|Izzy's pensive face. Also, her "no cameras please" face.|
Beware-- some ranting with no food pics coming up. Skip down if you just want to hear about food.
So, I've seen a couple of articles lately on how everyone has turned into a braggart on Facebook (example 1, example 2, there's an official term for this now?). The WSJ article even blames the bragging on the economy and job competition. While that would certainly make an interesting study, the claim is utterly preposterous, since we have no counterfactual. In my 23 years of highly subjective existence, I have found that people have always loved to brag, even during economic "boom" times.
Sure, there are some Facebook statuses which might be annoying or TMI at times, but I think these in-depth complaints are just as ridiculous. It's just Facebook. If someone is continuously annoying you, unfriend them.
Two related matters. First, we shouldn't measure our happiness by competing with friends. Happiness isn't linear (or I'd be sticking it into all kinds of Granger causality models!), so holding a measuring stick to it seems rather silly. Second, I understand we all get a little low sometimes. It sincerely makes me sad to think that something I post might make some one feel less secure.
So...I want to also take this opportunity to say that you are awesome!!! Perfect bodies are boring. High-salary jobs are tiring. Looking glamorous all the time is hard work. If you doubt your own awesomeness, spoil yourself with your favorite dessert/carb, put on your favorite song, and go for a walk in your favorite park. Also, talking issues out with people around you can be really de-stressing too ;)
And now, I return you to our regular programming: FOOD.
|mm, delicious Jasmine tea.|
Most of the time, I can't recall my own age. Yet, somehow, I can recall perfectly the type of tea we were served more than a month ago at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. It was Jasmine, floral and sweet. Perfect accompaniment to cut all of the fat (and, quite frankly, msg).
|gooey rice crepes with mushroom|
Nom Wah has been on my bucket list for a while, since it is the oldest dim sum place in New York city! Yes, I will forever be a tourist. The decor is rather kitschy and diner-esque. Not the chandelier and banquet tables you see in other, larger places like Golden Unicorn or Jing Fong.
|one happy chower|
Their service is very efficient and pleasant. And the food, which is made fresh rather than rolled out in carts, is quite good. Their BBQ pork bun was super fluffy, with a high filling-to-dough ratio, which made SG happy.
While each bun is almost the size of your face, beware you only get one per order.
|I forgot how amazing chinese sausage is! In anything!|
My favorites were the rice crepes, which were soft and filled with a savory blend of tofu strips and mushrooms. If mochi came in grades of softness like tofu, this one would be "silken."
|Super soft bean curd crepes|
The crystal dumplings (SG calls these "shrimp dumps") were also very good, with big chunks of juicy shrimp.
|Streamed crystal shrimp dumplings|
Overall, however, after you get past the hype, I would still prefer Jade in Flushing or Jing Fong in Manhattan. I am a big fan of the steamy, bustling carts. And they generally have more variety with less of the MSG-aftertaste.
Also, SG was turned off by the C health rating. Whoops...
|What a fly vehicle!|
On our way home, I spotted this amazingly cute van. So adorable! Also distracting on the road, I imagine...