Category: cooking

Food Is Only One Medium, What else You Got?

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I think…no I know, most chefs and cooks can be the most diverse, talented people that I know and I want to hear about what you have been up to. If you or someone you know is a cook/chef and is much more than that, I want to hear your story. Let’s inspire someone.

http://chefglennsmith.com/2013/10/14/calling-all-chefs-i-got-a-question

What Do You Mean? The Art of Conversation.

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We are the first to admit I have multiple personalities. At least that is what I am told by all the other voices in my head. Truth be told, I do try to stretch my wings and try to be as many different people I can be, as well as meet as many different kinds of people I can.

I have had an alter ego, I call The Continental.  He is the guy that singlehandedly will reintroduce the ascot as a publicly acceptable neck accessory.

The Continental, has a Facebook page called Cocktailogic. The mission of Cocktailogic is to look at the culture drinking and the art of cocktail,  not necessarily a resource for cocktail recipes, but from what happens when a person has that drink in hand. All the crazy thing people say, the overheard quotes, the liquid logic that you wish you could remember.

This bring me to the meat; There is an art to starting, having and finishing a good conversation that most people do not always practice.

Today I posted on the Continental’s FB page this short set of “ideas” to help spark real conversations. Here is that brief post:

A short list of The Continental’s conversation starters and why they works:

Q. Is that your style? (key is to have zero inflection, ask if you were asking abut a color)

Why I works: Vague enough that it can be interpreted in many ways. It gives you a place for  that ever important mid-topic compliment, as well as a survey of their sense of humor.

Q. I don’t use Facebook that much, I can’t….(then change subject)

WiW: This can cause curiosity, mystery. Why cant he/she be on Facebook? Is it because they have a job that won’t let them? 

Q: Where would you never live?

WiW: People always love to talk about themselves. They have to think and defend why they would never back. (Advanced move, Defend the place where they say they would never go back to)

Q. There is something about (choose any dictator) that love?

WiW: It’s just a good topic that causes everyone to think.

If you have some interesting and surefire conversation tips, please feel free to contribute.

Best to you
The Continental

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This is only a scrimshaw scratch of the surface of what can happen if you start a topic that is truly never expected. That is the key! It is a proven bad idea to start a conversation that is predictable, short sited and shallow.

The second most important thing is eye contact. This topic which I will be addressing later this week.

What are your thoughts on this? What makes for a good conversation to you?

Love Glenn

aka The Continental

Paula Deen is Bigger Than Jesus!

What would todays media do with this?

Experience has sown few seeds of doubt in him: not that his mind is closed, but it’s closed round whatever he believes at the time. “Christianity will go,” he said. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first-rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” He is reading extensively about religion. 

Quote by John Lennon

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It would be a shit storm! It was, but not to the point of where Paula Dean’s “ENNNN” word mistake. I think we should remove the letter ‘N’ completely out of the alphabet and replace it with the happy face Emodicon so we :)ever have to use the phrase   🙂 – word   again.

This brings me to Mrs Paula Dean.

First I would never compare a human health hazard to the ‘walrus’ but I will compare the coverage.

I do have a tendency to treat this blog like my personal Speakers’ Corner, but I do enjoy a good rant.

Please enjoy this. Do me a favor, when you do read it to yourself or preferably out loud in Starbucks , read it with an aggravated tone and poke yourself just enough to get irritate . It will be exactly how I felt when I think about this current event.

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Do you know who the real villains is in the Paula Dean demolition project? It is every pinhead news agency, newscaster or any donut burger loving, butter basted TV viewing sheep out there that can’t boil an egg without a recipe.
We all know that any racism is not acceptable, but a poorly chosen word, by a excitable old southern women should be taken for what it is, “ya know, she’s sometime a little stupid-bless her heart…” (Spoken in a southern accent of course) and that’s it. That is all the attention it should get.

This “story” should have never been stewing for this long nor should anyone care. This women’s life, income and career is destroyed. Two months from now..it will be completely forgotten, milked to death with absolutely zero social change, impact and in the big picture, completely unimportant.

What is important is to be to remember people are at war all around the world, banks and Wall Street have destroyed many people’s lives, oh ya, we have the NSA thing. People are starving, living in the streets and we have an obesity problem with kids, figure that one out, and we give a shit about #PaulaDean? Really?

Sure, comedians have joke material for a week. I have a few good ones in the bag…

But @cnn @fox or any other news outlet that feels that this issue is worth this kind coverage is relevant- Please, I beg of you, shut the fuck up and do some good. Even better, be a journalist, have some integrity! I can assure you, you won’t get a Pulitzer or any broadcast award for this ‘chicken fried-gate’ coverage you are obsessively chewing on, like a piece of grizzle on a beer battered pork rind, which is never good.

I am not saying that Paula Dean should not apologize, but keep in in perspective and keep it as a “by the way” article instead.

Love Glenn