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#61 salmonfly65

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 08:08 PM

Thanks for the welcome Angelhair! :blink:
I've been lurking here for a few months and decided to take the plunge. The rec's from here have helped us find some great food when we venture to Portland as well as some much needed culture. I feel quite comfortable with the layout as one of my wine boards also uses invision.



Which wine board are you referring to? And, there's nothing wrong with lurking.

#62 benchland

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Posted 01 October 2008 - 11:10 PM


Thanks for the welcome Angelhair! :blink:
I've been lurking here for a few months and decided to take the plunge. The rec's from here have helped us find some great food when we venture to Portland as well as some much needed culture. I feel quite comfortable with the layout as one of my wine boards also uses invision.



Which wine board are you referring to? And, there's nothing wrong with lurking.

http://winodepot.invisionzone.com/

I've found that lurking is the best way to get to know how a board flows. I'd rather not inundate members with repetitive questions than can be found with the search button.

#63 Victual Learner

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 02:03 PM

Ah, here's what I've been looking for. It took me a few days to find this thread and actually read it. Anyway...

I don't do anything professionally; I'm a graduate student at Portland State, mostly done with an M.A. in history.

Food interests me on a number of levels. Growing up, I consumed copious amounts of deep-fried potato products and processed meats. Then an epiphany in high school awoke my interest in nutrition, and in the last decade my diet's been gradually driving away from its old course. Meanwhile, Asian relatives and a bit of travel inspired me with variety and possibility, and my career as a student has helped bring my attention to food's social, cultural and economic significance, and taught me how to dine on a small budget. Lastly, running competitively has, I believe, given me an even greater appreciation for eating. :)

My work in the industry is limited. A year or two ago I got a job at a local pizza place, mostly delivering, but then someone looked me up at the DMV, and I was promptly dismissed the next day (something about their insurance company... kind of a long story :think: ). Other than that wonderful afternoon, my experience is limited to some volunteer experience--soup kitchens, fundraisers, etc.

I have no training to speak of.

As far as ability goes, I'm certainly not lost in the kitchen, and I'm decent at getting things to turn out so I like them, but my technique is pretty simple. I have much to learn.

I went through a period of eating out 2-3 times a month, but lately I only eat out if I'm out with friends and they want to go somewhere. I've eaten out once since October (!).

After reading this entire thread, I still don't really know what that last question means, but to me, food is sustenance and leisure, chemistry and art. It can be work, but usually doesn't seem like it...
Seeing is deceiving. It's eating that's believing.
-James Thurber

#64 pizza.grrl

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:55 AM

Maybe things like what kind of work you do professionally?
Cook/Caterer

What got you interested in food?
I grew up in Kentucky, when I met my wife she showed me that food can be more than survival it can be sublime. So I wanted to learn how to really cook.

Have you worked in the industry, if so at what level?
I have been FOH, BOH, management. I really love to be around good food so I am willing to do almost anything.

Do you have any formal training or practical?
I have always learned on the job. No culinary school for me.

Do you consider yourself an able "chef" (like able to produce with good results much of what you eat in restaurants)?
Yes, for the most part.

How often do you get out to eat?
Not as often as I would like *blowing the cobwebs out of my wallet*

Were you born for food or do you have to work at what you like!
Both. Anything worth having is worth working hard for.

#65 Taylah

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 11:02 AM

What kind of work you do professionally?
Office support for non-profit

What got you interested in food?
I'm a southern girl who spent half her life in a kitchen, helping, visiting with friends and family and learning at the knees of several fantastic cooks I happen to be related to. I started branching out my tastes as I moved around the country and wanted to try all the local dishes. I dated a guy whose family was from Lebanon so I learned a lot from them and later a guy who was half Chinese, half Japanese who taught me that there were more options than Sesame Chicken and Green Pepper Steak. My husband is from Minnesota and would happily eat nothing but things covered in cheese or ketchup (or maybe Ranch dressing...) so I've begunt to expand my experiences further in an effort to educate his palate.

Have you worked in the industry, if so at what level?
I waitressed/worked the counter in a chicken/seafood place in Louisiana when I was 17 going on 18. Luckily not for all that long.

Do you have any formal training or practical?
Nope

Do you consider yourself an able "chef" (like able to produce with good results much of what you eat in restaurants)?
I can make most anything except pancakes and a good 'over easy' egg. I married someone who was willing to handle those two tasks.

How often do you get out to eat?
a couple times a month

Were you born for food or do you have to work at what you like!
Born for food!

#66 Angelhair

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:54 PM

I would love to know more about some of the new people who have joined up in the last few months. Please post something here about yourself!

{{And feel free to comb through these pages and learn a little more about everyone else, too}}

#67 Twohearted

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 08:10 PM

What kind of work you do professionally?

I am a Clinical Data Specialist for GE Healthcare. Basically, I spend my days analyzing clinical data to see how it can be leveraged to improve efficiency and patient health outcomes in various parts of the healthcare system. My wife and I just moved here from Kansas City, Missouri on 4/18/2009, but we're both originally from Michigan.

What got you interested in food?

That's difficult to determine. My Dad instilled in me a desire to try new things and to always seek out the best of whatever you were having. My sister also studied abroad in Japan and was particularly influential in getting me interested in ethnic foods. Really though, I think a passion for food was just something natural within me. I started out just grilling food when I was in high school and it may sound silly, but Steve Raichlen's Barbeque Bible had a big influence on me. Later when I graduated college, I had the means of exploring all sorts of foods that I had never experiences or prepared. I found that I LOVED doing it. Cooking became my stress reliever and even during a period of my life where I was traveling for work every week, I'd still come home on the weekends and cook several meals.

Have you worked in the industry, if so at what level?

No.

Do you have any formal training or practical?

None whatsoever.

Do you consider yourself an able "chef" (like able to produce with good results much of what you eat in restaurants)?

I replicate dishes regularly.

How often do you get out to eat?

We usually eat out 1 time a week. I'm not used to having a large number of restaurants or a high degree of diversity among them (thanks to Kansas City) so I'm accustomed to cooking at home almost every night.

Were you born for food or do you have to work at what you like!

I am definitely born for food. I try new things all the time and I haven't encountered much I didn't like. I also transformed my wife from being a picky eater who didn't care for meat into somebody who loves food almost as much as I do and tries everything I try.

#68 nomnom

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 10:02 PM

but we're both originally from Michigan.



Me too. I have to ask where in Michigan? I grew up in Lathrup Village (in Southfield, borders Detroit), and went to school at Michigan State. I also lived in Ferndale and Royal Oak.


Michigan love to you and your wife!

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 12:59 PM

but we're both originally from Michigan.



Me too. I have to ask where in Michigan? I grew up in Lathrup Village (in Southfield, borders Detroit), and went to school at Michigan State. I also lived in Ferndale and Royal Oak.


Michigan love to you and your wife!


Nice! I grew up in Birmingham, went to high school at Birmingham Seaholm and, later, the University of Michigan. My wife grew up in Troy, went to high school at Troy High and, later, went to Oakland University. We still head back to Michigan for Christmas and for trips up north to the Petoskey area. Oregon reminds us quite a lot of Michigan. I like to think of Portland as a much larger and slightly more eccentric version of Ann Arbor.