Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Cafe O is actually run by a little old lady who loves milkshakes. She is there when Cafe O opens and closes.
Every day, a little hunchback lady comes into ifc mall to clean herself in the washroom. She mutters as she wipes down her face, arms, and legs with the paper towels and nobody bothers her.
This taxi was the nicest taxi I’d ever met. I needed to visit a storage warehouse far away in Kai Chung, and when he wasn’t exactly sure how to get there he called the number and asked for directions. He told me how he believed Taiwanese people have the best-sounding Mandarin, how people from the PRC are rude, and how impressed he was that my Chinese didn’t even have an accent. He was probably flattering me for extra tips, but I didn’t fall for it. I believe in China thriftiness even if this is a Special Administrative Region.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Wonderful, delicious, creamy, rich butter.
A friend and I were recently grocery shopping, and he asked if it mattered if we got margarine or butter. After recovering from the shock of even being asked this question, I responded with a very deliberate, "Yes."
Butter and margarine are not interchangeable. Butter and shortening are not interchangeable. Let's just agree right now that we will never use any sort of butter substitute, period. In fact, make this url your mantra: butterisbest.com.
Margarine is made through hydrogenation, a chemical process that only occurs through chemical tinkering. On the other hand, butter is made by simply churning cream until the fat separates from the liquid.
Finding a recipe to make butter: Easy. Finding a recipe to make margarine: Hope you're a scientist.
Most importantly, butter tastes amazing and margarine tastes like nothing.
My latest obsession is Nordic Creamery's summer butter. After trying some at Green City Market last week, I have not been able to stop thinking about it. This morning I visited the market again, and I bought my own tub of summer butter. It is so creamy that it tastes a little like cheese, but I kind of enjoy when my butter tastes like cheese (and when my cheese tastes like butter for that matter). It's smooth and sweet, and best of all - it's real butter churned just next door in Wisconsin.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
I was especially excited to learn that Richard Blais would be doing a celebrity chef demo after watching him win Top Chef All-Stars (if you want to relive it in charts and bullet points) earlier this year. He was great to watch from beginning to end - passionate, creative, and clearly there to win. I got really concerned thinking about what would happen if he didn't win because he took himself so seriously. I was relieved when he won.
At the demo, he was much more personable than I had expected, given his serious attitude as a Top Chef. He made fun of fancy food, he told jokes about his hair (styled with equal parts bacon fat and liquid nitrogen), and he tried to get the crowd to cheer when he said self-designated words-of-the-day. I wanted to cheer when he said "oxtail," but I felt like it would be too much to be sitting dead center in the front row and cheering for cow parts.
His "Chipotle inspired" demo menu included:
|See how liquid nitrogen can make fluffy frozen margaritas?|
Chorizo chips with tomato salsa jelly and queso froth
|Assembling the tiny amuse bouches|
Roasted tamale topped with oxtail in a grape-infused jus and lobster tail and a fresh corn and grape salsa
|I too love my pressure cooker.|
They gave out a few samples, but I wasn't of the lucky few that got one. I can tell you that the food looked better than this picture:
|It looks like it's wearing a hat.|
Seeing the crowd that gathered around him after the demo, I immediately ditched the goal I'd made to snap a picture with him. But as fate would have it, I ended up crossing paths with him and here we are as BFFs.
|Neither of us is feeling awkward.|