Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blog has moved!

For the ever so small handful, that stumbles upon this address, I moved the blog over to

I plan to start writing more frequently!

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Jamaican Dutchy

Where? 51st and 7th street cart

My first job was in a kitchen with a crew of Jamaicans. It was also my first experience with Jerk Chicken. Though every Jamaican's marinade is different, some of the main (there are many) ingredients are olive oil, soy sauce, thyme, cayenne, all spice, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. It all adds up to some of the more flavorful and spicy chicken around.

I had to give the Dutchy a chance and for the most part it delivered. The chicken was definitely the highlight; the rice and veggies were quite bland. I got the large and had it for two lunches. Not bad for $9. Luckily, I seem to have caught it early enough that there was not a huge line.

Definitely will go back, but won't wait in line for 30 minutes (even if there is a flat screen TV to entertain).

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Anti-Defamation League recognizes the Armenian Genocide

Under enormous pressure from a variety of groups, the Anti-Defamation League recognized the Armenian genocide today. This, after firing their regional director a week ago for recognizing the genocide.

Read more here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Economist goes free

One of my favorite publications no longer requires a subscription to access all of its online content. The Economist is now free, banking on increased readership to boost its advertising revenues. One can only hope the NY Times and others will follow suit.

What websites do you read on a daily basis?

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Looking for good food? Try

Chowhound started as a small message board where people discussed food. It was purchased by CNet about a year ago and relaunched as The website has been glossed up a bit, but thankfully the best feature (the message boards) has remained intact.

There is lively discussion about everything from chain restaurants in Arizona to street food in Southwestern China. The message board participants are an educated bunch and I found the site to be useful during my recent Round the World Trip. In fact, a couple of my more memorable dining experiences were a result of the Chowhound.

Enjoy, and please let me know if you find anything good on there.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Getting around New York City with Hopstop

If for some reason you live in New York and haven't heard about Hopstop, it is one of the more useful websites for living in the city.

Simply enter your starting and ending address a la Google maps and Hopstop will pull up the best route on the Subway to get from Point A to Point B. You can specify whether you would like more transfers or more walking, and you can even calculate how much a taxi ride would cost for the same trip. Additionally, you can use Hopstop with your PDA or with SMS.

It isn't just New York that has Hopstop. Boston, Chicago, San Fran and DC also in the mix. There a couple other versions (Long Island and Jersey) in beta at the moment.

Hopstop is great, although it can't help you much if there is a monsoon in the city like there was this morning.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

What's going on with Fungwah?

I like to consider myself one of the original Fungwah bus riders. I have been taking the Fungwah since it was a mere $10 (now its $15) and long before they had a spot in South Station in Boston. I had some interesting rides; one included being pulled over on Route 95 with a busload of 30 people, another involved a driver brushing up on his English for the entire four hour trip.

But nothing compares to my trip on Friday. I made it on the 3:30 bus where the branding of the bus was conspicuously absent. I didn't think too much of it until I sat down and took a look around. This clearly wasn't a "Chinese" bus as there was a USSR flag and signed poster of the Olympic hockey team. Hmmm... Things got even more interesting when our bus driver (named Boris) arrived in his leather vest that had such things as an American flag, his name tag, and Route 66 patch sewn on.

Boris wasn't the friendliest of fellows telling his passengers that we would arrive "verry verry verry late." He pulled over in the middle of Connecticut for no apparent reason, yelled at people if they stood up, and passed about a mile of traffic before squeezing himself in to merge onto Route 84. Boris also refused to turn the AC off and was working about two cellphones and his CB radio (in Russian). He finally acquiesced to stop for a break about 4 and a half hours into the trip. When we did stop and I inquired to how long it would take, he refused to give a range. Five and a half hours after leaving NY we arrived. His final dispatch on the loudspeaker, "Arriving South Station, Boston. Next stop, New York," as if some of us were going to make the return trip with him.

Pulling into South Station, the Fungwah employees seemed thrilled to see Boris, as if there were a 50/50 chance that he would show.

Just another trip on the Fungwah.