Friday, August 29, 2008

The Omnivore’s Hundred

Saw the list on my brother's blog from Very Good Taste. Figure it'll be fun to see how I do compare to him.

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.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

The VGT 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

I got 51. Although I've had dishes that claims to be Kobe beef, I don't believe I've had the real thing. So I'm marking it yet. And I'm not crossing anything out, I like to think at least I'm open to it if given the opportunity.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 5

Ah yes, where did I left off? I should probably finish writing about this trip before I completely forget what happened. Day 5 ended up to be the most touristy day of our vacation. After being stuck at the border for more than 4 hours the day before, I think we were determined to see Seattle, at least the two most famous attractions.

- Pike's Market. I think I was more impress it with it the first time I was there a few years ago, before the ferry market opened up in San Francisco. While it is still great to see local produce at the farmer's market, somehow the experience is just not the same. (Yes, I know the ferry building is modeled after Pike's Market.) Love how much work some vendors put into displaying the products though.

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 5

- Chris and I now been to the Space Needle area twice now. We still have not went up to enjoy the view. What can I say, we're cheap and can't justify spending $15 a person to stand in a long line. Besides, you could get great shots of the Space Needle from the bottom.

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 5

- We were with my parents and the relatives that we were staying with at this point. After Space Needle, they wanted to go to Chinatown to get food for dinner and have lunch. At this point, I've seen enough Chinatown to last a while so I suggested that we split up. Half of us went back to Pike's Market to walk around some more and look for a place to eat around there instead.

- What exactly is a crumblet?? I may never find out since they were sold at the crumblet shop.

- Dinner turned out to me cooking a fresh fish they got from Chinatown and bbq meat/poached chicken. We didn't really want to eat in, but since food was already bought for us, it would be rude to leave. (My parents, once again, went to an Indian Casino.) It did gives me a chance to use their built in steam oven. I want one of those! Yes, it cost about $3000 with installation. but still.

- Alan and Chris drove around for quite a while that night trying to find coffee/tea. You would think that wouldn't be such a problem in the Pacific Northwest. But it was and they came back empty handed.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 4

Day 4 started out fine. We're planning on eating a dim sum brunch and heads back over to the US. Little did we know how long that actually took...

- Found this really ugly sofa in the dim sum restaurant. Really, I think this is the ugliest sofa I've seen for a long time. The girls look cute on it though.

- We should have known to change our plans when we saw that the wait time through the border is "unknown". This is what it looked like:
Seattle-Vancouver: Day 4

- More than 4 hours later, we finally crossed the border. I guess being that we're all US citizens, we went through pretty quickly. So, really, the long wait is because all those Canadians that decided to cross the border on their long weekend. (What are they celebrating on BC Day anyways??)

- My brother rushed out to catch a baseball game when they got back to Seattle. My parents yet again went to an Indian casino like they did almost every night on our trip. So Chris and I decided to at least seek out a cafe. We found this cute little cafe in Renton that had great cupcakes. They even had mini cupcakes that's the perfect size for Miss T. The funny thing is that she doesn't like her hands dirty, so she refused to eat the icing.
Seattle-Vancouver: Day 4

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 2

So day 2 started out okay. Miss T was up around 6:30 or so and my dad was also up chatting with my relatives already. This turned into him taking Miss T to proceed waking the rest of the family up (I'm sure Alan really appreciated that every morning). This is the day we are driving up to Canada.

- I was able to get Miss to stay still long enough for pigtails in her hair. Her aunt decided to put my nieces in them as well. So pigtails for everyone!

- The drive up to Canada was pretty uneventful. A little less than 2 hours and we are at the border from Seattle.

- We are actually staying in Richmond instead of Vancouver. I know before going that there are a lot of Chinese living in Richmond. But I don't think you could really get a feel for it until you see that there are malls everywhere filled with Chinese businesses. I'm pretty sure you could get by there without a word of English.

- Food courts in those malls are actually quite good. I had the best roast pork ever in one of those malls. It really does enforce Chris' theory that Chinese people only shop and eat though. Even Miss T was shopping 'til she dropped.

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 2

- I found a store in Richmond called The Real Canadian Superstore. It's like one of those huge Walmart or Super Target that sells everything. The difference? I went completely crazy for their kids clothes. I later found out that all the clothes there are designed by Joseph Mimran, person behind places like Club Monaco. I think I got about 14 pieces of clothing for the girls at around $100. Look at this cute dress I got for Miss T for $7.95.

- Chris and I ate too much in the afternoon at the said food courts. So we skipped dinner that night. Miss T though, had a roast pork bun and about 1/2lb of strawberries. That amount of strawberries in such a little person makes for a very unpleasant diaper experience the next day.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 1

A little introduction, Chris and I have been thinking of taking Miss T somewhere on a plane to see how she would do. We actually really wanted to go to Hawaii, but being that it's 4 hours each way, we thought we'll try somewhere close first. We decided on Seattle and once my parent heard about it, they decided that they're going with my brother's family as well. So, it's not only enough that I work with my mom and my brother, I'm taking a vacation with all of them as well. Good thing I actually like my family. =)

- Virgin America have nice new planes and a screen for each person. We were delayed for about an hour but they made up for it by flying fast enough to cut half an hour off the trip. Miss T fell asleep on the take off and didn't wake up until an hour later. So the trip was okay.

- It was lunch time by the time we got there, so I decided that we'll drive by Salumi to see how long the line is. Miss T is getting hungry as well so if the line is too long, we'll have to make other plans. Luckily for us, it was just outside the door. One of the worker was passing out a cayenne and garlic salumi to taste while we're waiting. It was good, but Chris decided to try a different one on his sandwich. I decided to spurge and get the cured meat platter. I had the better choice as you can see from the picture below. (By the way, we highly recommend the mole version.)

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 1

- We were staying with a relative of mine that lives in Bellevue. After getting lost for a while (the number streets does not go in order and will change name as you keep going on the same road!), we met up with my parents and my brother's family. The house is really too big, I would guess at least 4000 sq ft. All I could think about is, who's cleaning this place???

- A big house to stay in means a big house to chase after Miss T. Along with her two cousins, they love running from one end to the other. The problem is that there is a wood stairwell that we have to make sure Miss T doesn't try to go down. This translate to a lot of running back and forth for Chris and I as well.

- Dinner was at another one of my relatives' house. Home cooked meals is always appreciated while traveling. She must've been cooking all afternoon as there are about 7-8 dishes including soup.

- Bellevue is as suburbia as you could get. There are all these really cool little playground sprinkler throughout the neighborhood. The house where we had dinner was across from one and of course all the girls wanted to play after dinner. Miss T looks to be enjoying it.

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 1

- Just wanted to share one more picture of Hannah and Sara reading Miss T a bedtime story. I guess this trip is one way Miss T could experience what having siblings would be like.

Seattle-Vancouver: Day 1