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  • Archive for December, 2009

    General Tso’s (Tao) Potato Chips, Available in Canada

    Saturday, December 26th, 2009

    This photo of General Tao’s potato chips was sent to me by a friend who was visiting Canadian relatives for the holidays. Has anyone tried the before? I love how it’s called “Poulet Général Tao” in French. The general is multi-lingual. Also, I guess in Canada he’s given upon the “s” in “Tso.”

    Jews and Chinese Food, on WNYC’s The Takeaway

    Thursday, December 24th, 2009

    Was interviewed on Wednesday on a topic of endless fascination for New Yorkers — the relationship between Jews and Chinese food. Here is the WNYC The Takeaway segment. It involved being picked up at 6:10 a.m. in the morning.
    They ordered pastrami egg rolls from Eden Wok!

    One Thousand Marijuana Plants Found at Old Fortune Cookie Factory

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

    The Oakland Tribune has a great crime story about 1,000 marijuana plants — up to four feet tall — which were found at an old fortune cookie factory in Oakland. The estimated value? About half a million dollars.
    The factory, originally owned by the Kar Mee fortune cookie company, appears to be founded in 1977. It [...]

    Twas the Night Before Chrismas and Jews were Looking Forward to Chinese Food

    Monday, December 21st, 2009

    The Moment Magazine runs an interesting and insightful interview with Andrew Coe, author of “Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States,” about Jews and Chinese food.
    The introductory poem, by Nonna Gorilovskaya, is great.
    Twas the night before Christmas and there was hardly a sound,
    As Jews jumped in their cars and drove [...]

    Speaking at Museum of the City of New York on February 7

    Saturday, December 19th, 2009

    I’m speaking on Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York. It’s free! Here is their write-up below.

    Sunday • February 7 • 2:00 PM
    Join Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles as she recounts her quest to explain how Chinese food is all-American.There are more Chinese [...]

    Many New Adventures and a New Blog To Come

    Saturday, December 19th, 2009

    Stay tuned.

    Fortune Cookie Christmas Tree Ornaments

    Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

    Urban Outfitters is offering a fortune cookie Christmas ornament for sale online. I wonder what meaning it would derive from having a fortune cookie hanging on their pine tree.