Food For Thought—Plus: Panda Or Pasta?

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Food For Thought—Plus: Panda Or Pasta?


Fortune Cookie, My Old Friend

I've come to read from you again.
Because the hunger amidst working
Did set my poor gut a-twerking
And the pasta that I wanted was too far
Stop the car!
And get some food from Panda

Hello, and welcome to this evening's edition of Grandpa Gotta Eat. I'm afraid it's going to be all over the place for most of it. That's because I'm combining three different posts into one. I will reveal what they are at the bottom, but in the meantime, I'm just going to go with the flow.

So, read on, dear reader, read on.

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Sensitivity Issues

What you see above was the fortune inside one of the two fortune cookies I was given with my lunch from Panda Express today. Not much of a fortune, but more of a declaration. And while I believe I know what the fortune was trying to tell me, I decided I better look up sensitivity. Boy, oh, boy. I should have left well enough alone, ignorance being bliss and all.

This is what the online Merriam Webster dictionary gave me:

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Now, I was thinking the fortune meant that my—

e: awareness of the needs and emotions of others

—is an asset, but the fact that (e) was the last entry got me wondering: Just what are you trying to tell me fortune cookie fortune?

It better not mean (a). I'm sure it's referring to some scientific or medical term, but—

the capacity of... a sense organ to respond to stimulation

—sounds like the opposite of the kind of sensitivity that would be an asset, but rather the source of a lot of the problems going on in the world these days.

I think I'll just stop there and drop that definition like a hot tamale.

Unfortunately, entries (b) and (d) aren't much better.

the quality or state of being hypersensitive

or

the capacity of being hurt easily

seem to be, again, the opposite of an asset.

Now, hypersensitive could be another medical or scientific term, such as being hypersensitive to a certain virus or bacteria, to certain foods (i.e, people who are allergic to nuts can't have even one little bit of a peanut, pecan, almond, etc., without an adverse reaction), drugs—even those meant to help—and certain forms of chemical compounds, even though their individual elements may be harmless.

Well, fortunately, as far as I know, anyway, I'm not that kind of hypersensitive. Nor do I think I take offense easily, or become triggered over every little thing. It takes a while for me to get upset, and then when I do, I generally get over it rather quickly.

I'm pretty sure the thing about the radio isn't it, either, even if I do find myself singing a song out of the blue. Or changing the lyrics to fit my fancy, or in this case, to open my blog post (sorry Simon and Garfunkel).

So, I'm going with (e). But am I really that aware of the needs and emotions of others? Maybe. I can sense them, I think, but I don't always know what to do with them. Sometimes, I'm not even sure if I should do anything. Is that sensitivity?

Blast you, fortune cookie fortune. Another mystery wrapped in an enigma and dipped in a riddle.

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By The Way, Here's My Lunch

I suppose I should get around to showing you what I ate. You'd think I really wanted noodles, but no, I'm not that big a fan. That's just the outsized portion Panda Express likes to give me. Lots of the side, barely any entree. There happens to be two of those in the back—broccoli beef and kung pao chicken. I don't often get spicy Chinese food, but I was in the mood to try something different.

I probably should have doubled the broccoli beef or got some other kind of chicken instead. It was okay, but I like my spicy more flavorful than hot, and this was more of the latter and hardly any of the former.

You also see they gave me two sweet and sour sauces, even though I hardly ever use them. No doubt there are many who like it—they find themselves drawn to it like the sweet nectar of a hummingbird flower—I'm just not one of them. I prefer the hot mustard to go on my noodles. Helps to clear the sinuses.

As for the green Sharpie—that was in the bag with my meal, too. I've hit a stone wall trying to figure it out, other than it was an accident. I intend to return it when I'm in town again.

I've imagined a rather humorous exchange, but it will probably go more like this:

"Welcome to Panda Express. Would you like to try a sample of our Sichuan Chicken?"

"No, thank you."

"Okay. Order whenever you're ready."

"I'm here to return a green Sharpie I got in my meal when I was here yesterday."

"Please pull forward."

You know. No big deal. My guess is, it will be a little more awkward when I get to the window, especially if it's the same girl.

She'll be all, "I wondered where that went!"

And I'll be like, "Yeah, I figured you all weren't handing out free Sharpie's with every meal."

And then she'll laugh, and I'll laugh. And then there will be this momentary silence, where I look up in the rearview mirror and see the long line of people behind me wondering why I'm wasting all their precious time as I yuck it up with the drive thru girl, and then I'll get that "Time to go!" kind of anxiousness—you know.

Like...

...a wannabe "social climber " on a swanky "everybody who's anybody" harbor cruise who shows up inappropriately dressed in the middle of August because even though the forecast was for 100-degree weather, they just had this gut feeling about some sort of damp conditions.

[Shudder].

Maybe I'll just keep the Sharpie.

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Did I Mention I Wanted Pasta?

I know I kind of joked about it in the very beginning, but I actually did want pasta for lunch instead. I've been getting the $5.99 pasta specials at Domino's, but the last time I ate some, I realized I was getting tired of it. It's not bad, it's just not high quality flavor. Or at least, not after the sixth time in eight weeks.

When I came in for dinner a couple of hours ago, imagine my surprise when I saw what we were having. Spaghetti! And not just any spaghetti, but the spaghetti I grew up with. My wife had made the sauce and meatballs from scratch using a recipe my mother used to make. Mama mia got it from a cookbook her women's group at church created at least 45 years ago.

Believe me, even though I was still rather full from lunch, it was well worth missing out on the Domino's pasta earlier for this. The meatballs are made with ground beef (I prefer the flavor over sausage) and just the right mixture of tangy acidic and sugary sweetness in the sauce. Better than the sweet and sour I avoided earlier, and without the artificially colored red tongue after effect.

Delizioso!

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Since I'm bundling three posts into one, I probably should get to the last of it.

I've mentioned two kinds of food, Chinese and Italian. If you had to choose between the two, which would you choose?

Feel free to read through all the attribution and acknowledgement stuff to follow, or skip on down to the poll while I finish up here.

Thanks for reading this edition of Grandpa's Gotta Eat. Until next time...

...Enjoy!

Food images courtesy of Glen Anthony Albrethsen. Screenshot from Merriam Webster's online dictionary.

This post is published in conjunction with three different STEEM communities: @foodfightfriday, the daily five minute freewrite hosted by @mariannewest, and dpoll.

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This post used twelve previously unused prompts from the daily five minute freewrite. The words or phrases can be found sprinkled throughout the post in italics.


  • Italian all day!

  • Chinese is better, thank you very much.

  • Meh. I'm not overly fond of either.

  • Actually, my personal preference is __________ (please fill in the blank).

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  • Meh. I'm not overly fond of either.
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Hey, @upvotenev.

For the most part, I can take it or leave it when it comes to Chinese food. Italian on the other hand—as far as I know I have no Italian ancestry, but I really do like the food. :)

So, what, if you don't mind me asking, would you say is your favorite kind of food?

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  • Italian all day!
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Hey, @maxer27.

Yeah, I agree, especially over Chinese. I would have a much harder time choosing between Italian and Mexican, though. :)

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  • Actually, my personal preference is __________ (please fill in the blank).

Indian

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Hey, @akdx.

I've tried a few Indian dishes, but both times there was a selection and so I didn't really get a chance to distinguish which was which, other than Butter Chicken, since I've made a version of it myself. :)

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  • Meh. I'm not overly fond of either.

But I like Italian food better than Chinese. Even two of my favorite foods are Italian. The Milanese Spaghetti and the Pizza. But I still would not say "Italian all day!". I also have other favorite foods, for example the Greek Gyros, the Hungarian lángos, túrós csusza, somlói galuska, palacsinta, kürtőskalács and many other (mainly Hungarian) foods.

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Hey, @xplosive.

There is so much left to explore! I know very little, if anything, about Hungarian food, and the only gyros I've had were probably from Arby's or something, so not very representative of the actual Greek.

My guess is it happens everywhere, but there's this tendency to craft food to fit the "American" palate that I wish they would just stop. Mexican food is so much better when it's just straight up Mexican, and I'm assuming it would be the same way for every other food made elsewhere. :)

Ah Granpa is a touch sensitive today, is he? 😊

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Hey, Vincent.

Apparently, there are some things of which I still am. :)

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  • Italian all day!
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Hey, @fredkese.

Yeah, of the two, I could probably go through an Italian menu and end up with most of the menu, while Chinese would be probably under a half a dozen dishes. Unfortunately, they don't really have fast food Italian yet, although, I guess one could argue they don't really have fast food Chinese with Panda, either. :)

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They all have their perks but Italian is definetely my choice

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  • Italian all day!

Your pasta looks so much better than the Chinese and that is 5 servings of noodles from them!

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Hey, @bxlphabet.

I've given up on their rice completely because it just doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, other than maybe oil, and I wouldn't get the noodles, but the only other option is steamed vegetables, and that's pretty much what I'm getting with the entrees because there's usually a little bit of meat compared to the vegetables in it. What's really funny, though, is that the mushroom chicken ends up being less about the mushrooms and the chicken than it is about the zucchini, which isn't even mentioned in the name of the food. :)

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Haha! I think they must be on a cost saving kick over there, @glenalbrethsen.

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  • Italian all day!
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Hey, @bobskibob.

Can't disagree. I've had Chinese made by Chinese people (my daughter-in-law is of Chinese descent and her parents have been restaurant cooks), and while I'm sure there's some pandering to palate and ingredients that are different, I still find Chinese food to be not quite as exciting as it should be. Italian might be too exciting all the time, though, but I definitely prefer zesty to bland, I guess. :)

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  • Italian all day!

I would like an update about your neighbourhood's free range turkey because Halloween is near:
Is it still happy or already tasty?

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Hey, @bluerobo.

I was wondering the other day when it was foggy where the turkey might be. Haven't seen it but once, and it's not really my neighborhood, but where the shop is of the company I work for, so I can't keep tabs on it very well, since I'm only down there once a week.

It would be interesting to see if it makes it through this Thanksgiving, though. I wonder if it just knows to instinctually hide. :)

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  • Actually, my personal preference is __________ (please fill in the blank).

Not a fan of carbs...

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Hey, @abbak7.

So, no noodles, rice, pasta, etc., for you. The meatballs and sauce, though. You could do that. And then just get the Chinese food entrees a la carte. I've done that before, but they can get more expensive that way.

One of these days I need to break down the cost of the food they're giving me, so then I can get mad and never go back because I found out that they marked it up some ridiculous amount. :)

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Thank you, @botefarm, for the kind words and the 'prompt' delivery. :)

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  • Actually, my personal preference is __________ (please fill in the blank).

I like italian and chinese food very much.

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Hey, @suntree.

Ah, so it's not an either other but a both for you. :) Can't go wrong that way. There are definitely Chinese meals I do enjoy, I just keep finding dishes that I don't like so much. With Italian food, I haven't ran into as much that I don't care for.

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I like almost everything I know, but I don't like blood- and liversausage :)

Yeah, you should probably just keep the green marker. You're such a good guy she just wanted to give you a little something extra.😊
Italian all day!

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Hey, @thebigsweed.

Well, I haven't made it back there yet. I guess I could do it the next time I actually go to get Panda Express. :)

Yeah, I think it's hard to miss with Italian. I can't say I'm too keen on ravioli, but I'm not sure I've actually had good Italian ravioli.

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  • Chinese is better, thank you very much.
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Hey, @hatoto.

You must have some pretty good Chinese food then. :) I like it, just not as many dishes as Italian, so far.

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  • Italian all day!
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Hey, @thomaswolf.

Tough for me to disagree. :) I think if I actually lived in Italy, I'd probably balloon another 50 pounds in about a month. Okay, it might take three.

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  • Italian all day!
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Hey, @jeffjagoe.

I agree, it really is the way to go, although tonight, we're having Chinese food. Go figure. Something about it being a family tradition we started years ago for Halloween night. I think I might have to change the tradition to Italian. :)

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Howdy sir glen! I've never been to Panda Express, is it usually pretty good? this is a great post with lots of variety. lol..and that spaghetti looks fabulous! Did you have garlic bread with it? oh man, that's some good eatin.

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Hey, @janton.

I'm not a fan of Panda Express. I eat it when I've basically exhausted other options. I like Chinese from a traditional restaurant better, it's just that they usually take a while to get the food prepared and outside of the area where I live, I don't know what's good.

I really need to stop eating there. :)

The spaghetti was very tasty. Really enjoyed that, and had been wanting it all week. I guess I materialized it with my mind, however that universe wishing thing works. :)

No, there wasn't any garlic bread. I like french bread with butter best.

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Oh french bread is wonderful too! And I know you don't drink alcohol but if you did you would love red wine with it. lol.

We have a fairly new Panda Express here but I haven't been there. I'm not that anxious now. lol.