After a late afternoon shower, mushrooms pop out in the yard.
As a native Chinese, my gut tells at the first place, “Are they edible? They look so fresh and thick… ”
But I dare not to try. Food poisoning can be a big issue.
In Ginne Springs, Florida.
You’ve got your way to cool down. I have mine.
Hi, I am back to earth! To which planet did I travel in the last 3 months, you may ask. Somewhere had been called “Otaku”. Well, I confess I have become so sluggish during the summer holidays. The reason in me was gnawed by guilt, while the emotions controlled my behavior. From now on, I am determined to put myself back on track, get rid of that evil little haven and do something seriously…So my blog had been updated…
Living in a state with lush vegetation all year around, you will not surprised at the variety of wild flowers. Those flowers caught my attention when I was walking through a state preserve park. Our mission is to find some giant alligators. It is unfortunate that gators did not show up. They cooled themself in the lake in order not to be fried by the crazy midday sun.
Instead, a purple flower greeted me with its elegant color. Next to it, I felt a contrast between a gentle white flower in delicate shape and its aggressive-looking leaves. How does the two tones shape the plant as a whole? Interesting.
My skin sends me a warning: my first summer in Florida takes the chariot of the sun, having arrived at Gainesville. In the afternoons, the sizzling sunshine turns my roommate’s car into a food steamer. We sit inside as if some Chinese steamed buns were ready to be cooked. The bright rays try to burn my skin whenever they touch it. But the mornings and evenings are nice and cool. This is the summer in the sunshine state…
I feel better while seeing the rainbow, a gift from the glaring fire ball overhead. It is not hard to find a rainbow if you notice what the lawns on campus urge for. The water sprays quench their thirst in mornings and afternoons. They happen to be the sun’s canvas.
You might find a rainbow nearby. They are not always the large arch crossing over the sky. They can be as tiny as something that adorns your lawn.
Enjoy the iridescent summer days! ^o^
Let’s turn our mental camera on. In both America and China, we sometimes find the dishes crowned (or mixed) with scarlet red (seasoning, sauce, soup or whatever). Then we zoom in for a close-up. It’s 90% probable that the red sauce in Chinese dish is hot chili peppers. For American dishes, that is ketchup or things playing with tomatoes.
Some of my Chinese friends complain that they seldom discover something spicy when they dine out in town. What quotes “spicy /hot” on the menu does not mean what it says. Gainesville seems to be such a tiny place that authentic Chinese restaurants are rare. Or maybe many people are contented with Americanized Chinese food. But I finally know a place to serve the niche that is looking for the authenticity.
Gator Suyaki, scores poorly on yelp, a popular restaurant reviewing website. However, it is the only place in town that offers Chinese food that are close to the authentic flavor(There may be more options that I haven’t figured out). Leave its sushi or buffet aside because I’ve never tried them. Let me concentrate on what I ordered for supper.
Chongqing fried chicken (medium hot). You’ve already met it in the weekly picture. As for me, it is so irresistible that I do not care about my limited ability to handle spicy food. If you lack the confidence to pass the test, there is the another path to help you through: Why not ordering a drink to moderate it?
Mung Bean shake (cold drink) is highly recommended in Summer.
Boiled fish in chili sauce (slight hot). It should be the top choice.
Mapo tofu (not hot)
If you are looking for some really hot sauce, try these two.
The hottest sauce (to your right) of Tijuana Flats, a chain restaurant for Mexican food, is the other way to go.
I only have these few collections so far. Congratulations to those who are OK with the sauce above! The bonus is that you do not need to fear the aggressive red dressing in most Chinese spicy food.
Would you like to have some authentic Chinese food or challenge the hot chili sauce during the weekend?
Life is an adventure. The choice has been left to you.
I’ve blogged on the mallard and Florida ibis earlier. Here’s a post on some other water birds in the sunshine state from April’s Atelier. Bird lovers, animal lovers and whoever loves nature, attention please! Florida is a paradise!