Many, many (many) years ago, my sister bought me this “stone” tea holder.
And I used it to hold tea. I used it almost everyday.
One day, many years ago, I accidentally chipped the cover.
You can see that small little white chip in the photo above. No big deal. Still useable. Life went on.
Two days ago, the cover fell no more than two inches onto my kitchen’s stone countertop. What followed was disaster.
I’m guessing when stone meets stone, and you apply pressure at just the right angle, total cleaving occurs.
Sadness followed. I now use a metal tea container.
My top 3 cuisines:
Arguably, Turkish could be placed 4th, but I’m still not sure.
The other Southeast Asian cuisines I’m familiar with (Thai, Malay, Indonesian) are good, but objectively, Indian and Chinese blow them away. They are like the predecessors of Indian cuisine — using 7 spices instead of 14.
Chinese cuisine is the epitome of salt and soy; Indian of cumin and cardamom; French of dairy. Turkish is the center of Middle Eastern cuisine. But a cuisine born of the desert just isn’t that great.
One last note about Italian — IMO, a good but completely overrated cuisine here in the United States. A decent cuisine centered around the tomato, but it has just way too much mindshare in the media and public.
— Reza Aslan on his Reddit AMA.