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#163- EAT EAT EAT

“You are a fun-loving person and you will find much happiness”…this is a today’s my Chinese fortune cookie’s message.

Yes, I enjoy every fun moment…

At the Chinese restaurant near by the Gelson’s in Silver Lake/Los Feliz.

Me: I am going to shop at the Gelson’s, so I will be back 40 minutes later.

The cashier: What else?

Me: What else…? Oh…I would like to have a sweet and sour pork combination.

The cashier: All right. See you later!

One hour later, I realized that I ordered two people’s dinner (I have ordered a beef chow mein combination and a sweet and sour pork combination)…!

Yes, EAT. EAT.EAT…! I ate one and a half people’s dinner.

I hope, I am going to get more luck from this funny moment. I can't wait to open the other fortune cookie tomorrow.

***

EAT.

I will go to Galia (my friend, Keasha’s mom)’s Thanksgiving dinner party.

Last Thanksgiving dinner…I ate a lot…

First round: Turkey (white & dark meat both) with cranberry sauce and gravy, Turkey Breast Roulade with Apple and Raisin Stuffing, Smoked Ham, Candied Yams, Stuffing, Green Beans and Potato, Beans, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, Macaroni and Cheese, Deviled Eggs, Spiced Cranberry Cider Spice and Apple Cider…

Second round: Candied Yams and Macaroni and Cheese.

Third round: Peach Cobbler and Red Velvet Cupcake.

Forth round: Lemon Cake.

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner!!!

***

EAT.

The day after Thanksgiving (on the 25th), I will go to my friend (Shinako-san & Bob)’s Thanksgiving BBQ party!

Last time on September 4th…I ate a lot…

Shinako-san’s home cooking / Rice-flour cake (flavored with mugwort), Spring rolls, Sushi rolls, Potato salad, Quiche, Fried calamari…and Masami-san (Shinako-san’s friend)’s home made curry & spinach pies and Baklava. Shinako-san’s husband, Bob’s Korean BBQ, Chicken, Shrimps and Corn. And one of a kind sake from Bruce Shinya Takano (production manager) at YAEGAKI Corporation of USA (www.yaegakiusa.com).

I can’t wait for the BBQ party!!!

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EAT.

I will be in Tokyo, Japan for one month and 10 days for my winter vacation.

EAT, EAT, and EAT with my mom and my brother.

I can’t wait for my vacation in Japan!!!

***

My mother always says that “if you eat with happiness and joy, you never gain weight!”

I agree with her. EAT. EAT. EAT. and enjoy your holiday season!

Happy Holidays to you :)


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
November 16, 2011
Copyright © 2011 Yoko Fujimoto

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東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)被災者および日本の皆様へ

このたびの東日本大震災(東北地方太平洋沖地震)により被災されたすべての方々に心からお見舞い申し上げます。そして、犠牲になられた方々とご遺族の皆様に、深くお悔やみを申し上げます。

日本にいらっしゃる皆様、どうかご無事で、早く、安心出来る暮らし、笑顔が戻ってきますように、心からお祈り申し上げます。


*** 米国でも多くの人が心を痛めており、皆様のご無事を願っています

東北・関東地方で起った大震災に心を痛めながら、私は、「米国在住のライターの私に、日本の皆様のために出来ることをしたい」と、こちらで流れるテレビニュースの画面を見つめながら、ずっと考えていました。

そうしていましたら、本日(ロサンゼルス:3月18日/日本:3月19日)、仕事でお付き合いのある茨城県在住の女性(実際にお会いしたことはありません)から、「テレビでも、世界各国からの応援メッセージをもっと放送して欲しい」とメールをいただきました。

早速、私が報道の仕事で関わっている日本のテレビ局、ラジオ局の幹部、報道記者の方々へ、この女性のメッセージを届け、放送に関してのお願いメールを送信致しました。


*** 米国在住の私に出来ることを考えてみました

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