Archive for the ‘Language and food’ Category

Morning: Great American Dream Machine

April 26, 2015

This morning’s name: the television show The Great American Dream Machine. Bonus: grades of olives and their names.

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Apologetic candy

April 26, 2015

On the tv this morning, a (very short) commercial that turned on the apology “Sorry I was eating a Milky Way”. It’s on this site, with an explanation of its content:

A hairstylist, a rodeo clown and a cruise ship captain all completely forget what [they’re] supposed to be doing while eating a delicious Milky Way chocolate and caramel candy bar. Hilarity ensues, but their Milky Ways are just too good for these people to care.

On another site, a set of other “Distracted Chocolate-Eating Ads”:

Although being distracted by a chocolate bar might not be the best excuse for certain scenarios, the Milky Way Caramel campaign shows that this snack may be particularly irresistible. With its gooey caramel center, how could a bride possibly make it to her wedding on time? Or a mother not burn her son’s boy scout uniform with an unattended iron? These situations and more should be excused, at least according to the Milky Way Caramel campaign.

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Rocky Road

April 21, 2015

At breakfast on Saturday, my grand-daughter noticed the list of ice cream flavors available at the Peninsula Creamery, and was delighted to see Rocky Road as one of the choices. (Not that any of us ordered ice cream for breakfast.) That made me wonder about the name and its history.

The story starts in Oakland CA and eventually finds its way to the UK and on to Australia.

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On the double entendre watch

April 20, 2015

Posted on Facebook by Leith Chu:

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Oh my: the verb pork, the verb pull, the verb rub, all available with sexual senses.

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Anglicizing German

April 18, 2015

Following my posting on the sandwich issue of the NYT Food section, a Facebook discussion sprung up about the sandwich beef on weck; what, people wondered, was weck? The answer is partly about food, and partly about the German and English languages.

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The sandwich issue

April 16, 2015

The Food section of the New York Times yesterday was The Sandwich Issue: 11 pages on:

PILE IT HIGH. In the space between two slices of bread lies a world of possibilities, from sub to club, from po’ boy to beef on weck and beyond. Here, we celebrate everything that makes a great sandwich.

A series of stories (from many hands) on sandwiches, with extensive details about particular sandwiches, their variants from place to place, their differing names, and so on. Great stuff, which I hope the NYT will transform from the broadsheet format on cheap newsprint to a ordinary book with high-quality photos.

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Magnum

April 15, 2015

Just went past me on television: an ad for Magnum Ice Cream Bars:

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(from the Magnum Ice Cream site; “Magnum Ice Cream Bars are made with creamy Ice Cream and Belgian Chocolate”). The bars are big in size and big in flavor. The ads tend to feature (female) models with bars in their mouths: both oral and phallic. Here’s model Lucy Wolfert in one ad:

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Magnum things are all about size and masculinity.

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Lamb ham and the seder plate

April 3, 2015

Today is Good Friday (on the Christian calendar) and, starting at sundown, the first day of Passover (on the Jewish calendar). A day for symbolic food.

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Reuben and Rachel

March 27, 2015

On a report (from the 25th) on a recent Arby’s ad:

Arby’s Reuben Gets a New “Rachel” Variant: Arby’s latest sandwich is the new, limited-time Turkey Rachel, which is being offered as a variant on their Reuben that comes with roast turkey and housemade coleslaw rather than the corned beef and sauerkraut

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To come: the sandwiches, their ingredients, their names.

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Peeps time in Japan

March 23, 2015

As Easter approaches (April 5th this year), Peeps naturally come to mind (substantial posting on Peeps here). Peeps are endlessly versatile; here’s Grace Kang on Serious Eats, taking Peeps to Japan, in the form of Peepshi (Peeps sushi):

(Hat tip to Beth Linker.)

Yes, they’re appalling. But cute.


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