Archive for August, 2007
We’re almost at the finish line! The drop-dead deadline is September 5th, according to the letter I just got.Â Today I met with my fantastic and sweet factchecker, Jennifer Stahl, who works at The New Yorker, for Cuban food at Havana Central on West 46th. Highly recommended (both the factchecker and the restaurant).
Here is a bit of Chinese restaurant trivia: The Washington boarding house on H Street belonging to Mary Surratt, where the assassination of President Lincoln was planned is now a Chinese restaurant called Wok n Roll. (They serve sushi too.) These photos are courtesy of food blogger Erin Zimmer.
Dealing with a book opyedit is sort of a strange process if you have never dealt with it before, though good advice can be found on the Internet. One thing: you need to buy colored pencils, and not of colors already used, to write responses on the manuscript to the copy editors questions. I bought […]
So the manuscript is copyedited! I was surprised because I actually get back a physical copy where I have to enter my comments in on the manuscript copy in pencil. And then this hand-edited document gets re-typed in with our comments and changes by a typesetter. I was surprised they don’t just enter the changes […]
This fortune found on Flickr shows that the fortune cookie scribe was running out of ideas, no?
This is another entry into the “Fortune Cookie as pop culture” canon. I was recently sent a cute funny DVDÂ with aÂ short romantic comedy calledÂ Fortune Hunters, about aÂ guy who writes fortunes for his father’s forture cookie company and his embarrassing (and public) experiences to woo back his girlfriend.Â The shortÂ been accepted at least 10 different film festivals, […]
Since Facebook opened up the gatesÂ forÂ outsiders to create programs for its users, one of the most popular applications has been Fortune Cookie by Tyler Ballance of Slide.com. It now has more than 4 million users, making it variously in the top 10Â applications ofÂ all facebook apps.Â And now they let you “send” fortunes to people. The […]
I’ve visited six continents and 23 countries trying to find the world’s top Chinese restaurants outside of China. Wakiya in New York is not one of them (though it is priced as though it were). This is all the more sad because the original Wakiya restaurant in Tokyo is truly one of the most intriguing […]
Chinese food is the largest restaurant segment not dominated by chainsÂ — as opposed to hamburgers, pizza, Mexican and Italian.Â Big chains like General Mills and Darden have tried and fled with Leann Chins and China Coast. Of the 40,000 Chinese restaurants, theÂ two big exceptions are theÂ Chinese restaurant chains Panda Express (fastfood) out of Rosemead,Â […]
Green Tea Chinese Bistro in Newington, Connecticut has decided to embrace Italian-Chinese fusion. Among their newÂ dishes: General Tso’s pizza and roast pork pizza with scallions and red onions. Why not? It’s a bit California Pizza Kitchen — which offers among its choices Thai chicken pizza, mango tandoori pizza, carne asada pizza, and Jamaican jerk pizza. […]
I’m trying to decide if this fortune is incredibly zen or totally inane.
Clem Richardson of The New York Daily News was scolded for being a poor tipper to the deliverymen at his local Chinese restaurant. He thought that $2 or $3 was pretty good considering they didn’t cook the food or have to keep visiting his table, figuring they make 15 to 20 deliveries an hour (this […]
Conan O’BrienÂ and a “Chinese deliveryman” sang a West Side Story-style duet about dumplings in ChineseÂ during last night’s show. Came with subtitles and everything.Â Conan’sÂ pronounciation was pretty decent actually.
Finally have a free night in the city, so I made a reservation at Wakiya with my friend Eric Lee. It wasn’t that hard to get a reservation for 2 (7, 8:45 or 9 p.m.) The feedback on Wakiya at New York Magazine’s GrubÂ StreetÂ Â and ChowhoundÂ have been lukewarm. The Amateur Gourmet has a post from James […]
After some trouble with Simpleflickr and Firefox, I decided to try Slideflickr as a way to do photos on this blog. It’s pretty simple actually. You just type in a set, a group or a user and it generates a line of code that you stick on a blog page and you get this neat […]
John Vause of CNN says he has lost 10 pounds in the last several weeks because he is terrified of Chinese food products. As he writes: But these days, the joy of anticipation of what the next dish will bring has been replaced with, well, the dread of what the next dish may contain. When […]
Ming Kuang Chen — the Chinese deliveryman who was stuck in an elevator for more than three days in 2005 — has apparently become quite the muse for creative artists. A movie script is in development, I’ve heard. I have a whole chapter in my book wrapped around him. And he also has been the […]
Peggy Lim of The News and Observer in North Carolina has put together a touching profile of Song Ni, 34, a Chinese restaurant owner who was fatally shot at the end of July in Stantonsburg, N.C. (population 800) during a robbery in his home. His wife and two daughters were in the other room. In […]
Nicole Mones writes aboutÂ the duality of Chinese food for Chinese people and Chinese food for Americans in The New York Times Magazine. Whatâ€™s the difference? According to Mones, â€œAmerican tasteâ€ means Chinese-style dishes prepared with a limited range of pre-mixed sauces, usually no more than 5 to 7 per restaurant (These sauces — sweet and […]