The Luck of the Draw

From my morning ritual of reading everything on MSN and attempting to do anything but work while I’m at the office, I stumbled across an article that discussed the “New Years Good Luck Foods” you should eat to start the new year off right. Being the ever-optimist that I am, I think I can ALWAYS use a little extra luck through my daily life- maybe you should try some of these- who knows, maybe you’ll win the lottery in 2009… doesn’t hurt to try and most are yummy anyways, so what’s another excuse to eat?? (even though this definitely deviates from my earlier post about my new year’s resoutions-oops!)
1. Noodles: In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year’s Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can’t break the noodle before it is all in your mouth
2. Black-Eyed Peas: A common good luck food in the southern US, black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens (I’ll leave this one to friends- no thank you on the peas OR collard greens)
3. Cabbage: In Germany, Ireland, and parts of the US, cabbage is associated with luck and fortune since it is green and resembles money
4. Lentils: Thought to resemble coins, lentils are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the New Year
5. Pomegranate: Long associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the New Year (these are one of my favorite fruits, especially since you have to work so hard to get to eat them- and this time of the year they are actually ripe!)
6. Fish: In the US, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to celebrate the new year. In some countries, people associate fish with moving forward into the new year since fish swim forward


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