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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sunday afternoon at Tai Pan

Tai Pan is the name of a nearby family owned Chinese restaurant. Every time we go there, afterwards, I ask myself the same question, "why do I continue to eat here?" Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the food. But, it just doesn't sit well with my apparently unstable American digestive tract. Therefore, we only go there a couple times a year.

On Sunday afternoons they put out a little buffet. I don't usually do buffets. But, I make an exception for Tai Pan's. Amongst the fried rice, foo yung, Rangoon, General Tsao's, and assorted other, but sometimes unidentifiable, Chinese dishes, is the most pleasant platter of homemade fried donuts. Delicate little donuts. Rolled in sugar. The little donuts have been calling my name for some time now, so today we went.

Tip for anyone who ever wondered why they're hungry an hour after eating Chinese food: Have a donut with your meal and you'll feel stuffed for hours.

A nice young family sat at the table next to ours. A mom, a dad, and three sons. I would guess the boys' ages to be about 5, 8 and 11. It was probably their Father's Day outing. After they filed through the buffet line and returned to their table, the middle son explained in great detail the meaning for "you're a peein'." Hilarious dinner table conversation, kid!

Ending the meal, I got my all time best fortune in a fortune cookie ever: "Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you." To which my daughter said, "that is so you." My daily pick three numbers are 0-3-4. My lotto sixes are 21-31-8-5-46-12.

EDIT: Just Googled my fortune and found out it's actually a quite attributed to John Adams, who also said, "The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing." Can I get a yeow?

Posted by Marie at June 18, 2006 11:49 PM



Happy [belated] Father's Day!

Posted by: ThirtyWhat at June 19, 2006 8:18 AM

My fortunes are always the same" "Help! I'm a prisoner in a Chinese bakery!" It's a stock joke of mine about as humorous as the "in bed" schtick.

What's a yeow?

Posted by: Kem White at June 19, 2006 9:27 AM

I'm not big on buffets, either, but I love Chinese buffets. I prefer Szechuan, though, and you hardly ever get any on buffets.

Posted by: Rob at June 19, 2006 11:41 AM


Posted by: The 26th Man at June 24, 2006 3:19 AM

Great fortune.

Posted by: Dan at June 24, 2006 9:44 AM