Monday, May 30, 2011

Eating World

There are two types of readers in the world: fiction and non-fiction.

While I'm not saying people are exclusively either of these, people will naturally be inclined to read one or the other. I like to think that fiction readers tend to be dreamers or social commentators, while non-fiction readers tend to be realists and learners. I lie within the non-fiction camp. That's not to say I don't enjoy fiction books; my favorite fiction novels include Kite Runner, 1984, Stranger in a Strange Land, and Angels & Demons. I just really enjoy learning and I believe one of the best avenues is through a non-fiction book. If I wanted to get lost in another world I'd watch a movie, read a comic, or use my imagination. *Note: I don't know anything about Harry Potter or Twilight...

Way better than the movie.

I finished Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything over the weekend, and I have to say this is thoroughly entertaining book if you have a geeky side (geeks, nerds, and dorks are not the same.) The author takes you through his experience as a journalist covering the International Memory Championship, learning how to memorize "everything" through mnemonics, training for the US Memory Championship and then winning the championship. It really makes you want to test if these mnemonics really work (they do, I tried it.)

I've done this.

Anyways, I've decided I should put my newly found power of remembering everything through mnemonics to good use...and I don't mean my career. Just kidding! It'll go towards that and something equally as important...eating.


Since I left America on August 24th, 2010 I have not cooked a single meal. A real meal, that is. I boiled/fried dumplings about 10 times and microwaved some meat pies/sausage rolls another 10 times, but I don't think that counts. 20 meals is roughly a week's worth of meals, and I've been here nearly 41 weeks. That means only 2.4% of my meals have been "prepared" by my hands.

Master Chef

Why? Because if you live in the CBD (Central Business District or for Americans, downtown) in Sydney, it's SO EASY not to cook. Here's a list of food options within a 5 minute walk of my apartment:

Hungry Jack's (Burger King)
Din Tai Fung
Pizza Hut
Cafe's (Including pastry shops and baguette shops)
Pizza & Kebabs shops
Korean (BBQ, Fried Chicken, and more...Koreatown is just outside my door)
Japanese (Sushi Trains, Ramen shops, Yakitori, BBQ, Katsu joints...over 10 restaurants)
Chinese (Anything you can think of...I'm 2 blocks from Chinatown)
Spanish (Tapas & traditional...I'm a block from the Spanish Quarter)
Thai (I'm 2 blocks from Thai Town)
Vietnamese (Pho houses and traditional)

You get the picture...

When I lived in DC I used to cook a lot...probably 4-5 days out of the week. This was done mainly to save money and to domesticate myself, and I can say mission accomplished.

We haz dem

Since it's been nearly a year since I cooked a proper meal, I've forgotten all the recipes I committed to muscle memory. After reading this book I'm inspired to continue cooking again, this time memorizing recipes for future use through these snazzy mnemonics, and I can also get tips from my roommate who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. Win-win! Soon, I can get back to making food like this:

I just hope ingredients don't make eating out more cost effective...


At June 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Amy said...

good job! home cooking is at least healthier? less salty/fatty... in theory. better on the arteries! is what i try to tell myself since i live down the block from $5 giant bowl of pho.

At June 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Howard said...

$5 pho?!?!?!?!?!?


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