Bánh mì in New York City: Bánh Mì Saigon

The Ecclesiastical Revue

I went on the road for close on two weeks a month ago, and I figure I owe it to both of my readers to follow bánh mì in cities I visit. Hartford does not appear to have much in the way of bánh mì (Hartford, apparently, barely has food at all, at least in the downtown). In Boston, alas, I didn’t have time to visit reader-recommended Ba Le. But in between was a fantastic visit with my brother and sister-in-law which afforded an opportunity for a day trip into the city, wherein I supplemented my gawking and sightseeing with a flyby to a well-regarded bánh mì place out near the Little Italy/Chinatown area. And I stated writing this there, but it kind of fell by the wayside, so I’m finishing it up now.

[Photo of sandwich from Banh Mi Saigon]Banh Mi Saigon Bakery on UrbanspoonBánh Mì Saigon (198 Grand Street) is a venue widely regarded among the collective wisdom of…

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What is Happenning in Istanbul?

İnsanlık Hali

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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Action Potential

1.  Don’t punch cars.

2.  Don’t punch trees.

3.  Don’t punch walls.  You’ll still be just as angry as you were before, except now you’ll have a hole in the wall, your hand, and your wallet.

4.  No, seriously, don’t punch trees.  It does not care that it’s in your way.  It’s not moving.

5.  Don’t punch faces.  And if you absolutely must, at least don’t punch them with your own fragile hand.

… The “stop hitting yourself” game is probably still fair play, though.

5.  Don’t joke about punching your wife.  At this point in the day, no one will find it very funny.

6.  Especially not your wife.  

7.  Married hand surgeons don’t wear rings.  Even when they’re not working.  The general consensus among them seems to be “hand injury + ring = congratulations, you no longer have a ring finger.”

(Though…

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Action Potential

Pathology:  “Generalists know nothing about everything.  Specialists know everything about nothing.  Pathologists know everything about everything, just a day late.”

Psychoanalysis:  “Everything is sex, except sex, which is aggression.”

Dermatology:  “If it’s dry, wet it.  If it’s wet, dry it.  When in doubt, steroids.”

Medicine:, “The 3 most dangerous things in medicine: a med student with a sharp object, a resident with an article, and an attending with an anecdote.”

Emergency Medicine:  “… sounds surgical to me.”

Any others?

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