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Location Notes for "In the Tremor of the Earthquake"
These are the location notes for "In the Tremor of the Earthquake."


The Soup Bar is a former strip mall with four slots. See its floor plan. Unit A has an open floor, one dottie, a mechanical room, and a closet. It serves as a quiet space and reading library for soup-relevant topics. The floor couch is in the angle of the left wall and the back wall, where the bathroom lies beyond. Unit B has an open floor, two dotties, a coffee bar, and a mechanical room. It offers extra counseling space for group therapy. Unit C has a mechanical room, two dotties, and a 'house' room that only opens to the outside, presumably for outdoor equipment. It's for physical classes like yoga. Unit D has two dotties, a coffee bar, and a mechanical room. It's for mental classes like meditation.


The Super Service Station is a service station with a maintenance shop, manual and automatic car wash, vacuum shed, convenience store, gas station, and fast food restaurant.

The crummy fast food restaurant in the lower left corner of the map for the new Soup to Nuts location has been replaced with a Lucky Cricket Chinese Restaurant. It serves both fast food and sit-down meals. The food includes a range from Americanized Chinese food to ethnic delicacies. This soup-friendly chain began in San Francisco. See the exterior and the interior.

Chinese-Americans are prevalent in San Francisco and many other parts of California. The San Francisco Bay Area has the largest number of Cantonese-speaking Chinese in the United States.

Cantonese cuisine is a mainstay of Chinese restaurants. Lucky Cricket's signature dishes include:

Guang Shi Chaofan (Fried Rice)
Many different recipes are used, always with one meat and one vegetarian version per day. All-you-can-eat fried rice is $6-7 for meat or $5 for vegetarian.

Zheng Shui Dan (Steamed Egg)

Gu Lou Juk (Sweet and Sour Pork)

Jiaosi Furu Tongcai (Stir Fried Water Spinach)

Cantonese Chicken Egg Rolls

Vegetable Egg Rolls

Cantonese Spring Rolls with Pork and Shrimp

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Lotus Seed Moon Cakes

Pan Fried Lotus Root Cakes

Lo Mai Gai (Sticky Rice Lotus Leaf Wraps)

Lotus Root Soup

Chinese Vegetables

Gai Lan (Stir Fry Chinese Broccoli)

Zhai (Cantonese Vegetarian Mushrooms)

Cantonese Vegetable Scramble

Cantonese Meatballs (various flavors)

Ngan Ji Tong (Snow Fungus Soup)

Dong Gua Tang (Winter Melon Soup)

Youzhagui (Chinese Donuts)

Salt and Pepper Mantis Shrimp

Zheng Yu (Steamed Fish)

Cantonese Hotpot

Lo Mein (Soy Sauce Pan Fried Noodles)

Chee Cheong Fun (Rice Noodle Rolls)

Yin Zhen Fen (Silver Needle Noodles)

Lao Shu Fen (Rat Tail Noodles)
These use a similar recipe as below, but using homemade noodles as in the above recipe with actual rat meat instead of minced meat and imitation crab. The rats are white lab rats grown for food, a delicacy in some Asian cuisines.

Won Ton Mein (Won Ton Noodle Soup)

Chinese Fried Won Tons

Char Siu (Barbecued Pork)

Siu Yuk (Roast Pig)

Cantonese Chicken Feet

Chi You Ji (Chicken in Soy Sauce)

Lu Shui Ya (Old Water Duck)
In case you're wondering, Mr. Yue's master stock is an heirloom from his grandfather.

Bai Zhan Ji (White Cut Chicken)

La Wei Bao Zai Fan (Clay Pot Rice with Cantonese Sausage)

Xia Ren Chao Doufu (Fried Tofu with Shrimp)

Cantonese-Style Tofu in Black Bean Sauce

Je Zap Gou (Coconut Bar)

Lu Dou Sha (Mung Bean Soup)

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Soup)

Sai Mai Lo (Sago in Coconut Milk)

Bao Bing (Shaved Ice)

Dun Dan (Steamed Egg Custard)

Hai Zhe (Jellyfish Salad)

Lucky Cricket has a spinner rack of snacks and single ingredients that feature actual crickets. This healthy, sustainable food source appeals to many soups with insectivorous traits -- and other people just for fun.

Whole Roasted Crickets

Smokey BBQ Crickets, Curry Crickets, Honey & Mustard Crickets

Chocolate Coffee Crickets, Sriracha Crickets, Sour Cream & Onion Crickets

Granola Bites Powered by Cricket Flour

Superfood Gorp

Chirpy Jerky

Banana Bread Protein Bar with Cricket Protein

Blueberry Vanilla Protein Bar with Cricket Protein

Peanut Butter & Jelly Protein Bar with Cricket Protein

Cricket Crunch Bar – Milk Chocolate

Cricket Crunch Bar – Dark Chocolate

Cricket Powder

Sal de Cricket

Actual Cricket Dishes on Menu

Cricket Fried Rice

Wok Tossed Crickets in Black Bean Sauce

Crispy Aketta Spring Rolls

Aketta Protein Broth with Soba and Micro Greens

Mushroom Aketta Miso Broth and Buckwheat Soba


Terramagne-America has comprehensive disaster plans. Among these are plans for using still-functional restaurants to feed first responders and refugees during an emergency. The restaurant steps down from its standard menu to provide a concise selection of foods and beverages that are simple to make for the cooks as well as healthy, soothing, and easy to eat for diners. The financial guidelines are similar to those for overtime pay and hazard pay. Reimbursement to restaurant and workers typically runs 150% to 200% of standard profits or pay, although extreme hardship may push the rate higher. Governmental Emergency Management keeps a fund available for this purpose, along with warehouses of common ingredients for restocking. This makes it much easier and faster to feed people in an emergency than shipping in food and camp kitchens from elsewhere. Interested restaurants can sign up for training and get listed for emergency food service. As show in this poem, many recipients will go to that restaurant after the crisis has passed and tip extra, so it's a very good deal for restaurant and community alike.

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