Monday, April 24, 2017

Why does everything in New York seem so much more tolerable after a few drinks?

All the irritating things from earlier in the day, they disappear into the night sky... but I'm sure will materialize again in the morning.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I guess that uncomfortable feeling means you're doing something right.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Wake up. It's 2000. The new millennium won't be about sexual labels, it'll be about sexual expression."

Said by Samantha in the show Sex In the City. Season 2, Episode 16.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Why not fly? Why not try?"

From the song Streets of New York (City Life) by Alicia Keyes.

Monday, April 10, 2017

I always make a million promises to myself when I'm full.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Dear friends,

Please check out my most recent write-up for VICE's food channel, MUNCHIES: What Two Decades as a Restaurateur Has Taught Me.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Pasta with a past.
"Sit down. Be humble."

From the song HUMBLE by Kendrick Lamar.
"The ideal poached egg is as beautiful and fleeting as a shooting star---a warm bundle of fluid yolk encased by a barely-set-yet-tenacious white. It feels kind of tragic to have to spear it and set all that yellow sauciness coursing out, but that's what it's all about: rich, yolk soaking into your slice of crusty toast, or coating a pile of roasted veggies, or working its way into a pile of steaming, seasoned sushi rice."

From the story Put An Egg On It in the April issue of Bon Appétit magazine. Written by Chris Morocco and Amiel Stanek.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

That oh-so-familiar smell of urine is the official fragrance of New York City, but the strength measured by the amount sprayed definitely ranges. Sometimes you walk by an area that has just a mist of it, and then others might seem like it was doused by the imitation version. It's easy for that urine smell to enter your body a few times a day though. It can hit when least expected. It'll slip right into your nose without any remorse, which just makes you walk even faster. New Yorkers are known to speed by because they're in a rush, but sometimes it's because they're running away from something, too.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

"Didn't you know by now that you could never truly know another person?"

From the book The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Page 371.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Have a look in that drawer, and try to keep it that way."

Said by Patsy in the show Absolutely Fabulous. Christmas Special 2002: Gay, Episode 1 Cleanin'. 
Magazines without mastheads discovered on the subway.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"She's the queen. 
Shade machine."

From the song Call Me Mother by RuPaul.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Guess who's back in the house,
heels click-clackin' about."

From the song Call Me Mother by RuPaul.
On cold and rainy days like today in New York, it makes me miss my old soi in Bangkok.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"We are all a part... of those who came before."

From the official movie trailer for Disney Pixar's Coco.
"It's about a gay sous chef in San Francisco. He gets bit by a radioactive rat on his shift when he's taking out the trash, and is blessed with powers beyond his wildest dreams. Super, sonic, gay kind of powers."

Said by Dave Chappelle on The Age of Spin: Dave Chapelle Live At the Hollywood Palladium. Collection 2, Episode 1.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This one's always a hard one. Do I watch something with the captions on? Or do I not focus on only the words and try listening instead?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Okay, is there a connection between The Slums of Beverly Hills and Search Party?

I started watching the movie The Slums of Beverly Hills earlier tonight, and now have been watching Search Party afterwards. I'm only a few episodes in, but there's already been a yellow hairdryer and the same exact Anna Karenina quote by Leo Tolstoy. This can't just be a coincidence?

Monday, March 13, 2017

It's the eve of what's supposed to be a huge blizzard here in New York City and the Northeast.

The snow is expected to start coming down around midnight, which is just an hour away. I'm not sure how big this storm is actually going to be, but announcements of school closures and public transportation shutdowns were made earlier in the afternoon today. And if it's already known by then that things need to be closed, I guess it's serious.

I still don't have any curtains or blinds for my window, so I'm looking forward to watching the snow fall and blanket everything.

Stay safe, everyone.
"But nobody ever taught me how to stay."

From the song Runnin' Just In Case by Miranda Lambert.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

"You mean, all this time, we could've been friends?"

Said by Baby Jane Hudson in the movie Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Bedtime memes.
"When I first saw you, I saw love."

From the song You're Still the One by Shania Twain.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Leakers.
It's funny how so many people have colds or get sick at once. It's like you suddenly see and hear them everywhere in the city. Coughs out in public. On the subway. At work. Or even on the other side of the wall.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

An acorn falls from a tree.

Person 1: Oh look, an acorn!
Person 2: I totally just saw that fall.
Person 3: I want it!
Person 4: What is that?
Person 5: I don't like acorns.
Person 6:
Person 7: I'm going to kick it!
Person 8: I have to step on it.
Person 9: What are an acorn's functions any way?
Person 10: I hope that squirrel gets it.
Person 11: Wow there's too many, I'm going to step around.
Person 12: I didn't know this was an acorn tree.
Person 13: I want to feel that crunch.
Person 14: Stupid ass acorns!
Person 15: I wonder if a new tree will grow?
Person 16: I hate acorns!
Person 17: Uhhhhhhhhhh.
Person 18: Step over the dog shit!
Person 19: Oh, I'm going to take that for ______.
Person 20: Will the top just pop off?
Dated.
Jaded.
Obliterated.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's a clear sunny day here in New York City. I've been dog-sitting for the past couple of days in the Upper West Side, and will be heading out in a bit for a meeting in Union Square, and then dinner with my friend Judy.

Have a great Sunday!
Sometimes, you just have to turn all the lights on and keep them on.
How is it that something that brings so much joy and happiness, can also bring pain and the feeling of being out of control? Where both curiosity and expectations lead to regretful decisions, and getting pissed at yourself just becomes part of the routine.
You're only as good as your last ____________.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"'Cause all they'll do is give you bad advice, and that'll ruin your confidence. Confidence is key."

Said by Shante in the movie Two Can Play That Game.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"I've always said, you know, when your acrylics are on point, your life is on point."

Said by RuPaul in the podcast RuPaul What's The Tee? w/ Michelle Visage. Episode 86.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Titter.
Shania Twain saying "whatever" at the end of That Don't Impress Me Much is just perfection.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

"So you got the looks,
but have you got the touch?"

From the song That Don't Impress Me Much by Shania Twain.
"The best thing about being a woman, 
is the prerogative to have a little fun."

From the song That Don't Impress Me Much by Shania Twain.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

People who litter bring civilization back hundreds of years.
"Creativity and ego cannot go together.

If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly.

Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment.

You must not be owned by our own obstacle.

You must own the environment, the phenomenal world you live in.

You must be able to freely move in and out of your mind.

This is being free."

Said by Jeong Kwan in the Netflix series Chef's Table. Season 3, Episode 1.
Insist.

Friday, February 17, 2017

"We here, Chiron."

Said by Kevin in the movie Moonlight.
"But isn't this what has always made America great? That we are a country of immigrants, constantly inventing and reinventing? Take that photo up there of my dad, Dan Rapoport, and his father, David Rapoport. My grandfather emigrated from what is now Belarus in 1923, and he and my grandmother raised my dad and uncle in Flushing, Queens.

Today, the once-Jewish neighborhood of single-family homes is solidly Asian and a one-stop destination for a world of cuisines. A plaque with Korean characters is affixed to the doorway of my father's old house. And on a recent visit, thanks to some snooping around on my part (hey, no one was home!), what did I notice around on the back patio? Six beautiful ceramic kimchi pots, carefully set upon wooden pallets. That made me smile. And I would like to think that my food-savvy father, who passed away in 2012, is also smiling. Because if you're going to love kimchi, and all the other amazing food this country has to offer, you've got to love the people who make it, too."

From the March 2017 issue of Bon Appétit's Editor's Letter. Written by Adam Rapoport.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dear pasta,

Thank you for yet another year of being my Valentine's. You will always be my #1 everything.

Love,
Tae

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I turned 34 today.

Another year, another meal.
Please don't feel the need to show me anything on your phone.

Just send me a link and I'll look at it when I feel like it.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"You have to learn to accept who you are, and who you aren't."

Said by Delilah in the podcast Conversations with Delilah. Episode The Foundation Of Love.
"Key change, baby."

Sang by Maya Rudolph in Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special.

Friday, February 10, 2017

"Let's run away,
and don't ever look back."

From the song Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.
Oh, this? It's my bag full of receipts.
"This is the part of me, 
that you're never gonna ever take away from me."

From the song Part of Me by Katy Perry.
Excitement will keep me going through the hard times.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's a snow day here in New York. The sky is white and completely washed out. I'm grateful to be at home though, experiencing it from bed.

My room is super bright right now because it still doesn't have any blinds or curtains. I've pretty much been stuck here since waking up but now I'm getting hungry. And since I have no food, I'm trying to figure out how to change that.

I had a really good meal last night though. Actually, two of them. I went to Lalo for dinner with my friend Marisa, and then we eventually ended up eating at 69 Bayard as our last stop of the evening. I guess even though a night out is bookended with great food, you still always gotta eat again the next day.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

I just want to look at pictures of pasta all day.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

It's easier to just add a word in a Microsoft Word document if it's something you plan to use for a very long time.

It's like, hello word. Welcome.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In elementary school, I used to think that Elle magazine was named after the model Elle Macpherson.

I thought being a successful model meant magazines named themselves after you. Clearly, I was just a misguided young gay.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sometimes, the year can start with so many different things all at once. The good, the bad, the tragic, or even life-changing.

Things are happening, and I'm ready to make moves.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I went to Philadelphia on Monday to interview a restaurateur for this private freelance writing gig. My trip was literally just for a few hours. I took a half-day at work to take the Amtrak there in the afternoon, and then took a returning train back at 9pm. The train ride to Philly was so painless and easy. And in the short while I was there, the city itself seemed really nice. It definitely makes me want to take a day trip sometime to go check out more sites and try some of the city's good food.

I guess the exciting thing about it all is that I got to get out of New York for a few hours because of writing. Baby steps...
I've always hoped my life would get bigger with age. More love. More people. More success. More money. But the only thing that feels like is getting bigger is my waistline.
Isn't dabbing just sneezing into your shoulder?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"And once you grow up, the things that you're ashamed of are going to be the truth that other people love you for."

Said by Kimchi in reality show Rupaul's Drag Race. Season 8, Episode 9.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

"You know she was a queen,
she lived in Queens."

From the song She Don't Really Care_1 Luv by Alicia Keys.

Saturday, January 07, 2017