Wednesday, September 30, 2009

LA Weekly Squid Ink Blog: Meet My Lovely Wife, Jeni

LA Weekly Squid Ink Blog: Jeni Afuso

We had a nice surprise this week. My wife (and some random man in a suit) is featured in this week's segment of LA Weekly's Squid Ink blog. Congrats to my best friend, wife and eternal food pal. Thanks to LA Weekly for the feature.
Read more!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pho Garden, San Francisco - Man vs. Pho: An Actual Survivor of the World's Largest Bowl of Pho

Man vs. Pho
Today, I received an email from a reader by the initials of HB. She had read my posting on Pho Garden up in San Francisco, the proud host of the pho challenge. If you can eat this mammoth bowl of pho, your $22 bowl of pho is FREE. I did not realize just how big this bowl of pho was until HB emailed me these photos. Just look at it. Do the servers need a weightlifting belt just to haul this to the table? I think I see the hooves and horns of the cow in that bowl as well. Worth it?! Not in my opinion. But for an eating-challenger like this gentleman, it's worth the bragging rights and a well-deserved virtual high-five from me. Here's what HB wrote:

"I was witness to my boyfriend Brian completing the Pho Garden challenge last weekend. I originally saw your post with Pho Garden pics and of course had to send him the link since we are pho freaks and he recently discovered the world of eating challenges. He emailed the photos around and issued a challenge to his friends. 2 months later 3 challengers sat down to the huge bowls of boiling pho. Holy cow you should have seen the mixed emotions these guys went through in the span of 60 minutes while eating- fear, happiness, relief, denial, nausea, disgust. My boyfriend Brian was the only one to finish in 47 minutes and I have to admit that I've never been so proud! haha! So thanks for the idea and now this triumph will live on forever for us. Oh yeah, I wanted to mention that Brian said that initially he thought the pho was good, but that he seemed to be slowly blacking out while he ate and cannot remember the taste of a single piece of meat even though he ate 2 pounds. Pretty funny, right? Has this ever happened to you?"

Fear, happiness, relief, denial, nausea, disgust? Talk about an emotional meal. And no I have never had a euphoric, near-death experience from eating. Well maybe the f'd up shrimp I ate in Brazil that pained me for 3 days and earned me a 60-minute morphine ride at the hospital.

If you look carefully, the bottom of the bowl says "You did it!!!" Good thing it didn't say something like...

"Congrats, this was just the appetizer."
"Good job, the hospital is a few blocks down."

Thanks again to HB for the email and congrats to Brian.
Read more!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

holga in hawaii. photographs from a plastic camera.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

hi, i'm still behind on writing the posts about my wonderful trip to Hawaii, but thought I'd post some photographs from my Holga camera, that I purchased a few years back for only $14.95. this along with my lomo lc-a are probably my favorite cameras I own because of the unexpected results and texture the film captures. enjoy, the poke party is coming soon!

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.

holga in hawaii. 2009.
Read more!

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

ShareThis