RE: side dishes
When I used to work at the Grand Rapids Airport Hilton (years and years ago), one of my benefits was a free lunch from the Spinaker (seafood) restaurant. Every day there was a pile of rice on that plate. I had to ask the owner one day if they bought out the rice fields in China... Now twenty some years later I can finally enjoy rice again... But my favorite is when it's cooked in chicken broth with finely chopped steamed veggies added in...