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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Tuesday May 07, 2002
11:52 PM

Wok goodness

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Since school's over (Neural Networks final last night), I decided to clean up my kitchen and cook tonight. That's the first really decent meal I've fixed since I moved into my house in November. It's been depressing me that I couldn't sit down and cook a really nice meal.

Tonight I dug out my old wok which has been in a box since 1998. A real, honest to goodness, stirfry with nothing special, but it's the best meal I've had in a while. Unfortunately that wok never really was that good, and I think I was injesting teflon.

Way back there, we tried to find a real steel wok, but gave up. Everything was either coated in something or was stainless steel. But back when we were searching (pre-1996), we didn't have what I have today: google. It's amazing how I'm always remembering something I always wanted to know or find before I discovered the Internet. Now I can always find what I want.

So, the second hit on "wok" was The Wok Shop located in San Francisco's Chinatown. I figured a steel wok would run me a lot of money, but it turns out they were $15!. I clicked through the first page of links and the sponsored ads and didn't find a deal that good anywhere else, nor did I find a place that seemed as authentic. So, there's a carbon-steel wok headed straight to my front door.

Life is good!

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  • Life is good!

    Perhaps, if you want something simple, like a plain steel wok. :-)

    I have a decent amount of fun with The Hunt: seek out interesting little shops and ask around for the obscure items you really need in your kitchen. It took me 10 years, but I eventually did find a simple Maté cup in Vancouver, BC (T, the tea shop on Broadway). They even had roasted Yerba Maté (but not the authentic-yet-inexpensive-and-easy-to-find kilo bags from Argentina, but something packaged in-house).