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Going for a mellow Friday after the holidays - stroll off that all that food too. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open until 9 pm on Fridays. New York residents' admission are suggested donations so remember to bring an ID. Optional dinner plans after depending on the group's interest. For more info regarding current exhibitions, please visit: https://www.metmuseum.org/
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Let's do a Chinatown Food Crawl. We will be making multiple stops at several small restaurants and vendors in Chinatown to try specific snack food items originated from Hong Kongese, Malaysian, Northern Chinese, and Vietnamese cuisines. First Stop: Kopitiam, 151 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002 The recommended items to try are Kaya Toast and Pulut Panggang. Kaya toast is a well-known snack in Singapore and Malaysia. Kaya toast is prepared with kaya (coconut jam), a topping of sugar, coconut milk and eggs, pandan, and sometimes margarine or butter. It is generally served on toast, and also sometimes on crackers. It is considered a breakfast staple, and remains popular in Singapore. The dish is sometimes dipped into soft-boiled egg with a little dark soy sauce and white pepper. Singaporeans and Malaysians often consume this food with a cup of tea or coffee, which has merited the snack's inclusion in many coffee houses. Pulut panggang are glutinous rice parcels stuffed with a spiced filling, then wrapped in banana leaves and char grilled. Depending on regional tradition, the spiced filling may include pulverized dried prawns, caramelized coconut paste or beef floss. In the state of Sarawak, the local pulut panggang contains no fillings and are wrapped in pandan leaves instead. Second Stop: Sun Hing Lung, 58 Henry St, New York, NY 10002 We will continue into Sun Hing Lung to try Cantonese Rice Noodle Roll. A rice noodle roll (also translated as steamed rice roll) is a Cantonese dish from Hong Kong and Southern China, commonly served either as a snack, small meal or as a variety of dim sum. It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of shahe fen (rice noodles), filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables, or other ingredients. Seasoned soy sauce -- sometimes with siu mei drippings -- is poured over the dish upon serving. When plain and made without filling, the rice noodle is also known as chee cheong fun where chee cheong means pig intestine, and fun means noodle; this is because the noodle is rolled more tightly and resembles the small intestine of a pig. Third Stop: East Dumpling, 46 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002 We will continue into East Dumpling to try Pan Fried Dumplings and Scallion Pancakes. Fourth Stop: Kong Sihk Tong, 65 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013 We will continue into Kong Sihk Tong to try Hong Kong style milk tea. Hong Kong-style milk tea is a tea drink made from black tea and milk (usually evaporated milk or condensed milk). It is usually part of lunch in Hong Kong tea culture. Hong Kong-style milk tea originates from British colonial rule over Hong Kong. The British practice of afternoon tea, where black tea is served with milk and sugar, grew popular in Hong Kong. Milk tea is similar, except with evaporated or condensed milk instead of ordinary milk. It is called "milk tea" to distinguish it from "Chinese tea", which is served plain. Outside of Hong Kong it is referred to as "Hong Kong-style milk tea". Hong Kong-style milk tea is made of a mix of several types of black tea (the proportion of which is usually a "commercial secret" for some milk tea vendors, often Pu Lei and a type of Ceylon tea, evaporated milk, and sugar, the last of which is added by the customers themselves unless in the case of take-away. A variety uses condensed milk instead of milk and sugar, giving the tea a richer feel. Fifth Stop: Sau Voi, 101 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013 We will make our last stop at Sau Voi. The recommended items to try are Bánh mì (Vietnamese Sandwich) and Vietnamese Iced Coffee.
With the smashing success of last winter's painting party of 30 fun and buzzed attendees - and members asking me to host another painting event I think it's time to do so! Whether you have not lifted a paintbrush to canvas since junior high school (as the case with myself) or was a fine art major in university come join us for a wonderful fun night where we will a private painting session party with a fine arts educated instructor Sunny Liu of 41 Studio. Sunny's background - School of Visual Arts. - 8 years of experiences in fine art (multiple medias: Acrylic and oil, watercolor, pencil, ink, sculpture, crafting), Realism, contemporary, vintage, minimalism, pop. All supplies, 14" x 16" canvas, and apron will be provided. At our private paint BYOB/BYOW party we shall have light food and wine - you are also welcome to bring your own wine or alcohol to enjoy during the session. Before our painting party, for those that are interested, we shall head to a nearby dim sum place for brunch - after all this is a Will Fong event! LOL! I've always admired Dali's work and one of my favorites is The Persistence of Memory. The Persistence of Memory is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dalí, and one of his most recognizable works. First shown at the Julien Levy Gallery in 1932, since 1934 the painting has been in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, which received it from an anonymous donor. The Persistence of Memory will be the inspiration for this class. After you are finished with your master piece you may take it home and hang it on your wall to enjoy for years to come. ***The cost is $35 per attendee (Normal price is $60) based on at least 12 attendees. Your $35 admission is DUE UPON YOUR RSVP to this event. Accepted in person via cash or electronic transfer. Please send $35 via Paypal friend payment - [masked] Venmo - @willfong23 Chase Quick Pay - [masked] Please contact me as soon as you RSVP*** ***Carpools may be provided as attendees with cars join this event. Passenger cost $6 within NYC. $9 from NJ/CT. Don't miss this opportunity to join a 3.5 hour private group painting party with food and drink (BYOB/BYOW) - all for just $35! Cheers! Will DISCLAIMER & LIABILITY WAIVER: When you RSVP "Yes" to an event, or participate in an event, please understand that you as well as your guests that you bring with you will be responsible for your own safety and well-being, and will hold no one else liable in case of personal injury or any mishap. This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes, all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability. You agree not to hold the meetup group's organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers, hosts, or any other group members responsible for any injuries or issues that may occur at any time before, during or after an event. You are personally responsible for obtaining essential information about an event, making necessary preparations for participating in the event, and ensuring your own safety and well-being. Your RSVP of "Yes" on the event page or attendance of an event signifies your full understanding and acceptance of the terms of this liability waiver. We reserve the rights to limit this event to physically fit people.