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2013-06-28 05:07:24 PM
They are. They truly, truly are. And people get so freakin' excited about them, too. Ooooh, have you been to La Tasca? Hey, let'shiat Jaleo!

FARK YOU TAPAS.
 
2013-06-28 05:08:07 PM
heh perfectly apropos filterage
 
2013-06-28 05:24:49 PM
TAY-pas.

ic.pics.livejournal.com
 
2013-06-28 05:39:44 PM
They're fine in Barcelona.

In the US?  Not so much.
 
2013-06-28 05:41:45 PM
they're an affront to my wallet.
 
2013-06-28 05:43:17 PM
How did "Hey, did you want to buy little dishes of food for more money than a big dish?" become a successful US business model?
 
2013-06-28 05:43:53 PM
You know what I hate about the one near me? Everything seems to come in groups of 3, 5 or 7 things per plate. The idea of tapas is to share it family style, which is hard to do equitably when you serve things in prime numbers.
 
2013-06-28 05:44:50 PM
So to summarize: "WAHHH! Eating food in anything other than one gigantic pile is hard!"
 
2013-06-28 05:45:37 PM
So NOW Fark is onboard with huge, obesity causing portions?
 
2013-06-28 05:45:51 PM
Did the English Major submit this headline?
 
2013-06-28 05:46:30 PM
Because $7 cheese fries or buffalo wings aren't tapas.

A friend of mine moved to England and said tapas there are pretty dismal as well, like tortilla-like bread with olive oil.
 
2013-06-28 05:47:20 PM
The idea is you order 2 or 3 things; a veggie, a meat, whatever sounds good.

/ buttered, fried mushrooms FTW
 
2013-06-28 05:48:21 PM
White people problems.
 
2013-06-28 05:48:41 PM
Squatting around a communal pile of food is so last species.
 
2013-06-28 05:49:17 PM
www.countrywives.co.uk
 
2013-06-28 05:49:25 PM
Which is why, in Washington in 2013, I can't get a decent meal.


That seems rather hard to believe. Really, not a meal to be found anywhere?
 
2013-06-28 05:49:53 PM

Fluid: Which is why, in Washington in 2013, I can't get a decent meal.


That seems rather hard to believe. Really, not a meal to be found anywhere?


the author of the article is a whiny nitwit
 
2013-06-28 05:50:01 PM
I have never had them but it seems to be a successful business model if they are getting more and more prevalent in your area.
 
2013-06-28 05:52:33 PM
We must demand it: adult-size meals for adults.

i157.photobucket.com

Strap on the super-size feedbag, prole.
 
2013-06-28 05:52:35 PM

WTF Indeed: How did "Hey, did you want to buy little dishes of food for more money than a big dish?" become a successful US business model?


The same time taking pictures of your food became more important than eating it.
 
2013-06-28 05:53:05 PM

xalres: You know what I hate about the one near me? Everything seems to come in groups of 3, 5 or 7 things per plate. The idea of tapas is to share it family style, which is hard to do equitably when you serve things in prime numbers.


Of all the complaints I have about tapas, this isn't one of them. Isn't a typical family generally in prime numbers? That is to say, 1 kid.
 
2013-06-28 05:55:12 PM
Which is why, in Washington in 2013, I can't get a decent meal.

Apparently, none of these offers a decent meal. They're all obscene.
 
2013-06-28 05:58:24 PM

Pocket Ninja: They are. They truly, truly are. And people get so freakin' excited about them, too. Ooooh, have you been to La Tasca? Hey, let'shiat Jaleo!

FARK YOU TAPAS.


You sound fat, like the author of the article. I can only surmise they misspelled Nelly as Neil.

When did serving anything less than a huge plate, overflowing with food, become such an affront to Americans?
 
2013-06-28 05:58:30 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: WTF Indeed: How did "Hey, did you want to buy little dishes of food for more money than a big dish?" become a successful US business model?

The same time taking pictures of your food became more important than eating it.


Taking pictures of food with your $600 device with the latest and greatest in miniature optics and electronics and then making it look old and grainy.
 
2013-06-28 05:58:59 PM
I, the chef, will provide you with a properly sized portion of food for an adult human. It will be reasonably balanced nutritionally, with a mix of protein, starch and vegetables.

Bwahahahaha!  What restaurant does that!?
 
2013-06-28 05:59:34 PM
I do agree with one point though:

And in terms of flavor, chefs put themselves at an advantage when they offer only small dishes. They can provide cheap thrills, loading their dishes with salt and fat in ways that pop on the palate but would become gross if you ate a whole dinner-size portion. Think of it this way: There are plenty of "Saturday Night Live" sketches that are hilarious when they last seven minutes but would be unbearable if stretched into a two-hour feature film. Tapas are a "Saturday Night Live" sketch; a proper entrée is a full-length movie.
 
2013-06-28 05:59:36 PM

imgod2u: xalres: You know what I hate about the one near me? Everything seems to come in groups of 3, 5 or 7 things per plate. The idea of tapas is to share it family style, which is hard to do equitably when you serve things in prime numbers.

Of all the complaints I have about tapas, this isn't one of them. Isn't a typical family generally in prime numbers? That is to say, 1 kid.


I usually go to them with the wife or while we're out with one or two other couples.
 
2013-06-28 06:00:05 PM

imgod2u: xalres: You know what I hate about the one near me? Everything seems to come in groups of 3, 5 or 7 things per plate. The idea of tapas is to share it family style, which is hard to do equitably when you serve things in prime numbers.

Of all the complaints I have about tapas, this isn't one of them. Isn't a typical family generally in prime numbers? That is to say, 1 kid.


No, 2.5 kids...  So the ideal portion is 9.
 
2013-06-28 06:00:27 PM
Plenty of places to get a real meal. Author should quit being a whiny little twat and leave the tapas to the rest of us.
 
2013-06-28 06:01:06 PM

haemaker: imgod2u: xalres: You know what I hate about the one near me? Everything seems to come in groups of 3, 5 or 7 things per plate. The idea of tapas is to share it family style, which is hard to do equitably when you serve things in prime numbers.

Of all the complaints I have about tapas, this isn't one of them. Isn't a typical family generally in prime numbers? That is to say, 1 kid.

No, 2.5 kids...  So the ideal portion is 9.


Maybe the 1.5 kid could use a smaller portion then....
 
2013-06-28 06:01:39 PM
My only complaint is that they're over priced.
 
2013-06-28 06:01:41 PM
"Tapas" means "Go away hungry and broke."
 
2013-06-28 06:02:14 PM
Tapas Bar:  Ok

Tapas Restaurant:  Not so much
 
2013-06-28 06:03:01 PM
Forget paying for your overpriced Tapas. Real Americans get their food from Mexicans and Hipsters driving Food Trucks.
 
2013-06-28 06:03:50 PM

Wessoman: Forget paying for your overpriced Tapas. Real Americans get their food from Mexicans and Hipsters driving Food Trucks.


I can't tell if you're sarcastically badmouthing food trucks or not. If so, DIAF.
 
2013-06-28 06:06:19 PM

inglixthemad: When did serving anything less than a huge plate, overflowing with food, become such an affront to Americans?


When did "huge plate overflowing with food" and tapas become the only two options in your universe?

Or more fundamentally, when did reckless hyperbole become the official language of discussion threads?
 
2013-06-28 06:06:46 PM

Fear the Clam: "Tapas" means "Go away hungry and broke."


No, that's sushi. Tapas means "Go away hungry and broke" in Spanish.
 
2013-06-28 06:07:59 PM

Broktun: Tapas Bar:  Ok

Tapas Restaurant:  Not so much


Pretty much this. To my knowledge tapas are merely accompaniments to wine, at least traditionally.
 
2013-06-28 06:10:56 PM
Small plates are not what comes to mind when I think "tapas".  Do a GIS of tapas.  Tapas cookbooks are about as thick as a phone book.
 
2013-06-28 06:16:18 PM
After the franchise wars, all Tapas restaurants in the future will be Taco Bell.
philadelphia.foobooz.com
 
2013-06-28 06:17:23 PM
Maybe the author should stick to Denny's.

I like the small plate model, especially with a type of cuisine that I don't get to eat often.
 
2013-06-28 06:20:23 PM
Pro- tapas here. The places in NorCal are usually well priced and accompanied by good to great wines.
The counter-point article linked at the bottom raises a good point too. With tapas, the chefs can be more creative with their dishes, and customers can experiment more, since you're not committing to an entire entree.
 
2013-06-28 06:20:32 PM

uncleacid: [www.countrywives.co.uk image 525x349]


i said i wanna two peas on my plate.
she said you betta not peas on you plate you sonna ma biatch.
 
2013-06-28 06:25:09 PM

fireclown: So NOW Fark is onboard with huge, obesity causing portions?


Of course.  It's not like any of us is heading to a gym in 26 minutes.
 
2013-06-28 06:32:37 PM

shankfoo: Which is why, in Washington in 2013, I can't get a decent meal.

Apparently, none of these offers a decent meal. They're all obscene.


Ben's Half smokes are delicious.
 
2013-06-28 06:32:50 PM

inglixthemad: Pocket Ninja: They are. They truly, truly are. And people get so freakin' excited about them, too. Ooooh, have you been to La Tasca? Hey, let'shiat Jaleo!

FARK YOU TAPAS.

You sound fat, like the author of the article. I can only surmise they misspelled Nelly as Neil.

When did serving anything less than a huge plate, overflowing with food, become such an affront to Americans?


I didn't see anywhere in the article where they asked for an oversized portion. Did you?
 
2013-06-28 06:37:23 PM

BlousyBrown: shankfoo: Which is why, in Washington in 2013, I can't get a decent meal.

Apparently, none of these offers a decent meal. They're all obscene.

Ben's Half smokes are delicious.


Yeah, but his nasty chili sucks ass. You know that shiatty Hormel chili that comes out of a can? It actually tastes better than the shiat they sling out and call "chili." And I grew up in the Midwest, so I think I'm qualified to talk about shiatty chili. I honestly don't know what's worse: their chili, or suffering "Ben's Chili Bowels" later that day after you've eaten it. Ben's chili alone invalidates anything worthwhile about that restaurant and is why, in a just Universe, the place would be burned to the ground.
 
2013-06-28 06:38:47 PM

TheDumbBlonde: Pretty much this. To my knowledge tapas are merely accompaniments to wine, at least traditionally


yeah... generally when i go to a tapas restaurant, you order your wine and whatever "tapas" you want as a lengthy "app" course to drink and chat over, then you get a family style course of Paella as the "entre" course and everyone fills up on that. tapas bars don't tend to offer the paella section.
 
2013-06-28 06:41:42 PM
 One thing I've learned is that you must be sure too enunciate clearly when you tell your girlfriend you went to the "Tapas Bar" for lunch...
 
2013-06-28 06:43:52 PM
Jaleo is one of my favorite restaurants.  The author can suck my cock.
 
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