Monday, January 4, 2010

How to Choose a Fortune (Cookie)

In my introductory post on not-a-fortune, I noted that my best friend and her family have crafted a special way of doling out fortune cookies. Taking a cue from her father, she takes all of the cookies for those who have participated in the meal, places them in her hands, mixes them up, and then allows each person to select his or her own fortune cookie. On our most recent visit to Austin's Chinatown (where the dragon pictured above greets bar patrons), I attempted to photograph this tradition.

(holding the cookies)


(mixing the cookies)

(Mr. Jones selecting his fortune cookie)

         (me selecting my fortune cookie)

Are there any traditions or rituals that you maintain when you receive fortune cookies?


  1. i have to eat part of it or I think what it says will not come true. and think it is fiercely bad luck when you have an empty fortune so immediately knock on wood or throw salt over my shoulder to offset the empty fortune and then choose another. I am not a fan either of cracked cookies. it sucks to be so superstitious.

  2. I'm with Victoria. I have to eat half of the fortune cookie! Not necessarily because I want it to come true, but more because I just need a little bite of something sweet.

  3. That's exactly how we do the "choosing" of our fortune cookies. My thought is you can't choose someone's fortune for them, although if you think about it, whatever is left over was kind of chosen for you. Hmm...

    Anyway, that's how we go about it.

    And I usually eat one side of the cookie, mainly for the sweetness.

  4. I thought you were supposed to take the cookie that "points" at you.

  5. I've always heard that you're not supposed to touch everyone's cookies- you're only supposed to pick up/ touch the one you choose for yourself. So who knows!


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