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  •  LOL - then maybe they DO do it right! (17+ / 0-)

    Which is to say, lousy. :-)

    Most of my family couldn't cook to save their lives.  My mother "learned" from her mother, which is to say that whatever it was, it got boiled or fried.  Flavor usually was purely coincidental.  And don't even get me started on texture . . . .

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    by Aji on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 08:03:34 AM PDT

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    •  I throw you a Cameroonian bitter leaf, plantain (8+ / 0-)

      dish with spicy fish and smoked shrimps. So spicy that you won't open your mouth again to put down the Irish tastelessness because you would be busy breathing air in and out of your mouth to cool the heat burning on your tongue... :-)

      ... that said I was not aware the Irish had a certain style of cooking. But I couldn't avoid hearing you... :-) (That's a first that a German defends the Irish, isn't it? ...)

      And with regards to your Martina joint, may be you slip her a note to hire a real cook...

      "Im Land der Schatten ist die Wahrheit eine Lüge"

      by mimi on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 09:14:12 AM PDT

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      •  Sounds lovely. :-) (7+ / 0-)

        And she actually has several chefs.  Those I know by name have good reps.  That's what's so confusing.

        Now, the "cold" thing might in part be a function of distance from the kitchen - Wings had to send his food back to be reheated (or maybe just heated?), and when they brought it back it was cold, either still or again.  But if distance is the issue, they need to come up with a fix.

        As to how authentic it is:  Well, the upshot is that we're not their target market.  And their target market wants something different.  Which is fine.  The key is that it not get flogged as "authentic" when it's not.

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        by Aji on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 09:33:40 AM PDT

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        •  well that's weird, if she can't serve (5+ / 0-)

          the meals hot and has several good cooks. Something is wrong.

          Aji, I do understand what you are saying. :-) I am just teasing and trying to lighten you up jokingly.

          Target market ... so it's always the same story. You are overrun by non-native foreign tourists. And the business profits don't go to the natives either. What can I say. We need  to cry together a bit and then chase the sadness and fury away to go on. ... Or may be you would like to run a real authentic restaurant/eatery place? Is that something you are thinking about?

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          by mimi on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 10:20:03 AM PDT

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    •  Uh-oh--sorry to say this, Aji... (9+ / 0-)

      but I think maybe that was just in YOUR Irish part of the family.   :>)  

      My mother wasn't a fancy cook, but she was a good cook. It was amazing what she was able to do feeding six children...

      And when Ojibwa and I were in Ireland last year we had great food--in restaurants, pubs, B & B's, food courts, bakeries... Everything was fresh, fresh, fresh, veggies were cooked "al dente", nothing fried (except fish and chips). You could definitely tell you were in Ireland, though: almost every meal was served with potatoes fixed THREE different ways!

      •  It's that damn Americanization! :-D (8+ / 0-)

        I'm actually not at all surprised to hear that.  I do think there's something specific to foods from a certain series of generations of residents of the Upper Midwest that involves the whole "boiled/fried/throw salt on it and call it good" routine.  I love potatoes, but if I never see another plain boiled one served on a plate as, you know, dinner, it'll still be too soon.

        Which is actually good to know, because if I ever get to Ireland, as I would dearly love to do someday, it's nice to know that that tiny smidgen of my ancestry offers one of the things that makes me happiest with life - good food.

        Oh, and fish and chips aren't really fish and chips if they're NOT fired. right? :-D

        How you doin', hon?

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        by Aji on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 09:37:46 AM PDT

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