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    I am a crazy foodie.  My obsession and passion for food and cooking makes my interest in politics look like the drooling catatonia a lobotomy patient has watching cartoons.

    Food = Life.  But...

    There are few things that fuel a primal sense of inner fomenting omnidirectional raw spewing rage in me then people that undermine or falsely profiteer from the legitimate slow food movement.

    I live in DC and there are faaaaaar too many "farmer's markets" that are nothing but relabeled, faux-fronted outlets of over-priced unpackaged industrial food.  

    When my wife is with me giving me a steady dose of the "Don't make a scene and embarrass me" look, I just derisively refer to them as Epcot Farmer Markets.  In darker moods I refer to them as soulless hellscapes where white people go to overpay for contrived confections as a way to make themselves feel better.

    For every table passing off farm fresh in-season crops from Maryland's Eastern Shore or the countless farms of Central Virginia (I'll even stretch my locavore tolerance to the Amish farms in PA and some great produce that comes form Southern Jersey)... there are 2 other "Gourmet Boutiques" trying to be some kind of fusion market/gallery outfitted with post-surrealist abstractions between the food stands stocked with overwrought epicurean deceptions with names like “Tuscan Scented Lamb Saucisse” or “Piqued Courant Jelly with Sweet Tangelo Infusion” all the while some SXSW fad indie band is playing in the background while some pasty douchebag in trendy thick-rimmed glasses hawks some bullshit shabby-chic wine pairing for each of her “vignettes” for $9 a glass.

    ugh... maybe its just DC.  But christ it makes me angry to see people try to just scam others over FOOD.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 01:25:31 PM PDT

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