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  • #46
    I would have beat him with his own bowl of soup for reacting like that. What a dick.
    "All of God's creatures have a natural habitat... my dinner plate." -Me

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
      I would do that, except the guy's been living stateside his whole life. He knows and understands our culture just fine. In fact, I'd bet he knows it better than I do. He's certainly had more success navigating than I have!
      Ah, gotcha. I was confused because your friend is what I'd call "Vietnamese American" rather than "Vietnamese". I'm just mindful of that difference because it means a lot to the international people I know (mostly Chinese). Regardless, I still think my last paragraph of advice holds, just replace the word "culture" with the word "expectations".

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Damiana View Post
        In comparison to other Asian cultures, like Japan or china, we Vietnamese are considerably less formal. My guess is that your friend got so analyst because he wanted to show you an authentic experience and you resisted it and tried to do things your own way. I get pissy too whenever I take a friend out for sushi and the moron ends up ordering teriyaki chicken.
        This is not my first experience with pho and I am fairly certain he knew this. So it wasn't like "hey, I'm going to take you out for your first experience with some real pho."

        In fact, his mother makes some awesome homemade pho to quote him. Now if his MOTHER had made it, I might not have asked for it sans noodles... I like living.
        "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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        • #49
          ask him wtf his deal was
          beautiful
          yeah you are

          Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
          lol

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          • #50
            Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
            ask him wtf his deal was
            Pho translates as "noodle broth" so a broth without noodles CANNOT be pho. That's basically what he kept saying over and over again. When I tried to ask him what the big deal was, I just kept getting this whole "it's part of Vietnamese culture, just accept it and stop trying to change it" message.

            Calm down dude, I'm not trying to alter Vietnamese culture.
            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
              Pho translates as "noodle broth" so a broth without noodles CANNOT be pho. That's basically what he kept saying over and over again. When I tried to ask him what the big deal was, I just kept getting this whole "it's part of Vietnamese culture, just accept it and stop trying to change it" message.

              Calm down dude, I'm not trying to alter Vietnamese culture.
              I've experienced similar reactions with conservative Italians towards their cuisine. I find such reactions very annoying tbh.

              Nothing wrong with cuisines evolving or being adapted IMO.
              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                I've experienced similar reactions with conservative Italians towards their cuisine. I find such reactions very annoying tbh.

                Nothing wrong with cuisines evolving or being adapted IMO.
                For once, we agree! Our ability to adapt is one of the things that makes us human beings.

                Inflexibility is boring.
                "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                • #53
                  If i order a meal and there is a part of it i do not want, then i ask for it to not be served. The best part of being an adult is making your own decissions and letting other make theirs. There will always be people in the world who will not accept what others do, even if it is about a bowl of noodles.
                  I feel sorry for you that what should have been a night out has turned out to leave a bad taste in your mouth, pardon the pun.
                  Ana-Tane = (Cave Man)

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                    I've experienced similar reactions with conservative Italians towards their cuisine. I find such reactions very annoying tbh.

                    Nothing wrong with cuisines evolving or being adapted IMO.
                    REAL italian food isn't pasta. pasta is for sunday afternoon when your not having tons of people over. REAL italian food is regional, usually protein and rice or some roasted vegetable and ends with a salad.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by WeldingHank View Post
                      REAL italian food isn't pasta. pasta is for sunday afternoon when your not having tons of people over. REAL italian food is regional, usually protein and rice or some roasted vegetable and ends with a salad.
                      Agreed. When I go into an Italian supermarket the pasta section as at least 8 times smaller in size than its English counterpart.

                      There is no such thing as generic Italian food. That construct was born in America.
                      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                        For once, we agree! Our ability to adapt is one of the things that makes us human beings.

                        Inflexibility is boring.
                        I doubt we would disagree much at all if we met in real life. I've never held anything against you and hold no hard feelings. I can't pinpoint where we ever fell out - but I would just like to say peace - man.
                        F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                        • #57
                          I am not replying to this exact post, but to the discussion that arose from the post.

                          I think your friend might be generally annoyed with your "inflexibility" or "pickyness." And he took this one opportunity to demonstrate his annoyance.

                          I have not had people react to my food choices, but my mother-in-law sometimes wonders or tries to push the freshly made bread onto me. She is not rude with me....but I am most certainly in the "weird/restrictive" eating habits category (in her mind).

                          I havent had a person giving me a whole lecture about why it is important to eat grains. Not yet. And even if they do, I dont think I have the energy to get into a deep debate. Something like "whole grains are good for you" is quite deeply ingrained. Ah, literally!

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                          • #58
                            Man don't worry about him, he has insecurity issues. I have heaps of friends and none of them flip out when i'm not eating bread or something along those lines. I went to europe and several different countries and alot of them have AWSOME diets. Mediterranean is sooo good. The problem though was alot of them had bread or syrup with the water and i would just decline and they wouldn't be so offended. I don't understand why your friend is like this i can only assume that he is insecure.

                            Don't worry about him and don't apologize you've done nothing wrong. Does he even know that you eat paleo or is this some secret you kept from him.
                            -safe is the new risky

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                            • #59
                              Was his mom back there servin' up the pho? I would have told that pretentious prick to fuck off. Then again, I would have eaten the noodles . You should have told him to order his with thicker skin, he needs it... pho sho!
                              "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by reallygravity View Post
                                I am not replying to this exact post, but to the discussion that arose from the post.

                                I think your friend might be generally annoyed with your "inflexibility" or "pickyness." And he took this one opportunity to demonstrate his annoyance.

                                I have not had people react to my food choices, but my mother-in-law sometimes wonders or tries to push the freshly made bread onto me. She is not rude with me....but I am most certainly in the "weird/restrictive" eating habits category (in her mind).

                                I havent had a person giving me a whole lecture about why it is important to eat grains. Not yet. And even if they do, I dont think I have the energy to get into a deep debate. Something like "whole grains are good for you" is quite deeply ingrained. Ah, literally!
                                Well, he studied "exercise science" in college as his major and works out at the gym like five times a week, but still is one of the most overweight people I've ever met in my life (he's a short Asian, like 5'4" and over 230 lbs). He eats a wildly CW diet but because he studied "exercise science" and weightlifts so much, he does consider himself some sort of self-styled nutrition "expert" but when I see how overweight he is, I just can't take his advice seriously.

                                I have told him about my eating habits because he has asked (said he was curious) and he DEFINATELY seems to think it odd to say the least.
                                "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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