July 24, 2007

Be Careful What You Ask For

Okay, John. Just out of pure snarkiness, I present to you this:
This is Ming Court, located in the attractions area on International Drive. In truth, I have eaten there once, and it was a few years ago. I had Mongolian Beef. I was more impressed with the atmosphere than the food, however. The entrance winds its way across a koi pond and the transition from Florida to somewhere in China is well done.

And even as I post this, I realize that NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU HAD FOR LUNCH! OR IF YOU HAD LUNCH FOR BREAKFAST! OR WHAT YOU HAD FOR DINNER! Hell, I don't even care what I had, and I ate it!

For anyone thoroughly confused, or simply bored, it all started right here. Then continued here.


Dubber said...

But I care... I reeeeeeeally care! ;) I mean, was it everything you hoped for in Mongolian beef? Don't you long to recreate that moment of Mongolian beef perfection? Here, let me help:


1/2 lb. beef, sliced thinly across grain (2 x 1/2 x 1/8 inch)

Marinate beef in:

2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. sherry
2 tsp. ginger, grated


2 cloves garlic, minced
2 to 4 dried red chili, seeded and crushed
1 lb. bok choy, washed and sliced


1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. broth or water
1 tbsp. sherry
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. hoisin sauce

You need to take joy in the simple pleasures in life... like a nice steak, or a great beer, or Mongolian beef.

Dubber said...

By the way, nice photo montage. You've got the lions looking at each other an' everything. It's almost like you went to art school. ;)


Scott said...

But I do take joy in simple pleasures. I just think simple people should be the ones that have to express it in this forum...

The sad fact is that it was not that great. And pricier than most. But what else can you expect deep within a tourist mecca.

It is simply that someone as erudite and opinionated as you should be able to cull pithy topics and compose thought provoking and entertaining pieces for the masses.

The montage is exactly what I am talking about. Not many would go the extra mile to make a thump in the back of the head so much fun!

Scott said...

And why didn't you go the extra mile in your "Great Day" post to tell us how you marinated the steak, or what temp and how long to cook it?

Or were you just gloating that you were eating steak?

Or did Lisa really cook it, and you just ate it?

Scott said...

BTW, coriander is also known as cilantro. It is related to parsley. It has a zesty, citrusy flavor. You waste time looking for planes refueling and insane food dishes, but cannot google coriander? :0

Dubber said...

Get over it already! My blog, my topic, you git. :b You can write about Mongolian Beef to your heart's content or wander the greater Orlando area looking for things to take "pithy" pictures of. [Indigo Montoya] You keep using that word (pithy), I do not think it means what you think it means. [/Indigo Montoya] Your blog, your topic. See how that works?

Yes, I was gloating that I was eating such a fine steak, and you weren't! Hah! No, wait. HAH HAH!! Take that! ;) And, no, Lisa didn't cook it. I cooked it. I am the master of fire and all things grilled in this household. You should learn to master something. Perhaps photography. Yes, should become good at photography and take pictures of swamps and trees and stuff.

BTW, coriander refers to the seeds of the plant Coriandum Sativum, while cilantro refers to its leaves. So there! Nyah!


Scott said...

Pithy = meaningful.

I simply responded to what you wanted in your blog.
Quote: "So, I can't believe no one had anything to say about my taste in quasi-classical music or B-52 porn. Ok, if it's more deep-fried twitchy fish you want..."
No, I didn't have anything to really say about it. Other than I didn't care. You are very correct - your blog, your topic. But don't get all whiny if others reading it find it boring. I mostly had fun responding to the fish thing because it was inane.

So this lawyer thing, will it involve you arguing cases? Name-calling will not get you far. And it's good you're the Fire Master. Maybe someday, you can become a master in a second task. That would almost double your worth!
[raspberry]phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhht! :p [/raspberry]

I was hoping you wouldn't look up the seed thing. That was a salvo I planned on using later. We had a tasting once for the store, and one of them was from Holland. (I think, at least somewhere close.) They used coriander and orange peel in their beer. Not being a beer drinker, to me it tasted pretty much like all the rest - blah. Sometimes I think what goes into beer is done on a dare.

And just who is this Indigo Montoya? Did you ask her what pithy means?

Scott said...

I was very pleased how the pic turned out. Not only were the lions facing just so, but the lines of the building in one quarter flow into the next quarter quite well. Thank you for noticing!

Dubber said...

My God, I'm dealing with a pop culture illiterate! ;) Who is Indigo Montoya? WHO is Indigo Montoya?!

"My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Or another line from the movie in question...

"Have fun storming the castle."

Think, man. Think!

"Pithy" comments are forceful and brief. Terse. Succinct. They could be meaningful, but they're characterized by their conciseness, not necessarily their meaningfulness. Example: Scott is a dork. It's concise, pithy, though not particularly meaningful. Did you not pay attention in Mrs. Perky's class?

Scott said...

I know who Indigo Montoya is. I do not get why you inserted him into this. Mandy Patinkin plays a great Antonio Banderas. I used "she" out of shear randomness. (I mean really. Who would name a boy Indigo. And who would name a boy MANDY?!?) It seemed you were random first, and I retaliated.

What dictionary do you use? Pithy comments are concise, yes. But even dictionary.com definitions always include meaningful as an essential part of the definition.
Get over it. You are wrong. And appartently so is Mrs. Perky. (WHO?!?)

Dubber said...

I inserted him because your use of "pithy" is off-key. Note that meaningful is not synonymous with pithy. A pithy comment can be meaningful, but it's always brief, terse and/or forcible. From dictionary.com:

pith·y /ˈpɪθi/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[pith-ee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective, pith·i·er, pith·i·est.

1. brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.

2. of, like, or abounding in pith.

[Origin: 1300–50; ME; see pith, -y1]

—Related forms
pith·i·ly, adverb
pith·i·ness, noun

—Synonyms 1. succinct, pointed, meaty, concise.

All pedantry aside, the reference was fitting. Have you already forgotten 10th grade English? Mrs. Perky--she was a small, older, and, yes, perky English teacher.

Scott said...

I guess you spent too much time pining over your unrequited love instead of what she was teaching.
The definition you use for your defense says, "brief, forceful, AND meaningful in expression; FULL OF vigor, substance, or MEANING".

What is YOUR definition of "is"? Clinton could use you...

Dubber said...

It also says terse and forcible without having anything to do with being meaningful. Here's another pithy observation--you're being an ass.

Scott said...

Again, you cannot win this one. That is the same as reading the small print. Those two words come at the end, not the beginning; they are not in any form the primary definition. I used it correctly. And I'll use it correctly later on.

Now take your thumb out of your mouth, and quit acting like a baby. Sheesh.