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 :)
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.
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.
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。