The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich @ Cutty’s, yet more evidence that everything tastes better on brioche.
Weekend’s been one high after another. Went out yesterday to help set up a cheering station for Boston’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, then drinks with some cool kids at Green St, followed by the incredible serendipity of running into @fallingdeep on the bus from Harvard Square and discovering that she lives down the street from me for the summer. Seriously, I wish a camera could’ve caught our shared ?!?!?! moment when we made eye-contact with each other over the sweaty bodies of the #66. Internet karma on lock. (y)
Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
Mildly sheepish to admit that I’ve totally gotten up at restaurants after browsing the menu because nothing appealed to me. I’m picky about where I spend my calories.
Dinner @ The Salty Pig with… a friend of an Internet friend? /:) It’s cool because he’s cool. Spicy cured pork shoulder, soft ashen goat cheese, and an arugula pizza with more salty pig parts and the Greatest Mustard Ever.
So many people are into NBC’s Hannibal right now - I don’t have the stomach for that type of… body imagery…. but I’ve been reading detailed episode recaps to keep up with the conversation, which lead me to the Hannibal culinary blog. Let’s be clear: I’m not shy about meat (give me all yr cow livers and intestines and lungs), but I think beef shaped to look like children’s tongues is where my line stops. That, and the eye-gouging close-up in episode 6.
Shenzhen + Guangzhou food photo diary! Sichuan poached fish/水煮鱼, dim sum, raw coconut juice, FRESH DURIAN (unexpectedly sweet but that smell), Shaanxi noodles spread, chicken feet, spicy fish broth, more dim sum, more chicken feet, and a snake delicacy (that I did not enjoy). Shenzhen doesn’t have a distinct culinary identity since it’s a city of transplants, but it compensates with variety and options; Guangzhou tastes like Hong Kong.
Shenzhen and Guangzhou photo diary!
- 1 — Typical courtyard in a closed condo complex in Shenzhen
- 2 & 3 — More snaps from the Folk Village
- 4 — Residential light pollution (taken at around midnight)
- 5 — Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family (陈家祠) in Guangzhou
- 6 & 7 — Pearl River canal
- 8 — So many tea houses and gardens in downtown Guangzhou
- 9 & 10 — Financial District and the Canton Tower
We hit up four cities in about seven days, so time was unfortunately tight in Guangdong. One of my favorite parts of the trip was trying out different transportation routes: we flew into Hong Kong, took the commuter train to Shenzhen, went to Macau by ferry, then zipped to Guangzhou via hi-speed rail. Inter-city travel is seriously decades ahead of the United States.
As I was exiting the border at Shenzhen into Macau, the customs officer asked me where I got my visa; when I answered Chicago, he nodded knowingly and said, “Chicago housing prices are very cheap!” …The Chinese middle class are so unimpressed with middle America… (then again, with the rocketing real estate prices in China, most foreign cities suddenly appear “affordable”).
I liked Shenzhen a lot for its modern (albeit highly standardized) city design, and Guangzhou utilized a surprising amount of green space; if only we’d planned better and not visited both places during their rainy season…. (✿~︿~)
Orange-glazed tofu with kale and burger with fried egg on brioche @ Hops ‘n Scotch. Catching up with a friend before he jets off for a 10-day cruise around the British Virgin Islands on a private yacht (ah, the benefits of well-funded admirers…)
That time I made mango mascarpone cheesecake with fresh mango and grated coconut for family brunch.