Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lan Sheng

Chongqing spicy chicken, Lan Sheng

Our happy journey through seemingly all of the Chongqing chickens, dan dan noodles and crystal shrimp dumplings in New York continued recently with a visit to Lan Sheng, one of several restaurants that have made the 30s near Fifth Avenue into a veritable Little Sichuan. Our standbys were as satisfying as always, and we also enjoyed the sliced chicken and vegetables in spicy Hunan sauce, even though the sauce was more umami-rich than fiery.

Crystal shrimp dumplings, Lan Sheng

Dan dan noodles, Lan Sheng

Sliced chicken and vegetables with spicy Hunan sauce, Lan Sheng
  
  

Monday, December 30, 2013

The ABC of It at the NYPL

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The New York Public Library's latest exhibition, The ABC of It, casts a wide historical glance at children's books, seeking to answer the question, why do children's books matter? Part of the fun is wandering around espying books you read as a child, from Dick and Jane to Dr. Seuss to Judy Blume, or checking out the bigger-than-life-size replicas of beloved characters and scenes. After all, if you're attracted to an exhibition such as this, you already know the answer: children's books matter because we would all be so much duller without them.

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

The ABC of It, New York Public Library

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The ABC of It, New York Public Library

Friday, December 27, 2013

Dough Loco

North hole (peppermint and cocoa nibs) donut, Dough Loco

Some advice about Dough Loco in East Harlem: go early. The tiny restaurant's Twitter feed is a litany of sad tweets about sold-out flavors, including the maple miso (below), a sugary, crackly consolidation of soybean paste and glazed maple sugar, and the most successful of the three donuts we tried. The cinnamon sugar (bottom) fared less well, in part because there was simply too much dough and not enough loco. 

The north hole (top) nodded to the season by covering a yeast bottom with pink peppermint icing and chocolate shavings. We're thinking Santa would approve.

Maple miso donut, Dough Loco

Cinnamon sugar donuts, Dough Loco


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Origami Tree at the American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

For more than 40 years, origami-ists have conceived, folded, and executed amazing shapes for the American Museum of Natural History's Origami Tree. It's just about our favorite holiday tree around town.

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree, American Museum of Natural History
  

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Christmas Story at BAM


Though it's aimed straight at the hearts of nostalgic baby boomers, A Christmas Story resonates even with boomers' grandchildren, as we found out at Saturday's screening at BAM, part of their BAMkids series. "I can't put my arms down," "Oohhh fffuuudddggge," and, of course, "Fra-gee-lay" sent the multigenerational audience into hysterics. When it airs over and over again this Christmas, just try to watch without smiling --- we triple-dog dare you.

Photo: thanks

Friday, December 20, 2013

Taqueria Diana

Carnitas and al pastor tacos, Taqueria Diana

While it's not the food porniest food in the world, sometimes only a couple of carnitas and al pastor tacos (above) or a big plate of chicken nachos will do (below). We got them all at Taqueria Diana, a slip of a spot in the East Village. Fine at 7 pm, even better at 3 am.

Nachos pollo, Taqueria Diana

  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

CBS New York: Best Gingerbread Treats

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 



After you’ve visited the world’s largest entirely edible gingerbread village, currently on view at New York Hall of Science, head to one of the bakeries or restaurants below for the city’s best gingerbread treats. Fun fact: that village weighs 1.5 tons.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

The annual Open House at the New York Public Library featured carols, fruit punch, the Grinch, a brass band, ancient Christmas cards, and lots of holiday cheer.

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

NYPL Holiday Party

  

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