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I stopped by the American history museum of the Smithsonian and was superexcited to see three objects that I have encountered in my research were now on exhibit and part of the museum’s permanent collection The kata grills from Gary Ono, which were used to make superearly fortune cookies in the Japanese Tea Garden in […]
Shin Azumi forÂ Lapalma has designedÂ a fortune cookie-shaped chair which was presented atÂ Imm Cologne 2011, though there has been some controversy about it since then. According to Swiss Miss, it is built from a single sheet of plywood. While it looks fragile, it’s actually incredibly stable, thanks to the clever weight distribution achieved via a specifically […]
Every day for a year, a writer, Matt Kelsey, is going to follow the advice of a fortune cookie and play the lucky numbers, to see if it really will make a difference. Here is his press release, which I was fascinated by in part because it’s on the Kansas City Star website. Sort of […]
Love these fortune cookie fortune scarves on Etsy for $22. They read “Success is a journey, not a destination,” which is actually a fortune I have on a giant roll I got from Wonton Food.
I was amused to see that Fancy Fortune Cookies is doing a Groupon, $15 for $35 worth of cookies, in various cities. The owner of Fancy Fortune Cookies, Mike Fry, is a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus clown who had the vision of selling flavored fortune cookies come to him in a […]
In the guest room in Atlanta where I stayed. Total coincidence. The owner had been collecting them since she was young.
This fortune, which the host got during a taping of a PBS interview about my book, is one of the funnier fortunes I have gotten. It’s from Wonton Foods. Some fortune cookie writer had a sense of humor or was incredibly bored.
Breaking news! Gary Ono, who is descended from one of the earliest fortune cookie manufacturers, is donating historic fortune cookie grills, known as kata, to the Smithsonian — thanks to a connection I made. Armed with the contact information I gave the museum, research specialist Noriko Sanefuji went out to investigate and met Gary, who […]
Noriko Sanefuji of the Smithsonian made homemade fortune cookies for my visit to the Smithsonian using a recipe she had found. They were really fragile though, so only three survived, which she gave me.
I just got this e-mail sent to me on the contact form on my site. I find it amusing that they have been exporting for “many years” and that their cookies have “enjoyed popularity in both China and abroad” Dear Sir / Madam We wish to inform you thatÂ We have been exporters ofÂ cookies for […]
The Seattle Times is reporting the Census Department is using fortune cookies as a marketing device . Tsue Chong Co., a Seattle fortune company that also sells “unfortunate cookies”, is inserting five different census messages into 2 million cookies being shipped to restaurants and groceries across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. They have messages such […]
The Oakland Tribune has a great crime story about 1,000 marijuana plants — up to four feet tall — which were found at an old fortune cookie factory in Oakland. The estimated value? About half a million dollars. The factory, originally owned by the Kar Mee fortune cookie company, appears to be founded in 1977. […]
Urban Outfitters is offering a fortune cookie Christmas ornament for sale online. I wonder what meaning it would derive from having a fortune cookie hanging on their pine tree.
A new iPhone app called LuckyFortune now gives you a fortune cookie in your pocket. You can shake it and the cookie rolls around (real video, not CGI, the company said) and breaks to the sound of (of course) a gong. Then (yikes) this faux Chinese-y accent comes on and reads your fortune. It definitely […]
Sent to me via Twitter by @ascottfalk.. “Fortune Cookeys” for keys. It reminds me that early spelling of fortune cookies was actually “fortune cooky” as of the 1950s. And before that “fortune tea cakes.” I wonder if the “fortune cooky” was an intentional or unintentional mis-spelling by the part of the Chinese entrepreneurs.
Went to the Dana Hotel in Chicago this weekend and was amused that instead of chocolates, they placed chocolate-covered fortune cookies during their turn-down service. The cookies were very good.
This is a fortune that was sent to me by a reader: I’m sending you a picture of a fortune I got out of a cookie about five or so years ago. It’s the strangest fortune I’ve ever received and I thought you might like to see it. I’ve kept it pinned on my bulletin […]
This is an amusing stop animation video on YouTube where all the song lyrics are derived from fortune cookies. The funny thing is I’ve seen some of these fortunes before, like “The first and only love is self-love.” At 7 minutes, it looks like it took a long time to put together!
My friend Tomoko, who lives in Tokyo, went to an upscale Chinese restaurant called Si Chuan Do Hua and had fortune cookies served to her. It was the first time it had happened to her. The fortune was in Japanese and English. The more amusing thing is that on the back it warned, in small […]
A Los Angeles Times columnist, Gregory Rodriguez, writes about Kenny Yee, who bought one of L.A.’s four Chinese fortune cookie factories. (Good luck, the margins are awful.) I wonder which four there are. There is Amay, Peking Noodle, now-defunct Hong Kong Noodle…which else. I’m a bit sad about this part of his piece. I hate […]
This is the most hysterical fortune that someone at my talk at the Richmond Jewish Community Center (which has a water slide!). Those people over Wonton Food are getting quite frisky.
My college roommate, Amy, was served the Mexican fortune cookies called dichos, that I’ve written about before. She lives in Phoenix and was served them in Bisbee, just 5 miles from where they are made. Yes, it seems that Bisbee is in the middle of nowhere. And their supercute son, Alex, loved them too. Or […]
My friend’s mom bought me this fortune cookie pendant as a present, adding to my collection of fortune cookie trinkets. It even has a tiny fortune inside. I’ve been surprised at the use of fortune cookies in jewelry. Out of curiosity, I Googled “fortune cookie pendant” and was surprised to find that you can find […]
This piece by Willie Neuman talks about fortune cookies (protesting the M.T.A.) on City Room. Some of the sayings (none by Confucius, as much as we can see) â€œIf you cut transit service, this cookie will give you heartburn.â€ â€œRaising transit fares will wreak havoc on your love life.â€ â€œIn a tough economy, it is […]
Got an email from a reader. Does anyone know who this mogul could have been? In the late 1980s and early 90s I worked for a small arts publisher then located on the north side of Spring Street between Crosby and Lafayette in Soho. On the floor below us there was a small, ancient, one-man […]« Previous Entries