I have a love hate relationship with Saturdays. Saturdays are definitively the best when you naturally wake up to the morning sunlight peeking in through the shades, start the day with a simple and healthy breakfast that doesn’t consist of greasy sausage and liquid-y eggs, and then after breakfast, venture into the city long before the rest of campus even knows you’ve left feeling like you’re ready to take on the world and make the best out of your Saturday. But Saturdays can also be the worse on those occasions when you find yourself brutally disrupted in your hungover slumber and forced to see the harsh daylight flashing at you like a warning signal to stop letting the day waste away. And the worst part of it is, as you roll out of bed, discovering that it’s already 3pm and realizing that it’s just not going to be a very productive day. Thankfully, this Saturday’s one that’s been great so far. 🙂
Although I was awaken this morning to the incessant ringing of the automated iPhone ringtone blaring in my ear telling me to get my ass out of bed because I was going to be late for the dimsum brunch, today’s been quite enjoyable. The bf of a close friend had been staying with her for the last week and is leaving on Monday so we all decided several hours before before daylight to go out for a nice dimsum brunch in Boston’s Chinatown. I happily agreed to it since first and foremost, I adore dimsum with people who love dimsum equally as much as I do, and second, I never say no to getting away from the suffocating Tufts bubble.
I’ve actually been getting a lot of dimsum lately. Last weekend, my parents visited me in Boston for my birthday and took me to a very gut busting dimsum brunch with all of my favorites and one would think that I would have had my fill of dimsum for the month, but in my opinion, you can never get too much dimsum. (Read my post on what to order at Dimsum here!) This morning we had quite a large group of us, seven in total, going together so we decided to go to Hei La Moon since they have one of the bigger spaces for any restaurant in Chinatown and they have pretty decent dimsum for a decent price.
We rolled into Hei La Moon around 10am before the large crowds arrived so we were able to be seated immediately. Hei La Moon is one of those dimsum places that serves dimsum on several carts that circulate throughout the dining room. This is what I call instant gratification dimsum. The waiting is minimal and eating begins almost immediately after everyone is served tea.
Carts on carts on carts! Buns on buns on buns! If I could use Facebook emoticons here, I would. endlessly.
Outside of the usual selections, I noticed something I hadn’t seen in a long time. When I was in China two summers ago, I had these amazing fried pumpkin rice cakes that are made with pumpkin, rice flour, red bean and deep fried to golden perfection to give you the most amazing fragrant bite of crispy and chewy. What I like about it most is that unlike American sweets, these aren’t overloaded with sugar or butter. The taste is much subtler and layered. Anyways though, so obviously when I saw it I had to try it. Wasn’t nearly as great as the ones I had in China, but passable, should have taken a picture. I’ve already made a mental note to myself to try making them myself when I go home over break. Here is a picture and recipe for what I’m talking about. Fried Pumpkin Cakes.
Some of the other stuff that we got included barbecue pork buns, shrimp dumplings, shrimp rice cakes, pork siu mai, custard buns, shrimp balls, fried beancurd rolls, and a sweet sago dessert. In my opinion, it could just be because I’m an impatient person and I don’t think it’s my responsibility to culture people who aren’t truly open to new cultures but, I feel like I can only go to eat dimsum with other Asians who don’t need explanations of every dish and don’t have numerous dietary restrictions (Dimsum truly is not for vegetarians). And I mean, I don’t know how to explain what a fried beancurd roll is! Just eat it! Sorry, completely off-track. I just strangely feel strongly about not putting myself in awkward situations trying to explain why I like eating chicken feet. So yeah, the point of that entire rant is that I love and appreciate that I have a great group of friends here who I can comfortably enjoy my dimsum with.
After dimsum, while most people headed back to campus, I headed off toward a new cafe that I wanted to try in Downtown Crossing. Ever since arriving in Boston a year ago, going to different cafes to do work, study, or relax remains one of my favorite things to do on the weekends and I’m lucky that there are so many cafes and coffee shops that exist in Boston to try. I’m currently occupying a immaculately comfortable and elegant vintage armchair, enjoying a hot cappuccino and taking in the Hogwart-esque atmosphere of Caffe Nero. But let me tell you something, seats in this place are prime real estate. Getting to where we’re sitting now required a lot of tactical planning and a little bit of selfish aggression. All in good fun! Though I felt bad that I had a claim on two chairs when I was the only one there and Amy was taking forever. I was like that person that puts crates in a parking spot all day to keep the spot to himself. Welp….. What’s done is done. Here are some pictures!
I actually have quite a bit of work in classes that I’m a little behind in, but I really wanted to write a new post because I need to practice doing what I actually say. This post has taken me a significant amount of time because I’m still not sure about what kind of direction and tone I want to take with this blog. Will it be opinionated? Will it be formal? Or will it be ridden with grammar mistakes and incorrect sentence structure formats that will make my AP English Language teacher cringe? I’m thinking the latter one.
Plans for the rest of the day include heading back to campus later to make dinner with Amy and bake something with Katie. Maybe I’ll go out… Most likely I won’t. I know that I just gotta do the things that make me happy and drop the things that don’t.