Archive for November, 2010

Whenever I eat while traveling (a daily occurrence), I feel like I should take photos of the various foods I try.

Why? Well, when I see travel and foodie shows that flaunt their delicious and mouth-watering images like its some kind of food porn, I want to join them.

Yet, despite this, I am always somewhat embarrassed to take the actual photos. I look around to make sure no one is watching (and judging me). Some people are shameless and snap those tasty shots without thought. But not me, I always try for sly and avoid eye contact with anyone in my vicinity at all cost. The flash always gives me away.

Here is a sampling of some of my poor quality, badly lit, guiltily taken food photos over the years that represent categories of sustenance that will surely cause a heart attack. I also threw in some beer and wine shots. Because I can.

I am not responsible for any salivating or queasiness that may result.

Squid ink pasta in Venice

A lunch repast in rural Mali

Mofongo in the Dominican Republic

Okonomiyaki in Japan

Sliders in Washington, D.C.

Cocoa beans in Zanzibar

El Presidente in Dominican Republic

Fish amok in Cambodia

Enjoying a ballgame

Camping with a freeze dried ice cream sandwich

In N Out burger and fries in LA - animal style!

Lots of wine in South Africa

Chicken mole in Mexico

A Jucy Lucy in Minneapolis

Red wine in Northern Virginia

Fuju in Tokyo

Frites drowning in mayonnaise in Amsterdam

Zingerman sandwich in Ann Arbor

Kobe beef in Kobe

Cheese and beer in Seattle

Nasty fruit in Cyprus

Wedding cake in Washington, D.C. (yes, it is)

Ostrich meat balls in Kenya

Bandeja paisa in Colombia

Goose Island beer in Chicago


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This is My Last Blog Post

…until I return from my trip to Kenya in a couple of weeks. Probably. Unless I find inspiration in the form of words.

In the meantime, I’ve been scouring my first blog on MySpace to determine if there is anything worth bringing over. I found nothing. But I re-posted a few anyway, to acquit my sense of nostalgia. Or to avoid writing something new. I haven’t decided which.

Now remember these were written in the Dark Ages – literally 2-4 years ago. I know, how terrible is that? Can anything retain worth after so much time? I’m not even sure these are in contemporary English. You may need to bone up on your archaic English grammar skills.

2007 Tour di Vino (Virginia Limited Production) – a look back at my one of my first Northern Virginia wine tours.

10 Favorite Hikes in Washington State – a sort of obvious title.

Don’t Mess With My Tu-Tu – a look back at a week soaking up sun and sand in a Kenya resort.

A few that never made it to any blog, just previous versions of my Christmas letter over email.

The Best Non-Required Christmas Letter 2006

The Best Non-Required Christmas Letter 2007

Thinking of getting on Twitter…should I? Discuss.

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A Fearfully Insane Rally

I sashayed down to the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (October 30th) on the National Mall, wondering how many people would actually be out causing mischief. I can report that indeed a hefty number of citizens came. Either curious, confused, confident, carefree, cautious, calculating, crazy, or Colberted, they were in force to…well, to see what was going down. To be able to say, ‘I was there’.

By the time I got there, the crowds were so dense that it was impossible to get on the Mall anywhere before 9th St NW (the stage was on 3rd St NW). I got caught in the throng multiple times, but by the time I was ready to leave, it took 20 minutes of pressed-together shuffling to walk between 9th and 7th.

There are three pieces to this rally puzzle. The crowd, the show and the message.

The crowd – as mentioned, the Mall was bursting at its flabby seams with humanity. Many of these rallyers were adorned with Halloween costumes and most were carrying some type of sign, 97% of which could be considered ironic, funny or had a clever twist on not acting insane.  They other 3% were from some truly crazy nutters. Do a search on Flickr or Google and you’ll find scads of them. My favorite is below. The mood was largely positive, but you could the read the furrowed brows of confusion on the many just trying to figure out where to go. It was crazy and there was not a lot of organization. Clearly more people came than expected.

The show – first things first. I heard nothing. I saw nothing. Whatever comedy and music they were doing on stage, I assume was dryly ironic or funny because it true. The sound system didn’t reach the people in the way back. e.g. Me. Whole sections of the crowd chanted, “LOUDER. LOUDER. LOUDER.” The jumbotrons were too far away to see clearly. I eventually gave up trying to see the stage, and focused on the real show; the crowd. Then I left.

The message – for anyone that is familiar with Stewart and Colbert, you knew it would be a comedy show, skewering, making fun of, and chastising the loud, the overtly partisan, and the just shy of insane pundits, media and politicians. At the end of the rally (which I watched from the comfort of my couch), Stewart gave a nice speech that I recommend you watch. He goes for a few laughs, but mostly makes his point. (Stewart’s closing speech)

The message is clear – disagree but listen, respect other’s opinions, don’t shout, believe strongly but tolerate, don’t let fear and insanity win (unless it’s wearing a beard).

Fear the Beard

Crowds of humanity

This that the stage?

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