Bear with me, readers: this post is late because our cable modem is on the fritz so I have been composing this post on my iPhone, no joke. (I started out literally thumb-typing in my phone’s web browser until I found the WordPress app, and now I’m still thumb- or index-finger-typing, but in a less cumbersome interface, so yay for that.) Which makes for a sort of clever transition to the first item I wanted to post today, which I had been considering as Monkey Monday fodder even before the passing of Steve Jobs (really!) So that’s one thing coming up. There’s also pictures: some in honor of World Egg Day, which was yesterday (again, I would’ve been on time except for ridiculous technical difficulties) and also to document the Tea and Biscuits of Triumph (which is more or less the Tracy analog of the Warren Ellis Cigarette of Victory). Here we go…
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So the first thing I wanted to share was this interview with Mike Daisey, the creator/performer of The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, an extemporaneous monologue he starts performing October 11 (hey, that’s today!) at The Public Theater, albeit now with some changes in the added shadow of Jobs’ death. Among other things, the show addresses the sometimes (often?) inhumane working conditions at the factories in China where Apple products are manufactured. The bit of the interview which makes this whole story TracyFood-relevant is this:
The situation we find ourselves in is not terribly different than it was for the organic food movement in the 1950s, an era when the idea that food should not be treated with pesticide was bizarre because people didn’t even understand why you wouldn’t want your food in a can….
So yeah. I thought that was an interesting analogy, even before it was all current-events-y but rather merely a reflection of how long it takes me to get through even just my weekend-only subscription to the New York Times (and don’t get me started on how far behind I am on New York magazine and The New Yorker, oof!)
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Next up, pictures! This year, I celebrated World Egg Day by going on a quest to find pasteis de nata, the delicious egg custard pastries Peter and I ate obsessively on our travels in Portugal this summer. (You may have noticed them as a recurring theme in last month’s little photocollage of delicious things eaten during our recent travels.) It turns out that some Chinese bakeries make “Portuguese egg custard tarts” in addition to many other kinds of egg custard tarts (so many flavors!) thanks to various colonialist influences (e.g. Macau) or so I found when I searched for “Portuguese bakery” on this phone (just to keep that theme alive a bit longer). Then I used this phone to guide me to a few such bakeries, and here is the result:
Here are some of my notes on that expedition:
So. I got two Portuguese-style egg custard pastries from each of two bakeries, and two regular egg custard pastries for comparison (a few bakeries I visited only had regular and flavored Chinese egg custard pastries, not the Portuguese style, so I wanted to check those out in case they were also delicious, since they seemed easier to find). Result: we liked the Portuguese style custard tartlets best, which is too bad from an ease-of-obtainment standpoint, but the best news is that the bakery that made our favorite pasteis de nata equivalent sells them plus a cup of coffee for – total of $2.20, which translates almost exactly to the 1.50-160â‚¬ we usually paid for this treat in Portugal! Yay!
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In conclusion, I leave you with this picture of my Tea and Biscuits of Triumph:
Have a great week, all.