Guru Videos took me to Chongqing and Chengdu, the two famous Sichuanese cities famed for their fiery cuisine. I got to live out my Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations travel show fantasies and finally go to Chongqing to show off my chilli-eating abilities.
Long story short: I was defeated two-fold by the relentless and never-ending barrage of very oily chili broth, then by the chill of the weather. Chongqing really confused me. I have no clue how the locals 1. Eat almost nothing but skewered raw food dunked into a vat of red-hot wrath, all day every day; and 2. Eat outdoors and/or in restaurants that keep their doors wide open, and are okay with that and with eating in puffy-coated hinderance. For two days I, a self-professed winter baby, was in a constant state of shivering in my bones and in my mouth. Not so tough anymore.
Here are some photos while I wrap my mind around how weird I feel about not liking a place I've traveled to and not liking spicy food. I guess we'll all wait for the video to come out to get a fresh perspective from the footage, especially of the parts in town where I was genuinely surprised to see a vibrant youth culture and fierce fashion, even more so than in Beijing and Shanghai!