Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hangawi - Restaurant Review


This is one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants and I often take friends here as the decor is so different from anything else I have found in New York. On arrival you remove your shoes and walk through an authentic Korean-style dining room, which is quite impressive. You sit at sunken tables, so it feels like you are sitting on floor, which adds to the overall experience.

A friend and I went for lunch and were lucky enough to get one of the last tables This place always seems busy, so I would make a reservation to ensure you get a table.

I ordered the 'Mini Emperor's Lunch' which a four course prix fix menu for $22, which is good value. The first course was a traditional Korean pumpkin porridge, which I very much enjoyed. It was followed by the 'vermicelli delight', which was a tasty, hot noodle dish.

The main course was a vegetarian stone rice bowl served with kimchi. They make the bowl as spicy as you want, and I told them to use the entire serving of chili sauce. The rice bowl would have benefited from more vegetables, I didn't feel there was enough variety or quantity. Also, I would have preferred it to be even spicier, although I am sure they would have given me more sauce had I asked. The kimchi was alright, but again it could have done with more spice.

For dessert we were served a tofu and nut ice cream which was delicious. I don't know how they make it, but it is the best non-dairy ice cream I have eaten. It is worth the trip for the dessert alone!

The service is fine, it's nothing special but is quick and efficient. They did bring out the second course when my friend was still eating her first, but otherwise it was spaced out well.

I enjoyed the overall experince of this restaurant and will keep coming back for the excellent dining room and good food.  For more information please visit http://www.hangawirestaurant.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Celeb Spot! David Duchovny!

I was waiting for my gym class at Equinox yesterday, and noticed that all of the women were staring at someone working out on the gym floor.  I looked over and saw David Duchovny working out with a personal trainer!  The 'X-Files' and 'Californication' star looked very fit as he trained, and yes, he is just as good looking in real life!

On my way out of the gym I saw him again in the gym cafe with a friend.  It was a very exciting start to the week and a motivator to keep going to the gym, you never know who you might see working out!

Friday, November 1, 2013

'LUCE' at The Claire Tow Theatre

I am a huge fan of LCT3 and the 'LinkTix' program offered by the Lincoln Centre.  'LincTix' is a discounted ticket program for 21-35 years, which offers $32 seats for performances at the Lincoln Centre Theatre.  You also get access to pre-sales of all LCT3 shows, all of which are all only $20, and the opportunity to attend post-show cocktail parties.

This week I was lucky enough to attend such an event at the Claire Tow theatre, where the new play 'LUCE', written by JC Lee, is currently showing.  'LUCE' tells the story of an adopted high-school student with a bright future. He is star of the football team, gets good grades and is popular with his peers.  However, when a teacher feels uneasy about an essay he writes, she checks his locker finding a bag full of explosives.

The story starts with teacher Harriet, (played by Sharon Washington) telling Luce's Mum Amy, (played by Marin Hinkle of 'Two and a Half Men') of her discovery.  Amy's actions following the news show a mother torn between the love for her son and the possibility that he might not be as perfect as she and her husband thought.

I thought that Marin Hinkle (Amy) and Okieriete Onaodowan (Luce) were the strongest of the cast and their performances were excellent.  The scenery and staging were simple, but extremely effective, and moved slickly from scene to scene.  As the theatre is so small you can observe this powerful performance up close and personal, which make all the difference to a theatre experience.

After the performance we were treated to a cocktail party in the theatre bar.  There was a free bar serving soft drinks, beer and wine and a table of hors d'oeuvres, with fresh fruits, cheese and cakes.  Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to sample anything as I could face the giant crowd surrounding the table!  However, they did have big buckets of popcorn at the bar, so we had some of that with a glass of wine. As the cast came out I was lucky enough to meet Marin Hinkle, who was so friendly and happy to talk about the play, she was lovely!   My husband also met Okieriete Onaodowa and had a brief chat with the actor.  It was wonderful to meet them and congratulate them on an amazing job.  It was a great end to a brilliant evening.

'LincTix' is completely free to join and you can sign up at http://lct.org/linctixMain.htm.  'LUCE' is currently playing at the Claire Tow theatre until the 21st November.  You can buy tickets online at https://www.telecharge.com or for LincTix members at https://membership.telecharge.com/golinctix.aspx?PID=&FID=2