Gordon Ramsay yells at me a lot. Well, at least he does in my dreams. Ironically, when I’m awake I find the several-Michelin-star chef quite appealing–even when he’s at his expletive-shouting worst. My subconscious, however, appears to have an opinion of its own. In past blogs, I have shared some of these F-bomb riddled dreams–including the one in which I am trapped at the top of a roller-coaster with the culinary genius when he is in one of his “moods.” Rather than comfort the enraptured female beside him, he breaks into a fit of curses that would put Yosemite Sam to shame.
Here’s Sam at his best.
And here’s Gordon.
Last night, I found myself in a bowling camp under the expert tutelage (do the Brits have bowling alleys? I’ve never heard one mentioned on Coronation Street. hm.) of–you guessed it–Chef Ramsay, himself. It’s hard to take a dream seriously when the teams are picked by players descending a giant slide and being assigned to the team that they pop out in front of. But once the swear-happy Ramsay starts telling you you’re an idiot–the word “bollocks” also rolls of his tongue frequently–you quickly realize that this is not going to be a fun dream. No frolicking in the fields with Gordon and, certainly, no hanky panky. (My subconscious seems to be holding out for Barry Weiss.) Needless to say, my bowling grew appallingly worse. I think that I may have thrown a ball behind me. I woke up stressed.
I soon found myself in another dream. This time I had been asked to read a story to Amish children. Sounds warm and fuzzy right? Wrong. The minute I looked at the book in my hand, I knew I had my work cut out for me. It was a story about the RCA Victor dog and a history of TV. Only I would choose to read a television book to the Amish. And, let’s face it. Even I would find that book boring and I HAVE A TV. Needless to say, I woke up a little more stressed.
1) If you suck at bowling as much as I do, I may have found another way to show off your prowess with a bowling ball. I must warn you–it does involve concrete blocks, heavy falling objects, and possible brain damage. Oh yes, and someone with good aim who would gladly drop bowling balls on your head.
Meet American, John Ferraro, the Guinness World Record holder for the most concrete blocks broken on the head with a bowling ball. Yes, you read this correctly. He piles lumps of concrete on his head and, then, has someone smash them from above with bowling balls turned projectiles.
Now, this particular bowling ball weighed 7.3 kilograms (over 16 pounds) and, apparently, his record is having 45 concrete blocks smashed to smithereens on his skull. Talk about a numb skull. No, seriously. That’s not a dig at Mr. Ferraro. It would really make your skull numb.
I wonder if he has a neck.
2) Whenever I watch Gordon Ramsay flip his lid during a dinner serving at Hell’s Kitchen, I wonder what is going through the minds of the customers. If they’re anything like me, they would be laughing. His ire humours me (as long as it isn’t directed my way and it doesn’t involve bowling balls).
I can imagine that some people, likely the ones that aren’t familiar with Mr. Ramsay’s Type A personality and were bullied into becoming guinea pigs for the bumbling wannabe chefs by a domineering boyfriends or peer pressure, find the spectacle off-putting. And hardly conducive to eating.
All I can say is “suck it up, Honey. It could be worse. You could have been dragged to the Disaster Cafe.” Personally, the name alone is enough to make me give this place a wide berth. I don’t want to eat anywhere bearing the name “disaster.” My mother didn’t raise no idiots.
Apparently, people pay good money to eat through a simulated 7.8 earthquake. Seriously. Every meal comes equipped with a side order of earth-shattering tremors. And a double dose of spilled food and drink.
Located in Lloret de Mar, Spain, this underground cave-like dining room is manned by servers in hard hats and reflective vests. Patrons are also instructed to wear machine-washable clothing that they don’t mind being marred by spillage.
Here is a typical meal serving at Disaster Cafe. Sort of makes Hell’s Kitchen look civilized.
3) Gordon Ramsay throws up a lot on TV. But who can blame him? Imagine having to taste test a combination of caviar, capers, and white chocolate. That would get most stomachs churning. And “investigating” fridges filled with maggoty poultry and furry veggies is also hurl-worthy.
When I was about 16, I went to visit my aunt in Madrid. We had three weeks, so we took a nice trip out to Benidorm and Alicante–coastal places filled with yummy seafood. Only problem is that they liked to serve their food fresh–fresh as in the food looked at you. I don’t want my food to watch me eat it. I like to forget that I am, in fact, gnawing on a cow or a sheep or a fish.
Shrimp on the Mediterranean are HUGE. And they still have heads. And on those heads are beady little black eyes. Ew. And to make matters worse, one of my aunt’s friends liked to bite the heads off and eat them. It seems funny now, but at the time I was disgusted. I didn’t eat much on the coast.
I must admit that I have now found something worse than shrimp eyes. It turns out that people actually eat tuna eyes. Big, gelatinous, cloudy-looking tuna eyes. ACK. Apparently, they can be found in Japanese supermarkets and restaurants. They are best sauteed or boiled. I just puked in my mouth.
My eyes feel weird.
Photo Credits: Amish kids (art.icio.ru), bowling ball head (guinnessworldrecords.com), disaster cafe (huffingtonpost.com), eyeball food (www.oddee.com).