mneme: (oldharp)
Strike the Rail
Joshua Kronengold
(ttto "Strike the Bell" -- trad)

You're heading for an interview--and starting to run late,
You hope they'll offer you a job, and don't want them to wait.
You swipe right at the turnstyle,
Hear a beep, head forward, when,
The turnstile goes ke-chunk and stops,
it says: "swipe again!"

"Swipe again at this turnstile"
It says repeatedly,
A line forms quick behind you and they murmur angrilly.
You try to calm your heartbeat, raise your card once more and then,
You hope for "Go" but still it says to you: "Swipe again".

You're heading to pick up your date, and due at half past six,
In one pocket's a metro card--the other Broadway tix,
But at the only turnstile, there's a line and you can ken,
That at the front there's someone getting "please, swipe again."

"Swipe again at this turnstile"
It says repeatedly,
A line forms quick behind her and you murmur angrilly.
She tries to calm her heartbeat, raise her card once more and then,
You hope for "Go" but still it says to her: "Swipe again".

You've gotten to a worldcon, and you're paying at the door,
You hope the con will rock, and that your roomate will not snore.
You strike a conversation with a girl whose badge says "Wren",
When the volunteer at reg says "could you please swipe again?"

"Swipe your credit card again--it didn't seem to scan,"
You know the volunteer means well, but this was not your plan,
You don't want to be on line, but join the other fen,
And so you hope, that you won't hear these words: "swipe again!"

"Swipe again at this turnstile"
It says repeatedly,
A line forms quick behind you and they murmur angrilly.
You try to calm your heartbeat, raise your card once more and then,
You hope for "Go" but still it says to you: "Swipe again".
mneme: (oldharp)
Tangra
Chinese-Indian cuisine ("asian fusion")
39-23 Queens Boulevard
1-718-786-8181
suitable for very large parties (banquet hall)
Entrees are $7-$14, except for crab and lobster at $20

This is apparently an expansion from a much smaller, established resturant, and it shows -- the food is very well prepared, not at all generic, and not very expensive. We got a chicken tangra (dry -- like many of their dishes, this can be prepared dry or with sauce) and a tofu manchurian.

The chicken was quite moist, but very mild (we'd been warned that this was spicy, and it did have a bite, but only a small one), and quite flavorful. Very pleasant, but we werer glad it was "dry", since it really didn't need a thick sauce. It was more Indian than Chinese, which makes sense.

The tofu, we'd ordered extra spicy, but came with much less bite than the chicken (the table did have chili oil, fine-ground black pepper, and pickled peppers, though, and I made liberal use of the first two), in a black bean sauce. Lisa was miffed that the bean curd was lightly fried (we'd asked and been told it was soft -- guess we should have been more specific), but it was quite pleasant and comfort-food-like (and, of course, quite Chinese).

They also had shakes at $3.25 -- $.25 cheaper than their lassis, so we ordered a pistacio one. Unfortunately, they were out of pistacio ice cream, so we got a malai shake, which was very vanilla, but quite pleasant.

Their rice (free with entrees) was very Indian -- short-grain and very dry.

The menu's got a much higher variety than we tried, of course -- goat, "fish", prawns, lobster, crab, beef, chicken, fried rice, chow mein, thai noodle, chop suey and a quite long variety of veggiterian dishes ("gobi", eggplant, potato, string bean, paneer, tofu, and baby corn).

Alltogether, a positive experience, though we'll want to make a greater attempt to get them to spice up their food next time; I'm not quite sure what they're used to, but they clearly have an expectation that their customer base likes things very mild, which is not really the case for us.

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