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What would your special pipeline deliver?

When I was a kid we lived up the hill from a coffee shop. My mom adored their coffee and would say almost every morning she that wished she had a special pipeline that ran from the coffee shop to our house that delivered their coffee. I haven't thought about the concept in years. So as I was waiting for an overdue bus tonight, cursing my sore throat, I thought to myself I'd love a pipeline that delivered Wor Won Ton Soup. What would kind of pipeline would you have installed? Please keep in mind the food delivery options are kind of limited where I live. However, I am sure those of lucky to get good delivery must have your special requests.

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  1. I'd have a milkshake pipeline leading to the kitchen cold faucet. Flavors would change at each mealtime, with the pipes rattling before each change. Blueberry shake at breakfast, orange mango shake at lunch, Guatamalan coffee shake mid afternoon, nutella shake at dinner, and, after the kids have gone to bed, a Bailey's and Southern Comfort concoction. How about it?

    1. Is a sushi pipeline possible? That would be very appealing. And I can think of about a dozen different beers from breweries around the country that Id like a tap line to my house for. Just connect my tap straight to the brew tanks at Victory or Russian River or Bells or Ale Smith or Three Floyds or Capital or New Glarus or...

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        1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

          Well then Id like to add a raw oyster pipeline as well. And lobster tails perhaps? And one that serves Ithaca, NY vintage Hot Truck subs... And one that dispenses my late Aunt's famous beef stew...

        2. re: Insidious Rex

          ummmm insidious.... second victory, russian river, bells, alesmith, threefloyds, new glarus, and would add in port brewing/ lost abbey, the bruery, ithaca, ommegang, allagash...... wow that would be a dangerous pipeline!!

        3. Assuming we're limiting this to liquids, my pipeline would spew Bowmore single malt scotch.

          1. Mine just a good quality vin ordinaire table wine, and extra-virgin olive oil. I love coffee, but it would have to have an espresso system, and as for tea, love it but prefer freshly brewed, with good sweet water, the most essential pipeline item.

            1. I'd have a gorgonzola dolce pipeline. I would eat it everyday with crackers for lunch if I could afford it.

              1. I would love a pipeline that delivered one ripe avocado every day.

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                1. re: scuzzo

                  This is a PHENOMENAL idea. I would also be all for one vine-ripened tomato, daily.

                2. I would like a soda pipeline, please, with the following buttons:
                  (S) strawberry soda they used to serve at Friendly's when I was a kid
                  (BC) Dr. Brown's black cherry
                  (CC) Coca-Cola

                  And because my soda is now dispensed by special pipeline, it has been installed with a special calorie-removal system, so it's as healthy as drinking water. No empty calories for me--WOOHOO! Thank you--I love this idea...

                  Meanwhile, I also want in on Insidious Rex's sushi pipeline, please. And a small, but fruitful money tree that grows Benjamins. I'll take good care of it, I promise.

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                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    lol, I am home sick today, all of you have perked me up today.

                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                      talk about a sample addict's dream come true... an endless supply of samples to try

                  2. I'd like several pipelines, please..I'll second (or third) the soda pipeline: my choices: Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale, Schweppes Club Soda, Orangeina, Manzanita Sol Apple soda and Red Rock Ginger Ale. Then I'd like a direct line to Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn so I can have cheesecake every day. Also, finally, I'd like a pipeline to either Ghiradelli or Scharffen Berger Chocolate company for the obvious

                    Greedy I know but you asked! (lol)

                    1. What a fun daydream. I often daydream that I would love to plant my home on an orchard with fruit trees all around me unaffected by the NJ extreme temps and an endless supply of fruit, veggies, flower and herbs would be right outside my door. A girl can dream.

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        Yeah, I thought it had to be liquid, and I don't like my fruit liquified (except the fermented-grape kind, of course). I'd just love a chute like that, or a silent butler. I do hope you have managed to grow some fresh herbs in the wintertime.

                        Normally here in Montréal we'd laugh at New Jersey "extreme temps", but I believe you've had more snow than us so far this year.

                      2. Chateau d'Yquem. There actually was a restaurant here in LA with a yellow neon sign in the window which read "Chateau d'Yquem on Tap,"

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                        1. I'd like a pipeline of the insanely hot sum tom I had last weekend at a Lao friend's house. I'd even settle for just the juice.

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                          1. re: soypower

                            ive never heard of sum tom,whats in it?whats it taste like?

                            1. re: soypower

                              Was that your first time trying Lao papaya salad (Tam Som / Tam Mak Hoong)? The way it's made in Laos is the most traditional style and it's seriously an explosion of flavors and HEAT! Only if you're into the "ethnic" and exotic stuff of course. =)

                              I'm not a fan of papaya salads served at restaurants, but the kind that is made at a Lao person's home is soooooo good and HOT! It's especially awesome when eaten with Lao sticky rice and bbq chicken.

                              1. re: yummyrice

                                I tried Lao papaya salad at a friend's house for the first time about 18 years ago...The stuff I had last weekend reminded me of why I love the stuff. With a deep fried turkey and sticky rice, I was in HEAVEN...We also did lettuce wraps dipped in an insanely spicy nuoc cham. (Sorry, I always use the thai word for damahoong and the vietnamese word for jiaow...)

                                1. re: soypower

                                  Yes, Lao papaya salad should always be eaten with Lao sticky rice and a meat dish like chicken, but of course turkey works as well. LOL!

                                  Anyway, it's fine to use whatever language that is most comfortable to you. =)

                                  In Lao language papaya salad is called "Tum Mak Hoong", which specifically refers to "pounded papaya" salad, which falls under the generic category of "Tum Som" (Lao name for any salad that is pounded and sour). Tum means "pounded", Som means "sour". And oh, Mak means "fruit".

                                  There's other types of Tum Som salads:

                                  "Tum Mak Taeng" (pounded cucumber salad),
                                  "Tum Mak Thua" (pounded long green bean salad),

                                  By the way, there's a Lao restaurant in Oakland called Green Papaya Deli that makes one of the best Tum Mak Thua salads I've ever had. It seems that most people who enjoy eating Tum Mak Hoong (Lao papaya salad) also love the flavors and texture of Tum Mak Thua (Lao long grean bean salad). If you've never had Tum Mak Thua before, you should definitely try it.

                                  Anyway, whenever a Lao person decides to shave off a couple of seconds by using the simple and generic name "Tum Som", it's understood that he's referring to a specific type of Tum Som salad called Tum Mak Hoong.

                                  Again, in Lao cuisine all Tum Som salads are eaten with Lao sticky rice and a meat dish (i.e. grilled chicken or fish). They go so well together.

                                  But the best combinations are the following:
                                  1) Tum Mak Hoong with Lao sticky rice and fried/grilled CHICKEN and 2) Tum Mak Thua with Lao sticky rice and fried/grilled FISH.

                                  So papaya goes well with chicken and long grean beans go well with fish.

                                  1. re: yummyrice

                                    Ohmygod, you two...I have never had this and I so wish I could find some soon. For now, I'll just borrow your pipeline. ;) I appreciate the education.

                            2. What a fabulous question!

                              I think I'd have to opt for a really fabulous red wine. Preferably from Cayuse in Walla Walla. Ah, to be able to perpetually pour a fresh glass! I'd have gone for coffee, but I think I love the coffee ritual nearly as much as the coffee itself!

                              1. Oh man- I'd need several pipelines-
                                matcha, with a hot/iced switch
                                sake, warm

                                and a chute that would occasionally dispense Drumsticks

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                                1. re: EWSflash

                                  the drumstick chute, and the upthread "one avocado a day" chutes really made me laugh. I like that yours would just "occasionally" disperse drumsticks! You'd have to rearrange your day around its arrival!

                                  1. re: carlee134

                                    Oh yes I would! Actually, that pipeline could dispense salad tthe rest of the time, it would be fantastic to have fresh salads on tap, just don't get in the way of my daily Drumstick, and do NOT try to switch brands on me. :-)

                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                      oh my god! i thought you meant chicken drumstick. which made it so much funnier!

                                      1. re: carlee134

                                        Ha Carlee! My first thought when I read the post about Drumsticks was "Chicken or Ice Cream?" I would not like a chicken drumstick to come down the pipeline but an ice cream one would be most welcome!

                                        I would like to have a really good cheese, any kind really, come from the pipeline, in bite size chunks, at almost room temp, but not quite. I would need it to come to room temp while I gathered the perfect companions for the cheese! That is unless the perfect accompaniments came out as well! Some good smoked ham, dried sausage and some really killer crackers. Maybe a few garlic stuffed olives, too. Uh oh, gotta go get some cheese right now!

                                        1. re: carlee134

                                          I did, too--like those giant turkey drumsticks they serve at state fairs, reminiscent of something the Flintstones would eat...totally agree that made a funny visual.

                                          1. re: carlee134

                                            LOL- I wondered, so I thought i'd elaborate. The odd chicken/turkey drumstick would be welcome as well, of course!

                                    2. Rethought this a bit, and might go with Tabasco in place of Bowmore. The pipeline would have to be made of PVC, though. Tabasco would burn out metal or compressed cardboard.

                                      1. An ever changing seasonal selection of Tapas...prepared by chefs who previously worked for the psychic friends network so I would receive exactly what I desired even when I couldn't articulate that desire!

                                        Somehow I missed the link for the sign-up sheet, perhaps I'll try to google that!

                                        1. Mashed potatoes. Miso Soup.

                                            1. As a child I always imagined having a Krispy Kreme glaze enrober installed in my house. Now I think I'd like hot salted caramel coming out of the tap...I could pour it on everything!!!

                                              1. A freshly whipped cream pipeline is all I desire.

                                                1. A pipeline for Jersey tomatoes, straight to Maine and my kitchen window.. This past growing season was so bad, the grocery store tomatoes were better than my garden ones!
                                                  Another pipeline from Bar Harbor Brewery to my cellar.
                                                  One from the Hershey's factory directly to my wife.

                                                  1. I'd need a few to different Latin American countries:
                                                    Nicaragua - coffee beans, rum, mangos, avocados, tamarind, vanilla
                                                    Venezuela - cacao beans, plantains, breadfruit, ginger
                                                    Brazil - sugarcane, Brazil nuts, pineapples, starfruit, various types of beans, cupuaçu, black pepper and various other spices
                                                    And one to Spain: rice, wheat, wine, citrus fruits
                                                    I can get or make pretty much everything else I need locally.

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                                                    1. re: danieljdwyer

                                                      Santa Cruz, Bolivia, a saltena pipeline direct from El Horno!

                                                    2. i'm going to stick to liquids:

                                                      sonoma-cutrer russian river chardonnay
                                                      sonic lemon-berry slush
                                                      ice cold grolsch
                                                      mr. and mrs. t bloody mary made with smirnoff. cheap, easy, good.
                                                      real clam chowder -- the latest good one i've had is from the bear rock cafe in falls church.
                                                      tom yum & tom kha gai soups
                                                      bombay gin martini with a twist
                                                      my sister's homemade egg custard-like egg nog which she hasn't made in years
                                                      iagavulin scotch

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                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                          Nice list alkapal. With this cold, I vote for scotch and tom yum and tom kha gai.

                                                        2. My pipeline would be from New Orleans, roast beef poboys would come through daily. But, I would then put back on the 30 pounds I lost since moving to NJ.

                                                          1. Eggnog: straight from Christmas to my mouth.

                                                              1. Directly from Ipswich, fried clams.

                                                                1. I hate to say it because it is sooo un-chowish, but a pipeline of the coldest diet Pepsi would be a dream come true.

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                                                                    1. re: yummyrice

                                                                      Yes, seriously. I have been drinking diet soda for so long that I have acquired the taste for it. I like DP more than regular Coke, and way before Pepsi One. I can tell you with quite a bit of accuracy which cola I am drinking if I were in a blind taste test, and I can even tell you that diet Coke is better from a fountain than diet Pepsi, which tastes better from a can. Sad, isn't it?

                                                                      1. re: RGC1982

                                                                        i can do the blind taste test of colas, too.
                                                                        i sometimes opt for coke zero, but a pal likes the taste of diet coke.

                                                                        i miss diet pepsi twist.

                                                                    2. re: RGC1982

                                                                      Regular pepsi, when the mix is JUST RIGHT on the fountain, is almost a liquid amrosia!

                                                                    3. beer.ice cold canadian beer

                                                                      1. I'd like a garlic soup pipeline from the Smoke Cafe in downtown Jamestown. Oh my. That soup I've loved since I was about 3 years old. If they could send some of their puffy tortilla chips that would be great too. Never run across chips quite like these (shall post a pic later. Yep I took a picture lol!), they are flour tortilla chips, so light, tender, and puffy, and almost buttery. Very hard not to fill up on them.

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                                                                          1. re: Popkin

                                                                            .....attempting to get across the puffiness of these chips lol

                                                                            1. re: Popkin

                                                                              A true food lover's endeavor--love it! :)

                                                                        1. starbuck's christmas blend with half-and-half and sugar -- maybe a dash of vanilla and chocolate powders, and a hint of nutmeg & cinnamon.

                                                                          1. hmm...well if this pipeline has magic powers that can neutralize gluten, i'll take NYC pizza. oh, and fresh NY bagels and Kossar's bialys...and some nova, sable, and pickled herring from Zabar's to go with them!

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                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                              If mine can filter out calories, OF COURSE yours can neutralize gluten. :) Enjoy!

                                                                            2. i forgot to mention:
                                                                              charleston she crab soup
                                                                              lobster bisque (with a nod to hae young ;-).
                                                                              wild mushroom bisque
                                                                              the thai dressing for som tum

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                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                No postings from hae young lately, I hope he/she found success with the bisque.

                                                                              2. My brother had a bar type soda spigot (gun with 6 flavor buttons) installed as a pull down from the bottom center of his dining room table.

                                                                                This is the height of laziness, but what a hedonistic pleasure!

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                                                                                1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                  SWEET! I see your brother embraces his inner rock star. Good for him! :) Love it.

                                                                                2. Mine would have to be COFFEE - straight to my bedside - every morning!

                                                                                  BTW - I almost DID have this at one time...
                                                                                  Years ago, my very first apt on my own was in the basement of of one family house which was owned by an Italian family....
                                                                                  Every morning my landlady would knock on my door and hand me a hot cup of coffee and cookies! Every morning!

                                                                                  she also fed me food...tons of food as well!
                                                                                  I was incredibly lucky!