Pursuing the pearl, the Dragon comes prancing,
breathing fire, his breath reeking good fortune.
Open, oh OPEN the gates before him.
Let his year enter embracing its power.

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see>Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance

If you are one who stands along Grant Avenue in the cold, awaiting the Chinese New Year parade, this is for you.
If you are one who celebrates Chinese New Year by taking your shivering but eager pup to the beach to consider the wonders of being an earth-dweller, this is for you.
The time in preparation for this should be considered a ceremony, a ritual.  This is not a “slurpy” from a drive-through.
This is a concoction you may put in a thermos for a portable potable with memorable flavor
or serve up in a cup to self
or to Other
wherever a salute to the sanctity of “Time, well marked”
is called for.
DG’s brother, Tracy, tells her that he learned in his Ikebana class that a new year should be celebrated with the colors RED, GREEN, and WHITE.  You’ll find all 3 in here ⤵ (but some are less evident than others.)
The 3 Toed Fire Breather’s Smokin’ Hot Smoothie
List of Ingredients:
1 can Campbell’s tomato soup
fresh ginger root (the size of half a banana)
fresh daikon radish (half a cup, diced)
teabags of Ginseng & Green tea
bamboo skewer
As with the preceding recipe, you’ll need a good strong brew from fresh ginger (with 2 tea bags of Ginseng & Green Tea steeping in it this time.) Drain.  Heat the Campbell’s tomato soup using the ginger brew as the liquid.  Before chopping up the daikon, slice a nice circle that can be placed on a bamboo skewer to represent the pearl that the dragon chases when this drink is served.  Place in blender the diced daikon and the heated soup.  Blend ’til smooth.
 Optional: Braggs or tamari, Sri Ratcha or Brother Bru-Bru’s hot sauce, horseradish, jicama
When the Dragon appears in the rain it portends DOUBLE good luck…. using that daikon slice or make a circle of jicama and stick it on a bamboo skewer to represent both the pearl the dragon chases and an umbrella…. always prepare for good luck “weather” it comes or not.
GEISHA note> At the suggestion of Daughter #1 three pictures of frolicking nude fat ladies dancing in a circle have been removed from this most recent slideshow.  This was not an easy decision.  Geisha thought the image was in keeping with the joyful spirit of the celebration.  Daughter #1 may have feared that “Okasan” would have been sued by Leonard Nimoy, the photographer.  Whereas Geisha was willing to take the chance, she said to herself, “Self, is this the mountain you want to die on?”  Self considered it too early in the New Year to toy with potential litigation.

ORANGE you ready for 2012?

So I’m starting with a strong brew of fresh ginger root used as the liquid for reCONSTITUTING a large container of frozen orange juice concentrate.  I’ll experiment with proportions of our FAV mixer, TONIC water.  I’ll put up my accompanying slideshow first and then I’ll get back to you with the results of my “lab work.”

If you have a vuvuzela, now might be the perfect time to practice your pucker. What are you saving it for?

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OK.. after some taste testing (starting with half tonic & half Orange/Ginger) I added a shake or two of Brother Bru-Bru’s African Hot Pepper Sauce and a splash of Rose’s sweetened lime juice.  Now this has some KICK.  We want to enter the New Year with guns blazing… well, don’t we?

Post Script > I whipped up another batch using limeade + ginger brew and combined it with the orange.  It alters the color only minimally but the taste is super.  The Year of the Dragon deserves a welcome with smiles.

GEISHA note> I should say here that this concoction was inspired by Liz Roth, massage therapist extraordinaire who will no doubt be named a Saint if anyone invents a church called Our Lady of the REALLY G☯☯d Hands.

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This stuff looks SO darned g00d! See the recipes for these & more.

Beat the Heat With a Healthy Summertime Smoothie

From on high we watch the family gather

From Arcata Hotel we follow the cake

The foot of McKinley's statue was the brightest "side" of Arcata Plaza on August 5, 2011.

“Far better than a kidney stone,” muses Da Geisha.

To “tune in” to more of the celebration click >here<.   For EVEN MORE click >here<.

One might say that DG’s cup “runeth OVER,” but Da Geisha has a super BIG cup.


Brew some Oolong tea… then cool it.
Put leftover watermelon into the blender, blend, then pour into ice-cube trays… freeze.
In a nice big glass assemble 5 cubes, fill half way up with tonic water and the other half with the cold Oolong tea.
Garnish with basil or mint.
Kick back and SIP.
GEISHA note>Whistling is entirely optional. ♪♫¸¸.•*”Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ“*•.¸¸

Bartenders From Around the World Gather in New Orleans

Their drinks had alcohol but the program inspired some booze-less directions.



Gaspach-acho (makes 4 servings)

2 regular cucumbers (peeled and pureed in blender- adding up to 1/4 cup water) then frozen into cubes

1 large clove garlic (crushed)

1 teaspoon Sriracha (Vietnamese chili sauce)

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 half English Cucumber (peeled leaving thin strips of dark green peel every so often- then sliced thin)

1/3 daikon radish (peeled and sliced thin)

1/2 red tomato (cut in thin wedges)

1/2 yellow tomato (cut in thin wedges)

1 lemon (sliced thin, leave on rinds)

1 lime (sliced thin, leave on rinds)

1/3 cup black olives

1/4 cup Sicilian olives

2 cups chilled Squirt

2 cups chilled V-8 Juice

Basil sprig for garnish

1) Place sliced veggies, olives and fruits into large pitcher. Mix gently.

2) In small cup mix together well sriracha, rice vinegar and crushed garlic.

3) Add V-8 juice and Squirt into pitcher with veggies.  Stir in sriracha mixture.

4) Add about 8 cucumber ice cubes.  Stir gently.  Add basil as garnish.

5) Pour into your choice of glasses and enjoy.

From what we vegetarians have heard, watching the process of SAUSAGE being made is not recommended even to hardened carnivores.  Likewise, a peek into the Yasunobu “lab” must be taken with not so much a grain of salt but with a kind heart & a generous abundance of slack-cutting.

GEISHA note> We ran out of room for a small can of diced chilis, (+ a nice avocado) but I bet it would be tasty.  If you try it, give us some feed-back.

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