Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen
Caution: FOOD PHOTOS!
It’s been awhile, and I’m sure that many readers are wondering if we’ve been grilling lately? You betcha! We decided to throw an impromptu grill party featuring Hui-chen’s version of the marinade. We just love spontaneous parties!
I set the grill up on the sidewalk right outside Shao-hui’s place, up against the curb. I took a guess about what time we would be eating and I lit the charcoal about 1.5 hours in advance. It turns out that my guess was right on the money and our 2 special guests arrived just as the first batch of ribs was about to come off – perfect timing! Here are our 2 guests arriving:
Saumen (right) and blogger Ashish of Tumbling in Taiwan
These two guys “tumbled” in with huge smiles on their faces. I’d like to think that they were happy to see me. But I think they were happy to see this:
We wasted no time getting down to the business of drinking and eating. I had started drinking around 16:00, which accounts for the number of soda cans on the table. Saumen cleared out a space in front of him and proceeded to make his own pile of empty cans. Naturally, we were drinking the well-known-to-our-readers-by-now, Sang Som Royal Thai Rum.
I had been wanting to meet Ashish ever since I discovered his blog, Tumbling in Taiwan. I really like the name of his blog and of course the content too. I’ve often felt that I was “tumbling” around in Taiwan myself, going from place to place, sightseeing, taking care of business, etc., so I can relate to the phrase “tumbling in Taiwan.” Meeting Ashish gave me further evidence which supports my contention that the Taiwan blogosphere is mostly populated with handsome, intelligent and interesting men (except for me).
Saumen and Ashish are from India. Ashish told me that before he came to Taiwan he didn’t normally eat meat dishes. I was concerned that our grill fare might have been a meat overload for them, so we ordered some of the wonderful vegetable dishes that Shao-hui’s has to offer. The conversation was lively and very interesting as we discussed topics about travel, food and drink (my favorites!).
My guitars were next door where Fong rehearses, so I went and grabbed my Strat and battery powered Roland Micro Cube amplifier, and did some fooling around for a few minutes. This model Strat sports a Schaller locking tremolo system that allows the player to “dive bomb” and return back to pitch. What this means in English is that if you grab the “whammy bar” (the little handle underneath my right hand in this photo) and press it down, the strings go loose and the pitch of the notes “bends” down. Using the whammy bar enables one to make sounds like bombs or sirens, and also some very useful musical effects too. Saumen has heard it a couple of times, but Ashish had never even heard of such a device (but anyone who is not a guitar player normally wouldn’t). The woman in the photo is one of Shao-hui’s relatives and when she heard sounds like an aircraft diving and releasing a bomb, she came out of the restaurant with a wtf? look on her face, lol! The young man is Shao-hui’s nephew. It was fun making sounds that are seemingly impossible to create on a guitar. Shao-hui came outside to join us and I put it away. Shao-hui is always a lot of fun to hang out with, and she cracks a lot of jokes. She’s quite witty and she hadn’t seen Saumen in some time.
Even though it was a little cold out, we had a great time! We’re going to have to do this again soon!