Just popping in. I don't want to bum anyone out, but my Christmas was… not a good one. Various celebrity deaths aside (holy fuck 2016, chill the hell out), the parental situation is reached a point where I'm unwilling to spend more time with them. I'm an adult, and I shouldn't have to be trapped in a situation where I have to swallow fascist rhetoric. So, next year, I'm thinking I'll go on a cruise or something. I'm not a cruise person, but it'll get me out of visiting my folks for a year.
In other, less stressful news, I managed to take a sanity day in NYC, alone. Away from family, away from Bill (another stressful situation — for another post, maybe), and away from friends. It was wonderful. For the first time in longer than I can remember, I felt free. I really needed that.
I wound up having dinner at Ippudo http://www.ippudony.com
for some comfort food. I got there about 15 mins before they opened, and queued up. I was probably 70th in the queue. Patrons were seated quickly. Larger parties were already starting to wait for a turnover. As a party of one, I was seated within 5 minutes (yay!). The place is run like a traditional ramen house where you are announced, and greeted by the cooks (and wait staff) in Japanese. Even the American workers knew the drill. I had their 'classic' ramen, which includes some non-traditional dashi (broth). It included ginger. It added a brightness and lightness to the dish that I really enjoyed. Their tare was very good, and fairly complex. They definitely lived up to the hype. I've been trying to go for over a year, without success, and the wait was worth it. I also had their pork buns. They were excellent, although I prefer Momofuku's. I paired the ramen with a special beer made by Brooklyn Brewery, 'Kaedama' (named after the word you shout when you want more noodles for your broth) http://brooklynbrewery.com/blog/news/brooklyn-kaedama-ale-a-taste-of-something-extra-w-your-ramen/
It was pretty amazing, and paired perfectly.
After the meal, I rolled myself out of the restaurant, and caught a showing of Hidden Figures. See the flick. It's good, and deserving of your money. For those not hipped to it, it's based on a book that tells the story of 3 African-American women who played key roles in NASA getting the US into space, and eventually the moon. History has traditionally wiped out the hard work of minorities and women in key roles of pivotal events, and this film shines some light. I'd not read the book, but now it's on my list. I mean, who doesn't love space, and stories about NASA?
My body has no idea what time it is, and I have to go to work in the morning. Good times.