Your article on your fabulous trip and dim sum was very interesting ["Happy, chaotic delicious: dim sum" by Marlene Parrish, Food & Flavor, Feb. 7]. When we're in Boston, my husband and I like to join our daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren (ages 6 and 9), and sometimes my son-in-law's parents for dim sum. We go to China Pearl in Chinatown, a very large, open restaurant up a long flight of stairs. Even though is it quite spacious, it is always crowded with families and friends, and there is often a long line waiting to get in. Your descriptions of the City Hall Maxim's Palace so reminded me of China Pearl -- the brightness, noise, with everyone having a very good time. They also continue to have the trolley service there, which I like, since I can see what they are offering. They just keep coming around, and we keep eating until we are absolutely stuffed.
According to my daughter, there are many restaurants in Chinatown that offer dim sum. We've never tried the others because this one is a favorite with her mother and father-in-law, who, until recently, were partners in owning and operating the restaurant. (They are now in their 70s, Chinese immigrants who immigrated from Canton in the late 1950s). They are treated like royalty by the staff.
Your article about New Albion Brewing Co. [Beer by Bob Batz Jr., Food & Flavor, Jan. 31) brought back memories of my time in the San Francisco Bay area during the late '70s/early '80s. I consider myself lucky to have been out there when I became legal, and the default when going out with friends was to order a pitcher of Anchor. I remember once going into a local beer store and they were having a sale on cases of New Albion beers. It was so heavily discounted, that I bought a case of the ale, porter or the stout (this was 30 years ago). Then I found out that this sale was actually the going-out-of-business liquidation sale of New Albion's stock. I was discovering this brewery just as it was disappearing.
My housemate and I went back to the store and bought as many cases as we thought we could store and reasonably expect to drink before it went bad. Those three brews were the drink of choice for the next few months.
I will look for the ale in local distributors, but doubt that it can possibly be as good in reality as it is in my memory.
Just wanted to let you all know how much I enjoy your articles, recipes and tips. You all do such a good job. I feel like you are all in my coffee klatche. I don't make all the recipes, but I do clip a lot of them out! They provide a lot of inspiration.
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