Wednesday, November 4

This Is the Story of the Hamburger

As a food historian in training son, this was a fascinating read for me. First of all I think it's very unhealthy but bloody hell it tastes so bloody good. The feeling of you holding a Burger King double bacon whopper burger with cheese with both hands and then taking the first bite through the smooth sesame bun and then to the lettuce to the tomato to the sauce to the beef and then cheese and then the bread all means that you have a taste explosion in your mouth. And it fills your mouth. Makes you chew with gusto. Slowly. Eating it with happiness. Dedication. Determination. How it fills your mouth. The contrasting aromas filling your nostrils. The feeling of the floppy burger in your hand juggling it delicately as you don't want to squish the bun but also don't want the fillings to drop out. A tough ask. 

When you come, I'm going to make the Philly cheese steak for you. That was soooo nice :) 



This Is the Story of the Hamburger
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The burger’s rise from the lowly patty to food-world high art. Photo: Bobby Doherty 

Its rise from a lowly patty of chopped meat to the aristocracy of foods; its charismatic
and delicious descendants; the arguments it inspires—over ethics and blends and tastes;
and Silicon Valley’s attempt to replace it with a meat that is not meat at all.

The quest to perfect the American burger.

Grills were being wheeled onto patios, cookouts prematurely envisioned, National Hamburger Month just days away. For the Burgerati, the high season of the hamburger was nigh, and the group had come together in late April for a conclave at the Ox-Cart Tavern, a gastropub in Ditmas Park. Many of them had first met over Instagram, where leering, close-up photographs of hamburgers are a pornographic currency. Four of the Burger Babez, an all-female monthly burger club, were in attendance. Brad Garoon, who blogs as Burger Weekly, sat beside Ammar Shallal of Burgerator, a global burger-rating mobile app. Three of the people at the table were from Burger Lift, a start-up that manufactures stainless-steel trivets for individual hamburgers.

Monday, November 2

The Gentleman’s Arsenal: 5 Things to Carry on a First Date

This was a tough one son. You're going on dates now so I'm sure you know the drill about never letting the lady pay, opening the door, waiting for her to sit down, offering your hand or arm, and perhaps never making the mistake of taking the lead. First dates are for the lady to take the lead son. She has to be comfortable and decide the pace at which she wants to progress the evening. Politeness will go a very long way indeed. Then again the current environment is strange. People these days confuse politeness with flirting. It's happened so many times that it bewilders me. But anyho. 

Be focused on her son. Don't talk rubbish and don't bang on about yourself. Too many men do that. Once in a while yes you obviously have to talk about yourself but the idea behind the first date is to make her comfortable and open up. She will most probably already know you. Women are like that. 

Compliments are good. I've told you many times about trying to sniff her. Discreetly of course. The scent of a woman is one of the most amazing ways to know her. 

I wish there was a way to carry a little rope and Swiss knife but that might be carrying the Boy Scout thing too far. But I carry all that in my bag :) 

Shoes son. You need to fix your shoes. They need to be highly polished and smart. They give you confidence. Gleaming shoes. You can see the quiet confidence of a gentleman whose wearing well shined shoes. 

And clean undies son. Vital. No tatty undies. You may get lucky and that's the kiss of death. Same goes for your socks. No holey socks :) 

I know you're rolling your eyes at my notes. Today when it's so busy and an interview, Baba is talking about first dates. He has no sense of priorities does he? :)

Best of luck son. You'll do well. If you don't know the answer, say so. Nobody expects you to know everything and you say sorry but good point. One topic for me to investigate more. 

Love you


The Gentleman’s Arsenal: 5 Things to Carry on a First Date
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opening door for woman

The First Date with a woman is your chance to display your charming and chivalrous side. While most acts of chivalry (like opening a door for your date or helping her to her seat) require only your thoughtfulness, moments will arise when you’ll need a tool to assist in your kindness. Below I’ve included a short list of items I recommend a well-armed gentleman having on him during a first date (or any time for that matter) that will prepare him for any situation and leave his date impressed.

Writing letters

This is a photograph of a German soldier writing a letter. It's so very poignant. These days you can whatsapp or phone or Skype your homies but back in those days, you had to pour out your heart in the letter. Very evocative 

Imagining what he would've written about?