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Turducken

Today’s portemanteau du jour.

Why not. (yeah, I’d like to riff on that for a while….)

I mean, if you are effete enough to eat the creation, you should be effete enough to use the term for the blending of words.

sigh.

I guess that one could also assume then that you might feed your porkie (poodle/yorkie) this as well. Maybe if Thomas Keller served it…..?

Of course, if you are eating turducken, you most likely have a borzoi, affenpinscher (Doggie winner of Westminster ‘13—better hurry and get yours TODAY), or bichon.

FYI. These are not dogs. These are accessories. If you put it in your handbag and do not walk it, it is not a dog. ARF. If it is wearing clothing–especially if it is in a ‘baby’ stroller, it is not a dog (anymore).

I digress. TURDUCKEN!

I was first introduced to this concept by my son (who was, of course, attending Stanford: -mind spring of much precious gastronomy——–Napa/Palo Alto, not son Christopher).

We were in Tokyo celebrating our Thanksgiving (again) and…..Good luck even finding a Turkey–let alone THIS THING….in Japan.

Finally, I did hunt down (not literally) a bird—without a doubt THE SMALLEST Turkey I have ever had in my life–Courtesy of Presse Tokyo Midtown— And the MOST expensive bird that I have purchased to date. I think they airlifted it from North Carolina once they got my order. Sort of like slave boats pulling up to North Africa long ago.

But—–Fear not, TURDUCKEN, too, IS also available as “people food” at Fatgroove, Aoyama.

So……Why wait for that seat in the kitchen at French Laundry? **

I digress. AGAIN.

Well. The Good News!!! All you Turducken fans (including John Madden) can wheel out your pups for future Feasts a deux.

Presenting: (please toot the Royal Trumpet)

Blue Buffalo—’Turducken’

Blue Buffalo Turducken

Yep. It’s here (as in: in my house—Christopher)

Yokoso. …..oh, and please bring a bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem along for the ride.

Bon Appetit. (and いただきます)

Blue Buffalo Turducken dogfood

**no, not maid service at the Holiday Inn, Calais.

Paging Daniel Henney

Paging Daniel Henney.
(God, I hope that works)

Yobo/say/oh Handsome.
Sa rang hab ni da.

Fate is so cruel…..I lived in Korea for three flippin’ years and never saw anything this Delicious….(okay, well I do love Korean food and crave Baetchu Kimchee, Chop Chae, well, you name it:—I’m writing this for Mrs. Henney’s benefit: as in ‘HIS MOM’…..). Could I babysit Danny?

Wow.

I watched Shanghai Calling last night (a few times) and the Delicious Mr. Henney plays the role of Sam Chao–a Chinese American Lawyer whose New York Firm ships him off to head their Chinese Office.

The film took a Best Actor award (for Daniel Henney) at the 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival, and Best Screenwriter (for Daniel Hsia) at the 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival as well.

Daniel Henney also won a Best Actor award at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival.

Of course, one could say that it’s racist to opt for a Korean Actor to play a Chinese Actor…..but, this is nothing new to the silver screen.

In 2005’s ‘Memoirs of a Geisha‘ Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang plays the Japanese Lead. The Japanese and Chinese have always found “comfort” in one another…..(as is evidenced by episodes documented in Nanjing).

I am now scouring the internet for a DVD of the Korean Drama My Lovely Sam-soon :내 이름은 김삼순. It is a South Korean television drama series which was aired on MBC from June 1, 2005 to July 21, 2005 and touted as the Korean version of Bridget Jones Diary. Hopefully, I nab a copy that will play in my ‘region’—Hey, I don’t even need subtitles–just Freeze Frame. (^0^)

Mr. Henney’s most recent role is as ‘Phil Hayes’ in the recently released film ‘Last Stand.’

That said, I wonder if I like Daniel enough to sit through an hour and 47 minutes of Schwarzenegger? I mean sure—California had to manage it longer–but they voted. And, well….LONG SUFFERING MARIA……? Never mind.

Well, I guess this will be the acid test of Our “New Love.”
Pass the Chigae.

Lays Potato Chips: Chicken Waffle Flavor!

“Do Us A Flavor” contest launched in Times Square at first-ever Lay’s brand flavor store; Contest winner to be awarded $1 million or one percent of chip flavor’s net sales.

Actress (and self proclaimed restauranteur—which to me means she is footing some big bills….but can she boil water?) Eva Longoria and Celebrity ‘Iron Chef’/Restauranteur Michael Symon were present at the Pop up Potato Chips “boutique” Event (hey, this is a fashion commentary, after all) on July 20, 2012 in Times Square for the Promotional Launch. They will also participate in judging the Winning flavour to be announced early this year!

2013 marks Lay’s Potato Chips 75 year anniversary. (You can’t eat just one…..well, I can’t anyway)

‘Do Us A Flavor’ has already been held in numerous countries worldwide including England (of course), Australia, and South Africa. This is the first attempt for Frito Lay, North America to participate in this contest.

Winners receive “One Million Dollars…” (to quote Dr. Evil) OR one percent of the net sales of their 2013 winner–whichever amount is higher for their creation.

I remember when diversity of chip meant flat or ridged in the U.S….

Sure, BBQ was launched in 1965 when Pepsico merged with FritoLay. In England, Walkers Crisps (Lays’ English affiliate) have long marketed flavours ranging from Bovril to Prawn (Shrimp) Cocktail. I remember packing boxes of them to mail home to the US in the ’70’s’ before imports were as widely available. Hard to explain to the Customs agent WHY my luggage contains only snack food…harder still at the time to explain to my father why I had thrown out my clothing in order to pack the stuff…….

On that note—Worldwide entries have included: Mastana Mango, Walkie Talkie Chicken, Caesar Salad, Chilli & Chocolate, Late Night Kebob–just to name a few of the “contestants”…..

Lays Sriracha - Chicken and Waffles - Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cast your vote.

For our part, we did our own sophisticated version of the taste test.
Presenting the Award for the Best Chip….Michelle Obama
Oops, no, wrong contest:

Our taste test winner - Lays Chicken and Waffles
Mei Mei and chicken waffle!

I think I’ll skip the ‘Cajun Squirrel….’

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