So visiting a new town brings potential for adventure – some fun, some . . . less so, but still I love to travel. One of my favorite activities is to observe translations – literal and figurative. Literal translations are things like Chinese food menus translated to English. Figurative might be the way folks in New Jersey make salsa.
I’m daring but not stupid. No way I’m going for salsa in Jersey when I’m only out of Texas for a few days . . .
Instead, this is about a Chinese food menu I picked up last night. After wandering the streets of Newark around Penn Station (why couldn’t they have named it something other than Penn Station . . . this is like all the Peachtree Rd/Cl/Dr/Ave in Atlanta!), back to wandering, I decided to stay in for the evening when it came time for dinner.
The hotel restaurant had been strained to produce a decent reuben and a decent philly cheesesteak so it was time for options. The front desk recommended #1 Garden.
Which again made me wonder, did the family that runs this place think they landed in NYC at The Penn Station near Madison Sq Garden? Did they cry when they realized that instead they landed in Newark at penn station near the Prudential Center? Better hockey team over the past 15 years, but . . . it’s Newark.
#1 Garden has a colorful menu with all the standards. And it has a variety of translations – English and Spanish. It’s kind of like a piece of home.
Under each heading: Beef, Pork, Chicken, etc. they state that your order comes with White rice. For brown rice, add $0.75. Pretty standard, nothing fancy here.
So imagine my surprise when I see under the Chef’s Specialheading:
(w. White Rice) (w. Broccoli Rice Add $0.75) the Special Taste You Can’s Replace
Broccoli Rice, fantastic!
Is it green? Is it white rice with broccoli pieces? Is it “rice” derived from broccoli – remember, I lived in California for a while….
I want the broccoli rice!
But then I noticed the “Can’s” and realized, oh,
. . . they don’t really mean broccoli rice, do they?
I bet they mean Brown Rice.
I didn’t order the mysterious broccoli rice, but that little bit of potential sparked a series of new food ideas. I’ll send my request to the Food Network, I’m sure they’re just dying to hear about this.
Have a great week.
Image courtesy of Plaid Ninja