Thank you for planning the delightful evening. A few of us remarked about having many of the same items at LTH, but this morning, upon reflection, I realized it was not but about 3 or 4 years ago we were wandering in the culinary dessert of Chinatown finds. I particularly enjoyed the cuttlefish with sour vegetables, something I would not have ordered on my own. The crispy casserole rice with a bit of your chilli oil, well…I think I heard someone whisper “O.K., he can pinch me now.”
I also admit that since Raymond chose to upgrade the décor of LTH, I have had second thoughts of unrolling my mat in my office and facing toward Chinatown when afternoon prayers are called. Although nice to see them plowing profits back into the business, it is even more reassuring to note they have not let their game slip.
What a delight to break rice, shrimp toast, stir-fried crab shells Ronnie style, cyber barriers, age differences, cultural and professional disparities and bread with the gregarious, adorable and enviable Louisa Chu and her likewise adorable, raconteur sister, Annie. It was most admirable of them to undertake a voyage to mecca-esq, Little Three Happiness.
In further confession, I did not connect the name, face and blog when I have previously come across Movable Feast.com
or Ms. Chu’s name before. I had to go back and re-read Louisa’s contribution to Molly Hugh’s Best Food Writing 2005
, the annually published collections that I read cover to cover when they are first published—and the selections are held in high regard. Read it. Read all of it.
As an aside, I contribute my disassociation to the at times overwhelming growth of blogs, chat sites, bulletin boards, etc. It causes me reminisce about the days, of endless searches (pre-google)- having grown bored with the plain vanilla, redundant coverage of food in the mass media- for shreds of culinary information and having stumbled across a previous chat site, which later blossomed into LTHForum.com. Now, just try a search for “caviar blog” or “history of marzipan”.
According to her bio and from what I could tell in person, Louisa seems to live that grab life by the tail and shake, taking every opportunity that is fun, exciting and not devoid of virtue that comes along. I don’t doubt that Annie –like when being kidnapped from school and spirited off to Bergoff’s for schnitzel— is very far behind. I just hope they didn’t find it too strange when the 25 plus member LTH’r choir stared back blankly as they preached how the “Bergoff Incident” seemed both weird and formative. I suppose we assumed they knew each of us has a similar story.
All in all it was a wonderful evening.
However for some strange reason I have been unable to get Chinese off my mind. I had to stop a Chiu Quon this morning for my fix. Two buns: one sausage, one ham and egg.