(Community Matters) a must read for travelers to China & Hong Kong – Frank Bruni China restaurant reviews (only 2010+ restaurants). My notes: Shanghai : 1) Xi Na, for the spicy cooking of the Hunan region, 2) Yong Yi Ting in Mandarin Oriental hotel in Pudong, Shanghainese cooking., 3) Lost Heaven (see Beijing), 4) Ultraviolet is luxury lunacy, costing about $400 a person, including all beverage pairings and tip. It books up many, many months in advance. But the pinch and the headache are redeemed by its singularity,
Beijing: 1) Lost Heaven, is more than great eating: it’s a learning experience. A teachable meal. It specializes in the Yunnan region’s cuisine, 2) Jing Yaa Tang, which fired up its specially made wood-burning oven and began serving a rendition of Peking Duck as superb as any I’ve tasted.
HongKong: 1) Yardbird, 2) Ronin, (a yardbird sequel), 3) RyuGin, a relatively new, astronomically expensive place that takes its name and cues from its sire in Tokyo, is on the 101st floor of a skyscraper, off to itself. 4) Brickhouse, a popular new Mexican cantina, 5) Duddell’s, is an epic and faithful tour of Cantonese cooking
Ultraviolet sounds even silly – and I’m gonna try it! 🙂
(Community Matters) New poll – 13 things that define the new American Center.
- FILLED WITH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT CONSIDER THEMSELVES THE CENTER
- IS PRETTY WHITE. NOT AS WHITE AS THE FOLKS ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT, BUT STILL: PRETTY WHITE. AND THEY DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY TALK OF “DIVERSITY.”
- DOESN’T MUCH LIKE HOW THINGS ARE GOING.
- TRUSTS DEMOCRATS (AND OPRAH) MORE THAN REPUBLICANS
- PLEASE DON’T TALK TO THE CENTER ABOUT GOD AND GUNS.
- BELIEVES THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP ONLY THOSE WHO REALLY NEED HELP.
- PREFERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE.
- HAS HAD IT WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.
- WANTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SPEND LESS, GO EASY ON REGULATION
- IS PRETTY OKAY WITH RAISING TAXES ON THE RICH AND ON POLLUTERS.
- DRILL, KILL, AND STOP COMPLAINING: THE CENTER IS NOT SOFT.
- NEEDS A DRINK—PROBABLY A BEER. AND THEY RECYCLE!
- THE CENTER IS UP FOR GRABS.
Esquire – The Benenson Strategy Group and Public Opinion Strategies conducted a nationwide survey from August 5 through 11, 2013, with 2,410 registered voters.
Guess if you want something outside the lines of this, you gotta change the electoral map. About 71% of Americans are registered to vote. About 64% voted in 2012. Only thing in this information that disturbs me is reaction against diversity. Too much work needs to be done to fix things still for us not to work on this.