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Food Words and Expressions I Don't Like Because I'm Old and Cranky

post #1 of 161
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Venting.

 

Words:

Let me just get the ball rolling with two which I dislike for the same reason:

 

(1) Veggie

(2) Yummy

Maybe it's my inner (and/or outer) aging curmodgeon, but I am not a child and you are not my mommy. 

 

Phrases and Cliches:

Here are three, just for starters:

(1) A little...

You hear this on TV cooking shows.  "A little" has become the food equivalent of the teenager's "like."  If asked what's in your pesto just say "basil, salt, olive oil, parmesan, pine nuts and garlic."  You don't have to be all like "a little basil," and "a little garlic."  It's awkward, hackneyed, and has become meaningless.  

 

(2) ...meltingly tender

Food reviewers killed this one.  Makes me homicidal. 

 

(3) Adds (or just for, or...) ...a little crunch

I'm not sure which Food Network personality is the biggest offender -- not only with "crunch" but in combination with "a little."  It's either Michael Symon or Sandra Lee.  It further irritates me to use their names in the same sentence.   

 

 

And you?  Which shibboleths get your teeth grating?

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post #2 of 161

I like the word vegie.

 

I used to be bothered by the word "with" in menu/dish names. I've gotten over this one mostly. It's too much like a run-on sentence and muddles up the description with what should be the focus of the item.   Give me some verbs. Accented, glazed, accompanied, paired.    With is too much like costar billing.

 

 

 

 

post #3 of 161

With au jus.

Zesty.

post #4 of 161

"Melts in your mouth" when talking about meat. Meat doesn't melt. An adjective with every noun in a description on a menu; for example: "Beautiful seared scallops with creamy polenta, earthy mushrooms, topped with a decadent bearnaise sauce". Speaking of which, I hate the word "decadent". I don't like when things include a "touch" of anything, or if they are "kissed" with anything.

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post #5 of 161

Evoo.  Need I say more?

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Evoo.  Need I say more?



Can we just say anything that comes out of the mouth of Rachel Ray?

 

EVOO, yum-o, DE-lish

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post #7 of 161

Except, according to the folks at Merriam Webster, EVOO is now officially a word.

 

Ugh!

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post #8 of 161
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Except, according to the folks at Merriam Webster, EVOO is now officially a word.

 

Ugh!



Merriam Webster also claim that "crunk" and "BFF" are valid words. They have lost all credibility as far as I'm concerned.

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post #9 of 161

I don't think I've ever heard the word "crunk." What's it mean?

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post #10 of 161

According to Merriam Webster - crunk: : a style of Southern rap music featuring repetitive chants and rapid dance rhythms

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post #11 of 161

"Your ah...a bit moody, and difficult to work with"

"Your food cost at 47%, You have to go through the walk in and look at everything, use what is old 1st."

  "they are outside smoking, (food under heat lamps) pick up table 64 first."

post #12 of 161

one truly annoying thing  and i'm neither old or cranky, is when a restaurant states on the menu, they have the 'BEST' whatever....burger, green chile chowder, pizza,water, etc...isn't that for me to decide?...whose 'BEST, theirs? the guy down the street? what if i don't agree..then their promise just becomes another lie ...think i'd rather pay my money and take my own chances from my choices instead of being disappointed and having a negative experience instead of a positive one... plus i never believe them anyway so most probably wouldn't even go in, and if i did, certainly would not trust them, so what's the point...does this make me sound old and cranky? nope...just not a stooge...yeah, i agree with all that posted about how something should taste....give me the ingredients and tell me how its prepared...i can figure it out from there...please don't tell me its going to melt in my mouth.....please!

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post #13 of 161
Pasta alfredo when it isn't.

Caesar salad when it isn't.


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post #14 of 161
Drizzled and Draped tch!
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post #15 of 161

 When they say "homemade" on the menu and the item clearly tastes like it came out of a box, bag or can.

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post #16 of 161
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 When they say "homemade" on the menu and the item clearly tastes like it came out of a box, bag or can.



I definitely agree. Or when you say it's an "original recipe" yet it just tasted like you could have done the same food yourself.

post #17 of 161

From Anne Burrell (I like her show, just some of her phrases kill me):

 

"doing great things"

"btb/rts - bring to boil, reduce to simmer"

"happy girl"

 

And from Paula Deen and The Neeley's..:

"y'all" in that southern drawl.  It gets old quickly. 

 

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I hate it when...  The waitress approaches the table and in a very concerned tone tells me - "Be sure to let me know if you need anything".  

That's code for: I'll be wondering around elsewhere; come find me because I won't be back this way anytime soon....

 

After a long wait, I have actually "wondered" into the kitchen and caught her flirting, and told her that I wanted some butter.  No tip that day. 

post #19 of 161

That dope on The Neeleys is copying Paula Deen by addressing the audience as "Yawl".  I despise P. Deens exaggerated country, and really can't abide that Neeley man lying to us constantly.  I caught him in three lies in one episode about BBQ.  I know BBQ.  He doesn't.  I also know his father Jim Neeley (a gentleman) of INTERSTATE BBQ fame in Memphis.  He (Jim and his wife) should get credit for good BBQ.  Not Pat.  He is an abortion.

Or should have been....

post #20 of 161

I think it was Concord or another; not Merriam-Webster that added it as a word to their dictionary.

post #21 of 161

I hate being "HELD HOSTAGE" for 20 minutes or more after finishing my meal and giving the money for the check.  When they have my $100.00 bill, I can't leave without my change and I won't. 

 

The tip begins to dwindle after just a few minutes of paying. 

 

If I leave while waiting for the check, I can be charged with theft.  Won't happen.  If I leave while waiting for MY change, I lose.  Won't happen.  I may have to wait awhile, but she, unfortunately will be the loser. 

 

post #22 of 161

I don't like when menus say "homemade" even if they do make it in house. Because it's still clearly not made at a home.

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Hehe this thread is great biggrin.gif

 

Nothing melts in my mouth except butter and ice.  And the occasional bit of icecream.

 

"Seal in the juices" - it really does not happen.  It should be "Sear the meat" - it just adds flavour!

 

The terms "organic" and "free range" are misued and abused so much.  And what's preferable - a "Barn Laid egg" as to a a "Cage Egg" - I'd like to know if anyone does really know.  And does "Free range" really mean the birds are browsing out in the field, or is that a misnomer as well?  Just seems more of a marketing ploy to me.  So they can charge more and make people feel happy, warm and fuzzy.

 

Hang on - got another one...."Lite" products.  Does it mean they are less calorific, or do they, as I've noticed by actually reading the contents now that I have a diabetic to feed, just have less fat but a stack more of sugar??  Yeah, it's a favourite bug bear of mine.

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post #24 of 161
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I don't like when menus say "homemade" even if they do make it in house. Because it's still clearly not made at a home.



The whole issue of homemade is wrong anyway.

If I wanted to eat homemade food I'd stay home and make it myself.

Restaurants that use that tired old phrase are remembering how it used to be that people really did flock to places for their homemade food.

post #25 of 161

"Grilled to perfection" - That is one tired phrase!

 

And "fresh" modifying ANY noun! Fresh Tomatoes... as opposed to old, nasty, mold-laden puddles of juice?!  Gahhh!!

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post #26 of 161

The word "good" used for ingredients. As in, ".....add a teaspoon of good lemon juice." Yeah, right. Like you're able to tell the difference, to begin with. And that, given a choice, you might opt for the bad stuff.

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post #27 of 161
I never liked the term "86". It never made any sense to me and I always thought it was a dumb phrase. If your out of something on the menu just say we are out of that.
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post #28 of 161

As a customer I also don't like florid descriptions of food either and I hate "seasonal Veg" especially as it usually isn't.

 

 

in the back of house i don't like the term "on the fly" ...... you only hear this cause somebody screwed something up somewhere and expect me to fix it for them ahead of everyone else. I hear "on the fly" I had better hear the excuse or "reason" for it.

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post #29 of 161

Organic -- yeah, I love that one.  Organic chicken... there's no other choice.  There are no lab-fabricated chickens made of man-made ingredients.

post #30 of 161

Ehh, I'm over the whole "organic" thing. There are no USDA regulations on what can be considered organic. Until the government establishes regulations similar to AOC standards, organic is meaningless.

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