Archive for February, 2010

Today’s Quote

“There’s always hope.”

–Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Written by Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson; Directed by Peter Jackson

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“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”

– Winnie the Pooh

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“Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.”

–Marie Louise De La Ramee (1839-1908)

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“My darling, I’m waiting for you.
How long is a day in the dark?
Or a week?
The fire is gone now and I am horribly cold.
I really ought to drag myself outside, but then there would be the sun.
I’m afraid I waste the light;
And the paintings and am writing these words.
We die.
We die rich with lovers and tribes,
tastes we have swallowed,
bodies we have entered and swum up like rivers,
fears we have hidden in, like this wretched cave.
I want all this marked on my body.
We’re the real countries, not the boundaires drawn on maps;
the names of powerful men.
I know you’ll come and carry me out into the Palace of Winds.
That’s what I’ve wanted; to walk in such a place with you,
with friends, and Earth without maps.
The lamp’s gone out,and I’m writing in the darkness.”
– Katharine Clifton, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, “The English Patient,” 1996, Miramax Films, Written and Directed by Anthony Minghella (1954-2008)

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“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”

–  Hannibal Lechter, played by Anthony Hopkins, “Silence of the Lambs,” 1991, Orion Pictures (Directed by Jonathan Demme; Screenplay by Ted Tally)

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To read more about the 2010 USA Census, go to the official USA Census website by clicking here.

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“Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”

–W.C. Fields (1880-1946)

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Top 10 Foods

Although this list changes periodically, here are my TOP 10 FAVORITE THINGS TO EAT, in no particular order:

*  Tenzaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles served with dipping sauce and shrimp tempura)
*  Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches made with french-style bread and filled with pickled carrots and turnips, cucumber, cilantro and chicken)
*  Chicken lau lau (steamed Hawaiian-style chicken and fish wrapped in taro leaves)
*  Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala (Mozzarella, tomato and basil)
*  Hazelnut gelato
*  Shrimp etouffee
*  Oden (simmered vegetables, fishcake, eggs, and other ingredients in a broth, typically sold in the wintertime)
*  Cioppino (seafood stew)
*  Chirashi sushi (chef’s selection of sashimi served over sushi rice)
*  Har gow (as well as other types of dim sum)
*  Stone crab
*  Boiled peanuts
*  Fish and chips

Okay, I snuck in a few additional items.

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If you had to pick just ten things to eat, what would you include on your list?

To go to previous posts of things on MY TOP 10 LIST, click here.

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Today’s Quote

Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?

– Paracelsus (1493-1541)

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“Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

–Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

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“For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.”

– Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

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Love Never Dies

For fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, The Phantom of The Opera, the good news is that “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to the 1988 winner of 10 Tony Awards, is set to begin previews this week at London’s Adelphi Theatre.

According to Broadway Buzz, “The sequel takes place in Coney Island, where the mysterious Maestro who runs the local theater announces a one-off concert with legendary Parisian soprano Christine Daaé. After Daaé arrives in New York with husband Raoul, Victome de Chagny and son Gustave, their subsequent meeting with the Maestro sends the cataclysmic events that happened at the Paris Opera a decade ago crashing back into their lives.”

Previews begin on February 22, 2010, in preparation for an official opening on March 9, 2010.  A Broadway version of the production is targeted to open in November 2010 (theatre to be announced).

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To go to the official website of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, click here.  To purchase advance tickets to the West End Show, click here.

The official London Cast Recording will be released on March 9, 2010 and can be purchased, in advance, from Amazon.com by clicking here.

Above:  View an interview with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in which he introduces Love Never Dies by clicking the Play button.  Below:  Watch a “preview” of one of the principal songs from Love Never Dies, featuring Ramin Karimloo, as the Phantom, by clicking Play.

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Happy Fat Tuesday

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Happy Fat Tuesday to all Jankenpon friends and visitors.  Please join Jankenpon in wishing the people of New Orleans a wonderful Mardis Gras celebration.

Support the City of New Orleans in its ongoing recovery efforts by planning your next visit to this great American city.  To learn more about New Orleans and to get visitor information and tips, visit the New Orleans Online website by clicking here.

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Today’s Quote

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things - not the great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

–Bob Hope (1903-2003)

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President’s Day

Today is President’s Day 2010.

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“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

– Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

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“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

–Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Today’s Video

Today’s video is a 1990 live performance of “My Funny Valentine,” by the legendary Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990), who was affectionately known as The Divine One.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Jankenpon wishes all its friends and visitors a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Go, Tiger

February 14, 2010 marks the start of the Lunar New Year, which is the most important celebration for many Asian cultures.  2010 is the Year of the Tiger and for those persons born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, or 2010, this is an auspicious year for you.

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Happy New Year to all Tigers from Jankenpon!

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Today’s Quote

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

– Steve Jobs (B. 1955)

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“The best portion of a good man’s life– his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”

– William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

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“To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face;
to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains;
to approach my work with a clean mind;
to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things,
the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working;
to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart;
to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours;
to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep
and the joy that comes from work well done– this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.”

– Thomas Dekker (1572-1632)

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“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.”

– Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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Where is that Drink?

Where is that drink?

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This handsome, classic Manhattan was served well-chilled with two cherries, at Faz Danville, located at 600 Hartz Avenue, in Danville, CA.   The restaurant features a large, spacious dining room, a handsome adjoining bar, and private and semi-private dining areas for larger groups.  Dinner is served nightly, and lunch is available on weekdays only.

To read more about Faz, which has other locations in Sunnyvale and Pleasanton, CA, go to their official website by clickinghere.

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Above: A partial view of the large dining room at Fax Danville.  Below: A view of the counter overlooking the open oven where bread is continuously being prepared.

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Today’s Quote

“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things- with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.”

– Corazon Aquino (1933-2009)

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Conde Nast Traveler Gold List

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Conde Nast Traveler released its annual Gold List for 2010, which lists the top-rated hotels according to the readers of Conde Nast Magazine.  The list is available online through the Concierge.com website, where you can filter the list according to a variety of categories, including:

*  Best Rooms
*  Best Service
*  Best Food
*  Best Location
*  Best Design

You can also browse hotels by geographic area.

To go to the official Gold List 2010 page on Concierge.com, click here.

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To subscribe to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine (12 issues for $12), go to their official website by clicking here.

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Travelers Choice 2010

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TripAdvisor.com, the online community for travelers, announced its 2010 Travelers Choice Awards, which includes the top-rated choices in various categories, including:

*  Bargain
*  Romance
*  Luxury
*  Best Service
*  Relaxation and Spa
*  and more…

To read the rankings in all of the categories, go to the official Travelers Choice Awards 2010 page on TripAdvisor.com by clicking here.

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Today’s Quote

“The past is a ghost, the future is a dream, and all we ever have is now.”

–Bill Cosby (B. 1937)

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

– Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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“Whatcha got ain’t nothin new. This country’s hard on people, you can’t stop what’s coming, it ain’t all waiting on you. That’s vanity.”

–Ellis, played by Barry Corbin, to Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, in “No Country for Old Men,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (1977), Paramount Pictures

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“No Country for Old Men” is included in my list of TOP 10 FAVORITE MOVIES, which you can read by clicking here.

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