Aug 6 2017

Elaine’s Asian Bistro & Grill

8 Bond St, Ste 3
Great Neck, NY 11021
(516) 829-8883

It’s been a long time since I last visited it. In 1990s it was Red Camellia (红山茶) run by a lady from Kunming. Before her it was Chopstick (?). Not sure Elaine’s was immediately after her. It recently changed hand and their liquor license is pending approval. Tonight, we dined without wine, which sucks. An elder couple left upon learning no liquor situation. BYOB is allowed but we only learned after sat down. Their service and food are good. The decor is fine. On a Sunday evening, they’re doing pretty good business.

They’re perhaps, one of the handful few in New York uses thin crepe for Beijing Duck – as I despise, really despise all others that use bread for the duck – they should be shot. Call ahead because it needs an hour to prepare.

The fish head is really good. The pickled veggie fish soup although is not bad but I found it a bit too sweet for my taste – maybe it’s just my brain is too sugared up, ha ha ha. The bacon and bean-curd is too plain.  The appetizer sweet ribs (I got it for to-go) is ok. They’ve two sets of menu, one for Chinese. The mango sherbet is good – they sell bindi desserts, which is for a change, a good change! The bird’s nest soup (sweet) is good too.

Street parking or the parking lot which is diagonally on the opposite of street.


Aug 5 2017

Olde Heritage Tavern

12 Housatonic St # 201,
Lenox, MA 01240

Rocking chair, decent food, nice wine glass, but SLOW service. Oh boy. It’s Saturday and they have only one girl working outside. We were thinking to go to Cork n’ Hearth again didn’t want to spend a lot of time, so picked this one.

Many restaurants close after 2:30 in Lenox, even on Saturday. Oh well.


Aug 5 2017

Kent Coffee & Chocolate

45 N Main St
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 927-1445

Like it a LOT.

I was in the mood of ice cream – someone who doesn’t like sweet.

It has an outdoor and indoor seating, with a HUGE bathroom. It’s small and welcoming. The menu board looks a little intimidating – too many stuff to choose from. Their chocolate is pretty good. I got the sea salt almond bark … and brought them home. Guess I’m not a sweet eater -:(

The town Kent is quaint, on Route 7.

Aug 5 2017

The Shed

Koussevitzky Music Shed @ Tanglewood is the major venue. We take in the Friday evening concert @ 8 pm and Saturday morning rehearsal @ 10:30 am. Both are great, and we’re pretty lucky with the weather – foretasted as raining.

They’ve added many amenities – eateries to building. The compound is nicely kept – thanks for us too -:) we keep it clean as much as we can – after the performance, look, how clean and green it is!

The ushers are mostly volunteers. One older lady I spoke with, she was doubting her outfit, oh boy. She looks so put together, to me. The old fashioned bell and bell ringer.


David Zinman, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

MOZART Symphony No. 25
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

Watching David Zinman diligently working, arms flying and all, I thought he looks like a hand-pull noodle maker 手拉面.

Aug 5 2017

Kent, CT

A quaint little New England town on Route 7 in Connecticut bordering New York. Population 2,858 in 2000 census (wiki).

The Kent Coffee Chocolate shop is lovely. They’re having a car show however, we didn’t find it.

An interesting read on the Atlantic about the little free library.


Aug 5 2017

Housatonic River

@ the Housatonic Park (wiki) south of Kent, on Route 7.


Aug 5 2017

U.S. Route 7

On our way home, we take the route 7, which is a north-south highway in the western New England – wiki. It’s also known for antiques/antiquing.



Aug 4 2017

Nejaime’s Wine Cellars

60 Main St,
Lenox, MA 01240

My favorite wine store in Tanglewood. The food they offer is more suitable for picnic. The $39.99 for 4 bottle of World Wide Stout beer. Oh boy.

The Applewood smoke duck is really good. So it the Rosali cracker and salmon.


Aug 4 2017

Rhinebeck, New York

We drive by from Hyde Park on Route 9 from FDR’s home to Tanglewood. The downtown is pretty neat, quaint. It is well known for the culinary Institute too.



Aug 4 2017

FDR @ Hyde Park

4097 Albany Post Rd,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

First Friday of August, the parking lot @ Franklin Roosevelt’s home is full, on a stormy afternoon. We ‘re driving to Tanglewood on Route 9 from Poughkeepsie.

Join the FDRs for an afternoon tea, or reading?