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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:35 AM
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Olive Garden is giving away a trip to Italy!
Enjoy an 8-day guided trip for two to Rome, Florence and Olive Garden's Culinary Institute of Tuscany

Wow, I didn't know they had a cooking school!

Plus they are giving away $100 Olive Garden gift cards to 100 people!

https://www.olivegardensweeps.com
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 11:38 AM
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1. It would be more appropriate if they gave a trip to Epcot Italy.
A fake trip to Italy given by a fake Italian restauraunt chain.


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pdx_prog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:29 PM
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3. Who say's it's fake Italian food?
:popcorn:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:47 PM
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4. Hey, I don't fight with my Portland Peeps...
:toast:
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:01 PM
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6. Me!
But I also eat @ Taco Tico and used to eat Taco Time 'Mexican' food :shrug:
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:35 PM
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9. This 2nd gen. Italian-American that's been to the motherland does. (nt)
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usaftmo Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:40 PM
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18. Me!
Stationed in Italy for 2 years, and Olive Garden is an American imitation of Italian food. Calling Olive Garden Italian food is like calling Taco Bell Mexican food.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:01 PM
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21. Taco Bell is Mexican food.
If you took a nationwide survey of which restaurant has the best tacos, Taco Bell would win hands down.
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usaftmo Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 08:48 PM
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22. There's a lot more to Mexican food than tacos.
Even though I like the breadsticks and pizza from Olive Garden, it's not real Italian food. Italian bread is harder than a rock, and the pizza is thinner than anything that comes from a chain restaurant.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 10:30 AM
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24. Sure, but if you took a survey of what Mexican food people are familiar with...
...you would probably see tacos, burritos, and nachos at the top of the list, all of which are available at Taco Bell.
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usaftmo Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 08:56 PM
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25. What we were discussing is if Taco Bell is considered to be
real Mexican food or not; not what types of Mexican food people are familiar with.

I also don't agree with the idea that Taco Bell is real Mexican food. Earlier tonight I conducted a poll on this site, and 80% of the responses were either "no" or "hell no".

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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 12:58 PM
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2. Is it a trip to the country Italy or just New Yorks, Little Italy?
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 01:51 PM
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5. Could be Rome, NY and Florence, KY
for all we know. :P
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:30 PM
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7. I still miss their cannoli
The folks at Olive Garden told me that they'd probably have to remove cannoli from the menu because so few people ordered it - OG patrons wanted desserts that were much sweeter, and the complex flavors of the cannoli just didn't cut it with them. What a shame.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 02:33 PM
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8. can I bring the children?
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pdx_prog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 03:27 PM
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10. Can I bring my friends along?


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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 03:48 PM
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11. I always thought their commercial advertising the cooking academy in Italy....
Edited on Thu May-17-07 03:51 PM by pinniped
was a clever trick to make people think it was Italian food.

Only the big winner can verify its existance.
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 05:27 PM
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12. The big winner will probably learn a few things about really great Italian food as well!
Edited on Thu May-17-07 05:27 PM by LoZoccolo
:woohoo:
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 06:46 PM
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13. So, what's the catch?
"When you return, you'll never eat here again"?

:D

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YellowRubberDuckie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:18 PM
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14. They send all of their chefs to Italy...
They also send their managers there, too, to train. When I worked there, our manager had just got back from there. That place really does exist.
Duckie
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Fox Mulder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:20 PM
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15. I love the Olive Garden.
What's so bad about it?
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:25 PM
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16. besides the food?
absolutely nothing

:shrug:
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Fox Mulder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:25 PM
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17. I thought the food was fantastic...
Edited on Thu May-17-07 07:26 PM by Fox Mulder
when I went there a couple of weeks ago.

:shrug:
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 09:26 PM
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23. They donated a very nice catered lunch to the Relay for Life last weekend.
It was the American Cancer Society-sponsored event here. I was just three days off chemo so I didn't have any appetite, but I ate half of a breadstick. The other cancer survivors seemed to enjoy it and I thought it was very nice of them. I'd never eaten there.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:41 PM
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19. They have a culinary institute in Tuscany?
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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 07:59 PM
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20. Yes, all their food is authentic Italian. n/t
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