For a mere US$100 (approximately
NT$3,038), Nell Benton
has found herself not just a job, but sole ownership in a restaurant that
would seem to be a perfect fit.
It's not often a viable neighborhood restaurant is sold for US$100 and
Benton said she feels fortunate to be chosen to run the socially conscious
café on Milwaukee's near south side.
Founder Michael Diedrick chose Benton, 35, an out-of-work chef, to take
over the National Café and Takeaway, an eclectic establishment and
anchor for a neighborhood in transition.
Diedrick, 40, started the café
three years ago with the goal of bettering the neighborhood and introducing
Milwaukee to sustainable concepts typically found at restaurants in larger cities. It was valued at
about US$50,000 (approximately NT$1.52 million).
He received two dozen applications for the restaurant and selected Benton
from a dozen he interviewed. Benton, who was unemployed and working on a
catering business plan, bought the café with a US$100 bill earlier this
"I definitely had higher offers, but I accepted the one with the most
promise," Diedrick said, adding that the sale "got everyone in town talking
about the National, and did something we often forget to do: help someone realize
Diedrick, who operates a website design studio three doors down from the
café, said he had opened it as an experiment with the plan to find the
right owner, a process that took longer than he thought it would.
As a condition of the sale, Benton has to keep the staff, maintain the café
name and keep the food the same for two years. She also must feed Diedrick
and his wife a meal a day for one year, and remain in the same location for
two years while serving sustainable and local food.
For Benton, who also has worked to help refugees, it's a rare opportunity
to be part of something larger. The café is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and she plans to let it out for evening events by area non-profit groups.
"I wanted to be able to marry the two backgrounds, and the National
perfect for that," said Benton, who officially takes ownership on Dec.
The café offers locally grown, organic food. Sustainability is another
focus. Restaurant patrons are asked to return compostable leftover
containers for recycling in a backyard garden where cucumbers, cilantro,
chard and basil grow on raised soil beds over formerly
"It's a matter of doing things right to show other restaurants, 'hey
you can do this, it doesn't cost that much more, and you should,'" stated Diedrick.
Keywords: a perfect fit (idm.) 完美的選擇
eclectic (adj.) 不拘一格的
to be valued at a certain price (phr.) 估價
cilantro (n.) 香菜
chard (n.) 唐萵苣
basil (n.) 羅勒
local authorities' move to the dark side, Darth Vader has asked for a land
plot in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa to park his space ship.
An Odessite dressed as the Star Wars villain visited the mayor's office
earlier this month to claim a free land plot citing Ukrainian legislation
which grants every citizen the right to own 1,000 square meters of land.
His visit followed a decision by city authorities to grant
plots along the sea coast to a group of people for free, prompting public
concerns about corruption, according to local media.
The mayor's office has since said the move was a mistake but has not yet
canceled it, according to local news website Dumskaya.net.
"I am Darth Vader,
the right hand of Emperor Palpatine," the man introduced
himself to amused policemen, as seen in a video posted on YouTube and accompanied by the Imperial March music. "Knowing that many
legislature] deputies and the mayor have switched to the dark side, I have
come for a land plot for my space cruiser," he stated.
Officials accepted the man's application after he showed his passport and
removed the black helmet equipped with a voice-distorting device.
"The application has been registered and will be considered," a spokeswoman
for the mayor's office stated, adding for clarification that "we are not on
the dark side, we are light-side people."
這名男子向被逗樂的警官們這樣介紹自己：「我是黑武士，西斯大帝麾下的大將。」這段影像已被上傳到 YouTube 網站上，還配上了帝國行進曲。他指出：「得知許多（當地立法機構）議員以及市長都已經加入黑暗勢力
Keywords: the dark side (phr.) 黑暗面
to grant (v.) 給予
attractive (adj.) 有吸引力的
to be someone's right hand (idm.)
amused (adj.) 被逗樂的
(Star Wars lingo)
family in southeastern Taitung County has said they will ask the government
for assistance to bring their lost daughter home from the U.S. after
learning of her desire to return to Taiwan.
Ho Hsiao-ying said she recognized the image of her elder sister Ho Hsiao-fong,
who now uses the English name Isabel, after her niece showed her a photo
that appeared on CNN. Isabel was featured in a CNN Freedom Project report
about modern slavery.
Ho said her mother could not stop crying after identifying the woman in the
report as her daughter. During her interview with CNN, Isabel said that she
left her adoptive family in the U.S. after working for many years as a
domestic slave. She also expressed her desire to be reunited with her birth
mother in Taiwan.
Ho Hsiao-ying said her mother gave birth to six girls. Due to their
financial situation, her family was reluctantly forced to give two of them
away to rich families when they reached 7 and 8 years old. Her mother hoped
that they would be able to lead better lives away from the impoverished
family from the Paiwan aboriginal tribe.
Isabel contacted her family in Taiwan in 2001 to obtain legal documents so
she could immigrate to the U.S. Ho said her family had believed that Isabel
was leading a better life in the U.S., although they had no way of
She said that she had held certain misgivings about her sister, assuming
that she was unwilling to get in touch with her original, poor family in
Taiwan. However, the CNN report revealed Isabel's miserable life in the
U.S. and the family will now use every method at their disposal to get her
back to Taiwan, Ho said.
According to the CNN report, Isabel eventually met someone who helped her
escape from her American family. No criminal charges were brought against
the family, who brought Isabel to the U.S. from Taiwan. Isabel has settled
a civil lawsuit with that family and is no longer in touch with them. Ho
said her family will seek aid from the county government and the central
government to locate her sister in the U.S. and bring her home.
Keywords: slavery (n.)
adoptive (adj.) 收養的
reluctantly (adv.) 不情願地；勉強地
impoverished (adj.) 窮困的
to be at someone's disposal (phr.)
Doctors in Taiwan have saved the life of
a 5-year-old mainland Chinese girl suffering from a rare medical disorder.
The girl suffers from hyperammonemia, a potentially fatal condition that
can also lead to brain dysfunctions.
The youngster, named Pingping, appeared at a press conference following her
treatment for the illness. "Thank you everyone," she said softly and shyly
during the event, which was arranged by National Taiwan University Hospital
(NTUH). NTUH was responsible for saving the young girl.
During the press conference, Pingping ran up and down, showing no signs
that she could have died from the condition two years ago. Her elder sister
died of the same disease when she was 2 years old as hospitals in their
home province of Shandong, eastern China, were unable to cure her,
Pingping's mother said.
Patients with hyperammonemia suffer from a metabolic deficiency that
results in excess levels of ammonia in their blood. Pingping's mother said
the family, fearing that Pingping could suffer the same fate as her sister,
decided to seek help in Taiwan.
Pingping first visited NTUH for treatment in 2009. At that time, doctors
working at the hospital managed to stabilize her condition with medication.
She then returned home to China with enough medication for two years. She
returned to NTHU recently for a checkup, which showed that her disease has
been brought under control.
dysfunction (n.) 官能不良
excess (adj.) 過量的
to stabilize (v.)
checkup (n.) 體格檢查
Cooked lamb eyeballs, boiled
fertilized duck eggs and beaver tails are just a few of the more
unusual dishes sampled by a club of adventurous eaters called the
Started in March of 2006 by two friends who wanted to try some of the more
exotic foods that could be found in New York, the first meeting of the club
attracted only six people. But it has now grown to more than 1,000 members
in New York and Los Angeles, and there are plans to expand to other U.S.
"I've always been a big fan of new foods; I'll never say no," said Curtiss
Calleo, an art director and graphic designer who founded the club with
magazine editor Ben Pauker. "Gastronauts is a great way to meet new people,
try new foods, and explore the city."
Calleo said the club is open to everyone, and counts bankers, artists,
journalists, designers and an acupuncturist among its members. There
are no fees to join and members pay for their own meals which are held
monthly in restaurants.
"It's a social experience as well as a culinary experience," Calleo
explained. "We get a lot of stories about travel and food-related illness,
like Montezuma's revenge," he added, referring to the stomach upset
caused by eating unfamiliar foods or drinking foreign water.
Calleo and Pauker both spent their childhoods living in various countries,
which sparked their curiosity about unfamiliar foods.
At their last gathering in New York they ate balut, which is a Philippine
snack of boiled fertilized duck eggs. Calleo recalled that: "There's a
reason why people eat this stuff. In many cases, cultures have had hundreds
of years to make the food palatable or even exquisite."
While no one is forced to eat anything, he said the goal is to "try to
try," which reflects the group's spirit of culinary adventure. "It's rare
for people to change their minds once they're here," he said. "I think it's
a mixture of peer pressure and a welcoming environment."
At November's Gastronauts dinner at a New York-based Yemeni restaurant, Calleo
extracted a piece of eyeball from a cooked lamb skull and brought it
toward his mouth as those seated around him cheered.
"It's kind of jelly-like," Calleo said as he chewed carefully, comparing it
to an earlier dish served during the meal. "The eye area usually isn't as
creamy as the brain. "It's springy but not greasy like fat."
Keywords: to fertilize (v.)
acupuncturist (n.) 針灸醫生
Montezuma's revenge (n.) 痢疾；腹瀉
（Editor's note 譯註：原指去墨西哥旅行的人）
peer pressure (phr.) 同儕壓力
to extract (v.) 抽出
springy (adj.) 有彈性的