May 7th, 2009
- I made my way to the Lower East Side of New York City to check out the intersection of Chinese and Jewish cultures at the Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival on Eldridge Street. Here's a shot of the crowd at the entrance to the festival.
The schedule of the day's events.
I passed this fish ball shop I just found the sign interesting. I've seen fish balls on menus in Chinese restaurants, but I have no idea what they are.
The first tent I came upon had a couple of tables playing Mah Jongg and these were some of the old school players.
And a table for making yarmulkas.
The egg roll table.
And a close-up of my egg roll. It did cost $3, which is more than I would pay for one in a restaurant, but that was a big part of the reason I went. It was Kosher and pretty tasty, if a bit on the greasy side. No shrimp or pork in this, just vegetables. I think there was some cabbage, carrots and scallions.
The inside of the egg roll. This was the best of about 15 shots I tried to take. Sorry!
Close-up of my egg cream. This was pretty tasty and struck a nice balance, which for me, is a huge part of a good egg cream. Only three ingredients: milk, seltzer water and chocolate syrup. I could feel the fizzy of the seltzer, the sweet chocolatey-ness of the Fox's U-Bet sryup and the creaminess of the milk. They didn't get the foamy white head on it, but in all fairness they were mixing them on a folding table under a tent on the street and not behind a soda fountain counter, so I had my bar set a bit lower anyway. Some of the mixers were using Nestle's or Hershey's syrup if they ran low on Fox's. But for a buck, it was totally worth it. I didn't take any pics of the table as it had gotten quite messy.
Some of the younger Mah Jongg players. they were giving demonstrations and lessons, but the line was somewhat long, so I just watched. Seems like a complicated game.
And a wide shot of the two tables.
The Peking Opera performing in the street. This is one of my favorite shots.
I love street theater. There were no words spoken and I think it is very powerful when people communicate a story visually and through movement.
Outside of the synagogue.
A history of the synagogue.
Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy
Inside the synagogue
From up on the balcony
I'll let the next three signs tell their stories...
These numbered seats were reserved for those who paid for them and they really reminded me of the seats in the Old North Church when cecif
took a group of Roadfooders there for a tour in Boston last year.
The cantor's stand.
And a close-up.
I really love this stained glass window.
A close-up of the chandelier.
Scribal art where you could get your name written in Yiddish.
Some of the old signs that were placed outside of the synagogue.
And their descriptions.
These next five pics are pretty self explanatory. I'm not a huge fan of any organized religion, but giving back to the community is a concept I am totally behind, no matter what your religion.
Time to make the challah!
I walked into a challah making class and the gentleman in this photo showed me how to knead the dough properly (especially after I tossed it between my hands, a no-no in challah making!).
My braids didn't come out as well as I would have liked, but it WAS my first time!
I was able to take this home and bake it and here is the finished product.
I sliced up the loaf and slathered some of Peanut Butter & Co.'s Mighty Maple peanut butter on top and had a most yummy snack!
As I left the festival and walked home, I noticed this statue of Confucius on the outskirts of Chinatown.
Some good words to live by. Hope you enjoyed the trip!
"Eating is an adventure, enjoy the ride!"-billyboy, 2009
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