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Where do the President’s Advisors Eat out When Abroad?

Although one could probably figure out my political leanings through continual reading of this site, I’ve pretty much avoided being overtly partisan. But I did want to point out the following found in the Washington Post today:

As he barnstormed through Japan, South Korea and China, with a final stop in Mongolia still to come, (George) Bush visited no museums, tried no restaurants, bought no souvenirs and made no effort to meet ordinary local people.

“I live in a bubble,” Bush once said, explaining his anti-tourist tendencies by citing the enormous security and logistical considerations involved in arranging any sightseeing. “That’s just life.”

The Bush spirit trickles down to many of his top advisers, who hardly go out of their way to sample the local offerings either. A number of the most senior White House officials on the trip, perhaps seeking the comforts of their Texas homes, chose to skip the kimchi in South Korea to go to dinner at Outback Steakhouse — twice.

Wait, wait, wait…they chose Outback Steakhouse to local Korean cuisine??
Are they insane??? Especially for what they charge for the onion blossom!

Of course, it may be simply because Outback gave 96% of their campaign contributions to the Republicans, but this is me being cynical.

In their defence, eating new and unfamiliar food while on a 7 day tour of any foreign country can be stressfull to a system. That, and they are probably also trying to give confidence to the safety of beef in wake of the ongoing Mad Cow concerns that Japan has shown.

But still…you guys couldn’t eat local even once? Sheesh.

Thanks to Atrios for the Heads up

Technorati Tags: Food and Drink, Outback Steakhouse, Republicans, Campaign Contributions

Product Pimpin’ and Shame on Microsoft

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I know, I know… I’m way off the standard path that I walk upon. But this’ll just take a minute of your time, and then we’ll get back to food, I promise. For those who don’t want politics or sexuality with their food blogs, move quickly along.

Okay.. for the rest of you.

Microsoft screwed the Gay/Lesbian community here in Washington State. They pulled their support from Bill 1515 which is an anti-gay-discrimination bill currently was under consideration here Washington State. Why? Well, word on the street is that they had discussions with Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, WA, who threatened to organize a national boycott of the company’s products if it did not change its stance on the legislation.

So, Microsoft changed their stance.

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I wrote to them, asking to reconsider. I made phone calls to all the right people. All for naught. The bill failed to get out of the state house, in large part due to Microsoft’s action.

So, I’m following up on a promise I made if they didn’t publically get behind the bill, which is what they had promised to do in the first place.

I rarely advocate using one product over another. It’s not that I don’t have opinions, it’s just that I haven’t focused my writing in that direction.

Now? Well, let me say the following:

For my web browsing, I have had less issues by using Mozilla’s Firefox Web Browser than I’ve ever had with Internet Explorer. in fact, this very page that you are reading had Firefox in mind when it was designed.

I also use Thunderbird for my e-mail. I find it easier to use, and it’s spam filter has saved me an immeasurable amount of times. It’s far superior than Outlook Express.

For all of my writing, spreadsheet and other Office needs, I use Open Office exclusively. It’s far more robust than MS’s office suite, and any issue found are often taken care of in weeks instead of years.

Oh, and all of these software products are free. That’s a savings of between $100- $250.

So let me repeat. I like Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice (which are all free)…and I’m none to thrilled about Microsoft (which can be easily bought by right wing hate mongers).

Thank you for your time. More food posts in a bit.

Metablogging again: Food Blogs & Politics

In my travels of Food Blogs (via RSS feeds…a lifesaver when reading hundreds of posts a day), there’s been a few posts about the inauguration, and then a few posts from others complaining how Food Blogs should be free of political coverage. This situation also happened after the election.

As our community evolves, and as more readers find us (and they will, with the recent press we’ve been getting), it’s important to realize a few things.

  • Food Blogs are first and foremost…Blogs. That means a person can write about whatever they feel like. If they want to take write about their feelings about politics, it’s entirely within their rights. There is no one standard way to write a food blog.
  • Blogs are as much about the person writing the blog as it is the subject that they are writing about. If one wants to read about Food only , without the personality of the writer, there are plenty of mediums (magazine, cookbooks, web sites) that can fill that request.
  • I can’t speak for other Food Blog writers out there, but I know that I write for myself. I don’t write what I think other would be interested it, nor do I write necessarily to get more readers to my site. Is it in the back of my mind? Absolutely. If other Bloggers out there have the same state of mind, then I find it odd when some complain when a blogger doesn’t write about what they want them to. That position seems contrary to what blogs are all about.

Now, having said all that, I do find it very humorous that a few sites (I’m not naming any names here) fell for the very-much-most-likely-fake inaugural menu containing dishes such as:

  • “Pilgrim’s Pride” Turkey brined in Coca-Cola, stuffed with Sweet and Savory Dunkin Donuts “Old Fashioned Cake Donut” Stuffing (Inspired by Pioneer Lonnie Pilgrim, Chair, Pilgrims Pride Corp., Ranger Barclay T. Resler, Vice President Government Relations Coca-Cola and Dunkin Donuts).
  • A trio of “Safeway Greens” (selected by Steven A. Burd, Pioneer and President, Chair and CEO of Safeway Inc.)
  • Krispey Kreme Donuts Glazed with Nestle “NesQuik” Hot Fudge Sauce, Ashers Chocolate Mini-Pretzels.

As satire, the “menu” is a work of art. Littered with references to Corporate Donors as well as being a nod at white-trash attempts at haute cuisine, the “menu” succeeds because it’s just believable enough without going over the edge. It works because we believe Bush to be beholden to Corporate America and a bit of a hick.

In reality, the lunch menu consisted of Scalloped Crab and Lobster,Roasted Missouri Quail, Chestnuts and other fine foods. A quick check of Google News verified all of the above.

Regardless, the next four years are going to be rough, at least for some of us in food land.


No food entry today. Get out and VOTE. No endorsements from me. Vote for whomever you want. Just VOTE!

Then go and drink (either to celebrate or drown yer sorrows).

More food goodness tomorrow.

Rights of Photographers

I figured I might need this at a later date, so I’m saving it here. The Rights of Photographers: What pcitures you can and cannot take (for the USA only).

Many thanks to boingboing.