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[Photo Journal] Lunch at My Book Castle in Munich

Lunch at Internationale Jugendbibliothek in Munich


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Lunch at My Book Castle

One of the first things we needed to do upon arrival first thing at the International Youth Library in Munich as research fellows is to sign up on the lunch sheet found at the main office. People from the library get a discounted rate for lunch (3.50 euros) – and we get to choose either vegetarisch or fleisch – basically, meat or vegetarian. There is a translated version of the meals offered each day (except on Tuesdays), but the chefs in the nearby restaurant never fail to surprise us.

I made it a point to take photos of each of my meals each day, but since I switched phones when I arrived back in Singapore last year, I think I may have lost quite a few. Here is a good representation, though, of lunch at my book castle, which I now miss oh-so-dearly. Do be warned, though, this post will make your mouth water.

Isn’t this a gorgeous view to have while having lunch?

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” 
― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own


“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” 
― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman


“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” 
― Julia Child


“What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.” 
― A.A. Milne

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.” 
― Mark Twain


“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”
― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly


“I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.” 
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


“I breathe in slowly. Food is life. I exhale, take another breath. Food is life. And that’s the problem. When you’re alive, people can hurt you. It’s easier to crawl into a bone cage or a snowdrift of confusion. It’s easier to lock everybody out.
But it’s a lie.” 
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls


“Am I tough? Am I strong? Am I hard-core? Absolutely.
Did I whimper with pathetic delight when I sank my teeth into my hot fried-chicken sandwich? You betcha.” 
― James Patterson


“I don’t know what it is about food your mother makes for you, especially when it’s something that anyone can make – pancakes, meat loaf, tuna salad – but it carries a certain taste of memory.” 
― Mitch Albom


“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird


“Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.” 
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.

Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.

The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…

― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume


“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.” 
― Elsa Schiaparelli


“Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ” 
― Robert Byrne


“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” 
― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto


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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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