For their first night in town, I took my visitors around Queens to my neighborhood in Elmhurst. We went out for some of my favorite boba at Tea Ren, then swung by a well-reviewed Thai joint called Chao Thai. We were suckered into buying one of the most expensive item on the menu, a steamed fish seasoned with garlic, lime, cilantro, and chilis. Fortunately it was very tasty, so it wasn't a loss but still probably not the best choice for our budgets. Afterward I got to bring my Mom and sister to my apartment, and they met my landlords while I played host with coffee and cookies. Even though my place is hardly a city attraction, I think my mother most appreciated getting to see first-hand where I live, if only for her own peace of mind, and I really liked showing her how comfortably I've settled here. From my place, we took the bus (after a frustratingly long wait at the stop) to Flushing to experience New York's newest Chinatown. Following countless recommendations, we tried the soup dumplings at Joe's Shanghai and were blown away. They were so delicate and full of broth, and despite the paper-thin wrapping, they never tore or leaked. The soup dumplings are truly magnificent and delicious creations.
First day down, with only a few minor bumps along the way. After several less-than-favorable observations about the lifestyle here (too much walking, no central air conditioning, crowded, dirty, expensive housing, etc.), I've deduced that my mother is not terribly fond of New York. I've got two days to change her mind, so after a rocky start to the weekend, here's hoping that the rest of the trip goes better.
|Another view from our eighth-story hotel window: the industrial remnants of Long Island City.|
|Mom making herself at home in our Long Island City hotel room.|
|First subway ride in New York! (Unfortunately, we were heading in the wrong direction at the time.)|
|Some very tender fish seasoned with chilis, lime, cilantro, and garlic at Chao Thai.|
|The famous soup dumplings from Joe's Shanghai in Flushing.|
|The soup dumplings were loaded with lots of yummy, soupy goodness!|
|Draining the dumplings of their treasured contents.|