June 4, 2012

tweet of the day


  1. Sheila Ryan on June 4th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Go out to Olive Garden, then come home and watch cable news.

  2. Joel Bernstein on June 4th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I think they have TVs so you can watch while you eat.

  3. SC on June 5th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I always think of suburban chain food as uniquely American but I’ve never explored the European equivalent. When I looked at this today, it made me thing that the UK version of Olive Garden is probably just as yummy: http://www.shitefood.co.uk/.

  4. Sheila Ryan on June 6th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    SC, I’m almost certain that UK convenience foods are also just as yummy as their Stateside equivalents. Or so I’m given to believe by a friend who shops at the wonderfully named Approved Foods (“the biggest online sellers of clearance food and drink”).

    Two weeks ago it was possible to buy an entire twelve-pack case of expired Christmas Dinner Flavoured Pot Noodles for £1.00.

    I’ll bet you’re wondering what Christmas Dinner Flavour is.

  5. Sheila Ryan on June 6th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    The discounted pot noodles, incidentally, were noted as being “best before 31 July 2011.” Customers were limited to two cases.

    This item is now sold out.

  6. Sheila Ryan on June 6th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I have just learned of a new thing: de-identified products. I do not think they can be the same as generic products, as they have been de-identified, which sounds like de-briefing or worse.

    See: De-Identified Instant Bread Sauce Mix at £0.15 the packet (limited to 300 per customer).

  7. Sheila Ryan on June 6th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    It gets better.

    De-Identified Minced Beef in Gravy.

    One could waste an entire morning in the Packet Foods section alone.

  8. Casey Cichowicz on June 6th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    De-Identified suggests that one can no longer tell what it’s supposed to be without the packaging that explains the attempted flavor (oh! minced beef in gravy!).

    Also, my standard Chinese order is tofu with mixed vegetables in brown sauce, no baby corn. Brown sauce, what is that?

  9. Sheila Ryan on June 6th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    The mystery of brown sauce is that it was de-identified at its moment of creation.

  10. Sheila Ryan on June 6th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I like Thai restaurants whose menus feature the word “gravy” where I might refer to a “sauce.”

  11. SC on June 6th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Sheila, thank you for Approved Foods. I got lost in the gift section. Yes, I rubbernecked through the video that’s part of the Transformers Party Table Stand Up Centerpiece page.

    Yes, “de-identified products” is a very useful term. I can use it when my friend removes the tag from my scarf, for example.

    I’m kinda interested in the Countryside Fat Ball Feeder in the pet section. That’s for outdoor use, right? And the Flexi Cat thing looks fun, though I don’t know any walkable cats.

  12. Sheila Ryan on June 8th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    SC, Countryside Fat Ball Feeder is so much fun to imagine that I cannot bring myself to look at the article itself.