It's been a long time since i've updated here. So here it is: I've done well here in Maryland. Very well. I'm being transfered to one of the top hotels in the company, and the best hotel our company has to offer in Canada: The Park Hyatt Toronto. Toronto! I have to deal with maple leaf fans for two years while i grind to get my red seal. Am i ready? Fuck, i don't know. I'm nervous about working in such a high end place, Park hyatt's are the top in the chain's hotels. I work in a Regency, two levels lower. The Park's are also an international brand, which means i now have my window of opportunity to transfer internationally. HELLO EUROPE! Viv is going to move to Toronto with me in January, in the meantime i'll live with brendon and train for a few months, get my pay raise.
During the summer, i became close friends with a lot of Europeans. So i don't forget their names: Boyan, Emil, Gerry, Alaina, Roxana, Ioana, Delia, Ivan, Mitko, Iva and Julia. Parties as usual, but they convinced me that checking out countries around the black sea is worth it. So i'll see them in a year or so. Bulgaria and Romania, here i come!
That's all from my life. I could go on, my sous chef Charles has been more help to me than he knows. But i have to pack my bags and start over in Toronto.
SO yesterday while we were watching the hockey game, we get a phone call. It was my dad! Apparantly, i was the top student in my class at VCC and i've been asked to compete in the student of the year competition representing my class. What's more awesome? My room mate got it for his class as well! Oh, and better than that? If my chef manages to let me go(which, in all honesty, probably won't happen) i'll also be there for the dragon force show. That's right, i'll have seen them live twice in a month! HAHA! Other complications: My orientation is on the 24th, but viv's flight is to return to canada on the 26th. My competition is on the 31st of march. I'll have to make a lot of phone calls in the next few days, i have to confirm wether i can do this or not by the 12th. Right now, i'm stoked, proud and surprised. March 2007. A month to remember, for all the good it's been.
Ever oil burned yourself in such a way that if the blister pops right away, it turns crispy? I swear i'd find it tasty if i ate human flesh...
...i think about food too much.
Valentines day was great. Not because of that mushy bull shit...but because of the awesome dinner service we had! Really, it's a good feeling when you can cook a flawless service, and hear nothing but people's compliments. Everything looked sharp, i was doing the entree special("surf and surf"-seared scallops and striped bass with a roasted tomato puree, shaved citrus asparagus salad and a "broken" oyster caper vinaigrette) and the amuse bouche (just a ratatouille stuffed baby bell pepper a goat cheese sauce and a fig balsamic reduction). I get a certain joy when i cook a rack of lamb medium rare or medium. The colour is really a beautiful sight. The same goes when i cook duck right. Nothing but bright, pink flesh, crispy skin and a pink gastrique to sauce the plate with. we have these new bad ass square plates, which i prefer to the 12 inch rounds and the triangle plates we have for entree's. The seafood restaraunt is good too, but it's way more casual. Only there could i pull off "tenderloin medallions with a pearl onion guiness beer sauce, grilled veg stack and pomme puree." And yeah, i know that wasn't seafood but... they wanted to get rid of some filet mignon.
Erin has been mutually kicked out. REJOICE!!
I have a bed. REJOICE!
An Viv is coming on march 12th!! REJOICE!!!!!!
...oh, and over $1000 on this tax return...hahahahahhaha.
Ok, I'm done rambling. Bye now.
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Life is slow in Cambridge at the moment. Hell, it's always slow, but right now it's really slow. Winter has just started showing itself. Today i could see my breath! Whoo! I was lucky enough to have Scott and Kiyomi deliver some flowers to my girlfriend earlier this week for her birthday. She loved them, so thanks to you two. I'm sitting around my room looking around. It's looking more like a bedroom now that i have pictures of the people i care for, bands i like, and...chef gear. My room mate bought burning crusade yesterday. I'd like to point out again how easy it is to get games in this particular corner of America. I was in walmart today around noon-ish. There were still copies of the burning crusade there. There were still copies of FFIII for the DS. We got two Wii's then they were released. i wonder if people even play them out here.
I've started working the other major restaurant in the hotel, Blue Point. This is ridiculously easy shit. It's like going back to moxies all over again, but with the experience i've accumulated over the years. I learned the entire menu and every station in three days. I think now would be the time to start looking for competition's in the greater baltimore area for young cooks like me to test themselves in. It's not to say that i'm the best intern, because i'm not. By far. But i want to learn competition cooking, so i might as well pursue it. Anyways, i am enjoying oblivion right now. So i'll play that. See you all later.
Maaaaan. So it justs dawned on me a year ago i was comfortably sitting at home in BC. I can't say a lot about my year, i mean, i can. I can say a lot about the people i've met, the places i've gone, the circumstances in which i live... but i won't. I think i've had an incredible year. This last year, i've grown out a lot. I've gained the respect of many of my peers because of how i stick to my beliefs...so stubbornly. I've gained the ability to cook a bit(and i can assure you, just a bit. Before i couldn't even do that). I've maintained a long distance relationship with a cute, funny, enjoyable, highly emotional girlfriend. So my p lans for the next year? See more of the east coast. Get another job on another continent lined up. Get some idea of how i'm going to get there with my girlfriend. Get a life started. I hope everything works out man. As for the time being, i'm in America, missing Canada, and wanting to go to Australia. Happy new year everyone, i hope your shit works out as well.
I have never met a more miserable waste of human flesh and blood in my life.
some of you might know about one of my room mates, Erin Bryson. I didn't really think people like this existed. She's a lying, selfish, two faced manipulative whore. I don't know how much longer i can live with someone who will constantly lie about what they do and do not do around the house, act like an innocent girl who is the victim in our house to the sous chefs(whilst her lips are around their cocks, i might add) when she does things like this. I would cut this girl and bleed her to death if it wasn't for the idea of american prison. She does shit all at work too. While everyone else is busy actaully DOING their work and prepping their stations up, she's off iin the distance making a ginger bread house. It really pisses me off when our restaurant chef goes ahead and tells he to work on that when shes not in his restaraunt(because, they need her to prep and get her station ready for the next person who works there), and then she grabs the executive sous chef to work on it with her. Or when one of our other room mates confides some information in her(before he knows what she's like) and she tells his gf, which put his relationship in a great deal of tension. Or when she books the time off the other guys wanted to go back to vancouver in, when they asked her not too. OR how she has to leave her shit in all three of the bathrooms in the house. Or, when we leave furniture around the house, and we find the shit in her room, just out of nowhere. Or when she doesn't pay us for outstanding bills we have. I can just keep on going. What enrages me even more is when she uses another room mate who is hopelessly in love with the vile thing. She is constantly fucking him over with the car they purchased together. Not picking him up from work, ruining the tires on the thing, he' an idiot for not doing anything about it and just letting her. I have NEVER been so disgusted by a human being in my life. This is incredible. The guys want to move out to get away from her(and now, him too). they want to show him that when we move out, she'll just ditch him. So why put the wasted effort into her? I can honestly say, if erin bryson was brutally murdered, raped, or just left to suffer, this world would be a better place. Nobody who treats people like this deserves to live.
So on saturday night, my room mate decides we should go get a Wii. It's 4am, so it's sunday anyways, and we weren't sleeping. It sounded like a good idea, so after and hour of playing guitar hero (FREE BIRD!!!...i've been in america a tad too long) we hopped in the car and drove to walmart. No line. It's 5am and we have no line. The store opens at 7am. You know, for all the downsides of living in a town full of racist hicks, i got to give them something. They don't play games. I appreciate that. To stay warm, we hung out in the car and watched clerks on my lap top, waiting for the store open. Around 6am, we saw a van full of mexicans pull up, and unload at the door. We immediatly pannicked and got in line. 7th...we could have been first! Anyways, the store opens, and of course the guys infront of us made a mad dash...which is why Brad and i restrained everyone behind us. There were 38 ppeople in line by the time the store opened, and we knew for a fact there were 30 in stock. The fact thata people would just mad dash for a system was almost offensive to us, so everyone walked. In case you haven't figured out, Brad is a really big guy...like 300 lbs. So they weren't going to disobey his order. We got home and started playing the thing...i'm...so happy...
Nintendo did the right thing with Wii man. We are getting so into that thing. We all remembered how god damn good zelda was when you were using a controller. But the first time i took a swing with links sword in twilight princess? Or threw something that was in my hand? Went fishing? It's all so much more real, you know? It isn't perfect, but god damn. The things you can do with thiss thing. And it's so small and cute! Like, the size of a zip drive. Sports are awesome too.
On another note, i actually GOT my time off for christmas. Maybe it's because they've been working me on the hardest station in the hardest outlet in the hotel for about 4 months now, and didn't give me time off for my girlfriend when she came down, but i got 9 days off for christmas. I just need to be back for new years. Better yet, my dad actually has some good money comming in now, so he said he'd actually pay for my flight back home. And by coincedence, Ryo is taking a leave from the military, so he'll be hanging out with my family on christmas, just like old times! It'll also be the first time viv will meet ryo, kind of excited about that. Now she'll understand what i mean when i speak of him. Other things? There is a ginger bread competition at work and as usual, the canadian interns were "volunteered by an unknown source." This "unknown source" also volunteered us for the talent show chef was in, so we all h ad to dress up in black tights, and our chef coats. Oh, and it ALSO volunteered us for the polar bear swim fund raiser. Plunging ourselves into sub zero tempmerature water that is on about the same par as te fraser river doesn't sound too appealing. I do NOT want to be swimming around in baltimore's run off. But for my ginger bread house, i was thinking "the morning after" as my idea. You know, half built house, seeing the inside (again) but with things like rudolph passed out in the bath tub with blitzen nursing him, santa passed out on the couchface first with hiss lists crumpled up and thrown in the corner...that sort of thing. Inappropriate for school? Yeah. But this is work and they're forcing me to do it, so i'll do whatever i want! AHAHAHAHA! They won't get rid of me, there's a reason i've been on this station for so long... nobody else can do it. Too many things to keep track of...sauces, garnishes, different plates, flavoured oils and such.
That's all for now, I geuss i might see some of you for Christmas. Seeya back at home.
...sweet, sweet Canada...