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The Culinary Chaos Principle

2011 January 31
by rob

Hi! I’m reading By the Seat of my Pants – Humorous Tales of Travel & Misadventure by Don George right now. It’s a book I received as a birthday present a few years ago, as inspirational reading material prior to backpacking. It’s a series of short tales of bizarre events written by various travellers. I could probably add a few chapters of my own, now!

Anyways, one of the stories is The Culinary Chaos Principle by Don George. It starts like this:

As a traveller, I am a fervent follower of the Culinary Chaos Principle. This principle is based on the theory that the universe is like an all-you-can-eat buffet that is proceeding ever so slowly but ineluctably past the prime rib, the tandoori chicken, and the kung pao shrimp towards the Baked Alaska. Our goal in this smorgasbord is to sample as much as we can before closing time. The best way to achieve this goal is to leave your menu selection in the hands of chance — a mysterious force you might best imagine as a dapper figure in a tuxedo saying, ‘Hi, I’m Chance, and I’ll be your waitperson for the evening.’

Ha! It’s great! That’s pretty close to my own beliefs and I knew I had to share it.

What else have I been up to lately? I went showshoeing with Janet in High Park yesterday. I used a Groupon coupon to take a tour with Toronto Adventures. They provide snowshoes and tour guides and lead you through a twisty journey of trails in High Park. I was aware that there were various places to walk in the woods in the park, but I had no idea where these places were.

It was amazing how different the park looks during the winter. I wonder if I could ever find these trails again?

Frozen Pond

Frozen Pond

Tour Group Walks Past the Pond

Tour Group Walks Past the Pond

Rob and Janet (yayay!)

Rob and Janet (yayay!)


Rob Szumlakowski
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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