Puppychao: August 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Omnivore's 100

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

The Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What is wrong with society?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Opening Ceremony...speechless.

Photo from LA Times/Wally Skalij

If you didn't watch the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies last night, I hope you Tivo'd it. I did not watch it until this morning, but I am so happy I recorded it. It was the most amazing artistic performance I have ever seen. The pageantry, power, beauty and scope were only surpassed by the creativity. Director Zhang Yimou presented the world with his amazing creative vision and the execution was amazing.

The highlight for me was the interpretation of printing blocks, which was invented by the Chinese. The large grey blocks moved in sequence to form many different symbolic images. The most amazing thing about the blocks, is that they were being controlled by humans, not machines. Amazing. Other highlights include the globe, the visuals on the ground LCD screen and opening drum sequence.

My emotional connection to the Beijing Olympics were exposed at these opening ceremonies. Being a Chinese American, I was nervous how the rest of the world would receive these games. After last nights performance, I have never been more proud of being Chinese. As I am writing this, there is news of a tourist being murdered. This is sad considering the amazing welcome that was presented 24 hours earlier. I hope these Olympic games don't have any more of these types of stories and that the focus goes to the athletes. Good luck China!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wake and Bacon

I want one of these alarm clocks. See how it works.