Lantern Festival

Today is the first 15th day of the Chinese New Year. It is the Lantern Festival for the Chinese people.

Communities, villages, towns and cities in China organize large-scale lantern display to celebrate the event.

On the day of the festival, it is a traditional custom for the Chinese families to eat sweet round dumplings together. The round dumplings symbolize unity and happiness.

The dumplings are made of glutinous flour with different types of sweet fillings of bean paste, crushed nuts etc.

In the evening of the festival, children play with their own lanterns of different designs, shapes and sizes.

Blood Pressure Differences Between Arms Could Signal Heart Risk

People whose systolic blood pressure — the upper number in their reading — is different in their left and right arms may be suffering from a vascular disease that could increase their risk of death, British researchers report.

The arteries under the collarbone supply blood to the arms, legs and brain. Blockage can lead to stroke and other problems, the researchers noted, and measuring blood pressure in both arms should be routine.

“This is an important [finding] for the general public and for primary care doctors,” said Dr. William O’Neill, a professor of cardiology and executive dean of clinical affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

“Traditionally, most people just check blood pressure in one arm, but if there is a difference, then one of the arteries has disease in it,” he said.

The arteries that run under the collarbone can get blocked, especially in smokers and diabetics, he noted. “If one artery is more blocked than the other, then there is a difference in blood pressure in the arms,” O’Neill explained.

“Doctors should, for adults — especially adult smokers and diabetics — at some point check the blood pressure in both arms,” he said. “If there is a difference it should be looked into further.”

The report appeared in the online edition of The Lancet.


Pickerel Tempura Appetizer


6 baby pickerel (scales off, skin on)
1 cup tempura batter
1¼ cup ice cold water
salt & pepper
4 cups vegetable oil
1½ tbsp sesame oil


250 g ripe tomatoes (finely diced and seeded)
15 g red onion (finely diced)
2 g dry chili peppers
15 g jalapenos (finely diced)
2 g cilantro
15 g red pepper (skinned; finely diced)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Japanese soy sauce


  1. Combine and preheat vegetable and sesame oil to 175ºC. Prepare tempura batter, making sure to use cold water. Coat pickerel in flour, and then batter. Fry briefly—do not overbrown..
  2. For salsa, simply combine ingredients and chill.
  3. Garnish with hubbard squash (peel skin and shave desired shape on mandolin)

Source: ciao!

What’s for breakfast?

Home-cooked Thai Breakfast at Chiang Mai, Thailand


  • Hot and Spicy Chicken Soup
  • Grilled Beef Jerky and Deep-fried Shrimp
  • Grilled Fish
  • Red Curry Ground Pork and Tomato
  • Jackfruit cooked in soup
  • Raw Vegetable
  • Rice