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Wednesday, May 15, 2024


Just a gallimaufry of AI-generated photos, real photos and ramblings 📸

Kuih Loyang
Kuih Ros aka  Kuih Loyang is a  traditional Malaysian snack that is popular during festive seasons like Eid al-Fitr and Chinese New Year. Delicate and crispy, it is  made from a simple batter of rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt.


Ever stopped to peer into a pet store window and felt a pang of sadness seeing those animals looking so forlorn?

What if, just for a moment, the roles were reversed? Picture this: we're the ones behind the glass, on display for all the pets passing by to see. How would we feel, confined to such a small space, longing for freedom and connection?


Dubai's pink taxis 
Dubai's Pink Taxi service operates a fleet of 115 vehicles driven exclusively by female drivers from various nationalities. In 2023 alone, the dedicated women-driven taxis recorded over 674,419 trips – underscoring strong demand. These taxis primarily serve family and female passengers, offering a safe and comfortable transportation option in Dubai. This initiative aims to provide a sense of security and privacy, catering to the needs of women and families in the city.

Dinner - Korean

Korean seafood pancake, or pajeon, is a savory treat filled with seafood like shrimp or squid, mixed with green onions and veggies in a crispy batter. It's popular as both street food and homemade dish, served with a soy-based dipping sauce.

I had the 'UFO Fried Rice.' I wouldn't say it was 🛸 out-of-this-world delicious. 😞

The Story Behind 'OF MICE AND raMEN'

I've been blogging for 16 years, and every now and then, curious bloggy buddies ask about the meaning of the name behind my blog, 'OF MICE AND raMEN'. Note the uppercase letters except for 'ra'. You probably didn't notice that in my blog header.

I am a big fan of John Steinbeck, and his timeless classic “Of Mice and Men,” my favorite read, served as the muse for my blog’s name. 
One day, while slurping ramen and contemplating a name for my blog, I noticed the book of the same title on my bookcase and thought, 'Why not?' I decided to change 'men' to 'ramen' because I thought it had a playful twist, even though there's no direct connection to the novella.

My muse
Note - Every AI-generated photo you see here is a product of artificial intelligence, meticulously and painstakingly crafted through textual descriptions alone. No actual photographs were utilized or manipulated in the creation of these images.

My Corner of the World


  1. The pet store windows are hilarious!

  2. Kuih Ros looks very tasty. It's a very beautiful food, Veronica. The mices are very sweet!
    Have a nice day!

  3. I always loved "Of Mice and Men" (and yes, I noticed the "ra" in front of it in your banner and always thought that was so clever because you show so much marvelous Asian food. I especially love the mouse photos related to your blog and also the cats checking out the "people" store!

  4. I always wondered where your blog title came from, Veronica, so I appreciate your explanation here today. I remember that book very well. Those AI photos are really interesting; gave me an entirely new perspective about our pets.

  5. Yummy food and photos -Christine

  6. Your food looks good!
    I never noticed the Ra in the Ramen. I like that!

  7. While I never really contemplated your blog title, I did note the "raMEN" and recognized the play on the book title. I thought it clever.

  8. The yummy food that you show always makes me so hungry! I love that pet shop art!

  9. Dearest Veronica,
    Well, I love to eat Ramen and I understood the name thus a bit better...😉
    Love the reversed pet shop images—like a Dutch moviemaker about the zoo where he reversed it the same way!
    The pink taxi is a great concept and it is proven to work well.
    Ah, nasi goreng—would love to eat that for breakfast tomorrow morning...
    Lovely AI images and you over and over prove how talented you are in textual descriptions!

  10. Veronica Lee, yes I too had noticed the lower case raMEN in your blog title and was curious as to how the blog was named, so thanks for the explanation. It is tribute to Steinbeck.

  11. Hi Victoria, Wow! You have had some fun with AI! Nicely done! What a great idea to show how it would look with humans in the shop window and the critters peering in. The Korean seafood pancake looks delicious! Gotta love the ladies taxi … I have a hunch it would be very successful here in Seattle! Thanks for telling us about John Steinbeck and the story behind ‘OF MICE AND raMEN’! A very nice Gallimaufry! Have happy days and thanks for sharing your blog! John

  12. PS Forgive the Victoria ... OMG ... Veronica! :-)

  13. Amo el ramen y tambien me gusta ese libro. Me dio ganas de la comida. Te mando un beso.

  14. Love your AI's.
    The food is look wonderful, watched the video.
    Well done on the years of blogging, that's a long time. I deleted about two years of my blogging in the beginning.

  15. These are beautiful photos.
    The photos of the pet shop are great, indeed the animals now look at the people instead of the other way around.
    The food looks delicious.
    Greetings Irma

  16. John Steinbeck is one of the greatest authors of all time.

  17. Here it's not allowed to sell cats and dogs etc in pet shops. And I love the idea of the female taxi, I would like to see that here, too! Hugs, Valerie

  18. I like Of Mice and Men book :D

  19. That Kuih Loyang looks delicious; all your food does.

  20. I enjoyed seeing the favorite foods in your area. It's nice to know how you got your blog name. I wondered about that. The Pink taxi is delightful. I love the color Pink. And it was interesting to see how the Malaysian snack was made. Looks like a Yummy treat.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week.


  21. Thank you for telling us the story behind your blog's name.
    Those images from the 'pet shop' are so sad...
    And the food looks nice and probably is tasty, but it's complicated for me...
    Happy Today, dear Veronica! Hugs and blessings!❤️😘

  22. Loving the pink taxi service, I've never seen one in that colour. I think I would like the Malaysian snack too, sounds a bit like Maori fry bread but a different shape.

  23. I love the role reversal photos. So creative!

  24. The baby rats are too cute. I like the ladies taxi service.

  25. The Kuhi Ros looks delicious.
    The pink taxis driven by women sounds like a great idea.
    I've often wondered about the title of your blog, Now I know, and I love the mice photos AI came up with. They're adorable.

  26. Se ve el Kuih Loyang muy bueno. Divertido tu post hoy con el cambio de roles. Me encantan los animales. El ratoncito es muy lindo. Gracias Verónica.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

  27. Kuih Loyang look delicious and your other food photos as well. I learn so much about different cuisines from your photos, Veronica. I am so glad Dubai's Pink Taxi service is doing well. Thanks for sharing. Clever choice for your blog name! Love it!


  28. Nice to know about Kuih Ros. We also have a kind of Rose Cookie among our traditional snacks.

    Great AI art creations, Veronica! The pet-shop-role-reversal pictures are quite thought provoking! I'm sure enjoying your art. :)

    Oh! and congrats on the 16 years! I'm almost there! Cheers!
    And happy weekend. <3

  29. thanks

  30. I liked the story about the name of your blog! And about women driving taxis in Dubai, here in Portugal there are also women driving taxis! Those photos of the pet shop are a provocation to make us think!!!

  31. I had noticed the raMen in your title and wondered if it had to do with the noodles! They are delicious. The deep fried pastries and the seafood pancake also look very appealing.
    Your AI creations of pet store reversals are thought provoking. Well done. And the mouse reading Steinbeck's novel is cute.
    Have a wonderful week!

  32. Fascinating post! Love the reversed pet store window picture. The "UFO Fried Rice" sounds intriguing, even if it wasn't out-of-this-world delicious. Your AI-generated photos are too cool!

  33. Some great pictures, especially the little mice. The mention of role reversal, I couldn't help wonder, imagine if animals got to send humans to slaughter houses so we could be killed for our body parts for them to munch on. The way humans treat the sentient beings that we share this planet with is disgraceful.

  34. Second attempt at leaving a comment:

    I would love to try the Korean food, especially the UFO fried rice.

    Thanks for sharing the interesting history of your blog name.

  35. The Malaysian snack also looks delicious!

  36. Love all the food.

  37. I loved hearing the origin story of how you came to name your blog. I so appreciate everything you share!!

  38. You always have an offering of food that looks delicious, but you outdid yourself with the altered images. My first kitten, after I moved away from home, was from a pet shop. There must have been at least two hundred kittens all crowded into a shallow cardboard box in a tall cage in the back room. The first one that got out of the box and walked over to me, got to come home with me. She was a lucky cat and I named her Mandy. I hate that pet shops still exist.

  39. The food seems yummy specially the seafood pancake and the UFO fried rice.
    Interesting to know how the blog got its name.

  40. Dearest Vero,

    Hello my dearest. We have a version of Kuih Loyang, in Kerela, South India called Acchapam and yes, it's finger licks' delicious too.

    Thank you for sharing the back story Of Mice and raMen. :) Fun indeed. Always wondered but never asked. You are on a roll with the AI generated images and they look great.

    The food looks delicious too.
    Lots of love.
    Have a great week ahead.

  41. Kuih Ros aka Kuih Loyang looks like Rosettes we use to make during the holidays. They are simple ingredients too and use a special rosette maker . They are deep fried and trimmed with colorful frosting. I love this post. Those mice, hahaha so sweet.

  42. Your AI art is so good! I assumed your blog title was a play on the John Steinbeck novel when I first found you, but had to Google ramen.

  43. Those reverse pet windows really send a clear message. Years ago we walked by a pet store and I spotted a sad looking dachshund puppy and had to go in and have a closer look. We brought her home with us that day and she was always a loving, sweet and loyal dog. Loving all the photos and that crispy treat looks absolutely delicious! Enjoy your week.

  44. ...Kuih Ros looks wonderful!

  45. Oh the food looks delicious.
    AI generate photos are really neat.
    Fun blog name. Good to hear the story.
    Have a lovely week, Veronica.

  46. Pure brilliant of John Steinbeck, one of my favourite. And, I love the 'Pet Shop', that is fabulous Veronica.

  47. I always was aware of your blog title. I think it´s pretty clever. One of my favorite book that is. And the movie ain´t bad either. I love those AI-generated pictures you´ve posted lately. Would love to try myself too but am not able to find good image generator that´s free.

  48. I love your food. Oh my, what a feast.

    Love the pet store. You made me laugh out loud.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  49. Hello Veronica, It's nice to know how you got your blog name. Beautiful pictures! Have a nice day!

  50. The dragon made of balloons is great

  51. I admit I'm a bit leery of the potential ramifications of AI, perhaps because I don't understand it, but yours is grand.
    Thanks for sharing at