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On the importance of granola bars

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Or any other food that travels well.  You see, sometimes you have to go places where you don’t if you’ll be able to eat what they have.  As my mother always says, “If you’re going to someone’s house, eat at home first.”  Frankly, you never know.  Sure, your close friends probably know not to serve you deep fried Twinkies, but your spouse’s coworker’s family that kindly invited you to their summer BBQ probably does not. Moreover, it’s very rude to show up to someone’s party, exclaim you can’t possibly eat anything, and sit in a corner fuming that everyone else gets to chow down.

So, bring a granola bar. Or eat at home. That way, if you go to someone’s house, you’re not so hungry that you eat everything in sight and then have a stomachache, but you can almost always find a little something to eat to be polite, even if it’s just grazing on salad (before it’s smothered in Ranch dressing).

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Joe’s Shanghai


(image from Joe’s Shanghai)

Joe’s Shanghai in New York City is a popular lunch spot with white collar workers and out-of-towners, but don’t be fooled by the lack of locals. It’s worth the fifteen minute wait to get inside. In an area focused on cooking from Canton (the sweet and sour sensibility that gave you well, sweet and sour pork), this Shanghai-ese nonconformist boasts what few in the neighborhood can: really good xiao long bao, or the veritable soup dumpling (technically, bun) that’s tricky to eat, but so good going down.

Joe’s serves two types – pork vs. pork with a crab garnish. There’s barely a difference between the two (the crab tastes a bit more fishy), but at low prices at eight steamed dumplings per order, it’s less than wallet-breaking to go with both instead of just the former. The skins are thick, and the pork and soup contained within are non-greasy and very tasty. However, bite carefully, or the broth will dribble down your chin instead of your throat. The bright side? You’ll be so focused on your task that the noisy communal tables, brusque wait staff, and plain décor won’t even register.

Joe’s Shanghai
9 Pell Street
New York, NY 10013
(212)233-8888
www.joeshanghairestaurants.com (Multiple Locations)

Pork Steamed Buns $4.95
Crab Meat with Pork Steamed Buns $6.95

Writer’s Tip: Make sure to order water. The tea that’s automatically served to patrons is strong to even many habitual drinkers. Read more of this post