Saturday, October 29, 2005

Wollemia - the pinosaur

Wollemi from Michael Quinion's World Wide Words newsletter "MOST ANCIENT OF TREES Last Sunday, examples of that extraordinary
tree the Wollemi pine were auctioned in Sydney. The Wollemi is an
incredible rarity, a survivor of ancient times, the coelacanth of
the botanical world. It was found in 1994 in the Wollemi National
Park outside Sydney. Newspapers call it the "pinosaur" because it
has survived from the time of the dinosaurs 250 million years ago."

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Yangtze River Restaurant

Because of the rainy weather, we decided to settle for a trip to the Yangtze River Restaurant in Lexington. I got up too late to go bowling, but it was nice to join everyone for lunch.
This is the second time I've visited, and I still think the food is only okay. Their lunch buffett was not good, and I am pretty happy they had a dimsum option. The had a dim-sum cart, but the dim sum was between good and mediocre. The experience was weird in that they had all the different dimsum food on ONE cart, instead of different carts. The taro cake was nice and soft, and the stuffed pepper was tasty. However, the cha-shiu-bao was a little hard on the outside (so I had to peel the skin), and the rice noodle was also hard (maybe it was too late in the day).
It was also nice because of the traditional foods (congee and fried dough), and Liwei, Mandy, Etty, and Dennis were great company. The desserts were really good, and I had my fill of coconut sticky rice, taro-coconut soup, tofu flower, tofu milk. The decor was nice, and the waitstaff spoke correct cantonese (which was NOT the case the first time I went there during the lunch crowd). I was suitably relaxed to because the waitstaff was very attentive, polite, and they seemed very professional. My preferred Dim Sum place is still Emperor's Garden in Boston Chinatown.