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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Friday, November 26, 2004

    Thanksgiving lip-syncing

    Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    In the morning I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, where a lot of the artists looked like they were following Ashlee Simpson's lead, lip-syncing.

    Then for the meal, instead of turkey, my family eats Hot Pot which is basically a version of fondue, but instead of dipping food in cheese or chocolate, you cook the food in a steaming broth - then dip it in a sauce for flavor.

    In other words, it's just another sure-fire way of eating a lot without feeling it until later.

    And, this morning, I braved the shopping mall. It looked like predictions were right - that spending was going back to pre-9-11 rates. JCPenny, Target, Mervyn's, and even Sears had snaking lines. The parking lot in Fry's was so filled at 6 a.m. that my brother drove back home (less than a mile) then walked there, only to wait in line just to go into the store. He bought a $150 digital video camcorder. When he got home, he found that there was a tape with footage of Christmas two years ago from another Asian family. Weird.

    Tomorrow, ch-check out this story on the latest media search engine called GoFish, which finds digital music, audio books and ringtones. Quick-and-dirty summary on and story in the Mercury News tomorrow.

    Also, to work off the food, ch-check out this entertainment:

    WHAT: Lyrics Born, Jahi & the Life, Joyo Velarde Band
    WHERE: The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco; (415) 771-1421
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 11/26
    TIX: $20;
    WHY: wonderful indie hip-hop

    WHAT: Pete Escovedo & Family Thanksgiving
    WHERE: Pete Escovedo's Latin & Jazz Club,400 S. First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: Friday, 11/26 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11/27 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    TIX: $25.00 (advance purchase); $30.00 (day of show); (408) 947-7500.
    WHY: A legend in Latin Jazz in their own beautiful club in downtown San Jose

    WHAT: Vicente Fernandez
    WHERE: HP Pavilion at San Jose, 525 W. Santa Clara St.
    WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight 11/26
    TIX: $40-$150; (408) 287-7070, Ticketmaster
    WHY: Mercury News writer Mark de la Vina writes: "He is a cultural icon in Mexico" and is known as the "King of the Rancheras."


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually, what you did isn't "basically a version of" fondue ... dipping meat into hot oil (or broth) IS fondue.

    9:00 AM  

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