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June 13, 2007

World's largest wholesale market

Pressed_duck Rungis, just outside Paris, is a cult place for gourmets. It is the world's largest wholesale market for fresh produce. Fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, cheese and even fresh flowers are sold here every day in quantities so large an entire train station and highway exit has been built to serve it

Also there, le canard à la presse as it is served at La Tour d'Argent

From “Soup jockey” to “Put a hat on it” - The exact origins of Diner slang have not been clearly identified. There appears to be some common usage by black waiters in the 1870s and 1880s. Diner slang was popular in diners, lunch rooms and luncheonettes from the 1920s until the 1970s. Although many of the terms were created for fun and to lighten up the stress of the restaurant environment, having distinct names for menu items helped the short order cooks

Five fake names I like to give at restaurants

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April 11, 2007

The Fresh-a-Pepper

Pepper_grind Too Much Information (An old joke with perfect delivery)

Every McDonald's is unique in it's own way

Street Food Videos from the far east

Five ideas I’ve had for family theme restaurants, including B.F. Skinner’s Original Stuffers

Red-Guard Themed Restaurant opened in China

David Byrne was wondering what’s with the Pepper grinding ritual that invaded U.S. restaurants a decade or 2 ago

(Also: Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down)

"Never go out to eat on a Monday" and 9 other Things Your Restaurant Will Not Tell You

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April 06, 2007

A taste of Sonora in Riverside

What a surprise! We’ve discovered the most delightful restaurant right in downtown Riverside, California. We were lusting for some original Ensenada-style street Ceviche, and Google sent us to Mariscos El Tío's. Only a block from the old Fox theater and the much fancier Mission Inn, it’s a different world all together.

You may have passed by this corner hundreds of times, and never noticed the place. Once inside, you are transported to a funkier, simpler sensibility. The food there is delicious, none of the servers speaks English, and the home-made art naïf décor is full of surprises. See for yourself.

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More photos here

Mariscos El Tío's - 3948 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside. 951-788-0230

Update: Apparently, the photographs of this post act up in Safari. WHat can be done about it?

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April 6, 2007 in Food - Restaurants & Bars, Riverside & Corona - California | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

March 01, 2007

Cooking the books

Fast_food_joint A Politically Incorrect Restaurant in Manila - Flavors of Negros

A collection of eccentric Chinese Restaurant matchbooks

Arkiva Tropika is a collection of mostly pre-1970 menus, postcards, matchbooks, and paper ephemera souvenir items, mainly from Polynesian and other Exotic theme restaurants, hotels, and the like

Ziddy: A girl wearing a paper mask has lunch at the cafeterias of major Japanese companies (? From Exploding Aardvark)

Cooking the books: Anyone can cook from any cookbook out there, but it takes a special kind of nutjob to attempt every recipe in The French Laundry Cookbook at Home

The Sysco monopoly. How Sysco's 400,000-plus item catalog supplies nearly 400,000 American eating establishments, from Wendy's to Gitmo

World's First Wendy's Restaurant in Columbus, OH is closing. (From Gadling)

The Dome restaurant is located on the 63rd floor of Bangkok’s second tallest building

Linger Lodge in Florida, with their “On the road grill menu”, and other unusual restaurants from around the world

By the way, I am leaving on a weekend cruise to Mexico. This post had been pre-blogged for your enjoyment

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January 12, 2007

Free meals at Hooters – For Life!

Outback_onion On Friday October 20, 2006 Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were presented with Hooters VIP Cards at a Hooters Restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas. The Cards entitle the gentlemen to free food at any of the chains 435 locations in 46 states and 20 countries exclusive of tip and alcohol

Vintage and Modern Diner Postcards

Waiters who are nauseated by food

How the Outback Steakhouse chain turned a 40-cent onion into a 5-dollar menu item: The Secret Onion Bloomer. Only £14.99

Dining in the dark at Dans le Noir

After almost seven years of working at the “Bistro”, ”Waiter” quit his job. Now we are waiting for his book, which will surely rock

This is a copy of the official rules of the Serial Diners, a group founded in 1989 and dedicated to dining at every restaurant listed in the Toronto Yellow Pages (in alphabetical order), at the rate of one per week

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December 17, 2006

That will be $55, please

Mac_and_cheese The $55 Mac And Cheese order at The Waverly Inn. (Photo from Somewhat Frank)

The Domino Pizza effect

The Donauturm. From Wikipedia’s list of revolving restaurants around the world

Mister Softee and the other top ten Creepiest Fast Food Mascots

Sammy's Rumanian restaurant, a promotional video presentation that is developed & sold for as low as $300

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December 04, 2006

Golden restaurant

French_maids For a nice dish of Polonium-210, visit The Polonium Restaurant (or buy it online for as little as $69)

In front of the local Taco Bell in Anchorage, Alaska

Dolce & Gabbana opens a gold restaurant in Milan

Nurses at the Heart Attack Grill are not really nurses. None of the women pictured on our website actually have any medical training, nor do they attempt to provide any real medical services. Maids at the iMade Cafe are not really Japanese maids either

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October 24, 2006

McConnell's Pork Barrel

Wine_list At Mantra, hyped as the world's first ayurvedic restaurant, you don't order. The waiter looks you over and tells you what you're having

McCain, Feingold Co-Sponsor Chain Of Integrity-Themed Eateries

Waiters at a new Chinese Noodle house must wear noodle style hair

“The most dangerous species of owner is the one who gets into the business for love.” The economics behind an independt coffee shop

La Coupole, 102 boulevard Montparnasse

All patrons of the Hypnosis Restaurant would agree to be hypnotized before dining. Obviously this would make the food taste better and the service would appear spectacular. The hypnosis would all be above board and voluntary. And for liability reasons the restaurant would record everything that happens with security cameras and get signed releases

Re-post: 300 love letters

God bless you for the beautiful radio I won

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September 27, 2006

"Donkey - Good for the skin..."

Strange_restaurant The ultimate poseur's paradise - A restaurant that serves Nothing

Obikà, a mozzarella bar in Rome

Strange Restaurant. By Shel Silverstein

The owner of a restaurant named after Adolf Hitler said he will change its name because it angered so many people

Beijing's penis emporium

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August 04, 2006

Pub on a bike

Cute_waitress Dinner in the sky

Push One To Proceed in English. Bill Balsamico, owner of Casa D'Ice in North Versailles, PA, expresses his very opinionated political ideas on the sign in front of his restaurant

The Grand Lake Theater in Berkeley Oakland does too

Pay from the heart. Seva Café is a restaurant at which you aren't allowed to pay your bill but can agree to pay the bill of a party seated in the future. And your bill was paid for by someone who ate there before you arrived

A Czech restaurant where the waitresses are naked. WARNING: Nakedness inside!

Mobil Pubs in Holland. (From Neatorama)

Tantra Restaurant, Miami Beach

Catch Your Own Dinner Themed Japanese Restaurant

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July 01, 2006

Box Lunch

Cocktails_bar Ed Helm investigates the controversy behind the new Mexican restaurant in Scottsdale: “So you have a problem with Mexicans?”…

The Brown Fog at the Restaurant. Art by Erik Wayne Patterson

Uzbeki café dedicated to Britney Spears

Hooker's Restaurant in Lexington, Mississippi, the best food in Holmes County

The Wal-Mart of Burritos: Why restaurant stocks are thriving

Protest in China closes cat meat restaurant. Also, Lucky Cheng's, a Chinese restaurant in NYC, where all the "waitresses" are men in drag (Warning: Loud disco-type music!)

Letting customers skip the line (Only in NYC so far)

Some other waiter blogs: Red Lobster Hates their employees and stories of an Insane Waiter

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June 10, 2006

1:30 WORK Stick of gum
3:15 Glass of water
4:05 Glass of water
4:35 4 Hershey’s Kisses
4:37 Stick of gum…

Ny_diet I am completely fascinated by this article about the New York Diet. Five “regular” New Yorkers record everything they eat for one week. It’s as exciting to read as poetry. And they (especially The Bachelor & The Rabbinical Student) drink so much water! (Found on Kottke)

Same location, The Taste of The New York Subway: A directory of NYC restaurants organized by subway stop. Not very interesting, except of the concept, really. (From Presurfer. Hi, Gerard, how is it going? hoe gaat 't met je?)

Buck's restaurant in Woodside, California, where Silicon Valley honchos meet for deals over breakfast. It is owned by Jamis MacNivan. So now they are looking for "Buck's Restaurant VC Spotter"

Wherever you go, your stomach goes too, and we bet it's got some stories to tell. MealMe is place to share those stories

Gilgamesh Restaurant Lounge

(Update: This picture of the gal drinking water makes me thirsty!)

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April 25, 2006

I love cafes

Ihop 22 Belgian chefs became the first people ever to eat a whole gastronomic meal 50 metres above the ground, dangling from a crane

A short Glossary of Indian Restaurant Curries. From Balti to Vindaloo

Project: Denny’s. To visit every Denny's restaurant in the world (or at least as many as possible), getting lots of free stuff along the way. "And so it was written that at each Denny's restaurant there shall be a worker whose image resembles that of Saint Al of Yankovic"

Photos from The First and Last Chance Bar in Oakland, an old hangout of Jack London

Steve Plotnicki reviews a meal at Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, from Nitro-Green Tea Lime Mousse all the way to the carrot and orange tuile with beetroot jelly, mango, and Douglas Fir puree

Jerry Kindall’s Seattle Pancake Page. A Sculpture of a Pancake Stack

Russell Davies’s Breakfasts in America

Food Magellan. To “visit” as many of the countries of the world in a year and sample their cuisines. Due to financial and other constraints, this will be accomplished by making excursions around Los Angeles, occasionally using a liberal definition of “around.”

The Paupered Chef

By the way, if you read this, please name below your most favorite local restaurant

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March 20, 2006

On the menu today -

Vintage_corkscrew - Horse penis and testicles with a chilli dip, at China's first speciality penis restaurant

Butter many privates, French Crips, Rurality salad and many other Engrish atrocities from May I take your order?

Twins Restaurant is owned by identical twin sisters Lisa Ganz, twin sister Debbie Ganz, and actor Tom Berenger. We are the only restaurant of its kind, staffed entirely by 37 sets of identical twins who work the same shift, in the same station, in the same uniform

Ever wanted all the communion wafers you could eat? Then come on down to The Host barn. By Scott Gairdner. NSFW if you work in a Catholic Church

Route 40 Diners. (From John’s blog)

Elvis American Diner is the only officially-sanctioned Elvis attraction in the world outside of Graceland. It sells Elvis wine made from Israeli grapes

Bahooka Ribs and Grog in Rosemead

Special corkscrew above from David Lee. Many More Unusual Bars and Restaurants Here

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February 09, 2006

Heaven & Hell

Escher_heavens Jennifer Sharpe’s Photo Walls series. Found on the Metafilter’s thread “What's up with those framed autographed headshots that decorate so many restaurants, bars, and laundromats?” These headshots encompass the whole range from A-list superstars and B-list character actors down to Z-list nobodies and has-beens… The photos of SharpeWorld (And an excellent excuse to repost another link to radio anarchists Coyle and Sharpe)

Tokyo bar matchboxes. (From ”Bifurcated Rivets”). In Tokyo today, popular Maid Cafes in Akihabara district

Bad Joke of the Day: If Big Breasted Women Work At Hooters, Where Do One Legged Women Work?

The Encounter Restaurant at Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

The F Word Restaurant - The F does not stand for what you think

Competing to see how much faster can you deliver junk food

Another very nice tale from “Waiter Rant”, Heaven & Hell. I predict that 2006 will be the year for this anonymous waiter-writer to get his million dollar book deal. If anybody deserves fame & fortune… Read all 267 wonderful previous stories in the archives… (Colorized image of Escher’s Heaven & Hell above, from Worth 1000’s Escher Blowout 2)

Horny Toad, the best Fried Chicken Restaurant in Arizona. (According to Smiles & Groans)

Saveur magazine's eighth annual list of favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things

I ordered my ticket today for a surprise November trip to China! What to expect there? Restaurants in China...

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