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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Ramona Andrews BBC Food host (U14570541) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Would you? www.dailymail.co.uk/...

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  • Message 2

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    Posted by Joanbunting (U14658764) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Afternoon Ramona.

    No, especially out of season !

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    Posted by bellehelene (U14831087) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I allways knew this guy was on something. Obviously the best, all the way from Columbia which should be coming into their season November!?

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Don't see anything remotely amusing in this and am surprised that you do Ramona.
    Cannot help wondering what would have happened if someone else had posted this?
    Of course, we cannot triangle you can we?

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    Posted by RandomCruiser (U14887710) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Is this really something to discuss here Ramona? I find it quite distasteful and would report it if your posts could be complained about.

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    Posted by Kirsty (U14272685) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I'm not offended in the slightest - it's an interesting food related topic so why shouldn't it be discussed? Some people are too easily offended.
    I personally wouldn't go for it, but it strikes me more as a very clever marketing trick by the restaurant owners, who have managed to get national newspaper coverage for themselves!
    I am much more offended by the other rubbish the Daily Mail prints to be honest.

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  • Message 7

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    Posted by looksalot (U14606492) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    A waste of good asparagus! As I love actually eating it I would never consider enjoying it in this way......

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  • Message 8

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    Posted by Stokey Sue (U14258170) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    A waste of good asparagus! As I love actually eating it I would never consider enjoying it in this way......  Completely agree

    I don't find it offensive - and I think the anti-drugs campaigners are probably barking up the wrong tree, doesn't seem to have much to do with snorting drugs, really woudl have though crossover was unlikely

    I think it is more akin to Scratch'n'sniff cards - briefly popular with tweenies

    And about as exciting and about as pointless

    Surely the point of food is that you eat it?

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  • Message 9

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    Posted by Denadar (U8017493) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    No I wouldn't - seems to me to be catering to the "all publicity is good publicity" school of thought.

    The board might be in go slow mode but imho both the biscuits and now this don't really add much of interest.

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  • Message 10

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I'm not offended in the slightest - it's an interesting food related topic so why shouldn't it be discussed? Some people are too easily offended.
    I personally wouldn't go for it, but it strikes me more as a very clever marketing trick by the restaurant owners, who have managed to get national newspaper coverage for themselves!
    I am much more offended by the other rubbish the Daily Mail prints to be honest.  

    Maybe some people that "are easily offended" have first hand experience of the misery that can be caused by people snorting drugs Kirsty, or maybe they do not treat the destructive and degraging subject as lightly as you and Ramona appear to.

    Dena smiley - ok

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  • Message 11

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    Posted by Kirsty (U14272685) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I'm not offended in the slightest - it's an interesting food related topic so why shouldn't it be discussed? Some people are too easily offended.
    I personally wouldn't go for it, but it strikes me more as a very clever marketing trick by the restaurant owners, who have managed to get national newspaper coverage for themselves!
    I am much more offended by the other rubbish the Daily Mail prints to be honest.  

    Maybe some people that "are easily offended" have first hand experience of the misery that can be caused by people snorting drugs Kirsty, or maybe they do not treat the destructive and degraging subject as lightly as you and Ramona appear to.

    Dena smiley - ok 
    Not a topic I take lightly at all - quite the opposite, and you know nothing about me or my past experiences so don't try to make judgements please.
    This is not about drugs, I think it is very over simplistic to suggest that a publicity stunt involving a restaurant selling a powder that smells of asparagus has anything to do with drugs. The two are worlds apart.

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  • Message 12

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    Posted by Global_Worming (U14532104) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    It does not offend me, I just wonder will it have the same affect on my nasal fluids as it does on my .........

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by RandomCruiser (U14887710) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    It's the unfortunate use of snorting in the title of the thread by Ramona.

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  • Message 14

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    Posted by Horned Viper (U4404689) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    This is not about drugs, I think it is very over simplistic to suggest that a publicity stunt involving a restaurant selling a powder that smells of asparagus has anything to do with drugs. The two are worlds apart. 

    Errr...have you seen the way the powder has been presented in the pictures? Quite obviously supposed to look like a line of coke. If it was about just sniffing an asparagus smelling powder with no reference to drugs, I'm sure the restaurant could have done something other than present in in a line on a mirror with what appears to be a rolled up banknote.

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    Posted by Horned Viper (U4404689) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    PS. I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm offended by it but I'm not impressed.

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  • Message 16

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    Posted by Kirsty (U14272685) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I'm happy to agree to disagree. I see that they have tried to present it like a line of coke, the part I disagree with is the suggestion that it encourages drug taking. I think the average person dining in a restaurant will have been exposed to much stronger encouragement from other sources (e.g. our media glamourising Kate Moss's behaviour) which anti-drug campaigners would do better to focus energy on. I just think it's a publicity stunt, I really doubt they will be serving this regularly.
    Sorry I don't meant to cause an argument, I guess I was just trying to say I think some people should lighten up about certain things, as this, to me, is not a big deal. Of course I may be wrong, it's just a debate.

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    Posted by Horned Viper (U4404689) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I agree that it's unlikely they're trying to encourage it but there does seem to be an element of 'glamourising' it. Although, as you say, most of us have been exposed to the glamourisation (is that a word!!) of drug taking from other sources.

    I suppose drugs are quite an emotive topic, especially for those whose lives have been affected by them, and that is precisely why the restaurant has done it.....to get us all talking about it....maximum publicity.

    As I said, I'm not offended by it but it just seems to be in poor taste. I certainly don't agree with those who say the opening post should be triangled; it is food related and should be discussed.

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by jollymrsowl (U11053266) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    As I have to tie a tea towel, folded into a vague triangle shape, around my face and somehow secure it under my specs to prevent violent sneezing attacks after peeling asparagus (it's white over here and has to be peeled almost from top to bottom) I am unlikely to start snorting it!! lol

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  • Message 19

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Not a topic I take lightly at all - quite the opposite, and you know nothing about me or my past experiences so don't try to make judgements please. 

    But you are making judgements with your sweeping statement that "some people are too easily offended". Why is OK for you to judge but not others?

    The whole slant of the story is linked to the drug culture from the language used to the accompanying photographs - it is being very simplistic to say that it is not.
    Ramona's headline was also extremely ill advised.

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  • Message 20

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    Posted by Joanbunting (U14658764) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Hi Saffie

    Having been a bit flippant in my original post - first impressions were that it had to be a joke - I have been pondering all afternoon and i can see why the whole thing could cause upset.

    It does make you wonder just how far the whole molecular food movement will be prepared to go. I have seen various emulsions and foams presented in very dubious ways - syringes being quite a mild example.

    Clever maybe - but wise?

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  • Message 21

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    Just a symptom of the general nastiness of modern life in some areas I think Joan, and a clear demonstration of the frightening ease with which it has become acceptable and in some quarters even thought to be clever.
    Heigh ho.
    Will look out chutney recipe tomorrow.

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  • Message 22

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    Posted by northleedsbhoy (U10768434) on Monday, 18th July 2011

    I don't know why some are complaining about Ramonas O/P. It seems to me to a legitimate question. Me, not interested. I like "sparrowgrass! just plain or with melted butter but that's not to say that "the new kids on the block" would not enjoy it that way - even at that price!!!!

    I respect a persons point of view and would not say anything that would get in the way of freedom of speech (even though in this case YUKsmiley - laugh).

    One will either try this or not - me not.

    Cheers
    NLBsmiley - ok

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  • Message 23

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    Posted by Kirsty (U14272685) on Tuesday, 19th July 2011

    Fair enough if you felt I was also being judgemental. I stand by what I said though, I do feel that some people really are very easily offended by things, which is of course exactly what the restauranteurs want as it stimulates discussion - a trap I have obviously fallen into as well!
    I just felt the two posts complaining about the thread were a little harshly stated, and wanted to defend it, as I genuinely think it's an interesting topic for debate. Perhaps I worded it wrongly....

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  • Message 24

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    Posted by Ramona Andrews BBC Food host (U14570541) on Tuesday, 19th July 2011

    It’s been interesting to read all your comments about this subject and just to clarify I wasn’t taking either side by posting a link to the article - I was curious to see what you would make of this latest use of molecular gastronomy and am not surprised that some of you are disgusted.

    It seems to me that the restaurant are indeed encouraging ‘diners’ to snort the powder - the very word used in the article and thus my choice of word in the title of the thread. It’s a shame that some of you have taken this choice of word to imply that I do not take the encouragement of hard drug taking seriously. Perhaps ‘sniff’ would have been better.

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  • Message 25

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    Posted by saffiewalks (U11222674) on Tuesday, 19th July 2011

    Ramona,
    Shame that you felt you had to give extra milage to a dodgy PR stunt, which this probably is. The majority of the posts on this thread are not actually about food but remain, you have closed others threads for less ?

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  • Message 26

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    Posted by karadekoolaid (U5605528) on Tuesday, 19th July 2011

    Why not? It's undoubtedly not the best way to enjoy asparagus, but why not? We sniff our food and sniff our wine!
    Does it glamourise drug taking? Only if you're already hooked, I'd think!!

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  • Message 27

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    Posted by Dover Soul (U14934992) on Tuesday, 19th July 2011

    So you sniff some asparagus powder and it gives you a buzz. What will you try next to give a bigger buzz? Isn't that the danger?

    A rhetorical question.

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  • Message 28

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    Posted by Dee (U3082905) on Tuesday, 19th July 2011

    Would I - no!

    I agree with those who say it helps glamorise drug taking & also "normalises" it in the same way as a socially acceptable thing to do "for a laugh" among friends. I have not personally been affected by drug abuse in any way but do worry how revelant it appears to have become & this restaurant is playing on the "naughty, shouldn't do it, but dahling, EVERONE does" attitude.

    No, it won't encourage drug taking as such but it does say it's cool & fashionable to "snort" powdered substances from glass tiles and, by association, cocaine or other substances taken nasaly are also fun & fashionable.

    Well, the restaurant in question has suceeded. It is being talked about. Bit like the breast milk ice cream of earlier this year - distasteful but attention grabbing!

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