Creative Washing Sign

Wash Hands.jpeg

Ok, this is not your typical handwashing sign.


Usually these signs that are mandated by health regulations in food establishments remind employees to wash their hands before returning to work.


Of course, given all the Clostridium, E. coli, Hepatitis, Listeria, Norovirus, and Salmonella out there, we know that unfortunately many food workers are not following these instructions very well…yes, yuck!


Here, someone “sanitized” the sign, and rubbed out the “h” and the top part of the “d” in hands and left the crude word, “anus.” 


Now employees must wash not their hands, but their anus (does that help in food preparation?)!


Perhaps, whoever did this are lobbyists for some sort of bidets in this country. 


Given all the political crap that goes on around this town, this may be a very good idea. 😉


(Source Photo: Dannielle 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)

Indian Food All You Can Eat–Is That A Good Thing?

Indian Food

So after we couldn’t find the Amazing Maze today, we went to this all you can eat buffet of Indian food. 


Nice, clean place…


Food is set out finely in metal trays over burners. 


My wife says, “What a bargain!”


The problem is I can only eat vegetables, and it’s all the heavy Indian type. 


I am a good boy with the diet–NO carbs–and pass on the pastry fried samosas, the hot leavened nan, the thin stir-fried noodles, and even on the quality orange basmati rice.


What’s left for me on my plate?


– Chick peas and sauce.


– Green peas and sauce.


– Eggplant and sauce.


– Creamy saucy spinach, just a tad.


– Sweet finely-chopped mushy carrot halava. 


Each wasn’t bad, but wait this isn’t balanced–lots of mushy veggies in a superbly gross buttery way–all sort of just swooshing around without any substance food to soak it up. 


I need a Starbucks or sugar Coke to wash this all down and away–not enough time though…


Oh G-d, I want to make a big Indian buffet puke (even technology can’t save me from this)! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Dancing With “The Stars”

I took this video when we stopped for a nice Italian coffee at Grand Forno Pronto on Las Olas in Florida. 


A good song pops on the speakers, and all of a sudden the waiter and waitress just start dancing it up behind the counter. 


The customers are ecstatic and egging them on.


Florida is one of those places where people just break out in fun–it’s awesome.  😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

That’s Good Cookin’

Chef
This was a funny picture when we were out west. 



This guy is standing on the corner dancing around in his apron and chef’s hat. 



He’s also got a big fat fake mustache on top of his real one and big round glasses/googles on his face. 



He is working hard to attract people to come into his restaurant. 



This “chef” calls over to us jumping around–doing anything to get our attention. 



So we had already eaten lunch, but he did get us to stop and say hello–this picture captures the moment. 😉



(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Color Me Different

Soldiers
I saw this restaurant and followed the color in to take this photo.



They had these multi-colored figurines lined up proudly on the ledge overlooking the tables and patrons. 



Each was different, but also the same. 



They had no faces, and were cut this way and that into segments of color (head, torso, butts, arms, legs, feet)…uniformity, but diversity. 

They are low-tech, but reminded me of robots or toy soldiers, but without the guns–just standing in colorful attention ushering people in to sit and eat and enjoy. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

No Soup For You!

No Soup For You
Remember the “Soup Nazi” in Seinfeld?



After some silly insulting encounter, the Soup Nazi refuses to give Jerry any soup saying in his deep accent, “No soup for you.”



Well, when I walked in the local pizza store and saw this sign on the counter, I couldn’t help but laugh a little.



It’s the real thing…and it says, “Sorry No Soups Tonight.”



And it’s sort of sloppily written on a guest check and placed in a Coca Cola holder. 



I wasn’t too disappointed with the news though, since who gets the soup at a pizza joint anyway?  😉



(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Turducken Is Real

Turducken
So I thought Turducken was a joke (a fowl i.e. foul dish).


Everyone has real turkey on Thanksgiving, right–even if they don’t like it!



Well maybe you get a pass if your vegetarian, vegan, or whatnot. 



But no, here a genuine advertisement at a lcoal eatery for–you got it–turducken.



Turkey, Duck, and Chicken–combined!



$130 bucks feeds 12…on second thought, I rather not. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)