Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
w¡n9Nµ7 §£@¥€r

Everyone who thought the Democratic Congress couldn't bring change.... read this!

63 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: Timeline

The processed cheese has been replaced with brie. The Jell-O has made way for raspberry kiwi tarts and mini-lemon blueberry trifles. Meatloaf has moved over for mahi mahi and buns have been shunted aside in favor of baguettes.

A revolution is afoot at the deli counters, grills and salad bars of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Newly ascendant Democrats may have hit roadblocks on Iraq and fiscal issues, but they have revamped congressional menus, replacing fatty, pre-made foods with healthier, gourmet alternatives. The once dreary congressional cafeterias now abound with haute cuisine.

The menu transformation is part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Greening the Capitol” plan to make the House campus more environmentally friendly and socially progressive.

But there can be a downside to delicious. Not everyone is happy with the enhanced offerings. Many congressional employees have complained that as the food quality has increased, so have the prices.

“It’s a big jump from high school cafeteria to fancy-pants gourmet. I just wish my pay improved,” said Caryn Schenewerk, a staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

A fruit and cheese side dish with two small wedges of brie and cheddar, six grapes, two saltines and one strawberry cost $4.95, for example.

House officials explained that the fresher and more varied foods were indeed more expensive but that they had tried to preserve low-cost alternatives such as pizza, sandwiches and prepared salads, which remain around the same price.

Higher prices weren’t the only complaints.

Perhaps it was inevitable that any major change orchestrated by the Democrats, be it legislation or legumes, would draw Republican fire.

One House Republican aide lobbed attacks at the Democrats over e-mail.

“I really don’t like Nanny Nancy telling me what I can and cannot eat for lunch. If I want to eat unhealthy, I should have that choice!” the aide fumed.

Republican aides have raised questions about why the cafeterias now stock Stonyfield Farm yogurt, speculating that the move would line the pockets of the company’s CEO, Gary Hirshberg, a significant player in Democratic politics.

That assertion is nonsense, said Jeff Ventura, a spokesman for the chief administrative officer, the House official who oversees the cafeterias. He said the new food vendor, Restaurant Associates, selected the yogurt producer based on price, quality and consumer satisfaction.

“The idea that the CAO employs a political litmus test on the hundreds of food items in the cafeterias is nothing short of absurd,” Ventura said.

Several calls to Restaurant Associates’ spokeswoman Gina Zimmer were not returned.

Grumbling aside, the menu choices now available present a whole new world of congressional culinary adventures.

There is pan-roasted Chesapeake rockfish with sweet potato fennel hash and yellow pepper relish. Pears with Stilton cheese and watercress. Cumin-scented leg of lamb with almond couscous. There are vegetables with funny names, like bok choy, arugula and jicama. There are baked goods with Italian names, like biscotti, focaccia and frittati.

There are foods in funny colors, like yellow tomatoes and purple Peruvian potatoes. There are things that are free of other things, like “cage-free shell eggs,” “rBGH-free milk” and “free-range chicken.” And things that we don’t know what they mean, like turkey escabeche (salad), red pepper coulis (sauce) and seared barramundi (fish).

A vending machine sells coffee from famed chef Wolfgang Puck, offering brews such as “Vive la Crème Caramel” and “Tropic of Chocolate.”

Coffee cups have been replaced by “ecotainers” and drink cups by “greenware” made from corn starch. The napkins emerge from their dispenser one at a time, making it impossible to grab a whole stack. Nearly everything is biodegradable.

And the recycling stations, oh, the recycling stations! They are veritable shrines to a renewable Earth, with four differently shaped slots to sort garbage and lengthy directions on proper sorting. Soup containers go into the square-shaped “compostable” slot, but soup lids end up in the rounded “landfill waste” slot.

There are other enviro touches, too. The new salad bar was constructed from “green materials.” The seafood is “sustainable.” The fruits and vegetables come from local growers when possible.

Energy-efficient vending machines sport a 6-foot-tall illuminated image of trees. A poster trumpets the existence of a “pulper,” a big machine that mashes up waste into little cubes that go to compost centers, where, eventually, they biodegrade into dirt.

Even the things that haven’t changed seem cooler because their names are in foreign languages. The taco bar is the “Taqueria.” The grill is “A la Plancha.” The salad bar has expanded to “Salad/Antipasti.”

To most Hill denizens, the cornucopia of choices is cause for rejoicing — a significant switch from a menu that previously relied heavily on iceberg lettuce and vanilla pudding.

“It’s been long overdue that there should be more healthy options,” said a congressional science fellow who was not allowed to speak on the record. “It was hazardous to my health to eat almost anything they had here before.”

Ventura said a popular outcry had prompted the changes.

“We had [diminished] satisfaction surveys with [the earlier contractor],” Ventura said. “People were getting disenchanted with the food quality.”

Nearly everything in the new cafeterias is biodegradable, from plates to utensils to straws, and that situation has produced a few peculiarities. For example, there are no soup spoons, only teaspoons. The company that manufactures the biodegradable flatware doesn’t make soup spoons yet. And some people have complained that the compostable straws can melt in hot liquids.

Politico headed to the cafeteria at the Rayburn House Office Building to test this scenario. A compostable straw placed in hot coffee did indeed become pliable and droop, although it never disintegrated entirely.

Ventura said customers would have to change their behavior to accommodate the environmentally friendly products.

“We have had a few people observe that [straw] phenomenon and we had to tell them, ‘Sip your coffee like a normal human being,’” Ventura said. “We’re trying to save the planet here.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0108/7888.html


Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:


"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."- Ayn Rand

“Your freedom to be you includes my freedom to be free from you.”

― Andrew Wilkow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Brazil
Timeline
I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:

Is this the kind of post people are upset about?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:

Is this the kind of post people are upset about?

Because the guy makes his own sausage?


All you need is a modest house in a modest neighborhood

In a modest town where honest people dwell

--July 22---------Sent I-129F packet

--July 27---------Petition received

--August 28------NOA1 issued

--August 31------Arrived in Terrace after lots of flight delays to spend Lindsay's birthday with her

--October 10-----Completed address change online

--January 25-----NOA2 received via USCIS Case Status Online

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Brazil
Timeline
I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:

Is this the kind of post people are upset about?

Because the guy makes his own sausage?

I think his mama made it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:

Is this the kind of post people are upset about?

I have know idea Alex. I dont tip-toe around over sensitive people.


"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."- Ayn Rand

“Your freedom to be you includes my freedom to be free from you.”

― Andrew Wilkow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:

Is this the kind of post people are upset about?

Because the guy makes his own sausage?

I think his mama made it.

Mama's recipes are always the best. That said, I don't think Nancy Pelosi is really in the market for sausage. She seems more like a fish taco type.


All you need is a modest house in a modest neighborhood

In a modest town where honest people dwell

--July 22---------Sent I-129F packet

--July 27---------Petition received

--August 28------NOA1 issued

--August 31------Arrived in Terrace after lots of flight delays to spend Lindsay's birthday with her

--October 10-----Completed address change online

--January 25-----NOA2 received via USCIS Case Status Online

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Timeline
I would love to feed Nancy Pelosi some of my world famous hand made organic polska kielbaska sausage. :devil:

Is this the kind of post people are upset about?

Because the guy makes his own sausage?

I think his mama made it.

Mama's recipes are always the best. That said, I don't think Nancy Pelosi is really in the market for sausage. She seems more like a fish taco type.

Context is everything :P


Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Country: England
Timeline

To most Hill denizens, the cornucopia of choices is cause for rejoicing — a significant switch from a menu that previously relied heavily on iceberg lettuce and vanilla pudding. :dead:

That said....homemade polska kielbasa is a good thing too...I helped my cousin make some last spring. Good stuff.

Edited by Sister Fracas

Co-Founder of VJ Fluffy Kitty Posse -
avatar.jpg

31 Dec 2003 MARRIED
26 Jan 2004 Filed I130; 23 May 2005 Received Visa
30 Jun 2005 Arrived at Chicago POE
02 Apr 2007 Filed I751; 22 May 2008 Received 10-yr green card
14 Jul 2012 Citizenship Oath Ceremony

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Okay, I'll get on topic for a moment. I'm glad Pelosi could find the time to push whole food agendas on all of Capitol Hill. Too bad she couldn't address the food shortage that's about to hit the world because her babies are pressing ethanol on the people of this country.


All you need is a modest house in a modest neighborhood

In a modest town where honest people dwell

--July 22---------Sent I-129F packet

--July 27---------Petition received

--August 28------NOA1 issued

--August 31------Arrived in Terrace after lots of flight delays to spend Lindsay's birthday with her

--October 10-----Completed address change online

--January 25-----NOA2 received via USCIS Case Status Online

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That has got to be the quickest hijacking in VJ history.

Troll I didnt hijack it.Im on topic, I managed to squeeze food into my post. :whistle:

Okay, I'll get on topic for a moment. I'm glad Pelosi could find the time to push whole food agendas on all of Capitol Hill. Too bad she couldn't address the food shortage that's about to hit the world because her babies are pressing ethanol on the people of this country.

:thumbs:


"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."- Ayn Rand

“Your freedom to be you includes my freedom to be free from you.”

― Andrew Wilkow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
That has got to be the quickest hijacking in VJ history.

now i think they're going for quickest locked/closed thread.

Not at all, I actually took the word ####### out of my post.


All you need is a modest house in a modest neighborhood

In a modest town where honest people dwell

--July 22---------Sent I-129F packet

--July 27---------Petition received

--August 28------NOA1 issued

--August 31------Arrived in Terrace after lots of flight delays to spend Lindsay's birthday with her

--October 10-----Completed address change online

--January 25-----NOA2 received via USCIS Case Status Online

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...