Had a fun weekend of cooking and entertaining for my friends. We had a great surprise BBQ for my friend’s birthday on Saturday where I invited about 15 people to attend, of course 20 arrived along with their kids!!!! It was hectic but I managed to feed everyone properly and happily. Made burgers, lamb, sausages, vegie burgers, hotdogs for the kids, grilled marinated courgettes, and a special mashed potato which was in my opinion was ma pièce de la resistance! (loads of great stuff such as garlic, butter, and bacon) mmmm bacon….
Yesterday for some friends hanging and playing music in my apartment for the weekend, I made one of my favorites, Hainan Chicken. Eat was easy and so tasty. For dinner I made a risotto with shitake mushrooms, carrots, courgetts and would you believe cheddar cheese and surprisingly it turned out fucking beautifully. In the middle of preparing the risotto, I had to run to my friend Lucie’s place for some cheese as I realized that I had no more parmasean cheese in the fridge. Since she only had cheddar, I had no choice but to take what was available and try it. Using the broth that I made for the Hainan Chicken, the risotto, was as good as any that I have tasted anywhere in the world. Believe you me, I have eaten risotto everywhere. This may come as a surprise but damn, it was good… real good.
When one is so in love with one’s own odor, one can’t perceive or recognize the stink that is imposed on others. Sometimes when an idea is clear in ones head, it does not mean that the idea is clear for others. Often the conceptual does not reflect the reality of the product. Never assume the obvious and never disrespect the intelligence of your audience.
I realize that I am a ‘Foodie’. Just addicted to anything that talks about eating and cooking. Can’t get enough of it on t.v., books, podcasts, and websites. It is food porn and I can’t seem to free myself from this addiction. Find myself working on recipes and talking about what works and doesn’t work about a meal. What is going on? I think it is a sign….
Been in the studio working as a dancer with Louise Bédard. Will be performing tomorrow night at Le Theatre la Verdure in Parc Lafontaine, Montréal. An open outdoor theatre will be a wonderful setting for a night out in this city. I’ll be one of the old guys on stage jumping up and down. Come see us and tell me if I still have the chops or not to be dancing… and yes be honest. Whether you like the work or not, it is me that I’m interested about. (just kidding)
Summer has finally arrived (August 13th), it has been a long time coming. However fall is just around the corner and that is coming in faster than I want it to. There is just so much to do and yet there is not enough time or money to do it. Doing some research on future projects and ideas. All is a stage of unknown at the moment. Ahh how to control it all.
Tell me how!
Well the 2009 Festival TransAmerique in Montréal, Canada has ended. I managed to see only 4 shows at the festival, a couple of free events, and participated in a couple of OFF-TA events because it was rather pricey. The paid shows that were officially in the festival were interesting works however none were amazing or great. All four had the problem of being too long, an unwillingness to edit, self-indulgent and the inability to avoid being pretentiously self-conscious. I kept saying to myself, “would someone just have little dramatic craftsmanship here Please!” The images presented in all of the shows were often beautiful or even powerful however they were always hammered into us until it became insignificant and boring. I began believing that these choreographers are trying so hard to show off their ingenuity or cleverness that it backfires on them. Sometimes less is better.
The most successful work were the ones that took itself much less seriously. Sylvain Emard’s Le Grand Continental’s mass choreographic exercise with everyday folks dancing in the street and the collective Piquant during the OFF were highlights.
I don’t know… perhaps I am looking at and for things differently now in dance.
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Wow, have to redefine what I was and then construct what I am to be…. again! This is an ongoing process that might never end. What a thought….