Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Eating the Globe: Austria

With so many countries crossed off my list, it is getting very difficult to find an eligible restaurant. I've always wanted to go to an Austrian place in San Francisco called Leopold's, but it is only open for dinner. I usually go to San Francisco for work, and rarely stick around for dinner. But an old friend was in town for a conference, so we went to Leopold's!

I got the Jagerschnitzel, which an Austrian friend confirmed was authentic. It was better than the half dozen German meals I've had elsewhere in the Bay Area. The ingredients were top notch and the preparation was perfect.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Al Bundy Barack Obama ad

I was reading up on actor Ed O'Neill on Wikipedia when I found out about this ad.

And then I found these...

What a dud

Average flag color by latitude

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Demolishing a 747

Nearest American cities to Eastern Hemisphere

Trump salutes North Korean general

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The movie trailer Trump showed Kim in Singapore

As soon as they met, Trump showed this to Kim on his iPad. Is life real?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Friday, June 08, 2018

RIP Anthony Bourdain

This is a hard one to accept. At 61, Bourdain hung himself in a hotel room in France. He was there shooting his CNN show Parts Unknown. His good friend Eric Ripert found his body.

Back in 2002, his first TV show, A Cook's Tour, stoked my desire to travel to exotic yet mundane places, to meet people who didn't look like me, and to try every morsel of food, at least once. His ability to transform overnight from a working stiff to celebrity writer played a part in influencing me to start this blog. He has without a doubt been a net positive in the lives of millions.

But in the end, he was haunted by demons. We all have demons, but some are much more menacing than others. My wife went to one of his book signings and reported back that Bourdain was painfully shy and thoroughly uncomfortable with his fame.

I started watching his latest episode earlier this week. It was set in Hong Kong and was directed by his girlfriend, Asia Argento. She is also haunted by demons. In the beginning of the show, Bourdain, during a montage of jarring shots of frenetic cityscapes, espoused his love for Asia. Of his love of being IN Asia. I got really uncomfortable and felt sympathy for his ex-wife and young daughter. I was even a bit disgusted. The gut feeling was so visceral, I felt like I may not be able to watch another episode of his show again. So I deleted the episode at the 14 minute mark. I didn't tell anybody because I thought I was overreacting and misreading the whole situation.

In the end, it did not matter what I thought or how I judged. Bourdain was an extraordinarily talented and genuine human being who made our lives better. He will be missed.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Volvo XC60 ad

I can't decide if this is a touching ad or permission to drive while distracted.

Frozen Montreal streets

Bolivian bus train

I saw this on a recent episode of Globe Trekker. The diesel bus train has a steering wheel, a shifter, and a clutch, just like a regular bus. It transports up to 40 people at a time between Sucre and Potosi.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Monica Lewinsky on SNL

1999. A different universe.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Traveling by container ship between Oakland and Los Angeles

I have a history of terrible seasickness. So I should really check to see if I get seasick on a container ship before I commit to a long journey. That's why I just put an inquiry in to see if I can take a short, 4-day trip between Oakland and Los Angeles along the California coast.

Does the open sea get much choppier than a route hugging the coast?

The boat I would take is the APL New York. It's a Singapore-flagged container ship. It's currently on its way to the UAE.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Monaco F1 helmet cam