Should Lebron Return to Cleveland?

On July 8, 2010 Lebron James’ notorious Espn television special “The Decision” had shocked the sports world as he left his hometown Cleveland and joined the Miami Heat. Lebron’s desire to win a championship was strong and that is why … Continue reading

History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Memphis Grizzlies: Most Underrated Team in the NBA

Memphis Grizzlies

photo credits: Sean Davis

The Memphis Grizzlies have been counted out since the beginning of the year and now they are in the Western conference finals trying to take down the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the year the Grizzlies have been looked down upon and not taken seriously at all. They have stayed steady throughout the year and didn’t really prove to be a playoff team until they traded their best player, Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. After Gay was gone, the Grizzlies were counted out as any sort of contender in the playoffs if they weren’t already. Some people may say that the Grizzlies haven’t done better without Rudy. Before the trade deadline (with Gay) the Grizzlies were 29-16. After his departure, in exchange for Tyshaun Prince and Austin Daye the Grizzlies went 27-10 winning a higher percentage of their games without Gay. Overall, the team is better rounded and have shown having a superstar doesn’t always make you better. I’ll tell you why, Rudy Gay is a player who needs the ball. When he needs the ball to be effective that takes it away from Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, and Tony Allen. This interrupts the offense not getting the ball moved, or rotated enough , which in certain situations can really damage a team. The Grizzlies are an underrated team that has shocked the country. Their momentum in the playoffs can only lead me to believe they will win the series. Both previous series the Grizzlies have started the series off poorly. Against the Los Angeles Clippers they lost the first two games by a combined 23 points and after that swept the Clippers right out of LA. In series 2 the Grizzlies lost the first game to the Oklahoma City Thunder and then won the next four games to take the series. Now, the Memphis Grizzlies are down two games to none and the question that is asked is “What will happen next?”

Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

This picture was taken by the wall mural in Angkor Wat. If you look closely, the ones facing to the right are different from the ones facing to the left. The gods are facing to the right and the demons … Continue reading

Khmer BBQ

I took this picture in Cambodia of a Khmer hot pot barbecue. They give you all the raw ingredients and you cook them yourself.

Solid Palm Sugar

I took this picture in The Siem Reap Province in Cambodia. They take the liquid palm sugar from the palm fruit and cook it until it is solid like a sugar cube except all natural.