|Today’s entry is brought to you by the word “food.”
Section the First: Places I like to eat
Because I am still living a student-like broke as shit lifestyle, despite being out of school for 4 years (holy crap? why!?), I’m all about cost-effective but good grinds. Thus, everything I eat is sub-10 bucks.
1. Super Pollo, Costa Mesa, CA – Imagine El Pollo Loco and Charo Chicken, then imagine another chicken joint coming in and beating the crap out of them with a rubber mallet til they need dental records to be identified. That 3rd chicken joint… that’s Super Pollo.
2. The Oinkster’s, Eagle Rock, CA – Gourmet pastrami. Combine it with a red cabbage slaw and Gruyere cheese. Awesomeness in sandwich form. While I love The Hat, the first bite into an Oinkster Pastrami sandwich made me say, “The Hat, I’m sorry… but I have a chance to be happy. Really happy… and I’m taking it.”
3. Pho 99, Costa Mesa, CA – Large bowls, small pocket damage, gastrofinancial symbiosis.
4. Dupar’s, Studio City, CA – Try the Rarebit…j/k. But for reals, you cannot go wrong with their pancakes or their corned beef hash. The hash always comes out with a nice crispy crust that just hugs that line between crisp and burnt… it’s great.
5. Shinsen Gumi, Huntington Beach, CA – Only because I haven’t been to all of the Ramen places in Little Tokyo yet.
6. Roscoe’s muthaeffin Chicken and mothaeffin Waffles, Long Beach/Los Angeles/Pasadena, CA – As described by a friend of a friend, “This Roscoe guy… is a visionary.” I must agree oh friend of a friend… I must agree.
Ok, that’s an abridged list. I really just wanted to get this post up before I forget and it disappears into the nether-realms of my hard drive. Session left open.
Section the Second: The other white meat?
So for years, I considered Pork white meat despite my internal voice speaking to the contrary. Finally, the help of the all-powerful internet and a nameless friend or two, I have my answer.
Pork is red meat.
Apparently, what happened in the late eighties is a group of health conscious people released a report/study that said red meat was bad for you. This caused drastic declines in red meat sales, including (at least back then) pork. The pork industry, however, capitalizing on the fact that a pig is just a little different from cows, goats, and sheep, decided to release a clever marketing campaign -“Pork: The Other White Meat.” Now, this was all the way back in 1987, which means I would have been six or sev… er, 3 years old. I didn’t know any better. I saw it on TV, I took it for fact, and I’ve kept that belief up until about 10 minutes ago. The crazy thing is, 87% of the American population believed them too!
Also, if you happen to be Catholic, yes the doctrine says that any animal that produces sexually is red meat. Pork!
Also, the USDA still defines pork as red meat.
Ah, the horrible strength of TV marketing. Now only if I could convince everyone that big, short, and brown is the new incredibly muscled physique.