Wednesday, October 13, 2010

U know I Got Cha Opin


No stars for XY, but I'm giving us 4-stars for comedy. Now showing at the NYT, a photo of a restaurant with unnamed man taking bong rip from squirt bottle, mom dukes in a lumberjack, and the homie Doug picking up a titty with a pair of tongs. Dope. Tried to avoid blogging today but here we are... snorkeling is gonna have to wait an hour.

Initially, I thought it was strange that Sifton was reviewing us as opposed to $25 and under. We're a canteen, but nonetheless, I was excited. Considering mia donna got no love and she could only make meatballs, i feel kinda blue balled with the goose egg since he used words like: "top drawer", "excellent", "perfect bean paste sauce", "outstanding", and "new paradigm", which I don't understand, but dictionary.com says is positive.

That said... who wants a star if you didn't earn it? I loved this review. Not just cause I like how Sifton gets the narrative at restaurants and that he didn't bash the vibe/culture. As said, that's what I was more interested in. I've been making Taiwanese food all my life. It's not that hard for me. Doesn't hurt that he big-ups Baohaus by saying "crush comers from all directions in matters of flavor and value". What hasn't happened in NY is a restaurant that is culturally committed to the youth and diverse.  I accomplished that. I got four loko, jill's boobs, popular demand, johnnie walker bubble tea, cheeto fried chicken, and my moms shouted out in the Times. When was the last time you saw the review photo and it was all people of color? Not bad for a Taiwanese kid living on orchard and canal...

But, I'm going to change my attitude. I didn't know people expected more of me. I never thought I'd even be up for review with the NYT. I came out of nowhere, I'm twisted 5 days out of the week, and we had a lot of problems with opening. No excuses. It's on and poppin when I get back. Its empty to talk about the changes i'll make at XY on the blog... Just come in. You all know how good baohaus is after I parked my fat ass there for 6 months. Watch what happens at XY...

It's never questioned in the article if I can cook or throw an ill party, the question is my willingness to stop fuckin with birds on the text... It's dope he linked "popular demand" in his diner's journal lead-up. Cam is a comedian first and a rapper second who doesn't even try. I've always been an underachiever. My room at home had posters of AI, Tupac, Killa Cam, Rasheed Wallace, Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson, Christian Okoye, and Lavar Arrington all over it. I always liked the story of dudes with talent who didn't give a fuck and never got the championship they should have. In 7th grade, I got identified for Duke TIP, but after getting there got suspended for getting everyone in my hall slizzered on lean and then mooning people. me and my homies missed the first 20 days of senior year in high school for dressing up like the dudes from Point Break and throwing stink bombs on every one. I got laid off from a top-75 firm and started pitchin' before opening baohaus. You're not talking about a culinary school dude, a chef, a restauranteur, or a guy that even reads the times for news. I hit the roor and watch the daily show. I've been around and done a lot so this doesn't faze me. But am I going to change this time? Yes. I can't just wing it anymore. People are paying good money for this. It's not a game... This is as apologetic as I'll ever get, but I'm sorry. Man gotta admit his mistakes.

The funny thing is that Eater picked up on this when I was making these changes 2 weeks ago. I stopped doing the financials and managerial work for baohaus/xiao ye and got back in the kitchen. Food has been sick the last few weeks. Sifton gave me a good kick in the ass and I appreciate it. AI always needed Thompson. "Practice...? We talkin bout practice?".. Damn... I'm goin back to the mother fuckin beach.



Black Moon - I Got Cha Opin
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Now we goin back to who got da props (baohaus)
when i blew up the spot
last year on the box
pressure
to come back with another fat single (xy)
not too underground to make you stop when you mingle
but bust it
pay attention to the third verse and i'll take you to another level first

18 comments:

  1. This reaction to Sifton's piece is gonna make me tear up cuz you're manning up. I was at the doctor's office when I read the review, looking for the lil star. My jaw dropped when the word "fair" came up. Good luck with the retool, hope you give the menu/staff a kick in the nuts as well.

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  2. So pleased with your response as I think the review was pretty fair. But your fans know you have talent and we want to see all of what you are really capable of. Do it your way, follow your vision, but do it to the absolute best of your ability so no one can say shit to you, so Sifton can come back in a year or two and throw up the star Xiao Ye is capable of earning.

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  3. I'd come here fully expecting to read a sardonic response to Sifton's review. But I'm quite impressed by your thoughtful reflection. I'll admit that I hadn't been eager to give XE a try, notwithstanding how hard it is to find good Taiwanese eats in Manhattan. But this post has turned me around. Very curious to see what you can do when you put your mind to it.

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  4. Been seeing all the blog posts, the stories, the applause as well as the hate, but through it all you've kept doing you. Time Out shit on you, you DGAF'd, why change now because of the New York Times? Who are you proving this to? You received "Fair", which is fair. You're gonna trust Sam Sifton (said in Scarface accent) ain't he the same dude who gave Del Posto 4 stars. Get the fuck outta here!!! fuck that just do you homie...

    BTW - You and your Korean friend remind me of the Sum Dum Goy crew from The Last Dragon. Funny how prophetic that movie is....

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  5. 加油!!! If it doesn't work out there, come to Chicago and cook me some good ole Taiwanese food. I'm craving for it!!!

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  6. If you're really interested in a "restaurant that is culturally committed," you should start by removing the racially offensive names and slogans on your menu and your walls. It's perfectly possible for Asians to be Uncle Toms, too ...

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  7. A classy response. Keep on chooglin'.

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  8. This is easily the best-written, most sincere and most appealing response to a restaurant review I have ever written. I don't know you, and I don't know what I was expecting when I clicked over to your response, but I'm impressed. Will be interested to see how you get on. Props for the funny, mature, thoughtful response.

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  9. Um...that should, of course, say "...I have ever read."

    Yeah, I'm a dumbass.

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  10. I'm just glad that Sheed finally got his ring.

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  11. Eddie,

    I have to say: Baohaus has been on my to-try list for a while now, but now, even moreso, along with XY. Your humble response is truly refreshing to read.

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  12. LOVE your reaction to the Sifton review -- as original and generous as your food. And really, it reads more like a loving kick in the ass than a take-down. Yeah, I get that Sam thinks you can make things better. But what really rings in my ears is the high praise. So congrats on no stars. Betting that'll change soon enough.

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  13. Thank you for showing everyone how to accept feedback. I am rooting for you & XY! And every attorney who hates their job is rooting for you too!

    DJworklife on twitter

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  14. props to a great review stars or not! cant wait to check out the cheeto chicken and wash it down for a loco haha

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