I'm sure anyone who caught my post on December 14th -- THINGS YOU'LL NEVER SEE ON 7TH AND MONTANA ... -- was just as curious as I was regarding the contents of that ill-fated Bento Box I suffered through in Tsukuba City. Well, friends, I just had lunch at Joss Restaurant near my office on Sunset and, lo and behold, there it was again. That slimy yet crunchy, porous vegetable is commonly called a Lotus Chip. Experts say "it makes a wonderful, thick dessert soup that is known for preventing diarrhea while increasing one's appetite." Tune in tomorrow when we explain the difference between the Lotus Chip and the Buffalo Chip!