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
“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
“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,
“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,
“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…
“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,