Ni hao From beijing
大家好 Hello everybody!
Brief introduction. My name is Mike, i am 23 years old and was born and raised in Los Angeles California (palos verdes specifically for you other angelinos). I went to college at the University of California at Davis where i majored in Math (pure), Economics and a minor in mandarin chinese (note: my family is not chinese at all, we are polish/ukranian/german Jews). Im engaged to be engaged (i.e still dating) to rural chinese girl from Changchun, Jilin, China.
After college i moved out to beijing because i found a decent job as a financial analyst out here. Also i like the fact that you can live out here like a king for no money.
Me and Bread: bread is like the best thing ever ever ever. The reason i got into breadmaking is because of this one experience i had at a reasturant. It was my college graduation dinner, and my parents took me to The French Laundry (worth every penny). In between one of the 9 courses that made up this meal there was a waiter walking around with breads. I of course tried every one, but the one that stood out to me the most was this "pretzel bagguette." The jewish part of me made this a first pick from their fine selection of breads.
Over the course of my life there i have eaten 3 seperate items that i could only describe as "so good, i couldnt sleep because i was thinking about it"
The first item arose on a trip to Guilin China. I met a guy on the plane who said that this one reasturant had the best rice noodles in guilin (a city known for its rice noodles). I get there, order a small bowl and it was absolutley mind blowing. I went back and ordered another 1kg of noodles and this delicious meet they put on it. That night i couldnt sleep cause i was just thinking about those noodles. Luckily that place was open till 2 am, and i was able to hop a cab get out there and eat about another 1/2 kg of noodles (yes i know im a pig).
The second time was in college after discovering a reasturant called Gatsby's in Sacramento. They had this Bacon Sherry burger which was about 35 billion calories and of course i ordered the elvis milkshake to top it off (Peanut butter, banana and chocolate). The burger was so good, i once again had trouble sleeping, couldnt go back there as it closed at 10 :(. I went there 5 more times that week and gained 3 lbs.
The final time was the aformentioned French Laundry trip. Unfortunatley, those of us who have been, know its damn near impossible to get a reservation. You really need to make it 2 months in advance, and call the second the lines open (to get that reservation we called 100 times from 3 different phones). So no dice i would ever seen those pretzel bagguettes in the near future.
Thats what got me into baking my own bread. Unfortunaley out here in china, we dont have accsess to good quality ingredients, so i make do with what i have and what my mommy can send out to me, though a 5 dollar bag of flour costs 45 dollars shipped to china.
And i still havent perfected the pretzel bagguette. When i do it will be the first recipie i post.