李明熙、Kimberlogic:樂遊費城唐人街與尼亞加拉大瀑布

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費城唐人街/李明熙

到美國費城探親,親友請求,要跟他們到唐人街極受歡迎的點心店嘗一嘗,看看味道是否正宗。我跟他們說,在外國生活時,到過不同的唐人餐館工作,先要看老闆的來歷,再看菜單的偏好,中國菜博大精深,京川滬粵各有特色,點對了就好吃,沒有正宗不正宗。因為每間唐人餐館,總有幾道炒飯炒麵,只有老外才點。

費城唐人街在巿中心的第十街,街口有道樓高 40 尺的「費城華埠」牌坊。早在 19 世紀已有廣東人到此定居,開設洗衣店和餐館。時至今日,跟世界各地的一樣,唐人街演變成外國人眼中的亞洲熔爐。

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親友推介的「點心園」在 Race Street,等位的客人從店內排到街外。我看菜單,賣的是上海菜,而點心都是蒸餃鍋貼一類,並非廣東點心。招牌菜是小籠包,我一瞄廚房,在包小籠包的竟不是華人,心中打了折扣,但哪管是誰包,好吃就好了,還是點了一籠。

小籠包先到,熱騰騰一人一口後,大家都望著我。我說 Kim 在香港生活了幾年,讓她評一評比較公平。不過,自從她吃過台灣鼎泰豐後,對小籠包的要求特別嚴謹,搖搖頭說皮太厚。我為免大家失望,說外國人拿筷子不好,皮厚一點免得夾破,場面尷尬。說著又吃一口,表示味道不差。

其後上枱的紅油抄手、獅子頭、炒年糕、上海粗炒等典型上海菜,味道和水準比招牌小籠包高幾倍,親友都表示從沒點過,下次再來知道怎樣點菜。

走出飯店,我為他們介紹了台式珍珠奶茶作飯後甜品,大家嚼著珍珠,又嚷著今天真是大開眼界。


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A Road Trip to Niagara Falls/Kimberlogic

While visiting The States this year, we decided to do a road trip to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is about a seven hour drive from Philadelphia, perfect for a short road trip. Being winter, we were aware that some of the viewing platforms at the falls would be closed, but we agreed that this would be the best time to visit because we would miss the crowds of people and get excellent rates on hotels for being outside of the tourist season.

After an afternoon of driving, we arrived at Niagara Falls, New York just before dinner time. Since it was already dark, we checked into the hotel and decided to drive around the town and look for a place to have dinner. Our drive around town ended back at our hotel with frustration and hungry tummies. I’ve never seen the town of Niagara Falls, New York during peak tourist season, but I have to speculate that 95% of the restaurants in this town only open during the peak season.

As we sat in the dilapidated “American” grill (attached to our hotel), eating over-priced, poorly made burgers, we had a beautiful view of Canada. Everything was lit up; it looked like the city was alive on the other side of the falls. Since our view was so different than our actual surroundings, all we could do was laugh and hope the sight of the falls the next day would make this trip worthwhile.

The falls did not disappoint! We wandered through the park on the American side and although the path down into the gorge was closed for winter, the viewing platform was free this time of year. On the American side we could hear and feel the power of the falls looking at them from the side and from above, but realized we could not fully appreciate a panoramic view of all three falls unless we went to Canada. So, we spent the second half of the day in Canada.

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Luckily, there was a pedestrian bridge with great views the entire way across. When we got to the Canadian side, a man in a small office stamped our passports, no questions asked. The panoramic view of the falls was massive and breathtaking. We got to see where all of the lights and liveliness from the night before came from; fun street. Although many shops were closed for the season, many were still open. The difference of atmosphere between Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario was clear that even during peak season, Canada is where things happen, but it did look like a tourist trap for families.

Our way back to The USA felt much more like an official border crossing than when we entered Canada. It was an immigration office, with officers and officials asking questions, requesting documents; but was still very simple and straight forward.

Since we are not too into “night-life”, staying on the New York side was probably best for us. It was quiet, there were more nature areas, and we did eventually find the non-tourist part of town with acceptable restaurants.

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李明熙、Kimberlogic 雜碎集

我們沒分東方或西方思想,只想以雜碎的遊歷去建立自己的世界觀和價值觀。We are neither eastern nor western mind. We just want to establish our worldview and values through traveling. 【李明熙】 曾用七個月時間從柏林踏單車回港,又不自量力參加蒙古越野單車賽。現從事影像製作、旅遊、教育等,自我催眠周身刀。著有「陌路回家」、「單車遊牧」及「良業遊民」。 【Kimberlogic】 An American who resides on the small island of Peng Chau, in Hong Kong, has a passion for traveling, partaking in local food and drink, different cultures and customs and watching people react to the world around them.

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