#foodie dining out health rant

"Healthy" Products and Restaurant Items

I feel really annoyed when people end up buying or ordering food trying to be healthy about their options, when in turn, a lot of “healthy” options at restaurants/grocery stores are quite the contrary. So many salad items at restaurants are still high in calorie and fat content. Sure, there are the vegetables, but there’s also the creamy dressing and other additions that really fatten up the salad. You are much better off ordering an appetizer or a light chicken/fish entree and practicing portion control that way.

Then, there’s the “healthy” food you find in grocery stores. Healthy chips, healthy packaged foods, etc. Hmm, upon close examination of the nutritional facts though, most of these foods aren’t necessarily THAT much better for you. Is it really low in calorie and fat? Is it high in fiber or protein? What about the serving size–how much is a serving? 1 bag? Or is it half of it?

It is no wonder we as a society struggle with portions and trying to be healthy–after all, most of us would pick up a “small” bag of pretzels and eat it, assuming we are consuming one serving. But then you look at the facts and realize that the bag actually holds TWO servings–so you’re eating twice the amount of calories listed on the nutrition facts. Not a fun surprise huh?

This brings me to another related rant: I feel like a lot of people think that organic = healthy. Not necessarily. Organic simply means that the food was processed in as natural of a state as possible. No chemicals used, nothing unnatural–just pure natural goodness. But there’s still the calories. I walked into Trader Joe’s a few days ago to buy groceries and was annoyed at looking at all the nutritional facts of the foods/products there. Oh, buy some pumpkin bread..but wait, 1/16th of a slice has how many calories?! 360 calories (or somewhere around there…)…that’s a lot of calories there. You could eat an equivalent of several fruits, vegetables, whole grains for that amount of calories.

Ugh…and I am sure some people venture into the store, thinking “Oh, I’m buying organic, therefore I am being healthy!” Yes, maybe you are being healthier by not consuming chemically-processed foods, but you’re still eating a ton of calories if you’re not watching your portions.

So in conclusion, be aware of what you eat–try to go for real fruits and vegetables when possible, not all these other products that claim they are healthy alternatives to the real thing. Watch your portion sizes; you don’t have to eat that whole plate of food at the restaurant if you don’t want to.

rant Review Time

Old Can Openers, be gone!


This is a picture of what my can opener roughly looks like. I have to say, I thought maybe there was an issue with the Chicken of the Sea cans when I last talked about it. But no, today when I was trying to open up a can of sliced olives (under the Safeway brand), I realized that it is not the cans that are defective, it’s the can opener.

This whole kitchen set I bought from Target (I forget the name of the brand unfortunately) has been nothing but trouble for me ever since I bought it. The knives that came with it don’t do a great job at cutting anything, and the spoons/spatulas/etc. are poorly made. The spatula has actually melted in high heat! And now, I complain about the can opener, because it has done nothing but cut through cans horribly. Might I say, it has done a rather crappy job. I had to spoon out the olives today slowly, trying not to cut myself on the can’s sharp edges.

I wish I had the name of the set, but oh well–I just know, I have learned my lesson and will never buy such a cheap set again.

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Tila Tequila’s breakup.

I read on Tila Tequila’s blog the other day that she and Bobby had already broken up.

Some would say it is sad, but…in some ways, I was expecting it. I didn’t think the relationship would end so quickly, of course, but I didn’t think it would really last in the long run. Due to Tila’s heightened celebrity status and Bobby’s tendencies to be jealous, I can see why the relationship didn’t last.

Some people speculate this is all a “scam,” that Tila wasn’t really interested in Bobby in the first place. Some are saying that Tila is coming back to MTV for the second season of “A Shot at Love”. I’m not going to speculate at all and just let the poor girl be. There will always be critics in the world I guess.

In other news, today I nearly fell out of a bus. Seriously, every time I ride the bus through Chinatown, I feel like it’s the worst time to be on the bus. Yeah, so I’m Chinese, and I’m pretty much “in” with the people who frequent Chinatown. But come on, people, learn some manners! They always crowd onto the bus as if it’s the last boat leaving the mainland to America (so harsh yet so true…you’d have to be here to see it). I was trying to get off the bus at my stop, but so many of them were looking at me as if I were telling them they needed to get off the bus and walk or something. They wouldn’t budge to let me out! So I had to push my way out, and I was nearly dangling out the door and feared I would fall out. Luckily, I escaped with no injuries, but I was pretty pissed off when I got off the bus. I’ve braved that crowd many times already since I’ve moved here, but for some reason today it seemed a lot worse than usual.

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Woman on the bus.

I was on the bus today, on my way downtown to meet with one of my mentors for a holiday luncheon. The bus ride usually only takes about 15 minutes, so I zoned out for a little bit. After awhile, though, I noticed that there were more Chinese passengers than usual on this bus line. I watched a couple older Chinese women board the bus and sit near the front.

There was a Caucasian woman sitting right next to them; I didn’t know how long she had been there, but what I saw next really offended me. I guess the Chinese ladies had a bit of that “Chinese” smell about them (maybe they just came from Chinatown shopping?), because the Caucasian woman started to cover her nose with her turtleneck and act as if she were about to suffocate from the smell.

I was really offended by her blatant behavior and was tempted to yell at her “You can move to the back of the bus if the smell bothers you so much!” She was being so incredibly rude and offensive; if I were in her place, I would have either masked my disdain or just remove myself from the situation. It’s not that hard! It wasn’t like this woman was very elderly and needed to sit in the front of the bus; she was perhaps in her 40s, early 50s. She looked still very fit and youthful.

It just made me feel very disappointed in her behavior–I would have expected for a younger person to do something so immature, but not someone like her. If the smell of Chinese people bother you so much, then why are you here in the City?

Ugh, sometimes I wonder about society really.