Turkey and Japan have been in my mind a lot lately. Turkey because we have been talking about going back there this summer for a trip. Japan because of the food food food! Well for many reasons really, with the extra work I have been doing lately I have been daydreaming about how easy I had it in Japan. Really, looking back now I see how often I took it for granted. Clean air to breath(not that Canada does not have clean air, but traveling outside of Canada means noticing when you can breath again), safe roads to drive on, good pay, free flights from Canada AND home again, and the most delicious food. Nowhere else have I been as healthy as I was there. I was always exercising (daily bike rides), I had no work stress (I taught 11 classes a week on a FULL schedule, half of those a week would be canceled), and the food was simply the most divine I have ever had. Hmmmmm piggy hits seafood cocktail that bubbles:
It is also in Japan where I got over a lot of my food phobias. Tails on shrimp? Good for your hair! raw chicken? Healthy! (they say its ok if you kill the chicken and eat it right away, that supermarkets cause the salmonella virus. I am not entirely convinced on that one), and raw fish galore! Though nothing could make me bend on the fermented squid guts (if you think the name is bad just wait till you SEE it), I did finally give in on while there. Before Japan I thought they were slimy, and a delicacy best enjoyed by my father. After Japan food consistency ceased to be as important and it became all about the taste.