Monthly Archives: August 2012

Jakarta, Please Stick to Foods Ending in a Consonant

If you are unfamiliar with Indonesian food and would like to experience a veritable potpourri of offerings, or know the score well enough to discern which street vendor introduced you to the euphemism I like to call human spray, the … Continue reading

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That Wacky Wooly Willy®

We’ll return to regular posts next time, (unless you jive to this method too) but for now, I’d like to share with you a small slice of my rumbustious imagination: Who knew that Smethport, Pennsylvania (USA) is where the clazy … Continue reading

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One Million Turkish Millionaires and Big League Chew’s Zimbabwean Cousin: Inflated Egos

Do you collect world currency?  Are there any specific coins or bills that your collection is missing, and that ebay or taobao neglect to list?  As a child, a couple of visits to Thomas Cook currency exchange bureaus to snag … Continue reading

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Asparagus Juice: Solid, Check. Liquid, Check. Gas? Oh, no

I’d like to begin by noting that one of the tags for this post is “weird.”  That depends, hey?  I’m not sure if asparagus juice is going to start popping up in organic/health food stores, or become the latest sample … Continue reading

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Ya, I Ate That: Viper Ice Cream

Once I recover the photos I’ll review the location at another time, but this wacky choice was discovered at Namjatown, a Tokyo-based food/carnival game/I have no flippin’ idea-type of theme park brought to us by Namco (makers of Pac-Man and … Continue reading

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Northwestern Chinese Edibles in Ürümqi (حلال‎ , fo’ sho’)

A visit to Ürümqi (a city in Xinjiang, in northwestern China) was supposed to be a sort of homecoming  (Link thanks to china.notspecial.org-that site and this blog post oughta be fun for the Great Firewall).  Er, to clarify, many of … Continue reading

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Bananas and Brains in Batavia

Yep, I’m a bit of a shoe-in for truculent gastrointestinal issues, and one good reason is because I don’t fear water.  Either that, or the local bottled water is refilled anyway, so I’m not sure boiling the stuff will make … Continue reading

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