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sushi platter - raw

Year of the Dog

Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Dog (狗), or more specifically, the Year of the Earth Dog. The current Year of the Dog is supposed to be a generally good year, but requiring some hard work, perseverance, and fiscal responsibility. I think things will […]

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Inaugurating 2016

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016! It’s the start of Gregorian (solar) New Year (also known as “not the good one”) today so health and prosperity to those who come to this site that aren’t ‘bots. Yes, there are some actual readers out there. I still don’t have a good image of a drunk robot to commemorate the start […]

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2-bone Prime Rib, interior

Xmas Eve again

Wow – it’s Xmas Eve again, and for a second straight year in a row, it’s green/brown. No snow. In fact, not even close as I think today’s high was somewhere around 16ºC (60.8ºF for those south of the 49th) and the CBC says it matched Los Angeles. I’m not complaining, though I probably should […]

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Year of the Sheep - sweet and sour shrimp

Year of the Sheep

Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Sheep (羊), or more specifically, the Year of the Wood Sheep. Depending on the circles that one runs in, the Year of the Sheep is also known as the Year of the Ram (which is a boy sheep – […]

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A Groundhog Day view of the Buffet Fu Lam


Today is Groundhog Day! People celebrate other things too but the majority seem to be interested in digging up hibernating groundhogs (Marmota monax) to see if they can predict the weather. No, really! Anyway, the groundhogs are split in their predictions as Wiarton Willie saw his shadow as he was roused out of his sleep, […]

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Yellow potatoes

Xmas Eve

Hey! It’s Xmas Eve! While I am using the correct spelling and pronunciation, we are at least very fortunate that we are at least 780 years before the eventual appearance of Robot Santa. That’s pretty good because as I still can’t run particularly fast, I wouldn’t get too far. Xmas Eve on the Big Croissant […]

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Care packages

You’ve heard of these things – the are the boxes people send to their children in university to help when the children run out of money through their frivolous spending boost morale and remind them of home. Care packages are actually CARE Packages (trademarked), and were a standard box of supplies sent to mitigate the […]

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Year of the Horse

Happy Lunar New Year! That would be the good one. Today kicks off the Year of the Horse (馬 午), or more specifically, the Year of the Wood Horse. It’s an important year for me for a couple of reasons, but the now-ended Year of the Snake was more of a rollercoaster than anticipated so it’s […]

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Frozen dim sum

I love dim sum. It’s one of those foods I don’t mind eating constantly because the variety changes constantly and the experience changes because there is always inconsistencies coming out of eat dim sum kitchen depending on the service, what they can get ingredient-wise, and whether one is lucky enough to pull a basket as […]

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Chinese sticky ribs

American Thanksgiving

Ah! Today is American Thanksgiving, where our neighbors to the south celebrate the amazing fact that the Pilgrims didn’t starve to death upon arrival in Plymouth. It’s the worst time of the year to travel in the lower 48, with pretty much all planes, trains and automobiles booked or packed with travelers slowly crawling to […]

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