I spent some time this week tasting sides from different bbq joints around town for an upcoming Vox magazine piece. Truth be told, most of them suck as much as their barbecue, which is a disgrace in this town equaled only by our “Italian” options. Recommended: Candied Brussels sprouts at Lonnie Ray’s and Rootin’ Tootin’s collard greens. Okay, Lutz’ potato chips are fine too. Anyway, onto the links and other out-of-context randomness…
- New York City’s Department of Records has released hundreds of thousands of never-before-seen photos from the city’s past, and many of them are awesome.
- The Times ties “Before Midnight” to Truffaut and “Up.”
- Lionel Messi managed to, er, excite a tv announcer.
- Fox News would like you to know that the Age of Enlightenment caused the Holocaust.
- Remember to go to the omelet fundraiser tomorrow at the farmers market – it’s rain or shine. While you’re there, buy a lemongrass plant from Kea International.
- Finally, I think Bamboo Terrace is the best Chinese restaurant in town. And now they have a “secret” menu geared toward the Chinese students they’ve started to draw. Feel free to ask for it. Some is approachable, some of it is a little, um, intimidating. But the front of the house manager, sensing trepidation but knowing me to be an adventurous sort, brought out – gratis – a tasting portion of the “beef and beef stomach” entree, which is served cold. “Bluff called,” I said to Mrs. SMEs before cautiously taking one bite. Then another. Tender, contrasting textures and flavors, chilies, chili oil, cilantro. Before long I realized that I’ve never been quite so surprised by a dish. I ate the whole thing – and will actually order it next time. If you can keep an open mind you should do the same.
Have a great weekend.