Apr 14, 2010
commented on I Wish It Were April Fool's Today
@8: It's been awhile since I've written anything that's seen print but I'm Asian, and a Stranger Freelancer, and I think the rebranding is misguided at best. I could be okay with "Wing Luke Asian Pacific Museum," as it'd be more inclusive and accurate but "...Asian Pacific American Experience" just seems insecure and clumsy.
Calling it "The Wing" is fine, kind of hokey but fine-- but telling people you have a nickname is again, insecure and shows a lack of understanding in how to market the museum in an appealing way.
And I'm with Fnarf on his general critique of the museum's collections and programs. The tours are phenomenal, but the museum itself is a bit lackluster.
Mar 17, 2010
commented on The Fried-Chicken Ideal
BBQ Chicken in the U-district is overpriced, their service is slow and indifferent (a Yelper's worst nightmare in these regards)-- but their olive-oil fried chicken and various flavor-shellacked wings are delicious. BBQ chicken doesn't serve anything BBQ (I've heard it's Engrish for Beri-Best-Quality which is the best explanation possible), just decent Korean bar food and really great fried chicken.
Mar 16, 2010
commented on Meanwhile in New York: The Rise of the Ninety-Nine Cent Slice
@18 and @21: you wait because it's not just any slice of pizza, it's a slice made with love and pride by an uncompromising and passionate lover of food. Saying pizza places are as ubiquitous as Chinese take-out completely misses the point-- because mediocrity is prevalent, everyone should just accept it and shovel it into their gullets because it's a bargain? That line of reasoning doesn't seem at all problematic to you?
DiFara's is labor of love, one old immigrant Italian man who makes every single pie, who imports most of his ingredients from Italy because he believes they're the best available, grows his own herbs, and hand grates his cheese to order-- all because he wants to share what he believes is the best possible slice with his neighbors and customers. A $5 slice is kind of pricey, but it's a small luxury, and one that I've waited in line many times for and never regretted.