Best Chef!

   “For me, It’s got to be Sergio Herman.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, learned the profession in Belgium, my absolute favorite chef.
He took over his fathers place, Oud Sluis in the Netherlands mid 90’s, and made it a three Michelin star place. Several times he was awarded the prestigious GaultMillau chef of the year award and several years getting a rating of 19.5/20.
Not too impressive right? I mean, lots of chefs with these stats.
Why is this guy my favorite?
He is involved in literally every aspect of the industry. From designing plates to farming potatoes. There is a documentary about him i watched several times to cope with the idea of being in charge of every aspect of the restaurant business :
“F.cking Perfect”
It’s the title of documentary, but when it’s finished you also say it : “this dude is f.cking perfect”. Hehe.
After he closed Oud Sluis, which brought him attention and fame, he started in my home city, Antwerp. “The Jane”, which he opened together with his former sous-chef Bril :
The place is amazing. Really amazing.
Already 2 Michelin Stars, with surely a third coming very soon, i believe this place is going to be a top 5 in a year or two, for a loooooong time.
But there is another thing…
French Fries.
This 3 star Chef, decided to bake fries… What?
Yes, this dude decided to make fries on a different level.
What this guy does with potatoes is beyond comprehension. He has his ideal of fries : type, size, width, bla bla bla… the toppings he created for the fries is where it’s all about. It’s pure magic. Someone who likes fries, MUST NOT DIE BEFORE EATING AT HIS FRITES ATELIER. I promise you, it’s the best fries you will ever ever eat.
It’s just breathtakingly delicious, so many variety. The way it gets spiced up is magic.
He has his own potato-farm for this, where he watches over the quality personally :
I’m pretty sure, if he keeps pushing this fries thing, he will be the first chef to be awarded a Michelin Star for solely f*cking French Fries, yes seriously.
But all in all, there is no such thing as the best. Sure there are chefs you can point out with the most stars and awards, but not everyone rates chefs the same.
You have, for example a classic French dish called Bouillabaisse, prepared different by all these chefs adding their twist to it. Which one is the best? None.
Some like ketchup on their spaghetti, some don’t.”

Some say poor men have this diet!


It’s not a fixed dish. It’s a mixed dish.
Imagine yesterday you had a coworkers/friends/relatives etc gathering. You guys ordered/cooked too much food and left a lot. You asked for some doggie bags and took them home.
Now Zhé luó time!
You MIX all kinds of left-overs together and make your original dish!
You can fry them.
You can stew them with your favorite spice.
You can make them into a pot of warm soup in a winter day.
If you have some left-over rice too, perfect! You can add rice to it to enjoy your original fried rice or porridge!
Or if you are as lazy as I am, find a pack of our old friend- cup noodles. Now enjoy noodles absorbing all kinds of umami and transform to this Yummy King.
Don’t trash left-overs. They are treasures.
Bon appetit!”

How to get to know someone is easy as FORD!

   “Here’s a simple formula you can memorize:

It’s an acronym for:
  1. Family
  2. Occupation
  3. Recreation
  4. Dreams
When you meet someone for the first time, ask about their family; people love to talk about that. If you come to a dead end with regard to family, ask what they do for work or school. Then, ask what their favorite pastime is. If you get through this, always ask about the future, and what they hope to do with their lives.
It’s a simple formula that keeps the conversation about the other person. Showing an interest (and I hope it’s a genuine interest) in the other person’s life will make you likeable.
The one message I wish I could tell everyone is: DO NOT take the initiative and prattle on endlessly about your health issues, or MY perceived health issues. I don’t want to hear about your diet/health regimens, and if I would only listen to you, and eat like you do, my life would be transformed. It’s really offensive.
Bottom line: show an interest in other people. This is perfect for introverts, as we are usually insecure about talking about our own lives.”

Wisdom of a wise king!

   “King Solomon, considered one of the wisest men of his time, gave his advisors a task. He asked them to find a way in which he could make himself happy when he’s sad or make himself sad when’s happy.

His advisors thought for a long time and eventually found a solution. No, their solution wasn’t an elaborate machine or something physical, instead their solution was a quote.
“This too shall pass.”
The advisor’s solution worked. Whenever Solomon found himself to be too happy he remembered that the moment he was enjoying was fleeting. At the same time, when Solomon found himself sad, the quote reminded him that his sadness was temporary.
What is the lesson from this story? The quote teaches you to enjoy the moment. You may be at the happiest point in your life, but that happiness isn’t permanent, so you should enjoy it while it lasts. But, if you feel miserable, the quote shows you that your sadness isn’t indefinite. Soon you’ll be back to normal.”

Tinker with life and see what happens next!

   “Part of the reason we were drawn to Claude Shannon was that, of the geniuses we had studied, he seemed to be the one we could learn the most from. Einstein and Turing always seemed to us to be a bit distant and otherworldly; Shannon always seemed like a guy who you could spend time with, even if it he was a bit introverted.

We did as close a look at his habits as two biographers could, and we came up with some of the ones we feel like all of us could benefit from:
1) If it feels like work, you may want to rethink it. We called our book “A Mind At Play” because that’s what Shannon was: A mind playing. He saw everything he did–from theoretical mathematics, to building robots, to playing chess, to writing about artificial intelligence–as a vast and interesting game. He had tough moments, of course, but there are remarkably few of them for a life in which he achieved so much. Part of that is that he was rigorous about pursuing projects that he felt would bring him joy.
2) Know when to stop. Shannon had an attic stuffed with half-finished papers. There were contraptions all over his house that he never got around to completing. He was invited to give lectures that he never gave and he won awards he never formally accepted. Shannon wasn’t a “finisher” of everything he touched—and while that might run counter to a lot of modern advice on productivity, we actually think there’s real wisdom in it. Not everything you make needs to ship.
Shannon would work until he felt satisfied—and then move on to other things. Where some people see a dilettante, we see a fertile mind that knew exactly how far to take a project before moving on.
3) Don’t worry about external recognition. For someone who won so many awards, Shannon seemed not to care about them at all. He collected so many honorary university degrees, for instance, that he hung them all from a sort of rotating tie rack he built himself. He never chased prizes, or tenure, or awards, at least not in the way that a lot of people of his caliber do.
When he won something, he was always surprised that he won–and in some cases, surprised that he was considered at all. Even in college, he wins a big award for his Master’s thesis, and it turns out that his mentor put him up for it. As Shannon wrote to his mentor in a letter, “I have a sneaking suspicion that you have not only heard about it but had something to do with my getting it,” Shannon wrote to Bush. “If so, thanks a lot.” Shannon’s indifference to external recognition ran bone deep: When he said “I don’t really care about prizes,” he meant every word.
Why does this matter? Because it gave him tremendous flexibility in what to work on and how to work on it. He didn’t walk around caring about what proper professors did or did not do. He just went about his work, pursued his passions, and managed to wring remarkable breakthroughs out of his research.
4) Work with your hands. From the time he was a boy, Shannon was building things. In his childhood, it was a barbed wire network that allowed him to talk to a neighbor a half mile away. He and a friend built a makeshift elevator in a barn. This hobby stuck. All his life, he was making real objects, often to answer questions that seemed to him to require a physical representation.
We think there’s something to that. How many of us would feel comfortable these days taking apart our cell phones or laptops, or fixing our cars, or getting into the guts of an appliance? There’s been some decent writing on this topic (Matthew Crawford’s Shopclass as Soulcraft comes to mind), but the general idea is that we’re impoverishing ourselves by not understanding the objects all around us and trying to make sense of how they work.
Maybe it’s too much to ask that we crack open our iPhones (and of course, we’d violate Apple’s terms of service if we did), but we can’t help but think that Shannon’s hands-on tinkering helped to contribute to his genius. We could probably all benefit from something like that in our lives.”

Improving sleep habits!


The 7 Sleep Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

“We all know lack of sleep is harmful to our health — sleep affects mood, increases risk of psychiatric disorders and depression, cardiovascular disease and lowers immune system health. Yet the stress of running a company and long working hours means entrepreneurs often find themselves functioning on little sleep.
Evanston, Ill.-based sleep expert Dr. Lisa Shives says getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night is a critical component of entrepreneurs’ business success. “Sleep affects our executive function; the area of the brain responsible for decision making, creative thinking, memory and reaction time,” says Shives.
Follow these seven sleep habits and dream your way to business success:
1. Avoid alcohol before bedtime. 
While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it will affect the quality of your slumber. “Sleep is lighter, you have less REM (the deepest stage of sleep),” says Shives. Alcohol can also wake you up in the middle of the night. “Many people wake up after about four hours, because that’s how long it takes to metabolize alcohol, then they have trouble getting back to sleep,” says Shives. Although studies have shown a glass of wine at dinner can have positive effects on cardiovascular health, Shives says to avoid drinking any alcohol within three hours before bedtime.
2. Turn off electronics before bedtime.
Shives recommends shutting off gadgets an hour before bedtime. “The light that’s emitted [from the screens] slips your neurotransmitters into an awake position,” says Shives. Our gadgets also force our brains to stay active when they really need relaxation time to distress before bedtime. Shives recommends using the hour before bed to do something relaxing and enjoyable like reading a book or having a chat with your partner.
3. Write your worries away. 
If you find yourself lying in bed stressing about the events of the day, Shives recommends keeping a worry journal to write down the issues that are bothering you. For those who find their heads swimming with to-do-lists, Shives says putting the list on paper rather than thinking about it can help to clear your head and shut off your mind before bedtime.
4. Create the perfect sleep ambience.
The optimal sleep environment is one that’s cool, dark and quiet. “Part of becoming drowsy in the evening is that your core body temperature starts to drop,” says Shives. Eliminate noise and light distractions by charging smartphones outside the bedroom door to avoid the glow, the ding and the temptation to get up and check on something.
5. Exercise. 
Exercise promotes healthy sleep patterns by releasing serotonin and dopamine. These are the same neurotransmitters that are important for regulating our 24-hour sleep-wake cycle, known as the circadian rhythm.
6. Avoid sugary snacks before bedtime.
If you have a hankering for a snack, Shives recommends grabbing a bite containing protein and fat such as yogurt rather than one containing starch or sugar. “[Protein and fat] have very low glycemic levels which means they will give a steady release of energy throughout the night,” says Shives. Simple carbs or sugary snacks give you a quick burst of energy, followed by a crash which can disturb the quality of your sleep.
7. Wake up to the light. 
The morning is just as important to your sleep habits as the evening. Getting sunlight when you wake up re-sets your body’s circadian rhythm, helping to ensure you’re more tired at night. Enjoy your morning coffee sitting next to a large window is a great way to start your day right.

    Rich mans’ tidbits!

       “Most people know three things about Bill Gates:

    • He’s the richest man in America (second-richest in the world right now).
    • He co-founded one of the most successful tech companies of all time in Microsoft.
    • He’s an extremely generous philanthropist through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    But there are a lot of things about Gates you probably didn’t know.
    1. As a young teenager at Lakeside Prep School, Gates wrote his first computer program on a General Electric computer.
    It was a version of tic-tac-toe, where you could play against the computer.
    2. Once his school realized Gates’ proclivities for coding, they let him write the school’s computer program for scheduling students in classes. 
    He even slyly altered the code so he was placed in classes with a “disproportionate number of interesting girls.”
    3. Like many other successful tech entrepreneurs, Gates was a college dropout. 
    He left Harvard University in 1975 to fully devote himself to Microsoft.
    4. Gates was once arrested in New Mexico, in 1977. 
    He was driving without a license and ran a red light.
    5. He used to fly coach until 1997. 
    Now, he has his own plane. He calls that his “big splurge.”
    6. One of Gates’ biggest splurges, besides his plane, was the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci. 
    He acquired the codex at a 1994 auction for $30.8 million.
    7. Despite his immense wealth, Gates says his kids will only inherit $10 million each.
    It’s just a fraction of his $81.1 billion net worth. “Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them,” he says.
    8. Gates doesn’t know any foreign languages. 
    That, he says, is his biggest regret in life thus far.
    9. Gates says if Microsoft hadn’t worked out, he probably would’ve been a researcher for artificial intelligence.
    But, despite his deep interest in AI, Gates says he is “in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence.” That camp also includes notable leaders in science in technology, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.
    10. His favorite band? Weezer. 
    He also calls U2 a “favorite,” and says he’s still “waiting for Spinal tap to go back on tour.”

    On with the philosophy

    Socrates, an early example of an unappreciated philosopher.

    Philosophers don’t get much love in a world focused on earnings, public profile and technical accomplishment. A Monty Python song portrayed famous “lovers of wisdom” (the literal translation of the Greek word philosopher) as drunken sots. And at last night’s GOP debate there were several dismissive references to the art of loving wisdom. Ted Cruz decried the “philosopher-kings” at the Federal Reserve. John Kasich said, “Philosophy doesn’t work when you run something.” And Marco Rubio framed a point about reviving vocational education with the zinger, “Welders make more than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.”
    Today, he doubled-down on his riff during a campaign stop at the Jersey Grille in Davenport, Iowa. Here’s the video from ABC News:

    The fortunes of philosophers — or at least philosophy majors — are a mixed bag, ranging from college teaching adjuncts who can barely pay their rent to tech entrepreneurs. In general, humanities and liberal arts majors tend to have high unemployment rates (9.4 percent, according to a 2014 Georgetown University study), and within that group, philosophy and religious study majors tend to do a little worse, with a 10.8 percent jobless rate, according to the study.
    But philosophy majors also have some of the highest scores in the LSAT and GMAT — the required tests for entry to law and business school respectively, according to figures from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). And when it comes to earnings for people who only have undergraduate degrees, philosophy majors have the fourth-highest median earnings, $81,200 per year, out-ranking business and chemistry majors, according to the ETS. Bar none, philosophy majors have the highest salary growth trajectory from entry to mid-career.
    An example of the very top earners among these degree-holders is billionaire Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, who has a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford. In politi-speak, he is definitely what’s called a “job creator.” Or, the candidates could have turned to their debate partner Carly Fiorina, who has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and medieval history from Stanford, and the second-highest net worth of the GOP candidates, stemming from her tenure running Hewlett-Packard.

    People with liberal arts degrees in disciplines like philosophy go on to do all sorts of jobs; most don’t just sit around and philosophize in coffee shops or even in classrooms. According to, annual wages for people with B.A.s in philosophy range from $37,000 to $83,000. For welders, the site says the salary range is $23,000 to $63,000.
    Since people with philosophy degrees do many things, one way to track them is by earnings regardless of their day job. According to American Community Survey data, the median earnings of full-time year-round employees ages 30-49 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and no graduate degree, was $51,000 per year from 2010 to 2012. In addition, the Department of Labor (DOL) also keeps statistics on what people earn by job category. “Philosophy and Religion Teachers, postsecondary” earn, on average, $71,350 (and presumably many are college professors with graduate degrees and the associated time-commitment and/or debt). The DOL’s figures show that “Welding, Soldering and Brazing Workers” make $39,570 on average. Two other job categories including “welding” or “welder” have median wages of $40,040 and $36,450.
    This does not diminish the value of welding and the skilled trades one bit, or the need to look at revamping training and apprenticeships. Vocational ed advocates are politically diverse, ranging from Rubio, who on Monday in Wisconsin said, “I want to be the vocational education president,” to Alec Ross, the former Senior Advisor for Innovation at the State Department under then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and author of the forthcoming book on globalization “The Industries of the Future.
    There’s even Virginia motorcycle repair shop owner Matthew B. Crawford who, depending on the day of the week, transforms into Prof. Matthew B. Crawford, Ph.D. in Philosophy. He wrote “Shop Class as Soulcraft,” about what he sees as the deep emotional value of working with your hands as well as its economic gains.
    Last year, President Obama authorized $100 million to expand vocational education in high schools. Obama also made vocational education part of his plan to expand community college access, urging schools to teach basic skills and do adult education. But with the exception of innovative programs like the P-Tech Schools, many high school programs linked to specific industries still are often seen as dumping grounds for under-performing kids. And most people will not have the chance to make the choice that Prof. Crawford did — to repair motorcycles and teach philosophy, or to combine the skilled trades with what politicians find mock-worthy forms of the liberal arts.
    Which brings me back to philosophy. While we’re assessing career choices, let me trouble the assertion at the top of my story: that philosophers aren’t loved these days, which implied that everyone just adored them way back when. Actually, in 399 BC, Athenian jurors convicted Socrates of charges including corrupting youth and “failing to acknowledge the gods the city acknowledges.” The penalty was death; his personal method of choice was hemlock tea. Some modern analysts argue that Socrates could have easily talked his way out of the charges or walked away from the sentence, but he chose to die to make the ultimate point about sticking up for the love of wisdom. So, Cliff Notes’-style summary: Philosophy. Your mileage may vary. A lot.”

    Army’s of different countries are really different in different ways!

       “My country has more bicycles than people (22.5 million bikes in 2015 vs 17 million people[1]). I am of course talking about the Netherlands.

    You know, that small country with a superiority complex because we were once the global superpower[2].
    It should come as no surprise that our army has a long history of using bikes and still used them as recently as 2006–2010 when we were deployed in Uruzgan (Afghanistan).
    Here is a picture of Dutch Royal Marines on patrol in Afghanistan, using mountainbikes:
    After horses and tanks, this is the next evolution. It’s stealthy, has better manoeuvrability than the M-1 Abrams and a faster downhill speed too.
    It can even be upgraded with heavy weapons:
    Or used in a sniper role:
    You may wonder: why don’t we use tanks? Partly because our country is flat and muddy, which makes it not very suitable for tank warfare. We also have a bad experience in the past with using tanks.
    You see, when Germany invaded us in World War 2, we only had one tank. While I wish that I could tell a heroic story about its famous last stand and how difficult it was for the Nazis to get past it, the truth is that the tank got stuck in the mud:
    So, no tanks for us. In fact, we sold our last Leopard tanks in 2013 to Finland[3]. There are plans to lease 16 Leopard 2A6’s from Germany[4] but we basically have no tanks at the moment (although we do have armored vehicles and light tanks).
    While this answer (so far) is mostly an attempt at humor, I certainly don’t want to be disrespectful towards our armed forces. Despite our limited personnel and budget, we generally have a good (international) reputation. This is especially true for the Dutch Royal Marines and Korps Commando Troepen (green berets / commandos), who frequently practice with American/British/German forces and show them how level-headed the Dutch are. Plus, while our country may be small, our people are the tallest in the world and we all know that size secretly does matter.
    Here are some more serious pictures, to get an idea of what our military looks like:
    (yes, we are good at fighting from the water, in preparation for the time when our whole country will be flooded; these are Dutch Royal Marines by the way)
    Korps Commando Troepen (KCT)
    (Dutch Royal Marines again)
    TL;DR Don’t mess with the Dutch. If you ever get in a fight with us, the ringing of our bicycle bells will be the last thing you will ever hear. We may also attack from any source of water. Better close that toilet lid.”

    Don’t let the looks fool you!

       “Whenever I was visiting my relatives back in China, my aunt who lives in Guiyang, used to make a delicious Chicken Blood Soup.

    The blood “cubes” are made by cooking the blood of chicken (or – depending on the recipe – of duck) together with other parts of the respective poultry and served with various other spices and fresh herbs – similar to the photo above.
    The consistency of the blood cubes always reminded me of silken tofu, which I also love and tastes amazing with the intense chicken/spice flavor that seeps into the cubes during the cooking process.
    However, as far as I remember, my aunt deliberately stopped making the soup. When I asked her why we couldn’t have the soup anymore, she said that she became suspicious of the stuff that the poultry are fed with, which would then accumulate in the blood of the animals and go into our systems when we consumed the soup. After this, I stopped asking her about the soup and she never made it again.
    When I came back to school after the summer breaks, I would tell my friends about the dishes we had and I remember them being particularly disgusted as I mentioned the chicken blood soup.
    Looking back, I realized that Germans also consume the blood of certain animals e.g. in the form of a sausage, which we call “Blutwurst” (eng. blood sausage).
    This is just one form of double standard, that I observed some people harboring towards other foreign cultures and I hope that we will become more curious, open and tolerant towards other people’s cuisines and cultures.
    (As I’m reading the other answers and writing this, I’m getting a strong craving even though I just had dinner..)”