Harmless, but disgusting

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I’m a sucker for peanut butter, so when I heard that it may contain some insect fragments and rodent hair, I was absolutely repulsed. ‘No more peanut butter for me,’ I thought. Nonetheless, I still eat peanut butter almost daily (can’t live without it). But, unpleasant thoughts of bugs and rats occasionally cross my mind as I taste the thick, nutty cream.

It got me wondering, what else may contain unwanted pets. Here are some disgusting “I wish I didn’t know” facts:

  1. Canned pineapple can pack in up to 20% moldy fruit.
  2. Frozen broccoli must have an average of no more than 60 aphids or thrips or mites per 100 grams.
  3. Oregano can legally contain up to 1,250 insect fragments per 10 grams.
  4. Peanut butter can contain one rodent hair per 100 grams.
  5. Cinnamon can carry up to 1 milligram of animal excrement per pound.
  6. Berries can harbor up to 4 larvae per 100 grams.
  7. Up to 10 percent of canned asparagus can harbor asparagus beetles or egg sacs.
  8. As much as five percent of your maraschino cherries can legally contain maggots.
  9. Tomato paste is considered bad only if more than 45 percent contains mold.
  10. Chocolate is tainted when it averages 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams.

Oh and this is interesting (Forbes):

Spending as much time as I do considering, cogitating and digesting food, it’s no surprise that I’ve discovered a number of facts that would  make a person seriously consider altogether abandoning the grocery store and opting for a life of self-subsistence, or, at the very least, pay closer, much closer attention to the ingredient list on their next edible purchase.

So what prompted me to share with you this list of gruesome gastronomic tidbits? You may have heard the recent titillating “tail” of the Illinois lawsuit involving oil company worker, Ronald Ball, who claims that in 2009 he opened a can of Mountain Dew from his firm’s vending machine to discover a dead mouse inside as he took a healthy glug from the soft drink can. Disgusting – yes. Totally and utterly gross – no doubt. But, what is potentially even more troubling than the unfortunate  um…”find,” is what the drink’s maker, Pepsi, recently retorted as it seeks to dismiss the lawsuit which Ball filed seeking damages in excess of $50,000. Pepsi argued that Ball couldn’t possibly have found the mouse – not because the manufacturer’s health and safety measures are so stringent that no rodent could access the tasty brew, but rather because…drum roll…..Mountain Dew contains such powerful ingredients that the rodent would have been dissolved, and rendered to a “jelly-like substance,” and would therefore have not been identifiable as a mouse.

Wow. Pepsi – you really should have just handed over the $50,0000 rather than admitting that stunner.

What’s On Your Mind?

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What is on my mind today? Everyday, every hour, every minute, it’s something different because my mind races with thoughts all the time. Let’s randomly talk about nothing; it tends to ease the racing.

The days have been passing by so quickly. From how fast Sundays come and go, I’m starting to appreciate each day of the week. Of course, waiting for the weekend is always one of the reasons why we count the days… until the next weekend.

I usually get to work already drained and exhausted, let alone I lack any motivation to go to work. I wake up with the thought of just get up, get it done, and it’s over before you know it. And it’s true, it’s always over before I know it. When you concentrate on time, it barely passes but when you let your mind wander, play with your phone, or get some work done, it skips a few moments and the day is already over.

Today is the first of the month and before we know it, it’ll be the end. I’ll be setting some goals for the month just to give me a reason to feel like I accomplished something by the end of the month. I try to eat as healthy as possible but I do have a weakness for chocolate and carbs (which I try to only eat during the weekends). During the week, I mostly eat fruits, veggies, nuts and lots of water and since Ramathan is coming up, my goal is to continue my eating habits without the temptations of fried foods, carbs and desserts and to also still work out. Last year, I never worked out and I ate like I’ve never seen food.

Another goal is to get more drawings done and at least one painting. I haven’t painted in months and knowing that small piece of fact, I bought an acrylic sheet notebook which I can use to paint and some new brushes. I still haven’t even touched them.

Any other goals? No, I’m not setting any high standards, just to continue to improve my lifestyle and my talent, that’s all.

Happy Canada Day, and happy first of the month 🙂

Pizza Pino in Downtown Dubai

I’ve never been to Italy, but I love a good ol’ pizza. You can never go wrong with a combination of dough, veggies, and cheese. I love pasta too. It was the first thing I learned to make when I was younger. I loved it so much I asked my mom for the basics and after that I grew to learn how to make my own pasta sauce.

As a picky eater, who is still trying to expand their palette, I normally eat the same types of food. This weekend, I decided to try Pizza Pino in Downtown Dubai which just opened not too long ago. I’ve seen pictures on Instagram which caught my eye and the comments suggested that the food was good. So I decided to head over and give it a try. I did Google it beforehand though and found out it’s not even an Italian company, it’s actually French! Regardless of that point, I still went with high hopes.

The tables were huge, and then I realized it’s to hold their excessively huge plates. We sat at the high table with the high chairs, which were uncomfortable because you can’t tuck in your chair and eat with relaxed manner. The interior was still beautifully done, rustic with a touch of class. Ipad minis were used for their menus, but nowadays everyone is using advanced technology in different ways, so it wasn’t a wow factor or anything like that.

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We ordered pasta, pizza, and a caesar salad. I can’t remember the names of each but they were all vegetarian. I was already so hungry, so everything should have tasted delicious but all I could taste was oil. The salad was fine but caesar salads are fail-proof, except I was slightly concerned about the chicken. It was thinly sliced but seemed like it came from a package (I should have asked the waiter). The pasta was drenched in olive oil and the veggies were not well done. The pizza was also really oily and the veggies were not chopped well (yes, I think they could have done it better to ease the chewing; the same goes for the salad).

Would I eat there again? No. Pizzaro, which is down the street from Pizza Pino, has better pizza, also oily but it’s flavorful.

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I *heart* pancakes anytime of the day…

My favorite ice cream of all time is B&J Chunky Monkey, this is how I first appreciated the concept of love..the love for good quality ice cream…

Anyway, I came across this recipe that was inspired by my favorite flavor, Chunky Monkey Pancakes! The pictures alone make your mouth go “Ooooooh… Aaaaaaah..”

Continue reading I *heart* pancakes anytime of the day…

Cake Boss vs Ace of Cakes

I can’t seem to stop watching Cake Boss. I’ve heard about the show from before from some friends but I never bothered to check it out but the other day I was at my friend’s house and it was on and we watched an episode and I was hooked. It’s a reality show about a bakery, hence the name, in New Jersey that is run by a family and the show depicts their work in the shop. I found it amusing because the way they interact with each other is funny and reminds me of my family and the way they build cakes is amazing.

There is another show called Ace of Cakes that revolves around the baking industry also. It focuses on Duff Goldman’s cake shop in Baltimore. Duff entered the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the world’s largest cupcake in 2008.However, as reported in a 2009 episode of Ace of Cakes, he was stripped of the record due to the cupcake having been made in two parts.

I like Cake Boss because I find it more entertaining, but if you like caking-making reality tv then watch both and you can be the judge.

Here is an episode of Cake Boss from season 1 which I found entertaining: