Google NYC has jobs, free meals and — men!

betty ming liu Food, Writing how-to's 10 Comments

  My NYU journalism students and I are sitting right now in our last class for “Reporting Downtown.” Yay! We’re done with homework. Then again, boo – after bonding during the spring semester, our time together is almost over.   But we’ll go out in the world with some great memories. Everyone especially loved the field trips. I used them …

Enjoy a Chinese banquet but boycott the evil of shark fin soup – photo essay

betty ming liu Food, Travel 11 Comments

A typical Chinese banquet can be an insanely delicious 10-course orgy. While I’ve attended a few fab vegetarian versions of this feast, most events are heavy on meat and seafood. Unfortunately, these menus also feature one item that symbolizes the brutality of Chinese food culture: shark fin soup. Chinese banquets go on 24/7 to celebrate just about any occasion. Starting …

Dining tips: how to know which bread plate & glass are yours….old school social networking!

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This post is in the practical advice category. It contains info that I wish I’d had as a young Chinatown ghetto nerd who was trying to figure out mainstream dining. What did I know about bread plates and water glasses? As a kid, the family meal was simply a matter of sitting down with a bunch of bowls, forks, chopsticks …

A night at the re-opened Taj Mahal Palace: total luxury after 2008 terrorist attack

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My three-week trip to India included a 36-hour stopover in Mumbai. Formerly known as Bombay, it’s the world’s most populated city in the world’s second largest country. In 2008, it made headlines because its most super-luxury hotel was attacked by terrorists. So you know I had to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. For a century, the Taj …

Visiting India: my 3-week trip in 39 photos

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Well hello again, finally! At last, I’m posting about India… Even though I fantasized about blogging during my journey through the second largest country on the planet, I had trouble finding Internet access. Then once I was home, a wicked case of jet lag kicked my butt. I’m not 100% yet. But if I don’t blog now, it’ll become a …