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This is fantastic. Ligaya Mishan of The New York Times provides a comprehensive and terrifically written review of the food options in the Barclays Center, the Nets’ new arena. From Brooklyn dogs to gourmet nachos to fish tacos, there are the usual staples of high-quality stadium food, but almost all of them have a New York authenticity to them because a large portion of the good comes from city establishments. For Mexican food, you don’t get Chiptole – you get Calexico, which, according to the piece, began as a street cart in SoHo. Of course, stadium meals aren’t immune to gross miscalculations – how do you provide a tasteless guacamole? – and Ligaya exposes those sins, as well.
I’ve never been much for Indian food, but perhaps that is mostly a byproduct of limited (at best) exposure to the culture’s culinary offerings. The great Pete Wells, in his latest review for the NYT, visits Moti Mahal Delux on the Upper East Side. He opens by raving about these lentils, and you need to read the column to understand, because I know you’re thinking, “Huh, lentils? Raving? About lentils?” Well, to be fair, maybe I should say Pete raves about “lentils with a ton of butter.” The star of Pete’s meal seems to be the tandoori chicken, grilled and tender with a presence of heat. The lamb kebobs also sounded quite good, as does the unique approach to fried okra.
David Carr writes about ‘Not Fade Away,’ a new film by David Chase, creator of the ‘Sopranos.’ The film is about a New Jersey kid growing up with dreams in the shadow of New York City as rock music is exploding. He carries the chip that many from Jersey seem to do, and Chase brings back some Sopranos characters – hello, James Gandolfini – for this film. What feels powerful to me about this film, and why I expect it to be very good, isn’t that it’s a story about a small-town boy becoming something in the big city. It’s not. It’s about failure and recalibrating dreams when your life takes another path.
“I wanted to make a movie for all of us who wanted to be rock stars and didn’t,” Chase said in the piece. That underlying theme – making peace with yourself and finding new dreams when Plan A doesn’t work – is as powerful as death and hope and personal salvation and pain and all of those big “Life” themes, I think. It’s a universal emotion that should connect this film to most, if not all, people.
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