Do The Right Thing…….

Not my own work obviously, but an interesting concept on food, drink and other countries habits, has to be something in it somewhere...

Love this Japanese Doctor!

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: Oh no. Wine made from fruit. Fruit very good. Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of grain. Grain good too. Bottom up!

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can't think of one, sorry. My philosophy: No pain...good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU NOT LISTENING! Food fried in vegetable oil. How getting more vegetable be bad?

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: You crazy?!? HEL-LO-O!! Cocoa bean! Another vegetable! It best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! 'Round' is shape!

Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Brits.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.




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  1. waylander

    I would contend that the level of heart attacks suffered by Brits is in direct proportion to the level of lies, damned lies and (dear god preserve me) statistics thrown at us ever day by self serving, money grabbing thieving politicians.

    1. starlette Post author

      I think that the majority of heart attacks are caused by stress…… opinion only, but I will never think any other…… years gone by lots ate what is now deemed as very unhealthy food…….dripping, fried foods, eggs…….cholesterol wasn’t monitored…….. probs half of people had high blood pressure, but did they ?……….we all know in the days of minimal labour saving devices that household chores were much more physical …….very few people were overweight despite the high fat high sugar content of foods……….maybe the more sedentary lifestyle is to blame for lots of todays illnesses……..and don’t get me started on the emissions from exhaust pipes……….children in pushchairs at the same level as the car exhausts, is there any wonder that Asthma and other breathing problems are on the increase resulting in more deaths…..

  2. Rockflower

    Starlette, you only have to look at the size of Victorian dinner plates, soup bowls and you know they ate heartily. What they did not do was snack constantly. I can look back to how we ate as a child, I know it was war time so a little different but even so. You ate at meal times only, you never ate in the street, even sweets, hot summer’s day at the beach an ice cream cone was permissible. Portions were smaller , meat was sliced thin and a couple of slices, lots of vegetables and fruits. French fries were a huge treat and maybe once per month. We had cakes but they were quite plain unless it was a birthday.Potato chips or crisps came in tiny packets.If you had jello and ice cream at a birthday party it was fantastic.
    So I think people ate plainer foods in smaller portions than they do today.

    I have heard food scientists say…. that because intensive farming methods do not care for the soil, they rely on fertilizer to produce big crops. Because of this, a carrot grown 50 yrs. ago or even 20yrs. ago had more nutrition than one grown today. It is thought by some that the hybridizing of wheat to make it grow with less stem and more seed head, has changed the gluten and this accounts to a growth in human intolerance of gluten. People eat way more processed foods and most of these are high in salt and include palm oil.
    But I am with the doctor, food is a pleasure of life, eat the best you can find, eat great variety and smaller portions.As the song said……Be Happy!

  3. starlette Post author

    Hello Rockflower………processed food is eaten a lot more today than in my childhood, think It was probably just peas and baked beans that we had in tins, so much fast food today with all the added preservatives, colourings …who knows what effects these have on the system……..we get told that additives can be responsible for hyperactive children……so food can affect the brain ?….wonder if it has any bearing on the crime rate…….. what will we be hearing next………..sorry judge I ate a Pepperoni Pizza and it induced me to go on a crime spree………..

    1. Rockflower

      Could well be more to your last comment than you think, research, (I think it was Dutch research) said that not only did what the mother ate effect the baby but also what the grandmother ate! They based this on studies since the last war when the Dutch people were truly starving, and looking at the generations since. The embryo grows in particular stages and each stage needs the nutrients it needs. If the nutrition for building a brain are deficient or if at that time, some additive is in the body, who knows? Sperm rate has fallen and it is speculated that this is due to hormones in the water. Maybe birth control hormones or HRT think how much of that must get flushed away and that is before we even think of poultry given hormones to make their breasts bigger. Cattle are given hormones, regulated in some countries not in others. Big scare just now are micro-beads. These provide the “grit’ in toothpaste and facial scrubs. These have been found in fish, what will they do when they get in us? I think it is since the 50s, there has been an ”explosion” of chemicals. These have improved life but we do live in soup of chemicals, not only in our foods but in textiles, building products, traffic pollution in just about everything. This could well have a partial baring on criminal behaviour LOL! It is a wonder some smart lawyer has not used this as a defence LOL!

      1. vonMichael

        Hi Rock,

        you are right in any point mentioned.

        You knowwhat; I would like to know what Mr. Trump eats, wears, drives a.s.o.
        He denies absolutely any point of yours. He flys to Sunshine state every weekend. Think of all the gallons of aviation gas for one single trip is been needed ( wasted ).

        A successful public rethink starts or ends by the leader of a country. Michael

        Don’t ask me please what I think of my chancellor Merkel when she flys round the world for 20 min. talks! In a time where those talks could be held via phone or the computer????

        1. Rockflower

          Hi Von Michael,
          OK well Trumps views are polar opposite to any views I may have LOL! I’m in Canada and I’m just waiting for him to suggest building a wall to keep Canada out LOL! He has no time for anything about climate change, blames the world’s pre-occupation with climate change on the Chinese!? How does he come to that conclusion? In fact he has not much time for any scientists and has or is planning to cut funding to all kinds of research programs. No doubt scientists in weaponry will not be included in the cuts.
          Although I take your point about politicians flying to meetings, I can understand it a bit. I hate tel- conferences. Better than nothing but you get no sense of body language etc or understanding of how the group is feeling.
          It is difficult to do the right thing I have a small car but as I have difficulty arthritis I do take short trips.
          Our local government used to incinerate the garbage in our rural area before burying what was left. There were concerns about the smoke blowing out to sea, So now a very big diesel truck takes the garbage on a 80 mintute drive to a central incinerator and sorting place,then the truck comes back….is this better?

        2. roseinbloom

          Vonmichael, sometimes people need to meet in person whether they be you or me, or the world leaders and sometimes they need to socialize. Merkel probably knows what Trump eats, but by looking at him we can guess, and it is whatever he wants without thinking intelligently about it.
          Michelle Obama was working on improving the diet and exercise of our country.

  4. starlette Post author

    Gosh where do we start sorting that minefield of chemicals out……….we could say bake your own bread, but chances are the flour has been got at……..only eat fresh, who knows what spray has been used to keep the creepy crawlies at bay……and the water in our taps sheesh……..I drank from a spring as a youngster, allsorts of black bits floating in our bottles of water which we filled from the spring when out for the day……… gawd knows what they were……..but I’m still here to tell the tale……….my daughter was in Turkey a few years ago staying in an old village with a traditional family……..the mother who was ninety was up on the flat rooftop every day shaking heavy flock mattresses, they slept on the floor………the family all sat on the floor, even the elders, and got up with ease…..their diet consisted mainly of tomatoes, soup, bread, cheese and fruit…….definitely something in the words………… we are what we eat……..

  5. roseinbloom

    The USA is the junk food capitol of the world. We manufactured a dangerous fat, and we refine sugar and bleach flour. Junk is not what you should eat. Sugar is in 80% of 600,000 foods. So what can we do? Eat whole foods and close to their natural state. Buy organic if you can bear the price. Buy direct from farms. I have been doing this for a few weeks and feel so much better and that is what we want. I may die tomorrow, but I am able to do most anything and now have the energy to do it. In the US it is hard to find food that is not junk. Sugar is very bad and diabetes is on the increase.

    1. Rockflower

      Hi Roseinbloom,
      America does have great food and produce. but is certainly the place for huge portions. Look at the size of the cup cake, it is big enough for two or three in some places. Salads yes healthy, come in bowls as big as cake mixing bowls LOL! Embarrassed in a hotel because I could only eat half the salad, I asked the waiter, does anyone finish one of these? No was the answer, so think of the waste. Sometimes big business has too much power, they force producers to produce uniform size and with the ability to travel more important than taste and nutrition.
      I agree, with you all we can do is buy from farmers if we can, even if it costs a little more and means we have strip leaves and wash stuff etc. I like the idea of organic but we have to pay much more for it as you point out. I also think we have to take a lot on trust. the organic apple looks very like the non organic apple….does anyone test them to make sure and if so who?
      Most of us care about the welfare of animals, we don’t want hormones in meat, we don’t dairy cows spending a life on concrete, injected with hormones to make them produce so much milk that their skeletal frame can not bare the weight of that daily milk in their bags. These animals develop arthritis at an early age. I have seen film of some breed of cattle , these were in Holland but they may be else where too. They have “re-designed”, these poor creatures so that they have twice the amount of muscle than a normal beast. Rather like those pictures of body builders who are blown up with steroids. They both look freakish to me. In a lot of Europe the sale of meat is falling, people are eating less, they call themselves ‘flextarians” I believe. This is driven by health issues, and concerns we have expressed here, also by being uncomfortable in killing and that is another conversation!. I was reading that scientists and big business know this and are working towards developing livestock with much smaller brains….EEK! this is so scary. business wants to be able to say……..There there worried consumer, these creatures feel nothing, see they have no brain. This fills me with horror…..Oh brave new world?

      1. roseinbloom

        Rockflower, Maybe, I am now a flexian, and I agree with all that you say. We have Amish people fairly close so I may be able to buy without the much higher costs and they do things the old fashioned way and it will be fun to visit the farms. I know a woman from Iran who buys raw milk to make her own yogurt. I wish I knew how to make yogurt.
        I cooked a pound of dried beans today and I plan to eat a lot more of them. They may be altered, but they are in original state. I also have leftover vegetable soup and that is some of what I am eating. I was blessed to have grown up on a smallish farm and grew, raised, or gathered most of what we ate and we were so far out in the country pollution was not a problem.

        1. Rockflower

          Hey it is easy to make your own yoghurt, I have A cuisinart small appliance that sits on the countertop. You buy culture from a , health food type of store or go on the internet. Some cultures are a liquid others a powder, add to milk and put in the machine, plug in. You don’t have to have a machine, put milk culture mix in a jug cover with a cloth and put in a draft free, warm place. Some say if you buy a commercial live culture yogurt from a shop , you can use this add some of it to milk and leave in warm place. Have to say I have not had a much success this way but others do. So worth a try…..good luck.

        2. roseinbloom

          I forgot, I do not agree that we have great food, Most of our people live on junk food and everything is sweetened or salted even fresh meat and people don’t even know it. It tastes good but it is very unhealthy and it is laced with horrible chemicals.

          We need our small farmers back. Big farms have run them out of business and the government has subsidized big farms.
          We do have a push to buy local so we can get our small farms back and restaurants are starting to have their own farms so there is some hope here.

        3. vonMichael

          Hello Rose,

          that was your question:: I wish I knew how to make yogurt:: and that is my answer:: pls. search Amazon and buy yourself a yogurt-maker. The comfort of ranges in price between $10.00 and $50.00. Good luck and have fun, Michael

    2. vonMichael

      Hello Rose,
      to buy direct from farms or if you find one from the farmer markets in town seems to be the onle solution left to get out of the dilemma. That can be true? but!

      Let me give you an idea of how we often shop here in Germany. Most bio-farmer open their homepage to the consumer. They offer a really good view into their daily
      work. Many of them are proud of and advertise the bio-certificates they have got.
      They also offer an open day per week to public, means consumer can convince themselves about the truth.

      1. Rockflower

        Hi Von Michael,

        I know that Germany is far ahead in making the consumer know about contents of food etc. Please keep forging the way for the rest of us. Perhaps this is because Germany has always been in the front of developing actual chemicals so being much more aware of the benefit and the dangers of chemicals. It is were different in N. America, I think Canada is a little more wary but I could be kidding myself.

        1. roseinbloom

          Rockflower. Canada may be doing better now and it may be just one example but Canada allowed genetically altered pigs which changed their digestive process and caused a horrible bacteria in the pig. The US did not approve the gmoed pork. This is according to my information and memory and my memory is hazy.

          1. Rockflower

            You could well be right, not heard of it but I am already disgusted with the factory farm breeding of pigs in Canada. This is a terrible way to keep very intelligent animals.Not to mention the amount of slurry that is hard for any environment to absorb, often said to contaminate ground water. I have seen video of normal Large Whites, they were taught to use a computer and answer simple questions. What happens if a pig types…..please don’t eat me? I know we humans eat everything and if we did not use pigs and cows there would not be too many about. I do want these animals to have a good life and a caring end to their lives. Thousands of pigs cramped together on concrete is not acceptable to me.
            Canada does not allow that hormone to increase milk output for that I’m thankful. Remember those poor horses bred just to produce HRT therapy drugs. But we have to be aware of these things to be able to fight against them, that is the main problem.

      2. roseinbloom

        Vonmichael, I will check on the computer sites and I already have some farm names on the products I bought. The US does certify organic farms, but how rigorously or inclusive it is, I am not informed well at all.I can still check it out and thank you.
        I am feeling so much better and my allergy symptoms are almost gone since I have changed my diet so I am highly motivated.

        1. roseinbloom

          Rockflower, we do have to be aware and we are not the government fought the labeling and they fight the labeling of GMOs and we are just not being protected.
          Our life expectancy is now in a decline and most of it is due to bad diet and the bad diet includes all the chemical and added sugar and salt to make people to keep eating without feeling full. The fiber is removed from many products and fat and powder just melt or salt and grease just melt.
          People can eat 500 calories in potato chips and be hungrier than when they started for example.

          1. starlette Post author

            Protein food keeps you feeling fuller for longer……..maybe the way forward is to become vegetarians to avoid eating what the animals are fed, can still get the protein in eggs, fish beans…….

          2. Rockflower

            Rosinbloom, I hear you and agree. I agree it is the commercialization of food, especially processed food that has really trained national taste to crave the fat, the salt and the sugar. I think of sugar as a drug, and a drug of choice for most.

            I think part of the problem is the change in family life over the last decades. Families do not eat together much if at all.So many children gather what they like from the fridge and take it to their bedrooms.They graze instead of eating meals. I do understand that there are some kids with special dietary needs but I know one mother who provides three options for her family every day because the kid’s are on some fad or other. Not in my house LOL!
            When I was a kid everyone had school dinners,these were cooked in the school by local women using local produce. It was hearty fairly plain food. each class sat at a table together with their teacher or a prefect. Everyone learned what a balanced meal looked like, we were expected to eat some of everything, we learnt table manners. We may have gotten french fries once a month, puddings were very plain, jello and custard, rice pudding, pastry pie with currants was known as fly pie, another fav’ jam suet pudding boiled in a cloth and known as dead baby! Tapioca was known as frog spawn.We had names for every thing LOL. However there were no fat kids, I only remember one in the school.
            When we wanted water, we went to a tap! Staying at a hotel for a night by Heathrow airport, had dinner and was offered a menu of bottled water!!! One available was from China? That is another thing… a fizzy drink was a huge treat, we had it at Christmas or birthdays or if the grownups were having wine with a meal we got a soda in a wine glass LOL. The sad fact here is, that coke is cheaper than milk here. Ok I’ve had my rant sorry about that.

  6. vonMichael

    Hello Rose, Star, Rock,
    cum grano salis or as you say it ** with a pinch of salt **, there is so much truth in each of your comments.

    Fast, fat and easy, or the laziness of the people inspires food producers round the globe for producing more and more so called “”convenient products “”. Who of you remembers the first Italien products … Miracoli and Ravioli… which came on our markets in the mid 60s.
    Who of you reads the tables of contents on the package, who understand them??
    The minority of the consumer put al lot of trust in the brand name and the catchprases on them like;;; low fat, low calories, no lactose ( sugar ), few soja elements a.s.o. and the minefield of chemicals perfectly headed from Star. In this context I would like to mention the video on YouTube ** Beefmasters Work For Commercial Cattlemen **
    Cattle gain on more flesh in less time so the animals can be slaughtered earlier and delivere a higher price per kilo.
    If beef doesn’t ripes for 25 – 30 days as it should do with the result, the consumer will pay a higher price for liquidand not the quality the beef.
    The total procedure of shopping, buying, cooking and preparing of meals is a challenge of the individual creativity and the majority of the females don’t want to invest more time in doing it than it is absolutely necessary.

    Let me mention a bbc production to you called ..Wartime Farm … which will give you an impression of how people managed the hard time of WW2. Michael

    1. Rockflower

      I agree Von Michael, in fact I think we are all in the same mind more or less. I agree with you saying most females are not interested in doing the cooking. In fact where I live those with the most up-to-date snazzy kitchens seem to have them as a kind of stage set or museum, God forbid they should make it untidy cooking in it. I have a kind of notoriety locally as….She who cooks from scratch! I took a chocolate cake to a gathering and they looked at my offering and said…I suppose you made this with chocolate , eggs , flour and stuff LOL! This is because they like to buy a cake mix in a box. These are not worth eating. I love my daughters in law, they bring my grandchildren up well but they don’t
      cook much. My sons do the major cooking for their families.
      I see tins of custard in the shops, what is easier to make than a custard? Most of N. America buy macaroni cheese in a box!!!! The box contains the pasta and some orange powder you add milk??? I have neighbours that go to the local cafe once a week to have a roast meat dinner, they think this is far too difficult for them to cook? This is the power of advertising LOL, ads’ tell people on TV, don’t clean your kitchen, enjoy our frozen roast beef, from Sunny Ridge Farm, delicious and no fuss.

      I watched those BBC programs, they were brilliant. They brought back many memories for me because I was a young child, living on my grandparent’s farm. Every scrap of land was made to produce something even the cricket ground! All children had jobs before and after school, mine was egg collecting and feeding the birds, I had to round up all the birds and put them inside at night. Chickens OK but geese can be scary for a small girl LOL. Officially the butter ration was some thing like 2oz per person per week I think. very small amount. The margarine was nothing like the margarine of today, it was as hard as a brick and tasted horrible. But you could do something with the real butter, gelatine and the margarine, whipped together. No electric mixer, no electric half the time the whipping up took hours. For all that effort the result was just palatable.

  7. starlette Post author

    Hello Michael……..luckily we are old enough to have known times when fast food and take away places didn’t exist, so by and large we would know what is healthy food………the worrying thing is that so many of todays young people think the fast food rubbish is the norm………..its easy and convenient……..but soooooo expensive and full of absolute rubbish……..lots of the chemicals and E numbers have been related to hyperactivity in children………could this have something to do with the society we live in today……….crime and violence related….who knows…

  8. roseinbloom

    Rockflower, I agree with all you say except “sugar is a drug of choice” when 80% of the sugar is hidden and the poor infants and children have no choice. Where are the laws to protect them? Cola is cheaper than milk and so is water. All are drinks but one is food and drink and water is without toxins so I hope parents will understand this. I hope no one is giving coke to children because it is cheaper than milk. These nerve damaged children are in the schools and are expected to learn when they are high from sugar and caffeine. Sad. So sad.

    1. Rockflower

      I’m sorry to say coke is given to children. Mothers will say but I buy the one without sugar. As you know the sweetener is hardly better. I live in a part of Canada where, if you flew over us the land looks equal water and land. Most of us have well water or from lakes, it is free of chemicals hardly any farms here, there are a few golf courses that also pollute. My water comes from a lake, we get regular water which is safe and we have the option of getting super filtered and treated by light water so we are lucky.This is all covered by our town taxes. The super filtered is for drinking and cooking. You can have as much as you like but you do have to take your container and fill it at the filtration place. In other communities they have not invested in this. On mainland Canada some areas have had their ground water contaminated by farm or industrial run off and this is a problem for those places.

    2. vonMichael

      Hello Rose;

      do you have no declaration of contents on the product label in the states?? This belonges to the statutory provision for foodstuffs here in Germany.

  9. vonMichael

    Hello Star,

    let me try to find a decent answer to the points in your comment, if you don’t mind.

    After WW2. our normal life in food started with the care-parcels we received from the USA. Many thanks to that organisation who cared about the starving population here in Germany.
    My parents started a new life with nothing in their hands and on top of this they were demoralized by the chaos the Nazi left for us. So my MuM had to improvise with the food she brought to table every day.
    The beginning of the 60ts started with new food ( better unknown food ) from Italy, Spain, Greece but also from the Allies found their way into the shops.
    Even at this time my parents still didn’t have the money to serve us delicious
    imported products ( well they safed up for special occasions during the year ).

    I’m glad that I’ve gone trough that times cos I’ve learned to live on a meager budget.
    The young ones of today don’t know what it means to safe a percentage of their earnings to fulfill their whishes by the end of one year. That makes the difference
    between us.
    I remember a story that I’ve been told about Herta sausage and their abitions to bring German on the British markets. An endeavour that ended up in a calamity cos British consumer did’nt buy products of which they had no idea what was they made of! Means British consumer were sceptic, very sceptic against imported food.
    The motto of today seems to be, lets have a try if it is up to taste it will be bought again.
    Very few of them understand that a pizza for less than 2,00€ can’t be of good quality. The general public doesn’t care about quality. They run their errants under the view of quantity+lowest price+ convenience.
    Today I took a look into the offer of Tesco, Aldi and Lidl in the UK and found similar offer there and on our domestic market. Means, Dr. Oetker produces nearly the same pizza for both markets.
    I do the cooking for my wife and me, I do the shopping and I’m absolutely happy
    I can’t cook neither the French nor the Italien style. I’ve not even tried to learn the dishes cos it is impossible to get all the fresh products which are needed.
    Rock gives the right answer; buy smaler quantity at a higher price but in good quality with the result; seldom, very seldom leftovers get thrown away.xxxM

    1. roseinbloom

      vonMichael. Everything you say is very interesting. Here in large cities and even in small town, we can get almost any food we want for cooking, because of our many immigrants here of many nationalities. I have an Asian store and an Asian restaurant to which I can walk in about 10 minutes. I am very good at cooking Italian food and fair at French food and I have tried to cook some Asian food. I do curry and stir fry. It is easier getting products here because Americans are starting to seek exotic foods. I live in a southern city and it is very diversified but out in the country, people eat the unhealthy diet of process wheat and refined flour and all the junk foods. Sadly, even if these people want to eat healthy, they do not know how, and they do not know what cooking from basic ingredients is. They have grown up on what the super markets provide. Even if they are diabetic the doctors and nutritionists don’t help them much. The sugar is hidden in foods and the nutrition is in a math that is unknown to them. Obesity is our Number One health problem in the US.

  10. Rockflower

    I think my generation did learn to make do and mend we lived under the motto, waste is a sin. I still think that way, can’t help it. I cook and have learnt to cook French, Italian, Greek and some German LOL. I used to do the fancy stuff for dinner parties etc but basically I’m a peasant and I like peasant food best. We were in Africa for a couple of years, the MiddleEast( when you could still travel there.) And parts of India. I tended to avoid meat most of the time, often ate street food, wonderful in India and mostly actually quite healthy being vegetables and chick peas and beans. It is true Michael you cannot get all the wonderful ingredients but you can substitute for something near the real thing.It is really difficult here and what have they done to the tomato, never get a decent tomato from a supermarket do you? Used to buy ugly lumpy tomatoes in Kenya straight from the Shamba, not beauties but the taste wonderful. I can buy asparagus all year round in the supermarket here but I don’t like it, it has a bitter after taste. This time of year in UK you can for about a month get fat fresh local asparagus, which is ambrosia. Here we can pick wild tiny strawberries, a pain to pick them but concentrated taste. We have wild raspberries, it is a mystery to me but these wild ones never seem to harbour grubs or insects and although smaller, intense taste. I better go an do some cooking instead of just writing LOL.

    1. roseinbloom

      Rockflower, I can relate to what you say. I grew up picking wild berries of several kinds, but the wild strawberries were my favorite. I would spend all day picking a big bucket of berries and making a big cooler which we had with our own whole creamy milk. I lived on a farm, thank heavens and my mother was a splendid cook and we had food that could be called peasant food but some of the food was better than anything I have had in my travels to fine restaurants here and in Europe and Mexico. Some of the peasants make splendid food. I knew a lady from Bohemia and she made coffee cake that was incredibly good. I lived in a community of eastern Europeans and ate at their homes and in their restaurants and their chicken paprika shens was as wonderful as Coq au vin. I do love french food and think it is wonderful though. I also love Italian food and the Italian peasants can cook it better than Italian chefs here.
      In the US I prefer ethnic food of most all types to the American food places.
      We are short on French restaurants here and they are usually extremely expensive and most are not good. Many American will eat only American food. Most will eat pizza and tacos. Food first and last needs to be wholesome and supply our nutritional needs then taste and preference can be considered.

  11. Rockflower

    I’m going to address you all because we are all having the same conversation here. Pity I could not “beam” you all over for coffee and cake.
    In my younger days we have been to these fancy restaurants , the prices make your eyes water but you convince yourself this is all so cool or something. I remember on one occasion driving miles to dine at such a place with friends. They had chosen the place, Heck! I can’t even remember what we ate! I do remember it cost a fortune and on the long drive home over the hills on twisty roads, motion sick , I left my expensive meal in the bushes, husband was disgusted with me LOL.

    You are so lucky Roseinbloom to have access to all those ethnic stores
    I’m green with envy. Starlette, when one of my sons was a student he worked in fast food place….it put him off the stuff for ever. Perhaps that is the answer send kids to work in restaurants? I’m sure you are right all the additives in this kind of food must have effect on some people at least. I know someone who had a Chinese meal with MSG, he went to emergency thinking he was having a heart attack, sweats, pain dizziness the whole deal. Turns out it was a reaction to msg.