‘Having many food and chemical sensitivities has been a largely trial-and-error process for what can be tolerated and what can’t, and has resulted in many creative kitchen science experiments’
Web designer/cartoonist (and former student of mine) Annie Hero has developed some major health problems. Recently, she’s taken to blogging about her approach to reclaiming her life from years of processed food intolerance.
The food isn’t great. But when I was a kid, there wasn’t an Arby’s nearby – so heading to the South City location, which showcased a super cool flashing chuckwagon-themed neon sign, was always a special trip.
It was years before I even tasted what REAL sliced roast beef was – who knew it wouldn’t have a salty, lunchmeat-like boiled flavor?
Back then, Arby’s house BBQ sauce was sold in take home bottles; which today I’ve replaced with a knockoff recipe. The trick to a good sauce is a long, slow simmer and the right non-HFCS ketchup. Trader Joe’s Organic makes a great base. [Read more →]
Up until a few months ago, I was living down the road from this place. I love the name, the food: not so good. Which may explain its recent closure.
Mongolian BBQ has nothing to do with Mongolia, but is a cuisine unto itself. Not anywhere near highbrow, not exactly a real BBQ. It’s a Taiwanese invention, a greasy, interactive meaty experience; the best I ever had was somewhere in Denver. The sport is all about getting as much slammed into the bowl as possible (flattening out the meat) so the food is plentiful and the trips to the grill are few.
Places with extra ingredients (such as shrimp, lamb, tofu) and seasonings (Italian herbs, Cajun spices and Rooster Sauce) are special. Ginghis (Khan) Kitchen, unfortunately, had neither. But – cool name, cool sign.
Been wickedly busy this week. And I’ve discovered working odd hours and bouts of insomnia become part of the whole experience. Had some cool stuff happen, and some really shitty things happen. I’ve also managed to slip in some great conversations.
Had a 3 a.m. chat with my cousin George. Haven’t talked to him in eons. Tuesday night I finally met the recently-promoted head of the Animation department at school. We talked about how wonderful the feeling is when students blow us away with incredible work. And we decided to join forces in doing something new for students involving typography and motion graphics.
Also had a long, detailed chat with a former student about designers and the fears that slow or stop what it is they’re doing. And how the process is difficult, but incredibly fulfilling when one creates work that they’ve never thought possible. Brilliant minds accomplish surprising things when they get past whatever it may be that gets in the way.
‘Did I do that?’
Yeah. You actually did.
Sleep? Sometimes. The whole 9 to 5 experience: Overrated.
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