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[#] Sat Oct 21 2006 16:10:26 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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lol. I do try to keep the mineral water out of my kb. the fact that I have a desktop, however, means that I can always just buy a new one and be all instantly replaced.

[#] Sat Oct 21 2006 17:00:25 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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I actually like the Splenda - so far it tastes the closest to real sugar (slightly sweeter) and without a weird aftertaste.  Also, it's safe for diabetics - which although I'm not one, seems like a good thing.  Plus, because it tastes so close to real sugar, I've actually been able to wean myself nearly completely off the real stuff - which is good for the weight loss.

Hummus, however, is not.  *sadness* 



[#] Sat Oct 21 2006 19:40:29 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i don
't have any evidence to support this assertion, but i think that artificial sweetners may confuse your body a little, particularly in the context late afternoon hunger. i know that i'm better off drinking coffee with a little sugar in it than diet coke when 4pm rolls around, unless i'm eating some fruit in which case i'd probably drink tea.

but anyway, aside from that... i think splenda is probably the best tasting artificial sweetner. i think it works well in a fruity context. i think it's too sweet for cola. (it makes any diet cola taste like diet pepsi). a couple of years ago in montreal i had a diet coke that had oth nutrasweet and splenda, and that was a good balance. the diet coke with splenda i've had in the us doesn't taste the same.

[#] Sat Oct 21 2006 19:42:51 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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Oct 21 2006 4:10pm from triLcat @uncnsrd
lol. I do try to keep the mineral water out of my kb. the fact that
I have a desktop, however, means that I can always just buy a new one
and be all instantly replaced.


i'm trying that approach with the laptop but when i called dell they said something absurd like it would take them 48 hrs to tell me if it was in stock. and then there's this gem of a keyboard i carry around for the letter b...

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 00:20:47 EDT from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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Look up the Virtually Indestuctable Keyboard sometime.
http://www.grandtec.com/vik.htm

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 00:23:32 EDT from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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Ah, but we have a regional soda called Ale 8-1 which is a ginger ale, more or less. It's not very sweet and when they came out with a diet variety recently they used Splenda, and didn't go overboard with it. Tastes good.

I tried an imported ginger beer the other day. I've always wished that ginger ale had more ginger but SHEESH that Fentimans was too much! But then, it also had capsicum added which made it pretty hot.

Next thing on my list to try is stevia. Wonder if I can get it at the local food coop or Wild Oats?

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 00:24:55 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Nadia: Do you recall the name of that Greek place on the northwest corner of Gower and Melrose?
I can't remember the name but it was one of my favorite spots for lunch. (the actual "Sunset Grill"
was kind of disappointing when I was there.) Made for a great song tho'. :)

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 00:41:46 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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never been to it, though i had to have driven by it yesterday

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 00:56:11 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Well, it had great food. A full Greek menu with gyros and everthing else good and even flame
grilled burgers. (best I had in a long time) It was right across Gower from the lower corner of
Gower Studios. Just up the street was Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles.

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 03:01:30 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i think they have it at trader joe's.

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 03:09:03 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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Oct 22 2006 12:20am from mightbme @haven (Haven BBS)
Look up the Virtually Indestuctable Keyboard sometime.
http://www.grandtec.com/vik.htm



the thing i got is the same as the 85-key one. one of the problems is that the controller (on the left) makes it not lie flat. coupled with the fact that it's not that sensitive, it's an extraordinary effort to get it to pick up everything i type with my left hand. of course, it's not too great with the right hand either, i actually never get a space in practice when i use my right hand for it. so for example, if i type my first sentence again i get: the hin i o i th sms th 85-ky one.

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 14:54:40 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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Is "Splenda" the same as "Aspartame" ??

Oops. A quick Google for both says "No".

Splenda is "Sucralose" and "Aspartame" is Nutrasweet.

And the same google search comes up with multiple hits on "toxicity". Hmmm....


Is there any real scientific research that one can TRUST in regards to artificial sweeteners and toxicity or is it all urban legend stuff ??


An opinion from Dr. Dirk would be welcome on this subject.


[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 16:33:32 EDT from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Harry, sucralose is a derivative of natural fruit sugars, which is why it's safe for diabetics. 

Aspertame has had a bunch of studies and some bad press regarding toxicity levels and effects on emotions; it also apparently causes sugar spikes....which in turn cause hunger pangs.  Basically, I tend to avoid it.



[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 16:18:58 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Oct 21 2006 4:08pm from nadia @uncnsrd (Uncensored)
i went to canter's on fairfax yesterday. i had half a knish and big ol'

bowl of matzoh ball soup, washed down with a dr. brown's cel-ray (they

didn't have diet, so i got a regular, but you know it's cel-ray - i
*had* to).

Glad you liked it. The Morroccan joynt across the street used to be good too but I haven't been there in years. Reminder: Visit Tommyburger in MacArthur park.

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 16:57:15 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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aspertame (nutrasweet) has never been proven to do anything bad in normal levels, except for to people with phenylketenuria (PKU).

sucralose (splenda) is fairly new, so there's less research on it but it's also generally accepted as fairly safe.

from wiki: Sucralose is minimally absorbed by the body and passes out unchanged.

saccharin (sweet n low) was proven to slightly increase the incidence of cancer in mice who were given the equivalent (given their weight) of a human drinking 30-40 liters per day of diet soda. 

from wiki: Subsequently, it was discovered that saccharin causes cancer in male rats by a mechanism not found in humans. At high doses, saccharin causes a precipitate to form in rat urine.



[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 20:13:03 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Beijing's penis emporium
By Andrew Harding
BBC News, Beijing

There are many thousands of Chinese restaurants around in the UK and everyone has their favourite dish, but only in China itself do chefs specialise in a range of slightly more unusual delicacies.

The dish in front of me is grey and shiny.

"Russian dog," says my waitress Nancy.

"Big dog," I reply.

"Yes," she says. "Big dog's penis..."

We are in a cosy restaurant in a dark street in Beijing but my appetite seems to have gone for a stroll outside.

Nancy has brought out a whole selection of delicacies.

They are draped awkwardly across a huge platter, with a crocodile carved out of a carrot as the centrepiece.

Nestling beside the dog's penis are its clammy testicles, and beside that a giant salami-shaped object.

"Donkey," says Nancy. "Good for the skin..."

She guides me round the penis platter.

"Snake. Very potent.
They have two penises each."

I did not know that.

Deer-blood cocktail

"Sheep... horse... ox... seal - excellent for the circulation."

She points to three dark, shrivelled lumps which look like liquorice allsorts - a special treat apparently - reindeer, from Manchuria.

The Guolizhuang restaurant claims to be China's only speciality penis emporium, and no, it is not a joke.

The atmosphere is more exotic spa than boozy night-out.

Nancy describes herself as a nutritionist.

"We don't call them waiters here. And we don't serve much alcohol," she says. "Only common people come here to get drunk and laugh."

But she does offer me a deer-blood and vodka cocktail, which I decide to skip.

Medicinal purposes

The restaurant's gristly menu was dreamt up by a man called Mr Guo.

He is 81 now and retired.

After fleeing China's civil war back in 1949, he moved to Taiwan, and then to Atlanta,
Georgia, where he began to look deeper into traditional Chinese medicine, and experiment on the appendages of man's best friend.

Apparently, they are low in cholesterol and good, not just for boosting the male sex drive, but for treating all sorts of ailments.

Laughter trickles through the walls of our dining room.

"Government officials," says Nancy. "Two of them upstairs. They're having the penis hotpot."

Most of the restaurant's guests are either wealthy businessmen or government bureaucrats who, as Nancy puts it, have been brought here by people who want their help.

What better way to secure a contract than over a steaming penis fondue.

Discretion is assured as all the tables are in private rooms.

The glitziest one has gold dishes.

"Some like their food served raw," says Nancy, "like sushi. But we can cook it anyway you like."

Rare order

"Not long ago, a particularly rich real
estate mogul came in with four friends. All men. Women don't come here so often, and they shouldn't eat testicles," says Nancy solemnly.

The men spent $5,700 (B#3,000) on a particularly rare dish, something that needed to be ordered months in advance.

"Tiger penis," says Nancy.


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Beijing's penis emporium
By Andrew Harding
BBC News, Beijing

There are many thousands of Chinese restaurants around in the UK and everyone has their favourite dish, but only in China itself do chefs specialise in a range of slightly more unusual delicacies.

A glass of deer penis juice amongst food on a table at the restaurant (Photo credit: Stefan Gates)
Many of the restaurant's guests are wealthy businessmen

The dish in front of me is grey and shiny.

"Russian dog," says my waitress Nancy.

"Big dog,"
I reply.

"Yes," she says. "Big dog's penis..."

We are in a cosy restaurant in a dark street in Beijing but my appetite seems to have gone for a stroll outside.

Nancy has brought out a whole selection of delicacies.

They are draped awkwardly across a huge platter, with a crocodile carved out of a carrot as the centrepiece.

Nestling beside the dog's penis are its clammy testicles, and beside that a giant salami-shaped object.

"Donkey," says Nancy. "Good for the skin..."

She guides me round the penis platter.

"Snake. Very potent. They have two penises each."

I did not know that.

Deer-blood cocktail

"Sheep... horse... ox... seal - excellent for the circulation."

She points to three dark, shrivelled lumps which look like liquorice allsorts - a special treat apparently - reindeer, from Manchuria.


Government officials... two of them... they're having the penis hotpot
Nancy

The Guolizhuang
restaurant claims to be China's only speciality penis emporium, and no, it is not a joke.

The atmosphere is more exotic spa than boozy night-out.

Nancy describes herself as a nutritionist.

"We don't call them waiters here. And we don't serve much alcohol," she says. "Only common people come here to get drunk and laugh."

But she does offer me a deer-blood and vodka cocktail, which I decide to skip.

Medicinal purposes

The restaurant's gristly menu was dreamt up by a man called Mr Guo.

Boiled ox penis
The Chinese believe that eating penis can enhance your virility

He is 81 now and retired.

After fleeing China's civil war back in 1949, he moved to Taiwan, and then to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began to look deeper into traditional Chinese medicine, and experiment on the appendages of man's best friend.

Apparently, they are low in cholesterol and good, not just for boosting the male
sex drive, but for treating all sorts of ailments.

Laughter trickles through the walls of our dining room.

"Government officials," says Nancy. "Two of them upstairs. They're having the penis hotpot."

Most of the restaurant's guests are either wealthy businessmen or government bureaucrats who, as Nancy puts it, have been brought here by people who want their help.

What better way to secure a contract than over a steaming penis fondue.

Discretion is assured as all the tables are in private rooms.

The glitziest one has gold dishes.

"Some like their food served raw," says Nancy, "like sushi. But we can cook it anyway you like."

Rare order

"Not long ago, a particularly rich real estate mogul came in with four friends. All men. Women don't come here so often, and they shouldn't eat testicles," says Nancy solemnly.

The men spent $5,700 (B#3,000) on a particularly rare dish, something
that needed to be ordered months in advance.

"Tiger penis," says Nancy.

Bull's perineum (Photo credit: Stefan Gates)
Bull's perineum is also a delicacy

The illegal trade in tiger parts is a big problem in China.

Campaigners say the species is being driven towards extinction because of its popularity as a source of traditional medicine.

I mention this, delicately, to Nancy, but she insists that all her tiger supplies come from animals that have died of old age.

"Anyway, we only have one or two orders a year," she says.

"So what does it taste like?" I ask.

"Oh, the same as all the others," she says blithely.

And does it have any particular potency? "No. People just like to order tiger to show off how much money they have."

Welcome to the People's Republic of China - tigers beware.

Sliced and pickled

"Oh yes," she adds, "the same group also ate an aborted reindeer foetus.

"That
is very good for your skin. And here it is..."

Another "nutritionist" walks in bearing something small and red wrapped in cling film.

My appetite is heading for the airport.

Still, I think, it would be rude not to try something.

I am normally OK about this sort of thing. I have had fried cockroaches and sheep's eyes, so...

There is a small bowl of sliced and pickled ox penis on the table.

I pick up a piece with my chopsticks and start to chew. It is cold and bland and rubbery.

Nancy gives me a matronly smile.

"This one," she says, "should be eaten every day."

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 20:04:26 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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Thanks, Tril.



[#] Mon Oct 23 2006 14:18:37 EDT from Avalondaughter @ Uncensored

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I just never liked the taste of saccharine.  I'll use Splenda or Equal.  I don't care and don't notice much difference.  I rarely drink diet sodas anymore.  In things like coffee and tea, particularly iced tea, I prefer to use Splenda or Equal over sugar simply because they dissolve better.  I hate having 3/4 of my beverage not sweet enough and then I'm drinking a bunch of sugary sludge when I get near the end.

Ever eat something completely weird and you just don't know if you like it or not?  This weekend I was dining at my favorite restaurant and my plate was sprinkled with finely diced roote vegetables that were flavored with vanilla.  I've never had vanilla flavored vegetables before.  It was just so odd to taste something I affiliate with dessert covering my vegetables.  I didn't know if I liked it or not because I just couldn't reconcile the two flavors.  It's like the time I made a simple chicken satay for my grandparents and my grandfather jsut couldn't reconcile peanut butter with chicken. 



[#] Mon Oct 23 2006 15:21:34 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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If aspartame is really bad, then I'm in trouble.

[#] Mon Oct 23 2006 15:43:09 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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oh yeah, saccharin tastes AWFUL... but it won't kill you.

I kind of enjoy the sugary sludge at the bottom of my coffee, provided that the rest was actually sweet enough ;)

 



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