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    No, Yixing absolutely does season over time. ...

    No, Yixing absolutely does season over time. Little bits of tea chemicals get trapped in the internal pores and will give you off flavors if you use it for a different tea type than it has seasoned...
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    The cast iron vessel is a kettle, not a tea pot. ...

    The cast iron vessel is a kettle, not a tea pot. There are some metal tea pots out there, but they're bad for making tea - lose heat too fast.

    M.
  3. I think this is a Buddhist influence. If memory...

    I think this is a Buddhist influence. If memory serves, there are several sects that put importance on thorough chewing to make less food seem like more and to fully appreciate having any at all.
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  4. It probably seems that way from the outside, but...

    It probably seems that way from the outside, but then again maybe so do we?

    Related quote:

    “Peasants are people without sense or forethought. Therefore, they must not give rice to their wives...
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    My stove goes Lo, Sim, then 2-4 then Med-10. ...

    My stove goes Lo, Sim, then 2-4 then Med-10. This translates into: Basically Off, Simmer, Cooking heat (2-4), Burning heat (Med-6), Volcano (6-8), Cataclysmic, word-ending pyre (9-10).

    M.
  6. Hah, was just reading about those guys in The Men...

    Hah, was just reading about those guys in The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    M.
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    Heating any oil, especially olive oil, to its...

    Heating any oil, especially olive oil, to its smoking point is also -nasty-.

    M.
  8. Rice, Malnutrition and the Japanese Navy

    Interesting little article I read a little while back; the thread on Macrobiotics reminded me of it: https://medium.com/war-is-boring/eating-too-much-rice-almost-sank-the-japanese-navy-f985772c81a6...
  9. Edo period townie diet :p A lot of it hinges...

    Edo period townie diet :p

    A lot of it hinges on yin-yang balance, which is bullshit. I don't know how it played out historically offhand, and the Wikiped is kind of confusing me a bit.

    The...
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    Another reason not to drink tea

    Alfatoxins.

    Original discussion: View topic - Aflatoxin in Puerh: New results and reasons for concern?

    Seems to be limited to sheng and shu pu'er, but that's just in light of new advanced...
  11. Heh, where I'm at people only identify by what...

    Heh, where I'm at people only identify by what job they perform.

    I have had similar experiences, though they weren't friends. The macrobiotic diet I know of tangentally through tea study - it's...
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    *shoves an entire pork Braunschweiger into his...

    *shoves an entire pork Braunschweiger into his mouth*



    Jaysus feck, what are they stunning them with? A cannon?

    M.
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    You mean stuff like this? ...

    You mean stuff like this? http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Life-Perfect-Organic-Powder/dp/B002HI1LSI

    M.
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    As Quidam says, you can get haggis in the US. ...

    As Quidam says, you can get haggis in the US. Though, last time I went to a Celtic festival, I discovered that the "Haggis" wasn't made from pluck - it was basically sheep sausage and oatmeal in...
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    Try forbidden rice sometime; I thought it was...

    Try forbidden rice sometime; I thought it was pretty good.

    M.
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    But but but methane! Hah. M.

    But but but methane!

    Hah.

    M.
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    Ah yes, forgot about defatting. The other half...

    Ah yes, forgot about defatting.

    The other half likes my homemade broth well enough, but we typically don't have enough bones available. Very rarely do I find any in our grocery stores, and our...
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    I'd try them. I've had a few veggie burgers that...

    I'd try them. I've had a few veggie burgers that were alright. I think they were mostly salt by weight, though.

    M.
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    It's also liquid calories, potentially a lot of...

    It's also liquid calories, potentially a lot of liquid calories, so there's that to keep in mind.

    Not that I'm a huge detractor of stock, though. It's like the pizza of the primal world - even...
  20. I don't know about it being inherently expensive,...

    I don't know about it being inherently expensive, but yeah I get you. Paleo also doesn't seem particularly "cutting edge" or anything like that - it's about as basic a meal as you get, really. No...
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    Ever since the "bone broth is low in minerals"...

    Ever since the "bone broth is low in minerals" thread it's been way quieter on the subject than I remember. I mean, it's just stock - I never quite got all the hubub.

    M.
  22. Rain. I wonder why sweet potato is different,...

    Rain.

    I wonder why sweet potato is different, though.

    M.
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    Cheese is fine. Acid/Alkaline is BS, however. ...

    Cheese is fine. Acid/Alkaline is BS, however.

    M.
  24. Yeah, the "Lifestyle™℠ой℗" mindset; tis a...

    Yeah, the "Lifestyle™℠ой℗" mindset; tis a powerful beast. Paleo seems to be getting there, though.

    M.
  25. I eat a fair number of other pesticides (half the...

    I eat a fair number of other pesticides (half the reason we eat plants, isn't it?), so I doubt anything in the skin is harmful unless you are actively allergic.

    M.
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