How to Help Someone Make Sense of a Bad Experience

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Reader Comments (30)

Chowghetti? Spamein?

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGil

+1 first panel. Great.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterme

Third panel for the win. I could hear the implied "Ah-ghghghaaaa!" at the end, the Yiddish form of "Gotcha!"

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFakeScott

I can see why Scott and Rick are such good friends. I have a friend like Rick, only he's more successful, insults me with great ease, and points out when I do something stupid.

I know what you're thinking, and no, my friend is not Scott. I have to be Scott. My friend isn't bald nor does he have a goatee.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Sounds suspiciously like the "yakisoba" served in Air Force chow halls... uh, I mean "dining facilities". My mistake.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPsnyde

This...really disturbingly reminds me of the current book that I am writing, actually. No matter how it turns out, I know for sure that it is going to be a spectacular SOMETHING. Probably "failure," but hey.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaela

I am pretty sure I would do a better job of asian food. I'd use oriental flavored top ramen.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbobo

Now that Scott is only working for Mullet Boss part time I guess its only natural his inspiration will come from other places. I do have a question about Food Network (and Bravo and HGTV and probably others), do their 'next stars' actually make it onto the network TV schedule? Or are these folks 'straight to youtube'?

(I did not see you even though I was looking when we were in Orlando Mother's Day week.)


June 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

I'm contemplating saying "First!"
But then I realized I don't really see that here. So either people are decent and kind on BI or the First!-s get moderated out... BI just got philosophical!

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

Is there an origin story behind the savage, untamed manatees that Meyer owns? I was curious as they play a large part in Asking The Wrong Guy.

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAtalia

Alarming, ridiculous, and yet utterly believable. Is this comic based on real events?

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGram

I am given to understand that noodles were introduced by Marco Polo. The cafeteria was making a sophisticated historical critique through their medium. Food.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersbwoodside

Alternate final Scott text: "Bork bork bork!"

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Sounds like any large organisation's works canteen that I've ever eaten in.

Who doesn't recognise this:

Monday: "Todays special's: Beef cutlets or curry" = dodgy-looking random cuts of some large mammal, or a tasty-looking smooth curry.

Tuesday: "Today's specail: Beef casserole" = yesterday's bits of meat, in yesterday's gravy, with yesterday's left-over veg stirred in.

Wednesday: "Todays special: shepherds pie" = yesterday's beef casserole, minced, with mashed potato.

Thursday: "Todays' special: Chile con carny" = yesterday's Shepherd's pie + some red kidney beans.

Friday: "Toady's special: beef curry" = yesterday's chilli con carne + some dodgy curry powder.

And that's why you should never eat the curry they offer on Mondays.

Next week, the same but with chicken (Thursday is a tomato sauce and it's Chicken Alfresco or some such) then the next week is pork (Thursday is a sweet 'n' sour sauce to be Chinese Pork).

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Once, a Japanese restaurant opened up at the nearby mall's food court. They actually served what they claimed was 'lo mein' but was in fact lukewarm spaghetti.

Within three to four months they were bought out by the Chinese place next to it (which has been there for a couple of decades) and basically became an extension of that place with a different name and visual style on the decorations.

Nobody minds, however, because the Chinese place actually has very good food (and some fantastic lo mein). As a result, it's been there and thriving longer than almost any other store in the mall (including some of the department stores).

That said, I crack up when they start running low on something at the 'Japanese' place and we see someone hauling a fresh pan of noodles over there from the Chinese restaurant.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMythicFox

Kudos for panel 4.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClyde

Living in China right now, didn't know such a thing called "chow mein sauce" even existed.. We have spaghetti sauce here though, and that probably makes Italians shake their heads too.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Dust Cell

I suppose if you're going to butcher a meal, you might as well do it with style.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Having seen the Food Network's daytime programming, yes, insults to great culinary traditions occur with frightening regularity.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

very nice, concise and clever in panel 3

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAGLIGHTNER

Our corporate cafeteria started doing a theme menu that was supposed to allow us to experience food from other cultures. A couple of weeks ago they served "Beef Vindaloo" because everyone knows how much the folks in India like to eat cows.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstephen

This is one of those joyous days where the comments are as fantastic as the comic. Crackin up here..... I guess we can all relate!

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Dr. Dust Cell: Living in China right now, didn't know such a thing called "chow mein sauce" even existed.. We have spaghetti sauce here though, and that probably makes Italians shake their heads too.

Yup. "Spaghetti" and "Chow Mein" both refer specifically (in their original languages) to the noodles themselves. In English, of course, both have come to be used to refer to the entire dish.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

"But was it a great mistake?"
"I suppose it was"

Scott's ability to play with words never ceases to tickle my funnybone.

June 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilla

Chow mein primarily means a dish made with fried (chǎo) noodles (miàn). (That's the Mandarin, English gets it from the Taishanese pronunciation, "chāu mèing".)

There's no specific sauce for it any more than there's a specific product that's called "ramen broth", but the term doesn't mean just the noodles—if you tell a Chinese person you ate chow mein, he'll say "What kind?", not "In a sauce, I hope?"

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

When have you been at my university's cafeteria? Dang, dude, you pretty much nailed it.

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlug

I live in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. A few years ago, a local Indian restaurant (which, shortly afterwards, mysteriously became Chinese) attempted to celebrate Burns Night by inventing haggis pakora. Seriously!

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMad Dan Eccles

I am given to understand that noodles were introduced by Marco Polo from China. The cafeteria was making a sophisticated historical critique through their medium — food.

This is a myth, of course, but the Chinese really did invent pasta.

Also, the best spaghetti I ever had was at an italian restaurant — in Japan — Japanese chef. Itadakimasu!

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersbwoodside

I get a snicker by thinking of the following two words:

"beef leavings"

Interpret that as you will.

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I always like when someplace can't be more specific than "Asian". That's the most they can narrow it down: half the inhabited world, 5,000 years of history of 4 billion people, all reduced to "Asian". "You can get that with rice if you want."

June 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
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