dinner table of 13, I think my brothers took this to heart!

                                                                                                                1. Veggo Feb 5, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                  Here's a fun Q&A to engage a six year old. One of my youthful memories with a neat grandmother.

                                                                                                                  Q: What kind of a noise annoys an oyster?

                                                                                                                  little kid: I don't know

                                                                                                                  A: A noisy noise annoys an oyster.

                                                                                                                  1. Ronnie Riffs Feb 5, 2008 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                    How about when people are being comparative..It's all just apples and oranges? and
                                                                                                                    My gran used to say after 3 days ,company smells like fish

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                                                                                                                      chef chicklet Feb 5, 2008 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                      Or house guest start to smell after three days, just like fish.
                                                                                                                      My Dad's favorite saying.
                                                                                                                      Easy Peasy.

                                                                                                                    2. Non Cognomina Feb 4, 2008 10:27 PM

                                                                                                                      What's that got to do with the price of bananas?

                                                                                                                      Happy as a clam at high tide.

                                                                                                                      When life is bad and getting worse, keep a cookie in your purse.

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                                                                                                                        vvvindaloo Apr 13, 2008 02:27 PM

                                                                                                                        I always heard it: What's that got to do with the price of rice?

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                                                                                                                          hilltowner Apr 13, 2008 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                          For me it was: What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?

                                                                                                                          Funny, interesting thread.

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                                                                                                                            kubasd Jul 3, 2009 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                            what's that got to do with the price of apples in spain?

                                                                                                                      2. jodymaryk Feb 4, 2008 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                        I have no idea where he heard it but my father who is 86 now would respond when you asked him if he was hungry "No thanks, I had a banana on the train".

                                                                                                                        This is a great thread! So much fun to read. Thanks everyone!

                                                                                                                        1. Sam Fujisaka Feb 4, 2008 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                          The early worm gets eaten by the bird.

                                                                                                                          Anything with red grease squirting out of it has to be good (A Bourdain).

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                                                                                                                            Veggo Feb 4, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                            The early bird may get the worm, but it's the SECOND mouse that gets the cheese :)

                                                                                                                          2. Davwud Feb 4, 2008 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                            An easy fly ball is said to be "A can of corn."

                                                                                                                            DT

                                                                                                                            1. Melanie Feb 4, 2008 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                              Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.

                                                                                                                              1. ArikaDawn Jan 20, 2008 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                La cuisine, c'est quand les choses ont le goût de ce qu'elles sont.
                                                                                                                                or
                                                                                                                                Fine cooking is when the things you have cooked taste as they are.
                                                                                                                                Curnonsky

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                                                                                                                                  amazinc Jan 20, 2008 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                  from a wonderful Guy Clark song called "Texas Cookin'"...
                                                                                                                                  Oh, Mama, Ain't that Texas cookin' somethin'?
                                                                                                                                  Oh, Mama, Stop your belly and backbone from bumpin".
                                                                                                                                  Oh, Mama, Ain't that Texas cookin' good?
                                                                                                                                  Eat it every day, if I could.

                                                                                                                                  1. SeaSide Tomato Jan 4, 2008 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                    "Why devil my eggs!" -- An exclamation of ridiculous delight or surprise used around Easter at SeaSide.

                                                                                                                                    Of course there's always "Turkey Lurkey" as a greeting or sign off at Thanksgiving and "Figgy Pudding" for same at Christmas.

                                                                                                                                    These may all be too quirky to be considered in general parlance, but why not share and start a trend? Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                    1. fruglescot Jan 4, 2008 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                      Another Yiddish saying ......when the child indicated to the parent that they were dropping out of school.............................................

                                                                                                                                      "SO LIE IN YOUR GRAVE MAKING BAGELS"

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                                                                                                                                        bigos70 Jan 4, 2008 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                        My personal favourite, which I saw once in a magazine article:

                                                                                                                                        Life is just a break between meals.

                                                                                                                                        1. luckyfatima Jan 4, 2008 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                          In Urdu/Hindi:

                                                                                                                                          Kuch daal mein kala hai. it means there is something black in the daal (lentils), means that there is something fishy or suspicious about a situation.

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                                                                                                                                            JiyoHappy Jan 4, 2008 11:27 AM

                                                                                                                                            Here are a few more in Hindi:
                                                                                                                                            Thotha chana baaje ghanna

                                                                                                                                            Thotha= hollow inside
                                                                                                                                            chana= (seed of) a chickpea
                                                                                                                                            baaje=makes noise
                                                                                                                                            ghanna=too much

                                                                                                                                            A vain (hollow, unsophisticated, useless) person is the noisiest one around

                                                                                                                                            Oont ke muh mein jeera

                                                                                                                                            Oont = camel
                                                                                                                                            muh = mouth
                                                                                                                                            mein = inside
                                                                                                                                            jeera = one seed of cumin

                                                                                                                                            (something or someone) is as insignificant ( or as uninfluential) as a seed of cumin in a camel's mouth

                                                                                                                                            Ek to karela, usper neem chada
                                                                                                                                            Karela = bitter gourd ( an asian cucurbit, very seriously bitter)
                                                                                                                                            usper = on top of
                                                                                                                                            neem = neem (another seriously bitter plant, a few notches above bitter gourd )
                                                                                                                                            chada = surface coated onto..

                                                                                                                                            This describes a person (or idea) which is as poisonous and bitter as a bitter-gourd coated with neem

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                                                                                                                                              Rasam May 12, 2008 11:29 PM

                                                                                                                                              Those are great, Jiyohappy! Here are some more in Hindi:

                                                                                                                                              1. Til ka taad banaana (making a log out of a sesame seed; i.e. making a mountain out of a molehill).

                                                                                                                                              2. Naakon chane chabvaana (to force someone to chew chickpeas with their nose; i.e. to force someone to do something very difficult, or to defeat them thoroughly).

                                                                                                                                              3. Ghar ki murgi daal baraabar (chicken eaten at home is valued only as daal; i.e. something familiar at home is not valued as it should be).

                                                                                                                                              4. Kanjoos makkhichoos (a very stingy person, who will suck a fly that landed in his food rather than waste the food).

                                                                                                                                              There are lots more, but these for now..... :)

                                                                                                                                              Rasam

                                                                                                                                          2. JiyoHappy Jan 3, 2008 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            An apple a day keeps the doctor away
                                                                                                                                            If the doctor is handsome, keep the apple away

                                                                                                                                            1. ipsedixit Jan 3, 2008 09:14 PM

                                                                                                                                              Old Chinese saying ...

                                                                                                                                              "Clean your rice bowl or you'll end up marrying a speckled-faced spouse"

                                                                                                                                              [It loses its glibness factor in the translation.]

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                                                                                                                                                cayjohan Jan 3, 2008 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                I've seen it quoted by Emily Hahn (Time-Life "Foods of the World:China) that "for every grain left in the bowl, children are told, there will be a pockmark on the face of their future spouses." I guess we're mostly past smallpox epidemics, but I love the leverage that parents use to get kids to eat. (Mostly.)
                                                                                                                                                Cay

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                                                                                                                                                  chef chicklet Jun 26, 2009 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                  that's the way I remember it (reading Amy Tan). Love the way how almost every culture has a way to pass down a guilt trip about food!
                                                                                                                                                  My French-Catholic mother..."Jesus, Mary and Joseph & all the saints in heaven." as she crossed herself when I refused to drink milk or eat mashed potatoes.
                                                                                                                                                  Absolutely love them now. Oh dear.

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                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes Jun 26, 2009 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                    HA HA! My Aunt Sandra (Sicilian & Catholic) to this day invokes, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" when something isn't going right. When I was a kid, I used to think, "Man, all three of them--this must really be trouble, whatever it is!"

                                                                                                                                                    Speaking of Amy Tan, I wish I could remember the exact line from the Joy Luck Club about how the mother served the best quality (fish? whatever it was?) to company, or how she would denigrate her own cooking, ("It's not seasoned enough.") but it was really an opening for guests to compliment her...and her son-in-law completely missed the cue and said it was fine when you added soy sauce...open mouth, insert foot on his part. Maybe someone has the book or has a better memory than I do.

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                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jun 26, 2009 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                      That's especially amusing if you know Chinese home cooks of the mother's stripe. The expression used when complimented is "it's just home cooking, extremely simple" (dou shi jia chang cai, jiandan de hen) - you always denigrate your own cooking because to do otherwise would be too prideful. This even if what is in front of you is the most amazing feast you could imagine.

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                                                                                                                                                        chef chicklet Jul 9, 2009 05:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I love Amy Tan! I wish she would of included some of the recipes!

                                                                                                                                                        Yes and I do remember that line, he completely blew it. But unfair! The guy never had a chance!

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                                                                                                                                                    jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I saw in another board about manners that if you sing at the table you'll marry an ugly spouse.

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                                                                                                                                                    thinks too much Jan 3, 2008 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                    "I love you as bread loves salt" - Fairy Tale

                                                                                                                                                    "A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat" Yiddish Proverb

                                                                                                                                                    "Since Eve ate the apple, much depends upon dinner" Byron

                                                                                                                                                    "Love is sweet, but with bread it's better." - Yiddish proverb

                                                                                                                                                    "Comfort me with apples" - Song of Solomon

                                                                                                                                                    Ok, so I have a thing for apples.

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                                                                                                                                                      RicRios Jan 3, 2008 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                      "Love is sweet, but with bread it's better."

                                                                                                                                                      This reminded me of another Yiddish classic:

                                                                                                                                                      "Tzures mit yoikh is besser als tzures ohn yoikh" ("Tzures with soup are better than tzures without soup")

                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, don't know an easy translation for "Tzures" .

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                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Jan 3, 2008 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Suffering or maybe toubles

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                                                                                                                                                          Sherri Jan 3, 2008 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Leo Rosten's THE JOYS OF YIDDISH translates it as: troubles, woes, worries, suffering.

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                                                                                                                                                            RicRios Jan 3, 2008 07:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, wikipedia defines it also as troubles.
                                                                                                                                                            Problem is, tzures ( tzuris, tsuris ) is , how can I put it, a much more refined way of suffering, kind of something reserved for the truly connoisseur of suffering.
                                                                                                                                                            On the opposite end of the spectrum, it's like saying that truffles are food.

                                                                                                                                                            But we're branching out here.
                                                                                                                                                            I hope this won't incur the wrath of the Gatekeepers.

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                                                                                                                                                        rfneid Jan 3, 2008 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Never put a name on something you might have to eat.

                                                                                                                                                        1. buttertart Jan 3, 2008 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                          From Turkish friends - said of something that looks/smells especially appealing - "I don't want to eat it, I just want to lie down beside it."
                                                                                                                                                          (I have a feeling the translation might be a bit bowdlerized.)

                                                                                                                                                          1. redroses Jan 2, 2008 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                            i wouldnt kick him out of bed for eating crackers!

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                                                                                                                                                              redroses Jan 2, 2008 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                              you can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar

                                                                                                                                                              why buy the cow when you get the milk for free? - my bubbie

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                                                                                                                                                              RicRios Jan 2, 2008 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I see from posts above foreign languages are OK.
                                                                                                                                                              Here goes my favorite Italian, which I'll leave untranslated:
                                                                                                                                                              "Mangia bene, caga forte, e non temere la morte."

                                                                                                                                                              1. Servorg Jan 2, 2008 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                One of my grandfather's (my mom's dad) favorite sayings:

                                                                                                                                                                "I'd rather feed 3 men who said they were hungry than one man who said he wasn't."

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                                                                                                                                                                  Kathleen M Jan 2, 2008 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I've always liked "I wouldn't kick him out of bed for eating crackers."

                                                                                                                                                                  1. KaimukiMan Jan 2, 2008 02:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    it's like apples and oranges
                                                                                                                                                                    easy as cherry pie (or apple pie depending on who says it)
                                                                                                                                                                    a voice like butter
                                                                                                                                                                    peaches and cream complexion

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                                                                                                                                                                      fruglescot Jan 4, 2008 08:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      How about adding "It's A Piece of Cake"

                                                                                                                                                                    2. dogfaceboy Jan 2, 2008 05:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      My grandfather got this joke from Readers' Digest: You can mash potatoes, but you can't pea soup.

                                                                                                                                                                      I don't know if the pot has called the kettle black yet, but that's an aphorism with kitchen equipment.

                                                                                                                                                                      Also:
                                                                                                                                                                      apple of my eye, top banana, piece of cake, cakewalk, takes the cake, easy as pie.

                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, but I didn't sift through the list before posting. (Sift through—get it?)

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                                                                                                                                                                        baltoellen Jan 2, 2008 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        That's fine! None of those have been mentioned yet!

                                                                                                                                                                        These are all great, everyone, btw!

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                                                                                                                                                                          Davwud Jan 2, 2008 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          "You can tune a piano but you can't tune a fish."

                                                                                                                                                                          DT

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                                                                                                                                                                            Axalady Jan 2, 2008 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

                                                                                                                                                                            Would that qualify as a food saying?

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                                                                                                                                                                              baltoellen Jan 2, 2008 11:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              It counts for me, but I've never found that saying to be the least bit true!

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                                                                                                                                                                                linguafood Jan 2, 2008 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                We have a similar saying in German "Liebe geht durch den Magen".

                                                                                                                                                                                "Salz in der Suppe" -- the salt in the soup aka something being essential, or making it interesting (which, I agree, is what salt does).

                                                                                                                                                                                "Hast Du Tomaten auf den Augen?" ('Do you have tomatoes on your eyes?' aka are you $%&#ing blind)

                                                                                                                                                                                And a classic Latin one: "Plenus venter non studet libenter" -- a full stomach does not like to study.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  RicRios Jan 2, 2008 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Now, speaking German ...

                                                                                                                                                                                  "Nach dem essen solst du ruhen, oder tausend schritte tuen"
                                                                                                                                                                                  ( After a meal you should rest, or walk a thousand steps )

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RicRios
                                                                                                                                                                                    linguafood Jan 2, 2008 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    "Nach dem essen sollst Du rauchen, oder einen Mann gebrauchen" (The adult version) ;-D

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                                                                                                                                                                                      RicRios Jan 2, 2008 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I assume it still legit if substituting "Mann" with "Mädchen" ... ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        linguafood Jan 2, 2008 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, the recreational benefit should probably amount to the same *g*, but the original saying was, of course "eine FRAU gebrauchen"... and would these days be frowned upon in more p.c. circles. That is, not around me ;-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kimmer1850 Feb 4, 2008 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Actually, the best way to a man's heart is through the second and third ribs on a slight upward angle!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal May 8, 2008 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    ouch!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Davwud Jan 2, 2008 04:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              A person can be "Not worth their salt."

                                                                                                                                                                              Perhaps from a "Salty remark."

                                                                                                                                                                              Or being "Slow as molasses."

                                                                                                                                                                              There's also, "An army marches on it's stomach."

                                                                                                                                                                              DT

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                                                                                                                                                                                Non Cognomina Feb 4, 2008 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Slow as molasses up a hill in January.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. fruglescot Jan 1, 2008 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                If you're having a tryst with the spouse of a medical practitioner...........
                                                                                                                                                                                Consider that................................................."An Apple A Day
                                                                                                                                                                                Keeps the Doctor Away"
                                                                                                                                                                                ...Don Juan?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. im_nomad Jan 1, 2008 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  haha Veggo...my grandmother used to say that such a person could eat turnips through a picket fence or that she would'n't let said person in her cabbage garden.

                                                                                                                                                                                  "my belly is taking bites out of my back"

                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm probably going to get in trouble for these....and maybe they're a local thing but:
                                                                                                                                                                                  "i'm so hungry i could chew the arse off a skunk" or worse
                                                                                                                                                                                  "i'm so hungry i could eat the lamb of Jesus and snap at the sheep".

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Davwud Jan 2, 2008 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm so hungry I could eat a horse.

                                                                                                                                                                                    DT

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Veggo Dec 28, 2007 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    said about one sorely in need of orthodontics:

                                                                                                                                                                                    "he could eat an apple through a chain link fence"

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                                                                                                                                                                                      blanthorpe Dec 28, 2007 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      'That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehovah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        kubasd Jul 3, 2009 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        yesssss!!! My favorite movie

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. monavano Dec 28, 2007 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        This is embarassing, but...
                                                                                                                                                                                        Bean, beans, they're good for your heart
                                                                                                                                                                                        The more you eat, the more you fart
                                                                                                                                                                                        The more you fart, the better you feel
                                                                                                                                                                                        So eat your beans at every meal

                                                                                                                                                                                        And then there's "Whoo! that ________ was so good, it makes you want to slap yo' Mama!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                          happybellynh Feb 5, 2008 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          In my house growing up, it was ...

                                                                                                                                                                                          Bean, beans, the musical fruit,
                                                                                                                                                                                          the more you eat, the more you toot,
                                                                                                                                                                                          the more you toot, the better you feel,
                                                                                                                                                                                          so let's have beans at every meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. breadbox Dec 28, 2007 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Pinto beans, good for the heart.
                                                                                                                                                                                          The more you eat, the more you fart.
                                                                                                                                                                                          .....author unknown

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                                                                                                                                                                                            justagthing Dec 28, 2007 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Beans, beans, the wonderful fruit,
                                                                                                                                                                                            the more you eat, the more you toot,
                                                                                                                                                                                            the more you toot, the better you poop,
                                                                                                                                                                                            beans, beans, the wonderful fruit.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure where it is from, but something we use to say as kids.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. alkapal Dec 28, 2007 04:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            from a memorable date when i was i college, after my trip to the salad bar: "Boy, you sure wolfed that down!"
                                                                                                                                                                                            first and last date, may i add? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. PDeveaux Dec 27, 2007 11:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              My dad always said at the dinner table "root hog or die poor"

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. fruglescot Dec 27, 2007 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Man can not live on bread alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. baltoellen Dec 24, 2007 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This thread is the best thing since sliced bread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. operagirl Dec 24, 2007 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alright, here's my stream of consciousness . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The proof is in the pudding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The pot calling the teakettle black.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Small potatoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    How do you like dem apples?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Easy as pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's all I can think of at the moment . . . hope those cut the mustard!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      baltoellen Dec 24, 2007 02:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      These all are so great. Yes, cuts the mustard, and the D Parker poem on martinis sure in easier to swallow than the one of suicide!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Dec 28, 2007 04:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        interesting about "eat,drink and be merry"....
                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.woodbrook.org/sermons/1998...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: baltoellen
                                                                                                                                                                                                          fruglescot Jan 2, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Care to give it one more try Baltoellen?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Candy Jan 4, 2008 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Because of this weird system my answer to the Dorothy Parker quotesd was posted where it does not make much sense. She also said "Eternity is 2 people and a ham"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't dip in the mustard if you can't ketchup!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodwich Dec 24, 2007 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we ... didnt want to insert that. feeling optimistic today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Laughing Goddess Dec 24, 2007 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              And never forget the wonderful Dorothy Parker's poem about martinis:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              "I'll have one martini,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              two at the most,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              after three I'm under the table,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              after four I'm under the host."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tay Dec 24, 2007 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              RicRios Dec 24, 2007 10:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Eat __(insert your favorite food here)__ for 120 years, you'll live a long life".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                dibob817 Dec 24, 2007 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                got the green apple 2 step

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  beevod Dec 24, 2007 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What is the point of having cake if you can't eat it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think the quote is often mis used, its supposed to be you can't eat your cake and have it too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. KaimukiMan Dec 23, 2007 11:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and his belly shook like a bowl full of jelly...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    merry christmas everyone

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      wayne keyser Dec 23, 2007 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Never trust a skinny cook."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ArikaDawn Dec 23, 2007 08:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not necessarily pertaining to food, but including food...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "I love __(insert whatever you love emphatically)___ like a fat kid loves cake!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's probably not PC, but it gets the point across =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. carswell Dec 23, 2007 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Purportedly a Vietnamese saying (told to me by a Vietnamese): The four secrets to happiness in life: good sleep, good sex, good food and good s**t.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apple.at.chin. Dec 23, 2007 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As my granny used to say...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great gobs of persimmon tree grease!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kiss my grits!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. diablo Dec 23, 2007 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"--old proverb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Make sure it's organic or the pesticide load will kill you"--diablo's mom :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dolores Dec 23, 2007 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Over the teeth, through the gums, look out stomach here it comes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jchamberlain Jul 9, 2009 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use this one every morning when I am downing my fiber juice in front of my kids.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cayjohan Dec 23, 2007 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry, one more B. Klibanism: "An apple every 8 hours keeps three doctors away."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    lgss May 8, 2008 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've seen a get well card that on the front says:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "An apple a day keeps the doctor away...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (and on the inside): "if you throw well and have good aim."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lgss May 8, 2008 03:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And as the people of Boston discovered, molasses isn't all that slow...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_M...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sam Fujisaka Dec 23, 2007 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "La panza llena, el corazon contento" ("The belly full, the heart is content").

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Ang matandang kalabaw gustong ang batang pasto" ("The old carabao likes young grass" although this refers more to male-female relationships).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "My mom said don't eat anything bigger than your head"--Anthony Bourdain

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cayjohan Dec 23, 2007 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ooooh...that's a B. Kliban cartoon. Funny stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. cayjohan Dec 23, 2007 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My grandmother's family (French/Ojibwe) always used to say: "Pea soup and Johnny cake makes Frenchman's belly ache."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not a saying, but rather a musical phrase: my other grandmother had a butter churning song in dialect Finnish that I can't for the life of me remember, but she would sing in in fond memory of churning. I think there are a lot of churning songs out there, historically.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tay Dec 23, 2007 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Pity the poor Pelican
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          His beak holds more than his belly can"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not quite the same thing, but I thought I'd throw it in anyway :-}

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sherri Dec 28, 2007 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My grandfather used to recite:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "An amazing bird is the pelican
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            His beak can hold more than his belly can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Food for a week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He can hold in his beak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And I don't know how-in-the-hell-he-can"!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            smartie Dec 23, 2007 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am so hungry I could eat a horse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eating like a pig.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Drink like a fish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              baltoellen Dec 23, 2007 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My uncle was fond of saying: She smokes like a fish!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              smartie Dec 23, 2007 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are what we eat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                baltoellen Dec 23, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've never really understood that one. I guess I always thought that eating a carrot would be be tall, think, and, well, orange. (I wouldn't mind the first two, but the third may be hard to live with!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kandagawa Dec 24, 2007 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I believe it's a bastardization of a quote from Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    coney with everything Dec 28, 2007 01:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To whom do we attribute "Il faut cassez les oeufs pour faire une omelette?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paulustrious Jul 19, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Napoleon. He wasn't one for coddling.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart Jul 19, 2010 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey, that reminded me. Identify: "A revolution is not a dinner party".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Jul 20, 2010 04:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "love and death" -- by woody allen? that's what i first thought. but unfortunately it is mao tse-tung (screw the zedong), and that means it is simply "death."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but as to napoleons, and "love and death"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>>It should have more cream
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          between the crust and no raisins.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - But at our last meeting you said raisins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - No!



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If this pastry is to bear my name,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it must be richer! More cream.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Yes, but is there time?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Very little.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My spies tell me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that my illustrious British enemy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is working on a new meat recipe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          which he plans to call Beef Wellington.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It will never get off the ground.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We must develop the Napoleon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          before he develops Beef Wellington.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The future of Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hangs in the balance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          --------<<<<<<<<<<< http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_sc...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            buttertart Jul 20, 2010 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brilliant, alkapal chérie! (i'll take a Napoleon over a Wellington any day). I'm surprised no one else cjhimed in on it being Mao, guess the '60s are but a distant - or a nonexistent - memory .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Servorg Jul 20, 2010 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "I'm surprised no one else cjhimed in on it being Mao..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Google has taken all the sport out of such games...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart Jul 20, 2010 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                True, and spellcheck or typocheck doesn't exist on CH, apparently! ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Servorg Jul 20, 2010 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I figured you were simply using the "Dutch" spelling for chimed so I didn't bother changing it when I picked up the quote... ;-D>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jul 20, 2010 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That was good of you, I abhor spelling/typo and grammar mistakes in general and was despondent when I saw it in your quote. Hi Sam ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paulustrious Jul 20, 2010 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too true. I referred and then deferred.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  T'other I knew.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thus didn't eschew.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Jul 20, 2010 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I referred my dog to a new groomer, and when he came home totally deferred he was so mad that he eschewed my brand new leather boots... ;-D>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jul 20, 2010 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i referred my dog to a new groomer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      he said he'd clean up my "boomer."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      cut and snip he did fine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      without so much as a whine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      so his deferral is not just a rumor.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jul 20, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart Jul 20, 2010 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That wasn't about the Alkapal, I'm sure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Jul 20, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, the film by Woody was titled "Love and Death" and it has some memorable lines such as when the Countess told Woody's character Boris that he was the greatest lover she had ever had and Boris/Woody replied "I practice a lot when I'm alone."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          cuccubear Jul 21, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not to mention the bowl of sleet he and Diane Keaton have for dessert.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Jul 22, 2010 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            servorg, i don't know why you're telling me the name of the film by woody allen? i first referenced it upthread on july 20.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and yes, as with all his films, he has some terrific one-liners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes Jul 22, 2010 05:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Jew eat? JEW eat?" (Annie Hall)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaPBhx...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jul 22, 2010 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                annie hall has got to be one of the best films EVER.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Servorg Jul 22, 2010 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think I was simply pointing out (although the content from the post I replied to is now gone for some reason?) that using Google to get the author of a quote won't work like it did for the Mao quote, when what one is Googling is not a quote, but rather a film title.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jul 22, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my point is, who needed to google a film title? i mentioned the film title. i was guessing the source of the quote, not asking whether woody allen wrote love and death. i am a woody allen fan. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4721...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i'm still not getting it, but there is not really any point. let's never mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maybe we should start a "woody allen and food sayings" thread, huh?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Servorg Jul 22, 2010 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hell, at this point I can't recall what my point was... ;-D> But what happened to the content of your post that I replied to? Did you take it out? Reading that may have helped me find out what I was talking about - or not... lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      alkapal Jul 22, 2010 08:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it was a post about googling. therein i made the point that you could find the mao tse-tung (again, screw zedong) quote, but not something that *could've been* the source, namely allen's "love and death."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it was just a (self-created) pissing match that i should've bowed out of... and thus my own self-deletion. maybe that makes sense... or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      anyhoo, peace, servorg. may the force be with you, ;-).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Servorg Jul 22, 2010 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Live long and prosper (so you can go out to dinner even more often!)... ;-D>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Jul 22, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do it--I'll be there. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            foodwich Dec 23, 2007 08:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            back in 5th grade home economics had a teacher who loved to say;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eat to live, dont live to eat. sort of defeats the chowhound purpose.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              baltoellen Dec 23, 2007 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It sure does! In fact, it runs counter to most CH's stated credos!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DockPotato Feb 18, 2008 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Save your fork, Prince, there's pie for dessert."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In 1860 Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, arrived in Canada to lay the cornerstone for our first parliamentary building and to tour Upper Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This friendly and useful advice was supposedly rendered to the Crown Prince by an Ottawa Valley lumberjack over dinner in the cookhouse at a camp the prince was visiting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AngelSanctuary Jun 25, 2009 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What kinda home economics teacher is that?!?!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    buttertart Jun 26, 2009 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A very typical one when I was growing up. The recipes taught were enough to make the culinarily disinclined swear off cooking forever!

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