Monday, May 24, 2010

Click for Fortune

A Twitter friend of mine shared this link:




I've visited the site twice and have received the following actual fortunes:

"You will find a treasure at this website."

AND 

"You are the guiding star of his existence."

I'd like to think the first fortune refers to MY site rather than theirs (although I doubt that's what they had in mind); the second is just creepy.


Please visit the site and share your fortune (or not-a-fortune) in the comments section below.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Theatrical Fortune Cookies

My Audriella forwarded me the link below almost a month ago and I neglected to thoroughly investigate it, which is a bummer because you'll notice the subject is a theatre company in Washington, D.C.- the place from which I have just returned.

According to its website, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company was named "the hottest theatre company in town" by The Washington Post. The 2010 season marks its 30th anniversary; in celebration, Woolly Mammoth is serving free fortune cookies in the lobby. Inside each cookie is a question "about what the play means to you." The theatre encourages its patrons to email them with responses to each of six different questions. The questions and some of the responses are posted HERE. They are well worth checking out.


I'd love to hear your responses to the questions posed on the site. Feel free to click on the link and then post your responses to the questions in the comments section here.

Friday, May 21, 2010

An Unexpected Encounter with a Fortune Cookie Distributor (of sorts)

Last night my friend Jonesy and I met for a couple of pints at Austin's Draught House Pub & Brewery. It's American Craft Beer Week at this local drinkery, which means brewery representatives are available to answer questions and supply samples. Last night featured North Coast's owner, Tom Allen. Jonesy started off with a pint of the Real Ale ESB, then had one of the Draught House's own brews, and finished with a couple of Live Oak Big Barks. I had Live Oak Hefeweizen.

This photo is taken from inside the Draught House. Jonesy is in line for our 2nd round.

You may be wondering where the fortune cookies come into play. Right now.

After the Draught House, we walked to the new & improved Waterloo Ice House for some grub. Jonesy had The Works burger with tots. I had the cheese fries, which I highly recommend.

At Waterloo:
I can't recall why Jonesy is making this face. I promise it's not because I'm taking his picture.

As we finished eating, we happened to enter into a conversation with one of the servers, who also works at P.F. Chang's. I mentioned that I didn't get a fortune cookie the last time I was there. He asked where I had been sitting (the bar, duh), and I asked how he distributes the cookies. As someone who blogs about all things fortune cookie-related and had a professional fortune cookie distributor in my reach, how could I not?

His response was that he originally placed a cookie in front of each diner but that he has since revised his technique. He now places all of the cookies in the center of the table. Why? Because he thinks people should be able to choose their own fortunes (or not-a-fortunes). (You may recall that this very occurrence required a do-over two months ago.) Furthermore, he does not hand out broken cookies, nor does he read the cookie inserts that come inside of them. If he himself receives a broken cookie, he will eat it but will not read the insert. He throws it away along with the wrapper, sight unseen. These tendencies remind me of some of my readers' (and my own) fortune cookie superstitions, which I originally blogged about here.

Finally, merely for your viewing pleasure, this is what Jonesy and I happened upon on our walk back:

What's wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Washington, D.C., an Unsuccessful Search for a Fortune Cookie, & Beer

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may know I recently returned from Washington, D.C. I went to our nation's capital to visit my college roommate, Flo (whose recent "appearance" on the blog can be found here), to meet her new baby, Lucy (about whom I could gush for hours, but that's not the purpose of this blog), and to visit my Audriella (whose recent move from Austin to D.C. I chronicled here).


A glimpse of Baby Lucy, who was playing ducky that day.

I stayed with Audriella and her boyfriend, Mr. Jones, whom you may remember from his infamous fortune-eating incident back in December of 2009.


My hosts in their new digs.

My first night in D.C. the three of us had great sushi at Banana Leaves, a pan-Asian restaurant located near Dupont Circle. We followed that up with dessert and book shopping at Kramerbooks, which may be my favorite bookstore (wait, wait, wait- I could never diss The Strand like that). However, Kramer's does offer a bar/cafe situation that I absolutely adore, and on this particular night the musical stylings of singer/songwriter Acacia Sears made everything even better (as if that was possible).


The next night we went out for dinner at Top Thai in Crystal City, Virginia. (I think- I don't know if CC is just a neighborhood of Arlington or what. Actually, now that I think about it, that's quite possible. I'M FROM TEXAS, PEOPLE.) Dinner was delicious yet again, BUT...are you sensing a theme here? NO FORTUNE COOKIES.


Being the experienced diner that she is, Audriella owns the Fearless Critic's DC Area Restaurant Guide. (I have the Austin edition and have been pleased with the reviews and suggestions.) Using this and Urbanspoon, we immediately began searching for Chinese restaurants. We had planned to visit D.C.'s Chinatown on our quest for fortune cookies, so we narrowed our search to that neighborhood. New Big Wong is the Fearless Critic's top choice in Chinatown, and is also the Washingtonian's choice for "Best of Chinatown." Unfortunately, the restaurant is only open until 5:00 pm and we were searching for dinner options on a Tuesday night. The first and second rankings were inaccessible by train, which left them out of the running for us on that particular evening. However, China Garden in Arlington, Virginia, was ranked third on the Fearless Critic's list, was easily accessible by metro, and was open until 10:00 pm. To top it off, we called to confirm that they offered fortune cookies. They did. Winner.


And then my Audriella remembered that the Champs sports bar near her apartment has $2. beer specials on Tuesday nights. She had Miller Lite; I had Blue Moon. She had a Reuben; I had Fish & Chips.


The following evening we went out for Ethiopian food at Dukem on U Street. There was a fish involved then, too, but I'll spare you the details. Beer: St. George. 


After dinner, we met up with a friend of mine at Bar Pilar, where they happen to have Magic Hat #9 on draft. Having had it bottled and on draft, I can honestly say that it's better on draft.


At Bar Pilar


Perhaps you recall my last Magic Hat post, where I wrote about the wacky sayings found on the undersides of the bottlecaps. Thanks to my friends at Apothecary in Austin, Texas, I've amassed a bit of a collection of Magic Hat caps since that post:



This round of Magic Hat wisdom tells us, "Philosophy is not a luxury item," "Life is not a dress rehearsal," "Embrace alternative methods this time," "To truly live, you have to give," "Minds awaken on roads less taken," and asks, "How did you get like this?"

As my search for a fortune cookie in D.C. was ultimately unsuccessful but I did consume some Magic Hat #9, this seemed like an excellent opportunity to share more of the sometimes witty but always interesting sayings that accompany this Not Quite Pale Ale.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Domain Name

ATTENTION, READERS: 
NOT-A-FORTUNE IS IN PROCESS OF SWITCHING OVER TO A CUSTOM DOMAIN NAME. ALTHOUGH I DON'T EXPECT ANY DIFFICULTY OR DOWNTIME DURING THIS TRANSITION, PLEASE BE PATIENT.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fortunes and Not-a-Fortunes I've Been Keeping to Myself

I haven't done a fortune cookie round-up since March 22nd and it's almost the middle of May! Not only have I been holding onto a handful of my own cookie inserts, I also have a list of fortunes and not-a-fortunes from my loyal readers/contributors.

Let's start off with a disappointing but amusing not-a-fortune from Melissa in San Antonio:
"Life is full of little decisions- like white or brown rice."
Having just finished a meal at Pei Wei, all she could think was, "At least I had some tasty Pad Thai."

The following cookie insert was retweeted to me by my tweep (Twitter peep) Hippiechick68:
"Everyone around you is rooting for you. Don't give up!"
The diner who received this cookie insert misidentified it as a fortune, however, when he attached this caption to his photo: "I like my fortune. Thank you, cookie!" While the insert may have delivered a sentiment he appreciated, it's not a fortune.

Another tweep, Max, shared his own not-a-fortune with me:
"At the end of each day, think 'what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?'"

I have two not-a-fortunes to share:
"Promise only when you can deliver."
"Count your blessings by thinking of those whom you love."

You may find the actual fortunes in this round-up more interesting...

For example, my loyal reader and frequent contributor Blonde Birdie offered this fortune that appeared as if from nowhere:
"Doors will be opening for you in many areas of your life."
This is especially fortuitous for BB as she found it while moving into her new place. She swears she had never seen it before and has no idea where it came from. She is keeping it nonetheless!

BB's second contribution to this round-up is a fortune she received just the other night:
"You will be recognized and honored as a community leader."

My friend Delaney opened a fortune cookie to find not one but TWO cookie inserts- AND THEY WERE BOTH ACTUAL FORTUNES! Blonde Birdie should be excited about this, as she thought my "What's This? Two Fortunes?!?" post was about this very event. D's fortunes:
"An interesting musical opportunity is in your near future."
(When I inquired as to what this might entail she suggested karaoke.)
"A romantic mystery will soon add interest to your life."

One of my fortunes also mentions romance:
"Romance comes to life this year in a very unusual sort of way."
(Perhaps I will fall in love with karaoke?)

Cookie inserts also told me, "You will soon emerge victorious from the maze you've been traveling in," and "Endurance and persistence will be rewarded."

And finally, a pair of fortunes from my great friend Allison and her husband, the clotheshorse whose last cookie insert (a not-a-fortune) was featured here.
Allison received this fortune:
"A pleasant surprise is in store for you soon."
Her hubby's fortune:
"Something on four wheels will soon be a fun investment for you!"
As hubby is already in the market for a new car, Allison thinks this will be her pleasant surprise. In case you're wondering (as Audriella and I were) how they seem to get such perfectly well-timed cookie inserts, Allison says she "shakes" the cookies a little before putting them on the table, and she chooses the one that seems to be "pointing" at her, though she isn't sure how her husband selects his.

Thanks to all of my contributors in this round-up.
I also have some Magic Hat & Lone Star beer bottle caps to blog about, so keep an eye out for that post coming soon...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

We All Need a Little Sparkle in Our Lives



This is Sparkleplenty, my nine-year-old (in two weeks) BFF. We met in 2006 when we lived down the street from one another. Sparkleplenty is a nickname she has earned because of her love of all things - you guessed it - glittery and sparkly. She is also a fan of pink and purple; for her 8th birthday I gave her a large wooden sign cut into the word "Sparkle," painted pink and covered with glitter. It hangs on her bedroom wall to remind her that she brings sparkle into my life each time I see her.

In the photo above, we are dining at a casual Asian restaurant, Fire Bowl. We both received instructional fortune cookie inserts (not-a-fortunes) following that meal:


"Put all your unhappiness aside, life is beautiful, be happy."
"Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can."

However, on another day more recently, Sparkleplenty received the following ACTUAL FORTUNE from Panda Express:

"YOU ARE HEADING FOR A LAND OF SUNSHINE AND RELAXATION"

How great of a fortune is that?!?