Documentary on Maria Sharapova

There is this short documentary on Netflix about tennis star Maria Sharapova.  To be honest, this show is more a vlog (video blog) recording her thoughts, feelings and general attitude after being suspended from tennis for 2 years (reduced to 15 months) for testing positive for using a performing enhancing drug meldonium.

Watching this documentary, I find her reaction to this unfortunate situation very zen like.  It seemed like she took a step back from everything and examined this incident rationally.  Not being able to play at a high level for 15 months is devastating for any athlete especially for an athlete of her caliber.  She opted to not blame her team and fully accepted the responsibility of her actions as a leader should.  And even if she were to blame someone, she would still have to wait 15 months to play competitively.  As the show points out, Sharapova took the time to pursue other interests that she was never able to do because of tennis… traveling to different locales, studying at Harvard, eating with friends.

As of April 2017, her suspension expired and she was allowed to play again.  However not playing competitively after 15 months certainly has taken a toll on her playing.  Looking at ESPN’s 2017 and 2018 records, she’s only had 1 tournament win and quite a few early exits…. the latest being the Stuttgart Open losing 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 4-6.

Now the real question is… How long will it take Sharapova to be back in competitive shape and ranked in the top 10?


Chronicles of a Champion Golfer

I don’t play golf but I’ve certainly heard of these golf legends in this Netflix show.  Golfers like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman are interviewed and talk about their particular experiences with the Open Championships.  Their account of their win is pretty amazing to hear.

But unfortunately these episodes are short and doesn’t quite delve into these golf legends enough.  I’d like to know more about their work ethic, their approach to the game and to each tournament as well.


What do you get when you cross Sanrio with Death MetalAggrestuko!  With the character design by Sanrio, this isn’t just your everyday cutesy anime show.  The show is about the “life” of an anthropomorphic female red panda named Retsuko dealing with everyday work and personal issues ranging from misogynistic boss to dating and her coping mechanism…. karaoking to death metal song 9091-89.

I find this show to be a hilarious take of Japanese office life.  It’s one of those shows that manages to perfectly balance that fine line between something that covers everyday office issues in a comedic light hearted fashion.

San Antonio Coffee Roasters

This month’s Angel’s Cup comes from San Antonio Coffee Roasters with their catchy tagline of “What’s Brewing?”  They even included a nifty sticker which I’ve already stuck onto the coffee canister.  The beans come from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region.  I’ve received beans from this region in the past.


I can never get enough of the aroma of roasted coffee beans.  This bag is no exception.  There’s a strong berry and nutty aroma followed by whiffs of chocolate.  Putting the beans through the grinder, the espresso powder changed to a much stronger chocolate aroma followed by this lingering sweet smell.

Prepping the latte, my first sip had a flavor explosion of berries, and nuts.  With the second sip, I could feel this thick latte coating my tongue.  After the berries and nuts flavor subsided, I got hints of caramel and chocolate towards the back of the tongue.  As I continued to drink the latte, I got a strong toffee and chocolate aftertaste.  The latte was smooth and was one of the most sippable lattes that I’ve made.


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Tall Tales

So I stumbled upon a Washington Post article that documented all the false statements Trump has made in the 1st year.  Likewise, they’ve continued to document all the statements made into a nifty graph.  It’s amazing how the President of the United States is able to get away with saying so many false statements with very little repercussions.  To break the 2000 statement mark in one year is amazing yet scary.

Netflix’s Eat Your Words

I randomly stumbled onto this Netflix show called Eat Your Words.  The show recruits random people who have badly criticized the food they ate from multiple restaurants and place these amateurs into a kitchen to cook something for a panel of three judges.  One of the judges would be considered knowledgeable in the type of food these amateurs are cooking.  The amateurs have to score an average of 3 or higher else face the punishment of taking back their “words” on social media and live with their hubris/arrogance.

Honestly, I find this show to be infuriating.

  • I don’t understand why people would critique food badly.  Chefs don’t purposely make food taste bad.  Plus chefs cook food under some pressure situations where they have to serve dozens of people every night.  I think it’s a pretty hard job.  These random people should know better than to criticize the food just because the food didn’t fit their food pallette.  Seriously, if you don’t like the food, just move on without having to rip the food apart. Wise words from a rabbit…
  • I also don’t understand why you need to have a show that turns the table around onto these random people.  At its heart, this is a show that basically takes down people a few notches under the guise of a cooking show.  It’s like the show is trying to elicit a gleeful wicked laugh at the people’s attempt to make a dish in an hour.

I ended up skipping to the very end of every episode to see what scores they got.  Some just barely passed.  And those that didn’t, I got the feeling that they took this all as a joke with very little remorse of the things they wrote.



Ugly Delicious Again!

So I finished this show and the last episode about dumplings is fantastic.  The guest appearance of Ali Wong at Din Tai Fung was hilarious.

But aside from craving fried chicken, asian dumplings, BBQ, fried rice, pizza and tacos (all of which Chang showcased as a thematic episode), there’s this underlying theme that Chang touches in every episode about “What is American food?”

My friends and I also had this discussion once during an overseas trip.  We came up with only a few food dishes that seemed to be authentically American: Creole/Cajun, Barbeque, and hamburger.  Most of these dishes were derived from other cuisines… but it’s been transformed to become uniquely American.

The show takes this question a step back.  The chefs, food writers, and food critics on the show imply that America embraces these foreign cuisines like Italian, Chinese, French, etc… and then creates a cuisine that is not quite like the original.  When America is talked about as the “melting pot” of the world, the food evolves as the immigrant community becomes assimilated into the ever changing American culture.

Creole/Cajun is a great example of what the show is saying.  Creole food originates from the French settlers in New Orleans in 1690s.  The settlers absorbed the food traditions of other immigrants (Italian, Spanish, African, to name a few) to become what it is today.  Cajun food originates from the Acadian settlers who were transplanted from French Canada in the 1700s.  Although there are differences between Creole and Cajun, the fact that these food cultures absorbed other food culture and traditions is exactly the “melting pot” metaphor of America.  To add even more credence to this melting pot phenomenon, the term “Creole/Cajun” is even synonymous to the Louisiana food region despite their differences.

Perhaps I’m reading a bit too much into the show given the state of our charged political climate, but I think the show is saying that what makes America great is the cultural appropriation of immigrant culture.  What evolves from this appropriation becomes uniquely American yet neither American nor the donating culture.