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Eating Family

What to eat when you’re sick

My lofty 2021 goal of posting here everyday died after just eleven days into the new year, when I was hit hard by a stomach virus on Sunday. I’m recovering now, but the experience got me thinking about all the advice about eating one gets from friends, family, and professionals when they hear you’re sick.

There’s many, many non-medical schools of thought on what you should eat when you’re sick. But even doctors don’t always agree, even when the illness has been narrowed down to a few likely culprits. This week, a gastroenterologist suggested eating BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Apples, Tea) for my condition. But my longtime primary care physician said the priority was re-hydrating, recommending lots of apple juice and Gatorade but not so much raw apples (roughage) and tea (diuretic). I’m mostly following the latter advice, with rice and ramen-based dishes when I have the appetite.

“Don’t eat ethnic food when you’re sick”

My favorite non-professional advice on this subject was given to me by a well-meaning co-worker many years ago when I was fighting a bad cold: don’t eat ethnic food when you’re sick.

Now, you and I know what she probably meant (don’t eat spicy food) but taken literally what she advised was bland American food is the key to recovery. Which of course leads to endless questions: is that how sick people in other countries recover also? Does the attentive mom in Mumbai serve up some mac-and-cheese instead of vindaloo for her sickly six-year-old? Is there a hospital in Turkey feeding hot dogs to patients?

My co-worker was a very sweet middle-aged woman, a single mom working hard at a midtown office to keep her household afloat. So all I could do was smile and thank her for the advice. For years, it was a funny story I’d tell to others; not to mock this woman but to illustrate the amusing choice of words.

I haven’t seen this woman in nearly three decades and only this week when thinking about her advice did I remember some other details: she was Italian-American and had an adopted young Korean daughter. She loved Italian food (WHO DOESN’T) but at the tine I knew her I don’t believe she’d been exposed to the equally amazing Korean cuisine, often spicy but always delicious.

The best food to eat when you’re sick is made by someone who loves you.

I like to imagine that her advice on this subject changed over the years as they grew together and both of their worlds expanded. She was undoubtedly too loving a mom (and too passionate about good food) to deny her daughter — and herself — the delicious and comforting dishes of their homelands. I like to imagine the bowls of pasta e fagioli and sundubu jjigage they’ve made for each other over the years. I like to imagine there’s some incredible Italian-Korean hybrid dishes that are being kept between them as family secrets. I like to imagine that she’s retired now and her daughter is now the one fixing up comfort meals every now and then.

Whenever my wife is sick and needs comfort food, I make a big pot of chicken soup that we both eat for days. Even though I don’t eat meat anymore, I’ll head out to the market and buy some high-quality drumsticks and throw them into the Instant Pot with onions, garlic, salt, dried Chinese mushrooms (if I can find them) and root veggies like carrots or potatoes. And, not least, ginseng root or ginseng powder.

Thirty minutes later the house smells like chicken soup and we’re devouring a very fatty and very delicious home-style meal. And as my wife is eating it I tell her for the umpteenth time how my grandmother used to make a soup like this when I was a kid.

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Eating

Guacamole

I only learned how make guacamole in the last year or so and boy do I wish I’d learned earlier. It’s so simple to make a basic version that’s delicious. I eat some every week.

I had never tried making it before because it always seemed expensive at restaurants and at grocery stores. I assumed the relatively high cost must be due to the difficulty of making it and/or the expensive ingredients.

Obviously, neither were true.

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Meat Cheat at Hiram’s

Just gonna blame Anthony Bourdain and his NJ episode of PARTS UNKNOWN for inspiring tonight’s delicious & decadent #meatcheat dinner of cheese & chili cheese dogs, hot dog with onion & relish, cheese fries, onion rings, draft birch beer, draft MGD, and a bottle of Miller Lite.

(Hiram’s Roadstand, Ft. Lee, NJ)

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Chinatown Eating Instagram

Belated Chinese New Year

Belated Chinese New Year dinner with friends from my earliest days at Transit. Sarah’s poor family had to endure us talking shop through ten courses.

(Delight 28 Resturant, Chinatown)

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Today’s Oysters

(Grand Central Oyster Bar & Resturant, Manhattan)

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Mazel Tov, Baby Benjamin

I didn’t know that there would be food at a bris (it’s my first) & that it would be this tasty. Mazel tov to Baby Benjamin and his family!

(Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Brooklyn)

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Eating Family

Crawfish Night

I’ve eaten crawfish only a handful of times in my life, usually as an ingredient in a dish like gumbo, never by itself. I’ve always enjoyed it, but in NYC you have to go out of your way to find crawfish. As a result, I don’t eat it much.

So you can imagine my delight when my sister told me that my family here in Houston have been cooking up large batches of it every Friday this crawfish season.

It helps that the price of live crawfish has been as low as $.99 per pound at H.E.B. , because last night they bought thirty-nine pounds of it.

That’s my uncle skillfully cooking the crawfish. The meal was accompanied by equally yummy garlic corn-on-the-cob and Seafood Alfredo. He says he learned how to make all of this from watching Top Chef.

The best part about eating food that requires disassembly is that it forces you to eat slow and chillax with your dining partners. Here, my sister and stepmom fill me on family gossip news since my last visit to Houston.

Here’s what the pile looked like after we finished. I stayed at the table to continue shelling the crawfish, which my uncle will cook into other dishes like Crawfish Fried Rice.

My uncle ate last after cooking the entire batch of crawfish. Dessert was Häagen-Daz ice cream bars.

Needless to say, this was my favorite meal of the trip so far.

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Architecture Eating

Arlington Diner

Just across the street from Stewart’s, the mighty Arlington Diner has dominated its corner for as long as I can remember.

I haven’t been here since I was a kid so I can’t vouch for the food these days. But the exterior is delicious.

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Chinatown Eating

Mister Hotpot

Because I have a thing for spicy hotpot, restaurants with big lighted signs, and Sunset Park Chinatown, Mister Hotpot on Eighth Avenue shot to the top of my list when searching for Chinese food on Sunday night.

It was well worth the trip. The food was very tasty, service was good, and they were open late.

I wanted to compliment Hotpot Xiānshēng personally, but I think he’d already left for the day.

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Eating

Stewart’s Drive-In

Growing up in Nutley, this retro Stewart’s in nearby Kearny was a familiar sight but one that I can’t recall ever stepping foot in.

That changed today when my family and I stopped in for lunch. Naturally, we each had a root beer to go with our various fried-meat-between-bread entrees. We were all very pleasantly surprised at how tasty the food was.

It was a beautiful day, so we opted out of car-dining and instead sat at one of the outdoor tables. What you can’t tell from the photo is that someone in our party actually brought tea eggs to compliment the meal. I can only wonder what the waitress thought when she saw that.

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Eating

My Coffee Habits

I’m been a coffee addict since my teen years, but it wasn’t until about four years ago that I finally optimized the process for flavor, cost, and time. Until I find something better, here’s what I’m currently doing:

Coffee at home: Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans from Coffee Bean Direct. I grind the beans in an inexpensive Braun blade grinder and make the coffee in a Chemex eight-cup coffeemaker. This coffee will last in the fridge for a few days and can be reheated or served iced.

I might try a fancier burr grinder if I ever get the spare cash. Every now and then I’ll try different beans to mix things up, but I always come back to Yirgacheffe.

Coffee at the office: I keep a stash of ground beans from home in the fridge at my office. I make the coffee in the pour-over style, with a gold filter and a plastic holder and drink it iced.

Coffee out: Despite what you’ve just read, I’m not a snob about coffee so there’s lot of places I can enjoy a good cup. I just try to have it in places where I know the coffee won’t be too weak or too bitter.

But if Roasting Plants were everywhere, I’d probably be going there exclusively when I’m not at home. I love the coffee selection there and the vibe is like an amusement park for java addicts.

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City Life Eating

Mohamed of Lenox Avenue

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the man who, in an average week for me, cooks almost ten percent of my meals.

Mohamed of the Palomino halal truck at 116 St & Lenox, thank you for feeding me so well. And yes, I really do want extra extra red sauce.

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Eating Self-Portraits

What I Drink When I Drink

You may know I don’t drink alcohol. But until now you didn’t know the real reason why: once you drink Trump Ice, no other beverage will satisfy.

(Everlasting gratitude to my brother JJ Chan for this gift of gifts.)

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Ailurophilia Eating Helena

Sodastream Anxiety

As far as I can tell, there’s no way to know if you’re near the end of a Sodastream tank. Is there a name for the anxiety that comes with this uncertainty?

NO points for answering “first world problem.” None whatsoever.

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My Blueberry Mornings

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As the Kool Aid Man might say, OH YEAHHHHH.

(Fairway Cafe, Manhattan)

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City Life Eating

The Very Best

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(Mister Softee, 44 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)

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Eating

Cafe Flotilla

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We interrupt this blog to bring you an imp– HEY EVERYBODY, COFFEE FLOAT!

I don’t know how I got hooked on these things — and definitely don’t know how to unhook myself.

(Bklyn Blggng HQ)

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Eating

Old School Dining

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You gotta love a place where the salad bar has green jello right next to kim chee. This place is old school in all the best ways, down to normal-sized plates and cups that were common before the era of super-sized everything. I hope this place is here forever.

(Wailana Coffee House, Honolulu, HI)

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Chinatown Eating

Mysterious CCC

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The first rule of Chinatown Cake Club is you do not talk about Chinatown Cake Club.

I forget exactly what the other rules are, but fortunately there’s none about photography.

(CCC, Manhattan)

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Chinatown Eating

Xmas in Ctown

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(Deluxe Food Market, 122 Elizabeth St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown Eating

Dim Sumptuous

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(East Manor, Kissena Blvd, Flushing)

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Festive Fountain

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It may be a gathering before the Chocolate Fondue Fountain comes out, but it’s definitely a party after.

(Weehawken, NJ)

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Buffet Infinitude

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I think the appeal of places like Ichiumi is as much to look at food as it to actually eat it. Either way, you’ll have fun.

(Ichiumi, 32 St & 5 Av, Manhattan)

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Architecture Eating Signs

In Rainbowz

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(Rainbow Drive In, Honolulu, HI)

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Eating Signs

Musubi We Can Believe In

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I’ve been skeptical of spam musubi in the past, but Iyasume has made me a believer. The decor is nice, too.

(Iyasume, Honolulu, HI)

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Chinatown Eating

Sad Fish

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(Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester St, Manhattan)

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City Life Eating Peeps

The Choice

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(Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, University Pl, Manhattan)

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Eating Signs

Rice To Riches To Rules

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(Rice To Riches, Spring St, Manattan)

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Architecture City Life Eating

Empirical Eating

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(Empire Diner, 22 St & 10 Av, Manhattan)

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Fortune Fish

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(Mermaid Inn, 2 Av, Manhattan)

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Decisions

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(Ciao Bello Gelato, Mott St & Houston St, Manhattan)

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Sometimes Salivation

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(Fairway Cafe, Broadway & 74 St, Manhattan)

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Happy Meal

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Sure, rotissere chicken can be part of a tasty meal, but if you’re lazy, shamless, and really hungry, it can actually be the entire meal.

(Whole Foods Market, Columbus Circle, Manhattan)

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City Life Eating

Yes, We Cluck

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(Obama Fried Chicken & Pizza, St. Nicholas Av & 115 St, Manhattan)

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Eating

Coffee Dreams Come True

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If you love coffee, what better way to enjoy it than inside a store that’s basically a giant coffee machine? And it’s open 24 hours, no less.

(Roasting Plant, 75 Greenwich Av, Manhattan)

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Chinatown Eating

Pork Front Feet

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My only question: do the front feet taste differently from the rear ones?

(Gold City Supermarket, Flushing, NY)

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Chinatown Eating

The Angry Lady Is Back!

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Apparently, my favorite Chinese hot sauce was banned from US shelves for several months because the jar cap didn’t meet our strict standards for, uh, jar caps. But now, spicy food lovers can rejoice in the news that the heat is back.

(Gold City Supermarket, Flushing)

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Eating

Too Much Of A Goot Thing

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Because I am just barely middle-class economically, I shop at Ikea instead of Crate & Barrel. Which is just fine by me, because I’m frugal by nature and have a penchant for assembly and particleboard.

I also have a soft spot for cafeteria dining, which dates back to numerous family outings to the Hot Shoppes Cafeteria at Willowbrook Mall in the 70s.So it’s no wonder that Ikea is one of favorite stores. Cheap furniture? Pushing trays of food? I’m all over it.

But our recent move has meant three visits to these big blue wonders in just two weeks. (Brooklyn, Hicksville, and Paramus, for those of you keeping score.) Which also means three big plates of Swedish meatballs. Which also means…overload. It’s too much, even for a fan like myself.I’ll see you in 2009, my Swedish friend. Maybe late in 2009.

(Ikea, Paramus, NJ)

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Eating

Yum From Above

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(City Bakery, 18 St, Manhattan)

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Eating Politics

Reverse 9/11 and The Endless Possibilities

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After 9/11, the world changed for Americans. If New York and Washington could be attacked so easily, just about anything was possible. Hurt, scared, and angry, it was easy to be persuaded that this new world of endless possibilities could only mean bad things for us. We acted accordingly, and with disasterous results.

After 11/4, the world has changed again for Americans. We see again the endless possibilities for this country and this planet. We’re still largely hurt and mostly scared, but I like to think we’re no longer angry and we’re sick of being scared. I like to think that instead of fearing the possibilities, we now will embrace them.

(Woorijip, West 32 St, Manhattan)

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Eating

Eating Natively

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When in DC at 2am, ya gotta do as the natives do, especially when it means scarfing down a half-smoke with a side of chili and cheese fries. It was worth the 20 minute wait in line.

(Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington, DC)

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Stuff, Munch, Clog Arteries

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Looking for a more efficient way to prepare unhealthy meals? The Betty Crocker Stuff-N-Munch is your answer!

(Bklyn Blggng HQ)

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Red vs. Pink

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Pinkberry annoys me, but that doesn’t mean I’m 100% anti-fancypants-Asian-pricey-yougurt. The $5 shake at Red Mango kinda rocks. The $0 August 19, 2008 special was even better.

(Red Mango, 32 St, Manhattan)

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Eating

Sichuan In Bay Ridge

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Who knew? And it was pretty good too.

(Grand Sichuan House, Brooklyn)

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Eating

Everyone Loves (Dessert)

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Now that ChikaLicious has been joined by its little brother Puddin’, there’s two places on East 10 to get your love on. For your partner, or the dessert you’re sharing.

[Left to right: coffee, red velvet cupcake*, crème brûlée, latte]

*Not as good as the one at Daisy May’s, but still pretty damn good.

(ChikaLicious Puddin’, 10 St & 2 Av, Manhattan)

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Powerless & Peckish

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When the power goes out at your favorite Sichuan restaurant and they stop taking orders, you’ll wish — as we did — that you ordered that fourth dish after all.

(Ollie’s, 42 St & 9 Av, Manhattan)

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City Life Eating

Beyond Street Meat

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Like many others, I enjoy the halal cart at 53 St & 6 Av, even though I usually avoid street food I and I generally refuse to wait more than 10 minutes in line at any New York eatery. But the food here is pretty tasty, and the line is actually part of the experience.

But at visit last week, I didn’t get red sauce, and this time they didn’t give me red sauce or their famous white sauce. No white sauce?! This is practically grounds for a civil suit in New York, though to be fair I was in a rush…and so were they.

(6 Av & 53 St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown Eating

Uh Oh!

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The most cinematic interior in Chinatown is apparently under Health Department lockdown. Will they re-open like my once beloved Fay-Da?

Honestly, the grime here was part of the charm.

(Mei Lai Wah, Manhattan)

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Eating Transit Urban Planning

Not A Moment Too Soondubu

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So after two days of feeling blue because congestion pricing died and trying to console myself, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

That’s right — I actually made soondubu for the first time, following a recipie I found online.

The verdict? Passable, but not nearly as good as Seoul Garden’s extra spicy combo. I’ll keep trying, and hopefully so will those in favor of congestion pricing.

(Bklyn Blggng HQ)

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Eating Transit Urban Planning

Consolation Prize

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I’m bummed that congestion pricing died in the State Assembly today, I’m trying to cheer myself up be focusing on things that give me pleasure, like the combo tofu stew with the side order of short ribs at Seoul Garden.

Ah, I feel a little better already. A little, anyway.

(Seoul Garden, 32 St, Manhattan)

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Eating Signs

24/7 Tasty

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Late nights would be a lot easier if we had a few of these in the five boroughs.

(Austin, TX)

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Chinatown Eating

Beloved Deluxe

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I just can’t get enough of Deluxe. I shop here firstly for the food, but a close secondly for the atmosphere. Visiting NYC? Come to Deluxe and get all your hot pot ingredients in one place.

(Deluxe Food Market, 79 Elizabeth St, Manhattan)

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Press Pot

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The best cup of coffee I’ve ever had was Yauco Selecto in a press pot several years ago at Gramercy Tavern. Since then, I’ve had a few hundred gallons of java, but never in a press pot (except on the rare occasion at a place like Chikalicious) and never Yauco Selecto beans. But whenever I do see a press pot I think about that cup at Gramercy, and I think to myself I have to get one of these and some of those beans. Then about two seconds later, I imagine the work and cost involved in finding the beans and getting the exactly right hardware and I promptly dismiss the whole notion. Until the next time I see a press pot.

So I love coffee, but I’m lazy too. And so far, lazy wins.

(Chikalicious Dessert Bar, 10 St & 2 Av, Manhattan)

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BBQ & Big Hair

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I may not be a fancy-pants world-traveled gourmand, but I’m pretty sure nothing goes better with ribs than a Whitesnake video. Nothing.

(Daisy May’s BBQ, 46 St & 10 Av, Manhattan)

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Eating Signs

A New Asha

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(New Asha Restaurant, Victory Blvd, Staten Island)

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Eating Transit

Valentine’s Day

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(Q train, Manhattan)

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Chinatown Eating Family

At The Counter

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We wait for the same roast pork buns my Mom used to love, in a place that hasn’t changed since she first entered thirty years ago.

(Mei Lai Wah, Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Eating Peeps

T&S&J

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(Tea & Sympathy, Greenwich Av, Manhattan)

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City Life Eating Transit

Take Away

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Meals on the run sometimes mean eating in unlikely and unsavory places. But when it’s 11:30pm and you haven’t eaten dinner, those concerns can fall away like crumbs from a knish.

(34 St-Herald Sq Station, Manhattan)

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Red Velvety Confession

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Sorry to get all serious and whatnot, but I have a confession to make: as much as I love the ribs at Daisy May’s, I think love the cupcakes even more. There, I said it.

(Daisy May’s BBQ, 46 St & 11 Av, Manhattan)

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There Will Be Dogs

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(Gray’s Papaya, 72 St & Broadway, Manhattan)

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A Teany Indulgence

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I like Moby’s music and I especially admire and appreciate that he’s made some of his tracks available free of charge to indie filmmakers like myself.

But that’s not why I go to his cafe. I go because the scones with clotted cream and jam are frickin’ awesome.

(Teany, Rivington St, Manhattan)

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Announcements Eating

A New Year Sprouts

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Happy new year to everyone.

It’s my goal for 2008 to blog regularly again — daily if at all possible.

So check back often. As always, I make no guaranties about quality. But quantity? Coming right up.

(Bklyn Blggng HQ)

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Eating

Shellfish Shopping

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I wish I could buy my crabs and lobsters this way in NYC.

(Port Judith, Rhode Island)

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Shake It Up

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Alas, the only time there isn’t a line at Shake Shack is when it’s closed. I think this is the first time they’re staying open through the winter, so hopefully the lines won’t be as bad as they are in warmer weather.

(Shake Shack, Madison Sq Park, Manhattan)

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Monday Is Cat Week: Reserved

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I love cats — and this one is a cutie — but I tell ya, if I ever eat at this [unnamed] restaurant, I’m gonna ask for a seat in the No Cat Butt on Formica section. Just saying.

(West 42 St, Manhattan)

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Eating Moviemaking

LA: Heading Home

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Nutter butters and coffee for breakfast? Why not? I got two hours of sleep because I had to be up at five for a flight at eight, so I need every gram of caffeine and sugar I can get.I’m bummed I’m missing the chance to see Colma again. If you’re in LA, go see it Wednesday, May 10 at the DGA. I guarantee you’ll get hooked on Rich Wong and H.P. Mendoza’s masterpiece the way I did.

It’s good to be heading home, but I miss LA already. Big thanks to everyone at VC for screening my films and for putting on a great festival.

(AA #114, LAX-EWR)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

Catching Up On The News

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

Service

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

Ordering

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

No Smoking Inside

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

My Cup Of Tea

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

Uniform

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Chinatown City Life Eating

July, Forthwith!

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(Mei Lai Wah Coffee House, 64 Bayard St, Manhattan)

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Ailurophilia Chinatown City Life Eating Marla Monday is Cat Week

Monday is Cat Week: Four Felines

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(Clockwise from top left: Tokyo Lunch, 10 John St; Marla; Chung-Wah
Beauty Salon, 19 Pell St
; Sophia’s backpack)

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Eating

My Expiration Date?

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Just in case a person really can die from eating six year old hummus and tabouli mix, I just wanna blog three last things: 1) I love you all very much, 2) I’m sorry I wasn’t the best son/brother/friend/boyfriend/cat owner I could have been, and 3) I always planned on putting the money back where I found it, honest.

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Eating

Heart Stupid

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I heart the BBQ at Biscuit, even though I’m sure my heart doesn’t heart it. The $8.90 half rack of ribs (includes two sides!) is just too delicious to stay away from. Did I mention the key lime pie is pretty good, too?

(Biscuit, 367 Flatbush Av, cash only)

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Chinatown Eating

Yuletide on Pell Street

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Noodles with Spinach
A Christmas in Chinatown
May we have the check?

(Co-author: Elsa)