1. What was the last meal that caused you to be ill?
Lots of meals have caused minor upsets but I handle those without problem. The last time a meal actually caused food poisoning to the point where I vomited and had a mild fever was when I went to Penang in East Hanover. I haven't been back since. (More than a year already.) Actually, I haven't been going to any of their other restaurants either because I found that Flushing Chinatown is better.
2. Are there any places you never dine anymore because of a bad experience hours after the meal?
3. What's your prescription for dealing with a food-caused illness?
Time, rest, and replace any lost fluid.
4. When friends tell you about coming down with food-caused illnesses, do you avoid the places they name, or do you figure it's a dice-roll wherever you go?
Yes. There are lots of restaurants. Why take chances?
5. After numerous citations, a very, very popular restaurant that you're quite fond of is shut down by the health department until it can get everything up to code. When the health department gives the restaurant the o.k. to reopen, do you go?
Yes. There are a few restaurants in Palisades Center that I don't visit any more because I checked the county health inspection database.
1. If you could change one life-changing event in the life of someone important to you, would you?
No. It's none of my business.
2. Which do you think is easier to do, being friends for many years, or being life partners for many years?
Can't say. I haven't done both.
3. Have you ever walked away from someone you considered a friend?
Yes. He wouldn't shut up about circumcision.
4. If you had to choose between telling the truth and hurting a friend or lying and making them happy, which would you choose?
I would just end up saying nothing unless asked. Both are actually quite hard to do. When I think about all those times I could've told my friends not to buy a house or high-beta stocks or go into certain business ventures because I could foresee bad things happening but I either didn't speak up or what I actually told them ended up being rather wishy-washy, well... let's just say being right doesn't make it easier to rain on someone's parade.
5. Which would you rather hear--the truth which will hurt, or the comforting lie?
After being on the receiving end of both, I've decided that I would rather not hear either. The problem with the "truth" is people think they're telling me the blunt truth when they're really only telling me how I ought to think and behave according to their prejudices. The problem with the "lie" is... well, you know. On the other hand, if we put #4 and #5 together, then we'd just stop talking.
1. Do you like to cook? If so, what?
Anything that I can do in one step in the microwave oven or with a frying pan. But I haven't had time for the latter lately. In other words, I don't have a particular fondness for cooking even if I can do some simple things.
2. If you do like to cook, have you always or when did you start? If you don't like to cook, have you tried it without success or simply never gotten into it, or ...?
Too much preparation and too much washing up afterwards.
3. What's the most ambitious-for-you dish you've ever prepared? How'd it come out?
Pecan pie. I followed the recipe precisely and it turned out pretty well. I also made a turkey dinner but I wouldn't call that ambitious because everything was store-bought and could be prepared in one step for each item and the turkey itself required minimal preparation before leaving it in the oven for a few hours.
4. Have there been fears, hesitations, or items of squeamishness you've struggled with in cooking?
No. It's not like I have to slaughter the beast myself.
5. If you could learn to prepare one food perfectly the way you like it every time, what would it be?
Even if I did learn, would I do it?