June 16, 2008
“Part of the secret of success in life to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside.”
– Mark Twain
I’m working on a recently assigned piece about bizarre things I’ve eaten. Now, I’ve never considered myself an incredibly adventurous foodie type, however, now that I write it out, I’ve eaten some strange, strange things. For instance, sea cucumber, huge prawns/gambas with the heads and feelers still on, and various other creatures of the deep; a variety of small birds including pigeon (Americans usually think this one is weird), goat (I found it tasty but again, most Americans find this one weird), and assorted offal like tripe, sweetbreads, and even an eyeball (in order to win a bet). I also thoroughly enjoy morcilla and most blood sausage, which is one more thing that my fellow Americans find odd at best.
Despite the fact that I’ve definitely eaten some sketchy street food in places where doing so is probably…ill-advised, I’ve never had any ill effects. Of course, many of the things Westerner types think of as bizarre (e.g. goat) are perfectly normal or considered treats in other parts of the world, but really, I’m starting to understand why I got this assignment.
So, what are the oddest things you’ve eaten?
May 7, 2008
The very best time to visit the Alhambra is midnight.
The tourist hordes have left, the sun has set, and the palace is painted with delicate brushstrokes of light. During the witching hour everything takes on a more mysterious quality, and if you find the right quiet corner, you can take a mental journey through the centuries and listen to the stories that those intricate tiled walls have to tell.
Perhaps you will meet some friendly ghosts? Or you might hear the long lost echoes of the poems carved into almost every surface. You may come across a charming stray cat who has made the palace his home. A wise choice indeed.
January 29, 2008
Every once in a while I come across a thoroughly excellent site, and the Snow Leopard Trust definitely falls into that category – it combines exotic ornaments and textiles, charity, and one of my favorite things, big cats. Besides having tons of information about these majestic creatures, you can shop for handmade goods from the felines’ homelands of Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and more. It’s a great way to add a touch of the exotic to your home; of course, you can also adopt a snow leopard or two as well.
How can you say no to this adorable face?
January 27, 2008
Is sweet little tiger cubs! Don’t you want to hug them?
More pictures of these Siberian tiger quadruplets here.
December 22, 2007
May all your wishes come true!
October 31, 2007
August 29, 2007
When I think of the Wall Street Journal, the words “respected”, “prestigious”, and yes, “serious” come to mind. However, last Saturday they ran an article about lolcats (and as awesome as I think those are, I wouldn’t have expected to run across them in WSJ), and I definitely wouldn’t expect an article about beer pong to show up.
However, the article is kind of timely considering that college football season starts tomorrow.