Dog: man’s best friend. I have owned and loved dogs for most of my life, and the Rottweiler whom I owned for 13 years was the sweetest, best friend and companion that anyone could ever imagine. His loyalty, love, obedience, humor, intelligence, affection, and a thousand other qualities, made human beings look like lizards in comparison. I love dogs, and I will always be in favor of their human companionship. Like no other creature on earth, they comfort the lonely, aid the disabled, and teach us what true, unconditional love really is. There is a spark of the divine in dogs, and their goodness often shames us humans.
Alright, so the title of this article is a bit inflammatory, I know. And I suppose this is something of a rant, but I felt my food anger boiling up in me, and I had to release it in the form of literary steam. Of course, there is plenty of great food all over the US, from upscale, haute-cuisine restaurants in San Fransisco and New York, to street food in Chicago. And in parts of the country, trends are changing: people are seeking out high-quality, fresh ingredients. Finally, food shows like Bizarre Foods and Without Reservations indicate that there are enough people interested in good food to keep them on TV. But I still believe that, as a people, Americans just do not like good, fresh, properly-prepared, varied food.
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When most people think of China, they think of crowded streets, a loud, colorful culture, and an enormous variety of foods. Some of the more well-known Chinese foods could be considered distasteful to the Western palate, but once you make yourself try them, you open your mind to an all-new culinary world of delight. One such delicacy is bird nest soup.
China has always had three basic problems with trying to vitalize its wine industry and appeal to an international audience. First, Chinese wine has traditionally been very sweet, too sweet for most Western palates. Second, Chinese wine producers seem to be more eager to produce and sell wine, than to be patient and careful in winemaking techniques to produce excellent wine. Third, wine has not traditionally been very popular with Chinese consumers: they tend to prefer beer, or their own baijiu (liquor distilled from sorghum).