Archive | May, 2010

The Most Interesting Man in the World

31 May

He once challenged his own reflection to a staring contest. On the fourth day… he won. He is the most interesing man in the world.

In my opinion, Dos Equis has come up with one of the most entertaining and effective marketing campaigns in recent years. They feature the most interesting man in the world, sharing with us true facts about his life. He is the epidomy of the word ‘man’, he is everything we want to be, but cant be. He does everything we want to do, he is what every man wants to be. He’s like Chuck Norris, but better. He does things we cannot do, he says things we cannot say, and his advice is unparalleled. So this is my tribute to the most interesting man in the world. Even if we are unable to be like him, we can at least drink Dos Equis.

Stay thirsty my friends.

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Milk Tea

29 May

If you havent had the chance to taste this refreshing and delicious drink, you have definetly been missing out. Milk Tea dates back to the british colonial days in Hong Kong, where afternoon tea was modified into the present day beverage. Milk Tea, and its Iced Milk Tea sister are widely popular through-out asia, but have yet to grab hold in western culture. As such, I have always had trouble finding it whenever I returned home, which brings me to today’s blog entry, ‘How to Make Milk Tea!’. I had some much needed help from my friend Joey in HK when first making it, so much props go out to her!

Luckily Milk Tea is really easy to make, and needs only a few ingredients.  There are two items you need to pick up from the grocery store, the first is Liptions Yellow Label Black Tea, I find this tea gives me the best taste that reminds me of Hong Kong, although you can use any black tea. The second ingredient is either condensed milk, or evaporated milk, you can find these in the baking section usually.

Making it is easy, start out by putting a pot of water on the stove, then add at least 2 tea bags, and let the water boil. You need the tea to be strong, so leave the bags in for a long time, getting a rich tea smell.

Once the tea is ready, I use condensed milk, and add a few spoonfuls to the pot, slowly stirring it up until its a light creamy color. Condesnsed milk is sweet already, but if your using evaporated milk you will need to add sugar. I add a little sugar to mine regardless.

You have now just made hot milk tea, you could pour yourself a cup, but I prefer iced milk tea, so you have a couple options, you can fill a glass with ice, and pour the tea into the glass, or you can chill the entire pot of tea. I usually chose to chill it all, as icecubes tend to dilute the flavour.

Once cold, pour yourself a smooth creamy glass of iced milk tea, and enjoy!

Call of Duty Black Ops: Trailer World Premier

26 May

On May 18, The Call of Duty franchise released the world premier trailer for the next installment of the Modern Warfare series: Black Ops. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 has been a massive hit since its release in November 2009. No doubt they expect to keep the ball rolling with the release of Black Ops in November 2010. Its too early to see how the gameplay is, but it takes place in the Vietnam War era apparantly. For now, we can only watch the trailer…

Canvas is In!

22 May

New canvas prints are in! These ones are 24×36 stretched and mounted, ready to hang. This time I tried super extending the edges fading to black, I think it turned out well. This set is from my latest trip to China, Nepal, India, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Check them out!

All is Full of Love

18 May

Rewind 11 years, its 1999, I remember watching MTV and seeing a very bizarre but beautiful music video. A white robot is lying on an operating table in a clean sterile room, robotic arms working delicately on her female body as she sings. Another female robot appears, both unfinished, but singing together as the mechanical arms piece them together. The 2 robots begin to kiss, and share a long intimate moment together as they continue to be worked on.

This was the video for “All is Full of Love” by Bjork, and it ended up winning numerous MTV awards, as well as a Grammy nomination, and is now permanently featured at the New York Museum of Modern Art. It’s a song that beckons us to look for love, a love which is all around us, a love that can hide in the most unusual places. And that video will always be strangely beautiful, even 11 years later…

BBQ Trout: The Easy Way

17 May

The health benefits of eating fish is not breaking news. White flesh fish contains less fat than any other animal protein, and oily fish is especially good for you as it contains that key component; omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient which is essential for our health.

With that in mind, I thought it was a good time to do a blog about a recent bbq meal I did. I recently brought back a lake trout from the great slave lake when I was last in Yelloknife, Canada for work. And this fresh fish was just begging to be cooked up with a delicious meal.

Since it really feels like summer these days I thought what better way to cook it than on the BBQ, and so along with a friend, we prepared a fast tasty meal all on the BBQ again. Heres what we did:

For this meal I cooked the fish whole, head, tail you name it. I started out by gutting the fish, you do this by slicing the belly open from the anus up to the head, and removing the inside ‘unwanted’ parts. I then rinsed the fish inside and out with cold running water, dont forget this step. After the fish was rinsed, I prepared a double layer of tinfoil on the counter, and poured some olive oil on it, spreading it around evenly to accomadate the size of the fish. I then layed the trout down on the foil, and begin using olive oil to coat the inside of the fish and a little on the outside as well. Once oiled, fresh lemon slices were places evenly inside the cavity of the fish. Sprinkle parsley, salt, and pepper, and a squeeze of more lemon juice over the whole fish, and you my friend are pretty much done. Wrap the whole fish up with tinfoil and place in the fridge while you prepare the other components of your meal.

For us we decided to cook stuffed peppers, a really easy and tasty sidekick to any meal. For these I simply use half red peppers, and fill them with preseasoned goat cheese, setting them aside, we prepared our potatoes. Slicing up the potatoes, adding parsley, pepper, and onions we then sealed up the potatoes in foil as well. You should now have the BBQ warming up.

Place your potatoes on the grill first, these will take the longest. Next is the fish, pull it out of the fridge and carefully set it onto the grill. Cooking time for the fish all depends on the size and heat, I used medium heat and it took roughly 25 minutes to cook the trout.

Check your potatoes, and if they are close to being cooked, you can now put your stuffed peppers on the grill, simply lay them all on face up and let them cook until the cheese begins to melt. Start pulling all your food off the BBQ, and open up that fish, it should really be smelling good now. Serving the fish is easy, if cooked right the flesh will just fall off the bones, start dishing out peices of fish, potatoes, and your stuffed peppers, serve with a fresh garden salad and thats it, another tasty and healthy meal!

Make yourself a ceasar to go with, and eat out in the backyard, bliss…

Stop Motion

14 May

A quick entry today with a tribute to stop motion photography. Frame by frame, stop action, whatever you call it, stop motion dates back over 100 years. It is the art of creating the appearance of motion through a series of photographs. Wallace and Grommet, Coraline, Corpse Bride, and even that 1964 Rudolph Christmas special we all remember as kids were all created using stop motion animation. Typically the process uses inanimate objects, making them come alive, but the technique can be used with people as well, and here are a couple of my favorites. Check them out.