Through the miracle that is…I’m not sure what it is, actually. Pre-posting? I’m writing this almost a week in advance. Yes, that means I’m ahead of schedule. Which is also a minor miracle. Not sure what to chalk that up to, but regardless, the return of Wine Wednesday is off to a flying start.
Hey there! I’m in Abu Dhabi, UAE until October 28, working at the 3rd annual Middle East International Film Festival. While I’m away, I don’t plan on doing much cooking (there’s a hot plate in the hotel room with me, but not much aside from that), but I do plan on documenting some of the foods I find here. So far I’ve found this wonderful milk substitute pictured above to go with my instant Nescafe, something called “special local meat sausage” and “veal bacon,” along with a slew of absolutely delicious foods that our crew was treated to a couple of nights ago by ADACH, the festival’s parent organization. The UAE celebrates Ramadan, which is in full swing, and the daily fast is broken every night with a meal called Iftar, right after sun down prayer. The Iftar we attended was at the Emirates Palace Hotel (which will also be a film festival venue) and featured an overwhelming number of beautiful dishes – unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera! But I have no doubt that much more is coming our way in the next 7 weeks, so I’ll put as much up here as I can.
The Invitational lands in downtown Los Angeles, CA on April 25, 2009!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Competition starts at 1:00pm
Admission Fee: $5. Competition Fee: $10
See you there?
*Thanks to the 99 Cent Chef for posting this piece of awesomenicity!
Victorinox 47508 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife You might wind up wanting more than one of these, but you need at least one. It's a great little knife, good for everything (but please don't use the tip of it to dig at stuff, or you'll break it, like I did mine). An absolutely invaluable kitchen tool. And it's less than 10 bucks!
Why? Because this guy is the king of investing, right? Well, as far as most of us know, he is. The book is lovely; a collection of essays, extracted from his shareholder letters, that are easy to read, understand and are so freaking sensible it makes you feel like you could actually understand the world of finance. Guess what? You can! This one is highly recommended even though the ninjas are only half way through.
Why? Because since I heard Gabrielle Hamilton's interview on The Splendid Table I wanted to read this book. It had a slow start and overall is a little uneven, but I really enjoyed it. Hamilton is very candid, thoroughly likeable and has such a down-to-earth and thoughtful approach to food, it's a great read.
Why? Because Hesse is an amazing writer and this book, even more than Narcissus and Goldmund has some fantastic insights which are both concise and at the same time totally appropriate in the context of a novel. I recommend reading this one, but I'd read Narcissus and Goldmund first. Ninja stars are flying!
Why? Because the search for purpose in life is always fascinating and Hesse does a beautiful job of making warm and compelling characters and using them to tell a story that is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. Two ninja throwing stars up!
Why? Even though I've always considered myself a pacifist, Haney's book about the elite, counter-terrorist Delta Force is compelling and insightful, shows extreme compassion for others and intimately illustrates what it's like to challenge yourself to do what you're not entirely sure you're capable of doing. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Highly recommended and ninja-worthy.
Why? Because the idea that events are not predictable is both fascinating and liberating. Taleb suggests that information can be misleading and that we can't know what we often assume we do know when we make decisions - a big leap forward for perfectionists who think they need to "collect all the data" before making a decision. The book is also very entertaining to read.
So proud to be a member!
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." - David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens