Archive for July 25, 2007

Japanese Train Melodies

July 25, 2007

Osaka Hikari Railstar

In America, the train system is not friendly. They are poorly labeled and nothing is on time. I have been to Boston and NYC and both were dirty messes that reeked of hobo piss. One thing that bothered me was that the only way to really know when the train was coming was to listen for the screeching sound of metal on metal as the cars careened through the tubes of concrete below the ground. There was no signal, just the sound that mimics what could only be the sound that will usher in the end of days and the rapture.

In Japan, especially when it comes to the Shinkansen (bullet train), the train not only runs on time but there are audio queues that it will be arriving. In Kyoto on the Hankyu line, there was a friendly male voice that announced the arrival of the train. On the Osaka Hikari Railstar, there was the musical melodies that played to let you know what was going on. You could hear it through out the station and so when the little chime played, you knew that it was time to run your ass off to the platform.

Ping-Pong-Pang-Pong.

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Protester Becomes Human Foie Gras

July 25, 2007

Foie Gras

Thanks to a cultured upbringing, I love all manner of food (except shellfish). One of my favorites is foie gras. What is that you ask? Well it is the liver of a duck or goose that is one of the most popular delicacies in French cuisine and its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of a regular duck or goose liver. Foie gras can be sold whole, or prepared into mousse, parfait, or pâté, and is typically served as an accompaniment to toast or steak.

The big deal comes from the fact that in order to fatten a goose, you have to force feed it or fatten the bird by gavage. Gavage is where you stick a hose into the goose and shove food into the birds crop. This has garnered attention as animal cruelty and this one TV show host in foreign land undergoes a force feeding to show how horrible it is. But let me tell you, some grilled foie gras and toast points with truffle oil is quite the delectable little dish.

Fava Beans and Chianti.

It is a Reamer But What Are You Supposed to Ream?

July 25, 2007

Vegetable Ass Reamer

I like the strange, unconventional, even the perverse. But when it comes to food, I like it straight up, clean cut. But you gotta ask yourself when you see the above in someone’s hand, “where is that going?” For some reason someone at Art & Cook thought it would be a good idea to truly sully the sanctity of the kitchen with this pseudo-asstoy/citrus reamer.

Now you might still be asking yourself exactly what is a citrus reamer? Well when you have to juice some fruit by hand, say a lemon, you ream it. Ream it good. I mean you take it and slide it in, then start the reaming till the juices start flowing. Once your hand is dripping with nectar then that means it is time to go into overdrive. I am talking a full on assault till it can’t stand it and it is turned into a quivering puddle of pulp. Then you slide it out and hear that “plop” sound. I am talking about fruit here you sick freaks.

Food is sexy.