Monthly Archive for December, 2006

Perry Street

Before Christmas (usually a dead week for restaurants here in NYC), we decided to stop by Perry Street (located, quite unimaginatively, on Perry St. and the West Side Highway)(Opentable, Citysearch, Zagat), which I suppose is in the financial district or the FAR west village. Though we did not have a reservation, there were several four person tables available (we were three). It was not that they were reserved, rather, they only wanted to seat parties of four at those tables. We sat at the bar for a half an hour while several of these tables went empty. At about the 40th minute we decided this had gone on long enough and spoke to the manager. Despite pointing out the blatantly obvious, they still refused to seat us even though their tables were still empty. I don’t know about you, but I just don’t see the point in being treated like crap at a place where you are expected to pay around $100 per person to eat! It’s not as if Jean-Georges himself was cooking for us. We decided to pass, and spend our money (ironically) at Spice Market. They gave us a table at Spice Market but it too was crap. However, at least our complaints at Spice Market were heeded, and they moved us to an adequate table. Jean Georges needs to fire the high priced consultant that told him it was better to have an empty table than a table not filled to capacity. Too late for me though, because there is no chance of me ever going back to Perry Street. Buggers!

Virginia Is For Douchebags, part deux.

An unexpected second in my now multi-part series, Virginia is for Douchebags. For the first part, see right meow. Virginia hits a (perhaps unsurprising) new low:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20  In a letter sent to hundreds of voters this month, Representative Virgil H. Goode Jr., Republican of Virginia, warned that the recent election of the first Muslim to Congress posed a serious threat to the nation’s traditional values.

Mr. Goode was referring to Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat and criminal defense lawyer who converted to Islam as a college student and was elected to the House in November. Mr. Ellison’s plan to use the Koran during his private swearing-in ceremony in January had outraged some Virginia voters, prompting Mr. Goode to issue a written response to them, a spokesman for Mr. Goode said.

In his letter, which was dated Dec. 5, Mr. Goode said that Americans needed to “wake up” or else there would “likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.”

“I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped,” said Mr. Goode, who vowed to use the Bible when taking his own oath of office.

21koran.jpgHere is a link to the article. Wow. Seriously? Here is a pic. One guess as to who is Virgil H. Goode, Junior, and who is Keith Ellison. Anyway, after the George Allen incident, I would have thought that Virginia had learned its lesson about opening its fat piehole. You see, this tells the rest of America that people from Virginia are stupid and bigoted. “But one bigot doesn’t represent the whole state of Virginia! Waaaah!”

Oh, but he does. You see, Goode is not some hobo wearing feathers and screaming at your pet on the street. He is Virginia’s representative. In case you don’t know what that means, say hello to my little friend, Merriam Webster:

Main Entry: 2representative
Function: noun
1 : one that represents another or others: as a (1) : one that represents a constituency as a member of a legislative body (2) : a member of the house of representatives of the United States Congress or a state legislature b : one that represents another as agent, deputy, substitute, or delegate usually being invested with the authority of the principal c : one that represents a business organization d : one that represents another as successor or heir.

This man represents Virginia! Therefore, I shall continue to impute his actions to the majority of Virginians, until (1) Merriam or Webster (I don’t care which) changes the definition of representative, or (2) Virginia votes for the other guy. Until then, George Allen, Virgil Goode, and all Virginians win my Douchebag award. Here you go!


Some pictures

Here are a few pictures I have taken over the last few months.

Macy's Flower ShowButterfly, 8th St. and 6th Ave.Brazil Coffee House 2Brazil Coffee House 1

Brain can repair alcohol’s damage

homer_beer.jpgLONDON, England (Reuters) — Excessive drinking can damage brain cells but the brain can repair some of the harm, a team of international researchers said on Monday.

Woohoo! Link to story.

I knew beer was good for you! Now I finally have hard science behind me. Thanks eggheads! Though, I suppose beer research from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany is like getting your lung cancer research done at Philip Morris. But I will take what I can get!

Amazing Fingerpicking

The only thing you are amazing at fingerpicking is that giant sebaceous hook-nose on your that ugly mug of yours. Not so with Andy McKee, who is a master of fingerstyle guitar. This video is one of his most impressive, though you can find more on You Tube. In addition to his technical skills, his music is pretty good.

He also does a pretty damn good rendition of Africa (Toto):

Restaurant 66

Here’s an old post I never published.

Thanks to Restaurant Week, I’ve been going to a bunch of great restaurants for only 25 (lunch) or 35 dollars (dinner). The other night we went to 66, which is Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s take on Chinese food. Overall, I recommend it. Here’s what we got:

Tuna Tartare with Chinese Celery, Crispy Lotus Root & Soy Tapioca. The thing that really set this apart from every other tuna tartare in the city was the use of the mini tapioca pearls cured in soy sauce. I thought that was a very creative alternative to including soy sauce in a dish on the side like so many other Japanese restaurants do.

Lacquered Pork Belly, Shallot & Ginger Confit. Amazing. It wasn’t on the prix-fixe menu but we ordered it anyway, and we were glad we did. It was possibly the most tender pork I have ever had, and the crystallized or fried ginger on top made the dish. A must-try.

Chili Prawns with Lily Bulb & Sweet Walnuts. Pretty good. Medium sized portions – not too small, but not quite big, either. Though the waiters took their sweet time bringing it after the entrees had already been served, it came with fried rice.

Overall: I think its pretty good, if you can schlep all the way out to Tribeca!