To Taste or Not to Taste

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The past week I have been using a mouthwash everyday, because I had to make my mouth clean for pulling my wisdom teeth. Everything went well, I didn’t cry.

BUT, the mouthwash made me lose my taste. (It was awful!) I couldn’t taste salt properly anymore. A sweet banana was okay. But a sandwich with salty cheese tasted so bland. Terrible to lose your taste-bud-skills. You will miss so much taste and feeling of the food.
I heard, the older you get, the more taste buds you will lose. Oh no! I need to invent something to prevent that from happening. Or find a way to still taste the food 100%. (Wikipedia: taste perception begins to fade around 50 years of age because of loss of tongue papillae and a general decrease in saliva production.) T^T

I love the taste of food.

Smell is also a big helper in tasting. Luckily I could still smell the ingredients when I was cooking. I could not taste-try it. So I just trusted my nose.

Today I still need to use the mouth wash. After a few days I can taste 100% again! 😀 At least, I am guessing that I usually taste 100%…. Maybe I have already lost some taste buds in these two and a half decades..

From tiny food to big food

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Today I saw this post on Dramafever about videos of someone making very small portions of food. It looks so adorable. He or she also cooks with a very small fire and uses mini tools for the mini food. I just can’t stop giggling, because of the cuteness.

Here is the video:

It’s quite interesting. A few weeks ago Bored Panda posted about Kim Clough who makes tiny sculpture food with clay and paint. It looks very realistic. But it is waaayyy smaller. Tiny makes objects interesting.

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Just like this project miniature-calendar. Every day Tatsuya Tanaka posts a small art piece using everyday objects and small human figures.

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These were some fun tiny projects to share.

But then on the other side there is also huge food or big portions! Like Yuka Kinoshita the Youtuber. She eats a lot of food every day and shares it with us. She eats a lot of calories per day, but still it is okay for her body. She had a video to prove her health. She is also a professional eater and regularly does Mukbangs.

In Gilmore Girls, Rory wanted to make the biggest pizza of the world. It wasn’t the biggest pizza, but it still was big…

Recently I am also thinking about why we have 3 meals a day. Why not more or less? I believe in some other countries they eat more often. What is healthier? What is better for a person who has to work 8 hours a day? I still want to figure that out. Also fasting is something interesting. Fasting means you will eat and drink nothing during the day and only eat and drink when the sun is down. Is that okay for your body? Any benefits? I wonder…

That was my thought spin share for today. Have a lovely day!

Airplane food

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Ever since I got sick in an airplane I can’t stand the smell of airplane food. Something in the air in the plane makes fragrances smell different. Especially with the food. But I can’t say the food taste or smell good. Soft soggy noodles or wet rice with beef. Nope, I really dislike plane food.

Internet: “The lack of humidity dries your nose, and as a plane takes off the change in pressure numbs one-third of your taste buds. “ Aha..

But I heard from friends that some airlines have really nice food. Emirates I believe… I still need to taste the Emirates plane food to prove it taste good. Then I will let you know. There is a nice post about how they prepare the food on Telegraph UK.

On the internet I found a website where people can post and look at food from airlines. What a smart concept.

I have to say though, I went on a few short trips with KLM and they have some nice snacks and breakfast food now. On the flight to Swiss we got a delicious Dutch cake and a cup of Turkish water.

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I also recommend all the cookies and dessert things in the Netherlands, they taste really good.

Why does it suck?

Why does airplane food taste so crappy? Probably because the food is prepared a long time before eating and not all ingredients are tasty after a long time. On FastCoDesign I read about some chefs who are looking for other ingredients to make your food taste good. Like using umami, which can be found in sardines, mushroom, soy sauce and seaweed. Mmm… ingredients which are used quite a lot in Korean food.

A nice video about how airline meals are made. Such an old video though.

 

From this post on Thrillist I learned some interesting stuff:

  • A lot of people drink tomato juice on a plane, because it’s sour and salty and you can taste it more with your numbed taste buds.
  • Don’t pick chicken and noodles. Chicken will dry out and noodles will get soggy, just as I experienced before. Best choices are stews, because they can overcook and still taste good.
  • Food is prepared 10 hours before it gets eaten. If a flight has a lot of delay, the food will be thrown always, because there a risk of getting sick of the food.

What do you think about airplane food? Do you have any recommendations on airlines which serve good food?

Swiss food?

In the near future I will be going to Swiss for a holiday with friends. We were planning what to do there and while I was looking at sightseeing spots I was thinking: what kind of food do they have there? What is typical Swiss food? I found some cat and dog photos while Googling O_O, so I was quite surprised. Not only people from Asia eat cats and dogs.
So, what is typical Dutch food? “Stamppot”? (mashed potatoes+ stuff) “Bitterbal”? (croquette boll)
Chinese food is: fried rice, dumplings, noodles… Actually I also don’t know what typical Chinese is. They have too much food to choose from.
This thought inspired me to create a series of:

When in [some country] eat [their speciality food]

What is a food you SHOULD have eaten when in Swiss? After the trip I will let you guys know.
For now I can suggest you this for Holland:
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For China I suggest:
dumpling
Do you have suggestions for your country or countries you have visited? I might make a picture of it..
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Food Trends: coffee shops

I live in the Netherlands, a small country in Europe where Amsterdam is the capital. We have a lot of cows, cheese, windmills, tulips and legal drugs. To get all the stereotypical things out there.

I will write a series of posts about the food trends I have been noticing in the Netherlands.

Back-story: When I was doing my industrial design bachelor at Eindhoven I had a very cool teacher for a very fun course. It was called trend watching or something similar to that. The teacher taught us to create our own design methods and to observe trends by going to a lot of conferences or events. “Go out there! Observe and analyse!” I really admired her, because she is a good talker and she had created her own job at a industrial design company by just doing her stuff ‘trend watching’ and they created a new position for her. That’s really awesome: doing your stuff, people like it and they want to pay for it. Hopefully I can create that one day.

Back to the trends in the Netherlands… It will be mostly based on things I like, because that is more fun to write about. First trend is…

Coffee shops!

Finally I see them more in the Netherlands. Those cute, hip, trendy coffee shops which I first saw in China and South-Korea.

Did you know: In the Netherlands the word ‘coffee shop’ is also used for bars where you can legally buy soft drugs. So if you are talking about ‘coffee shops’ in the Netherlands you are usually talking about those places. But I will use the name ‘coffee shop’ for coffee & tea places, because most people OUTSIDE the Netherlands will understand.

There are franchise coffee shops like Coffee Company, Douwe Egberts Café, Bagel & Beans and Starbucks. There are much more individual cute coffee shops. A few which I have visited:

The Living, Delft

The Living, Delft (also food)

Hills & Mills, Delft

Hills & Mills, Delft (also food)

Kek, Delft

Kek, Delft (also lunch)

CoffeeLab, Eindhoven

CoffeeLab, Eindhoven (only coffee & tea!)

I still want to visit Round&Round in Rotterdam. Created by two senior industrial design classmates. They started with selling soft fluffy cake roles.

Hmm.. I have to say most coffee shops are not only selling beverages and sweets, but they also sell dinner or design products. Maybe only selling coffee or tea would not be enough to earn money? Or maybe it’s because Dutch people don’t go out with friends to only sit in a café. They also want to do some activity? Shopping.. eating..

Books & café

Another trend is cafés in book stores. When buying a book, maybe you want to relax with a cup of coffee and read a book. The Van Piere bookstore in Eindhoven has a nice coffee shop called ‘Coffeelovers’

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Coffeelovers, Eindhoven (also books)

Also IKEA, HEMA and the V&D, which are mainly product shops, have added food & drinks areas in their shops. Food & drinks just go with everything. Except when going to the bathroom…

Although..

What if there is a small-bite-buffet for when you have to wait for the bathroom? A very nice waiting room before entering the toilets with snacks of the restaurant or whatever place you are. When it is your turn for the toilet, you will be guided to the other room with the toilets. Because you don’t want to have the toilet odours in the waiting room.

What do you think of that idea?
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