Several years ago, my son moved to California. He’s scheduled for some business training in Connecticut next week so he booked a Friday night flight and surprised us by appearing here at his childhood home on Saturday for a short visit.
Ever since my cadre of food experiment volunteers shared their insights on 5 o’clock biscuits, I’ve been thinking that these would be good delivery vehicles for the New Jersey classic of pork roll egg and cheese. PRE&C is something unheard of in California so whenever he comes back for a visit, this is one of the classic east coast foods my son looks for, along with edible bagels and decent pizza.
I’ve been taking it easy on you as far as Mad Men is concerned, even though I could have told you two weeks ago that Pete and Trudy’s set of Stangl Amber Glo collection is now overflowing their china cabinet. But this is worthy of note: in last night’s episode I knew what was coming as soon as they mentioned a dinner date at Benihana. And here it is – “the most famous and most popular, certainly the most iconic of all the twenty or so different styles of Benihana Tiki Mugs”– the Laughing Bhudda.
I bought it on eBay to replace the too generous and very much regretted impulse that caused me to give my original away many years ago. A few months ago, I sent this one to my son in California and I do not regret it at all.