The Texan Judgement of A Louisianian Book Cover (TheWeeklyReview Issue 7)

Alright everyone, it’s that time of the week again; time for me to discuss what happened personally this week, and to discuss any ideas I’ve had that weren’t long enough for any other article! Well, that and to talk about the articles I did publish this week, or to just rant again (except with TheWeeklyReview, I’m ranting for a special occasion). Either way, without further ado, let’s begin TheWeeklyReview!

For today’s TWR, I’d like to begin by mentioning that unlike the past three weeks (where I’ve somehow managed to end up in a new city everytime) I’m still in Nha Trang and, most importantly, I’ve spent more time being a tourist in Nha Trang. A few days ago I went to the Louisiane Brewhouse Bar and Restaurant and while I don’t drink alcohol (for various social, physical, and psychological reasons) I can safely say that the property itself is really well put together (so, to be clear, instead of talking about the alcohol, we’ll be discussing the architecture, once again), and the overall structure of the brewery is, for lack of a better word, absolutely and utterly outstanding. Once one enters the actual site, a massive vat where some of the beer is brewed becomes immediately evident and directly following that is the bar where all the alcohol is mixed and put together (as a bar ought to do), all owing to the overall open brew concept that the location has going for it. However, an even more interesting aspect of the brewery’s construction are the various other vats that are scattered throughout the roofed portion of the property. Here, various pipes and apparatuses lead the brewed beer into taps where the subsequent pressure forces it out. Though, this is all fair and reasonable considering that almost all brewhouses (that also double as bars) function thanks to a similar system; the architectural interest comes from the fact that while most brewhouses close of the areas where the pipes and apparatuses are, the Louisiane Brewhouse allows the guests and customers a full view of the inner workings of (a large part) of the brewing process that really does make it all look, again and for lack of a better word, brilliant.

Moving away from the architecture of the brewhouse, however, is the actual food and drink of the location. Now, while the drinks were fantastic (as various customers, guests, and friends would attest), the food was subpar (and frankly, that’s putting it nicely; if I wanted to be mean I’d say that the food was absolutely terrible, but I’m in a rather “Flowery” mood, so I won’t say that). Suffice it to say, not everything that was ordered tasted bad, the predominant problem being the meat (specifically the so-called “Australian beef” that any individual from any kitchen from anywhere in the world would be upset and insulted over) which was both undercooked and over marinated which (obviously enough) only really served to ruin the entire meal even more so. On a side note, however, while the meat was absolutely dreadful, everything else was fine and, despite my complaints, I definitely plan on going back so as to give the kitchen at the Louisiane Brewhouse another chance. Frankly, however, I plan on visiting the brewhouse once again, during the day, to really get a feel for the atmosphere that it projects. It is also worth noting that, like the Sailing Club (which was discussed a few weeks ago), the brewhouse has it’s own dive center where divers can gather and (presumably and obviously) engage in their sport. The diving center is important to mention because that dictates that an entirely different set of customers go to the brewhouse during the day, which would be in stark contrast with the formally dressed individuals that I came into contact with during my visit (at night).

However, until the next time that I do visit the Louisiane Brewhouse and give the kitchen another chance, I’d like to discuss the Texas BarBq Steaks Restaurant, something of a saviour from the absolute tastelessness afforded to me from the Louisiane Brewhouse (again, food only, everything else was great). The actual location isn’t all too spectacular and, frankly, entirely forgettable (which is made even more ironic once one considers that the restaurant’s decorations consist of a television tuned to the Discovery channel and hundreds upon hundreds of pictures of happy customers enjoying their meals; thereby making the restaurant, truly, a place to remember), but the food (specifically their steaks) was, and still is, absolutely fantastic to the point where I’m currently finding it very difficult to explain the taste and culinary euphoria experienced without using the time old phrase “You have to taste it to believe it,” which is, for all intents and purposes, the absolute and utter truth. Therefore, I will conclude this train of thought reiterating that the food was fantastic in the steakhouse and the drinks were delicious in the brewhouse and under no circumstance should anyone mix up either clause of that previous statement.

Though, this week’s culinary adventure, so to speak of course, did manage to trouble me in a very odd way. For the longest time (or rather, since I was able to view the media around me and understand it) I have been pelted with the age old “Never judge a book by its cover” convention. Here, one is informed that if given the choice between two books, one with a golden cover and one with a shaggy cover, that they shouldn’t necessarily venture out and grab the book with the golden cover because it’s contents could very much equate the contents of our expectations of the shaggy cover’s book. That being, we shouldn’t expect a golden experience out of a golden covered book, just as we shouldn’t necessarily expect a shaggy experience from a shaggy covered book.

Take the aforementioned brewhouse, for example; here, the place was quite literally golden, decorated with beautiful Asian works spanning not only Vietnam, but China and Japan as well. Not to mention the golden vats that were placed “Strategically” throughout the place, emphasized all the more by the golden pipes leading the golden coloured beer to the taps (I might have taken a liberty with the golden coloured liquid part though, dark beer is more of an amber colour too). Almost everything about the brewhouse would lead one to expect a golden experience, and this is almost entirely true (the one negative aspect being the meat and some of the non Asian food). The steakhouse, on the other hand, couldn’t have looked shabbier if it tried and yet the food there was a fantastic medley of taste and culinary appreciation. If the chefs from the steakhouse and the architects from the brewhouse were to meet, they would make the one of the best tasting and best looking steak and brewhouses in the world, and that’s a combination that many would love (vegetarians and people who don’t drink being the obvious group who wouldn’t care to venture to such an establishment).

However, I do digress as the original point was the entire no judging books concept, which, for all intents and purposes isn’t an entirely perfect statement unto itself. The brewhouse, for example was exactly what the appearance said it would be except for one single aspect. Likewise, the steakhouse was everything its appearance said except for one single point of interest. Therefore, while the concepts of “Important” and “Unimportant” differ from person to person, when it all really comes down to it, the only thing that caused me to change my opinion of the two locations was the food (and to a person who goes to eat with friends because they like the company, and not necessarily only for the food, such an aspect can be almost entirely forgettable, all depending on the atmosphere, of course). Therefore, while I understand exactly why one mustn’t judge based on outward appearances, the fact of the matter is that we do judge based on outward appearances almost constantly and we will judge based on outward appearances because more often than not, that’s the only data we have to make a decision. Due to this, I propose a minor alteration to the phrase, specifically to “Do judge a book by its cover to formulate an idea, and then proceed to read the book to see if your original hypothesis has been proven or disproved.” In summation: yes, this seems like terrible advice at first, but it’s what we (as a species) do anyway.

Finally, there were three articles written this week, in stark contrast to the regular two (not including TheWeeklyReview); this one here (a review for A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner), this one here (an article on growing up inspired by the aforementioned movie), and this one here (a review of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad). Enjoy the articles!

As always, this has been your Admin; comment and criticize, and DO remember! Always look on the BYTE side of life!

-EK

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