Archive for February, 2009
Lots of talks this weekend and lots of early morning flights. Just did a talk at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (which is like a university with no students, and host to Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, Kurt GÃ¶del andÂ J. Robert Oppenheimer) I spoke as part of the Cuisine & Culture lecture [...]
Two segments. One on Chinese food in America. One on fried turkey dumplings. Lenore Welby produced really smart segments. Impressions when I first walked into studios on West 26th Street. Metal detector. Lots of rolls of ribbons. Washer dryer. Huge kitchens. Nine Emmys lined up in conference room. “MARTHA” is all over the place. A [...]
To make turkey dumplings!
Okay here is the invite (click to get full size version). Details: March 11, 2009. 7-9 p.m. 37 Main Street in Brooklyn (which is Dumbo). firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarah Murray is chatting with me.
powerHouse Books in Brooklyn is going to throw my paperback launch on March 11. But it includes a DJ (!). They have a huge 10,000 space in Dumbo (or is it DUMBO, can’t remember if they like it all capitalized.) As Publishers Weekly noted recently, the indy bookseller/publisher bucked a trend in that it has [...]
Gave a talk at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts today, which has an amazing collection of Chinese art — in large part because Salem was a shipping capital with China. It also has a Qing Dynasty Chinese house, Yin Yu Tang, which is famously and painstakingly disassembled and reassembled in the museum. But [...]
This Globe and Mail piece from a few months ago highlights Hakkasan in Vancouver (not to be confused with Alan Yau’s Ã¼ber-sexy, Michelin-starred Hakkasan restaurant in London, which I also went to). Richmond is also where I had chosen the greatest restaurant in the world (now shuttered) Zen Fine Chinese cuisine. The sister of Sam [...]
I’m at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif. and because I have had to become an early riser on the East Coast to do Morning Buzz, I was up at like 5 a.m. this morning, Way before sunlight. A number of people had read The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, so I was touched. And some [...]
These two are Chinatown bus advertisements for routes that go to the more obscure regions of the eastern United States. (Chinatown bus goes all over, not just Boston, NYC, Philly and Washington). Notice how they emphasize the area codes. That is because many Fujianese restaurant workers are not educated and thus don’t really read and [...]