Fortune Cookie Generator

Ok, this is a most interesting fortune cookie:

“If your cookie still in one piece, buy lotto.”


Hmm, what cookie is this referring to?  And why should I buy lotto?


So I start to think that this is likely a computer-generated garbage fortune–i.e. the artificial intelligence makes no f*ckin sense! 


Anyway, you will be fascinated to know that the modern fortune cookie with the paper fortune inside the hollow of the cookie was invented in California.


However, the Japanese put something like this in the bend of the cookie already in the 19th century. 


Using this fortune as an example, I have this gnawing feeling that the Japanese fortunes had a lot more intellectual substance to them. 


Anyway, someone tell this lame cookie fortune teller that Lotto is way out and Powerball is in and where the real winnings are. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Honey Chicken Delicious

Just wanted to share this amazing honey chicken. 


Yes, I know you can’t eat it, but you can imagine what it tastes like.


Had this at L’Chaim Asian Cuisine and Steak House in Hollywood, Florida. 


Absolutely to die for!


That was a lot of honey over the dark crispy chicken. 


It’s been a few months and I still haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. 


That is quite a recommendation I would say. 


See you there! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Turkish Lights

Just wanted to share these beautiful Turkish lights that I found in Hollywood, Florida. 


We had a delicious lunch at L’Chaim Asian Cuisine and Steak House–the honey chicken was to die for–OMG, it was like candy!


Afterwards, we walked about the shopping strip there and came across this store with these amazing lights. 


It was a hookah (not hookers!) store which I am completely not interested in, having never smoked a cigarette or anything my entire life–true!


But these light were gorgeous. 


I took these pictures and was even tempted to buy one–loved the colors and happiness of them. 


Held off for now, too many nice things, especially since we then followed up with a day trip to Saw Grass Mills today–what an unbelievably huge shopping and outlet mall.


I know it must definitely be time to head home soon, because the shopping experience down here is wearing me down–just kidding, but it’s definitely a paradise not only for the beach, but for the  shopping fun as well. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Japanese Cuisine Through Sheltered Eyes

Japanese

So I had my first Miso Soup today.


Actually, I shared it with my wife who checked that the stock was kosher–the lady said bonito–and my wife said, good. 


I’m a Jewish kid from the Bronx–what do I know from Miso Soup. 


So about the only thing that I can tell you about the soup is what a fishy taste!


I know it’s supposed to be really good for you–and that’s why I even tried it. 


But the closest thing that I can compare it to is the when my mom used to boil the wrapped gefilte fish in water before Shabbat–well the leftover water that gets discarded–that’s what in my imagination Miso Soup tasted like. 


Would I get it again? 


Let’s just say, I wouldn’t run to get it–however, for good health, I may hold my taste buds and sense of smell of all the fishy stuff in abeyance, and just drink in down.


In general though, I really like some Asian cuisine–for example, with vegetarian dishes things like Kung Po Tofu and Mo-Po Tofu or Crispy Eggplant and Vegetables in Fried Rice. 


The other thing I really like is the innovative Japanese Ramune “marble soda” in which you push out a real marble from the spout into the bottle and it rolls around inside while you drink the refreshing fruity flavors (don’t worry, it’s not as dangerous as it sounds). 


Last thing, I’ll mention is that I won’t eat sushi–raw fish seems like it’s primed to give you a nice big stomach ache–now this reminds me of another type of dish in Jewish tradition and that’s herring (often served with cream sauce) and prominent at many a Ashkenazi kiddush served after synagogue services. 


With the Sushi, if they can somehow manage to cook it for me and use kosher fish, okay–otherwise, I’m heading to the nearest Chinese Kosher Restaurant for some nice Sesame, Kung Pao, Moo Shu, or Lo Mein with Beef or Chicken. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Oh Those Crispy Wontons

Wonton

These were some good-looking crispy wonton chips at the Kosher Chinese. 


But I was good, and didn’t have a single one!


Dossy was lucky and could have some and she put soy sauce on hers.


It was tempting, but I held strong.


Carbohydrates = Poison. 


Carbohydrates = Poison. 


Carbohydrates = Poison. 


I tell myself over and over.


Do NOT touch. 


Do NOT eat. 


Do NOT even go near them. 


Not so bad…mind over matter. 


If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. 


Willpower, plain and simple. 


Would be easier perhaps with some different “food” genetics. 


But grateful for every blessing G-d has bestowed. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)