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May 29th, 2006
i say potato

I woke up this morning to the sound of a marching band outside my window

Do you know what’s worse than being woken up by the neighbors at 9AM on your day off? Being woken up by 30 kids crashing cymbals and banging drums. It’s just so much worse.

I got back from MN last night. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and such, I was unable to meet the infamous Moobert—so sad—but since it looks like there’s a 90 percent chance I’ll be moving that direction in a month or so, no worries.

I’m no longer that cranky about it. Granted, I don’t want to move, but Minneapolis isn’t that bad at all. There’s Uptown, with it’s sushi places, outdoor cafes and MAC store, the suburbs with their lakes and coffee shops and the job, which appears to be ten times better than the one I have now—always a good thing.

And the people are rather interesting… or rather, they’ll make for excellent blog fodder. ;)

I got into a conversation with a guy who hates all condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc.) and we began arguing over what is, and what is not, a condiment.

“So you hate peanut butter?”

“No I love peanut butter. It’s not a condiment, it’s a spread.”

“What? That’s BS, it’s a condiment. It goes on something to eat it—bread, celery, etc.”

“Not a condiment.”

“What about salad dressing?”

“That’s not a condiment either.”

“Yes it is!”

We went back and forth with this for quite some time, lol.

So I looked it up. And, according to the dictionary (take that asshat :P), a condiment is: “A substance, such as a relish, vinegar, or spice, used to flavor or complement food.”

Therefore, according to the dictionary, I’m right. :) :)

Salad dressing and peanut butter and soy sauce… all condiments.

What say you readers? What’s a condiment? Is there a difference between condiments and spreads?

posted in: question of the day — @ 9:45 am


  1. Um…it wasn’t this guy, was it?

    Comment by Moocow — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 10:53 am

  2. Stupid non working link…

    Comment by Moocow — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 10:54 am

  3. Peanut butter and salad dressing are not condiments in my opinion. I’m with your crazy MN guy. Soy sauce… marginally so. Peanut butter was like a main course in my university days…

    When are you moving? Why not move to Hawaii? It’s much warmer.

    Comment by Le Will — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 10:59 am

  4. Salad dressing is a condiment.

    Peanut butter… is not. That’s like saying chocolate hazelnut spread is a condiment. Then you’re just one step away from saying that chocolate is a condiment, when really, chocolate can stand alllllll by itself.

    Comment by Therese — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 12:35 pm

  5. okay peanut butter is not a condiment. salad dressing… i don’t consider it a condiment, i think of it more as well, a dressing or a sauce.

    condiment would be something that is not neccesary to any item of food but is added in order to alter the flavor.

    so nyah.

    Comment by wendykat — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 1:50 pm

  6. Ron refuses to eat food without condiments. To him, the entree is merely a vehicle for more sauces.

    Comment by Grampa — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 3:08 pm

  7. Maybe you could define a condiment by its packaging. Can you squeeze it out of an annoying plastic packet that is certain to shoot out the wrong way and spray you when are wearing white? If yes, it must be a condiment.

    Comment by Le Will — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 3:22 pm

  8. Missed a ‘you’ there. Oops.

    Comment by Le Will — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 3:23 pm

  9. Also, I’ve been known to eat crunchy peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.

    Comment by Grampa — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 3:53 pm

  10. Moo… I KNEW someone else had talked about it before, LOL. :)

    Le Will.. lol, thank you. And Hawaii lacks in the job department, lol, have you been talking to Grampa?

    But Therese, they’re the same thing.. they go on something else! :)

    Wendy.. nyah back. :P

    I like Ron… and yeah, eww, about the crunchy with a spoon.

    Le, if that’s the case, then peanut butter, salad dressing, soy sauce and YOGURT are all condiments, rotfl. I like it. ;)

    Comment by the insider — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 4:50 pm

  11. After my deli experience in Bagel Street Shop, many many LOOOOOOOTS!! of peanut butter bagels stopped by my hands to CONFIRM it is a spread lol So there you go!

    BTW, I didn’t like it at all and I know you, Americans&English LOVE IT to bits… I prefer Nutella ^^

    Comment by Me, Myself and I — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 5:19 pm

  12. Minneapolis: More condiment conversation than any other city per capita.

    I still go back to my free, squozen, never eating it on it’s own definition.

    Comment by Moocow — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 9:13 pm

  13. LOL Me.. I believe you :)

    Glad to hear there’ll be such fun conversations, lol… oy.
    So by your definition, peanut butter isn’t a condiment? And paying for them at the grocery store doesn’t count?

    Comment by the insider — Monday.May.29.2006 @ 9:47 pm

  14. If, or maybe it’s when by now, you do end up here in Minnesota, don’t neglect the other Twin . . . Saint Paul. Despite what some say, us eastsiders enjoy some of the finer aspects of the Twin Cities without having to venture across the river. Things like Grand Avenue, the charming downtown Farmers Market, outdoor baseball, and an endless supply of both condiments and spreads!

    Comment by Kevin T. — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 12:20 am

  15. It’s a subtle difference, but no. I know too many people who eat peanut butter by the spoonful. And chocolate.

    A condiment is something that cannot be eaten by itself.

    A spread is something that generally belongs on something else, but is not a condiment.

    A condiment can be a spread, but a spread cannot be a condiment.

    It’s a square/rectangle thing.

    Obviously, this is just one shoeist’s opinion.

    Comment by Therese — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 11:12 am

  16. Oh, I meant to add that a spread MAY be eaten by itself.

    Comment by Therese — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 11:13 am

  17. Kevin.. LOL. An endless supply? Oh well then I’m game. ;) Actually, the job is kinda in the Saint Paul area and I had fabulous Thai food near Macalester while I was there, so no worries, I’m sure I won’t neglect the twin. :)

    Therese… OK, but technically, isn’t mayo a spread? No one would eat that alone.. gag. And what, you can’t eat ketchup straight from the bottle? ;)

    Comment by the insider — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 11:37 am

  18. Ew. Ya got me on the mayo. *shudder*

    Comment by Therese — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 2:49 pm

  19. My thoughts are that spreads are just that. They need to be scooped from a container with a knife/spoon/whatever utensil is handy, and spread on something. You need to smooth them out with a little bit of pressure on the knife/spoon/utensil. Condiments, on the other hand tend to be thin, watery and pourable. Relish: Chunky, yet still thin & watery-Condiment. Hummus: Needs to be scooped and spread-Spread. Another way to figure it out is if they can be put in those little packets. Mustard, ketchup, relish-all condiments.
    Mayo just deserves it’s own classisfication.

    Comment by Jenn — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 6:02 pm

  20. Therese.. yep, eww.

    Jenn… OK that makes sense, kinda. Except that they have peanut butter and mayo in little packets… so.. ?

    Comment by the insider — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 7:42 pm

  21. “they” ??? “they” would also steal and eat your firstborn child. are you really gonna believe what “they” tell you?

    Comment by wendykat — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:03 pm

  22. rotfl lmao… drinking much? LOL

    Comment by the insider — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:12 pm

  23. uhm… maybe.

    Comment by wendykat — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:15 pm

  24. Booyah. Me too.

    Comment by the insider — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:16 pm

  25. almost done with my first glass and i’m already tipsy… ah… the joys of being a lightweight.

    Comment by wendykat — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:23 pm

  26. Yep.. feeling soooo much better.

    Comment by the insider — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:25 pm

  27. oooh you have skype yes? we should chat… text type… unless you’re busy with you know who.

    Comment by wendykat — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:27 pm

  28. LOL… nope, not busy. Getting tipsy. Hmmm…

    Comment by the insider — Tuesday.May.30.2006 @ 8:33 pm

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