Just because something can be put in your mouth, chewed and swallowed does not make it food. Just because something is sold in a supermarket or restaurant does not make it food. Just because something tastes good, does not make it food. And finally, just because something is referred to as food by a great number of people, does not make it food. ...there’ll come a time when you see the average supermarket for what it is: a repository of ostensibly edible products created for the sole purpose of making a sale; cans, boxes and plastic containers of altered, boiled, cured, dyed, denatured, engineered, fried, frozen, flavored, filtered, hulled, injected, modified, pasteurized, preserved, supplemented and tainted objects that pass for food.So, this is primarily where I do my shopping in Xishuangbanna. It's a big outdoor market on Mengle Da Dao Road (main thoroughfare, accessible by buses #2, #3 and #4). To the market! Today's haul was pretty typical. I buy enough for a day or two and then, by the next day, I'll do it again. "Why not buy enough for a week?" you ask. Well, there are a couple of reasons:
1. I find that since I have no self-control when it comes to certain items (cashews for instance), I've learned throughout my life that if I buy two packs of cashews, I will eat two packs of cashews in one day! If I buy three, I will eat three. I find that no matter how much I have, I cannot stop enjoying the experience until it's completely done. This applies to Lara bars, blue corn chips, tamarinds and certain women.
2. I find that for other items, my tastes may change unexpectedly. I only eat one meal a day, and some days I may simply not eat for various reasons. If I commit to a week's worth of oranges today, there's a good chance that most of them will go bad. I find that I cannot commit to a particular taste for an extended period of time. This applies to many fruits, green vegetables, and also certain women. (Okay, I'm kidding, a'right?)
3. It gives me a compelling reason to get out of the house and meet people (even though, if I'm writing a book or site design/programming project, I've been known to sequester myself and fast for a few days to heighten my creativity and productivity.)The following prices are in RMB and then US dollar. The exchange rate is RMB 6.8 = USD 1.00 (Note: you'll often see Yuan or RMB used interchangeably)
|Bus to town||2.00||0.29|
|Food (clockwise from top)|
|qing zao (English?)||3.70||0.54|
|rice (red bag)||5.00||0.73|
|bus back home||2.00||0.29|
|Total Transportation:||RMB 4.00||USD 0.58|
|Total Food:||RMB 66.30||USD 9.75|
- I don't eat anything in cans, boxes, frozen, powdered or reconstituted.
- No salt (did you know most commercial brands of table salt have dextrose (that's sugar) in them?
- No sugar, no meat, no eggs, no dairy, no coffee, no alcohol, nothing processed.
- Everything should be as close to its natural state as possible—just off the tree or out the ground.
- If it wasn't in the Garden of Eden, it's not real food. (There were no KFCs in the Garden.)
- If I can't put it in the ground and grow a new one, it's not live and natural (ever try to do that with a pizza?)
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