[Sca-cooks] A digression on the Rochester Garbage Plate and comments

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Wed May 6 06:16:03 PDT 2009

You know, A, that garbage plate sounds very much like it might be a
leftover from the 60s and 70s, when everyone, of course, was smoking
the happy weed, and would come down with a case of the munchies, and
start eating eveything in sight.. I seem to recall at one point a
bushel of crabs needing picked, a head of lettuce (iceberg of course),
and a loaf of bread that were intended to be converted into a crab
salad for sandwiches, and somehow got consumed seperately and
individually before any crab salad sandwiches could be made. Not sure
whether it was more fun catching the crabs (at Assateague) or
consuming them...

On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 8:50 AM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
<adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:
> On May 6, 2009, at 6:54 AM, t.d.decker at att.net wrote:
>> You mean potluck.  A potlatch is a feast where the host displays his
>> wealth and power by making lavish gifts and sometimes destroying prized
>> possessions.  It was the chosen form of conspicuous consumption among some
>> of the tribes in the Pacific Northwest.
>> Bear
> Yeah, I caught that, and as the only local involved, I was a little
> concerned about the implications, between 'Lainie's living where she does,
> and me being the one whose prized possessions aren't coming out of a
> suitcase ;-). On the other hand, we do have an honest-to-gosh real
> old-fashioned AR hi-fi in a real wooden cabinet that we love, but never use,
> and I'd really like the space it occupies for something else...
> Perhaps a bonfire in Central Park before the cops show up?
> And I've got some Zweigle's red and white hots in the freezer, from our trip
> to RIT... (yes, folks, how's that for OFC? the knowledge that they sell
> frozen Zweigle's hot dogs and what, to me, are weisswursts or bockwursts, in
> a convenient little insulated cooler case, with a little packet of hot-sauce
> -- a.k.a. meat sauce but in fact it is basically beanless chili -- mix, in
> the airport in Rochester, for those wishing to go home and make their own
> garbage plates).
> Speaking of garbage plates, for those unfamiliar [gratefully or otherwise],
> this is a specialite de la maison at a number of local Rochester hot-dog
> stands/restaurants, most notably Nick Tahou's, who appears to have come up
> with, and in fact copyrighted, the name, and which is one of those whimsical
> things college students feel compelled to consume after (and between) 987
> serving-units of inexpensive beer, ideally around 2:30 AM. A garbage plate
> consists, usually, of any two out of the following three: home fried
> potatoes, macaroni salad, or baked beans, topped with the aforementioned
> "hot sauce" -- which is not hot, it's just the sauce for hots, a.k.a. hot
> dogs, frankfurters, etc., which around here would turn them into chili dogs.
> On top of this go the hots, or some other hunk of  proteinaceous entree
> substance, such as sweet or hot Italian sausage, hamburger or cheeseburger
> patties, chicken, steak, etc. -- early in the day and late at night there is
> a breakfasty version, with eggs, sausage, etc. -- this mess of inspired
> nastiness is topped with more hot sauce, blorts of yellow mustard, and
> chopped raw onion. Ketchup optional. My feeling is that food should not look
> like that _before_ you've eaten it, but it doesn't do to be too judgmental.
> While on our tour of RIT (this appears to be the Evil Spawn's
> alma-mater-to-be), we were unable to make the pilgrimage to Nick Tahou's
> (miles from the school and now closed, I believe) but we did have lunch in
> the Grace Watson dining hall, which was able to set me up with a simplified
> variant based on available components. The staff thought I was weird
> (guilty), but eventually figured, "hey, we've got a tourist on our hands,
> why not give him the full treatment to the best of our ability?" Which they
> proceeded to do, and which I felt was a sporting indication of the proper
> spirit.
> Of course, I couldn't actually consume all of it, and it's really hard to
> make an extremely small garbage plate, and spouse and spawn having abandoned
> me to my excesses and pretended not to know the strange man who had joined
> them at their table, I had to engage in my life-or-death struggle with the
> garbage plate alone...
> It's not something I feel the need to do again any time soon, but it was a
> culturally enriching experience, and the Zweigle's hots are da bomb, for
> those into that sort of thing.
> Adamantius
> "Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we
> all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
>                        -- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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Saint Phlip

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