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Re: “It's a family affair: Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe

Wow...just wow...

For literally years I've held my tongue about the quality of the of the food reviews in this rag, but no longer.

The dining reviews are often so terrible I actually read from them to my listening wife so we can share a laugh. Here's the review about a Mexican restaurant I can't shake, it haunts my thoughts every time I turn to the dining section: "...and the rice and beans were, well, rice and beans." Fun fact: some restaurants pride themselves on the basics because a deft hand can transform the ordinary into the sublime. If you actually write, much less actually print, the part I recall from memory you've just failed "Food Review 101." So, writer fail, quickly followed by editor fail.

Today I read your review about the "Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe." From what little information can be gleaned from the review it sounds promising in the way that even what might turn out to be only a mirage seems promising to one too long in the desert. The restaurant landscape of Little Rock is a barren wilderness of half conceived cuisine with often even poorer execution. I can only hope that this new restaurant can match with culinary skill the hubris of naming itself after the capital city of Argentina.

Here the reviewer focuses on the empanadas. To be sure those are critical to traditional Argentine cuisine. They need to get this staple right, but there's almost nothing there. The quality of the pastry is barely touched on and that part is probably worthy of a paragraph by itself. All I know is that the reviewer liked them, with no real attempt at explaining why. I'm not sure how I feel about the inclusion of mint, which strikes me as a bit interpretive. Then the reviewer turns his attention to a bratwurst because I guess we have to cover the lunch fare. How was the meat at this grill? We'll never know because the reviewer is obsessed with the chimichurri instead! That's a sauce that can easily cover over many faults; and in my experience, few Argentines use the stuff very much if at all. Gringo just doesn't get it.

And here's the big thing...y'all went to a freaking Argentine asado joint and what you reviewed were the hot pockets and sammies. Did you get a coke with that, bro?

Almost every culture in the world makes a savory pastry - what was needed here was a review of the grilled meats! I came here looking for close insights into how the "mollejas" were prepared, a detailed breakdown on the quality of the "morcilla" and the "chinchulin."

Not a peep.

Hey, at least it'll get a laugh from my wife, so thanks for that!

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Posted by tiredofit on 04/27/2017 at 5:05 PM

Re: “More on pits

Wait, children aren't just Scooby Snacks?

I suggest we not limit our freedoms to what might or might not be best for children and stick to a world legislated for and by adults. Maybe the many possible dangers to children should be the concern of their vigilant parents.

The purpose of government is to protect fundamental individual liberties, not to curtail them because of the irrational and misplaced fears of a few.

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Posted by tiredofit on 03/27/2017 at 4:14 AM

Re: “More on pits

Just here because this column was the focus of the recent print issue's "Comment" section...

The man is entitled to his opinions. We are likewise entitled to not read his column and further to suggest that the Arktimes find someone else for this space. I do not read his column. The fact that so many of you are fired up about this dog stuff now just tells me that the "opinionator" has successfully trolled you into paying attention to him and his idiotic views on whatever. In other words, controversy equals relevance. A better revenge would be to ignore him altogether.

Over the years I've gained very little in reading this joker's rants. Generally he strikes me as a Clinton lickspittle, a probable neoliberal, etc - the precise type of person that has allowed the entire political conversation to move ever to the right until that's really all there is at this critical moment in time. Endless kowtowing to what apparently passes for Democratic royalty just lost us at least four years, an important SCOTUS seat, and who knows what else.

Choosing how to vote when both parties are in bed with Goldman Sachs isn't really a choice. Right now the GOP is very busy trying to kill the poor while the Democrats are navel gazing and trying to figure out what irrelevant social issue to back next and thereby fuel a return to power.

Newsflash to Democrats: it ain't gonna happen that way!

When the Democrats realize that they need to return to working class politics and that the working class will then return to them, things *might* improve. It may also be too late already. Neoliberalism has poisoned the entire party.

Lyons is not personally to blame for the sad realities of our current political troubles, but his incessant deification of all things Clinton doesn't help us progress - not even one tiny bit. The Clintons are at best irrelevant to the solution, and at worst part of the actual problem itself.

Last election the rank and file voted against a bland Democrat and for a political unknown. They wanted some other option, be clear on that point. Obviously, that was a bad miscalculation that gave us a puppet on a string president. Even if it was all decided by 100K votes, it was the right 100K votes in the right places.

Time for new blood.

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Posted by tiredofit on 03/26/2017 at 5:22 AM

Re: “What's new and coming soon to Main Street Little Rock

Why should a smart technology worker go to work in the Bay Area of California where he could enjoy expensive but fair housing, the finest food in the U.S., a cornucopia of locally raised foods, the finest wine country this side of France, legal protection for alternative lifestyles, a thriving gay, lesbian etc community, SM friendly venues like Bondage a Go GO, or the Folsom Street Fair, excellent benefits and working environments, a thriving financial district, some of the highest internet speeds on tap, the finest learning centers in the country, rub shoulders with the biggest names in technology, work for the biggest names in technology, etc...

...when he could come to Little Rock, Arkansas and enjoy none of those things?

The Little Rock Tech Park - where good tech ideas go to die or get stolen by the local incubator.

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Posted by tiredofit on 02/27/2017 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Arkansas voters know what they want

Oh, they're doing the jobs they are paid to do. But first we must ask who is paying them best?

Hint: it's not the taxpayers nor the electorate.

Our legislators are paid better by others, let's just face it.

Posted by tiredofit on 02/26/2017 at 3:37 AM

Re: “Legislation that would give charters first right to public school buildings clears committee

I guess this answers a question I just asked elsewhere of Max Brantley. Good reporting.

Wake up, Arkansas!

Reverse Robin Hood is accurate. Take from the taxpayer to further enrich the already fabulously wealthy.

Good going, keep voting against your own interests.

I have no idea why we can't at least expect to get back most of the value per dollar the taxpayers already put into the school properties. Or hell, knock the buildings down and make a park with some lawns and swings or maybe re-purpose the land to community vegetable gardens, dog walks, or even empty dirt.

Stop just handing the 1% more money! Fuck those guys.

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Posted by tiredofit on 02/26/2017 at 3:32 AM

Re: “Constituents go Cotton pickin' at Springdale town hall

Arkansans need to wake the fuck up and stop handing these idiots everything on a silver platter. I don't care what they say to get elected; they will betray you for money on behalf of their true masters.

How is that hard to understand?

Hey, maybe some folks aren't very bright. I am here to help. How can one tell when a politician is lying? Ask yourself: are his lips moving?

"I just don't understand why so many think it's simply ok to enter this country illegally??"

I wonder if you have any real idea how unimportant this question actually happens to be. Do you know how much money is spent on such people or how much in valuable resources is wasted on them? Almost nothing.

This is the same crap they pull since time out of memory. Divide and conquer. The 1% wants us bickering among ourselves about "us vs them" - some unknown and unimportant enemy.

Do yourself a favor: keep your eye on the ball.

Ask a better question: why did almost nobody go to prison after the financial meltdown of 2008?

Do you think that's some sort of accident?

Focus.

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Posted by tiredofit on 02/26/2017 at 3:09 AM

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