Tuesday, September 12, 2017


                 FOOD AND FORTUNE!

       My daughter is hosting an exchange
student from China so the other day we
took him to a Chinese Buffet Restaurant
for some "home cooking."
        I like places like that! There are so
many food choices and it's all you can
eat! And just before you go you get a
Fortune Cookie. A little baked cookie
with a slip of paper inside containing
your fortune, perhaps a philosophical
thought, a Chinese word, and even
your lucky number!
        I mention this because today,
September 13th., is Fortune Cookie
       As it turns out most of the foods at
the buffet were not so much Chinese as
they were "Americanized Chinese!"
      That's OK though because the Fortune
Cookie isn't Chinese either! In fact our guest
told us they don't have them in China!
          It was invented in California
but there's some debate as to just who
did the inventing.
           Some claim it was Makoto Hagiwara
who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese
Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others
believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong
Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make
fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920s.
        And though he didn't recognize
the Fortune Cookies our student did recognize
a few foods he might come across back in
his home town. And whether they
were Chinese or not he seemed to
enjoy them!
        I'd say a return trip to the Buffet is
likely to be in his future!
       Hope your fortune, and all your NEWS,
is good!


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