Sunday, July 25, 2010

Crocs and rolls.... well, buns really.

Sunday, 25 July 2010 - Do you know why women's feet are so much smaller then that of a man's?  So they can stand that much closer to the kitchen sink.  No? Ok, the real reason is Louboutin's look that much better on a smaller foot.  Even Christian couldn't make a size 12 look sexy. But what about those women with puffy wide flat feet?  Could Mr. Blahnik make those feet look sexy? This could be what started the Crocs in public trend.  Honestly, there are some shoes that are not actually meant to be worn in public. Even to be worn in the garden, one should ensure a high fence and lush hedging for fear someone might peek.

A friend of a friend has pink Crocs in the house as guest slippers.  This is bordering on a valid use for Crocs. One, you are indoors.  Two, you can almost guarantee they will still be there when the guests leave. Well, most of your guests wouldn't think to leave still wearing them. But explain to me the number of people wearing these to shop, to coffee, to dine?  No matter the size of your feet, this is footwear that turns your feet in to flippers...  walrus feet.  Stylish.

Last week friends and I were out for dinner at an excellent restaurant in a hip part of town.  The table beside us had two couples who seemed well 'healed' until you looked at what was covering their heals... there was two pairs of Crocs!  Now I know it's summer, and it is the west coast (which generally means anything goes), but seriously?  The food was better than that.  There is a hot dog cart just down the way.  Crocs are best suited for street meat. Mind you, even the street meet a few blocks over won't wear Crocs.

Now as far as hot dog carts go, Vancouver is famous for Japadog... yes, it is a culinary experience that is hard to give justice to in print. Japanese style hot dogs can include hot dogs stuffed with edamame, Kobe beef dogs, terriaki dogs, and dogs with plum sauce. This hot dog cart got so famous that it had to open a store front restaurant to try to keep up with the masses.  It's been frequented by Arnie Schwarzenegger and Stephen Segal and featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. It is Culinarians Day.  If hot dogs are on your menu today, try something new.  Experiment with your toppings. Change out your dog. Or, get creative and make a masterpiece. KD and hot dogs with ketchup doesn't count. KD and bratwurst with sauerkraut and caramelized onions...  maybe. It's also Parent's Day.  Perhaps that means your kids should cook for you...  KD and ketchup it is!

There is a chef inside all of us. There is something very organic about putting together varied ingredients, and something deeply regenerating about creating a meal for those for whom you care. Go ahead and cook with abandon today.  Get down to the basics of life...  nourishment, love, sunshine and good shoes.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
                        Kahlil Gibran

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