I made the Mother's Day trek up to the Old Country for the weekend, and was able to prevail upon mom to take me to Flushing to go to Joe's Shanghai for some dumplings on Saturday night. We had to wait a bit for a table, but nothing too unreasonably long, and were immediately asked how many "longs" of dumplings we wanted (they knew I was a Chinese speaker from the way I responded to our number when it was called in Chinese). We went for one long of each type, along with a dish of Singapore noodles (not too spicy, for mom's sake). When they came, all hot from the steamer, they were far better than the ones I had recently had in Beijing at a Shanghai chain's new outlet. The filling in these was very thick and flavorful, and with the dipping sauce of vinegar with ginger, they were just luscious.
And for dessert we went to the Lemon Ice King of Corona (an old haunt) for my traditional raspberry ice. Though they no longer cost 35 cents for the smallest size (the price that they were in my heyday in NY in the early 1980s), they were just as tasty, even at $1.
For lunch today (Mother's Day) we went out to Nassau to a branch of Ben's Kosher Deli for a very good lunch of pastrami, corned beef and tongue sandwiches. Great for the cholesterol, but we had diet Dr Brown's cream soda, so the cardiologist won't complain too much. And more Lemon Ice King for dessert before heading to the airport for the flight home.