November, 2009 Archives

Sofia-approved

Sofia-approved

As planned, we met up with a couple friends of ours, Scott and Rebecca, for the first day of dim sum at the new phoenix-rising-out-of-the-ashes Ding How at their new location on Old Canton near Lake Harbor.  Rebecca invited a friend of hers, Stephen (Steven?), which made it 6 of us getting together on this momentous occasion.

I took the liberty of ordering for us since we had 3 dim sum neophytes with us.  Note that not all pictures are indicative of actual quantity of each item ordered, as I didn’t hold up the show to take pictures before people could dig in.  For (reasonably) accurate counts of each item type, refer to the dim sum menu.  Here’s what we had:

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Thanks to Scott for doing a bit of intel work for us.  Either by tapping his Chinese connections or by going behind enemy lines himself, he’s managed to acquire a copy of Ding How’s dim sum menu, which he then graciously shared with us.  I’m posting it after the jump (click the link to see the rest of the post and the menu).  If anybody from Ding How has a problem with the menu being online, let me know and I’ll take it down.  Personally, I wouldn’t turn down free publicity, but that’s just me.  Anyway, hit up the menu and start salivating.  The debut of dim sum in Jackson is only 5 days away!

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All the buzz in the gaming world right now surrounds a game entitled Modern Warfare 2, which is shaping up to be a massive blockbuster hit.  It’s another game in the Call of Duty franchise, which has split into two branches–the traditional Call of Duty line set in the World War II era, and the Modern Warfare line set in current times.  Like clockwork, you can expect a new Call of Duty game every year.  The Onion already has the scoop on Modern Warfare 3, and as the kids say, it looks straight up dope!


Ultra-Realistic Modern Warfare Game Features Awaiting Orders, Repairing Trucks

As The Onion always manages in their best pieces, this “news” item is “funny because it’s true”.  Hardcore gamers are always pressing for more realism from their games.  Well now you’ve got it!  Have fun polishing your boots and waiting your turn at the community phone in Modern Warfare 3.

Sometimes I wonder if we’re all too desensitized to the realities of war by movies and games glorifying it.  Then I slap myself and go back to playing some awesome shoot-em-ups.

I don’t follow women’s sports, especially not college soccer, but I saw this news item on ESPN’s website and thought, “Female soccer player plays rough? How rough could it possibly be?!” Oh how wrong I was. Check out the clip and be prepared to be amazed.

That’s just downright hostile.  Was this a soccer match or a cage fight?!  Absolutely no excuse for that.  She claims she’s not that kind of player and that emotion just got the better of her.  If it were just 1 incident I’d buy that explanation.  2, ok maybe.  But that many cheap shots in 1 game?  No way a player who isn’t dirty commits that many awful, blatant fouls in one match.  Oh wait, did your boyfriend just dump you?  Were you playing still nursing pent-up anger?  Oops, was I sexist just now?  Then try this on for size: what do you tell a woman with 2 black eyes?  I’m not gonna deliver the punch line, but yeah I went there.

And how was she not sent off? She was yellow carded for perhaps the softest foul she committed all day and got away with out-and-out thuggery the rest of the match. I smell a suspension for this officiating crew. Even peewee soccer officials would’ve spotted that mess.

Just when you think sports gets all sterile and boring, somebody goes out and spices it up a bit.  Thanks, crazy soccer lady.

Opening soon

Opening soon

So here’s the latest.  Ding How will reopen on November 16, 2009.  The previous date of November 7th was either completely my imagination or has been pushed back.  Since November 16th isn’t a Saturday we won’t be there on opening day, but we plan to be there on Saturday the 21st.

More bad news: it’s not the fabled “real” Chinese restaurant either.  They’re now calling themselves “Ding How Asian Bistro”, and according to their voice mailbox recording they’ll serve Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and Korean food.  So basically another Pan Asia asian-fusion type of joint, or will they serve authentic asian cuisine?  I’m withholding judgment for now, but I’ll admit I’m less hopeful than before.  We’ll see.  We’re still going for the dim sum, so here’s hoping at least the dim sum is great.  I think the lack-of-buffet rumor will turn out to be true though, so there’s definitely that.

Again I’m being a total downer for nothing.  Still psyched about dim sum, and will definitely be keeping an eye on the rest of the menu to see if we want to try some of their other stuff soon as well.  Come on, the 21st!  Two weeks away is way too long to wait.

Stealth

Stealth

Better crowd

Better crowd

Friday the 16th was the last weekday of the State Fair (parking and admission free before 2 p.m. on weekdays), so despite the sky still being overcast and temps in the 50s we gave the Fair another go.  As you can see above, a lot of other people felt the same way.  The crowd was much better, and thankfully the clouds blew away harmlessly.

This is going to be the biggest post I’ve done in terms of pictures–35 in all.  This particular post is why I retroactively went back and added a “Click for more” link to all long-ish posts.  What can I say?  The Fair was fascinating to me, so I took tons of shots.  Lots of it will be old news to those who visit the Fair every year, but it was all brand new for this foreigner. » Continue Reading…

How’s this for serendipity: we went to Trinity Pres’s Fall Festival yesterday, and I ran into the owner of Ding How!  At least I think she is.  At the very least she’s the head manager.  She’s always there whenever I go there.  She was at Fall Festival with a gaggle of other Chinese folks, which I’d guess are her daughter and grandchildren.  Of course I start chatting with them about the fact that they’ve moved, etc., and the daughter fills me in on the big talking points.

Here are the crucial details I discovered:

  • The new Ding How location on or near the corner of Old Canton and Lake Harbor is this fabled “real” Chinese food restaurant that will serve dim sum.  There won’t be 2 new restaurants.  Ding How will morph from a solid but run-of-the-mill Chinese place to potentially the Chinese restaurant of choice in the Jackson Metro area.  Phoenix rising from the ashes and so forth.
  • Yes, they will serve dim sum!  Saturdays and Sundays.  Don’t know the hours, but considering it’s typically served as brunch they’ll probably start serving at 11 a.m. or so.  Don’t quote me; just my guess.  They might serve it for breakfast.
  • They’re opening in early November.  In fact she told me the exact date but in my excitement it failed to register.  I’m almost certain it’s a single-digit date.  So I’m also almost certain that there will be dim sum served there on Saturday, November 7, 2009.

I’m going to try and call to confirm the date and time of their grand opening and beginning of dim sum serving, and I suggest you do the same if you’re interested.  Don’t count on my half-remembered, excitement-addled account for the hard details of exactly when.  I just wanted to relay the big news that the dim sum is real and is coming really soon.  I’ll update the blog as I discover more details.