Snippet Thursday: David Chang & Momofuku

For those of you who don’t know about David Chang, he’s a Korean-American chef and owner of the Momofuku restaurant group in New York City. Chang started in the restaurant business only 9 years ago making delicious pork buns and Japanese ramen. But since then, he’s developed a unique style of modern cuisine, combining traditional Asian food with European cooking techniques. Among his many accolades include being named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People as well as having his restaurant deemed #1 in Bon Apetit Magazine’s Most Important Restaurants in America. By revolutionizing Asian cuisine in America, David Chang has become an inspiration for many, including the Asian-American community. So if you’re ever in New York, be sure to check out one of his 5 Momofuku restaurants. Also, enjoy the following clip from his appearance on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain:

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Snippet Thursday: National Museums

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum @ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Visited the the Air and Space Museum not too long ago and there were so many different impressive planes (like the Blackbird above), the Discovery shuttle (you can kind of see on the left side of the picture in the back), Wright planes, the Enola Gay (dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima), etc.

One thing to keep in mind if you’re interning in the DC area: visit all the national museums because most of them are free!

Snippet Thursday: Crabs!

Located on the Southwest waterfront directly under I-395, the Maine Avenue Fish Market, known simply to locals as “The Wharf”, is the oldest continuously running fish market in the United States. Fresh and/or live seafood is sold on floating barges that line the pier on Water Street. Not only is The Wharf an historical landmark, but it’s also one of the best places to get great seafood for outstanding prices.

During the summer, live blue crabs are sold for less than a dollar each! And to top that off, the fishermen give you the option of having your live crabs steamed and seasoned with generous heapings of Old Bay Spices on the spot. Apart from crabs, fresh fishes, shrimp, oysters, mussels, lobsters, etc are all sold here for great prices and are freshly caught. The Maine Avenue Fish Market is a must-see destination for both tourists and locals, and YOU should definitely check it out during the summer!

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‘Sheed Wallace Thursdays

In sports, there are very few players who can be as influential as Rasheed Wallace. For starters, the four-time All-Star and one-time NBA Champion is an extremely talented Power Forward who can shoot, post-up, pass, and rebout effectively. But what really makes him memorable is his incredible knack for getting technical fouls, holding the NBA record for most in a season with 41 (the second place holder, by the way, has only 23). His true dedication to unsportsmanship is uncanny, and no one will forget his career moment in 2001, when he was ejected from a crucial playoff game for staring at a referee for too long. Throughout his illustrious 18-year career in the league, Wallace has also successfully coined the phrase “Ball don’t lie”, which he shouts in protest to the ref after a player from the opposing team is fouled by him and misses a free-throw. Fans throughout the country were saddened this year when Wallace decided to forever call it quits. But on today, July 4, while everyone else celebrates our nation’s independence, I would like to pay tribute to the way Rasheed Wallace courageously and selflessly played the game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5L_QkUZ-3s

Bored in the Office?

Have no fear, JaVale McGee is here! For those of you who are unfamiliar, he is arguably the funniest basketball player in the NBA. JaVale is a 7’2 center for the Denver Nuggets who is actually very gifted athletically. But for every great play he makes, he also provides memorable bloopers. On the court, he tends to not think things through all the way, and his mental lapses are a great source of laughter for any bored intern on a weekday afternoon. Enjoy.