Wednesday, March 7, 2007

people here love my name. . .i'm not entirely sure why. . .but one guy said, "james bryan? like james bond?. . .that's a good name." so maybe that has something to do with it. . .i bring this up because this morning at the security gate in front the guy looked at me. . .then my badge. . .then my paperwork. . .then at me again. . .and said, "James!" it sorta scared me. . .then he said. . ."good name.". . .and gave me a thumbs up.

food. . .everyone wants to know about food. . .my mom asked for it. . .jen asked for it. . .the only reason, to be honest that i haven't wrote about food is. . .i've ate out only twice actually three times. . .but the first time was a quizno's. . .so that doesn't count. . .i don't even like quizno's. . .but i decided i'd drive around until i found a place that looked popular. . .and there where a bunch of people sitting outside at this one place. . .and it ended up being a quizno's. the second time i ate out i ate at the restaurant at the compound i had chicken biyani which is an indian dish it was good. . .but that only really half counts because it was on the compound. the third time i ate out was 2 days ago and i went to a turkish place with 3 guys from work for lunch. it was really good typical mediterranean/middle eastern place with hummus and kabobs. there was a really interesting place near there where they were cooking all over coals i want to try. . .but i haven't yet. eating out proposes a couple problems. . .number one. . .one usually likes to find people to go with them. . .this is difficult. . .and two. . .there are a million restaurants so it's nice to have recommendations to go off of. . .not only because i rather get good food then bad food. . .but it's not like the states where everyone HAS to conform to some board of health standard. . .here you just have to have enough money to rent a building and start cooking. . .

i mostly cook for myself. . .i eat peanut butter and jelly virtually everyday for lunch. . .i make whatever for dinner, spaghetti, chili, hamburgers, chicken, steak. . .and i usually make a batch of cookies for the week. . .i've made 4 batches of chocolate chip already. . .the first 2 were horrid. . .the latest has been the best. i might try to make oatmeal this week. little things are different here. . .for example alcohol is illegal so you can't buy vanilla extract. . .you have to buy this vanilla crystal stuff. . .it took me a minute walking around the store to figure that one out. . .it's funny how the human mind works. . .i'm walking around thinking why is the vanilla not with the cooking stuff. . .and i remember some story someone told me. . .about an old woman that drank vanilla to get intoxicated. . .and i was like ah ha!. . .there is no vanilla. . .that's why i can't find it. . .sorta like when i was choking to death on the fish bone all i could think about was how saint peter choked on a fish bone. one just gets stuck virtually alone in these weird situations. . .alone because i can't just ask someone where the vanilla is. . .so i have to comb my mind and figure it out. . .unfortunately in the case of the fish bone it took a miracle to save saint peter. . .so i figured in that case i was just outta luck.

5 comments:

mister-dickinson-himself said...

if no one's going to lunch with you yet, this means you don't have any good contacts to add to Linked-In yet, do you. hmm. interesting about quizzno's...i hate em ever since one guy said the wrong thing to me at the quizzno's up by conseco, and i found out a sex predator works at the quizzno's downtown. doesn't really sit well with me. maybe more people will eat with you when you tell em your name is actually "gravy" and not this "james bryan".

mister-dickinson-himself said...

if there isn't one already, sounds like you could make arolladough on building the saudi version of "citysearch". you're gonna need a strong stomach though.

E. Pierce said...

After years of hating Quizno's, I gave in to my girlfriend and got a sandwich with her at one last week. It was actually pretty good.

I'm not sure if I should be surprised they exist over there as well.

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Hey Bryan. Been reading this since Zach told me you were over there for a year. Hope all's well with you.

Anonymous said...

Love the story about the vanilla. You do remember that the old woman strained the vanilla through bread first--to get to the pure alcohol out:-)

The Story Teller

. .jbg. . . said...

pierce it is good to hear from you! you bastard. . .j/k. . .seriously. . .good to hear from you.