May 27 2017

Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao


59-16 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355

Consistent. Deserves 3.5; it’s one of our go to eateries in Flushing – off downtown – right off the LIE. Street/meter parking. All are good except the texture of their scallion pancake isn’t to my liking – too soft – should be bit chewy. Shredded chill pepper and beef is bit too sweet. Fried meat buns – sheng jian baos are really good. Their juicy dumplings – xiao long bao is pretty good: better than Joe’s Shanghai but a bit less than Nan Xiang.

 


May 27 2017

Halesite, New York


Driving east from Gold Star beach park is Haleside, on the east side of the Huntington Harbor (wiki).

There is a family of duckies, dad, mom and kids.

Surfside Deli on the corner of W Shore Road and Mill Dam Road (35).


May 27 2017

Gold Star Beach Park


Browns Rd,
Huntington, NY 11743

Browns Road turns into W Shore Road at the top, by the water. Unfortunately, a gorgeous morning turns into heavy cloud in the afternoon. Without sunshine, the beach looks rather unappetizing. But thanks heaven, it didn’t rain on the wedding.

 

 


May 27 2017

Coindre Hall


101 Browns Rd,
Huntington, NY 11743

Wiki: this medieval French château has 40 rooms (80k sq ft/7,400 sq m), was built for pharmaceutical magnate George McKesson Brown in 1912; he lost it to the stock market crushed in 1929. It’s on the Huntington Harbor. It’s named after Father André Coindre. Now used for events and weddings.

Pro: the many rooms, give the cater the opportunity to place drinks and finger food in a few rooms on the second floor – thoughtful and intimate. However, the con is, main hall on the ground floor is small and adjacent to the dancing room, which is inconvenient.

         

The food is above average for such event. Catering is by Lessing – they do a lot of business in New York, such as golf courses etc. All the event I attended, would have more than enough food. This one is no exception. I wish both sides would consider the wastefulness of the food and do something about it – like, putting out less food? The wedding ceremony is at 6pm, followed by reception then full sit down dinner. Maybe they could serve less food during the reception? Drinks and finger food are enough. No need to have chefs cooking up pasta, roasted pig … Less is more?

     

The sit down dinner …

     

 


May 24 2017

Piccola Bussola


159 Jericho Turnpike
Mineola, NY 11501

The stories told by Uncle Tony is the best part of the evening, and the drinks too. FYI, owner Tony Lubrano is probably half my age, and we, as far as I know, are not related – rumors stops here -:).

   

This Italian restaurant sits on the busy Jericho Turnpike. They’ve valet parking. 2-hr street parking, free after 6pm is also an option. The bar by the entrance is pretty big. To the right is their main dining hall and behind the bar, is another hall, good for private functions.

Uncle Tony cooked up a 10-course tasting menu, plus 3 desserts, plus a big selection of wine (Prosecco, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc/noir, Carb, Moscato … oh my). It’s a very generous (on his part) and rowdy (us) evening, 2 hours event ampliated into 3.

0) yummy bread (ciabatta?)
1) Stuffed mushroom
2) Baked Clam
3) Scallop risotto
4) Tortelloni ala vodka
5) Eggplant meatball
6) Chicken napolitano
7) Veal sorrentino
8) Dijon salmon
9) Roasted red pepper ravioli
10) Steak

Desserts: Napoleon, tiramisu and Zabaglione.

The service is great. The decor is average. the 10 courses, the first few are rather bland. Eggplant meatball is super – Uncle Tony’s mom’s invention. Veal sorrentino is good too – I do have a salty tongue. The tiramisu is super yummy. Napoleon is good too. Zabaglione (alcoholic foaming, light…) is refreshing – I ate them all … for someone who doesn’t really like desserts – this is really a big compliment. Thank you Uncle Tony and my great tablemates who made my day -:).


May 20 2017

Brahms violin concerto @ Lincoln Center


Jupiter the beautiful: thanks to the armature astrologer society of New York (?) who provides telescopes on weekends all summer long.

My season’s last NY Phil concert @ David Geffen Hall. Brahma’s violin concerto is wonder but the soloist Leonidas Kavakos is so so – no wrong notes but the performance isn’t clean. He reminds me of the three brothers in

The second half program is pretty terrible: New York Premieres of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s magical Wing on Wing and Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality – I can’t take these modern composers. Having the players as well as the sopranos joining the audiences is simply no good.

     


May 20 2017

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival


9th Avenue, between 42-57 streets

A street fair on the west side, 2-day event.

A wonderful day out.

We did’t go too deep in to the fair, instead we stopped at Kilo, a wine bar, have really good time there.

   


May 20 2017

Kilo


857 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

The joke goes that you need eat to have energy, in order to be able to go on diet. Ehhhh … pardon me my chinglish but you get it.
As I’m closing their handsome but heavy bathroom door, I thought of this joke. You’ll need that little extra strength to deal with the bathroom door. All good and pretty clean bathroom.

High ceiling. Small. Exposed brick walls. Delicious food. Good wines, served in great wine glasses – theirs ranks near the top of my good wine glass list – thin stem and fat bulb, feels really good both in hand and on the lips.

We went on a Saturday evening before the Brahms violin concert @ Lincoln Center. We usually go north for dinner bec the south is just bit dingier. The host asked us if we’ve reservation – so remember to make one – nevertheless, he sat us immediately.

They hang a candle holder as decor. A nice wooden bowl for the shells. A cool tattooed wine connoisseur. Everything feels just fine. The south of Lincoln Center is just as lovable.

  


May 18 2017

Xiao Pangu in spring

In Yangzhou, Jiangsu province; taken by a relative

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May 14 2017

Joe’s Sicilian Bakery


21216 48th Ave
Bayside, NY 11364
(718) 225-2272

This is a tiny Italian bakery, with no sit down. Girls behind the counter are experienced and efficient, working in harmony; making the trip inside pleasant. They offer to cut the round bread (ciabatta?) which is appreciated (I prefer Addeo & Sons Bakery in Bronx tho), although sometimes I do enjoy tearing apart my bread.
The butterfly cookies and biscottis are all good.