Enjoy Some Old School Asian Fusion at Ping Pong in Lakeview

Ping Pong Sign

Although in the dozen blocks of North Broadway between Waveland and Belmont there has been a boom in restaurants this year, including a couple of BBQ places, Mexican Cafe, and a breakfast joint, I decided bypass these for now and finally try a neighborhood staple that has been around for years.

I suppose I would describe it as Asian fusion or Pan Asian, whatever that really means anymore. Basically Chinese with American influence along side Japanese and Thai dishes, it’s not strictly authentic but doesn’t aim to be. Having a fascination with all things old school Shanghai lately I was pleasantly surprised when I felt like I was stepping into 1930s Shanghai. This was exactly the point of their most recent renovation. Think Art Deco  meets Jazz club with some kitsch and vintage Chinese advertising posters and Stan Getz playing in the background.

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5ish Things to Do in Nashville

Nashville Highway Sign

The first impression of Nashville is of a growing city, scaffolding and construction sites dot the downtown area in what looks like a hotel boom in the city. I was told over eight hotels were being built and these were seriously big hotels. Good sign for Nashville.

On the way to the hotel I noticed the beautiful huge new Music City Center.  Construction looked almost complete on this 2.1 million-square-foot convention center which will be having a its grand opening this weekend. According to the website the center is, “…working towards LEED Silver certification with its green roof, solar panels, and rainwater collection tank…the Music City Center as one of the largest public art collections in the nation.”

There are of course hundreds of things to do in Nashville but here is a list of things if you are short on time, like to eat/drink, going on a Monday/Tuesday when live music isn’t as readily scheduled and the snowy weather limits your time outside (yes, it was 30 degrees and snowing while we were there and actually warmer in Chicago). My next trip I would like to see a show at Ryman Auditorium, go to the Frist Center of the Visual Arts and tour the Country Music Hall of Fame among other things.

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Satan’s Circus Recipe

 

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That’s quite a name! Day 2 of gorgeous weather in Chicago means people are outside in full force. Monday afternoon I was walking down Broadway and the outdoor seating was filling up with people eating and drinking…this was at 3:30pm. Got to love Chicagoans, when the weather is good we take full advantage. We have to.

Hopefully you have been able to get outside for a walk or run. If you don’t have plans to visit any restaurants or bars soon here is a great drink recipe to make at home.

Satan’s Circus Recipe: Bon Appétit.