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Old 01-08-2005, 12:21 PM   #11
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There's a product that's been on the market awhile called Gour-Mayo. Must admit, it's catchy. Then I stop & think, hey, when did mayonnaise become a gourmet treat? Some of the flavors do sound enticing...wasabi, horseradish, etc. Anyone tried Gour-mayo? Maybe there should be a disclaimer?

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Old 01-08-2005, 04:24 PM   #12
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another dumb one is gourmet WATER???
I hear you . . . on the other hand, considering the taste of what comes out of the water faucets in this town, I can cut the "gourmet" boys a little slack . . . maybe quite a lot of slack, in fact.

Best water I've ever drunk was from the well at my folks' place in rural Arkansas. The stuff was delicious. Took me a month to re-adjust every time I went there.
I had a PĂĽr system installed on my faucet in the kitchen. It is my understanding thet 90% of the bottled water is nothing but purified. There is one that comes from France, Avian, that is true well water, or used to be.

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Old 07-06-2005, 12:01 PM   #13
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I usually dismiss the 'gourmet' on a label as marketing fluff. Although our dry rubs use expensive, top quality herbs and spices, we made a conscience decision not to use gourmet on our label. We thought it would distract the buyer from straight forward information and over all design. We use the term gourmet in out marketing copy because our rubs really are a high quality product.

It is sad that language can be used so loosely. It is confusing to the consumer and discredits truly gourmet products by being associated with crappy products that use gourmet on their label.
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:17 PM   #14
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I once had a salsa that was called Texas Meets Tuscany - unfortunately I tried it at the booth where they invented it and were selling it - it was a mix of pesto and salsa - it was a knee-jerk reaction but I spit it out into a napkin. I just sheepishly looked at them and said "someone needs to tell you that this stuff is really bad and I guess it will be me".

The point of the story was it was "gourmet"

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I remember someone telling me that a gourmand is a pig with good taste. So I have always considered myself a gourmand! Most people have no idea what the word “gourmet” means.

Gourmet means: "A connoisseur of fine food and drink." Thus, the food itself can not be Gourmet.

I suppose they mean it should be enjoyed by a gourmet. Yet another word corrupted by the advertising types.

Most people think that gourmet means the food itself is high quality. Sigh, sad that we must now add English to the list of dead languages

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Old 07-06-2005, 03:47 PM   #16
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Definition: [goor-MAY] 1. One of discriminating palate; a connoisseur of fine food and drink. 2. Gourmet food is that which is of the highest quality, perfectly prepared and artfully presented. 3. A gourmet restaurant is one that serves well-prepared, high-quality food.
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Old 07-06-2005, 04:53 PM   #17
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Love Words 2, my 2 cents.

gourmand \goor-MAHND; GOOR-mahnd; GOOR-mund\, noun:
1. One who eats to excess.
2. A lover of good food.

I always thought gourmand meant glutton. Recently, I've seen it as part of a restaurant name, which made me smile, thinking they got it wrong - obviously they were referring to the second meaning of the word. Learn something new....

Gourmet foods purchased from the supermarket? Almost always disappointing. Actually, same for a lot of restaurants. I like our own home cooked food - plus, I know it's clean and made with love and care.

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