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DESCRIBE MEDITTERANEAN FOOD IN RELATION TO AMERICAN, WHATS SIMILAR?

DESCRIBE MEDITTERANEAN FOOD IN RELATION TO AMERICAN, WHATS SIMILAR?

Old Jan 16th, 2001, 08:08 AM
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WHO CARES whether Leigh put an 'e' on the end of belle or not? Are you perfect? Didn't think so.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 08:23 AM
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My company's Italian representative and his wife treated my daughter and me to dinner in Rome at a small restaurant that seemed to be patronized only by local people. He ordered for us. The first course was antipasto that was a large platter of different appetizers from which you chose whatever appealed to you and then the waiter took the platter away. He then consulted us on pasta, we chose, and the offering was so good that we ate every bite. Then he asked us what we wanted to eat! Evidently, this is a joke he plays on visiting Americans because, as he knew, we were already stuffed. At any rate, we were then served the main course of our choice and waddled out the door. I'm not a picky eater, but all the food is really good. You will recognize most of it, and you won't go hungry.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 08:31 AM
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Pixxa and lasagna are NOT bland foods (thank god) even though they may be familiar to the un adventurous.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 08:49 AM
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eater: they are if you like what my kids did - cheese pizza only, no onions, mushrooms or green pepper in the lasagna, please -- American frozen food companies can pretty much bland up anything to fit picky eaters' tastes. I think of them as empty calories.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 12:07 PM
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American commercial frozen dinners are not real food, and I hope this disgusting bit of our culture hasn't been exported to Rome.

PS There can be plenty of flavor in a "plain" tomato and cheese pizza or in pasta without mushrooms and peppers. It shouldn't be bland unless the ingredients are awful and there are no heerbs, garlic, etc used to flavor it.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 12:33 PM
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Gosh people are really rough on this board! what I meant by my previous post regarding "bland" was plain. I don't care for american frozen dinners either, this is not what I meant by bland. i meant more along the lines of what "mom" said. I like pizza which is plain cheese (not a frozen pizza) with no garlic or oregano or anything like that. Plain lasagna to me would mean meat, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and noodles. I meant as she said no onions, musrooms, peppers, seaonsings etc. etc. I'm sorry if my saying "bland" was incorrect. I guess I should have said plain!
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 12:55 PM
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Beth -

I certainly hope you take multi-vitamins, because your diet is severely lacking in them, as well as fiber, if you never eat any vegetables. I would imagine your digestive system and cholesterol are also not in the best of shape.

There are so many wonderful types of fresh fruits and vegetables available now that were not common even a few years ago - please consider trying some of them! Read a cookbook or magazine for interesting ways to prepare them, and have an adventure right in your own kitchen! (This is one of my favorite ways to "travel" in between trips, and enjoying the local cusine once I arrive somewhere is one of the things I love most about travel.)
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 01:00 PM
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Anon-why is it a concern of yours whether or not Beth eats veggies? She can eat whatever she pleases, just like you can.

Keep your opinions to yourself or I'll make YOU a vegetable.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 01:10 PM
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Sorry to pop back in but since the post was addressed to me . . . Anon, i am in perfect health. I am a 30 year-old female 5'6'' 118lbs (size 4), I have low cholesterol and low blood pressure. I am very athletic and enjoy exercise but I rarely take vitamins. I think its just luck of the draw though. My mother is 55 (eats fried southern food all the time and bacon for breakfast almost everyday) and has low cholesterol as well. She too is in perfect health and is a slender size 8! I guess we just have good genes. anyway, I still love to travel and always find something i like while I'm there. I have tried many things, I'm just a piclky eater. Get this, I don't even like chocolate, it tastes bitter to me. Oh well, to each his own.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 01:52 PM
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Thank you to all who are so helpful. I am a terrible typist and very limited when it comes to the net. Please don't misunderstand, I wouldn't consider myself an idiot. I own a very successful mortgage company. I live in a town with a population of 80,000 that is considered to be very elite and cultured.(by Ga standards) I am a number person, who is a complete people person, I just have not used my very lacking talents, ie.spelling and typing My secrataries do all the typing and emailing, I guess thats why we are successful. I truely did not mean to offend. I am very nervous, yet excited about my upcoming trip. I am too picky when it comes to food. I guess you could say I am not terribly fond of fancy foods. I like less exotic more simple, familiar things. However, I do enjoy fine things and we are staying at a 5 star hotels and will be eating at very upscale restarurants, such as le Jardin and Relais la Piscine. I could not find much information about the food in my books. So I thought I would try this site. When I posted my questions, I was unaware that you could be so detailed and tried to make it direct. Sorry. As far as my spelling- Again-I am a number peron and honestly I don't know how to use the spell check while on line. Please accept my appologies?? and thanks again for so much information.Leigh
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 03:24 PM
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To those who do not like veggies, I have one word: jicama.

Try it raw (peeled, cut in chunks); dipping in salad dressing is optional.

What a wonderful little veggie that is!
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 05:44 PM
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If you don't like fancy food, you might be better off NOT going to very "upscale" restaurants (especially ones with French names?). You may find some good simple (but NOT BLAND) meals at inexpensive restaurants frequented by local working people. You may taste things that are unfamiliar but find that you like them. Or, you may enjoy shopping for lunches at regular food stores: nice crusty bread from a bread bakery, some cold cuts or roasted peppers or olives or cheese from another store, and some fruit from a fruit grocer. Then make yourself a fresh, tasty, very cheap lunch of simple things you've selected. (i usually eat several meeeals like that in every trip).
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 07:09 PM
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Leigh, you do not have to apologize for bad spelling or typing. The mean snooties who ridicule such things are the ones who should be apologizing.
 
Old Jan 16th, 2001, 08:56 PM
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This is such a pile of crap, you people are so being taken for a ride with LEIGH! I don't believe a word of it, and think we have been taken in once again.
 
Old Jan 17th, 2001, 08:21 AM
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Let's hear it for secretaries!
 
Old Jan 17th, 2001, 09:03 AM
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Stephen King
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I agree with "ohsovery." However, if LEIGH is for real, and the message is not a troll, then I immediately claim worldwide copyright dibs to include concept, character, background, text (for ALL of LEIGH's messages) and to cover book (ebook and print), screen (television and movie) rights.
 
Old Jan 17th, 2001, 09:32 AM
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To Stephen King and ohsovery along with many others here, why oh why are you guys so cruel especially to a new poster? The old addage is "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." This goes for trolls too. If this was a troll (which I don't think it is) just ignore them and they will go away, there is no reason to be mean. People should have manners even on the internet.
 
Old Jan 19th, 2001, 12:13 PM
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Bravo, anon!
 
Old Feb 10th, 2001, 05:27 AM
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Mediterranean food is just like my version of American food, but with better fresh ingredients. Mediterranean if the food I know best, but here in USA we substitute different vegetables or we don't have the same wild greens and herbs or quite the same varieties or they don't ripen the same way.
 

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