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…because not all of us have our Peking ducks in a row

A Me-tube Interlude

One of the best things about being back in the States is the ability to access websites people in the free world take for granted – The New York Times, the CIA/FBI websites, any porn and, of course, the highly educational and China-subversive Youtube.

When viewing the following video, ask yourself:

–> What are the consequences of shaking uncapped bottles of Asian vegetable juices at seizure-inducing speeds?

–> How do star-shaped nipple pasties and banana/eggplant headwear influence your Asian vegetable juice purchasing decisions? 

–> Are there any banned substances in your country that are wildly popular in Japan?

The Japanese might have sexually-weird ways of getting people to eat their veggies, but we North Americans are just plain self-absorbed when it comes to food.  We all have something to say about the how restaurants should be run and that everyone is clamoring to know what we think.  Hence, the birth of Yelp – the perfect place for those hard-to-please, taste-bud impaired, no-restaurant-spared diner – such as yours truly – to vent her dining frustrations.  (Review will unfortunately enlarge in another window when you click on it):

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Yelp has become such a go-to resource for some that its reviews have been featured as dramatic readings by famous actors, such as this review of Stripsteak in Vegas:

Finally, let’s not forget that any great Youtube video will have a likewise appropriate response, as we all know that imitation is the best form of flattery.

23 comments on “A Me-tube Interlude

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  2. Susannah Ailene Martin
    October 21, 2013

    Um, wow. That was… informative. The Japanese definitely have an interesting way of advertising.

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    • lostnchina
      October 21, 2013

      Japan’s not all about Ramen and Hello Kitties, that’s for sure.

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  3. bronxboy55
    July 18, 2013

    I have no idea what Yelp is, and probably don’t want to know. I liked the review of Old Country Buffet. It reminded me of those buffet-style restaurants I’ve been to: all the mediocre food you can eat.

    Great post, as always, Susan.

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  4. Snoring Dog Studio
    July 10, 2013

    Cracker Barrel, Old Country Buffet and their ilk – they’re all restaurants where food goes to die. Veggies at these places will never be recognized as their true selves; they’re all suffocated in sauces and breading. Loved both videos – as annoying as they are. And the product? How much fiber can you get from a veggie if it’s reduced to a drinkable liquid? I avoid drinking green stuff, myself.

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    • lostnchina
      July 12, 2013

      It might be an Asian thing. Something akin to seaweed?

      Seriously, as an Asian I’m still quite flabbergasted by the Japanese anime I see out there. Congratulations that you didn’t have an epileptic seizure from the video. Thanks for reading.

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      • Snoring Dog Studio
        July 12, 2013

        I’m still quite flabbergasted at its longevity, too. It sure did catch on in the U.S.

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  5. expatlingo
    July 1, 2013

    Originating from Utah, the go-to place for cheap ‘down-home’ Western cooking presented in buffet fashion was (and is) called Chuck-O-Rama. You know, like a cowboy chuck wagon and not at all like the other ‘chuck’ phrase that springs to mind.

    When we wanted a taste of the exotic, we got take out from Seven Seas: fried rice, sweet and sour pork and something called lemon chicken. Not a vegetable in sight. We could have used that Japanese vegetable juice.

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    • lostnchina
      July 1, 2013

      Aren’t french fried potatoes a “vegetable”? And don’t tell me the Chinese soup didn’t have peas along with the diced ham.

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  6. smallestforest
    July 1, 2013

    I found the parody slightly easier to watch than the original, probably because it sounds like a lot of my personal music collection.
    I could also relate to the combination of unwholesome female and flying fresh fruit…breakfast at my home is three oranges and muesli followed by a double espresso and a pack of cigarettes. It strikes a nice balance. I also love tomato juice and celery sticks, but there has to be Tabasco and vodka in there, too.

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  7. WSW
    June 30, 2013

    Susan, although you are putting a brave face on your return to the West, we all know the lack of bugs on a stick can be very stressful. Of course, after watching those green drink videos, who could eat?

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    • lostnchina
      June 30, 2013

      Wendie, everyone knows the bugs should be baked in a Betty Crocker pie crust with a stick of butter and Paula Deen’s blessing. It’s called the incursion of western values into Chinese society.

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      • WSW
        July 1, 2013

        You deep fat fry that thing and me and Paula are a-commin’ for dinner, y’all.

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  8. gingerfightback
    June 30, 2013

    Having watched this video I will have raw cauliflower and brocoli on me muesli for breakfast. I suspect i will sound like the parody video when eating this muck.

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    • lostnchina
      June 30, 2013

      If you have raw cauliflower and broccoli on your muesli everyday, you’ll soon be joining Bob on the Pot. Fiber is an evil thing.

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  9. americantaitai
    June 30, 2013

    I think I nearly stroked out watching that Po Pi Po commercial, and the parody response is pretty hilarious as well! Great observation about Yelp and how we all have an opinion now… well we’ve all had opinions, but sites like Yelp enable us to share them w/others who don’t necessarily ask us for our opinion! 🙂 (Personally, I automatically throw out any review on Yelp by ppl who rate a place solely on the HH menu or during Seattle Restaurant Week… who knew Seattleites were such HH-maniacs/cheapos!) Love the review of OCB… we didn’t have one where I grew up, but there was King’s Table… bad memories of OD’ing on fried chicken. Welcome home!

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    • lostnchina
      June 30, 2013

      Ohhhh…King’s Table! I think that’s what we went to before as well. It’s the only place where I could feel skinnier and less of a pig than everyone else. Agree with you on Yelp. Tho I use that for my resource on almost everything, I filter the reviews religiously. Many people go on there just to gripe about a restaurant and that’s the only review they ever write! Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

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      • lostnchina
        June 30, 2013

        PS: This blog isn’t insured for causing medical conditions in its readers.

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        • americantaitai
          July 1, 2013

          Hahahaha… good to know. I’ll click on your YouTube videos at my own risk! 🙂

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