Friday, 6 August 2010
Sweet tooth,lard arse
After a few weeks in California I start to miss my favourite British meals such as roast dinner,beef sausages, meat pies (I'm a carnivore !) and take away from our family Anglo Chinese chippy. I do though enjoy eating out here from places such as CPK and some of the local Japanese restaurants that seem common here. Tomorrow we have visitors, so it is Cheesecake factory (urgh) for lunch and Pho noodles at a Viet place for tea. Produce for home cooking is usually from Wholefoods which if a little pricey does provide excellent quality meat,veg and fruit. The main problem for me seems to be however the massive usage of corn syrup in nearly everything else available. Now I'm sure some clever person can tell me why corn syrup seems to be used in preference to sugar but looking at the huge amount of...well...huge people here, it seems to be doing rather a lot of damage. I seem to spend more time reading labels than actually shopping in a sometimes vain attempt to buy something not packed with tooth rotting corn syrup.A saving grace amongst all the sweetness is found in the meat available for BBQ and broiling (grilling for us Brits)....New york strip, Kobe fillets and tri tip...it's a beef lovers paradise and at a price guaranteed to make a hard pressed British carnivore weep....more Beef!