Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cooking in Bali

Last summer, I went to Bali for surfing, yoga, and cooking...and yes, I am just getting around to posting.  I went to a "Goddess Retreat" and it was everything they promised it would be and more.   To describe the experience as anything less than life changing would not be doing it justice.  Bali is an incredible place with a spiritual culture and attitude that swept me off my feet.  If it were not for my son and little dog back home, there is no way I would have come back to the U.S. 

I surfed a lot and found out that I absolutely suck at at it.  That really is the only word to describe my skills.  I would post a surfing picture to give everyone a good laugh but I am not a masochist.  
On the bright side, I loved the two a day yoga sessions and activities like this cooking class.  Outside, fresh, lovely instructors, perfect weather and of course, absolutely delicious.  I loved the use of ingredients and spices I rarely use at home, such as ginger and lemongrass.  They also use produce that I can never find at home, such as dragonfruit.  Even if I can find it at home, it does not taste as sweet as it did in Bali, thinking of papaya and mangoes.

Yes, all of the women in Bali are as gorgeous as the lovely chef who aided my cooking.

Lemongrass with fish molded on top.
Dessert.  A sweet egg roll with coconut and caramel inside.  

The table settings would put Martha Stewart to shame.   The gorgeous landscape is used everywhere.
You can tell this is a woman's retreat that is run by women.  Gorgeously set tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Clean eating never looked so delicious. 
Notice the bruises on my legs.  Those are surfing wounds, my friends. 
These little offerings (Canang sari) are all over Bali.  In front of restaurants, random places on the street, on the dashboards of taxi's...everywhere.  Offerings to the Gods.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Joe's Kansas City Barbecue and Fat Matt's in Atlanta, GA

Joe's Ribs
Once in a while a client will look at me with sympathetic eyes when they hear how much I travel.  Oh, if they only knew that I actually enjoy and look forward to the road.  If you are in a client facing role and not asking your clients for restaurant suggestions, you are seriously missing out.  Folks love to talk about their city and have a lot of pride in their home grown favorites.  They are undoubtedly your best source if you are a food hound like me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hangover Sandwich (Fried Egg, Bacon, Cheese)

Based on the social media posts I have seen over the past week, I believe there has never been a better time to post about hang over remedies.  I thought I would also post some topics on which we can all agree:
  • Telemarketers suck and the silent feature on our cell phones are magic.
  • Long lines at the store are never ok except if there is some trashy magazine on the rack that you would never buy but you can pick up to pass the time.  
  • Knowing that there is a special place in hell for people who prolong a conference call with way too many unnecessary questions.  
  • Those G.E. commercials are hilarious.
  • Babies and puppies are still the cutest little creatures when they are not peeing on you or your carpet.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Election 2016 and Chicken Braised with Grapes

Chicken Braised with Grapes
Well, that was a doozy.  I am going to offer one thought and then I will shut up about it.  The Democratic party has always been the party of the working class, not the elites.  That narrative was flipped in this past election and here we are.  There is a lot in that statement and there are many reasons why elections go one way or another, but in my mind, that is the heart of the issue.

Now to Chicken with Braised Grapes.   I was at the grocery store when it hit me that I had nothing for dinner and I have been eating out...a lot.  Not healthy.  Technology is a life saver for slackers like me who make a bone-headed move like going to the store without a list.  You know how you read about highly successful people and half of those profiles say that those folks make lists?  Well, I do make lists, just not at critical times like when I am heading out to a place that needs a list.  I make lists of places I want to travel, books I want to read, blogs I need to check out and restaurants to hit in various cities I travel to for work.  Priorities.

So, the NY Times app on my phone saved the day and I found a recipe that would satisfy my sweet/savory tooth.  Click here.     

Monday, February 1, 2016

Potato Chip Cookies and Iowa Caucus Night

Iowa caucus night!!  Woohoo!  Election season is here and we are off to the races.  Can you feel the excitement?  I can!  Is there anything better in this great country than election season?  Um, NOOOOO!  I don't watch sports or go to church because politics is my religion.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ham and Swiss Sliders

I have a love hate relationship with sports.  You would too if your home town teams built you up and broke you down year after year.  So is the life of a Chicago sports fan.  All hail to the great Ditka, the last person who made everyone in this city hope and dream.  If he didn't do it, the Super Bowl Shuffle did.  To this day I remember the homecoming parade down Michigan Avenue for the Bears when they won in 1985.  I remember walking around my grade school surrounded by kids wearing Sweetness sweat bands and McMahon style sunglasses.          

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

News, Quirks, Insights, and Other Odds and Ends - January 2016

The Force is strong with this one.

Whenever I go overseas, inevitably someone will ask me where I am from, I will say Chicago and they will either say, Al Capone!" or "Michael Jordan!".  Al Capone is long gone but his legend refuses to die.  Good news for those curious people who want to see some of the gangster hangouts and speakeasies he frequented, Thrillist put together a map.  

So, this is how they celebrate Christmas in Japan.  Bring on the KFC and Strawberry Shortcake.

When it comes to jobs, culture matters.  This article was worth the read just for the priceless Dave Barry quote at the end.

For the unabashed liberal, you will love to watch Seinfeld and Obama get coffee and drive in circles.

What I would give to see this couple's closet.  Fashion power couple of the year.

The millennial generation is way left of center and has been forced into being more self-reliant than previous generations.  Interesting to see how this story unfolds.

No surprise that this funny girl is from Oak Park! 

Is there no man on earth who doesn't have a man crush on Chris Pratt?  Not after this pledge to only eat what he kills...kind of.

It's definitely soup seasons.  Tips on what soups to freeze and not to freeze.

I think Leonardo DiCaprio would make a great Putin.  I am also posting this because there is a clip of DiCaprio on "Ellen" talking about his various near death experiences.  The part when he talks about the Russian plane is so damn funny, I had tears in my eyes.