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Nov 2, 04 07:36 AM

Mao Food.


I went to this Sichuan joint on St. Mark's Place, Grand Sichuan--

Apparently all these Sichuan places around, Empire Sichuan, etc., are not actually serving Sichuan cuisine, but an ersatz American version. This was the genuine article. The food was tasty. But that's not the most interesting thing to me.

I'm told that there is a cuisine movement in China based on what Mao liked to eat. And so, on the menu at Grand Sichuan, there was a section entitled MAO FOOD.

There was also a photograph in the restaurant's foyer: Mao surrounded by what seemed to be a gang of international exchange students; Africans, South Americans, and Europeans. It wasn't a formal photo; they were surrounding Mao haphazardly, like a picture from a field trip on the steps of the Natural History Museum. The caption said: Mao has many friends around the world.

Posted by Mike at November 2, 2004 7:36 AM

Ah, Grand Sichuan. Deliciousness.

Now time to go do my civil duty. Hopefully Kerry has many friends around the country.

Posted by: Kevin at November 2, 2004 7:53 AM

Kerry's got a friend in me! "When the road looks rough ahead and you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed, you just remember what your old pal said, boy, you've got a friend in me." Now I have a flag-heavy sticker dangling off my left breast which says "I VOTED"! And Mike's journal entry has me craving a large Thai iced tea....

Posted by: Deb at November 2, 2004 9:16 AM

i was so impressed...our polls were open by 5:45am...15 min before they had to organized and quiet but friendly...completely effortless, this is how voting should be...go brooklyn!

Posted by: nicole at November 2, 2004 10:17 AM

What a testament to the importance of this election that, even though you didn't mention it in your entry at all, your commenters are talking about voting. ROCK!

In related news, Mao has a posse:

Posted by: Heather at November 2, 2004 11:36 AM

In yesterdays post mike was talking about an mp3 w/dave. I was wondering if anyone has it and would like to share with me? I like the picture today.

Posted by: chad at November 2, 2004 12:57 PM

but if you go carrying pictures of chairman mao
you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow

-john lennon c.1968

Posted by: james the s at November 2, 2004 1:16 PM

mike doughty, now i'll be spending all day and all night reading about paper tigers and it's all your fault!

Posted by: marie at November 2, 2004 2:01 PM

i wore a "someone less dumb for president" button to work today. i didn't think my HR manager would appreciate my favorite one, "the only bush i trust is my own," because it's not entirely appropriate for my workplace. plus, he's a republican.

mike, that is an absolutely gorgeous picture.

Posted by: sarah at November 2, 2004 2:42 PM