Dec 31 2015

Sangria 71

The tapas are pretty huge in portion, aside from delicious. The shrimps are scumlunt, dates are crispy, octopus are tender. There are 4 types of paellas. Four of us ordered #2 Marinera (special $35 for two or $21 for one) – came in one large plate. The rice is tasty, fat and one by one (not saggy and crispy), seafood, shrimp and scallops are rather little taste-less compare to the tapas’ but very fresh and tender (as vs dry … chewy).

calamari, mussels, clams, sea scallops, shrimp

The Marinera and clams are bit sandy – I’ll have to say that there was one Italian restaurant on Bleeker Street in downtown that consistently turned out musuallls that were clean of … but

Street parking, not difficult to find street parking. Corkage is $15.

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Dec 26 2015

Evgeny Kissin & Itzhak Perlman @ Carnegie Hall

A wonderful night!! Performers
Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Mischa Maisky, Cello
SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D. 898
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 (youtube)

MENDELSSOHN Andante con moto tranquillo from Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49

Monday, Oct 29, 1991:
Mayumi Seiler (wiki)

Dec 26 2015

Wild turmeric 姜黄 and buddha’s hand @ S.S. Natural

72-56 Austin St,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

The turmeric also spells as tumeric (?). The yellow buddha’s hand (wiki; the buddha’s hand tree is from Wiki too) is perfume-y, has religious significance and used as flavoring in food or drink, such as zest in vodka. From a grocery store (Foodtown on Austin Street?) in Forest Hills Gardens

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Dec 24 2015


107-10 70th Road,
Forest Hills, NY

Went to see the Star War, and dine at this Brazilian restaurant. 森林小丘. 口味气氛服务不错. 七十街大概是他们的餐馆街.

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Dec 24 2015

Forest Hills 森林小丘

A better neighborhood in Queens. Cosmo, younger than Bayside, convenient public transportations, not to mention the tennis – used to come here often, to play tennis.

Austin Street, one block south of Queens Blvd., from 70th Road toward the east is their main street, full of restaurants, chain stores.

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Dec 15 2015


Charlotte Douglas International Airport is pretty big. Walking from gate E to B5 take some effort – it certainly filled my jogging quota of the year -:).

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The pianist and the rocking chairs sure to relax the jittery travelers.

Dec 14 2015

A room full of jewelry

A jewelry artist’s work is being displayed at the Center. The artist, Kathy Chan is over 70 and has been livinh in Huntsville for more than 40 years.

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Dec 14 2015

88 Buffet

88 Buffet
6125 University Dr @ Madison Square mall
Huntsville, AL 35806


I heard that this eatery is owned by people from Fuzhou. Their food is decent, costing $7.99 for a weekday lunch to dinner on weekends at $11.99.

Buffet To Go
LUNCH $3.99/lb
DINNER $4.99/lb
Seafood, Steak $6.99/lb
Sushi $0.60/pc

Reportedly the Madison Square mall was purchased by a Chinese for $30 mil but this contradicts: the Grove Huntsville bought for $5 mil in cash.

Dec 13 2015

Ding How II

Ding How II
4800 Whitesburg Dr SW,
Huntsville, AL 35802

It’s the only Chinese restaurant in town that serves dim sum. But the Chinese population is so small, the usual cart pushers are women, now being ‘replaced’ by a white kid and a black kid. It’s cute. Good immersion for the boys and an opportunity for old me to practice my rustic English, at long last, ha ha ha.

Surprisingly, the food is decent, home made (I heard some restaurants are buying frozen …) I was full by the time we left – looked like my Chinglish worked, to some degree. In case you don’t know, pointing fingers work too, when order dim sum, -:) So be brave, give them a try.

On Yelp

Dec 12 2015

Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville is the fourth-largest city in Alabama in the heart of Tennessee Valley. Raymond Jones whose father Carl purchased the 2,500-acre farm in 1938. One side of Carl T Jones Drive SE is the farm with cows and across the street, is the modern mall and residential low rise building.


There isn’t a direct flight from NY to Huntsville. Thanks lord it’s a pleasant ride, like a day on the beach. AA stops at Chicago‘s ORD. The second leg of the flight is small, served by one flight attendant – his belly is big so is his niceness.

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It’s in the region of the bible belt (the area encompasses southeast to nearly middle of the country. The shape is more like a corner or quarter of the country … rather than a thin belt), gigantic churches are everywhere and imposing. Police officers are hired to direct traffic on weekends.

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We’ve lunch at Ding How II on Sunday and 88 Buffet on Monday, then visited NASA’ Space & Rocket Center. Huntsville has three awesome camps. Space camp is one.

Charlotte CLT and HSV are definitely nicer than La Guardia LGA.

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