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Friday, July 29, 2016

Good morning crew,

You know what phrase doesn't mean what it used to? Restaurant quality. That is really a misnomer. Restaurant quality is supposed to be something a little out-of-the-ordinary, but in reality, most of the restaurants I go to do not prepare food better than I could make it for myself at home. What I usually go to restaurants for is the convenience.

For example; I could make myself a delicious crispy chicken sandwich if I went to the store, bought an organically raised chicken breast, made a breading with buttermilk, corn flour, fresh eggs, milk, sage, thyme, nutmeg and black pepper, deep fried it in peanut oil, and put it on a garlic toasted ciabatta roll with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and a chilli lime mayonnaise.

But I'm not going to do all that for a lousy chicken sandwich.

Instead, I save myself the three hours of work and go to the corner restaurant and spend $7 for a chicken breast that was probably frozen the night before and served on a soggy bun.

So, what 'restaurant quality' really means is; kind of crappy but convenient.

Of course, there are exceptions. One of my favorite steak houses is Ditka's. There I can get an Angus beef New York strip that has been dry-aged for 45 days, flame-broiled, drizzled with roasted garlic butter and served with caramelized onions.

I literally could not duplicate that at home unless I built a humidity-controlled salt cellar in my basement.

Unfortunately, I can only afford to go to Ditka's about twice
a year.

Come to think of it, it has been about six months since we've been there...

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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