Smashing Cucumbers

Once again, our gracious host Renard of https://renardsworld.wordpress.com published my guest post: This marvelously smashing story starts in the very beginning of twentieth century, when a U.S. naval officer Pinkerton, stationed in Nagasaki, Japan, temporarily marries a lovely fifteen-year-old Japanese girl Cio-Cio-san. Her name means Madam Butterfly, and Giacomo Puccini’s opera is called, in Italian, Madama…

Well Hello Dolly!

Originally posted on A Jeanne in the Kitchen:
Our very own Dolly Aizerman is back as a guest chef, once again. Though Dolly and I have never met in person, as of yet, we both just know that once we do, we are going to be great friends. We have so much in common. Don’t…

Scumbria Goes Oriental

Scomber Scombus, or Scumbria (accent on the first syllable), as we call it in Odessa, is “the true mackerel” (Integrated Taxonomic Information System, 2012), and this is not an Odessa story. Odessa stories come in four categories: Mostly true Creatively true Legend with some names thrown in Wild fantasy Take category 1, for instance. The…

Chinese Cabbage, Japanese Cat, and a “Frenly” Family Store

Contrary to a popular belief, the ubiquitous Chinese fortune cat is actually Japanese. There are several legends about it, but most agree that it first made its friendly appearance around 17th – 18th century, when Tokyo was called Edo. A samurai was once caught in a rainstorm. Finding shelter under a huge tree, he glanced…

Rudyard Kipling’s Dream: East Meets West

“East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” predicted Rudyard Kipling, and boy! was he ever wrong! Meet an amazing blogger, brilliant Kathy Man, who thumbs her lovely nose at him. Enjoy her lively and entertaining article, Beautiful People! Imogene Lim wrote . . . . . . “Gonna get…

Rangoon Means End of Strife

Burma, remarked Rudyard Kipling, is “quite unlike any land you know about.” Even though today it is called Myanmar, and Yangon, AKA Rangoon, is no longer a capital city, albeit a hot tourist destination, it holds the distinction of being the oldest civilization in Indochina. Historians maintain that the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, also called the…