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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#101  Postby The_Piper » Feb 13, 2020 4:23 am

SafeAsMilk wrote:
The_Piper wrote:I suspect that's not a glowing endorsement. :lol:

It's definitely not, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. Trash food has its place. Sometimes it's been a long week and you just need a big, shitty lasagna.

I'm usually allergic to lasagna, but I know what you mean. I recently chose Wendy's over Olive Garden, (which I've still never been to). I had a 5 hour ride ahead and didn't want to take forever. I wonder if that's where I picked up the stomach bug. :lol:
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#102  Postby don't get me started » Feb 13, 2020 4:58 am

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Every one of them had a different style of preparing their dishes. One offered a small selection of Malay dishes as well.


Yeah, the Malay end of Thailand tends to be where the hottest foods are from. My girlfriend is from the South, and she routinely eats dishes I can barely even stand to be within sniffing distance of, let alone put in my mouth. Aside from the South, the other really distinct set of foods comes from the North East - Isaan food. Most of it is pretty mild, but the occasional spicy one originates there, like somtam - basically papaya, lemon juice and a fuck tonne of chilis.


Ah, yes, Papaya salad.
I love Thai food and have tried a wide variety of dishes during my many trips there.
I like the red and green curries and am particularly fond of Ga Pao and Larb. Even though I have quite a high tolerance for spicy food, I found Somtam a challenge.
I was in BKK one time and ordered this at a street side restaurant. The ordering process was like this: (No disrespect intended with the characterization of the waiteress’ English,it's just to add some local color)

W. You ready to ordah?
Me: Yeah, I’ll have the Papaya Salad- Somtam?
W: Som tam. Okay. You like spicee? This one very spicee. Ped Mak.
Me: Ped Mak. Yeah, I’ll try.
W: You wan’ Thai people spicee, or ferang people spicee?
Me: I think Thai people spicy is OK.
W: Really? Me no call ambulance for you!
Me: Oh, and Nung Singha. One Singha beer please.
W: Ok. I thin’ you nee’ more one beer. Maybe two, three.

Waitress Brings food and waits to see me eat it.

I take one mouthful.

Me: This is not so …waaaaaaah!!!!! (Glug glug the beer.)
W: Ha ha. I say you Ped Mak.
Me; Mai pen rai. (=It’s OK.) (Crying and sweating)

Don’t get her started, who had sensibly ordered the Pad Thai noodles, raises her eyebrows and looks at the waitress ‘Stupid man’ she says. Waitress has a good laugh in agreement.
I take about an hour to finish. Don’t get her started reminds me that I’ll have to put the toilet rolls in the fridge when we get back to the hotel.

Back to the original theme of this thread. When I first visited Bangkok in 1995, it really was cheap compared to Japan prices.
I was there again a couple of weeks ago and some of the regular restaurants were comparable in price to Japan.
(Spearthrower will probably laugh and say 'serves you right for eating out at the tourist traps on Sukhumvit between Nana and Phrom Phong'.) Still, the city has changed a lot in those 25 years.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#103  Postby Svartalf » Feb 13, 2020 8:50 am

don't tell me about trash food, I regard kebab sandwiches with fries as a comfort food...
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#104  Postby Spinozasgalt » Feb 13, 2020 11:48 am

SafeAsMilk wrote:There's a place around here called Pizza Palace that makes lasagna as I would expect from Pizza Hut.

I would eat it. I would put my MOUTH on it.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#105  Postby Fallible » Feb 13, 2020 12:05 pm

I have a love - hate relationship with lasagne. It has to be just right, and don’t fuppin mess about with it, goddammit! Same with Texas hash. No, do NOT put a dash of this or a pinch of that in there. LEAVE IT.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#106  Postby Spinozasgalt » Feb 13, 2020 12:16 pm

What is Texas hash? Is that drugs? Are you having posh Texan drugs with just the right spices?
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#107  Postby Fallible » Feb 13, 2020 12:43 pm

I am, yes. But also, this.

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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#108  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 13, 2020 12:54 pm

Spinozasgalt wrote:
SafeAsMilk wrote:There's a place around here called Pizza Palace that makes lasagna as I would expect from Pizza Hut.

I would eat it. I would put my MOUTH on it.

Seeing how molten hot it is after they warm it up, I'd suggest waiting a couple minutes before doing that.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#109  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 13, 2020 12:55 pm

Fallible wrote:I am, yes. But also, this.

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It looks like someone's stuffed peppers exploded.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#110  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 13, 2020 12:56 pm

The_Piper wrote:
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The_Piper wrote:I suspect that's not a glowing endorsement. :lol:

It's definitely not, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. Trash food has its place. Sometimes it's been a long week and you just need a big, shitty lasagna.

I'm usually allergic to lasagna, but I know what you mean. I recently chose Wendy's over Olive Garden, (which I've still never been to). I had a 5 hour ride ahead and didn't want to take forever. I wonder if that's where I picked up the stomach bug. :lol:

I would pretty much always choose Wendy's over Olive Garden. But between them, I'd say your odds of stomach bug are 50-50.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#111  Postby Fallible » Feb 13, 2020 1:03 pm

SafeAsMilk wrote:
Fallible wrote:I am, yes. But also, this.

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It looks like someone's stuffed peppers exploded.


Ah you see, you can use it for that. The way I like it, the onion has to be in rings - NO CHUNKS. NO STOCK CUBES. NONE OF ANY OF THAT SHIT. NO, THE TOMATOES CANNOT BE THE ONES WITH BASIL IN THEM. NO. NO. NO.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#112  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 13, 2020 1:42 pm

What, you want to mess the whole dish so you can pull out that long string of onion that you've just gotta have? I don't think so.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#113  Postby SafeAsMilk » Feb 13, 2020 1:50 pm

Just realized, this thread is the perfect place to introduce Gina, everyone's favorite Youtube Italian grandma. She's the greatest.

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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#114  Postby Sendraks » Feb 13, 2020 2:09 pm

Pizza Express and ZiZi are both pretty cheap tbh. Depends on what your idea of "expensive."
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#115  Postby laklak » Feb 13, 2020 10:06 pm

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Mrs. Lak and I got engaged at the Blue Elephant in Malta. Really nice Thai restaurant, food was excellent and the decor was utterly OTT. Had a stream running through the room with fish in it, each table was in it's own little nook on the bank, surrounded by plants. You couldn't see any other tables.

There was this great Thai place in Cape Town, can't remember the name. I like really hot food and spent a lot of years in Thailand, so I ordered it Bangkok Hot. THe waiter just smiled. Fuck me that was a mistake.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#116  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 14, 2020 12:46 am

laklak wrote:THe waiter just smiled.


Ohh that was a bad sign. The crocodile smile! :lol:

The other cue I've learned to pick up here is after ordering food and the waiter asks "Oh you can eat spicy food?"... that's always a rethink for me! :)
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#117  Postby The_Piper » Feb 14, 2020 1:54 am

SafeAsMilk wrote:Just realized, this thread is the perfect place to introduce Gina, everyone's favorite Youtube Italian grandma. She's the greatest.


:lol:
Good-ah lasagna need-ah egg. I'm out of luck on step 2. :nono: <-----rant included
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#118  Postby Spinozasgalt » Feb 14, 2020 9:42 am

Fallible wrote:I am, yes. But also, this.

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SafeAsMilk wrote:
Spinozasgalt wrote:
SafeAsMilk wrote:There's a place around here called Pizza Palace that makes lasagna as I would expect from Pizza Hut.

I would eat it. I would put my MOUTH on it.

Seeing how molten hot it is after they warm it up, I'd suggest waiting a couple minutes before doing that.

No wait. Only MOUTH.
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#119  Postby Svartalf » Feb 14, 2020 9:51 am

C'mon Spin, I understand that radioactive green British mushy peas can be regarded as eww incarnate, but tiny bits of green peppers are just good fiber for your bolus, and would you spit on the onions?
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Re: Why are Italian restaurants so expensive?

#120  Postby Bubalus » Feb 14, 2020 10:02 am

Mushy peas :thumbup: - guacamole of the North :naughty2:
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