Archives for August 2011

How I Lost 7lbs in 1 Week, Got Drunk the Next, Gained 7lbs in One Day and Then Got Buff

For the past 3 week I’ve been on Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body diet. I suppose it’s more of a 4 week diet, but I’m making it 3 since I’m going on tour down South. The diet will then be thrown out the window.

These are the basic rules:
1) No White Carbs (…like Atkins)
2) Eat the same few meals over and over
3) No fruit (something to do with the fructose sugars)
4) No drinking calories (mostly water, but he likes to drink red wine occasionally)
5) A total binge/cheat day once a week (to spike the caloric intake so your body doesn’t go into starvation mode)

I learned all this from a Gizmodo post that Tim contributed to. I did all this and lost 7 lbs the first week. At this rate, I’d be 90lbs in 2 months! I ate mostly the same meals and it was surprisingly healthier than what I’d normally eat. So instead of Jerk Chicken and Rice for lunch, I’d get Jerk Chicken and Collard Greens. I also ate a lot of Beanie Weenies in place of Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Then after such a successful first week, I decided to actually read the book. There’s so much more in there that I’m supposed to be doing …like eat 30 grams of protein within 30 mins of waking up. It’s supposed to help me burn fat a lot faster. Problem is that 30 grams of protein is a lot of food and I haven’t eaten breakfast in 20 years. 30 grams is like 5 eggs or a chicken breast. I got these large steroid breasts. So much to ingest right when waking up.

Well I didn’t lose any more weight the 2nd week. But I did cheat a little in that I was drinking calories. It was the whiskey every night. Whiskey has no carbs, but does have a lot of calories. I’d figure if Tim can drink his red wine (which I feel he says is okay because he likes it), then I can drink my whiskey. I’ll just imagine I ate a steak or two (calorically).

One interesting benefit of drinking on this no carb diet –No hangovers. I dranked so much every night, that I should be crying in the corner every morning. My friend Nick mentioned he also encountered this when on low-carb. Although I can’t find any evidence or any others on the Internet noticing this phenomenon, so I don’t know if it’s true.

I found this video on my camera where I came home drunk sucking on an Artichoke Pizza slice Todd gave me. Luckily, I was sober enough to know not to eat the bread.

I did encounter some body weakness in the 2nd week. Very sleepy and weak. Sometimes it was dangerous. I was out at a marina party in Far Rockaway, talking to my friends and I just passed out and fell into the crushed oyster shells, hitting my head on a table. But I was drinking a lot too. Apparently, I fell into the Wild Yaks’ drum kit earlier in the night. But definitely, felt very weak that week.

Need to eat the legumes for the energy …and I always felt like I was eating all the time just to keep my energy up. This plus eating an extra meal in the morning (to get my 30 grams of protein) that I normally don’t have, may have just balanced out the calorie intake and burning. So maybe that’s why I didn’t lose any more weight.

Also the Binge/Cheat day actually sucks. Trying to stuff myself sucks, is exhausting and takes up too much of my busy time. It’s not as fun as it sounds.

The third week, I tried to clean up my act –drink less and switch to Muscle Milk for quick and easy morning protein. I learned how to do proper pushups on Yahoo Headlines (3 sets of about 6-8 quick pushups …I’d try a little more, 3 min rests in between. And only do it 1-3 times a week with full days of rest in between).

Somehow I then gained 7 pounds in one day. 7lbs of fat or 7lbs of muscle? Then I realized our scale was fucked up. If I stood on it a certain way, I weighed a lot more or less. So who knows how much I lost and how much muscle I gained. I just know I came out beat up on this diet. Maybe if I kept at it like the first week and only did the 5 basic principles, it would’ve worked out and I would be 90lbs now! I did end up losing back the 7lbs a few days later through re-composure and visualization …I think.

In conclusion, the complete 4 Hour Body diet didn’t really fit my lifestyle –drinking and eating breakfast …and because I’m a fucking food blogger. There’s nothing I can eat and blog about …that’s one way to lose weight. It’s not a horrible diet. I did have some success. Just not right for me at the moment. Now time for my Dirty South tour with Shonali and see how fat I can get.


Tio Wally Eats America: Hacienda Real

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is at Hacienda Real in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Greetings from Fort Collins, Colorado
N 40° 34.819’  W 106° 00.509’ Elev. 4951’

The hold of the SS Me So Hungry is rather pungent today. A skid (pallet) of beer (5% Chelada Bud Lite) fell over. As a result, we’re docked (read: beached) in Fort Collins until the good folks at Anheuser-Busch sort it out.

So what is Chelada? I have no idea. The can says it’s crap beer mixed with Clamato®. I do know that when the cans are punctured, they spew like little rose-colored geysers. Very festive-looking but very smelly when it gets on you. I also know that in 12 years of hauling stuff around I’ve never hauled a beer I would drink. This is no exception — and I like red beer.  Am I bitter? Yes.

Fortunately I found a place to park across the street from Hacienda Real (CO 14 & I-25), which bills itself as a Family Mexican Restaurant. I’m suspicious of Mexican restaurants that feel the need to tag “family” or “cuisine” or, worse, “grille” onto its name. Another thing that makes a place suspect is decor that’s too thematic, too clean. It’s usually a tip-off that the food is going to be a step up from Taco Bell in authenticity.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the food here is actually pretty good. It was a pleasant evening so I dined on their patio, even after being warned about the mosquitoes. Having just walked across the highway and not encountering a single skeeter, I toughed it out through my mosquito-less meal.

I ordered a Chile Relleno and Tamale plate. I ate the Relleno and was pretty full, so ended up with a Tamale meal out of the deal. Although the chips were commercial as opposed to homemade, the salsa was pretty good, which is always an indication of how the foods going to be. Another pleasant surprise was that they served the chips with bean dip (actually refried beans). The tamale turned out to be surprisingly meaty, though I can’t tell if it’s beef or pork.

All in all I was pretty happy with the food. Turned out to be a good $10 meal for what could’ve been a real disappointment.

I was also able to snag a couple of treats during my forced hiatus that are hard to find, especially at a reasonable price. The first was Swiss brand Southern Style Sweet Tea. If I’m lucky enough to find sweet tea in a half-gallon size it’s usually full of citric acid. I hate citric acid. I don’t want lemon — especially phony lemon — in my sweet tea. I found it for 87¢ at the Merchant of Death aka WalMart; more about them later.

The big score, however, was Odwalla Carrot Juice. I found it at Safeway for $5.10 “club price.” Another really good carrot juice is Bolthouse, but it’s really pricey. Curiously, the carrot-juice concentrate in Odwalla’s is from Bolthouse Farms in Bakersfield, California. I know this because I’ve seen their trucks being loaded when I picked up there. The 55-gallon drums of concentrate I dragged away went to some subsidiary of Campbell’s for making V-8 Juice, among other things.

And so we roll.

Hacienda Real – 421 Centro Way (CO14 & I-25) Fort Collins, CO 80524-9283

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.

Carb Diet Fail

I’ve been on a no-carb diet for the past three weeks and today was supposed to be my last day before I go on tour and gain all the weight back. But after band practice tonight, Matt and I went to Punjabi Deli and I ate the rice. So close to finishing the goal. Only a few more minutes until midnight. I fucked it all up. It tasted good though …but I do feel fat now.

Punjabi Grocery & Deli – 114 E 1st St (btwnn 1st Ave & Ave A) New York, NY 10009

I also got a new camera today …the Sony HX9V point and shoot. A lot of DSLR videographers are raving about the video quality …and from the videos, it looks sharper than the Canon DSLRs. Perhaps it doesn’t have the shallow depth of field, but at wide angle, it’s freaking amazing for such a small thing. Shoots 1080p at 60fps (only $350). That’s insane. Motion a little flickery on Youtube, but I think that’s a Youtube thing. Looks better on Vimeo.

Anyway, I bought this for pocketable quick video, but I’m really impressed at the stills …especially compared to my Canon S90 that I’ve been using for a year and a half now. The HX9V hardware and optics doesn’t seem as good (f/3.3 lens vs f/2.0), but I feel like the results is comparable and maybe a little better through the software trickery. For the low light, it takes multiple images and somehow composites them to look decent. It’s slow shooting this way, but the resulting photo is pretty good.

The faster lens on the S90 is a little brighter, but a little more washed out and more noise.

I know video is looking darker in low light compared to the S90, but I still can’t wait to shoot some sweet HD video with it. Look at what Cheesycam blog did with this camera…

I Cooked This Porterhouse Steak

I asked Mario from Mario & Sons to cut me a Porterhouse Steak 1″ thick. It was probably closer to 2″, but I trust him more about meat than anyone else. So all was good.

I preheated the oven to 350 degrees, while I prepped the meat with olive oil, salt and pepper. You’re supposed to have had let the meat sit out to room temperature. Then I put it in a hot pan with the hood fan going and fried each side for about 3 minutes each. I put it in the oven for about 5 mins. Pull it out and let it rest for another 5. Came out medium. Still very tasty. I think next time, I’m going to skip the oven and go little more pink and bloody.

Tio Wally Eats America: Galena, MO

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here’s his introduction.

Greetings from Galena, Missouri!

N 36° 47.079’ W 093° 30.350’ Elev. 885’

By way of introduction I am Tio Wally and I am a truck driver. While some may call the vehicle a semi, a tractor-trailer, a big rig or an 18-wheeler, I like to think of it as a land yacht. Jason is graciously allowing me to contribute to his blog and, better yet, has granted me the privilege of piloting the SS Me So Hungry around the country and file road-food reports. (Those of you with some nautical knowledge know “SS” is the universally recognized abbreviation for Steamship. In this case, however, it stands for Street Scow as this craft has a flat bottom and is used for transferring goods from Point A to Point B.)

As this is my maiden Me So Hungry entry it’s only fitting that I tell how I stock the stores for a cruise. I always start with homey things that I just can’t get “out there” like I like them, homemade comfort foods. Lately it’s been Egg Salad and Tuna Salad. It’s hard-to-virtually impossible to find these things on the road that are any good.

If I’m lucky enough to find Egg Salad I usually have to beef it up with mustard (deviled) or dill weed, depending on how I feel. The only Egg Salad I’ve ever found that I don’t have to “enhance” has been the Amish Deviled Egg Salad from Dierdorf’s(?), a St. Louis-area grocery store chain. Tuna Salad is more difficult still as I like it mixed fairly dry with Mayo, red onion, hard-boiled egg and canned peas. Tuna Salad is a pain to beef up as it requires a knife, a can opener, a bowl big enough to mix it in, hard-boiled eggs (good luck finding them), etc. As the galley is rather small in the land yacht, I don’t screw with that stuff anymore. In both cases, when mixing for the road drier always travels better — you can always make it wetter.

Rather than to take up too much of Jason’s space, let’s get right to the pre-roll check list:

Coleman Thermo-Electric Cooler working? Check.
Apple Juice? Check. Unsweetened, generic store brands travel best as sweetening tends to turn quickly;
Water? Three gallons. Running out of drinking water is a serious, serious crisis;
Lay’s Classic Potato Chips? Check.
Orowheat/Brownberry 100% Whole Wheat Bread? Check.
Homemade sandwich fixins? Check.
Baby Wipes? Check. Ah, baby wipes. A miracle product. When you get really tired you can pull one out and wipe your face and neck and … instant refreshment, you’re good for another 50 miles! Also, it’s a little known fact: Those puppies will take grease off of anything! ANYTHING!!
Empty half-gallon plastic jug? Check.

Okay. Let’s go for a cruise.

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht *SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road-food from around the country whenever parking and **InterTube connections permit. *Street Scow and **InterTube (aka “the Internet as memorably explained by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-AK”) are his terminology, not mine.

Union Hall’s Floyd Burger

The other night we had a show with King Charles the Martyr and St. Lucia at Union Hall. The place gave us half off our food, which led to the Floyd Burger (A 9 oz Burger topped with spicy Floyd Beercheese, bourbon caramelized onions, smoked bacon, fig & currant compote and served on a fresh sesame roll). Very nice. My patty had a little pocket inside. So when I squeezed the burger like a squeeze toy, it gushed out the juices & cheese and then sucked it back in. It was like Pizza the Hut.

Union Hall – 702 Union St (btwn 4th & 5th Ave) Brooklyn, NY 11215

I ate a Balut Egg (VIDEO)

I’ve always wanted to try a balut egg (Wikipedia: “A balut is a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell.”) Luckily the East Village is thriving with three new Filipino restaurants. I went to Krystal’s Cafe 81 on 7th St. Balut is two for $5 or one for $3. I had to have a few drinks before and this is what happened…

I haven’t watched this video and kinda don’t want to. But… I remember it tasting like a chunk of boiled pork on a hard boiled egg. There was a rubbery piece on the bottom. The slurping of the soup when I first cracked it had a nice brothy flavor. Apparently, it’s just boiled with nothing special, so I was surprised at the flavor of the juice. I kinda wished I pulled out the embryo to see if there was a shape of a body, but maybe it was good I didn’t and just chomped down on it.

The young Filipino guy next to me said he used to eat these everyday …preferably with developed with feathers, but no way if there were bones. Thank goodness I had the bartender and this guy guide me through. I’m glad I did it.

I also ordered the Pork Adobo, which was super tender. I bet the sauce would be fantastic on rice, but I’m avoiding white carbs in my current diet. Buffing up.

By the end, I was a little tipsy, weak from being carb-less and my breath smelled like fertilized duck embryo. Then I was late to my blind group date via this new dating site Grouper. I had a good time. I remember was there was a labyrinth.

Krystal’s Cafe 81 – 81 E 7th St (btwn 2nd & 1st Ave) New York, NY 10003

Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Dim Sum Dinner

Yoshie’s Ramen and Friends took this outing to Nom Wah Tea Parlor (claims to be the oldest dim sum parlor in NY). Renovated earlier this year and now under the management of the family’s younger generation.

When I used to pass by this place years ago, I could never tell if they were opened. The doors would be wide open, but the lights off and Chinese newspapers laid out as if they were under construction. I love Robyn Lee’s pre-renovation account of Nom Wah. I like how the waiter/chef didn’t take their order, but just made food based on the number of people. Sounds like I would’ve love this place.

Now they have a menu to order ala carte and not from a cart (like a lot of dim sum places). Prices might be a little more than those other places, but this dim sum is available at night and cooked individually to order. I really like the Turnip Cake with XO Sauce …different than just regular Turnip Cakes. Also a good Steamed Pork Bun, Spareribs and Fried Soft Shell Crab.

I’ve been on a particular diet this past week (which I’ll write about soon) and this was on the one mandatory binge eating day per week to spike my caloric intake. I tried to eat and drink as much as I could. It was tough. I had to force myself to eat ice cream from Chinatown Ice Cream Factory afterwards. I know, poor me. Well I don’t know if I ate enough this day, because I haven’t lost any weight since.

Nom Wah Tea Parlor – 13 Doyers St (btwn Bowery & Chatham Sq) NYC 10013
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory – 65 Bayard St (btwn Elizabeth & Mott) NYC 10013
Ramen and Friends’ review