Feb 19 2017

Potala Palace in Lhasa 最全布达拉宫内部详照

Someone posted these photos of this remarkable palace in Tibet in this blog hereWiki here.


Feb 13 2017

Haihe 海河

Wiki says the Hai River, formerly known as the Peiho or Pei Ho, is a Chinese river connecting Beijing to Tianjin and the Bohai Sea. Oddly, neither zh wiki or Baidu mentioned this fact at all. Perhaps PeiHo was only used in English at the time? This would be my guess. Astor Hotel/House seems to be the photo to illustrate.

Feb 1 2017

La Vie En Sichuan

14 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-2779

An ok place for a meal. Service is really good. Food/decor/bathroom is ok. I like the wines they place on each table. The corkage fee is $15. On Yelp.
We’ve whole fish, the head is uncooked (I’m fish head eater !!) or solid like a stone, first time experiencing a fish head this way. The white bean jelly (made fm mung bean) is too salty, texture is kind of questionable  (I think they call it Clear Noodle w/ spicy sauce). The string beans isn’t the way I liked but are succulent. Since the floor is tilted so are the tables.

Free street parking after 7pm. jack ma



Jan 30 2017

Spuntino Wine Bar

900 Old Country Rd
Garden City, NY 11530

Love it: right lighting, cozy atmosphere, personable service, delicious food, good wine, clean bathroom. Also like their tableware and utensils. The rustic table tops are cool.
The freshly made mozzarella is awesome. I usually don’t go for pasta but the squid ink campanelle is a must try, al dente and yummy.

  • Soppresata & Prosciutto with some cheeses
  • bruschetta with green apple Gorgonzola
  • Pizza
  • Arancini, & Polenta Fries with Tomato Sauce
  • Short Ribs with turnip purée
  • fresh handmade mozzarella
  • chocolate chip zeppoles & biscotti.

Jan 13 2017

Snowed Sunday

Jan 6 2017


133-42 39th Ave, Unit 101
Flushing, NY 11354

A cute coffee house in Flushing. Warm and welcoming. Like their high ceiling, the big tea mug. Some counter has outlet for recharging. The cheese cake is pretty good. Will try the red one next time. My review on Yelp


Dec 20 2016

Tang Korean Restaurant

196-50 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11358
(718) 279-7080

It’s two dinning areas, the main and the narrow one to the right where we dined. High ceiling with exposed brick wall (not sure real or fake) is nice but it’s pretty cold. It’s a Tuesday evening. The around-the-clock restaurateur is full. The waiting staff is so busy that they would walking by, while still moving, asks if we’re doing fine or need anything. If you don’t shout loud and fast, she’ll be out of your range. Not my way of having a meal.
Food is ok, a neighborly place for a meal. My Yelp review.


Dec 19 2016

Hunan House 湘水山庄

40W W 56th St,
New York, NY 10019
(212) 213-2299

Due to Donald Trump, 56th Street was closed. I’ve to park on 57th between 5th and 6th Avenue – free after 7pm.

The restaurant is comfortable and waiting staff is friendly. Their food is decent but doesn’t merit an extra trip.  The bathroom in the basement could use an update. On yelp


Dec 18 2016

Sushi Republic

3365 Hillside Ave
New Hyde Park, NY 11040

A neighborhood sushi/Asian restaurant. I didn’t have much appetite, and stayed with their pancake and seaweed salad. The house wine is fine. For reasons I couldn’t quite grasp the fact that the drinks – wine and beer are all 50% off, printed on their menu. If they’re part of permanent menu why not go with the price they actually charge?
One of my companions ordered shrimp with lobster sauce that are totally tasteless – she kept on adding salt, pepper, soy sauce and even mustard. Others have the all-you-can-eat and enjoyed.
The servers are friendly with smiles but part of service is slow: I’ve asked for extra napkins five times (to cover the chipped table) and got up myself to pay, which I don’t mind. They weren’t busy on a Sunday night. On yelp


Dec 10 2016

Housing Works Bookstore Café

126 Crosby St
New York

High ceiling, warm, welcoming and quaint. One of my fave spots in downtown. The long commune table in the back to enjoy a book or cup of coffee. The X’mas carol.
My review on Yelp