Monthly Archives: February 2008

The Abandon, the New, the Old, and the Original

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“Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.” – Wayne Dyer

I know the quote has nothing related to the topic, but I thought it was meaningful; therefore, I posted it. 🙂

Anyhow, my next random tour is Flea Market! All over the world with the same concept, a wide variety of goods, and many bargain deals, flea market is more than just old furniture with flea. For me, it is a big vault of treasures and memories that through time its value and beauty faded away, and now it is waiting to be notice by hunters. Or rather by ME, the one who will truthfully appreciate its beauty. 🙂

From the http://www.fleamarketfacts.com/

“The traditional and most publicized story is in the article “What Is A Flea Market?” by Albert LaFarge in the 1998 winter edition of Today’s Flea Market magazine. In his article LaFarge says, “There is a general agreement that the term “Flea Market” is a literal translation of the French marche aux puces, an outdoor bazaar in Paris, France, named after those pesky little parasites of the order Siphonaptera (or “wingless bloodsucker”) that infested the upholstery of old furniture brought out for sale.”

The second story is printed in the book Flea Markets in Europe published by Chartwell Books.

In the Introduction of this book, the author writes, “In the time of Emperor Napoleon III, the imperial architect Haussmann made plans for the broad, straight boulevards with rows of square houses in the center of Paris, along which army divisions could march with much pompous noise.

The plans forced many dealers in second-hand goods to flee their old dwellings; the alleys and slums were demolished. These dislodged merchants were, however, allowed to continue selling their wares undisturbed right in the north of Paris, just outside of the former fort, in front of the gate Porte de Clignancourt.

The first stalls were erected in about 1860. The gathering together of all these exiles from the slums of Paris was soon given the name “Marche aux Puces”, meaning “flee market“, later translation.”

Enjoy ^_^

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SPAIN’S FLEA MARKET:

PROVENCE MARKET – Taken by barek176

Taken by talkingtrees

EL ARTESANO Y SUS OBRAS – taken by bluesilver

MADRID – Taken by karatekittiekim

RASTRO FLEA MARKET – Taken by curlymay

BAND AT EL RASTRO – Taken by jessica2819

RASTRO BOCADILLO – taken by talkingtrees

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JAPANESE’S FLEA MARKET:

TOJI TEMPLE MARKET – Taken by elia diodati

KITANO TENMAGU SHRINE, KYOTO, JAPAN – Taken by txipiflick

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AMERICAN’S FLEA MARKET:

NEW YORK CITY, WEST 39TH STREET AT 9TH AVENUE – Taken by isefire

ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET – Taken by coral

Taken by devilbadtz

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INDIA’S FLEA MARKET:

ANJUN – Taken by 6dan6

Taken by fotofeewa

LE FLEA MARKET D’ANJUNA – Taken by muskadia

Taken by CJ Laing

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ENGLAND’S FLEA MARKET

STAMFORD – Taken by steveandkristinebel

Taken by roamingolivia

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The Wall of Possibility

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“Home” is any four walls that enclose the right person” by Helen Rowland

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^ What do you think of this wooden chair?


^ do you collect random items for your wall?


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^ (the bedroom) Simple and illuminate the whole entire room.

v Those details on the wall must cost a lot!  only the ceiling is blank blue 🙂 Yet, I don’t feel dizzy.


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The place I wish to be at …

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Super Food for the Super Fan!

I know it’s a soccer song, but it wouldn’t hurt hearing it for football right?

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It’s Super Bowl this Sunday at 3 P.M.!!!  Who are you rooting for?  Do you even care?  I used to more of a soccer fan!  However, after my sister showed me her favorite football team, I now follow her passion, or is it more like her January’s hobby?  🙂  Even though I’m not a Super Fan yet, I still want a real traditional Super Bowl Party for my first Super Bowl.

Here are my list of Super Food: KFC with smash potato and coleslaw or Korean Chicken Wings

                                                        Macaroni Cheese

Chorizo, Bean and Cheese Nachos

Some Cider Punch and Brownies of course.

Chorizo, Bean and Cheese Nachos

1 pound Mexican chorizo, removed from casings and crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups cooked pinto beans
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Water
Homemade Tortilla Chips, recipe below, or large, restaurant style corn tortilla chips
1 1/2 cups grated pepper jack
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar
1 small white onion, sliced into thin rings
5 large jalapenos, stemmed, seeded, and chopped, or to taste
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
In a large skillet, cook the chorizo, garlic, and cumin, stirring, over medium-high heat until the sausage is browned and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. To the fat in the pan, add the pinto beans, chili powder, salt, and 1 to 1 1/2 cups water (depending on the moisture in the beans). Cook over medium heat until warmed through, smashing with the back of a heavy wooden spoon or potato masher until chunky/smooth. Remove from the heat.Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

On a large, oval ovenproof platter or in a large baking dish, spread 1 layer of chips. Top with a layer of 1/2 of the beans, then 1/2 of the sausage, cheeses, onion rings, and chopped jalapenos. Repeat with another layer of chips, beans, sausage, cheese, onions and jalapenos. Bake until the cheeses are melted and the mixture is hot, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and lime juice, with a pinch of salt. Drizzle over the nachos, garnish with cilantro, and serve immediately.

Homemade Tortilla Chips:
9 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
4 cups corn or vegetable oil
Essence, recipe follows
In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the oil to 360 degrees F.In batches, add the tortillas to the oil, being careful not to overcrowd, and cook until golden brown, turning once, about 1 minute. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season lightly with Essence. Serve warm or use to make nachos.

Yield: 3 dozen chips

Essence (Emeril’s Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from “New New Orleans Cooking”, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Korean Chicken Wings

1 to 2 pounds chicken wings (about 12 whole wings) 1st and 2nd joint, no tips
2 tablespoons canola oil, plus more for frying
3 tablespoons grated ginger
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chili garlic sauce
Chopped scallions, for garnish
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Place the chicken wings on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 35 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add the 2 tablespoons of canola oil and the ginger. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the sherry, vinegar, sesame oil, honey, and soy sauce and chili garlic sauce and continue to cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.

In large sauce pot or fryer, heat 3-inches of the canola oil, or enough to prevent wings from touching the bottom of the pan, to 350 degrees F. Add the chicken wings to the oil and cook for about 3 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Remove the chicken wings from the oil and drain on paper towels.

Add the wings to the sauce. Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.

Banana Split Brownie Pizza

1 (20-ounce) box fudge brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
2 tablespoons sugar
2 bananas, sliced and tossed in lemon juice to prevent browning
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup chopped nuts
Chocolate ice cream topping or chocolate syrup, for drizzling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Grease a 15-inch pizza pan. Prepare the brownie mix according to box directions. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until done. Remove from the oven and cool. Beat the cream cheese, pineapple, and sugar together in a bowl. Use any reserved pineapple juice at this time, if needed, to soften the mixture to a good spreading consistency. Otherwise dispose of or save the juice for another use. Spread the mixture over the cooled brownie crust. Arrange the banana and strawberry slices over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and drizzle with chocolate ice cream topping. Refrigerate. To serve, slice as you would a pizza, and enjoy!

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