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Cinnamon Aug 1, 2009 10:11 PM

I would like to nominate two:

"Wow Cow" frozen low-carb dessert, due to the existence of "Cow Wow" - which you can read more about at www.cowwow.net ...

And "Datu Puti" vinegars and fish sauce. (Alas, it's named after a legendary hero of the Philippines.)

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  1. SaltyRaisins RE: Cinnamon Aug 1, 2009 10:16 PM


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      monku RE: SaltyRaisins Aug 1, 2009 10:23 PM

      Sounds more like a disease.

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        MattInNJ RE: SaltyRaisins Aug 5, 2009 07:11 AM

        This was the first thing that popped into my head as well. Well played.

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        tobycat RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 01:01 AM

        Pupu Platter

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          jmckee RE: tobycat Aug 3, 2009 08:51 AM

          In the comic strip "Get Fuzzy", when Bucky Katt suggests they order one, Satchel Pooch replies, "I don't DO that any more!".

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            kattyeyes RE: jmckee Aug 3, 2009 03:27 PM

            HA HA HA! I love "Get Fuzzy"--poor Satch! But in real life, I have heard people order a "poopy" platter. I say they should get what they asked for. ;)

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              tobycat RE: jmckee Aug 3, 2009 06:57 PM

              Oh funny! I love Satchel! And Bucky's snaggletooth.

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            lagatta RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 05:30 AM


            1. tcamp RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 06:28 AM

              Blood sausage.

              1. shaogo RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 06:35 AM

                There's a delightful Sichuan Chinese dish called "Ants Climbing The Tree." It's mung bean threads in a light sauce with bits of minced garlic and minced pork, and leeks. Delicious. But unfortunately named.

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                  paulj RE: shaogo Aug 2, 2009 09:10 PM

                  The name seems ok to me. I like the Chinese way of naming dishes like this, often evoking things in nature.

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                  smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 08:00 AM


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                    1. Gio RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:01 AM


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                        steakman55 RE: Gio Aug 2, 2009 03:27 PM

                        Yes...I've always felt akward when passing a bowl of leeks, and say to the person receiving it, "Here, take a leek"

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                        smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:09 AM


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                          smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:10 AM

                          grits is a kinda odd word for food.

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                            Kalivs RE: smartie Feb 24, 2013 11:14 PM

                            I was introduced to the show Alice & grits at the same time. Mass confusion

                          2. Gio RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:31 AM


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                              lagatta RE: Gio Aug 2, 2009 05:49 PM

                              Especially for some (but not all) Latin-American Spanish speakers...

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                              bulavinaka RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:38 AM

                              Pork pump.

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                                small h RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:49 AM

                                String hoppers. Makes me think of jumping rope.

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                                  cimui RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:52 AM

                                  Paul, Josh, Maryanne

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                                    modthyrth RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 12:21 PM

                                    Cake balls.

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                                      kattyeyes RE: modthyrth Aug 2, 2009 06:48 PM

                                      On the same track, fish balls. Though bourbon balls don't bother me in the least! ;)

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                                        modthyrth RE: kattyeyes Aug 3, 2009 09:13 AM

                                        Bourbon seems manly. I can imagine it having balls. But cake seems feminine, so cake balls...just wrong. Doesn't stop me from eating them, mind you. ;-)

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                                          kattyeyes RE: modthyrth Aug 3, 2009 03:28 PM

                                          LOL, you've got that right. Bourbon DOES have balls. ;)

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                                          Bill Hunt RE: kattyeyes Feb 22, 2013 08:55 PM

                                          Yes, Garfish Balls never held me long enough to convince me to eat them. Having caught many a garfish, and sold them to folk in the "slums," I just never warmed to them.


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                                        smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 01:16 PM

                                        calves foot jelly and it looks disgusting too

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                                          Cinnamon RE: smartie Aug 2, 2009 02:58 PM

                                          Oh alright, I'll add another one: chicken fingers

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                                            smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 04:03 PM

                                            in England fish sticks are known as fish fingers

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                                            jmckee RE: smartie Aug 3, 2009 08:53 AM

                                            From "The Man Who Came To Dinner":

                                            Woman (after dropping jar): My calves foot jelly!
                                            Sheridan Whiteside: "Made from your own foot I have no doubt."

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                                            catrn RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 03:06 PM

                                            head cheese

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                                              jacquelyncoffey RE: catrn Aug 3, 2009 07:06 PM

                                              In the same department - souse

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                                              newJJD RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 03:36 PM


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                                                smartie RE: newJJD Aug 2, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                and I guess mussels (muscles)

                                              2. kattyeyes RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 06:47 PM

                                                Rack (of ribs).

                                                I was walking by a table of guys at a BBQ joint one night as their dinners were coming out. As the rack of ribs was placed before one of them, someone at the table said, "Nice rack!" just as I passed by. Whatever possessed me at that moment, I said, "Thank you!" then blushed and walked back to my boyfriend at the table. He said to me, "Nice going. They work at _____ (the place we both worked at the time)."

                                                Edit: THREE MORE!
                                                - ugli (ugly) fruit
                                                - ugly tomatoes (they may not be pretty, but they certainly taste wonderful!)
                                                - kumquats!

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                                                  kattyeyes RE: kattyeyes Aug 2, 2009 07:14 PM

                                                  Also, isn't BEEF kind of an odd word? Plus it has alternate meanings that make it less appealing (see Urban Dictionary definitions 8 & 10).

                                                  My girlfriend's little boy (who is almost 2) thinks this word is hysterical. He says it over and over and cracks himself up. See, even a child recognizes this word is kinda strange.

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                                                    Rmis32 RE: kattyeyes Aug 2, 2009 08:01 PM

                                                    Shrimp balls - doesn't sound very filling.

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                                                      alkapal RE: Rmis32 Aug 3, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                      Rmis32, those shrimp balls are on the "very, very small plates" menu. {{;^D.

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                                                        Bill Hunt RE: Rmis32 Feb 22, 2013 08:58 PM

                                                        Now, that depends on the count of the shrimp. Let's say that they are true "jumbo," where there are only three per dozen, and you might change your mind.


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                                                        middydd RE: kattyeyes Aug 3, 2009 10:26 PM

                                                        I find "gristle" an odd word.

                                                        Also "meat" as in "Pass the meat", it sounds so much nicer to say "Pass the pork roast" or "Ham" or whatever.

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                                                          Bill Hunt RE: middydd Feb 22, 2013 09:00 PM

                                                          Well, I suppose that one could say, "please pass the chosen protein," or similar.


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                                                        alkapal RE: kattyeyes Aug 3, 2009 07:21 AM

                                                        "NICE RACK" and you said "THANK YOU"?


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                                                          Emmmily RE: kattyeyes Aug 3, 2009 03:35 PM

                                                          After seeing it show up in the crossword puzzle every few weeks, I finally bought my first ugli fruit today at the Chelsea Market. I sure hope it tastes better than it looks!

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                                                            kimmer1850 RE: kattyeyes Aug 3, 2009 09:23 PM

                                                            Why blush? I think it was the perfect response!

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                                                              kattyeyes RE: kimmer1850 Aug 4, 2009 04:19 PM

                                                              And you don't even know me! ;)

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                                                              alkapal RE: kattyeyes Aug 20, 2009 05:10 AM

                                                              kattyeyes, i had to think of you when i was reading this entry on a southern food blog. you'll appreciate it, i know. LOL! http://dixiedining.wordpress.com/2009...

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                                                                cuccubear RE: alkapal Aug 20, 2009 11:20 AM

                                                                Isn’t it strange seeing pigs serving pork? Not to mention seeming so thrilled about it!

                                                                Nice blog, though. hubba hubba ;-)

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                                                                  kattyeyes RE: alkapal Aug 20, 2009 05:17 PM

                                                                  Awww, that's great! I want one of those t-shirts! And made nicer by having both my sister and brother of chow show up to talk about it. :)

                                                              2. sixelagogo RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 08:07 PM

                                                                nutritional yeast
                                                                fish sauce

                                                                1. enbell RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                                  Try as I might, I cannot get past the texture of natto. I don't believe the name makes it any easier!

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                                                                    Emilyishere RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 08:27 PM

                                                                    Spotted dick! Yuck

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                                                                      ekammin RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:30 PM

                                                                      Mamaliga. Sounds like an insult about your mother. But it's great (if your background is Romanian, that is).

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                                                                        cimui RE: ekammin Aug 3, 2009 10:11 AM

                                                                        How funny. I had a Romanian friend over for dinner last night and was JUST talking about how to make mamaliga, one of his favorite comfort foods from childhood. Got any tried and true recipes to share?

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                                                                          ekammin RE: cimui Aug 3, 2009 09:21 PM

                                                                          It's basically cornmeal, which my grandmother would boil in an iron pot with water. She would serve slices (cut with a string) covered with brindza cheese, although many other cheeses would do, (Kashkaval for example, even feta). There are plenty of other ways to eat it as well.

                                                                          Romanians got to like the stuff when the Ottoman Empire ruled Romania. They stole most of the peasants' grain, leaving just the corn, which the Ottomans considered fit only for pigs.

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                                                                            cimui RE: ekammin Aug 3, 2009 09:51 PM

                                                                            Oh... that's a sad history. Thank goodness for enterprising peasants, for bringing us some of the best food we have, today: mamaliga, grits, cucina povera, dal, chopped liver and gribenes...

                                                                            I kind of like the way the word "mamaliga" sounds, by the way! It's sounds warm and inviting to me. :)

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                                                                              ekammin RE: cimui Aug 4, 2009 08:09 PM

                                                                              Somehow, the Italians, with their polenta, ended up liking basically the same thing.

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                                                                          Pumpkinseed RE: ekammin Aug 10, 2009 08:29 AM

                                                                          My son was about seven when he first encountered mamaliga. He ate it and liked it. Then, evidently thanks to the acute sense of fairness and equity that many children have, he asked whether there was "papaliga" as well.

                                                                        3. meatn3 RE: Cinnamon Aug 2, 2009 09:37 PM

                                                                          Scrod - sounds like unwashed boys gym shorts.

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                                                                            alkapal RE: meatn3 Aug 3, 2009 07:22 AM

                                                                            yeah, i agree, and i think i know how i get that idea from two appropriate words, sort of cobbled together.

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                                                                              jmckee RE: meatn3 Aug 3, 2009 08:54 AM

                                                                              Or the past tense of a certain verb.

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                                                                                ekammin RE: meatn3 Aug 3, 2009 02:04 PM

                                                                                meatn3's nomiation of scrod reminds me of a joke.

                                                                                A man gets into a cab at Logan airport in Boston. He says to the driver "So this is Boston. Tell me, where can I get scrod?"

                                                                                The driver says "I've beeen asked that a hundred times. But never before in the subjunctive"

                                                                              2. SaltyRaisins RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 01:51 AM

                                                                                devil's tongue jelly- aka, konnayku

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                                                                                  1. alkapal RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 07:26 AM


                                                                                    there was another thread like this not too long ago. very funny, that. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352720

                                                                                    1. Paulustrious RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 07:49 AM

                                                                                      Toad in the hole.

                                                                                      Pad Thai Prik

                                                                                      Sik fuk (adult food)

                                                                                      sik sik wet (baby food)

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                                                                                        im_nomad RE: Paulustrious Aug 3, 2009 11:08 AM

                                                                                        I admit, I lol'd at #3

                                                                                      2. NellyNel RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 08:29 AM

                                                                                        Offal is pretty awful

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                                                                                          KaimukiMan RE: NellyNel Aug 4, 2009 08:50 AM

                                                                                          so fitting, no?

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                                                                                            NellyNel RE: KaimukiMan Aug 4, 2009 08:55 AM


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                                                                                            c oliver RE: NellyNel Aug 4, 2009 07:13 PM

                                                                                            Falafel is awful also.

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                                                                                              CookieWeasel RE: NellyNel Aug 22, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                                                              You can practically see all the flies buzzing around it!

                                                                                            2. cuccubear RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 09:15 AM

                                                                                              Slumgullion (sounds like something you’d scrape off a window)

                                                                                              Gandules (sounds like an enlarged glandular condition)

                                                                                              Treacle (sounds like something you pave roads with)

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                                                                                                LA Buckeye Fan RE: cuccubear Aug 3, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                                                                it think treacle sounds like something you do just a little, if you sneeze too hard.

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                                                                                                  cuccubear RE: LA Buckeye Fan Aug 4, 2009 06:11 AM

                                                                                                  Ha! Now that’s funny!

                                                                                                  [Mr. Smith hated to sneeze in public because he always treacled, just a little.]

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                                                                                                  luckyfatima RE: babette feasts Aug 21, 2009 04:53 AM

                                                                                                  LOL that is the first one that popped into mind for me, too...unfortunate for English speakers that is, but in Urdu/Hindi it rhymes with the irish surname Murphy, doesn't sound even close to the slang word for vomit.

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                                                                                                    Cinnamon RE: luckyfatima Aug 21, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                                                                    See Urban Dictionary entry #16 for "murphy":

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                                                                                                      luckyfatima RE: Cinnamon Aug 21, 2009 09:48 AM

                                                                                                      hilarious. never knew that one.

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                                                                                                        alkapal RE: Cinnamon Aug 22, 2009 03:51 AM

                                                                                                        murphy, barfi........"it's a small world after all!""


                                                                                                  2. meatn3 RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 02:09 PM

                                                                                                    Mufungo is another with a distasteful sound. I love it though!

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                                                                                                      ekammin RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 02:12 PM

                                                                                                      grieven - in Jewish cuisine, the solid scraps left after chicken fat is rendered. Sounds like your feelings when indigestion sets in.

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                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet RE: ekammin Aug 3, 2009 02:29 PM

                                                                                                        i think there are quite a few Jewish/Yiddish food names that belong in this thread. for some reason a lot of them sound to me like bodily functions or lewd anatomical references...

                                                                                                        - gefilte fish (we always called it "filthy" fish)
                                                                                                        - kishkes
                                                                                                        - schmaltz
                                                                                                        - kreplach

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                                                                                                          southernitalian RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 4, 2009 11:20 AM

                                                                                                          Schav. Sounds like a sharp weapon.

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                                                                                                            alkapal RE: southernitalian Aug 5, 2009 04:46 AM

                                                                                                            southernitalian, "schav sounds like a sharp weapon".....hey, been in prison lately?
                                                                                                            it makes me think of that commercial with the mom who has to inform the group of hardened, scary inmates that she is "blocking" them from her kids' tv....then offers them more lemonade in her backyard. ;-).

                                                                                                      2. goodhealthgourmet RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 02:30 PM

                                                                                                        the first two that came to mind for me were spotted dick and blood orange.

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                                                                                                          smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 02:48 PM

                                                                                                          growing our my siblings and I hated a dish called Klops (meatballs) that my mum used to make - we called them plops because they looked like ...... well you know!

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                                                                                                            danieljdwyer RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                                                                            Cock flavored soup.

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                                                                                                              adamshoe RE: danieljdwyer Aug 3, 2009 05:42 PM

                                                                                                              Not to mention "cockaleekie" soup! Sounds like a symptom of VD. "Doc, I'm havin' a little problem with the cockaleekie thing....maybe a stronger antibiotic?" adam

                                                                                                            2. Boccone Dolce RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                                                                              It brings out the 11 year old kid in all of us 'weiners' - but after seeing 'Something about Mary' a few times, I smirk at 'franks and beans'.

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                                                                                                                lagatta RE: Boccone Dolce Aug 4, 2009 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                Boccone Dolce, believe it is "wieners" (from Wien = Vienna). Wein means, well, wine.

                                                                                                              2. pikawicca RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                Blood Pudding. How could anything sound worse?

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                                                                                                                  Caitlin McGrath RE: pikawicca Aug 3, 2009 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                  I think blood sausage sounds so much better, and unlike most names cited here, describes plainly what the item is: sausage containing the animal's blood. But blood pudding sounds like...dessert made from blood. Which is just so very, very wrong.

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                                                                                                                    paulj RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 3, 2009 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                    but the British use of 'pudding' is much wider than the American. Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert either.

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                                                                                                                  tobycat RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                  Dump Cake

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                                                                                                                      cinnamon girl RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                      eggplant - if it were called aubergine, as it is in the UK and France, people would be less inclined to think they wouldn't like it
                                                                                                                      ditto with parsnip (which sounds like a cross between turnip and parson or parsimonious) . . . puts people off

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                                                                                                                        paulj RE: cinnamon girl Aug 3, 2009 07:40 PM

                                                                                                                        Are people really put off by the name 'eggplant'? Maybe I've been around too people who like it to know why others don't.

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                                                                                                                          sixelagogo RE: paulj Aug 4, 2009 03:18 AM

                                                                                                                          i was put off by "eggplant" as a kid...don't know why- it just grossed me out

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                                                                                                                            jmckee RE: sixelagogo Aug 4, 2009 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                            An old friend of our family called them "Horse Eggs". Which is worse.

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                                                                                                                          Cinnamon RE: cinnamon girl Aug 3, 2009 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                          parsimonious turnips!

                                                                                                                        3. AntarcticWidow RE: Cinnamon Aug 3, 2009 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                          Puto. A steamed rice cake popular in the Philippines, but a derrogatory word in Spanish. Go figure.

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                                                                                                                            jumpingmonk RE: AntarcticWidow Aug 4, 2009 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                            Two persons are eating fish which one of them just caught

                                                                                                                            First person "This is really tasty fish"
                                                                                                                            Second person (who caught it) "It's crappie"
                                                                                                                            Fist person "well I like it"

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                                                                                                                              Paulustrious RE: AntarcticWidow Aug 4, 2009 03:10 PM

                                                                                                                              And the origin of a puttanesca. Just another of the tricks of the trade.

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                                                                                                                                jmckee RE: Paulustrious Aug 5, 2009 10:10 AM


                                                                                                                                That's a good one!

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                                                                                                                                pushslice RE: AntarcticWidow Aug 5, 2009 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                Tell me about it! almost got a black eye when I took some Mexican-American college friends to Goldilocks one time.
                                                                                                                                'Want to try some Puto?'
                                                                                                                                <Shields face> "WAITTT! There's no comma before 'Puto' !!!!"

                                                                                                                              3. BobB RE: Cinnamon Aug 4, 2009 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                Rapeseed oil (better known as canola).

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                                                                                                                                  danieljdwyer RE: BobB Aug 4, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                  Along the same lines, broccoli rape, which looks like the name of a very disturbing crime.

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                                                                                                                                    Gio RE: danieljdwyer Aug 4, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                    yes, but i's pronounced: RAH-pea.... or plain Rahb.

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                                                                                                                                      danieljdwyer RE: Gio Aug 4, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                      Yes, that's why I say looks like rather than sounds like. When I was about ten or twelve, I didn't know how it was supposed to be pronounced, and embarrassed the crap out of my mother when I ordered it at a nice Italian restaurant.
                                                                                                                                      The first syllable of rapeseed is not properly pronounced the same as the word rape either.

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                                                                                                                                        BobB RE: danieljdwyer Aug 4, 2009 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                        "The first syllable of rapeseed is not properly pronounced the same as the word rape either."

                                                                                                                                        It is according to every dictionary in this house.

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                                                                                                                                          danieljdwyer RE: BobB Aug 4, 2009 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                          The Oxford English Dictionary has the first vowel as either a (as in hot) or ɑ (as in father), and the second vowel either as ə or else dropped. I've never heard the initial vowel as e (as in rape) in any country where rapeseed is still the commonly used name, though perhaps that is how Americans pronounced it when they still used the term.

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                                                                                                                                            Paulustrious RE: danieljdwyer Aug 4, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                            The plant was called rape (rhyming with grape) for the 30 odd years I was in the UK.

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                                                                                                                                      jmckee RE: danieljdwyer Aug 5, 2009 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                      An old friend of mine used to run a nice restaurant, and one day had to stifle laughter when a regular customer considered the daily special of a cream-and-egg custard with vegetables baked in a tart crust by asking, "What's a broccoli quickie?"

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                                                                                                                                        Cinnamon RE: jmckee Aug 6, 2009 07:40 AM


                                                                                                                                  2. haggisdragon RE: Cinnamon Aug 4, 2009 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    'House of Poo', a translation of a Korean preparation of chicken bums.

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                                                                                                                                      moh RE: haggisdragon Aug 4, 2009 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                                      If you are referring to Dong Jib, which I believe is translated "house of poo", well, the translation is amusing. But I thought they are not actually chicken bums, they are the chicken gizzards. Can anyone clarify? They sure look like chicken gizzards to me.

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                                                                                                                                      dagmar RE: Cinnamon Aug 4, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                      Grey Poupon

                                                                                                                                      Hardon Tea

                                                                                                                                      Jerk Sauce


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                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk RE: dagmar Aug 4, 2009 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        shitto (a kind of pepper sauce used in some african countries)

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                                                                                                                                          Paulustrious RE: dagmar Aug 4, 2009 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                          What an excellent collection. Incidentally dagmar, your name reminds me of something. I lived in Amsterdam for two years. The Dutch say 'dag' (=day) to mean good morning. An Aussie guy called Bob Priest used to think this was hilarious as a dag in 'strian' is one of the little black balls that attach themselves to the rear end of sheep. (aka dingleberries).

                                                                                                                                          I only mention Bob Priest's name here as I would love to hear from him again.

                                                                                                                                          And steering vaguely back on topic I'll throw in Lobscouse and Wet Nelly, two Liverpool examples of traditional basse cuisine. And then there's Pease Pudding, Bubble and Squeak and Oggy.

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                                                                                                                                            dagmar RE: Paulustrious Aug 5, 2009 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                            Yikes !

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                                                                                                                                            DishDelish RE: dagmar Aug 6, 2009 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                            Hey this is a great post!

                                                                                                                                            That is a good one. I was just thinking about the Grey Poupon. =)
                                                                                                                                            Speaking of mustard, my family used to say please pass the mouse turd,
                                                                                                                                            and what about hamburger "buns"? My mom was always making silly comments about this one when I was a kid like nice buns, etc...

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                                                                                                                                            smartie RE: Cinnamon Aug 4, 2009 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                                            there was and maybe still is a soda in Europe called Psshittttt.

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                                                                                                                                              jumpingmonk RE: smartie Aug 4, 2009 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                              Not to mention soft drinks calledGag(France) , Zit (Greece),Pipi(Yugoslavia) and Libido (China)
                                                                                                                                              other funny food labels
                                                                                                                                              Asse-chocolate (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Chocolate Colon Snot Cookies (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Kolic-mineral water (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Plopp-candy bar (Malaysia)
                                                                                                                                              Julie's Kaka Crackers (Malaysia)
                                                                                                                                              Felony-baby food (Indonesia)
                                                                                                                                              Ugly Baby-baby food (China)
                                                                                                                                              Crundy-chocolate (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Crunky-candy bar (Japan)
                                                                                                                                              Blue Peter-Canned Fish (Norway)
                                                                                                                                              Angst-Chicken Pate (Vietnam)
                                                                                                                                              Snacks Pickle Ex- burbon flavored chocolates (Japan)

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                                                                                                                                                Caitlin McGrath RE: jumpingmonk Aug 4, 2009 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                And the Japanese soft drink Pocari Sweat.

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                                                                                                                                                  jumpingmonk RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 4, 2009 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I've actually had Pocari Sweat (And Crunky Bars, come to think of it) I really can't recommend either. Pocari Sweat tastes like a weak version of a sports drink but sweeter (imagine if you had a glass that had had gatorade in it on the rocks but was now just filled with the water left from the melted ice cubes, if you added two or three spoons of sugar to this it would taste a lot like Pocari Sweat. Crunky bars are sort of like a Hershey's crackle, except with the famous "Japanese Chocolate problem" (I'll come right out and say it, in my opinion Japanese Chocolate (at least the major brands like Lotte and Meiji) isn't very good it's weak in most cases (Meji dark is about as strong as our milk) and in those cases where it isnt (like Meji 99%) it's inedible. Sorry if that offends anyone but that's how I feel)

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                                                                                                                                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: jumpingmonk Aug 4, 2009 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                    You know, an ex of mine, who was a regular Gatorade drinker, had to buy a can of Pocari Sweat when he saw it at a Japanese market just because of the name, and his assessment was about like yours: Weak sports drink without a specific flavor profile.

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                                                                                                                                                      jumpingmonk RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 5, 2009 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                      There was also a Japanese bottled water that sticks in my mind, not becuse of the name (I can't even remeber what the name was) but becuse of the "source" byline, According to the label it was de-salanized water from the very bottom of the ocean, which they claimed made it untouched for millions of years and therfore more healthy than shallower waters. Personally I keep rembering all of those plans (actualy utilized in some countries) of using the deep ocean for toxic waste disposal on the grounds it just stays there.

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                                                                                                                                                        Sam Fujisaka RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 8, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                        What's a "flavor profile"?

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                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: Sam Fujisaka Aug 8, 2009 07:29 AM


                                                                                                                                                          and...here's flavor flav's profile: http://www.myspace.com/flavoroflove

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                                                                                                                                                      Honeychan RE: Caitlin McGrath Aug 20, 2009 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                      A few years ago there was a Japanese vegtable drink, quite a bit like V-8, but it was carbonated. It was oddly addictive, but the name allways name me laugh: Bloody Wolf.

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                                                                                                                                                      alkapal RE: jumpingmonk Aug 5, 2009 04:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                      jumpingmonk, "Chocolate Colon Snot Cookies (Japan)".....looks and tastes like.....??
                                                                                                                                                      <any google images or youtube?>

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                                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk RE: alkapal Aug 5, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Sorry I went on google and the only reference I found to them (apart from my own here of course) was on the Google books for "Here Speeching American" The book I got the name out of in the first place.

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                                                                                                                                                          dumpycactus RE: alkapal Aug 5, 2009 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                          oh those are really good! cream-filed, a little like koala cookies


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                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: dumpycactus Aug 5, 2009 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                            dumpy, here's the message i got at that link:

                                                                                                                                                            Safari can’t open the page.
                                                                                                                                                            Too many redirects occurred trying to open “http://snackerrific.com/wp-content/sn.... This might occur if you open a page that is redirected to open another page which then is redirected to open the original page.

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                                                                                                                                                              dumpycactus RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 01:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                              try this one?


                                                                                                                                                              or just google "collon"

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                                                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: dumpycactus Aug 6, 2009 02:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                dumpycactus, this is from the snackerrific link (gotten via google images, strangely enough):

                                                                                                                                                                >>>"""Collon is not a candy, it’s more of a filled cookie. My theory is that the name relates to some more innocent English word like ‘cone’ or ‘crown’ which has been transliterated into Japanese and then back, not entirely successfully. They seem like a sort of mini-interpretation of a common Japanese baked good which is a cone-shaped bread/pastry roll with cream in it."<<<<
                                                                                                                                                                actually, dc, they sound pretty good. the description made me think of the filled cream pastry horns one gets at a bakery. http://www.julesbakery.com/images/cre...

                                                                                                                                                                ....or maybe a miniature crunchy twinkie!

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                                                                                                                                                              jumpingmonk RE: dumpycactus Aug 6, 2009 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                              oh so THAT'S why I couldn't find any links, the book spelled the name with on one "l"

                                                                                                                                                      2. soniabegonia RE: Cinnamon Aug 4, 2009 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                        conch (esp when pronounced conk)

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                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: soniabegonia Aug 5, 2009 04:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                          conch is pronounced conk.

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                                                                                                                                                            Paulustrious RE: alkapal Aug 5, 2009 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Not so in many places. In the US, Canada (usually) and Bahamas it is Konk. For the other bits of the English speaking world I have visited it is Konch.

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                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: Paulustrious Aug 5, 2009 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                              well, paulustrious, since we are the places where conk things are done, i'd venture that "conk" is the standard english.

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                                                                                                                                                                Paulustrious RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I must rise to this challenge. With no fear for my own safety I plunged into google and extracted the following....

                                                                                                                                                                "About 74 species of the Strombidae family are living, and a much larger number of species exist only in the fossil record. [2] Of the living species, most are in the Indian and Pacific Oceans."

                                                                                                                                                                It would appear that most of the English speaking world (india, Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, UK etc) call them Konches. This includes the main Caribbean English-speaking islands, excluding the Miami Protectorate of The Bahamas.

                                                                                                                                                                For my second point I refer you to...

                                                                                                                                                                1350–1400; ME < L concha < Gk kónchē mussel, shell

                                                                                                                                                                OED 1398 "Al that fysshe wyth the shelles ben callyd conch"

                                                                                                                                                                It would appear that the original pronunciation pre-dates the USA, and certainly its use of English in any bastardised form.

                                                                                                                                                                In summing up I will say that this discussion is somewhat academic as the Queen Conch is being fished to extinction in the Caribbean. My case rests.

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                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal RE: Paulustrious Aug 6, 2009 06:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  looks like the hard "k" sound is more prevalent in modern usage:

                                                                                                                                                                  >>>the Late Latin word concha (bivalve, oyster shell; holy-water font; mollusk, murex, oyster)
                                                                                                                                                                  derived from the Greek word konche, κόγχη
                                                                                                                                                                  Derivations in Latin

                                                                                                                                                                  conchula, Conchifera, solenoconcha, conchiola
                                                                                                                                                                  Derivations in other languages

                                                                                                                                                                  Albanian kungë, English concha, French conche, French conque, Italian conca, Italian conchifero, Italian conchiologia, Portuguese conca, Spanish cuenca, Spanish coca, Spanish conca

                                                                                                                                                                  Word found in Late Latin""<<<<

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                                                                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    some people I know spilt it, using "conk" when referring to the snail (in food situations) and "conch" when referring to the shell (in collecting circles)

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                                                                                                                                                                      soniabegonia RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I prefer conk but sometimes people don't understand. They see conch so they expect conch. I've had a waitress not understand me when I ordered conk so I had to say conch. Anyway, the etymology is certainly interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Boccone Dolce RE: soniabegonia Aug 6, 2009 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        All I know is if you order conch fritters and you are not standing in the Bahama's, you are wasting time, money and fritter happiness... At least here in FL where every bar has them on the menu and they all, collectively seem to spew chewy evil into a hush puppy and call it a conch fritter.

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                                                                                                                                                                wineman3 RE: alkapal Aug 20, 2009 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                in american it is conk but elsewhere.................caracol and conch is proper

                                                                                                                                                            2. kattyeyes RE: Cinnamon Aug 4, 2009 06:21 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                markabauman RE: kattyeyes Aug 4, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Smoked butt.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Emmmily RE: kattyeyes Aug 4, 2009 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Not a food but a bakery chain: Hot & Crusty. Always made me think of a half-healed wound rather than a loaf of bread.

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                                                                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk RE: Emmmily Aug 5, 2009 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure if things used to obtain food count, but to me an oyster smack alaways sounded like what you should get for poaching someone elses beds.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Emmmily RE: jumpingmonk Aug 5, 2009 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Hahahaha. Sounds like smething shellfish use to get high... :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk RE: Emmmily Aug 5, 2009 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        another one, fatush salad (seen by me on a number of greek and middle eastern menus), Not exacty an great name as a selling point to people eating salads as a weight loss method.

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                                                                                                                                                                          spazita RE: Emmmily Aug 5, 2009 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Pulled pork!

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                                                                                                                                                                            Paulustrious RE: spazita Aug 5, 2009 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            or Jerky

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                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: spazita Aug 5, 2009 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              In the same spirit, beef stroganoff (or phonetically, and here's where it gets unfortunate, beef strokin off).

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                                                                                                                                                                                jumpingmonk RE: kattyeyes Aug 5, 2009 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, YOU'VE seen the T-shirt too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes RE: jumpingmonk Aug 5, 2009 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm picturing a Far Side...am I making that up, or does it really exist? MOO!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk RE: kattyeyes Aug 5, 2009 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    No its wasn't a far side (at least not that I am aware of) I can't go into much more detail about it without getting too dirty for a public forum but you can proably fill in the blanks

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Paulustrious RE: jumpingmonk Aug 6, 2009 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I seem to remember it came with a tossed salad.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        kattyeyes RE: Paulustrious Aug 6, 2009 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, for sure, it did--and a big napkin.

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                                                                                                                                                                      phoenikia RE: Cinnamon Aug 5, 2009 08:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Lassi (being so close to Lassie)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. souschef RE: Cinnamon Aug 6, 2009 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Marmalade, when said by a Brit....sounds like "mamma laid"

                                                                                                                                                                        Strawberry Fool.

                                                                                                                                                                        Battered chicken balls. A friend of mine once said, "Poor chicken".

                                                                                                                                                                        The Mayo Clinic. Is it where you go to fix broken mayonnaise?

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                                                                                                                                                                          Paulustrious RE: souschef Aug 6, 2009 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes - they will put a dressing on it for you.

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                                                                                                                                                                            souschef RE: Paulustrious Aug 6, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            ROFLMAO !!!

                                                                                                                                                                            Love it !!

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                                                                                                                                                                          phoenikia RE: Cinnamon Aug 6, 2009 08:49 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: phoenikia Aug 6, 2009 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            phoenikia, you mean like this? http://kimandjason.com/blog/wp-conten...

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                                                                                                                                                                              cuccubear RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Pokey! Where have you been these past forty years?

                                                                                                                                                                              I hope she meant this...

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                                                                                                                                                                                alkapal RE: cuccubear Aug 6, 2009 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                tee hee hee! i think i still have my gumby somewhere....

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                                                                                                                                                                                  phoenikia RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thinking I'll have to order some Gumbo with my next order of Poke.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds almost like a match made in heaven:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: phoenikia Aug 6, 2009 09:48 AM



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                                                                                                                                                                                      phoenikia RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 09:54 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                  phoenikia RE: cuccubear Aug 6, 2009 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yep, that's what I meant:) Although, next time I see it on a menu, I might make a point of stressing the -e:) Hee hee.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    cuccubear RE: phoenikia Aug 6, 2009 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hope I didn't steel your thunder by posting that link, but I know that some people used to eat Poke as in Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana), which can be pretty poisonous.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      phoenikia RE: cuccubear Aug 6, 2009 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      nah, no thunder stolen:)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: cuccubear Aug 6, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        cuccs, my yard guy just three days ago wanted to take the pokeweed leaves off a big plant in my back yard. he says boil them up and they're better than spinach. he's from the tappahannock area of virginia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          cuccubear RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yep, that's what I've heard people do, but this link gives a little more info


                                                                                                                                                                                          It's Wikipedia, so who knows...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: cuccubear Aug 6, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            yes, there was a thread on it a while back, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                            look, here are some fun facts to use at your next cocktail party chat-up:

                                                                                                                                                                                            >>> """Pokeweed berries yield a red ink or dye, which was once used by aboriginal Americans to decorate their horses. The United States Declaration of Independence was written in fermented pokeberry juice (hence the common name 'inkberry'). Many letters written home during the American Civil War were written in pokeberry ink; the writing in these surviving letters appears brown. The red juice has also been used to symbolize blood, as in the anti-slavery protest of Benjamin Lay. A rich brown dye can be made by soaking fabrics in fermenting berries in a hollowed-out pumpkin.""<<< wiki.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    phoenikia RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    ROTFL....nope, not really:) I can't get my mind around eating Pokey.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. souschef RE: Cinnamon Aug 6, 2009 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hot dogs. Literally, what does it mean?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    smartie RE: souschef Aug 6, 2009 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    good point, why is a sausage called a dog?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      thew RE: smartie Aug 6, 2009 02:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      looks like a dachshund

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                                                                                                                                                                                        alkapal RE: smartie Aug 6, 2009 03:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        some makers used some dog meat back in the mid-1800's.

                                                                                                                                                                                        or so i read....

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                                                                                                                                                                                          greygarious RE: smartie Aug 6, 2009 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I sure hope alkapal is wrong! I've always understood that the shape of the sausage is like that of a Dachshund. That word means "badger dog" in German, because the breed was used to flush their prey from its burrow. In German, Viennese is "Wiener", so Viennese sausage became Wiener in English slang, and the Dachshund got the nickname "wiener dog" or "sausage dog".

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: greygarious Aug 6, 2009 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Me, too. Your explanation makes me much happier. WOOF! WOOF!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. greygarious RE: Cinnamon Aug 6, 2009 03:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Something called a rat-tail radish is pictured on the HC board. The name accurately describes the long, beanlike part of the plant that is eaten (not the root, like a typical radish).

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                                                                                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk RE: greygarious Aug 6, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          That reminds me of one. There is among the heirloom varieites of corn a strain called "Hooker's Heirloom" which my cousin is very fond of (I don't know maybe it is named after the Civil war general). Its perfercty good corn but I cant help but snigger every summer whne he goes on about his "garden full of Hookers"

                                                                                                                                                                                          There's also a tomato out there called "Indishe Fleisch" (because it's brownish) I like the taste but am alaways worried that someday I'll offer one to someone who knows German and is easily offended.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: jumpingmonk Aug 6, 2009 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, jumpingmonk, should you come to Connecticut, you'll have to have a Hooker. You won't be the first man I've known to get a chuckle out of "having a hooker" at the dinner table.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Note the obvious "Where have you had a Hooker?" link at the bottom of the page.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Edit: Wait, it gets even better. The Hooker Beer Locator allows you to "search for hookers in your local area." So, gosh, maybe you can even have a hooker right at home. HA HA HA!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jumpingmonk RE: kattyeyes Aug 6, 2009 09:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks, but I don't actually drink beer or much of any beverage alcohol for that matter (a little Canton ginger in my tea from time to time, an Elephant Shake or two (back when I could still trust my lactose tolerance) the odd glass of sweet mead ant thats really it)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Though you comment did remind me of some funny looks Ive gotten with the one beer I do buy reguarly a Scottish brew called Old Engine Oil (I don't drink the stuff, but I've discovered it makes fish batter so good you can happily eat the stuff cold) More then once when I have been cooking I've asked someone to "Bring me the engine oil" and had them either flee the kitchen in disgust or shrug and head out to the garage and try to flip the trunk!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: jumpingmonk Aug 7, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oooh, now Canton in tea is a tasty idea. Thank you...but what is an Elephant Shake?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  jumpingmonk RE: kattyeyes Aug 7, 2009 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Besides the newest dance craze in the junge? g>

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Okay but seriosly, an elephant shake is basically a milkshake with Amarula added to it. It one of the only two Amarula based cocktails I've ever seen, the other is an African Lullaby, which uses coconut milk (I susepct the reason there are so few is that, as Amarula uses actual cream you can't use anything acidic with it (the label says so) which removed practically all of the usual mixers. What I made for myself is tecnically a variant which I nicknamed a Siamese White Elephant the difference is that the offical recipes uses vanilla ice cream the version I make uses Ginger ice cream (or I suppose you could use Canton again though the congnac base might make it curdle) basically any ice cream that doesn't have lumpy bits (since you going to drink it not eat it) and has a flavor that goes well with that of amarula (sorta chocolately) and isnt acidic in itself (like strawberry) will work.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes RE: jumpingmonk Aug 7, 2009 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    <<Besides the newest dance craze in the junge? g> >>

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, you mean like this:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK, back to the elephant shake of which you originally spoke. Amarula, huh? Veddy intedesting. I even think we have it downstairs, but why I think we bought it in Bermuda is puzzling. I will have to try your Siamese White Elephant. I recently made a way over-rummified bananas foster and we had it over ice cream--I had a little of vanilla AND ginger. Now I need to remember why we bought Amarula...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath RE: kattyeyes Aug 7, 2009 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes, it is so obvious that you bought Amarula so you could have Elephant shakes! You felt it deep in your bones (repositories of all that calcium), but it took a circuitous route and a poster called jumpingmonk to bubble to your consciousness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      And now I'm going to have to get some Amarula so I can make a Siamese White Elephant, because that sounds so very delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          DishDelish RE: Cinnamon Aug 6, 2009 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Okay, so it is not a foodstuff but what about these shots: Duck Farts, and Buttery Nipples. And I know there are many other strange names for shots. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                                            small h RE: DishDelish Aug 6, 2009 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I think those names exist to get dopey teens with fake IDs to say something stupid. Not that they need the help. (I speak from experience.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: small h Aug 6, 2009 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              My uncle ran a restaurant with a bar. In the early 80s, when the slippery nipple was popular, I distinctly remember a grown woman (maybe in her 40s or 50s--I was a teenager, adults then seemed "older" if you know what I mean, now that I'm 40 it's a different story)...shouting at the top of her lungs (she had already had one too many, "Raaaaaaaay! I WANT MY NIPPLE!" Not limited to teens in the least!

                                                                                                                                                                                              And while out recently for sushi, we had a roll called "Sex on the beach"...and, of course, it's easy to get silly and say, "Oh, right, we had sex on the beach last time."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                small h RE: kattyeyes Aug 6, 2009 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Oy. In the 80s, the Green Parrot in Neptune, NJ served a drink called "A Slow Comfortable Screw Against the Wall." It was some sort of screwdriver, Harvey Wallbanger thing, maybe, with Baileys, and/or Kahlua, who knows. If the name didn't offend you, the ingredients surely would. It would be more efficient (and cheaper) to just pour sugar into your mouth and then hit yourself on the head with a brick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes RE: small h Aug 6, 2009 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  HA HA re your last sentence! But then, you'd have a nasty headache instead of a hangover the next day...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: small h Aug 6, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    any "comfortable" screw involved southern comfort. "slow" involved sloe gin, iirc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    the wall -- what's in the harvey wallbanger --- galliano. right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    so....sloe gin, southern comfort, oj, galliano. vodka. eeeeuuuw. talk about puke-fest!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, you have correctly identified the origins of the slow/sloe comfortable screw. ;) It's nice to know our tastebuds have grown up, isn't it? But the rest of me, nah, I don't ever want to grow up. My mom turned 74 today and she is still a kid at heart. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANEY!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, speaking of my mom, she bought a bottle of Old Fart wine for her boyfriend and instead of thinking it was funny, it pissed him off. That made it funnier to mom and me, though. Have you seen it? There are other snarky labels like that, too...the names elude me at the moment, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edit: Here's their site. You can even "send a card to an Old Fart!" BAH HA HA!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        souschef RE: kattyeyes Aug 6, 2009 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        How about these names for wines:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Cat's Pee on a Mulberry Bush
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Fat Bastard
                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Goats Do Roam

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          waytob RE: souschef Aug 7, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For some odd reason Goats Do Roam has really become popular here in Kenya.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          From sniggering at the name a year ago at a wine tasting, I now see it popping up on loads of wine lists in restaurants...the wine is ok....definitely not something that IMO warrants the popularity....maybe the person who came up with the name had it spot on

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            BobB RE: waytob Aug 7, 2009 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well, it is South African so that makes sense, it doesn't have to be shipped very far. The name, of course, is a pun on Côtes du Rhône.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jennalynn RE: souschef Aug 8, 2009 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Had a bottle of Plungerhead wine last week. It was wonderful.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          small h RE: alkapal Aug 6, 2009 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You are dead on.


                                                                                                                                                                                                          Makes a Long Island Iced Tea look positively sophistimacated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          And @ kattyeyes - you have hangovers that don't involve nasty headaches? What's your secret?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: small h Aug 7, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            <<What's your secret?>>
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very gratefully, I haven't been hungover in years. Not to say it never happened, but the last time I had a headache from drinking was when I was too young to know better (and I think I had banged my head on a bucket). One of my friends poured me a very heavy-handed rum and Coke, but made with 151 instead of regular rum. When I regained consciousness, I was propped up in a bathtub (like I was being waked or something) and all my friends came in to visit me. Funny now, but really not funny. I might have been 15 at the time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk RE: small h Aug 7, 2009 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "sugar in your mouth and hit over the head with a brick".... Wait isn't that how you repicate the effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? No, wait, that's a slice of lemon around a large GOLD brick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back to funny names I just remembered a goat cheese I see from time to time called Consider Bardwell Farms Metowee. I know that the farm where they make the cheese is actually named after someone called Consider Barwell (It's an old farm I think dating back to the times when "Consider" wasn't all that odd a first name) but to me it always sounds like there really being needy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: jumpingmonk Aug 7, 2009 05:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My favorite farmstead name is Insulting Manor in Guilford, CT. I get a chuckle out of it every time I drive by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. thew RE: Cinnamon Aug 8, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    mouse-turd peppers in thailand

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't believe we didn't nominate this one yet: clotted cream. Tastes so good, sounds so disgusting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        buttertart RE: kattyeyes Aug 8, 2009 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        True. My (former) sister-in-law insulted my mother once by saying of her (excellent)cream pies (butterscotch, particularly) that she didn't care for "clotted"pies. The insult far outlasted the marriage in teasing my Mom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          smartie RE: buttertart Aug 8, 2009 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          tart is a silly word (sorry buttertart)!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: smartie Aug 8, 2009 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            See, there goes the double-meaning problem again. I'd love a key lime tart. And, one day, I hope to try a buttertart. But when my mom wears a miniskirt, I tease her that she looks like a tart.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. souschef RE: Cinnamon Aug 8, 2009 04:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Devilled eggs. Are they supposed to be good for you ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal RE: souschef Aug 9, 2009 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ooooh yeah, they are real good for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          see, it's like -- hmm -- an "ironic" name. ;-)).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          or....maybe it's just 'cause they're highly spiced (the only good definition for deviled, btw).
                                                                                                                                                                                                          <i'm just havin' fun, souschef; i know you know the facts about "deviling"...>

                                                                                                                                                                                                          speakin' of highly spiced -- and undoubtedly delicious -- look at these "devil crabs" from tampa, florida -- a creation of the cuban immigrants there in ybor city:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            souschef RE: alkapal Aug 9, 2009 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, those crabs look good...speaking of which, "crabs" as a name for foodstuff? Hmmmmm. The devil is in the details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have actually been to Ybor City, to a restaurant that put on a flamenco floor show. The show was nice, the food was forgettable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              alkapal RE: souschef Aug 9, 2009 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              the columbia? http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/ybo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              back in the day, it was good. i'm talking 35 years ago....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                souschef RE: alkapal Aug 9, 2009 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yup, that looks like it. I was there maybe 10 years ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  meatn3 RE: alkapal Aug 9, 2009 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lunch is still good for the black bean soup and "1905" salad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Jennalynn RE: Cinnamon Aug 8, 2009 05:11 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not lard.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sam Fujisaka RE: Jennalynn Aug 8, 2009 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's "laab" (rhymes best with "Saab"). The insertion by Laos and Thais of "r" in such words is unfathomable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Cheese Boy RE: Cinnamon Aug 8, 2009 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bangers is one ... ... ... Strozzapreti is another.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've got nothing else.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                cycloneillini RE: Cheese Boy Aug 23, 2009 07:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah yes. Bangers and mash. Isn't there also a related dish call Bubble and Squeak?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paulj RE: cycloneillini Aug 23, 2009 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  these are colorful names, not unfortunate ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    modthyrth RE: paulj Aug 23, 2009 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I find Bubble and Squeak pretty unfortunate. It doesn't sound like something I'd want to put in my mouth (even if I didn't know what it was)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. alkapal RE: Cinnamon Aug 9, 2009 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                how about "foodstuffs"?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  easily amused RE: Cinnamon Aug 9, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lion's head

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A popular Chinese dish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: easily amused Aug 9, 2009 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    """In Northern China, especially in Beijing, the dish is known as "Sixi Wanzi" (四喜丸子,"Four Happy Balls") because the meatballs are usually served in a set of four. These meatballs tend to be smaller than the Southern variety."""

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    another funny name.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    but i have a question for chinese food experts, where did i get the notion that either even or odd numbers of food items on a plate was good or bad luck? i think i heard it from martin yan or ming tsai, but can you tell me more about the concept?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      buttertart RE: alkapal Aug 10, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As far as Chinese is concerned: Four is unlucky because si4 is a hononym for death, so the meatball dish's name presumably had to have "happy" in it to counteract the "four" part. Uneven numbers particularly ending in 9 are unlucky. You always give money in even units for example, to do otherwise would be inauspicious, actually it just isn't done period. The number 8 is the luckiest one (a person on the Outer Boroughs board referred to the main street in Brooklyn Chinatown as "the lucky 8"), apparently license plates with 8's in them sell for a lot of money in HK and elsewhere. I don't know very much about numbers and food in Japanese culture, but it seems that odd numbers are preferred (bowls come in sets of 5 for example).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jumpingmonk RE: buttertart Aug 10, 2009 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the same "no 4" rule applies in Japan too, reinforced by the fact that a certain famous modern day Kabuki actor died becuse he ate 4 portions of fugu liver (his own plus three friends who decined). "huis last wods (supposedly) were "I have eaten the death number"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paulustrious RE: jumpingmonk Aug 12, 2009 05:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember reading about that - quick google - Mitsugoro Bando

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nwada RE: jumpingmonk Aug 12, 2009 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As jumpingmonk mentioned, 4 is bad luck for Japanese since it's a homophone for death but the number 9 is also unlucky since it sounds like the root for "to suffer."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Funny how 8 in Chinese is pronounced "fat" which is indeed a sign of prosperity for many cultures...just not American!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: nwada Aug 12, 2009 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's "ba" in Mandarin, unfortunately no such correspondence exists there!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RicRios RE: Cinnamon Aug 9, 2009 09:24 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cinnamon RE: RicRios Aug 9, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, that's a gem of a thread. The responses to cookiemonster are priceless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. meatn3 RE: Cinnamon Aug 9, 2009 09:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is not a foodstuff, but my TJ's carries a brand of half and half called "Garelick". My half asleep brain reinterprets this as "garlic" every morning as I pour it into my coffee. It always makes my shudder for a brief second.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gio RE: meatn3 Aug 20, 2009 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Garelick is the surname of the family that owns the dairy. I once belonged to a amateur drama club and one of the Garelick sons was my costar in a play, The Philadelphia Story, which the club staged. It's pronounced GARE-ah-lick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kattyeyes RE: Gio Aug 20, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Now this is interesting...they sell Garelick Farms products in my area...and on the commercials, they pronounce it completely differently: Gar-ELL-ick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. souschef RE: Cinnamon Aug 10, 2009 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What are "Spare Ribs" ? Are these ribs that the animal did not need?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Sam Fujisaka RE: Cinnamon Aug 10, 2009 04:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The southern Bolivian dish, saise, always makes Germans laugh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              buttertart RE: Sam Fujisaka Aug 10, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As long as it doesn't taste like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mannish water

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Before looking it up can you guess which Rolling Stones album - I think primarily made in Jamaica - is connected with this foodstuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                buttertart RE: Paulustrious Aug 10, 2009 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Goat's Head Soup, naturally.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ML8000 RE: Cinnamon Aug 11, 2009 12:22 AM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jumpingmonk RE: ML8000 Aug 13, 2009 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not sure if it count's as "unfortunate" or just a little funnily odd. but While shopping today I picked up a package of a Egyptian cheese which goes by the name "Roomy". I want to say "I want to EAT it not LIVE in it"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dave_in_PA RE: Cinnamon Aug 20, 2009 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  after all this, no one has mentioned ratatouille ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    wineman3 RE: Cinnamon Aug 20, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    did anyone mention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bubble and squeek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    toad in the hole
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    burnt ends
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    beaver burger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I have always wondered why you would name a wine Yellow Tail with a silly kangaroo on the lable...........and after trying said wine it makes me wonder where this wine really comes from.........is it wine or kangaroo p<<HUMMMMMMMMMMMM

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sirenoftitan RE: Cinnamon Aug 20, 2009 03:25 PM


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        luckyfatima RE: sirenoftitan Aug 21, 2009 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        also panocha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BobB RE: luckyfatima Aug 24, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Is that different from penuche?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. luckyfatima RE: Cinnamon Aug 21, 2009 05:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is a method of cooking biriani called "dum pukht" and a restaurant by that same name iin town, which my English speaking colleagues love to snigger at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Kholvaitar RE: Cinnamon Feb 20, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Plugra-- excellent product by any name.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bill Hunt RE: Kholvaitar Feb 22, 2013 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you for bringing this thread back to life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For me, Balut is disgusting, but maybe only because I know what it is?


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jumpingmonk RE: Bill Hunt Feb 23, 2013 04:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This may not be considered all that "unofrtunate" (some people might think it was a good thing, since it would keep most people from being tempted to eat it) but I understand that, much as "beef" is the English word for cow meat, and "pork" is the word for pig meat, the correct term in English for the meat of donkeys is "poopy"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MrsBridges RE: Cinnamon Feb 24, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This just might be my warped mind at work, but the term "cullen skink" sounds like a fungal disease caused by inadequate bathing opportunities. I can't hear of it without imagining a highland warrior returning home from battle and complaining about cullen skink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But I'd be willing to try it if I had the chance. The description of the dish sounds a lot tastier than the name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              James Cristinian RE: Cinnamon Feb 24, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We have an Italian restaurant in Houston called Crappito's. I've never been but it's supposed to be good.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kattyeyes RE: James Cristinian Feb 24, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh, that's funny and unfortunate for sure! If that were my last name, I'd change it so quickly, heads would spin. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ETA: Sounds like one of those half English/half Italian words--"holy crappito!"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  James Cristinian RE: kattyeyes Feb 24, 2013 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Holy crap, I just looked at my post after you responded, and I spelled it wrong. It's Crapittos. Crap!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes RE: James Cristinian Feb 24, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL! Still unfortunate in my book, man. Holy crappito/crapitto indeed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  MrsBridges RE: kattyeyes Feb 24, 2013 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The unfortunate implication of "horehound" never occurred to me! Probably because I first saw the term when I was an innocent youth reading the Little House books. Now I finally know (40-some years later) why my sister was snickering at me when I seized an opportunity to buy a bag of this candy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jumpingmonk RE: MrsBridges Feb 24, 2013 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To make matters worse, the techically name for those large "horse pill" shaped lozenges is "slugs"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Incidentally the ACTUAL orgin of the name of the herb is the old English "Hare" meaning grey (as in "hoary") "Hund" (herb) I have also head people claim the hound part is because it was part of remedies for dog bites but this seems a liltle less likey to me)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      lagatta RE: MrsBridges Feb 24, 2013 06:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember those as a little girl. The major department stores in Canadian cities had food emporia in the basement with sweets that were retro even in postwar years. Those bittersweet drops had no seamy associations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Bill Hunt RE: Cinnamon Feb 24, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zagnut candy.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. John E. RE: Cinnamon Feb 24, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My father was just saying the other day that he won't eat hummus because he doesn't like the name. I asked him if he would eat pureed chickpeas and he said "sure".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Rmis32 RE: Cinnamon Feb 26, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pesto - Sounds like an Italian bug spray.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            small h RE: roux42 Feb 27, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The next time I hear someone mention a toothpick or a guitar pick, I'm going to start laughing, and it will be all your fault. (An ex-boyfriend of mine used to crack himself up by saying "I saw you at the movies last night, picking your seat." We were a very sophisticated couple.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Frizzle RE: Cinnamon Feb 28, 2013 03:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Coon cheese. A very popular cheese brand in Australia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ultimatepotato RE: Frizzle Feb 28, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was reading this thread and all I could think of was that brand!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure if it was around in AUS too, but in NZ we used to be able to get canned sarsaparilla - branded SARS. Found it amusing when SARS flu went....ahem, viral.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes RE: ultimatepotato Feb 28, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Talk about an identity crisis!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mwhitmore RE: Cinnamon Feb 28, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is pastry I made back in cul-school, I can't even type the name. It consists of the foulest racial hate word you can think of, followed by 'head'. I think it was a rumball with almonds sticking out of it, then covered with chocolate.

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