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« Reply #6015 on: July 11, 2014, 01:32:46 PM »


But her husband (who loves ALL food) didn't like it either.  My suspicion is that if the bacon was limp and undercooked, the rest of the food was probably not well prepared either.
Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.
But I'm a little mystified how anyone would conclude that 'pork belly' would be lean meat.

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« Reply #6016 on: July 11, 2014, 03:21:23 PM »
I blame Trading Places.  No, hear me out, I'm serious!  :)  When Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy) was being taught about pork bellies, he was told that they were used to make bacon.  Therefore, I was expecting lots of bacon - with fat, sure, but not the jiggly gelatinous kind that I got.  (Urp.)  The fact that it was called Death By Bacon cemented that belief. 

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Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.

Heh, my husband is one of them.  :)  Actually, though, the description said "crispy bacon", and this was not.

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« Reply #6017 on: July 11, 2014, 03:32:55 PM »


But her husband (who loves ALL food) didn't like it either.  My suspicion is that if the bacon was limp and undercooked, the rest of the food was probably not well prepared either.
Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.
But I'm a little mystified how anyone would conclude that 'pork belly' would be lean meat.

I suspect a lot of people don't realize that pork belly is the same cut as American bacon but without the salt and smoke --  which makes it a little pointless in my humble opinion.   ;)  Shalamar probably thought it would be closer to a pork chop or a country-style rib.  (Quick, what part of the pig do country-style ribs come from?   :D   )

I just read Shalamar's update.  Nope, pork bellies have all the fat and none of the good stuff.  I don't understand the appeal, myself.

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« Reply #6018 on: July 11, 2014, 04:24:42 PM »


But her husband (who loves ALL food) didn't like it either.  My suspicion is that if the bacon was limp and undercooked, the rest of the food was probably not well prepared either.
Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.
But I'm a little mystified how anyone would conclude that 'pork belly' would be lean meat.

I don't think I've ever had pork belly, but I would expect actual pork. What I'm envisioning based on the description is a slab of fat.
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« Reply #6019 on: July 11, 2014, 04:36:02 PM »


But her husband (who loves ALL food) didn't like it either.  My suspicion is that if the bacon was limp and undercooked, the rest of the food was probably not well prepared either.
Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.
But I'm a little mystified how anyone would conclude that 'pork belly' would be lean meat.

I don't think I've ever had pork belly, but I would expect actual pork. What I'm envisioning based on the description is a slab of fat.

I just double-checked to make sure.  Pork belly isn't quite a slab of fat like saltpork/fatback because it does have some meat in it, but it does have quite a bit of fat.  Evidently, it is very popular in a lot of Asian cuisines and some traditional European dishes.

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« Reply #6020 on: July 11, 2014, 06:32:01 PM »
Pork belly = that little chunk of "bacon" you sometimes find in cans of baked beans.  The one that's all greasy and slimy and has no actual flavor whatsoever.

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« Reply #6021 on: July 11, 2014, 09:08:14 PM »
Pork belly has become really popular here and pops up on a lot of menus. It's delicious when cooked properly.

I first tasted it years ago in a yum cha (dim sum) restaurant - it was one of the special dishes you could order. Sure it's a fatty cut of meat but the cook did beautiful things with marinades and it was exquisitely flavoured and melt-in-the-mouth tender. I've also had it as a roast with the skin crispy (think crackling). Recently bought some myself that was pre-marinaded with Asian spices and slow cooked it in the oven. Turned out really well.

So please don't write it off based on a single bad experience or the memory of some greasy slimy leftover in a can of beans.
 

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« Reply #6022 on: July 11, 2014, 10:21:41 PM »
The pork belly I had at the authentic yakitori (? food on sticks) restaurant was wonderful. It was like a mix of bacon and ham. The pork belly I've had in non-Asian restaurants? The chunk of fatness.   :-\

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« Reply #6023 on: July 12, 2014, 09:14:35 AM »
Pork belly (especially properly done "twice cooked" pork belly) is delicious!  Awesome stuff!  However; badly cooked, it's atrocious.
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« Reply #6024 on: July 13, 2014, 02:03:14 AM »


But her husband (who loves ALL food) didn't like it either.  My suspicion is that if the bacon was limp and undercooked, the rest of the food was probably not well prepared either.
Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.
But I'm a little mystified how anyone would conclude that 'pork belly' would be lean meat.

I suspect a lot of people don't realize that pork belly is the same cut as American bacon but without the salt and smoke --  which makes it a little pointless in my humble opinion.   ;)  Shalamar probably thought it would be closer to a pork chop or a country-style rib.  (Quick, what part of the pig do country-style ribs come from?   :D   )

I just read Shalamar's update.  Nope, pork bellies have all the fat and none of the good stuff.  I don't understand the appeal, myself.


But her husband (who loves ALL food) didn't like it either.  My suspicion is that if the bacon was limp and undercooked, the rest of the food was probably not well prepared either.
Strange as it may seem to us crispy bacon people, there ARE people who believe that bacon should be flexible when cooked.
But I'm a little mystified how anyone would conclude that 'pork belly' would be lean meat.

I suspect a lot of people don't realize that pork belly is the same cut as American bacon but without the salt and smoke --  which makes it a little pointless in my humble opinion.   ;)  Shalamar probably thought it would be closer to a pork chop or a country-style rib.  (Quick, what part of the pig do country-style ribs come from?   :D   )

I just read Shalamar's update.  Nope, pork bellies have all the fat and none of the good stuff.  I don't understand the appeal, myself.

Country style ribs actually come from the Boston Butt, AKA the shoulder.

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« Reply #6025 on: July 13, 2014, 08:56:42 AM »
Pork belly (especially properly done "twice cooked" pork belly) is delicious!  Awesome stuff!  However; badly cooked, it's atrocious.

Totally true. Good pork belly is melty and rich and has crispy bits and is like a chunk of heaven!

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« Reply #6026 on: July 15, 2014, 05:55:30 PM »
My local Starbucks.  They were running a promotion where if you get a hot drink in the morning, you can get a cold drink after 2 p.m. at a discount.

I went back to get the cold drink and was told that the receipt had to be stamped.  There were no signs saying this and the receipts weren't being stamped automatically.

I went to another Starbucks the next day and deliberately didn't say anything - they gave me a stamped receipt without me saying a word which I assume is what is supposed to happen.

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« Reply #6027 on: July 15, 2014, 10:37:48 PM »
I know that I've mentioned Fry's before, but sadly, they're the only choice for some electronics, other than waiting several days for something to be shipped. I needed, urgently, to replace the cooller in one of my computers so trudged off to my local Fry's.

I had checked the online store to make sure there was stock and it said that there was. When I got there, "the cupboard was bare." An employee passed by and asked how things were going. I said "not well..." and explained checking the stock online and seeing nothing. His response? If you said "Oh, I'm sorry sir. Let me check at other stores for you," you'd be wrong. He shrugged and grinned at me.

I drove to another Fry's, 20 miles away. All but one of their items had been opened, and most of them were returns. They promise the same warranty, but I'm not trusting someone in their store to actually test the item and repackage it properly.

This is after an earlier trip where it was clear that whoever stocked the wall with the product we needed had simply shuffled stuff around to make it look like they had stock in that area.
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« Reply #6028 on: July 25, 2014, 08:12:04 PM »
Dell. This is looooonnnngggg.

Over the years I've bought two computers and a couple of monitors from Dell and everything went smoothly each time. Fast-forward a few years to July 2014 when my monitor dies and I need to replace it. Things have changed at Dell in the intervening time.

July 10: I find a dual monitor package on Dell's website and order it. Nothing to do now except wait for it to arrive, or so I think. Shortly afterward, I receive an e-mail telling me the order is on hold and advising me to contact Dell Financial Services.

I call, and wait on hold for ages. Finally a representative comes on the line and after much back and forth, is completely unable to tell me what the problem is with the order. Finally she says something about an address and I notice they've got my billing address wrong so I give her the correct one. She argues with me when I give her the PO Box, saying that a PO Box has to have an apartment number or suite number.  ???  I finally convince her that isn't the case. Problem solved, or so I think.

Later, someone from another branch of Dell calls to ask why the order is on hold.  ???
I explain the address change and he assures me that the order is fine now.

I wait several days and check the status of the order online. It never moves out of the "order processing" stage.

July 14: I call Financial Service to ask what's up with the order. They tell me it's on hold still, but they don't know why. Multiple calls and lots of hold time follows. The reps do not communicate with each other or make notes on the account, so I repeat myself endlessly. This goes on for some time. Many of the reps are very difficult to understand.

Finally, I'm transferred to the Verification department. The rep there seems to actually know what's going on. He tells me that Dell is unable to ship to the shipping address I've provided. Too bad that wasn't mentioned on their site when I placed the order... I have to contact people to make other shipping arrangements, so the rep gives me his direct line so I can call him back with a new address. Problem solved, or so I think.

I obtain a new shipping address and call the number provided. It is busy. All day. I call Financial Services and they can't get through either. They say they'll have a Verification person call me. No one calls.

July 15: I receive a phone call saying that my order has been cancelled. I am livid. Financial Services (after much hold time and many transfers) tells me it was cancelled because the shipping address was wrong and anyway, my billing address and shipping address are different and that's wrong.  :o  I tell my story. The rep tells me I have to call X number and Y number and speak to more people. I ask to speak to a supervisor. Request denied. I tell them I am completely DONE with the whole thing at this point and will buy the monitors elsewhere.

I file a complaint online with Dell's Complaints department. Someone will contact me within 48 hours, the website says.

July 16: My phone rings. It's someone from Dell. "Hi! We noticed that you cancelled your order and we want to find out why you cancelled it."

I'm proud to say that I avoided cursing.

July 25: Dell e-mailed me a customer satisfaction survey, which I completed very thoroughly and with vengeance in my heart. The Complaints people never got back to me.

I ordered monitors from Costco and they arrived yesterday - no problems at all.
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« Reply #6029 on: July 26, 2014, 09:16:26 AM »
July 25: Dell e-mailed me a customer satisfaction survey, which I completed very thoroughly and with vengeance in my heart. The Complaints people never got back to me.

Why does this not surprise me? (insert eyeroll icon here...).