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Book Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates My rating: 5 of 5 stars Forgive me, but I’ve become apathetic these days. I used to watch foreign movies with subtitles, and now most often watch Hollywood blockbusters. I watch less … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Spamilton, an American Parody, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

OK. I missed taking a photo of the marquee but this seems appropriate, casually laying my programme down with a glass of (draft?) Chardonnay in Harlem to write a little review, as this show was a little more casual, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jack Viertal’s The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built by Jack Viertel My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re a fan of musicals, this is a fun book, for have you ever really stopped to ponder … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Amy Ruth’s, Harlem

   I didn’t think I’d get to eat Soul Food again before I left New York City, but I took an express train in the wrong direction and ended up in Harlem. Seriously. So, after chilling out at Mist with … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Mexico 2000, Williamsburg

As a devoted foodie, my regular recommendation is that people do a little research and follow trusted friends’ recommendations in order to not waste a food experience. Why eat bad food if instead you can eat good food? So, NYC … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Groundhog Day, August Wilson Theatre, NYC

I liked this musical. I never saw the movie… but I read a good review in the NYT and I saw that it was nominated for Tony Awards. So, I thought it was worth a shot (and I could get … Continue reading

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Book Review: Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris by Edmund White My rating: 2 of 5 stars I bought Edmund White’s Inside a Pearl almost as a reflex action. I was at Sydney’s gay bookstore, The Bookshop Darlinghurst, and like to … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Blogging!

It’s been an interesting experience food blogging in NYC. Certainly, when one is on holidays, one eats out a lot more, so there’s been a real opportunity to try all sorts of food, from the very elegant (Del Posto) to … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Ippudo Westside

When Ippudo came to Sydney, there was a bit of a fuss, as I remember, and then it settled down. There are now four branches of Ippudo, all in shopping malls, and while I think the design is elegant, and … Continue reading

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Big Apple Food Adventures: Shalom Japan, Williamsburg

I love a story and the story of a Japanese chef and a Jewish chef falling in love and opening a fusion restaurant is pretty irresistible. I was excited to try out Shalom Japan, and what a menu it is: … Continue reading

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