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McDonald’s launched a wedding party program a few years ago in response to customer demand, with three locations offering wedding services.
Oyster omelet was invented in early times when food was scarce and people learned to be creative with alternative forms of food. It may be described as a dish originating from a poor society.
Oyster omelet is made with fresh oysters, a batter of potato and sweet potato starch, eggs and green leafy vegetables—all pan-fried over high heat. Before serving, a specially concocted sweet-and-sour sauce is poured on top for added flavor. This delectable dish is a common sight in night markets across Taiwan.
This buckwheat noodle is a traditional food in Shanxi Province, China. Doesn't it remind you of Italian conchigliette or Gnocce?
Cat’s ear can be served in a soup, like a clear chicken broth with bamboo, shiitake, Chinese ham and shredded chicken or prawns. This delicate soup is preferred in the Southern of China. Another simple, but lovely version is cat’s ear noodle in chicken broth with egg, spinach and soy sauce, or cat’s ear noodle with egg and mushrooms.
However, cat’s ear noodles can also be served stir fried, or hot and spicy, especially during winter time.
The Songkran festival (Thai: สงกรานต์, pronounced [sǒŋ.krāːn], listen; from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, or literally "astrological passage") is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year's Day from 13 to 15 April. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia.
The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, but it is now fixed. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following. Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season. Until 1888 the Thai New Year was the beginning of the year in Thailand; thereafter 1 April was used until 1940. 1 January is now the beginning of the year. The traditional Thai New Year has been a national holiday since then.
It is now observed nationwide, even in the far south. However, the most famous Songkran celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer. It has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand for immersion in another culture.
The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water upon others. Thais roam the streets with containers of water or water guns. In addition, many Thais will have small bowls of beige colored talc sold cheaply and mixed with water which is then smeared on the faces and bodies of random passersby as a blessing for the new year. Sometimes this talc is mixed with menthol. City officials close off many sections of the street thoroughfares for the festival disallowing all vehicular traffic save for ice trucks and fire engines which also partake in the watering festivities. These sections typically have makeshift gates manned by police who separate men and women in case of the need for a body search arises if it is suspected that prohibited items are brought into the main watering areas.
Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran as a Buddhist festival may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (Thai: น้ำอบไทย) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city's important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually 'bathing' the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.
The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people, by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddhas for cleansing and then using this "blessed" water to give good fortune to elders and family by gently pouring it on the shoulder. Among young people the holiday evolved to include dousing strangers with water to relieve the heat, since April is the hottest month in Thailand (temperatures can rise to over 100 °F or 40 °C on some days). This has further evolved into water fights and splashing water over people riding in vehicles.
Tanabata,also known as the “star festival”, takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet. It is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers (colorful, small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo branches.
The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.
Daruma’s design, particularly the shape, color, eyes, and facial hair, each have its own history and symbolic meaning.
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A double Big Mac with egg and bacon!
She is half bred Japanese- Russian
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is mocked on to the Rio statue
The flavor of this dish depends on the freshness and quality of the green onions. Be sure to buy onions with a firm texture and vibrant green stalks. Any onions with wilted greens should be avoided.
Dried shrimp come in packages in the refrigerator section of Asian markets and are sold according to size. Check the color of the shrimp in the package—they should be pink-orange, never gray. They keep in a sealed bag in the refrigerator for 3 months or can be frozen for up to 6 months. —L.W.
1/2 ounce extra-large dried shrimp (optional)
3 tablespoons peanut oil
Pinch of kosher salt
2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced lengthwise on the bias
into very thin, 2-inch-long strips (about 4 cups)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 pound fresh 1/8-inch-wide Chinese noodles
Put the shrimp in a bowl, cover with hot water, and soak for 30 minutes, or until softened. Drain the shrimp over a small bowl, reserving the soaking liquid separately, and set both aside.
To cook the sauce, heat a large wok over high heat until a bead of water dances on the surface and then evaporates. Add the oil and a healthy pinch of salt and swirl, then toss in the green onions and cook until they have just started to wilt and turn bright green, about 20 seconds. Add the shrimp and 2 tablespoons of the reserved soaking liquid and toss to combine with the green onions. Pour in the soy sauce, bring the liquid to a boil, stir to thoroughly coat, and continue to cook 30 seconds more. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set it aside to cool to room temperature.
To cook the noodles, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Remove the noodles from their package and fluff the strands to separate. Have a colander ready by the sink for draining. Add the noodles to the boiling water and cook until they are tender, about 2 minutes. Drain the noodles and rinse them under cold water. Drain them again and remove as much water as possible. Transfer the noodles to a large serving bowl. Top the noodles with the green-onion mixture. This dish is best served at room temperature.
My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco
by Cecilia Chiang and Lisa Weiss
Niconico‘s stream of the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal has been viewed more than 1 million times in two days, and has approximately 250,000 comments.
Who says humour doesn’t translate?
1. Shakey ground
Totti’s girlfriend tells him: “Everyone’s talking about how dumb you are. You should read more. What about Shakespeare? You must’ve read Shakespeare, right?”
“Of course I have! Who was the author of that again?”
Totti is showing off his jigsaw puzzle to his team-mate. “I’m so smart! I finished this in only three months!” On the box, it says ‘3 years+’”
Not sure why “American jokes” seem to consist of laughing at Italian footballers? Me neither, but apparently he’s quite the wise-cracker.
3. So sorry…
Girl: What’s up?
Guy: I’m worried about something. Leave me alone, would ya?
Girl: Hmmm. Sorry to change the subject, but is your hairline thinning?
Guy: I thought you said you were gonna change the subject…
4. The good news
Wife: Darling, I have good news and bad news. Which do you want to hear first?
Husband: Really? …. Erm, OK. The good news.
Wife: The good news is, your car’s airbags work perfectly!
5. Call me Mike
A guy goes to the city office to pay his taxes.
“Next please! Your name?”
“Alright buddy, try to calm down.”
“I’m fine, but my dad was a bit nervous when he went to register my birth.”
6. Easy as pie
“Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a hundred times.”
7. Do as I say…
A: What do you do when you meet someone you really don’t like?
B: I just ignore them and try to escape… Hey! Where are you going? Don’t ignore me!
8. You learned what?!
Student: Teacher! I learned how to count in the winter vacation!
Teacher: That’s great! Go on, show us.
Student: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King…
9. If you want to…
Taking his eight-year-old son to school, a father makes an illegal turn at a red light.
“Oh no! I just broke the law!” he says.
“It’s ok, Daddy. The police car behind us just did the same thing.”
10. English time
先生：「I go to Tokyo」を過去形にしなさい。はい、太郎君！
太郎：「I go to Edo」
Teacher: “I go to Tokyo.” Change this sentence to the past tense, Tarou!
Tarou (student): “I go to Edo.”
It’s a bit hard to see how this is supposed to be an “American joke”, as it’s a joke in Japanese, about Japanese people, in Japan, talking about Japanese history. But I’ve left it in because it’s kind of clever in a painfully enjoyable way.