Thursday, March 30, 2017

Life of Bond

Every generation loves/hates, at least has a passionate opinion about the James Bond hero of their generation. My Dad feels Sean Connery is the best and the only right James Bond. By the time I was introduced to Sean Connery films, he had a bearded look. And I could not imagine how he could be a Bond ? I did catch-up with his Bond movies on Star Movies, but it had nothing for me to catch a fancy.

It was a while till my Gen Bond movie came along, one I could watch in a movie theater. Hence my favorite Bond had to be the first Bond movie released in my grownup years - Pierce Brosnan. Standard version of Handsome while interacting with the ladies in the movie, he seemed right. His flirting or interest, did not come out as icky. And his sudden change of expression, when any challenging situation comes up. Or the audible turning of wheels in his head, when he had to outsmart the villain or his army, and when it's time to be an action hero. Pierce could do all and in different time compartments. Brosnan movies, on the whole, did cover many interesting sequences. Fight on the huge dish antenna, adventures in China with Michelle Yeoh, fascinating cars, Judi Dench as M.

And  then came along Daniel Craig. First impression - intense and very taciturn, thanks to the anger given to him as a part of Casino Royale. His indiscernible expression in almost all situations. His light muscular face and shifty eyes saying nothing predictable.  Loved this reboot. I am still in awe of the parkour chase action sequence. This reboot series gave the first time r experience, for all the long established traditions of the Bond movie series - why martini shaken not stirred ? Why "Bond ... James Bond" ? Bugging chatter with Q. Who MoneyPenny ?

Skyfall has to be my favorite. Adele's song, the cold snowy landscape for action chunk, M's death. Only because it's Voldemort/Ralph Fiennes , I could accept him as Dench's replacement M.
And the new Q was cute and very promising, as in, he can become the Q we have always lived with so far.

Spectre was a perfect last film that way. Nothing spectacular, but it wrapped up all loose threads about all villains, who were part of this reboot. Great views of major European cities. It was kind of sad to end his series.

Among the Bond girls, I was most impressed by Michelle Yeoh. My love of Chinese martial arts movie cross with Bond movies - how could I not love it.

Each of the Brosnan villains had enough personality, they were a parallel figure to Brosnan. Very colorful and memorable in their own ways. In case of villains in Craig movies, I hardly paid attention to anyone, because Craig was the over-powering one. They were just somebody to be dispensed with surely.

I wonder who they will pick for the next Bond ?
And, I can't believe I went through 2 rounds of Bond actors !

Bond Movie Yesr Actor
GoldenEye 1995 Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough 1999 Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day 2002 Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale 2006 Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace 2008 Daniel Craig
Skyfall 2012 Daniel Craig
Spectre 2015 Daniel Craig

Who is your favorite Bond ? Which one is your favorite Bond movie ?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Salad Streak

I tried a Salad Streak for 3 weeks. This Salad streak was in no way a meal replacement. I can already imagine the headaches from giving up Rice. This was to help me portion-control my comfort food. I am not modest and will say that I mostly cook such delicious vegetarian fare, that I need help with portion-control. With a big box of chopped veggies in my tummy, it's hard to go for the second or third serving of main course.

Here is the detailed Salad matrix - a grocery list for this exercise:

Veggies Fruits Toppings Cooked veggie additions
Cucumber Strawberry Feta Cheese Boiled Sliced Eggs
Carrots - grated for easier chewing Navel Orange
Groundnuts Brinjal bhaja/Eggplant chips
Red peppers (and then other colors) Cantalope Sunflower Seeds Sweet Potato Baked Fries
Avacado Apple - chopped Pecan Grilled Chicken with Hot Sauce (from cafeteria salad bar)
Canned Pickled Artichoke hearts
Walnut Butternut Squash
Canned Sliced Beets

Cabbage sabji

Beetroot - chopped, boiled & tadka

Beans Poriyol - chopped, steamed & tadka

I blindly shopped almost all one day to get started and used them for the week. Then shopped the rest as needed.

Lately Lettuce had been making me feel yucky. I find the whole cut, wash & dry routine cumbersome and also a show-stoper for rest of the salad. So I decided to make it a Leaf-less Salad.

Also skipped ready-made dressings - cause some of the bottles last forever, keep piling in my fridge, and make me feel guilty for a long time. So no new shopping. I started with a Lemon-salt-Pepper dressing.

As a result of this streak, there was no weight-loss whatsoever. I guess I am beyond that, given my age and body-composition. What it did do however, is to acclimate my tummy to a much lighter fare. And helped me condition my shopping and planning towards the salad component of a plate. And it helped me get over the ugg-feeling I had developed towards salad thanks to Lettuce.