Thursday, April 05, 2007

5 Things About Me Meme

Scott from One Food Guy had tagged me a while back. So here goes.

O N E

Up until 2003, I refrained from eating seafood. Yes, sushi, chinese seafood, lobster - everything. I suffered food poisoning around the age of 5 and avoided seafood for nearly 20 years. The second I would taste seafood, I would nearly yak. Not a pretty sight. I lost the privilege of eating delicious food and at the family dinner table, I'd hear my sister tell me what I was missing. Things changed when I started cooking, I knew it was time to overcome the phobia and leave that mental support group I was tied to. "Hi, I'm Dylan and I'm allergic to seafood.... " One of my first stops was at Kabuki at the Howard Hughes Center. Because when I think of sushi, I think of Kabuki. Just kidding. I took a bite out of a spicy tuna roll and made myself swallow it. It tasted worse than a bottle of Albertson's finest charcoal-filtered vodka in a plastic bottle. I now know that it wasn't b/c of my phobia for seafood, but really, my stomach reacting to Kabuki's sushi quality. Now, I have to eat seafood every week. I need to eat sushi at least twice a week - even if it's cheap. Zo, Gen, Karen, Komasa, Kiriko are all my fave places to go. Seared scallops? I can eat them like tater tots. It's funny how your palate changes as you mature. I used to hate green onions and cilantro - but now it's a must have. Daily Gluttony on the other hand, HATES cilantro more than anything haha.

T W O
My family used to own a restaurant in the South Bay during the 70s - one of those americanized Sze-chuan ('shee-zwan' as they would say) restaurants. To this day, it is still there and run by my uncle who is a killer cook. I've gone back there a few times to learn wok-cooking from him. I loved it so much I bought my own wok to rock. My sister and I used to piss my parents off because we would eat ALL of the red/green cherries at the bars. Come to think of it, those things were disgustingly sweet - drenched in glucose syrup. *Shudder* We also opened up the fortune cookies and put the cookies back in the wrappers haha. My mom, dad and sister are great cooks - we love to eat and live to eat.

T H R E E
I love Souplantation. I don't know why. And I don't like all buffets. Places like Todai are horrendous, but Souplantation.... quality. Here's my routine... grab the Chinese chicken salad, add corn, egg whites, mushrooms... then head to the soup bar to get Chicken noodle soup - no chicken, just the rubber they refer to as noodles, macaroni and cheese and then a slice of their cheese focaccia bread. Repeat 2-3 times. I just ate there a few days ago and spent about 2 hours with a coworker working and eating. Who says you can't have fun for less than $7.

F O U R
I have rained on a parade. A big parade. A distant relative was having her 90th birthday at Ocean Star in Monterey Park. Anyone who has attended a Chinese banquet is well aware of the amount of hard alcohol available on the tables. Chivas Regal. XO. Hennessy. Johnny Walker. And the like. What the servers at the restaurant don't know is where the adults and kids are sitting. My sister and I found two nice bottles of hard alcohol on the lazy susan. "Let's do it." "Ok, let's do it." We poured the liquor into our tea cups... to the brim and drank. And drank. And drank. And drank. Next thing I know, I'm on the front stage of the banquet hall in front of the golden dragon mural... singing karaoke. In front of 300+ people. From what I could remember, I could see my sister laughing. My parents were happy, not knowing I was completely wasted. Then all of a sudden - darkness. I found myself lying on the floor with 3 or 4 Uncles checking on me. They carried me back to my table, with my laughing sister. I looked behind and saw both of my parents dogging me. Uh oh. Then all of the guests started to get up and leave. I was the period at the end of the sentence. Next thing I knew, I was outside throwing up... with my mom patting my back and dad holding a plastic bag. *Bowing* The End.


F I V E
I have seen the River Dance...

Live. In concert.

Not by choice, but because my mom was putting me through a cultural development phase in my life. To make matters worse, she even bought the DVD. I am forever traumatized by the overwhelming amount of high heels, kilts, leather, velvet and silk.... worn by men. Come to think of it, this was too much information (TMI).

Tagging:
Tuna Toast
Guilty Carnivore
Foodporn LA
I Hate Mayo
Food Marathon
Wandering Chopsticks

25 comments:

Christine D. said...

Souplantation! *high five* I'm even a part of their Club Veg newsletter.

I like #4. Whenever I've gone to those banquets, the waiters would always scan the room and take the hard alcohol away from the kids tables, but for some reason someone would pour us a glass of champagne during the toast. Might as well just leave the Hennessey there!

Eddie Lin said...

#6 You are my favorite drinking buddy!!!

Jeni said...

Hon...

You never told me about the River Dance.

I'm still in disbelief.

Minus major points.

christianne said...

I've had the same thing happen to me, only I wasn't at a Chinese banquet and I was 27. In fact...it may have just been last week... hmmm...

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Chris D. - I should join that Club Veg newsletter. This month they are having a lemon promotion - lemon-flavored items. I tried the lemon rice soup and stopped eating it. it's not hard getting loaded at a chinese wedding. it's not like everyone drinks anyway. but it's easy to tell WHO has been drinking at an asian wedding haha.

Eddie, haha. Very soon man very soon.

Jeni, please forgive me. I needed salvation at that moment and no one helped me.

C-anne, haha. good times.

Tokyoastrogirl said...

You poor, poor dear. Whoever said that The River Dance is a source of cultural enlightenment should be....oh wait, it was your mother so I should stay silent. What permanent damage was done by that incident could only be washed away with copius amounts of Hennesey, so hopefully that karaoke incident was AFTER your brush with The River Dance.

One Food Guy said...

I too have rained on a parade. Although I was old enough to drink and new better. I went to a friends wedding at the Ritz in Boston, a black tie, fancy schmancy wedding. I had, oh I don't know, five or six martinis AND a glass of scotch. Needless to say I got wasted, spilled wine on some of the groomsmen's $200 Thomas Pink shirts, AND to boot, pun intended, threw up in my in-laws car - they were also at the wedding. The story still lingers and when people talk about their wedding, I inevitably am discussed.

Good times!!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

The magic words are "good times". Anytime you do something stupid regarding drinking, just say it and everything will be fine.

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Hey Dylan,

Admit it. It was just one teacup that sent you over the edge. ;) I like Souplantation too. It's about expectations. For $7, my expectations are very low...

Hehe, I've already been tagged for this meme. http://wanderingchopsticks.blogspot.com/2007/02/5-things-most-people-dont-know-about-me.html

What are the rules for getting tagged twice? Do I have to come up with 5 new things?

eatdrinknbmerry said...

WC, one teacup, ten teacups... doesn't matter. The point is I time-travelled without knowing how I even got to the front stage. -) Sorry about the double tag - just read yours. No you don't have to tell us 5 new things unless you want to haha.

KirkK said...

Dude - This was nice...BTW, we do eat at Souplantation on a pretty regular basis, simply because I'm too damn lazy to make a decent salad! And I've still got to figure what to do for mine....

Deb said...

Very funny. Love the River Dance thing! I've never subjected my 2 boys (now 17 & 19) but have taken them to museums, classical music concerts, etc. Cultured?...no. But they do actually listen to some of the stuff! haha!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Kirk, I love that my fellowfoodbloggers are admitting that they like Souplantation. What's not to like about a $7 AYCE meal haha. Yes, I'm sure a lot of ppl would love to see your 5things - please post soon.

Deb, wish you had adopted me right before that horrific night. My mom means well though. Trust me, your kids will appreciate it one day. They are too 'cool' at this age right now to admit that they like the same things you do.... even if it's 100 men dressed in kilts, silk and velvet... dancing in synchrony. Eek.

Chubbypanda said...

I heart the legs on those Riverdance girls.

Imma Souplantation man meself, although I've never eaten at the Lake Forest branch. Wanted to make that clear. Souplantation was always been good to me.

Mary said...

Your blog is fun to read, especially the kitchen confidential.

It's so interesting that you come from a restaurant family, so do I. My parents, aunts and uncles all once owned Chinese restaurants (Szechuan, Hunan, Vegetarian, etc).

My bf and I attribute part of our love for food to food-oriented careers of our parents. I wonder how many food bloggers come from "foodie families."

btw: you and oshii are so cute!

Daily Gluttony said...

so check this out: we went to souplantation today. had a couple of the lemon special items like the lemon penne w/ capers and the lemon muffins which weren't half bad. they weren't all that good but they weren't that bad either. my fave is still that foccacia bread though...

oh, and i can just imagine all the "aiyaaaaaah"'s at that parade that you rained on! LOL!

it was really nice seeing you & j the other night--i'm totally down for going to more ktown places anytime! see you guys at the musha-versary!

One Food Guy said...

I feel like I'm missing out on Souplantation here on the east coast.

But, in 18 days I'm going to have something you won't... Wagamama's!! Oh yeah and this summer, I'll have two to choose from!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

CP, didn't know that the e.coli outbreak was from Souplantation. It can happen to any restaurant. Won't stop me from going to SPL though.

Mary, thanks for stopping by. I miss the days at the restaurant. Sometimes I think about going back. I'm sure a lot of food bloggers have relatives in the restaurant business.

DG, i didn't care for the lemon promotion. but i appreciate their effort haha. Sometimes you can't go wrong with the originals like the muffins, foccacia bread and macaroni. As for the parade, I got a lot of 'aiyahs' and headshaking/fingerwaving. Oh well, good times. J and I had a great time eating w/ you and Isaac on Friday. I'm so glad we didn't reek. We'll go to Soot Bull Jeep next. I'll see you very soon.

Scott, looks like the closest one to you is in North Carolina. But you can get even fancier and go to the Old Country Buffet which is Hometown Buffet's sister chain. I'm sure it's equally as fun and cheap. What is wagamama's?

elmomonster said...

That Chinese Chicken Salad has crack in it. The only problem that really irks me is that I have to go against the salad line traffic to get seconds, and thirds, and fourths. They should put it on a pedestal in the center of the room!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Elmo, yes i love the chinese chix salad. it's so good. the recipe calls for greens, wonton skins, hoisin sauce and cocaine. haha i know what you mean about traveling up river like wild salmon. I feel bad cutting in front of people. I sometimes wonder how many ppl have actually paid for their lunch. It's not hard to scab a free meal there.

One Food Guy said...

Wagamama's is only the best noodle house in the world. Well, the rest of the world anyway, and I guess "the best" is relative.

Anyway, it's a world famous Asian-inspired noodle house chain that was founded in London and has since spread around the world. Now finally, in 12 days, reaching the eastern shores of the USA. It's modeled after the popular Ramen shops of Japan

www.wagamama.com

One Food Guy said...

Oh yeah, and if I went to Old Country Buffet, I'm pretty sure my wife would divorce me!

eatdrinknbmerry said...

Scott, i didn't say take her to Old Country Buffet on a date like i did. Just a casual meal.

One Food Guy said...

It seems like it kinda worked out for you though!

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