When am I not daydreaming and dreaming of Italy? Rarely.
Ever since I traveled to Italy, I could never get it out of my mind. The architecture, history, music, beauty, food and people; definitely a dream. I feel like I’ve written a lot about Italy for some reason, but whatever! It’s my favourite topic.
I just finished watching episodes of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain goes to Sicily, Naples, Rome, Venice and Tuscany (yeah, it has been my goal to just veg out on the couch watching No Reservations for Christmas holiday. An easy goal to accomplish!). The Tuscany episode really hits me. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth. I don’t know what it is about Tuscany, but words, pictures and video cannot describe or do it justice.
And of course, the food. Italian food has to be one of my favourite cuisines. I’d eat Italian food for the rest of my life. Italian food is very close to Chinese food – which is probably why I love it so much. The cuisine varies so much from meaty, to vegetable, to saucy, to simple and then complex. There are offal dishes, wild game dishes, seafood, raw food…everything. *cue salivation
Italy romanced me and I can never go back to anything less than Italia. And with that, I’ll leave you all with some vacation pictures and No Reservations Tuscany :)
I’ve always been a proud Canadian and nothing pained me most when I was growing up than when my family members would say “Hong Kong has everything.” I would retort with questions like, “Do they have Pizza Hut?”; “Do they have spaghetti?”; “Do they have hot dogs?” and unfortunately for me, the answer would always be “Yes. Hong Kong has everything.”
FRUSTRATION!!! And sadness when I realized my beloved country lacked many of the cool things Hong Kong had to offer despite our incredible diversity.
And slowly, I realized Hong Kong does have everything. And to my point from my I love food but… post, Hong Kong has a crazy culture like no other and eating is a HUGE part of it. I am glad I do not live there, because I would be severely obese.
Check out the No Reservations episode on Hong Kong. Anthony Bourdain describes Hong Kong beautifully and accurately when he describes it as a pinball machine. A magical place where you’re bounced around, through narrow and hidden passageways to be spat out somewhere completely different, all dizzy and drunk with happiness and confusion. Maybe he didn’t say it in those words, but the analogy is pretty close to the real thing.
How does one eat soo much? Even if it’s just once in a while?
When Conan and I went to Asia, we toured around Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. It was a fabulous time and we visited the most food glutenous places in the world. I was there a bit longer than Conan and before he came to meet me, my stomach was still full from trying to digest food from a week prior. It was just crazy…and oh so delicious. Right now, I wish I was in Taiwan, eating some stinky tofu, and then in a moment sitting in a crazy second floor brisk restaurant at a table my uncle just falsely assumes another family identity to secure said table and eat the most amazing Taishan food.
*breaks out of food trance*
But in reality, by the end of our trip, I wanted nothing more than to starve myself for the next few weeks because I was never hungry. Admittedly, I can’t keep up with everyone else in the game of eating, it’s a culture that I wish I could participate in, but my stomach just doesn’t stretch that way.
I don’t know how people do this, but they do. This is a moderate night compared to my experiences in Asia and Vancouver, but it’s still crazy.
Anthony Bourdain’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in NYC: Munchies