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Jun. 12th, 2010 01:02 am
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As anyone who's ever read Newton knows, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Now, substitute "action" with "piece of wonderful, fantastic, good news," and "reaction" with "piece of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news."

Basically, I went to the dentist today. And found out that I may have to get a root canal done next month. My reaction?

NOOOOOOOOO

Right. So, I can safely say this is something I'm not looking forward to. With one exception, most of the dentists I've seen in the past have been great, so I'm not too worried on that count, but I've also heard that there tend to be far more complications once root canal work is done. (If anyone can disprove this, I'd be glad to know.)

It also doesn't help that I think of this song from Little Shop of Horrors whenever it comes to dental check-ups (thanks to being part of a production that performed this play in middle school) most of the time.

Aside from that, sparring was also kind of "ow"-inducing in Tae Kwon Do today. More than usual, that is. But fun nonetheless. And I got the chance to try some new flavors of Italian ice today! Java chip, chocolate hazelnut, and key lime. The place that specializes in it on Bell Boulevard, Ralph's Ices, has a ton of available flavors; way more than what I've seen stocked at most ice cream shops. Nothing quite beats apple crumb, though -- at least not yet.

And despite what the above sounds like, no, I don't actually have sugary desserts that often. Despite having cavities. Which brings this post full circle, more or less.
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Went to a Taiwanese restaurant on Main Street today called Ice Fire Land, for my mom's birthday. I've been there once before, but the reason for its name only just dawned on me: the shabu-shabu dinner = fire, while the shaved ice (or fried ice-cream!) dessert = ice. Duh. That should have been obvious!

For a quick gloss, shabu-shabu: hot pot with broth and another, larger bowl full of ingredients like vermicelli noodles and greens and pumpkin and tofu, all uncooked on the side. Typically, you order a portion of fish, pork, or assorted seafood to go with all of this, and take a variety of other sauces (like garlic, hot pepper, sesame oil, peanut sauce, scallions, etc.) to set on the table. As the water boils, you dip each ingredient into the hot pot, and then remove it, garnish it with any sauces you want and eat it. When you're done with that, you take the broth along with whatever's left of the other ingredients, and drink it as a soup. It is delicious.

After the main course, my mom ordered Taiwanese shaved ice with lychee, pineapple, red bean, and condensed milk toppings. The dish was huge, so my mom, brother, and I got three separate bowls, split the dessert evenly and then dug in. I'm surprised any of us could move after we were done eating. XD

My relatives in NJ also celebrated my mom's birthday by taking us out to The Cheesecake Factory on Sunday. I've never been there before (tried to once, and the waiting time was ridiculous), but now I can at least say I've had the honor of trying both tiramisu cheesecake and upside-down pineapple cheesecake. It was wonderful, and the funny thing is, I'm not even a big fan of cake! That's an upside to eating out with family -- you can try different dishes without being compelled to eat a great deal of anything. Aside from your own dish, that is. (And even then...)

At any rate, I really enjoyed both places.
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The soup buns at Joe's Shanghai yesterday seemed like they were a decent price -- until I realized that they came to almost one bun per dollar. We split each order between three people; for Main Street, that was a little excessive, I thought. Still, I usually brown-bag my lunch, so eating out was a nice change nonetheless.

I'm trying to save my money for Otakon and (especially) Japan. Really, I am.
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I would drop everything to head into the city and find a good macaron right now. I'm not the only person who feels this way, clearly, because these guys spent a day wandering around in search of one.

I also wanted to instill hunger in everyone else who isn't eating delicious sugary pastries at the moment. Hence this icon!

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