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#123223 bhut jolokia/ghost chile/naga jolokia

Posted by palaces on 11 September 2009 - 10:38 PM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

My roommate has been going through a serious hot pepper phase, and she has a birthday coming up. Does anyone know where I could buy some fresh ghost chile, either local or online? I've found seemingly reputable sources for seeds, but not ripe peppers. Any advice appreciated.



#122349 What I've Got Against Veganism

Posted by palaces on 05 August 2009 - 08:01 PM in General Food Discussion

Isn't this basically the foodie equivalent of "This is why I think PCs are better than Macs"? I can't imagine anything happening in this thread that wasn't said at length in the last million iterations of this.


What I'm wondering is why even write a post such as this?  If you have nothing constructive to add, why add anything - especially a statement saying you have nothing constructive to add.


I was just saying that this struck me as a rather troll-ish post, whether it was intended as one or not. "Here are the reasons to be an omnivore instead of a vegetarian" is basically on par with "this is why macs are inferior to PC's" or "this is why europe is better than the US" posts on sites like 4chan. Just like any other troll-post, it's easy to claim that you have the right to discuss it one more time (sure, you do), but this doesn't negate the fact that it's inflammatory territory that's been beaten to death.


If Bill Gates was making an argument about PC's being better than Mac's - to use your weak analogy - I'd think you can make a very strong case that he has the right to make the argument, however many times he cares to.


This still doesn't make it an interesting argument. It's one that's been made countless times before, and the need to go through the motions one more time just bewilders me. You can drop into 4chan's /b/ board on any evening, post a picture of a canine tooth and a flippant comment asking vegetarians to defend themselves, and in two hours you'll have the exact same thoughtful comments as you'll get in this thread (probably more, actually), just thinned out with a lot of rabble. The improved signal-to-noise ratio here doesn't make it more worthwhile, because it's just going to be the same discussion all over again. Your arguments aren't novel, and the responses won't be either.

As to why I'm even bothering to respond? I'm just putting in my $.02 worth, just like everyone else. Yay, internet.



#122343 What I've Got Against Veganism

Posted by palaces on 05 August 2009 - 05:52 PM in General Food Discussion

Isn't this basically the foodie equivalent of "This is why I think PCs are better than Macs"? I can't imagine anything happening in this thread that wasn't said at length in the last million iterations of this.


What I'm wondering is why even write a post such as this?  If you have nothing constructive to add, why add anything - especially a statement saying you have nothing constructive to add.


I was just saying that this struck me as a rather troll-ish post, whether it was intended as one or not. "Here are the reasons to be an omnivore instead of a vegetarian" is basically on par with "this is why macs are inferior to PC's" or "this is why europe is better than the US" posts on sites like 4chan. Just like any other troll-post, it's easy to claim that you have the right to discuss it one more time (sure, you do), but this doesn't negate the fact that it's inflammatory territory that's been beaten to death.



#122319 What I've Got Against Veganism

Posted by palaces on 04 August 2009 - 07:09 PM in General Food Discussion

Isn't this basically the foodie equivalent of "This is why I think PCs are better than Macs"? I can't imagine anything happening in this thread that wasn't said at length in the last million iterations of this.



#117968 Hawaiian, Coffee, and booze.... OH MY!

Posted by palaces on 13 May 2009 - 06:51 PM in Restaurants in Portland

Dinner at Ohana. Nothing to write about this time. But still solid. Excited to try the others out Beaverton way that people keep talking about. Aiea Grill doesn't get good reviews overall on other sites I don't trust as much as this one. Anyone else?
PS: Treasure Island Chinese/American buffet next to Aiea is strangely good for certain reasons. Namely, go to the back of the chaffing dish area, unfortunately near the entrance to the hall to the restrooms. There are a few trays full of "stuff" that has no signage whatsoever. Cartilage laden mystery chunks, pig ears, knuckles, and weird fungus hunks. Yum!



RE: beaverton hawaiian. Kauai Island Grill and Hapa Grill are the best out there IMHO.


Truth, do you have any idea why KIG's online reviews are so terrifying? My roommate was a huge fan, but as soon as I read ( http://maps.google.c...r...lt&resnum=1 ) (sorry, can't figure out non-html links...), I immediately convinced her to stop. After thinking about it a while, I'm having a hard time believing a restaraunt could have such uniformly horrifying reviews, and it must be some sort of concerted grudge... Any thoughts on that?



#115918 Looking for cheap Chinese take-outs in SW

Posted by palaces on 30 March 2009 - 05:58 PM in Restaurants in Portland

This seems like the right place to ask a question: when I was living in Olympia, all the Amer-Asian joints had a dish call "almond chicken", which was a battered and fried chicken cutlet topped with a brown gravy and slivered almonds. Every time I see "almond chicken" around here, it's a non-batter version. I'm probably looking in the wrong places. Does anyone have a confirmed sighting of the battered version in the metro area?



#115321 Ping

Posted by palaces on 19 March 2009 - 03:44 PM in Restaurants in Portland

btw, Ping and Pok Pok do no advertising.


I've seen a few Ping ads on the Mercury website.



#115315 fresh wasabi

Posted by palaces on 19 March 2009 - 03:13 PM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

The folks on the coast growing wasabi are Pacific Farms. You can get a 1.5 oz tube of their wasabi paste (which contains artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives, but is still head a whole different beast from the fake pastes/powders) for about $5 at Uwajimaya, and even cheaper on their website (http://www.freshwasabi.com). It's a bit chunky; I've had to cut the tube opening a bit to get it flowing properly.

Also, don't necessarily give up on the fake stuff. Most sushi aficionados started with fake and have had a lot of good experiences with it; rejecting it completely because of authenticity issues seems a bit silly.  Sinju uses S&B paste, which can be bought at most Freddy's, and it works well with a lot of homemade sushi.



#115092 Restaurant.com

Posted by palaces on 14 March 2009 - 06:09 PM in Restaurants in Portland

"menu" will currently get 80% off; not sure how long it will last.



#110900 Where to buy Sashima grade tuna?

Posted by palaces on 22 December 2008 - 01:17 PM in Shopping, Growing & Foraging

I'd like to make some seared ahi or some other dishes but I'm not sure where to get some good tuna locally.  Can anyone here help?


I know Haggan and Freddie's have frozen tuna steaks that range from $6.99 to $10 a pound but for the true sashimi grade go to "Who's your mama"

http://www.uwajimaya.com/


thanks...do you know how much it is on average?


Between $15 and $20/lb for the prepared sashimi-grade bricks, typically. They occasionally have toro that can run up to $40/lb. These figures are all for the prepped and packaged fish, buying bigger pieces from the actual fish counter may be cheaper.



#110840 Horse Brass and Smoking Ban

Posted by palaces on 20 December 2008 - 06:42 PM in Portland Bars & Wine Bars

The state can say it's all about the workers.  The state would be lying.  They are not as interested in worker safety as they are generating revenue  (Oroboros - the snake that eats its own tail).  Make bars that allow smoking pay for a PERMIT.


Chambolle, how is the current plan more about revenue generation than your idea of charging smoking bars for permits?