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Cleaning Palates Between Different Beer

pickled ginger, the kind served in skushi sushi bars.

Maybe that was mentioned above.

or

Just stop the hop heavy beer, until the end of your drinking session. I do not appreciate the ultra hop heavy.

Jan 27, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

I should also state that in Taiwan and China you and your friends get a room, and stay a long time. It is not so unusual to spent more than 2 hours there, talking, inviting others to arrive by cell phone.

Some just kick it and play cards. Others just chill for an extended time. There is the service charge, food and snack charge, if no food, snacks such as seeds and nuts, fermented tofu snack etc.

The seated places with no rooms, well they are usually for iced teas, and also people take tables for long sits. I you bring your tea, and are friendly, the counter staff might want to try it.

沒關係 都可以

Jan 27, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Chinese tea houses have no problem with bring your own tea in. It is as expected as much as if you buy their tea.

I should state that in Taiwan and China, I was encouraged to bring my own tea, when meeting friends there.

you can search "到茶坊去可以帶自己的茶葉"

here is one post that stated it is worth while to bring your own tea: http://snoopy066.pixnet.net/blog/post...

Jan 27, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

When the vibe of the place just doesn't feel right

Depends. You might just eat the food, while engaging in the same behaviors that you witness around you.

That is the assimilation solution.

Now one could find other solutions too, such as knowing that the universe is made up of diverging forces, and the next time you want a quiet and polite clean venue to spend time and money in, look at the inventory in your memory, and find one, avoiding the place you mention above.

Jan 27, 2015
jonkyo in Not About Food

Famous Pita, Falafel and More, Coney Island Ave Closed: Burger Pizza to replace

What an apostasy.

Famous Pita 967 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY is CLOSED.

The space will be a generic burger and pizza joint.

The state should subsidize such venues, so that people are not eating frozen bagged processed foods, prepared out of a freezer.

Famous was amazing. I had only taken a meal there once, with high prospects of a return. Those prospects have been crushed.

In all honesty, any number of reasons may have resulted in the closing. Luckily, good food is not too far from that corner.

Just last evening I had a plate of extreme delicousness just across the street, while a 1980s Bollywood movie entertained.

Chatkhara has the best Kofta with egg, I have ingested ever in the greater NYC area.

They, the staff at Chatkhara, make their own thick green hot sauce that contains fresh mint, all ground and mushed with other ingredients. Amazing.

I will still miss Famous.

Jan 27, 2015
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Most Americans have no idea about tea.

It is not rude, to pay for something, and spruce it up with some better product.

The repressive cultural practices of common Americans and American businesses, are not restrictive, if one is schooled in the manners that are the backbone of watered down diluted shallow life day to day.

What is rude is intolerance, ethnocentrism, funnel vision, cultural robots programmed via Time Warner, gentrification, and a life devoid of growth, change and development.

Insularity and weak tea and coffee, are the bedbugs of muting, and commuting human to the nether-reaches.

The probability that I will buy a tea at Teavana, and slip in my own tea in secret fashion, while dusting the pavement as I leave with the hardly a tea cup's worth of unbrewed bought and paid for Teavana tea, is highly unlikely.

I am more likely never to go. They have yet to dot every other street corner. But then again, the ambiance containing for the most part, very civil soft spoken intelligent women, beats the heavy traffic of even the most remote coffee venues and diners in NYC.

Jan 27, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

I would never buy that tea for home brewing. My Chinese friends would send me to reeducation camp, or the friends in Taiwan, they would chase me with sticks and clubs. I would have to take shelter in a Tao Temple, stirring the interest of Japanese speaking elderly folk, who would think the black society has a stink with me.

That is a joke, but I would never buy home used tea there.

The food looks dubious. I get wheat whole bagels at Starbucks only. Monopolies should not be getting more than a few dollars from you on any visit.

I have a friend who never frequents them and would rather hand money for deli grocer coffee than a starbucks. Dunkin is actually franchise but he still refuses to support it.

Jan 26, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Read The Poverty of Philosophy, by Karl Marx, or his other works on economy.

Read what Ho Chi Min writes about the capitalist system, and how it just is monopoly driven.

The sad thing is, it is just ugly to see, from Target and Walmart to Tazo and Time Warner.

I did have a double cheeseburger at Burger King, the other day. Just over one dollar and the calories were so low. I do that once or twice a year. So my body can be one with the masses, for a bit of time.

I do recommend checking out some of the places I buy tea. I will get them listed. For NYC that is.

Check out chinese grocers and vietnamese grocers in your area. You will see.

Jan 26, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Yes, it is owned by starbucks. A nice civil place to get reading done. Just pay for the tea but bring your own tea to make it your way. The point of Teavana it attracts quiet ladies, who are extremely civil, and it is a nice place to exploit for long sits and reading or work or study.

I actually use starbucks....the coffee has great caffeine content. And switching to tea, is just either a refill charge or they give you the hot water.

You can say the same thing about many places, where tea is served. Great spaces to spend time......but Mickey Mouse when it comes to the product.

Jan 26, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

You are guilty of nothing more than finding space to spend time in with tea.

I loved the ambiance of the place (Teavana on 3rd near 60th), though it is designed interior as opposed to the old couches and coffee tables, mix matched chairs of the LES or college towns from Boston to New Haven to Pittsburg and beyond.

One is not going to get a hole in the alley wall shop with tea poured into the noodle or rice bowl after the meal to drink, in the US, so why not enjoy the nice technologically conditioned air, friendly and often attractive staff, and a bit of tea. I often have my own tea on hand, and use it in Chinese food venues, by just asking for a bit of water.

My problem with tea at such modern venues is it is made too week, and is brewed in a bag that they or you fill, or one of those cages. Since the tea is paid for, at Starbucks anyway, I just throw in a heaping of my own tea, often single wrapped packets from China.

I ditch the bag or the ball, and just use an extra cup to steep it, then pour it out using a lid to hold the leafs at bay....leaves I mean.

Even shop houses or tea houses in China allow for one to bring their own tea. They still have a service charge. It is quite common as many tea enthusiast know tea better than the employees of the tea houses.

I am glad you had a happy time in that city and the mall....with tea.

Jan 26, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Min Jiang (閩江) Closed

I am barred from disagreement with such a statement. It is due to my tongue's ability to know 'truth', that bars me from disagreeing.

If it is not the best, it certainly shares the same title of best, with the other(s).

Jan 25, 2015
jonkyo in Manhattan

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Government inquiries and fraud do not always go hand in hand. But of course I understand your contention.

In the above passage entitled "Teavana: Shall we shatter...." I use the word 'fraud' as a hyperbole.

Needless to say I am a Marxist to some degrees in my analysis of markets, and hence take a differing view that may not be aligned with views that support the phrase "buyer beware".

Anyway, to reach into a phenomena such as tea, and confine yourself to Teavana and other such similar shops, as well as glossy magazines and glossy books is similar to exploring the phenomena of baking in human culture, by purchasing Bisquick and other Betty Crocker products, and baking, all while the nice new fat edition of the Betty Crocker cookbook is ostentatiously in view as the oven bakes.

People do not know frauds in the sense that I use the word in. That is the nature of marketing. Most isles in a supermarket are frauds, that will eventually lead people to subsidizing salaries of the huge health care industry, through the insurance companies, later in life.....in my observed opinion, that is.

Lipton is actually better than many of the bottled tea beverages, that suck up revenue from the superfluous beverage industry, in my opinion. But you are correct. Lipton is that mass market item, while going china native in a foreign country, the US, would be best.

I send tea to friends, even when I am in the US, and those people are happy when I do, for they are pointed in a direction for tea drinking that is fundamentally more satisfying.

I shall list some places to buy them....in nyc that is. stay tuned.

Jan 25, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

You are too forgiving of the fraud.

One must look to sifting through the market and finding quality. Then educate people. Perhaps this would be good posted on a forum where I am not preaching to the chorus.

I am attempting to share my knowledge, as limited as it may be, of tea habits of the tea enthusiasts in China.

http://iamjulia.pixnet.net/blog/post/...

Jan 24, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Here it is.

Sounds as if you are doing tea good.

http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/t...

Jan 24, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Teavana: Shall we Shatter the widely held but false belief

Teavana is nice and an inviting space to sit in and drink tea. But I dare say that the tea on offer, does not do justice to tea and that leaf's history in its differing manifestations in differing cultures, let alone the most strongly held tradition of China.

First off if one is buying tea for the home, I recommend even the grocers in Chinatown, but more so the small independent tea seller like the first photo for this write up (above). There is a chance that a few exist in Chinatown.

I failed in this way because I have bought my tea from grocers since residing in NYC recently, and having moved from there 2 years ago, I am no longer there daily.

Tea seller shops are called 'chahang' 茶行 (google image that chinese wordand you get idea.

In any event, Teavana is a huge fraud in my opinion. It is for people who are either ignorant of better alternatives in less marketed fashions, or those who gravitate towards very contrived and artificial boutiques that equate with utter commodification in a jazzed up way that divorces the product from its history, its true community of enthusiasts and the like.

If you love Disney.com, you will go for Teavana. Pay a lot to be devoid of the hands on tea trade of China in the US. But you can do that while you drink a Coco Carmel Sea Salt Latte, or My Morning Mate Latte.

They have taken what the English did with tea drinking (milk and lumps of sugar) and brought it into a market that exploits people's desires for choices, yet, so minimal to the choices in a typical Chinese grocer, with or without the added milk and sugar in your home.

The machine for brewing tea using the same manner as boiling water, but does the brewing for you in a very horrible unorthodox way. It costs 250 plus....dollars.... I recommend a electric or fire boiler, for which the water, gets poured into a hand held tea pot.

If you brew your tea in one of these cages that are fashioned for the large pot or cup, imagine swimming in water, in a cage. The tea should be allowed free opening up of leaves in the water, unobstructed.

Furthermore, if one brews smaller amounts of tea, in a proper tea pot, there is the element of more control, and a better brew.

I bought my first tea pot in Taipei 1997, and continued with such, as I brewed tea in my home daily, while study or reading, listening to a piece of music on the audio.

Going to the tea seller, one can learn over time, this art.

It is not really anything so fancy. It is truly ‘hand on’ affair, similar to coffee enthusiasts and their acquiring knowledge, ever deeper, about beans, brew methods, etc.

The tea pots should be used in the manner of one tea pot per one kind of tea. The tea pot clay becomes infused with the particular tea one uses that tea pot for over time.

紫砂 (zi sha) is the purple clay (not always cmoing out as a purple tea pot) that is used from Zhejiang China to make the tea pots: 壶 (hu) is pot. If you google 紫砂壶 you will see them. Some are very cheap, the good ones are distinguished by traits that one learns as you come familiar with the clay and brewing tea, and the way the pots are made.

Here are some simple terms regarding tea in China:

茶藝:茶 (cha: tea) 藝 (yi: art; craft; skill)

茶道:茶 (cha) 道( dao: way; method; road; custom);

功夫茶:功 (gong: success) 夫 (fu male ): 功 夫 (Gong Fu acquired skills); 茶(cha: tea)

Jan 24, 2015
jonkyo in Chains

Min Jiang (閩江) Closed

So, before Min Jiang closed, 95 EAST BROADWAY, NY 10002. Phone: 212-766-3313, I did scope out the new neighbor called King's Kitchen: 金煌煲煲好 (jinhuangbaobaohao)

Well, I was quite suspicious as to their making the place look like a Cantonese venue in NYC, so I inquired to find them simply state Southern Chinese food (南方菜).

I would not shy away from being known for Fuzhou food, and native, if I were from Fuzhou. But I gather, they do not want to seem near exclusive as some fuzhou places are.

The dining of teams of customers is a welcome sight, and the dining area is a bit different with a style of decor, rather than the more simple, yet utterly inviting and clean make shift dining area of Min Jiang.

My last meal at Min Jiang, just shortly after King Kitchen opened, was to be my last. I shall miss the ambiance, the friendly neighborly service, and the many differing dishes, and noodles there.

I will not miss the hot sauce though. Of course it was not house made.

Jan 24, 2015
jonkyo in Manhattan

Art and the Cortado at Kickshaw

Something is more attractive than the classic Klipsch speakers that hang from the ceiling.

Was this purposeful art, or chance happening due to the elements.

I had an espresso, so no heart....

but it was delicious....

Jan 24, 2015
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Cleaning Palates Between Different Beer

Maybe you could consult a geomancer, or even a aeromancer.

Is there some other alien substance that in chronic manner, comes in contact with your taste buds?

I heard ingestion of tobacco smoke could alter ones taste ability...

Try vinegar water or bitter melon tea, between beers. Vinegar is inexpensive.

Jan 23, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Breadfruit... Haitian and Jamaican

Thank you for the ethno-food correction:

" breadfruit is boiled with salted meat and mashed with butter "

Jan 22, 2015
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Breadfruit... Haitian and Jamaican

Anyone ever try and cook with the salted meats called Breadfruit, from Haitian and Jamaican grocers.....?

What is it like?

Jan 22, 2015
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Min Jiang (閩江) Closed

Min Jiang closed its doors. That is Min Jiang East Broadway .

There is a new place across the street next to Family Zheng's Restaurant (張 zhang).

At least Zhang is still open.

This is sad news. The simple and local interior and the truly awesome food will be much missed.

I had to take my intended meal of Fuzhou food, and Reach House. I love Reach House, but was planning on a 閩江 meal.

The new restaurant across the street from East Braodway's Min Jaing, is more new style of interior, and caters to the public with a southern style cuisine. THey did not want to call it Cantonese (粵 yue), but it boarders on that.

I recommend supporting these small single owned shops. They are some of the best.

Jan 21, 2015
jonkyo in Manhattan

Reverend Jonkyo's conclusions Craft Beer in the USA. winners...is it the winds from the Atlantic?

The Prima Pils, was nothing more than something I would prefer to spill.

Hey...that could be a rap....maybe Jay Z can get me inta the stooodio.

Victory actually to me at least, redeemed itself with the Ranch Hop....Hop Ranch...

I did not know they had Ranches in PA.. I liked it much.

Jan 21, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Reverend Jonkyo's conclusions Craft Beer in the USA. winners...is it the winds from the Atlantic?

I ventured to Fool's Gold.

I took to a Red Hooker, and a Pumkin (forgot the brewer of that one; as well as Nut Brown by Kelso.

Due to the Red Hooker, at 9 %, a Barelywine that is, I was doomed to be slaushed.

Nice place. Loved the Red Hooker out of them all. Kelso was nice, nicer than the other Kelso I had on tap recently.

Jan 21, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Cleaning Palates Between Different Beer

I recommend also, a small amount of hinted flavored vinegar. This may serve to cleanse the palate, to have a clean palate by which to usher in a new beer's flavor.

Fried taste buds.....

How much are we talking about.....drinking that is.

My taste buds may get fried if the taps at the bar are not good....then I might as well be drinking from the can or bottle.

My last draft Bronx Pale Ale was so bad, compared to the last can of the beer `i had.

Sour seems the best cleanser....anyway.

Jan 20, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Reverend Jonkyo's conclusions Craft Beer in the USA. winners...is it the winds from the Atlantic?

Movies have no place in discussions of beer, in the vernacular that I use. First off, only Hollywood would come up with a movie entitled On Golden Pond, who's main characters are a retired old couple. Get it, "Golden". The "Golden Girls".

Hollywood is about as intelligent an entity as those who put together the cultural insignias of NFL football.

This leads me directly to the topic at hand.

For the pleasures of drinking good beer, is a far more rigorous pursuit, that quite cerebrotonic, as opposed to the pursuits of watching Hollywood movies. But if one likes them, by all means. We live in a dictatorship that encourages such.

I recently had a beer from PA, which is northeastern, and though I was hoping for something for a Blue Point, that particular venue did not have that on offer. It was Victory Hop Ranch. Unlike the undrinkable Victory Pilsner, the Hop Ranch was quite good, well balanced in the manners I had earlier indicated.

Does anyone know about the Queens brewed Transformer beers?

Jan 20, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Reverend Jonkyo's conclusions Craft Beer in the USA. winners...is it the winds from the Atlantic?

I had an Other Half, that was a collaboration with Evil Twin, from taps that are cleaned regularly.

It was at Kickshaw.

I did like it quite a bit, but am more curious about their non-collaboration beers.

Jan 15, 2015
jonkyo in Beer

Boars Head No More: Russian Delis and Crown Heights Caribbean Grocers

In this video, the incredible high quality of items that one can find, just by avoiding American supermarkets and grocers, in the ethnic cornucopia of Brooklyn alone. Jamaican Cheese; Haiti Hot Sauce; Russian Deli pancakes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I20aA...

The Jamaican Cheese as well as the Mama Haiti Hot Sauce(Scotch Bonnet made) was purchased at the grocer next to Buffet Grill at Norsrand and Newkirk (1877 Nostrand Avenue). The Beef (corned beef) as well as the Russian Pancakes were purchased at one of the many Russian Ukraine Central Asian grocer delis, from Boro Park down to Brighton Beach, places in between.

This is part of my ongoing assault on monopoly products that glut markets, and reduces the actual open market to a closed market. Living in a place such as NYC, there are options to avoid these traps. Just go ethnic.

Jan 15, 2015
jonkyo in Outer Boroughs

Chumley’s foes file appeal to block reopening; Hope to 86 historic watering hole | The Villager NewspaperUntitled Document

There is no such thing as spirits that haunt.

But Chumley's does haunt me.

I am haunted by the memories of beer battered fish, and most delicious beer, in a unique held in time, atmosphere unlike most venues that serve such, in the Village.

Jan 13, 2015
jonkyo in Manhattan

Chumley’s foes file appeal to block reopening; Hope to 86 historic watering hole | The Villager NewspaperUntitled Document

I am not angry, but disappointed.

They initially had to move due to a few isolated cases of dilapidation in the structure. Correct. Shame.

Wood decay has really dampened my enjoyment of the West Village.

Jan 13, 2015
jonkyo in Manhattan

Abnormally long lines at Fairway UES

God (or spirit world) is punishing the modern human for reducing quality of shopping by building such sterile venues as supermarkets.

Remedy: move to a third world or developing country or new emerging economies, and do all your shopping at open markets, daily.

Or just go to the markets north of you, in and around 116 and 117th streets. It is more human up there too.

Jan 13, 2015
jonkyo in Manhattan