Coffee klatsch
September 30th, 2013
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We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.
Consider the weekly Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

You can always find it from the link in the left rail, or by bookmarking If things start to heat back up over the summer, we'll go daily again. Kat's gonna be driving through the South all week but may stick her head in because she misses you.

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  1. DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God

    Well this week was both awesome and kind of cruddy. How is everyone's Saturday morning treating them?

    October 5, 2013 at 9:17 am |
    • AleeD®

      Yo DJ! Wasabi?? Cleaning up the dungeon and getting some of the sweat stains out of the leathers. Gotta keep thing sanitized for the slaves. ~_~ How YOU doin'?

      October 5, 2013 at 9:23 am |
      • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@AleeD

        I THINK I'm entering the tail end of a cold that I caught earlier in the week. Dayquil has become my best friend.

        Last night was pretty awesome though, spending some time in one of the better recording studios on campus.

        October 5, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • RC

      Back at work. Feels like I live here sometimes. *sigh* Saturdays are usually pretty chill though.

      October 5, 2013 at 10:25 am |
      • AleeD®@RC

        Unless, like Sir Biddle, you work for the CIA and will have to torture me if you tell me .... at least that's the story he sticks to. ~_~ What do you do for a living?

        October 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
        • RC@AleeD

          Commercial auto parts sales. Not as glamorous as the CIA, but hey, it pays the bills. You?

          October 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
        • RC@AleeD

          Sorry-my keyboard doesn't have a "registered" key. No dissin' intended. :)

          October 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
        • AleeD®@RC

          No dissin' taken my friend. I don't have that key either. ;)

          BACKGROUND: We went thru one specific time in the lounge when we were dealing with a copycat troll Some of us picked up trademark symbols to differentiate us from the troll. Kat & SLT have since exterminated said troll, but the trademark symbols stuck with us. :) You can Google "ascii codes" for a list of the different trademark symbols and the keystrokes to create them. For example, Turth's "tm" is ALT 0153 (hold down the ALT key and type the numbers). Easy Peazy. :)

          If you haven't figured it out from all the technical gibberish, I'm a mechanical designer in the manufacturing field. Been doing this for nigh on 10 years come April '14. Time's fun when you're having flies. :) Please accept my warm, if belated, welcome to our humble thread. :) It has been a pleasure to "have" you here.

          October 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
        • RC@AleeD

          Thanks for the warm welcome! Everyone's really cool "here". Not a day goes by that someone doesn't make me smile. Thanks also for the ascii code tip.

          October 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
  2. RC

    It's National Taco Day!!!!!!!!
    Damn I love tacos!!!!!

    October 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Me, too.

      Especially the pink ones.

      October 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
      • RC

        Somehow I knew that was coming.......

        October 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
  3. RC

    Ahhh-nothing like that first cup of coffee. So what does everyone like? I'm all for grinding my own beans. Chocolate/raspberry being my favorite.

    October 3, 2013 at 10:40 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Not a huge coffe fan, though I may have a cup in the morning in the winter. Chocolate and raspberry is def not my fave. A lady at work brews it. yek. Just the normal stuff for me with about 5 pounds of sugar and creamer.

      Fresh ground is definitely the way to go. Ex NGF bought Dunkin Donuts grind. That stuff is pretty good. Kind of pricey, though

      October 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • RC

        Gotta have it black. Might be why I like flavored coffee.

        October 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Mary Shannon

      I'll take a cup of that chocolate-raspberry, please. I normally use Green Mountain Breakfast Blend for the first cup,then a decaf Newman's Own.

      October 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
      • RC

        That actually sounds like a good idea. I really only need the caffeine first thing in the morning. I like a cup after lunch, but could do without the caffeine that late in the day.

        October 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
    • The Witty One

      I'm a black coffee kind of guy. And no flavors please! something about coffee and flavoring just doesn't sit right in my mouth.

      I'll really take it any way I can get it though :)

      October 4, 2013 at 8:37 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        That's what she said.

        October 4, 2013 at 9:52 am |
      • RC

        Flag that!

        October 4, 2013 at 10:25 am |
  4. World's Second Worst Itinerant Comedian

    An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter checks his dossier and, not seeing his name there,
    accidentally sends him to Hell. It doesn't take long before the engineer becomes rather dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell. He soon begins to design and build improvements. Shortly thereafter, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators.

    Needless to say, the engineer is a pretty popular soul.

    One day, God calls Satan and says: "So, how are things in Hell?"
    Satan replies: "Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators. There's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."
    "What!" God exclaims: "You've got an engineer? That's a mistake – he should never have been sent to Hell. Send him to me."
    "Not a chance," Satan replies: "I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him!"
    God insists: "Send him back or I'll sue."
    Satan laughs uproariously and answers: "Yeah, right! Where are you going to get a LAWYER?

    October 3, 2013 at 7:30 am |
    • The Worst Intinerant Comedian Ever

      Why was six afraid of seven?

      Because seven was a known six offender.

      October 4, 2013 at 8:35 am |
      • World's Second Worst Itinerant Comedian

        And here I thought it was because 7 8 9.

        October 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Totally pulled a Cpt. KIrk today on someone who is, on paper, my superior. Kept bugging him about something that was needed TODAY for someone. Kept bugging him. And Bugging him. He kept forgetting, and brushing me off.

    Jdizzle lost his temper, as his shift was over 30 min before. Good. Someone gets what they need on Thursday. Otherwise, it would have been Tuesday. Of next week. They get it tomorrow now. =)

    October 3, 2013 at 1:54 am |
  6. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    No more Tom Clancy books. =(

    October 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Weeds

      It's a sad day in America.
      His latest and perhaps last book is being released this December.

      October 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • RC

      RIP Tom. One of my all time favorite authors.

      October 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  7. Weeds


    October 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Dyslexics UNTIE!!

      October 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • RC


      October 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
  8. Mary Shannon

    Today is a sad day to be an American. I cannot condone any action that stops paying our military men and women, risking their lives every day.

    Sorry for politicalizing this food blog but it had to be said.

    October 1, 2013 at 8:40 am |
    • The Witty One

      I'm pretty sure they still get paid...or so says the CNN frontpage.

      The important thing here is that the panda cam shut down!!! What am I supposed to do all day when not working for the government?!!?

      October 1, 2013 at 9:10 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        You may be right, I saw my info yesterday, and it said their pay would be "deferred", so I guess technically they will still get paid, eventually....can't pay rent with eventually, and being a former military spouse, most are living paycheck to paycheck as it is.

        October 1, 2013 at 9:17 am |
        • The Witty One

          If that's the case, then that really sucks. Troops should be getting paid on time regardless of what the bozos on the hill are doing. Stupid government. I feel like we should just be able to fire them all and start over.

          Does this mean I don't have to pay my taxes?

          October 1, 2013 at 10:04 am |
      • Guest

        Check out Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam. It is still on and they have twin baby pandas there.

        October 1, 2013 at 11:16 am |
      • Mary Shannon

        You are correct, I just saw a post report saying the military active duty will still be paid but not sure about retirees. One good thing at least.

        October 1, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • Casper

      Does this mean NSA isn't going to be snooping around my phones and follow every little thing I do on the internet for a while? Does this mean I'll have a few days of real privacy? Hotdamn.

      October 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • RC

        Better get while the gettins' good.

        October 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  9. AleeD®@RichHd

    Yo Bro! How 'bout them Tampons? Turns out they didn't come out bloody after all.

    October 1, 2013 at 6:53 am |
    • RichardHead


      October 1, 2013 at 7:52 am |
  10. ftfhero

    Who goes on the minecraft server Intercraften? Or plays minecraft?

    September 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • RichardHead

      I played My Crap this morning.....tho I didn't have a robot with tissues nearby.

      September 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • ftfhero


        September 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
        • RichardHead

          That's what she said.

          September 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
        • ftfhero

          She? Also was the "my C**p" a spell check error, or your thoughts of Minecraft?

          September 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
        • Newbie Patrol

          Found one.

          October 1, 2013 at 6:46 am |
        • ftfhero

          What "n00b" am I ? A minecraft one, or a WordPress one?

          October 1, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • The Witty One@ftfhero

      I think what Mr. Head was trying to say was that this is a food blog :)

      I checked out your blog and have always wanted to try the Geocaching thing but haven't gotten around to it. I checked out the website and some of the places on there would be fun to travel to!

      Welcome to the Klatsch!

      October 1, 2013 at 10:10 am |
      • ftfhero

        Oh... sorry about that. I thought he said that we could chat about things off topic.

        October 1, 2013 at 10:13 am |
        • The Witty One@ftfhero

          Of course! You probably just caught him off gaurd. He scares easily ;)

          Don't know of any minecraft players here. Work has been so crazy for me, I haven't even had time to finish Skyrim yet.

          October 1, 2013 at 10:19 am |
        • ftfhero

          Who is newbie patrol?

          October 1, 2013 at 10:35 am |
        • The Witty One@ftfhero

          That's a good question. Probably one of the regulars poking fun. We get the occasional troll on here and people are all quick to jump on them. If you are here under good intentions, people will welcome you with open arms. Consider it a right of passage, if you will :) There are quiet a few jokesters on this blog.

          October 1, 2013 at 10:41 am |
        • Mary Shannon

          Welcome to our little korner of the world!

          October 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
        • ftfhero

          Thank you, also I saw your pun. :)

          October 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
        • AleeD®

          Welcome to the Klatsch n00b. ^_^ I am your Newbie Patrol today. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

          October 1, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
        • ftfhero

          Ok! Also I prefer newbie. ;)

          October 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
        • RC

          Better watch that one,^^ n00bie patrol is only one of her occupations :)

          October 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
        • AleeD®@RC

          Give or take a letter here and there. ~_~

          October 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
        • The Witty One


          October 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
    • Shirley U. Jest

      Warcraft or nothing.

      October 1, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Weeds

      Quick, please. Tell us how to train a horse in Minecraft.

      October 3, 2013 at 12:07 am |
      • ftfhero

        Right-click the horse with an empty hand and wait until it bucks you, After that, repeat until the horse stops bucking, then press "e" and place the saddle in its correct spot inside the GUI.

        October 3, 2013 at 9:33 am |
  11. MicheleG™

    My politically incorrect assumption is that Eatocrats rate extremely HIGH on ANY scale (oops, but not the bathroom scale....)!

    September 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Weeds

      Bathroom scale?!!! Mine reads like the front page – nothing but bad news

      September 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        You don't need a scale to show high. Just a few pinches will do.

        September 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
        • The Witty One

          Puff puff pass...pass I said.....PASS IT DUDE!

          September 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
        • Weeds

          puff puff...giggle...

          September 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      You all are so silly! "Love" it!

      September 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  12. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    I work for a healthcare company and a lot of women. I came through eating a pickle earlier and the conversation turned to sodium intake. Apparently I have a high sodium diet. Between the spicy V8 and the large pickle alone, based on the nutrition facts on the label, I've already ingested 3,000 mg of sodium today. Something like 150% of my daily recommended amount and it's not even lunch time yet. =o

    After hearing more about the adverse effects of such a diet, I think I will be cutting back quite a bit on my daily penchant for sunflower seeds, pickles, peperonccinis, and the occasional glass of pickle juice on ice. Bummer. Didn't realize I was taking in up to 300% of my daily recommended amount of sodium quite frequently.

    September 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      ModBot SLAM!

      September 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • Russel Wilson

      How did my Pickle taste?

      September 30, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  13. MicheleG™

    Tried to post what I thought was an innocuous comment but the "machine" killed all!

    September 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  14. MicheleG™

    Hi ho to my fave "Eatocrats!"

    A SUNNY southern California, just another day in paradise!

    September 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      HERE it is. Color me baffled!

      September 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • MicheleG™


      September 30, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  15. DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God

    My fellow Eatocrats and Klatschkies! How is everyone this fine morning?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • AleeD®@DJCPhil

      Duuuuuuuude! How YOU doin'? ~_~
      How's school going? How much longer do you have to go?

      Got some newbies recently, Weeds & RC. Alot of the "oldbies" are still checking in once in a while. I've kept the Cold Stone nice and sanitized between JBJ's usage for fo'real therapy and Sir Bids, um, alternative therapy. ~_~

      September 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • DJChilllyPhil, Jukebox King & Cold Stone God@AleeD

        Hello~! I'm doing pretty fine myself.

        It's cool to see more people come over to visit our little corner of the internet.

        School is going pretty well for me. This month I'm getting deep into Music Business and Session Recording, which I think I'll be having a lot of fun with. I THINK I'm going to be finished up by June of next year, though I'm not too sure on that.

        Also, I figured the Stone would get some more use during the summer months, especially with its more "alternative" uses.

        September 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
        • AleeD®@DJCPhil&MicG

          So ... on which end of the political scale are "Eatocrats" located? Why haven't I seen a rep from party on my ballot? Inquiring minds and all. ;)

          September 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
        • Weeds

          The US could use a good new party about now because the current two party system isn't fun. When was the last time balloons and clowns and ice cream and cake were seen in the Halls of congress? Well, okay, plenty of clowns, but not circus clowns. Speaking of cake – every year there are fireworks to celebrate this nation's birthday, but the crowd never sings happy birthday and no one serves the birthday cake. A party without cake, is like a blues song without any soul.
          So, Dem-publicans and Ream-ocrats both better get a serious senate party committee going if they want my vote.

          September 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
        • RichardHead@Weeds

          TWO Does Not Like Clowns.....Especially on Tazer's Birthday. Just because Donna Brazile is a Hot Black Women and writes a small piece on Eatocracy....Doesn't mean we should turn a Food Blog into a Political Forum. I have learned this from the Smartest Man in the Room. Besides.....Mustard is Better on a Corny Dog.

          September 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
        • Weeds

          Let us eat Cake!

          roger and out. :)

          September 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
        • The Witty One



          September 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  16. RichardHead@AleeD

    Yo Sista'-You didn't hear this from me...'cuz I ain't one to gossip, but--There is a One Night Stand with Tampon Bay in Arlington,Tx tonight. TOTALLY TUBULAR !!!!!

    September 30, 2013 at 8:46 am |
    • AleeD®@RichardHead

      T'would be pleasant to see the tampons victorious. For a change, they would come out ahead instead of out from under and messy ...

      ...oh ... you meant the baseball game!

      September 30, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
      • RichardHead@AleeD

        Ummmmm.....I Don't " cotton " to that theory. :))

        September 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
        • Martin Perez@AleeD

          As long as the Umpires Don't rub my Balls the wrong way with New Jersey Mud....Tampon Bay will Enjoy some Texas BBQ on me. Buhhhhhhh, BYE.

          September 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
      • MicheleG™

        Word four play...... "Innuendo R Us."

        September 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  17. RichardHead

    My,My, How time flies....Today is the end of a Fantastic Month–September. Yet, It is a Special Day in the Klatch--HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAZER WARRIOR PRINCESS .

    September 30, 2013 at 8:32 am |
    • Weeds

      Oh Yeah. That's what made me think of cake.
      Happy B-day

      September 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  18. Ailurophile@Photo Caption

    After ten minutes, Agnes still is debating what she enjoyed more...The double shot of Triple Sec that she secretly laced in her coffee, of the sight of Antonio the resort's pool boy...

    September 30, 2013 at 6:55 am |
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