Monday, November 13, 2006

Rice, Rice, Baby

A comment by Corey on the last entry got me thinking. What was the longest time I went without rice?

I remember clearly. I was on an eight-week residency in North Carolina. I was confident I could weather the whole two months on bread and ham and cheese and the occasional jam. Boy, was I wrong. Two weeks later, I was craving for rice. Badly.

Luckily, the local Kroger and Food Lion stores carried rice in 1-kilo bags. Not that they came cheap. Darn it, I didn't care. I needed my rice fix. Yes, I am Filipino.

Not having cooked rice for a long, long while, I of course burned my first attempt. But I got better at it.

When the next residency came around, I made sure I brought rice in my luggage. Three kilos worth. The security lady at the Dumaguete airport raised an eyebrow. Why was I bringing rice from Dumaguete to Manila? Long story, I chuckled.

Rice, rice, baby.


  1. Here in Blackburg, VA, I get my rice from a local oriental store. About $10 for a 20lb bag of really nice slightly sticky short-grain rice.

    However, when I'm by myself at the apartment, I'm usually just make noodles or eat bread -- I cant seem to make rice for 1 person.

  2. Ack, apologies for the wrong grammar and punctuation in my last post. :-/

  3. I went through almost 1 year without rice in 2003. I had been living in NYC for a year already, and weight issues had been plaguing me, so I resorted to riding the Atkins wave. It did work! The wonders of a low-carb diet made me lose almost half of me. Wait, maybe a third. :-)

    The only reason why I started eating rice again was because I went on vacation in Dumaguete, and what good is it to eat dinuguan and sinugbang baboy without rice???

    Now, I'm back to eating rice. But in moderation.

  4. Hi, Tsinkoy: wow, that's incredible. But I bet the first two weeks were really hard.

    Hi, Roy: $10 for a 20lb bag? Wowzers! that's expensive!

  5. I guess it depends on which area (US) you live in. Here in our 'hood, we are lucky to have all kinds of rice available in asian markets, grocery stores and even in Manang's sari-sari store. We have white rice, basmati, wild rice, rice pilaf, brown rice, sticky rice, japanese rice, long grain, short grain and jasmine (and probably so much more).

  6. I did not realize you've been to the U.S. before, Dominque. North Carolina at least has mountains in the western part of the state...maybe not quite on the scale of Talinis, though. Have you been over here often, then?

    Marilyn has tried in the past to get a tourist visa and was denied twice :(