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Words: Jay Mora-Shihadeh
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In the moment I erect deep thought I lose the height of fantasy
And toy with the realm of illusion
So when my wife and I celebrated 12 years as a couple, she was still recuperating from her fractured foot and I wasn’t feeling 100% after my Covid Booster (I would take off without pay the following day, because I was still exhausted).
I had bought a mini cake prior to the weekend to celebrate with (primarily because my wife is all about dessert) and I would get some take out at a joint in South Bethlehem, Pa called Rakkii Ramen.
For Appetizers my wife ordered the pan-fried Vegetable Gyoza with infused soy dipping sauce which was delicious and I would order the surprisingly bland Chashu Bun (which was hard to understand considering it’s components of soy braised pork belly, napa cabbage slaw, lettuce, sweet and spicy sauce in a steamed bun.
Soup wise, my wife opted for the amazingly aromatic and once again delicious Sukiyaki Udon with the flavor profile of Soy dashi broth, scallions, tofu, napa cabbage & melt in your mouth marinated shaved beef.
I foolishly went with a unique take on Ramen. For whatever reason I believed a restaurant specializing in Ramen would make that the star dish. Unfortunately, the Udon was far superior. I ordered the even more bland than the appetizer Tonkotsu Ramen. Tonkotsu is pig bone broth which is supposed to have a strong meaty flavor, it tasted like bland bone water more than “broth”, with ajitsuke tamago (gross soy marinated eggs), Chashu (pork belly), bamboo shoots, scallions, nori (seaweed), narutomaki (fish cakes) and black garlic oil, and stuck together noodles. Most elements of my soup were delicious (the exceptions being the egg, the broth and the noodles) sigh. Definitely NOT worth getting Ramen here.
For dessert we shared a small vanilla frosted strawberry jam short cake
Walking to my car dressed as The Great Pumpkin, holding my fudge monsters, my work bag and a bag of treats and rubber duckies to hand out when before ya know I am on the ground at after 6am. A few fudgies survived, i got a scraped left knee and a few pulled muscles in my right arm. I have already been dealing with pain in that arm from over use at the gym a few yesrs back. Essentially call me Mr. ITUS
My wife suggested urgent care which the building that houses was open at 645 am but UC itself didn’t open till 8am. So I stuck around a few hours to hear that i didn’t break, fracture or tear anything after a few strength tests, i was told i pulled a few muscles and should Ice, Rest, Ibuprofin and Stretch. Just don’t lift or carry heavy things, honestly the most painful moment of my day was clicking the seatbelt.
The mighty great pumpkin soldiered on in some pain, used 2 hours of paid time off, and managed to make the prodction rate.
So last year my job had a Halloween Treats contest snd I baked ghosties with the mosties. I don’t have a photo readily available but they were marichino stuffed chocolate cakes with marshmallow icing and shredded coconut.
This year i made Reese’s PB Fudge Monsters with candy eyes and pb chip fangs.
The local art house cinema had a free showing of the 50th anniversary of my all time favorite vampire film, Blacula.
Dir: William Crain
This was part of a series on black filmmakers of then & now. I was hoping for an enlightened talk before the film, but the young local black filmmaker introducing the film couldn’t even remember the name of the actor in the title role.
After a pause and stumble, I shouted out William Marshall. A highlight of this film is the introduction of the singing group The Hues Corporation. This film appearance landed them a record contract and would score a hit a few years later called Rock the boat.
Yeah this film has moments of high camp and both ethnic and sexuality slurs, but at it’s root it’s one hell of a romantic tragedy.
Mumawalde loves Luva, is cursed by Dracula, ends up in 1972 Los Angeles, meets the reincarnated Luva now known as Tina, spends the film romancing Tina, Tina is shot and Mumawalde has no choice but to make her a vampire now. Eventually she is staked by the heroes of the film, but because Mumawalde’s only reason for living (despite having murdered & turned into vampires about a dozen people) was Tina, he decides to kill himself by burning under the sunrise.
Seriously, romantic & tragic.
Say what you will I love this film. Seeing in a theater brought out a lot details and sounds that you just don’t see on the small screen.
My coworker & friend Cheryl joined me for the showing.