Monday 5/25

25 May

After a week-long hiatus I’M BACK from my 4-day business trip to Vienna and sister’s 2-day Wesleyan graduation immediately following, and I’ve got to say that I have not eaten this much and this well *FOR FREE* for 6 consecutive days since Mather dining hall in year 2007.  I have gained 5 lbs in 6 days and they are the happiest 5 lbs I have ever gained in my life.  My stomach is so pumped with food, I am like a goose being force fed to become foie gras!!!  Such a happy goose.

Speaking of foie gras, this was the most incredible week ever in which everything in Vienna, Austria, was on the client (best first business trip ever) and everything in Middletown, Connecticut, was on my parents.  In Vienna my boss and I ate liver every single day, from calf liver in some delicious sauce to foie gras to this beef broth soup with the biggest ball of liver I have ever seen in my life.  Such a happy goose!!!!!!  And not to mention schnitzel and sausages and hot dogs and steak, I am like a farm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liver ball and sausages!!!

Liver ball and sausages!!!

Foie gras!!!

Foie gras!!!

Hot dog!!!

Hot dog!!!

And gelato too!!!

And gelato too!!!

This was so great.  And while my boss and I were talking about force feeding geese, I learned the most interesting thing about how they kill turtles for tortoise soup — apparently they massage the turtle so he gets really relaxed and sleepy, and as he relaxes he stretches out his legs and then CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP!!!!!  mmm tortoise souppppp….

After the wonderfulness of Vienna, the food splurge continued as I arrived in Middletown for my sister’s graduation.  A great thing about hanging out with my parents is that my mom is like 5’3″ and 99 lbs so she never finishes any of her meals (!!!).  Perhaps this is where I learned my habits growing up.  Anyway, over the weekend I ate for 1.5 people, taking my mom’s linguine with clams, katsu-don, etc etc.

One annoying thing that happened, though, was that last night when we got takeout from this Thai restaurant (because we were too impatient to sit down and eat there), I specifically asked my massaman curry to be mild, and they clearly made it extremely spicy.  In fact, it was so spicy that I literally really couldn’t eat it.  I was so incredibly mad!!!!!!!  UGHHHH!!!!!!  Of course I, on principle, leave no soldier behind so I sucked it up, bought myself some pepsi, got my takeout box of white rice ready in my left hand, and began struggling through this spicy hell, keeping the ratio of white rice to spicy curry very high and chugging it with soda.  It was fine, I eventually finished the dish over two hours while watching “Something About Mary” at the hotel, teary-eyed and sniffling everywhere from the spices, but I finished it.  No morsel left behind.

In conclusion, what a great week.  My hope is that these 5 gained pounds will propel me through the month of June, like whale’s blubber.

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