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Old 06-05-2013, 03:16   #61
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Oh God. I could eat the woman, but not that pile of **** on the plate.
My reaction to my 1st American Diner...
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My reaction to my 1st American Diner...
Ha! I'm reminded of my first flight to the US - on the last leg we'd been resupplied, and the food was distinctively different from anything I'd ever encountered. In fact, it seemed strangely unlike food. The sort of food you might seek out if you were allergic to food.

I was careful to keep my tone absolutely light, conversational and neutral as I remarked to the nice couple from Colorado "My first experience of American food!"

to which they simultaneously said, in horrified tones

"Oh, we're SO sorry !!!"
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On the topic of Marmite, my first memories must have coincided with my sudden discovery that I could read.

And one of the first things I remember independently reading was the wonderful slogan around the top of the white glass Marmite jar:

"Too much spoils the flavour"

I later learned that this was a jar Mum had kept from an earlier era, when marketing still meant making sure people remained happy that they'd chosen to buy your product.... those were the days (sigh ...)

She used to decant bulk Marmite into it. It was a thing of beauty, that jar.... visually, philosophically, and olfactorarily ...

Incidentally, Marmite was being produced in NZ three years before Vegemite first started trickling obscenely from disgusting nozzles, in dilapidated Australian sweatshops. Before my Mum was born, in the case of Marmite....

Ya boo sucks !

(notice how "fair and balanced" we can be down under? Not to mention mature...

You'll never guess what network we learned it from ;-)

And the recent "Marmageddon" was not the first time we'd had to do without: the factory burned down in the mid 60s...
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And the recent "Marmageddon" was not the first time we'd had to do without: the factory burned down in the mid 60s...
Vegamities have 'Imperialistic' leanings and can be ruthless when crossed....
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She's very flattered... photo appreciated
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Naah... Guiness... food in a bottle..
You know... Negro Modello style is actually a German beer! When Germans emigrated to various places in the world during the late 1800's they brought their recipes from those regions and started up breweries. Negro Modelo is technically a "Vienna Lager" in the same family and quality as Samuel Adams and Great Lakes Elliot Ness.
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Re: What Can you not find in Certain Countries While Cruising?

When in areas where the various "...mites" are not on the market shelves, we sometimes see it in the toxic waste dumps. But it isn't for sale...

Seriously, we've been in the south pacific eddy for a couple of decades now and I just can't acquire that "acquired taste". Couldn't ever get around grits either when I used to travel in the south in the states. No sense of adventure, I guess!

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Re: What Can you not find in Certain Countries While Cruising?

nimblemotors, thanks for the Zatarian's root beer info. They are temporarily out of stock, but I will send for some to try out. At $2 a bottle, it's not a major investment. I can use it to bypass the Sodastream syrup and save a bunch of money and space on the boat. I already have eliminated needing to purchase the gas refills. Now, if only I can find a tonic extract, I will be completely independent of those folks in Switzerland.
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So.... Vegemite is the Aussie version of Spam then...?

"..I once met a man in Brussels,
he was 6 foot 4 and full of muscles,
I said do you speak my language,
then he gave me a Vegemite sandwich...

Do you come from the land down under...."
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When in areas where the various "...mites" are not on the market shelves, we sometimes see it in the toxic waste dumps. But it isn't for sale...

Seriously, we've been in the south pacific eddy for a couple of decades now and I just can't acquire that "acquired taste"......
Cheers,
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You need to have been fed it via the placenta, then in breast milk, spread on your very first rusk, on toast with melting butter at the toddler stage, and finally with cheese on sandwiches in your first school lunchbox.

Nothing short of this will make you a Happy Little Vegemite .
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Good quality cheddar cheese is difficult to find after one leaves Mexico, until one arrives in New Zealand. Fortunately, there are lovely cheeses in Papeete, and when we were there, New Zealand cheddar was being flown into Neiafu in Tonga. The whole supply would disappear within 3 hrs.! No cheese, red wine or salami in the Solomon Is.
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I made my own using extract..takes up very little space so good for a boat,
sounds like I should mail you some..I have a lot of it, this little bottle makes 5 gallons of it.

I found another source for Root Beer Syrup and other syrups such as Cola, Sarsaparilla, Cream at Lehmans.com, a company that supplies to the Amish community that live without electricity.

I ordered their Lehman's Non Electric Catalog and have been circling items daily.
A great alternative source for galley supplies and just about everything else for the liveaboard or cruiser!
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Uh... You do realize that Negra Modelo is a Mexican beer, don't you?
hell yes it's a mexican beer. still the best damn beer in the world if served ice cold
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that's the reason it's served ice cold. it numbs your taste buds so you can't actually taste how bad it is.

english pub ale is served at room temperature. no need to disguise it...
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PIZZA...there is no good pizza in mexico.

seems all the italians went to florida instead of mexico, so the oregano and olive oil are spared here...
You've been on the wrong coast, Zee. Best pizza I ever had, anywhere in the world, was in the Yucatan, in a little palapa-and-sand place called "La Mascara" in Playa Del Carmen. They serve a lobster-tail pizza made in a wood-fired oven. It's your basic cheese pizza with an intact lobster tail on the top.

Yum.
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