I may never go home again!
Posted on 09 / 01 / 2010
(I sent the following email to my friends)
Life on the planet as we know it, has been irrevocably altered.
And, in the familiar Yin/Yang "good news-bad news" construct:
First, the GOOD news:
Today, I found a VP2 style restaurant in Beijing!
For those of you who knew me in New York, you'll recall the
Chinese vegetarian restaurant, Vegetarian Paradise 3 (VP3), in
New York's Chinatown, which closed after Sept 11, and whose
remaining sister location, VP2, is now thriving on West 4th Street
in The Village close to New York University.
If so, you know what that restaurant represents to my life and
gastric happiness, so you can already appreciate the earth-shattering, life-altering significance of what I've just shared with you.
The name of this restaurant is Tianchu Miaoxiang Vegetarian Restaurant (Chinese name: 天厨妙香素食(朝外店); found it on happycow.net). Out of courtesy to those who aren't familiar, I won't get into too much detail, but for those who know, it's VP2 and then some! They've got a menu of about 20 pages, with all the mock meat, seaweed and veggie dishes we know and love, plus more stuff that exists here "at the source!"
The manager, Christina--as the only one on staff who speaks English--catered to me, explaining dishes, and making suggestions. (I think I'm in love.)
And finally, at the end of a sumptuous meal, which cost only 114RMB or about 16US, she refused to accept a tip--explaining Chinese culture and restaurant policy to me in the process. (A restaurant that won't accept tips! Can life get any better than this?? Tell everyone you know: Heaven's got a sign at the gate: "Cheapskates Welcome!")
Now, the bad news.
um...today, I found a VP2 style restaurant in Beijing, China.
This means--my dear, sweet, close friends and family--you who've made my life special for all these years, and who mean the world to me--this means, you will likely never, ever, ever see me again.
flap, flap, flap, flap, flap....
[the sound of a curtain fluttering in the breeze....]
from my blog: JamaicanInChina.com
great food, great service, great staff