Seoul Garden, NYC
|Manhattan at Night|
We're also thankful that at least some of our corporate masters in this Plutocracy have the good taste to wait until AFTER Thanksgiving to put their "Holiday Season" decorations.
The rest of you can suck it - Christmas ads after Labor Day? For shame!
Seems like the War on Christmas is about as winsome as the War on Drugs.
Growing up on the East Side of Cleveland you are bombarded on both sides by the idea of the Asian Christmas Dinner.
|Grilled pork belly.|
Chinese food for Christmas was further programmed into the psyche of every Clevelander with the repetitive showing of "A Christmas Story", all day Black Friday and continuously throughout the weeks leading up to the Big Event.
If you do not know the scene I am talking about, you should rush out right now to another browser window and stream the movie. And glory at the wonder that is the Higbees Company in Tower City, Cleveland and the cold but strangely inviting wasteland of 1980s Tremont.
Invent a drinking game. Finish the movie with a rousing chorus of "This Town.. Is My Town."
|NY Metro speeds past.|
They don't make enough Xanax for that kind of stress, bravo and brava to all those who have the nerves to handle it.
My holiday meal is an investment, perhaps and over investment, and a yearly crucible that pits me against Seasonal Affective Disorder, obsessive compulsive behavior, binge drinking and self-hatred.
How was your Thanksgiving? Were you able to eat all your feelings too?
So this year I'll probably just go out for a nice bowl of phó and relax: why be tied to any one particular Asian cuisine when there are now so many great ones to choose from?
Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai, Japanese, Korean. Ah, yes. Korean.
|The camera's been drinking (soju).|
A friend of a relative hipped me to the place. It fires all the right cylinders:
- Difficult to find door, and up a mysterious flights of stairs
- Always busy
- Majority of clientele is Korean
- Cheap beer
- In-table grill
- Tripe, tongue and tendon: the Asian offal tri-fecta (of deliciousness).
- Extra kimchee is free
And speaking of Koreatown and Seasonal Affective Disorder (of a kind), here's Neko Case:
34 West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001