Saturday, January 27, 2007

Whining people drive me NUTS!

What is it with whining people?

Although I am usually very patience, calm and understanding with people's problems, this Friday I almost lost it. The light, the space, the equipment, the neighbors, the music, the chair, the people. Everything seemed to bother this person.

After complaining for God knows 7 hrs? this person knocks on my door, opens the door and interrupts a meeting despite my nice "I'm in a meeting" quick reaction. This person's response? "oh, yes i know, but... Do you know...?"
OH MY GOODNESS! this person drove me bonkers!

What do these people have in their heads???

Pheww I feel so much better!

Spares!, Hobbies and Subways

1) Acknowledging that I am horrible at bowling, but still concentrating very hard so that I can control the motion of my hand and finally hit a spare! 3 games, first score 78, second 79, thirds something low again and final score 141!

2) When you know you are trying to get things work

3) Stepping into a new subway car, admiring the new screens that they have integrated and realizing that I have a big open mouth smile!

WD50 - An interesting taste of Science cuisine.

A while back a friend of mine and I went to a restaurant where I found beautifully designed dishes, creative use and mix of ingredients and still deliciously prepared.

Chef Wylie takes me through a fascinating tasting menu that is well paired with glasses of wine.

First I had the coconut carrot sunny side up

The egg white is made out of very light coconut jelly-like. The egg yolk is made from carrot juice. What is most interesting is that the carrot juice is wrapped in a very thin film of jelly, making it jiggle like a real sunny side up!

The sea salt sprinkled over the "egg", the soft texture of the coconut and the motion of the carrot jelly makes it freakingly similar to a real egg. Clever!

As for the taste, both carrot and coconut flavors were mild. Presentation definitely impressed me a lot more on this dish.

Then I had Foie gras with a touch of candied olives, green peas powder and beet juice

The best way to enjoy this dish is to cut the Foie gras perpendicular to it. This way, you can see the beet juice flowing out of it. It was beautiful!

The green peas powder had an interesting grainy texture and a salty flavor. I didn't know what it was until I asked. The salty mix enhanced the taste of the Foie gras

Both presentation and taste were great, but a bit too rich. I had 2 glasses of wine for this dish.

My friend had a different version of the Foie gras. Since he's been to WD50 a couple of times, Wylie made something different to taste.

The hot version of Foie gras combined with cold watermelon

I enjoyed this dish more. The Foie gras was not as heavy. the bite was airy like kidney or duck blood, but the texture was soft and moist. The cold watermelon with the hot piece was a playful sensation on the tongue.

Excellent dish!

Skipping through some dishes... Then there was the clarified Miso

The clarified Miso was good but nothing i have not seen or tasted before. But the soy paste in the tube made this dish fun.

After squeezing the paste into the soup, the soy turned into airy strings of noodles.

It was exciting!

Skipping through other dishes, then we got to the dessert.
Pine, Apple and Pineapple

A delicate ice cream that taste like apple at first and as you taste through your palate it begins tasting like pineapple?

No, I'm not talking about a two flavor scoop or a swirl of ice cream where the flavors are mixed.
I'm talking about one single bite, and one flavor flourishing after the other vanishes.

How? what? huh?

The pineapple sauce to the side was a nice touch but oh MY...

My overall experience was delightful. I enjoyed every dish, and although some ingredients are of no exciting surprise because I am Asian and I know where is coming from or how it is made, i thought it was brilliant the way he put it all together.

Definitely two thumbs up!

To end this dinner with a BANG, Wylie gave us a tour in his kitchen.
What an awesome meal, place and chef!
Check it out

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Happy Surprise Bday!

What a treat!

Last Friday my coworkers surprised me with an early cake...
turns out they got the wrong Friday and the wrong cake. Nevertheless, it was a sweet happy moment to live.

Today, my sister and D surprised me again. After going to the movies to watch a scary movie (yiack!) we head to dinner. Since nothing was planned, I just kept walking looking around for places to eat.
Strange thought #1: As I am walking, I get a quick strange feeling because we were walking as if we had a direction when we have not discussed where to eat yet. Oh well... I keep walking.
Of course, D says that there is a restaurant around the area that he found online.
strange thought #2: Researching for a place to eat is not precisely his biggest hobby. He just doesnt enjoy to eat.
strange thought #3: We arrive to the rest. As soon as i open the door, a nice seafood aroma travels through my nose... ahhhh.... it smells delicious... I never realized when D began to improve on his food skills... impressive!

As I am walking in and asking for a table, d pushes me to a crowd and everyone screams SURPRISE!!!!

what a nice Birthday... definitely 3BT

Good Company, Good Times, and Good Food!

Good Bye 2006, Welcome 2007!

Once again is that time of the year, those very last moments waiting for the ball drop, or as we would say it back home - the 12 "campanasos" (the count down of the 12 Bells).
I'm getting ready to cheer with friends and loved ones with a glass of champagne. Everyone is counting down loudly and with a big smile. At the sound of the last bell, we all scream Happy New Year! Hugs, smiles and cheers.

Suddenly, as if I was part of a cartoon, I feel like my body separates from the crowd. I close my eyes, just for a blink, and there I was taking myself back to the whole year.
I open my eyes and feel them watering... it was at that moment that I, for the first time, felt from the bottom of my heart that this passing year was the most difficult year yet and that I was just so glad it had ended.
A silent sigh, a discrete tear and a thought - I made it through!

So many things, so many lessons that make me who I am today. I am just so glad that 06 is over and i am just so eager to start a new beginning...

Cheers to 2007!