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Originally Posted by Anian
A survey of a few years ago said that most British "Indian" restaurants were actually run by Bangladeshis.
That too, but definitely not Indians. Many I've come across seem to speak Urdu which always make me think Pakistan.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
My experience of Italian cuisine (twenty plus holidays of 1-2 weeks, in Venice, Tuscany, Rome, and near Naples), is invariably that Italian meals were (are?) mostly meat with surprisingly few vegetables.
Not that I've seen, and we go over quite often.

That's not to say there aren't meat dishes, but things like Spaghetti and meatballs is definitely not Italian.

The most popular pizzas normally don't have meat - it's considered an optional "add-on", but yes, some do.

In the south, you'll find more seafood in the cuisine, lamb, but not much beef and pork is actually somewhat rare as a key ingredient (except for certain sausages, none of which are typically found outside of Italy).

Steaks - yes, indeed - the Italians have those!

Pepperoni is another American invention, and so is the American version of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_sausage.

17 Italian food recipes that aren't Italian at all


Oh, and you never eat bread with pasta.
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Oh go on then, how is one supposed to pronounce parmesan - par-mer-sharn or par-mer-san? Ok so it's not actually the Italian spelling so... um... why do we even spell it this way?!
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Originally Posted by amideislas
Well, my wife won me over with her Carbonara (very simple just lardons, egg, cheese, pepper)

Then her great uncle from the Italian catholic side of the family gave us his meatball and red sauce recipes. He used to run a restaurant in Kansas City. Oh boy, do not care that they are apparently not considered Italian.
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Originally Posted by GeoffM
... why do we even spell it this way?!
Don't ask anyone from Turin or Florence. ...... Or Rome, Milan, Venice, or Naples.
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Originally Posted by GeoffM
Oh go on then, how is one supposed to pronounce parmesan - par-mer-sharn or par-mer-san? Ok so it's not actually the Italian spelling so... um... why do we even spell it this way?!
Ha ha I remember having a spat with meauxna over that.
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Ha ha I remember having a spat with meauxna over that.
So that's why she left!
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux
Ha ha I remember having a spat with meauxna over that.
That's not much of an achievement when almost everyone had spats with her at some point, Sally. Meauxna was disagreeable to the point that she would probably argue with herself if she was the last woman on Earth.
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That's not much of an achievement when almost everyone had spats with her at some point, Sally. Meauxna was disagreeable to the point that she would probably argue with herself if she was the last woman on Earth.
My experience was that she was incredibly helpful during my petition process.
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That's not much of an achievement when almost everyone had spats with her at some point, Sally. Meauxna was disagreeable to the point that she would probably argue with herself if she was the last woman on Earth.
Yeah I don't know what happened, she completely got the wrong end of the stick one time and thought I was slagging off Mexicans, for which I got a royal roasting. I think she had some personal problems.
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I think she had some personal problems.
Really? Ya don't say!
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...Chipotle but have never been or seen one. My all time favourite was the Taco Bell Mexican pizza!!
For a chain, they're pretty decent and they treat employee's well. Not terribly authentic though.

Taco Bell is just sweat and smeg scrapings.

Qdoba is another chain that's around a fair bit but I think it's pretty minging, along with Boloc. Both of which, friends like.

On the Border, bit to mainstream, but the snacks are handy and they do have fun drinks, but not really fast food.
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Originally Posted by GeoffM
Oh go on then, how is one supposed to pronounce parmesan - par-mer-sharn or par-mer-san? Ok so it's not actually the Italian spelling so... um... why do we even spell it this way?!
DD and her in-laws in Italy, say it par-meh-zan. Can't abide the powdered pretend stuff in the tubs.
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That's not much of an achievement when almost everyone had spats with her at some point, Sally. Meauxna was disagreeable to the point that she would probably argue with herself if she was the last woman on Earth.
You know that got me curious so I dug the old search engine out and found the last 100 posts by her (CBA to look any further), covering about 5 months. I could only find a couple of not so nice comments.

So where are all these arguments?
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
I've never eaten at White Castle, and it's been at least a couple of years since I ate at Taco Bell, and I was never a great fan; Mrs P likes eating there though ..... but even in the context of fast food restaurants their clientele seems particularly low-brow.
Taco Bell is dirt cheap compared to the burger places and perfect for late night after bar hunger....

We have so few here and closest one is like 120km's away, and their menu sucks in Canada and of course it's pricey like every other place.

I can eat in a real restaurant for what the fast food places charge these days.

That said, I do always stop at Taco Bell when south of the border, just have to get a Taco Bell fix....
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