Every day I consume food. And yet how much do I think about it? I am conscious that it is feeding the millions of cells that I have in my bode. And I know it is my fuel. It has an impact on me both inside and outside. And yet I don't always pay attention. Perhaps by attempting to write about it, I'll understand my relationship with food better.
– tequila as a fat burner
– eating unwashed fruit build immunity
– there are incredible twenty year olds who care about their produce (helps that they grew up in a farming environment).
– people will buy 8 month apples over fresh harvest (I wonder if they eat expired items from their fridge)
HOTEL: Right now, I'm at Moxies in Calgary – it is attached to the Sandman where I am staying for two nights. They were nice enough to upgrade me to a suite. That is always nice and I'm thrilled I didn't get the upgrade with the staircase after my accident last year. But I digress. My other choice, within the hotel, was Denny's. I'm not a fan of Moxies but this one seems to have better food, nicer staff and enough value items to make it worth considering. And I really don't' want to venture out at 10 PM. And well Denny's? I can only imagine that the eggs they are serving aren't going to meet my standards.
The food truck movement was featured on their late night menu – so I ordered a couple of chicken tacos ($4.00 each) and they came up quickly – lots of crunchy cabbages and lettuces with some decent tasting chicken in a soft shell taco, along with foil wrap and a recyclable tray and a plastic squeeze bottle of hot sauce (hot sauce just makes everything damn better). Not truck food really unless they happened to have their own truck out there. But it paints an image in my mind. The dish was pretty healthy as along as you aren't a vegan.
There was a Kale Quinoa salad that sounded decent but then my memory flashed back to the Maple Leaf lounge in Vancouver were I was earlier in the day. A kale three bean salad – one of their standards (and after a while when you've stopped in four or five different lounges, you get visual fatigue) – so I just couldn't stomach more kale.
The dude down the bar from me (can I call some 50 year old guy a dude) is eating his fuel – deep fried calamari and chicken wings. He's got the broiler to prove it. Oh, bad me, I am judging. After all I'm sipping a glass of NZ Kim Crawford that is just on the edge of being mineral rich but just. And gjven that it is 1/2 price Wednesday and I'm here for two nights, the best value was ordering the bottle. So who am I to judge. But judge I will. Oh dear now he's got his main??? Those were his appetizers.
My waitress described the Kim Crawford as the bomb. She did add that a lot of people do order the Okanagan wines. 11 screens. Ugh. I really do dislike all the screens that are just so common in restaurants now – distracting, a waste of energy and right now five of those screens are the same What is the purpose? I do know that my waitress is so busy cleaning and had not noticed that my glass is empty. So I guess I will put my second glass on my own.
My waitress also tells me that she just came back from Mexico and that she used to drink tequila and water and she believed that was it was a fat burner. Right now she prefers beer, and rum – white rum and sometimes red wine. OMG I can remember serving in the Durham Arms in Oshawa, Ontario and I knew so little about wines. Ideally the staff here is better trained and it is a different world now. Mexico was the waitress' first trip outside of Canada. Los Cabos. it's a start.
GROCERY STORE VISIT: I had a great conversation with Shannon at the RCSS in the NW of Calgary today. She is studying communications, 2nd year, at the University of Calgary. She approached me after watching me chat about apples to another young woman. The first shopper has selected several apples off the end cap after holding each one, twirling it and dropping it into her plastic bag. Then she proceeded to take them out and replace them with Red Delicous.
I just couldn't take it. I had to ask. And I tried to do it gently and with curious its but anytime you ask why, you are sure to raise eyebrows. And so I asked her.
“Do you mind if I ask you a question? Why did you switch out to Red Delicious?”
“I guess I just saw them there and I really like Red Delicious and so I thought I would do that.”
“And did you consider that they are, like, 8 months old?”
I could see her thinking about it and then dismissing it. She laughed in a questioning way and then I moved on on let her finish her purchase of 8 month old apples. And it was shortly after that, that Shannon, came up to me and asked if I was also wondering why there weren't any BC apples available to purchase.
Shanon had a friendly warm face with flawless skin and long blonde hair, very fresh looking (yes I am envious of skin as I don't think I appreciated what I had when I was her age), living on a student budget, yet her cart had a lot of produce in in. And that is when I discovered that her parents were apple growers in Oyama, BC. At least I think she said Oyama – I need to look that up.
Our conversation as all over the map – organics, GMOs, apple growers, peppers, Safeway versus RCSS, parents, farming, corporations versus small time farmers, distance food travels – the list was long. But I loved being engaged with someone who seemed to care and was willing to learn and explore.
APPLE SELLER: Today I had a kiwi with me whose been working in the fresh industry for a decade. 25 times around the world. Loves Vancouver. I learned about smartfresh, sunburn on apples, puncture wounds and recent damage.
Food is our fuel.