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Bye, Bye Pastrami on Rye
« on: January 22, 2017, 07:48:44 AM »


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On New Year's Eve of 2016, the Carnegie Delicatessen in NY Shity closed it's doors for the final time.  There will be no more Hot Pastrami sandwiches on Rye Bread served at the Carnegie anymore. 🙁



http://1j0kaab4se21i4i6y1k7omz1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Stages-Deli-Greython-Construction-Foxwoods4-3-300x167.jpg Back in 2012 when the Doomstead Diner first opened its doors, the Stage Delicatessen closed down.  In 2004, the other main iconic Jewish Deli of NY Shity Ratner's on Delancey Street closed its doors.  I frequented all these Jewish Delicatessens in my years living in NY Shity, and the Carnegie closing marks the last of the truly great ones I know of. OK, wait, Katz's is still open for bizness, but their Pastrami was not as good as Carnegie or Stage.



There were many other lesser known ones, in fact right by my old High School of Stuyvesant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan there was a small one I often had lunch at, which served up a GREAT Potato Knish for about 50 cents at the time if I recall.  Their Pastrami wasn't near as good as the Pastrami you got at the Stage or the Carnegie though.



There were many other Jewish Delis sprinkled around NY Shity in those years as well, mainly in the various Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.  There were some good ones in Forest Hills as I recall, though I can't remember their names anymore.  Usually they were just named after the founder of the Deli, like "Feynman's Delicatessen" or "Murray's Delicatessen" etc.



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My TOP 10 favorite Jewish Foods from the era were: (more or less in order)



1- Hot Pastrami on Rye Bread

2- Matzoh Ball Soup

3- Bagel shmeared with Cream Cheese and Lox

4- Matzoh Meal Latkes (Pancakes)

5- Potato Knish

6- Chicken Liver Pate

7- Beef Tongue Sandwich on Rye

8- Kosher Hot Dog

9- Whole Smoked Whitefish Chubs

10- Potato Latkes (Pancakes)



Fortunately for me since I know how to cook quite well, I can reproduce most of these dishes fairly well to this day, but I don't do it because my appetite is so depressed and you have to make them in large quantities.  To make a good Pastrami, you need to smoke up a full brisket of beef, and I couldn't eat that much meat in a month these days, by which time it goes bad unless frozen, and after freezing a lot of the flavor is lost.  You really want to eat this stuff RIGHT after you finish cooking it, which is why Delis developed to begin with.  While one person or even a small family can't finish a whole beef brisket in one meal (except for total PIGS!), if you have even just 20 or 30 people stop in your Deli for Lunch, you can easily go through a few briskets for the day.  Dropping into a Deli for a Lunch of Matzoh Ball Soup and a Hot Pastrami on Rye was an EXTREME culinary pleasure, and at the time not all that expensive although more expensive than a Slice of Mushroom Pizza at the local Storefront Italian Pizzeria.  There you could get a slice of freshly baked Pizza for around 25 cents and a Minestrone Soup for another 25 cents.  In my neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, during my years there from age 10 to 16 there were 3 main groups of 1st or 2nd generation Immigrants, Italians, Jews and Irish.  The Italians and the Jews served up the FOOD, the Irish ran all the BARS and served up the BOOZE. lol.  In the later years the Chinese and various other Asian groups began arriving, and lots of Chinese Take Out restaraunts popped up.



http://cdn.luxuo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Smith-and-Wollensky-steak-house.jpg Jewish Delis aren't the only restaraunts I frequented in NY Shity during my salad years there in the 70s and 80s now Outta Biz, even some top end Steakhouses like Smith & Wollensky are gone to the Great Beyond.  They bit the dust in 2016.  This is in NY Shity, home to Wall Street with some traders and executives still taking home outrageous salaries and big bonuses.  Why can't a high end restaraunt like this make a go of it in that market?



Well, you gotta understand the restaurant biz to begin with here, it always depends on VOLUME.  You need to keep all your tables filled all the time, and there also needs to be a quite large difference between the cost of the food you cook up and what you charge to the customers in order to meet all the overhead, which is quite large especially in NY Shity.  The restaurant bizness is extremely labor intensive, and labor costs are high even if you pay all the workers Min Wage.  You can't pay decent chefs Min Wage though, so the better the food, the higher the costs get driven up.



NY Shity commercial rents have shot through the ROOF in the last decade to begin with.  Then the cost of the food ingredients also went up rapidly.  Then, despite the fact there are a FEW Banksters making gobs of money, MOST of the population doesn't have all that much to spend on Lunch.  So the efffect is the restaurant keeps raising it's prices in order to meet the overhead which drives away more of their regular customers then making it uneconomic to cook up a half dozen beef briskets each day to make Pastrami out of.  Not selling enough Pastrami then, said Deli ends up going outta biz.



http://media.olivegarden.com/en_us/images/marketing/italian-family-restaurant-olive-garden-g6-r1x1.jpg The same thing is true for a high end steakhouse like Smith & Wollensky, and really the only types of restaraunts currently surviving are either Fast Food (FF acronym, like the Fossil Fuels they are made from) which operate with low quality food served at high volume and low prices, or medium level chains like say Olive Garden which serve medium quality food at medium prices and ALSO have access to DEBT money to subsidize losing money operations.  Small independents from either end of the spectrum are squashed out because they don't have access to the debt that allows a large chain to keep going even when it also is losing money.



It's a sorry state of affairs of course, and the fact that the typical Lunch menu for a worker has devolved from a nice juicy Hot Pastrami sandwich to a Big Mac is a very depressing state of affairs, although also a good symbol for the Collapse of Industrial Civilization.



Great Pastrami came at the PINNACLE of Industrial Civilization, probably around the mid 1960s to 1970s.  There was certainly good pastrami around before that though, going back to the 1920s probably.  The Good Pastrami also lasted until the early 2000s, when it started to disappear.  Fabulous Pastrami at Great Jewish Delis had about an 80 year lifespan available to the average J6P around NY Shity, basically tracing the Age of Oil.



http://www.seriouseats.com/assets_c/2014/05/20140529-pastrami-smoked-meat-11-thumb-610x406-403666.jpg The Death of Great Pastrami came due to the economics of producing it and serving it up in Delis.  At the beginning, the rents in NY Shity were cheap for a small deli operator, but over the years they rose into the stratosphere.  While a few Wall Street Pigmen make gobs of money, except for a very few high end restaurants you can't base your bizness on them.  There's just not enough of them who will buy a Hot Pastrami Sandwich for lunch on a daily basis.



As the rents skyrocketed, so did the cost of buying a Pastrami Sandwich at places like the Stage & Carnegie Delicatessens.  Even when I left NY Shity back in the 90s, a lunch at one of those places was coming in around $10, maybe a bit more.  This was no longer a meal for the average J6P.  I don't know what the Final Price on the menu was for a Pastrami on Rye when the Carnegie Delicatessen closed its doors for the last time on Dec 31st, 2016, but I suspect it was in the $20 range.



With these kind of prices, where the average J6P in NYC goes for lunch is not to a Jewish Deli for Pastrami, but to Mickey D's for a Big Mac, Fries & a Coke, a meal which itself is coming in close to $10 these days!  It also obviously lacks the terrific flavor and texture of well prepared Pastrami, and all the workers in that FF joint are being paid minimum wage.  The whole category of a well paid chef is ELIMINATED!  In fact, the push is on to eliminate even the low paid cooks who dutifully drop the frozen french fries into the deep fryer with robots that can do the job more reliably 24/7 with no coffee breaks!



https://www.mcdonalds.com.ph/userfiles/images/ourfood/main/BigMac435X320%20(1).png Nobody seems to know where the folks who BUY Lunch from the Robots will get the money to do this though, as they are automated out of a job.  There are suggestions out there of a guaranteed "Universal Basic Income", sort of Welfare on Steroids, but nobody knows how to implement such a thing without it destroying incentive to work at all or without creating an endless cycle of price inflation.  The folks who have the monopoly over Money Creation are also unlikely to just give the money away to anybody except other members of their own club as they currently do all the time, so a Universal Basic Income seems an unlikely outcome here.  Whatever that nominal amount of money is, it most certainly would not buy a nice thick and juicy Pastrami on Rye sandwich, and probably not even a Big Mac, Fries and a Coke!  Maybe the money will buy some thin gruel poured over a slice of Wonder Bread?



I will leave you for this episode of Dayz of Our Kollapse Lives with a song parody.  Sing to the Tune of "American Pie" by Don Maclean.






 



A long, long time ago

I can still remember how that music used to make me smile

And I knew if I had my chance

That I could make those people dance

And maybe they'd be happy for a while



But February made me shiver

With every paper I'd deliver

Bad news on the doorstep

I couldn't take one more step



I can't remember if I cried

When I read the Carnegie Deli died

But something touched me deep inside

The day the Pastrami Died





So bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

Singin' this'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die





Did you write the book of love

And do you have faith in God above

If the Bible tells you so?

Now do you believe in latkes and gefilte fish?

Can Bagels save your mortal soul?

And can you teach me how to eat real slow?



Well, I know that you're in love with Bagels

Cause I saw you eating them at the tables

You shmeared on the creame cheese and lox

and danced on the table in just your socks



I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck

With a pink carnation and a pickup truck

But I knew I was out of luck

The day the Pastrami Died



[Chorus:]

I started singing,  bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

Singin' this'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die





Now for 5 years we've been watching doom

Diners observing all the oncoming gloom

But that's not how it used to be

Until JFK rode in the limousine

Next to Jackie the pill cap Queen

Promising the death of the Land of the Free



Oh, and while JFK was looking down

LBJ stole his thorny crown

Vietnam was escalated

While bigger lies were being created



And while Liddy hit the Watergate

Nixon pitched the gold out of the gate

And we sang dirges for our fate

The day the money died



[Chorus:]

We were singing,  bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

Singin' this'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die



[Verse 3]

Helter skelter in a summer swelter

The birds flew off to a Doomer Shelter

Eight miles high and falling fast

It landed foul on the grass

The Diners tried for a forward pass

With RE on the sidelines in a cast



Now the halftime air was sweet perfume

While the Diners played a marching tune

We all got up to dance

Oh, but we never got the chance



Cause the Diners tried to take the field

The Illuminati refused to yield

Do you recall what was revealed

The day the Pastrami Died?



[Chorus:]

We started singing,  bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

Singin' this'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die



[Verse 4]

Oh, and there we were all in the Diner

Eating Doom meals that couldn't be finer

With no time left to start again

So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick

Jack Flash sat on a candlestick

Cause fire is the devil's only friend



Oh, and as I watched him on the stage

My hands were clenched in fists of rage

No angel born in Hell

Could break that RE spell



And as the flames climbed high into the night

To light the sacrificial rite

I saw RE laughing with delight

The day the Pastrami Died



[Chorus:]

He started singing,  bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

Singin' this'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die



[Outro]

I met a Troll who made page views

And he pitched out all his happy news

But it was bullshit and he was sent away

I went down to the convenience store

Where I bought my gas for years before

But the clerk told me there was no gas left today



And in the streets, the Zombies screamed

The Doomers cried and the Cornucopians dreamed

But not a word was spoken

The internet was all broken



And the three men I admire most

The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost

They caught the last train for the coast

The day the Pastrami Died



[Chorus:]

And they were singing,  bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

Singin' this'll be the day that I die

This'll be the day that I die



[Chorus:]

They were singing,  bye, bye Pastrami on Rye

Drove my Chevy to the Deli but the Deli was Fried

And them good ole boys were eating a Big Mac & Fries

And singin' this'll be the day that I die


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Re: Bye, Bye Pastrami on Rye
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2017, 11:31:24 AM »
ROTFLMAO!!!

The Diners tried to take the field, but the Illuminati refused to yield.

Austin only ever had one authentic Jewish deli, which was also known as Katz's,(no relation) being brought into existence in 1979 by a guy named Marc Katz who was a premier self-promoter and tireless advertiser. He had one of those ancient Checker airport limos sliced up and mounted atop his building. He had a lot of good NYC memorabilia, like subway handholds and the like. I still have a piece of art he sold me, a view of NYC taken from the top of the escalator in the Chrysler building, with the Twin Towers prominent in the background.



It closed in 2010  (after 31 years of being open 24/7) as the 6th Street bar district moved west and rents shot up. Marc's son, who was the executive chef for a while in the latter days, still runs a location in Houston.

So it goes.

Katz's, RIP.



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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2017, 02:58:41 PM »
ROTFLMAO!!!

 :icon_sunny:  I thought that was one of my best Song Parodies EVAH!  :icon_mrgreen:

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