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Big Apple Blog Festival - February 27, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour, and different blogs host it ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on March 6, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ...

This week's Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted by Suitably Flip.

Some excerpts:

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

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Saturday catblogging

Loco ... I may look relaxed ... but I am a killing machine ... especially when it comes to small stuffed cat toys ...

Loco, killing machine

Life in the City is good ... when I have enough toys! ...


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Posted February 25, 2006 08:22 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in NYC Reviews - February 24, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

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Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

Link to TWIR

If you want to place a TWIR logo with a review that was featured, feel free to link to one of the banners on the TWIR page.

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Posted February 24, 2006 10:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Tangra for excellent Indian-Chinese food

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine opened in late-September, and according to Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld is the much-larger branch of Tangra Masala at 8709 Grand Avernue in Elmhurst (menu here) ... Chef-partner Peter Lo is no relation to Peter Lo of A Guy In New York ...

This is a big place, and the food is excellent ...

the Okra Tangra Masala is a truly outstanding dish ...

the Okra Tangra Masala is a truly outstanding dish ...


Tangra Restaurant : popcorn chicken
Tangra Restaurant : popcorn chicken is very popular (every table we saw ordered it), but we thought it was just OK - too much cornstarch


Tangra Restaurant : salt shrimp
Tangra Restaurant : salt shrimp was excellent


Tangra Restaurant : puffs
Tangra Restaurant : puffs


Tangra Restaurant : Tangra Masala lamb
Tangra Restaurant : Tangra Masala lamb was also excellent


Tangra Restaurant : spicey green beans
Tangra Restaurant : spicey green beans were very good


When we left at 10:00 pm or so on a weekday night, large Indian families were still coming in, a real testament to the popularity of Tangra ... conveniently located just across the street from the 40th St./Lowery St. stop on the 7 train.

A mneu from the original Tangra in Elmhust is available from the BridgeandTunnelClub

3923 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY, 718-786-8008/8181 [mnemex]


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Posted February 22, 2006 07:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinese , Indian , The Best   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - February 20, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour, and different blogs host it ... if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on February 27, 2006, will be hosted by Suitably Flip ...

This week's Big Apple Blog Festival is hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars.

Some excerpts:

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com.

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Posted February 20, 2006 10:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

People and Animals - photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a French photographer, has taken some fascinating pictures of people and animals ...

Whitemine Vampire, accompanied by Laura Morris

PIMPERNEL SIMMENTAL BULL

Whitemine Vampire; accompanied by Laura Morris; owned by Bernard E. Kenney of Leicestershire, England (Royal Show, England)

He has also posted numerous portraits of people of different occupations ...

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Posted February 20, 2006 06:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Notes to a friend - February 2006

These are some notes for a friend visiting NYC ...

Do not forget to visit the new Abercrombie & Ftich on 56th Street and Fifth Avenue (pic) ... great experience, even for a jaded New Yorker ...

For lodging, I recommend the Embassy Suites at Battery Park (web site, 102 North End Avenue, 212-945-0100), a very good location with a great view of the Statue of Liberty and the harbor ...

Liberty Suite at Embassy Suites, Battery Park, NY

Liberty Suite at Embassy Suites, Battery Park, NY

You can take long walks along the Hudson River Park ... the Museum of the American Indian is at the old US Customs house (One Bowling Green), you can take the free ferry to Staten Island and back for a great view of the Statue of Liberty without paying the big fees and all the crowds ... many cafes and restaurants within walking distance ... also the Regal movieplex is next door ... Tribeca, SOHO, Little Italy and Chinatown are all a short walk away ... starting in April, the New York Water Taxi will again offer its hop on hop off pass ...

I can take you to the Nice Restaurant for a covey of quails cooked in two ways ... firstly: a covey of five-spiced rubbed skinless quails deep-fried with their heads included, you will have to suck on all the bones, a very important Cantonese delicacy that we eat for Chinese New Year ... secondly: a boneless, meat only plate of quail meat served with hoisin sauce on lettuce leaves. Yummy ...

Soho / Tribeca / Financial District Restaurants - from Menupages

Post by Peter

"Student 'girlcott' protests Abercrombie t-shirts," by Jimmy Greenfield, NewsDay, November 2, 2005

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Posted February 19, 2006 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Luca ... don't sneak up on me like that ... I was meditating ...

Luca's reverie broken

Life in the City is good ... when the humans leave us alone ... after we've eaten of course ...


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Posted February 18, 2006 11:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

This Week in NYC Reviews - February 17, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

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Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

Link to TWIR

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Posted February 17, 2006 09:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Feb. 16, 2006 - Song's Inn World Premiere or Sarah Bernhardt?

This Thursday night is tough for me because there are so many conflicting events ... I have to decide which to attend for the time-slot!

decision, decisions ...

Posted February 15, 2006 01:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Lectures , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Free Concerts at Manhattan School of Music

Upcoming free Concerts at Manhattan School of Music ... tickets are not required ...

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Friday, February 17, 2006

Manhattan School of Music, 601 West 122nd Street, northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, Concert Office: 917-493-4428 (directions)

Posted February 15, 2006 01:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Shanghai Cafe - soup dumplings / xiao long bao

Shanghai Cafe - excellent xiao long bao (soup dumplings)

Shanghai Cafe - 100 Mott Street
Shanghai Cafe - 100 Mott Street


the xiao long bao (soup dumplings: on the menu as Steamed tiny buns with pork) are excellent
the xiao long bao (soup dumplings: on the menu as "Steamed tiny buns with pork") are excellent ...


braised noodles Shanghai style
the braised noodles Shanghai style are very good ... so good that we started eating them before we took a picture ...


the xiao long bao (soup dumplings) are excellent
the xiao long bao are so good we ordered more ... and don't forget to eat the cabbage leaves ...


(see our post on how to eat a soup dumpling)

(previous review: Robert Sietsema (TWIR, August 26, 2005))

100 Mott Street, between Canal and Hester Streets, 212-966-3988 [MenuPages | Add Your Own Column | Citysearch]

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Posted February 15, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Brooklyn Museum of Art - free first Saturdays

the Brooklyn Museum of Art on the first Saturday of the month is free and provides so much entertainment for the whole community with films, musical concerts, DJ"s playing dance music, and art history lectures.

A rainbow of the whole world can be seen on that evening ... the museum has succeeded to bring into their halls the whole community of Brooklynites with all their children in tow ... what a wonderful sight. A free, safe and peaceful enviroment for everyone to enjoy the evening.

The last time I was there I concentrated on the archeological artifacts of the Egyptians during 3,000 B.C. - 1,000 B.C. ... the Brooklyn Museum has one of the finest collections of Egyptian art in the world ...

Target First Saturdays

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-638-5000 (directions)

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Posted February 14, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Museums and Art   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - February 13, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on February 20, 2006, will be hosted by Harleys, Cars, Girls & Guitars ...

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com

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Posted February 13, 2006 09:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Good Malaysian food in San Francisco

We went to San Francisco for a trade show last week where we exhibited. Stopped in Daly City, just 4 miles south of SF on the way in and had a delicious Malaysian lunch at Banana Island with Roti Canai, squid, Hianese Chicken and Lady Fingers (311 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City, CA, 650-756-6868), before checking into our hotel.

Had some real Spanish tapas the first night there - Bacalao, Serrano ham, Blood sausage, Butternut Squash Gratin at a place called Ramblas on Valencia. Did Le Colonial for some upscale Vietnamese, Kokkari for lambs tongue and some of the best Octupus and Greek food and wine that I have ever had, Slanted Door for oysters and more upscale Vietnamese, Japanese Dinner at Mifune and Japanese Breakfast at the hotel (after the show we moved to a hotel in Japantown), Korean, more Malaysian at Penang Garden at 728 Washington Street, 415 296-7878 in Chinatown (a tasty Duck and squash curry), Dim Sum at Canton Seafood and Dim Sum, 655 Folsom Street, 415-495-3064, and Moroccan at a place called Marrakech near Union Square which had a decent rabbit dish, and show (but was more of a tourist trap), and a nice Pot au feu with duck and pigeon at the market on the Embarcadero.

From an email to Peter from Cindy and Mark

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Posted February 12, 2006 10:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Malaysian , San Francisco   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Benny Golson and The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra

last Thursday evening, I heard Benny Golson and The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra perform all his old tunes:

and a World premiere of his new composition, ABOVE AND BEYOND with Victor Goines playing the solo parts.

The conductor and composer, Benny Golson, is 77 years old and he is still very good, healthy, full of humor and life! His orchestral composition is very enjoyable, exciting and full of suprises in the music. The twist and turns in the compositions were very good.

The Juilliard Jazz student musicians were swinging with great rythym and pace. Some great solos by the trumpets, guiter, piano, flugelhorn and trumbones.

I sat on the third row and saw everything so clearly. Simply amazing and a free concert.

I loved the performance, tap my feet, swing my head and made me so happy ...

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The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, northwest corner of Broadway and West 65th Street, 212-769-7406

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Posted February 12, 2006 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Free , Music   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Photographs - at Christie's

Exhibition of photographs at Christie's, Rockefeller Centre, New York, this week-end ... worth a detour ...

Photographs by Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton, Edward Curtis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Beard, Irving Penn, Marion Post Wolcott, and others ...

Exhibition:

Sale, No. 1625, February 14, 2006, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-636-2000

Please note that links to auction items usually stop working within 30 days after the auction concludes ...
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Posted February 11, 2006 08:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Auctions , Auctions and Appraisals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Loco and Luca ... we both fit! ... Ha!

Loco and Luca both want the highest point

Life in the City is good ... we can surprise lots of mice from up here ...


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Posted February 11, 2006 04:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in NYC Reviews - February 10, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

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Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

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Posted February 10, 2006 02:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant - Chinese

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown ...

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown

J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... 23 Catherine Street, Chinatown


J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... shrimp dumpling noodle soup - perfect on a cold winter day
J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant ... shrimp dumpling noodle soup - perfect on a cold winter day


previous post: Delicious Whole Fish - J.M. Family Noodle Restaurant

23 Catherine Street, between Henry and East Broadway, 212-571-2440 [MenuPages | Citysearch]
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Posted February 7, 2006 06:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - February 6, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on February 13, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ...

  • NYC Photobloggers 6 ... Friday, February 10, 2006, 6:30 pm, Apple Store, 103 Prince Street, at Greene

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    The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

    To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

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    Posted February 6, 2006 12:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (2)

    Freedom of Expression

    The great British philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty, "Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being 'pushed to an extreme'; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case."

    The cartoons in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten raise the most important question of our times: freedom of expression. Are we in the west going to cave into pressure from societies with a medieval mindset, or are we going to defend our most precious freedom -- freedom of expression, a freedom for which thousands of people sacrificed their lives?
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    On the world stage, should we really apologize for Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe? Mozart, Beethoven and Bach? Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Breughel, Ter Borch? Galileo, Huygens, Copernicus, Newton and Darwin? Penicillin and computers? The Olympic Games and Football? Human rights and parliamentary democracy? The west is the source of the liberating ideas of individual liberty, political democracy, the rule of law, human rights and cultural freedom. It is the west that has raised the status of women, fought against slavery, defended freedom of enquiry, expression and conscience. No, the west needs no lectures on the superior virtue of societies who keep their women in subjection, cut off their clitorises, stone them to death for alleged adultery, throw acid on their faces, or deny the human rights of those considered to belong to lower castes.

    "Democracy in a Cartoon," by Ibn Warraq, Der Spiegel, February 3, 2006

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    U.S. Constitution: First Amendment

    Eugene Volokh looks at the hypocrisy of the Boston Globe in dealing with offensive religious images:

    Yet where in those editorials are the admonitions about the need for "respect" of religious groups? The condemnations of the juxtaposition of bodily excretions with religious figures as "schoolboy prank[s]"? The denunciations of the art as undermining the "ultimate Enlightenment value" of "tolerance"? The condemnations of the artists, and of those NEA and museum decisionmakers who used their discretion to judge the work artistically excellent, as "obtuse"? And, of course, the suggestion thatthe works are "no less hurtful to most [Christians] than Nazi caricatures of Jews or Ku Klux Klan caricatures of blacks are to those victims of intolerance"?

    Why the difference?

    "The Boston Globe on Speech Offensive to Different Religious Groups," by Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy, February 4, 2006

    This reminds us of something we read a few years back; "Catholic guy: Who's the establishment here?," by Chuck Williams, guest commentary in the St. Paul Legal Ledger, October 19, 1999:

    The appropriate answer to would-be censors is to say, "if you don't like it, don't look at it." Or just don't read it, or just don't listen to it. The reason that retort doesn't work here is that the Catholic guy isn't complaining that anybody's forcing Catholics to look at Dung on the Virgin. He's complaining that Catholics are being forced to pay for it. He's saying, go ahead and Dung on the Virgin anywhere you like. Just do it on your own dime, or on your fellow Catholic-bashers' dime. Just don't do it on the taxpayers' dime.

    But to the wine and cheese crowd on the museum board, them are fighting words. OK, I admit I don't understand that reaction. But I'd still just shrug my shoulders if the board didn't go on to add farce to insult by assuming the ridiculous pose of a courageous little community being set upon by the heavy hand of the establishment.

    That's just too silly to go unremarked. Because it's as clear as a jar of pee that it's the Catholic guy who's being stomped and insulted here - and by people who make more money in a day than he does in a week. The museum board members are wealthy, powerful, socially and politically connected, and like lots of this country, and certainly much of the media, not too fond of the Catholic Church. They're the establishment, if anyone is, not the Catholic Church, with whatever pitiful, tenuous hold it may still have on 1999 American culture.

    I mean, like another friend of mine once said, if you want to be counterculture, be a Catholic.

    So here's what I'm saying. Picture the wine and cheese crowd gathering at some Brooklyn Museum of Art benefit. Then quick cut to somebody, anybody, in 1999 New York, who still gets up early to go to church, kneel in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary and pray. Which depicts a smug and intolerant establishment?

    Well, if you picked the devout Catholic on his knees before the Virgin, you're not alone. But I still don't get it.

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    Posted February 5, 2006 10:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·     ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    Saturday catblogging

    Loco ... see, I do fit!

    Loco does fit

    Life in the City is good ... everything fits just right ...


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    Posted February 4, 2006 08:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    This Week in NYC Reviews - February 3, 2006

    This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

    Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

    Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

    For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

    NYC Restaurant inspection results online

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    Did we miss your favorite review?

    Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

    Link to TWIR

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    Posted February 3, 2006 10:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

    Chinatown dim sum - "Chinese tapas"

    Yum cha means "drink tea" in Cantonese, and typically tea is served with the small snacks and dumplings known as dim sum. If you're heading to Chinatown for the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year, which starts today, here are some places to sample these popular delicacies.

    "Chinatown: Sip Tea, Raise Chopsticks," by Kris Ensiminger, The New York Times, January 29, 2006

    this article is simply a rehash from previous articles about dim-sum in Chinatown ... these articles stick to the same old familiar places ...

    I do not fancy Ping's because they try to be too modern and slick ... so that they can charge you more money per person ... they include many dishes that are not dim-sum but regular dishes disguised as dim-sum plates ...

    Dim Sum A Go-Go is good for anyone who cannot speak Cantonese and can order the food from a menu-list ... "dim-sum by the numbers" ... this is not the traditional manner to enjoy dim-sum ...

    the whole idea of dim-sum is to sit and talk, eat a plate, talk more, wait for a fresh trolley of dim-sum, order another ... and so on ... as in a Spanish tapas cafe ... you do not order all at once and mouth them down as in Dim-Sum A Go-Go ...

    Oriental Garden is good but too much money, as for the others too ...

    I save the Nice for delicious Cantonese dinners ... which I did on the Lunar New Year with eight friends ... a 10 course banquet for $280.00 including the tip ... we brought French champagne, white and reds wines ... service cannot be any better ...

    My favourite dim-sum restaurant is still the Chatham Restaurant ... very fresh dim-sum and $5 plates of noodles ... the old fashion way ... eat slowly, talk and enjoy the day ... moreover, the Chatham specialises in dim-sum while the restaurants mentioned cook dim-sum, lunch and dinners ... see "Best dim-sum in Chinatown" ...

    Dim Sum Go Go, 5 East Broadway, 212-732-0797 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot]

    Jing Fong, 20 Elizabeth Street, 212-964-5256 [NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

    Nice, see our post "Nice Restaurant - Chinatown," 35 East Broadway, 212-406-9510 [NYT | Citysearch]

    Ping's Seafood, 22 Mott Street, 212-602-9988 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

    Oriental Garden, 14 Elizabeth Street, 212-619-0085 [NYT | openlist]

    Sweet 'N' Tart Restaurant, 20 Mott Street, 212-964-0380 [MenuPages | NYT | openlist | Gayot | Citysearch]

    Triple Eight Palace, 88 East Broadway, 212-941-8886 [NYT | openlist | Gayot]


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    Posted February 2, 2006 04:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Chinese   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (0)

    How NOT to use the Internet

    The staff of U.S. Rep Marty Meehan wiped out references to his broken term-limits pledge as well as information about his huge campaign war chest in an independent biography of the Lowell Democrat on a Web site that bills itself as the "world's largest encyclopedia," The Sun has learned.

    The Meehan alterations on Wikipedia.com represent just two of more than 1,000 changes made by congressional staffers at the U.S. House of Representatives in the past six month.

    "Rewriting history under the dome: Online 'encyclopedia' allows anyone to edit entries, and congressional staffers do just that to bosses' bios," by Evan Lehmann, The Lowell (Massachusetts) Sun, January 27, 2006

    Wikipedia relies on its readers to create, expand and correct its one million entries on a variety of subjects, but the site's managers also keep track of the Internet addresses of those who make changes.
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    It has often been said that Congress acts like a bunch of high school students with a trillion-dollar budget. Now it appears that it also employs some staffers who haven't gotten over the locker-room prank phase of their adolescence.

    "Congress Is an Internet Virus," by John Fund, OpinionJournal, January 31, 2006

    And kids, don't do it from home, either.

    If you want to learn about some of the proper and effective uses of the Internet ...

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