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Shogun Spa

I guess daily life is less interesting than traveling life. I keep feeling that's a flaw.

Was at a games brunch today. Tofu had been cooked so as to be a lot like scrambled eggs. I played Bananagrams and Shogun for the first time each. Interesting, but Shogun is a pain to set up and tear down (more baggies for the pieces would help) and more directly competitive than is ideal for me. Might play again, but given a choice I'd probably opt for Race For the Galaxy or something. Came in first in the first round and second in the end, by not too much, out of four players. Shogun is a board game where you're taking territory, taxing it for treasure and rice at risk of revolt, building buildings and armies, and of course attacking each other, with a rather weird mechanic: drop soldier-cubes into a tower with slots and see what bounces out; cubes can get stuck in the tower.

Bananagrams was fun. Scrabble-like letter tiles, but no board; you start with 15 or so tiles, first person to use them all in a Scrabble-like word grid calls 'Peel' and everyone takes another letter, last person to Peel wins. I don't think I ever won, though I came close a few times, and had some nice words. Doubled an X with lox and detox, typically turned to qat and adze to deal with those troublesome letters.

'Spa' has a weird meaning in Boston. Near me are Oxford Spa, a deli and cafe, and Montrose Spa, a convenience store and deli.

I remind my readers of the use in Boston Chinese restaurants of "Peking ravioli" for potstickers, or what I grew up with as kwah-teh, or kuo teh.

I grumble again about street numbers: they go linearly from wherever the street starts, rather than jumping with a new block. Unavoidable I guess, since there's no grid to guide such jumps, so I'm complaining about the lack of grid and coordinates. There was an SF Muni map out at the games place, so I got wistful and nostalgic for both SF and the map (it's an awesome city map.)



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Oct. 15th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
It's odd how 'foreign' things have different names elsewhere. In Miami a Philly Roll is called a JBR or Japanese Bagel Roll. O_O
Oct. 15th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
Apparently the Oregon roll in the PNW.

I thought "potstickers" was US-universal, though (assuming some quirk of my parents (insisting on the authentic name) or the restaurant we went to). California (both major cities), Indiana, I assume other places.

Huh, "Peking Ravioli" apparently just goes back to 1958. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_Ravioli Cambridge, even.

The Japanese places, they stick to 'gyoza'.

Now, while I grew up with 'kuo teh' and never see the name but see the dish, I also grew up with princess prawns and never see them period. "Lightly battered fresh prawns, deep-fried, then glazed in a sweet and spicy honey garlic sauce."

Oct. 15th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
The Mandarin corresponding to "kuo teh" specifically refers to fried dumplings, whereas "gyoza" refers to the steamed variety.
Oct. 16th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Ah, right.
Though one can get fried gyoza now...
Oct. 16th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
aside - never ran into "potsticker"

Linear street numbers might be E911 - numbering so that a street number is basically 1000 times the miles that the driveway is from the beginning of the street. (10 feet per increment on a side, even or odd) If that is the case, it can be very helpful in tracking down a street number. For you or for the 911 response crews for which it was designed.
Oct. 16th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
What do you see them on menus as?

As for the latter, maybe. My impression was that buildings were simply numbered in order. I guess I'd have to find some really big building and see if the numbers jump around it, I think your theory predicts that they would. Though they might in mine as well, if older buildings had been torn down to make room for a new big one. Oh, cemeteries... no, they only take one side of the street.

But surely house numbers long pre-date 911?

Oct. 16th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
re: numbers predating 911. Oh, yes. And many areas may not have adopted the scheme. Vermont did it, (community by community per local vote) about the time I moved back. Redid all the numbers. Lots of folks were not happy - e.g. lady who had her number in tile. But it really helps find places, as I confirmed a few years later delivering meals-on-wheels.

re: food - not completely sure what Peking ravioli is, either, although I have heard that term. Simply never heard "potsticker". :-/
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