Saturday, May 19, 2012

Because I'm a foodie like that

I really dislike the term "foodie."  I think it's a term used by people who don't have much culinary knowledge when they feel insecure next to people like me who actually care about complex flavors, regional cuisine, quality ingredients, and sustainable production.  
For example, this is what I've been eating lately:

The Yubari Melon flavored Kit-Kat:

The McDonalds "McFeast" - fried chicken thigh, emmental cheese, spicy dill mustard, sauerkraut, and a German sausage patty on a rye bun:

And McDonalds "Shake-Shake fries"- regular french fries which come with a packet of seasoning powder (in this case, "cheese explosion") and a bag to shake them all up in to coat:

Don't hate.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to buy lunch

The bakeries in Hong Kong are primarily self-service.  You go in, grab a tray and some tongs, pick what you want, then take it to the register.  This is what just happened to me:

Me:  picks up quiche, misses tray, drops quiche on floor.

Bakery attendant, appearing out of nowhere:  You drop you pay!  You drop you pay!

Me:  Okay, that's fine.  Can you just -

Bakery lady:  You drop you pay!

Me:  Okay.  Okay.  Can you just ring me up for -

Bakery lady:  Pay!

Me, trying to pay:  Okay.

Bakery lady, attempting to shove dirty floor quiche into the bag with my other purchases:  You have dog!  You give dog! 

Me:   ...  NO!

Bakery lady, still rubbing dirty quiche all over my nice clean scones:  You take!  You have dog!

Me:  No!  I don't have dog!  

Bakery lady:  Dog!

Me:  No!

Bakery lady:  You drop you pay!

It went on for this for about five full minutes.  I'm not quite sure how I got out of there or what I paid for, but I got home with some relatively clean scones so I guess it turned out well.