无限之住人

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前一阵看到一篇岸本齐史的访谈提到沙村广明的剑客漫画,于是突然想找来看看。上次看漫画还是四年前刚买iPad的时候用ComicGlass,现在漫画控这个App已经强大到可以在线直接下载不用自己去找zip包了。

无限之住人是沙村的代表作。很棒的一点是2012年已经完结了,于是可以一口气看完而不用担心要追的东西又多了一样。刚开头觉得这设定和剧情还有点无厘头,主角全靠纯小强式的不死(再生)能力吓到对手或者背后偷袭。看到中段有点渐入佳境的感觉,战斗画面华丽爽快,残肢乱飞的血腥度确实不是少年漫可比。至于武士理念和感情纠葛这些我觉得没什么太多看头,跳过也罢。人物塑造的还是挺有吸引力的。故事情节方面说实话除了最后几卷感觉前面都有点散乱,不知道是不是翻译的问题。最后三五卷大决战今天看下来还是很爽。

A Conversation with Fred and Carrie

When browsing NYCGo.com last weekend, I noticed an event for Portlandia fans: A Conversation with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. There were still several seats available on the 3rd row! I immediately bought 2 and went there last Tue night with Wen.

We both love this show a lot, maybe because it was the first sketch comedy we watched? (For Chinese readers, 万万没想到 might be the closest thing to sketch comedy among well-known Chinese TV shows.) But I tend to think we are just fascinated by the talents of the 2 creators. The stories are all set in Portland, a faraway small city illustrated as sort of a Utopia with nice but a little weird people. They play these stories in extremely exaggerated and funny ways that can make us laugh a lot and not feel bored or stupid at all. Actually you see some sort of wisdom in it. I talked with a few friends about this show. They are usually curious after hearing me describe one or two clips. But not everyone will like this show after watching one or two episodes. It’s really up to personal tastes. You can watch this show on Netflix. I’m not aware other ways to view it online.

The event we went to was a chat show. Pretty nice. The seats we got were incredibly good. And it was truly an exciting moment when Fred and Carrie walked in and we saw them in such a short distance. Both looked fabulous, especially Carrie’s nice legs (Wen and I both noticed this, much better looking than on TV). It was quite entertaining to know how much improv were in Portlandia and how they see their own works. “Backstage stories” are always appealing to fans, aren’t they?

This is the charm of living in NYC. Your fav stars could be one-subway-ride away :)

纽约拉面店简评

以下评分纯凭个人口味,排序随机。由面,汤,料三项评分,每项满分五分。

Ippudo 一风堂
面4,汤5,料4。一风堂最好吃的还是pork bun。。汤头的味道比较重很多人不喜欢,我个人比较喜欢。尤其有一段时间的special是焦味噌非常赞。味噌面的面很不错。一风堂座位很多,但排队也不是闹着玩的。曾经半夜11点公司一帮人过去居然还排了40分钟。但如果中午12点左右一两个人溜过去还是很容易找到位子的。

Jinya 阵
面4,汤5,料4。西村新开的一家,从面到汤到肉味道都跟一风堂超级像。。由于是后来者于是减半分,但是他们的面里面是一整只溏心蛋于是加半分,就跟一风堂给一样的分好了。

Totto 鸟人
面4,汤5,料4。名气跟一风堂相当甚至更大的一家店。点过一次味噌觉得很一般,又点过一次鸡汤面觉得不错。前面的分数是按照鸡汤面打的。味道比较中正,不像一风堂那么重,可能因为这点所以更多中国人喜欢。座位很少,排队比一风堂还恐怖。

Misoya 味噌屋
面4,汤4.5,料3.5。东村一家并不是很火的味噌为主的拉面,有三种味噌。由于个人比较喜欢味噌面所以觉得这家不错,排队也不太久。

Rockmeisha 六名社
面3,汤3,料4。西村一个居酒屋。拉面只有一个选项。跟常见的豚骨拉面的汤很不一样,味道相当清淡。口味轻的人可以考虑,xw表示这是她在纽约最喜欢的面。不过这家店别的菜貌似都不错。

Terakawa 寺川
面4,汤4,料3。离上班的地方很近于是很经常来吃。算是相当不错的一家,只是口味偏重。个人喜欢这家的味噌面,以及黑色汤头的Mayo面也不错是特色。UpperEast那边有一家火影拉面貌似算是姊妹分店,不过菜单和味道都略不同。

Takumi 匠
面4,汤3,料3。中午有时候会去University Pl上的那家吃,个人感觉一般。特色是有蘸面,但料实在一般般。

Minca
经常出现在纽约十大拉面列表里面的一家,东村很东边。吃过一次没什么感觉。。不做评价了。

Setagaya
面3,汤3,料3。东村核心地带的一家,一般般,算是合格水平。但旁边就是Misoya于是没有太多理由来这家。

Ganso 元祖
面4,汤3,料3.5。由于我住在Brooklyn所以也去过一些Brooklyn比较有名的。这家在Brooklyn Downtown,比较西化,但面的味道还不错。

Chuko
面4,汤4,料4。Brooklyn的又一家有名的拉面店。很火爆。在这儿吃过一次special是用cheese和bacon拌的,很雷。。但是他们的正常的拉面就还很不错。

——-以下列举几个纽约之外的拉面店作为参考—–

Ramen Dojo
面4,汤4,料3.5。San Mateo downtown。很好,放在纽约的店里肯定也是中上水平。

无敌家
面2,汤2,料3。北京建外SOHO那家。总的来说就是感觉不对劲,味道有些假。

金龙
面5,汤5,料4.5。大阪。可能是我第一次吃到很正的日式拉面。。当时是非常非常震惊的感觉。

四天王
面4,汤5,料5。大阪。面里的叉烧入口即化,以后再也没吃到过类似的。

 

Ramen Burger

So I finally got a taste of this recent fad – Ramen Burger. Is it recent? It has been around for months but I guess not many people out of NYC heard of it. Is it a fad? New Yorkers seem incredibly interested in any food fusion, even if it’s literally “fusion”, so first Cronut and now this. The hungry marketing method has been pretty successful so far and the passion of hundreds of foodies who can get up in Sat morning and join the line for a bite was contiguous.

 

Been there, done that #ramenburger

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How does it taste? This is the most asked question I got after posting this photo. It’s definitely not bad, which partially explains why it becomes popular. The ramen buns were pre-made and grilled a bit on the spot. The noodles in the buns are soft and hydrated, but somehow fixed in that shape so they don’t fall apart. It tastes a little bit like instant noodles, I guess some similar techniques in instant noodles are used here to keep the shape. The beef part is not very special but just normal beef burger, with some fresh green vegetables. The sauce used in ramen burger is pretty strong and savory. So the sauce brings most flavors, the ramen bun provides a quite special taste and the beef burger makes Americans happy.

How to Get a Ramen Burger?

The current information (which may outdate very fast) is you need to go to the Smorgasburg at Williamsburg on Saturday morning. It opens at 11AM and the Ramen Burger only sells about 300 per day. One person can only buy one burger. So your best bet is to arrive there before 11:15 to secure one and avoid long lines. Also check their official site for news and updates, sometimes it’s served out of Smorgasburg too.

 

最近看的Show

大约一个月之前终于去看了Phantom of Opera,歌剧魅影。应该是百老汇上演时间最长的show了,也是很多游客的首选。我个人看完的感觉是一般吧,这个show不怎么搞笑,主要是唱。虽然演员唱得是不错,但是从“好看”的角度来说就差了点儿。男主角是一个瑞典人,我们旁边坐着的一个女生是这个男主角的粉丝,中场的时候很兴奋的跟我讲她从瑞典来纽约专门听这个show。剧院的布景还挺牛逼的,音乐营造的气氛也很强。就是有很多次黑暗中扔闪光弹或者突然喷火的地方,我都快被闪晕了。

这个show看完出来发现旁边的剧院门口堵了好多人,都是在等着看Tom Hanks的。他有个叫Lucky Guy的play正在上演。再往前走看到一个Matilda的musical貌似是新show,过了几天就看到它拿奖了。

然后前两周去看了个小show叫How 2 B a New Yorker的。这个是纯comedy,就俩演员,很多小段子。内容当然也都是跟纽约有关的。还是很好玩的。主要这个是真便宜。。打折票俩人才40多块钱,还管饭。。