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Britling's Cafeteria Hard Rolls

From: Mike
Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2015 3:09 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: Britling's cafeteria

Hello Phaedrus.   

I hope you and Socrates and Xanthippe and the others are doing fine.
I often ate at Britling's cafeteria back in the late 50s, early 60s.  
They had some rolls---people called them "hard rolls," which were delicious.  
And they had "Mexican cole slaw" which was good.  Do you have access to either of these?  
Thanks for looking for me.  
Take care, Mike.

Hello Mike,

The only mention that I can find of Britling’s “hard rolls” is here: Memphis Magazine
That site would be a good place to post these recipe requests. If anyone has them, they’re likely to read that page sooner or later.

I could not find any mention at all of Britling’s Mexican cole slaw.

I’ll post this on the site.


Old Spaghetti Factory Mulligatawny Soup

-----Original Message----- 
From: Sean 
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 1:32 AM
Subject: Soup recipe

Hello, we just did a search for "Spaghetti factory mulligatawny soup" and 
while no recipe came up, your email address did. I was wondering if you did 
indeed find this recipe and if you did if you would be as so kind to share 
your success.



Hello Sean,

I searched for this one in 2009, and I did a thorough search again today, but was no more successful now than I was then. They've managed to keep this secret, and no one seems to have been able to create a copycat or "tastes-like" recipe. I'll post this on the site.

I do have some recipes for mulligatawny soup. See: 9-20-02


Dictator's Diets

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ray
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 4:06 PM
Subject: Der Führer's Mouth

Uncle Phaedrus--

If one were slinging the pots for a "superman-supper," what should NOT 
be on the recipe list for dishes that aroused the taste buds of "Adolph," 
and "Josef" and "Mao"?  I say nothing, of course, of such things as "chili 
dogs," about which no one, even a dictator, could object.


Hello Ray,

Hope you are well.

Gosh, it's not difficult to find these people's favorite foods: Hitler attempted to become a vegetarian after 1942, but was unable to resist liver dumplings and an occasional piece of ham. Stalin loved fish dishes and a meaty soup called "harcho". Mao loved red-braised pork belly and a dish called "stinky bean curd."

I'm sure there are probably anecdotes by these people's former friends, relatives, cooks, food tasters, etc, that mention foods that they disliked, but locating these in the biographical material about them would appear to involve more time than I am willing to invest. A simple Google search produced little or no results, although it may be that the proper keywords for such a search are evading me.

Since you used the term "superman", it should be noted that Richard Wagner, an ethical advocate of vegetarianism, was never able to follow a vegetarian regime himself. Nietzsche, although he may have tried vegetarianism for a short time for health reasons, was mostly anti-vegetarian, and wrote a diatribe against it.


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