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One way to size up your candidates, perhaps...
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Knifethrower



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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: One way to size up your candidates, perhaps... Reply with quote

Just got to thinking as I take alternate turns reviewing candidates and completing stages of dinner preparations - how would I like to make my decision about my candidates this year? I am totally food-centric, so why not go out on a limb?

I think it would be rather revealing to run an experiment:

Take all the candidates on my ballot, give them each reusable bags and some money then turn them loose at the downtown Portland Farmers market. Have them collect what interests them. Gather them all up and take them all home to my place. Let them all crack open local wine as I make them dinner and let them tell me:

1) How and why they chose their particular produce or item.

2) How they believe my needs apply to their positions and if I should vote for them.

And as they do dishes, I would fill out my ballot.

Anyone want to bring dessert?
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting idea. You might be able to learn a lot about a candidate from what they chose as long as they didn't think too hard about what to select. Even if you didn't gain any new insight, it would be amusing to listen to them explain how a bag of mixed greens embodies their vision for America.
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No matter who it is they'd figure out how to cover the spread and reach people on both sides. I would bet that's how they order in restaurants as well.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good plan. Just be sure when you "give them...money" the amount is in line with what their fellow citizens spend. According to Slate (online magazine) the average in the USA is $6.50 per person, per day.
http://www.slate.com/id/2189234/ Choose wisely, vote seekers.

Now, for dessert we're having Obamacarons of course!
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd just be curious to know how they themselves take care of their own families and if nourishing their bodies means anything to them. I'd be hard pressed to vote for a self proclaimed environmental advocate that eats Twinkies and Slim-Jims or someone hell-bent on putting condos in a pasture.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They would have to be telling the absolute truth. I would imagine the more wiley ones would say they like a down home family BBQ, but only with free range pork. Covering all the bases.

Am I too cynical?
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin (your blog pictures the freshest looking pho I've ever seen!) your mood may be cynical, but there certainly isn't anything inaccurate in what you said.
Good candidate mentions free range pork. Hundreds/thousands of those connected to/supported by conventional lousy pork production vote against candidate. Bad candidate (whose relatives own "Pile It On Pigmeat") wins election!

I've decided there's nothing to be done but live your own life honorably, and even that takes much gaze-averting!
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow - $6.50/day - I'd read the Slate post but missed that. I just spent $7.35 at the Cheeseboard buying a snack and some cheese for my pasta for dinner. I forget sometimes how out of touch I am with the rest of my country...

That said, your farmer's market challenge reminds me of George Bush - I think it was the dad, not W - visiting a grocery store during his presidency and marveling at the "high-tech" bar code scanners. Talk about out of touch!
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin, I think if there were to be any cynicism at all, the cynic would reveal itself when it came time to actually eat what everyone else brought to the table...

You? Cynical? Not a chance.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks both of you (she types while laughing).

Also, the pho tasted even better than it looked.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was an interesting article in the NYT about a month ago about what supporters of various candidates are likely to have in their shopping carts. It was a little disturbing to see just how well I fit the pollsters' stereotype.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/16/dining/16voters.html

Erin, I'm going to be making your pho very soon. I've been in withdrawl ever since I came home from a visit to Portland in December. Hopefully a good dose will help me forget my own cynicism about candidates' food choices.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

julielunn, I'm going to check out that link over a dinner salad.

Erin, when you headed back to the Land North Of Me? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am, as a sigh of relief escapes me, buying the right food at the right place with the right cuppa joe in my reusable tumbler. What a relief!

(Sorry for the misspelled name julielynn- I got too excited to read it- never even waited for my salad! What a great link, though! I love it! thanks!)

srk- I recall reading about plenty of dining challenges politicians and public figures put themselves through for only a month or so on meager dollar amounts in order to get a feel for the struggle some face every day. I had little cred for them, for their duration was not long enough to see what physical and fiscal effects really occur to a person actually living on a dime a day. Reminds me of GWB just like you mentioned... Somebody send that man out for a tank of gas and a gallon of milk- they cost about the same now!
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jen, we are pulling out from WHB on Wednesday and will arrive in Seattle on the 28th after a short interlude at my in-laws house. I am absolutely bouncing off the walls with excitement to be going home to my beloved PNW.
I have been meaning to ask; Have you ever been to Caprial's Bistro? How about Le Pidgen (can't quite remember)?

Julielynn, I hope my recipe lives up to your expectations.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin,

Safe travels my friend!! We are all happy for you!

No, I have not dined at Caprials or Le Pidgen yet...funny thing about me, I get so hooked on cooking, I sometimes forget to get a really nice meal when we go out. Usually we are moving so fast, its a bite and run situation. Shame on me!

I'll follow your blog and cheer you on as you get closer to home...
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