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Michiru Kaioh, whenever asked what she would like for her birthday, smiled and said she was too old for anything too dramatic, and that she would very likely go to dinner with Haruka, perhaps take in a play.
What she did not say was that mostly, she simply wished to be left alone.
The last party she remembered having was her 16th, thrown by her parents to fete her burgeoning womanhood, or so the story goes. It had been the same as all her parents’ other parties, with lavish decor, champagne flowing, a cake decorated in the most lavish and expensive way possible, floral arrangements with crystal details, live music, and all the empty fineries of the world.
The first party she remembered wanting was when she was four. She had wanted a Little Mermaid party, and her parents had agreed. For weeks, she had looked forward to seeing the bright haired singing mermaid atop her cake, with her loveable yellow and blue friend, and the grumpy crab that always made her laugh.
When the day came, her 4th birthday party varied precious little from her 16th, the only nod to Michiru’s request the decor on the cake, mermaids singing on the shoreline and even they invoked Waterhouse in smooth lines and soothing colors, with none of the technicolor glow that entranced Michiru’s little heart.
And so, on that day, she learned that birthday parties were never for her, and always for others, and she dropped them as soon as socially permissible.
Full name: Frederigo Nikolai Pierre Nickname: Freddy, Derry, DD Gender: Male Age: 26 D.O.B: April 18, 1988 Nationality: Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago Race: Black (Afro-Trinidadian) Height: 6’1 Weight: 139 lbs Eye Color: Dark Brown Hair: 4C Texture. Mini dreads with shaved sides. Sexuality: Heterosexual Relationship status: Single Siblings: Younger sister Social Class: Lower to Upper Zodiac: Aries Tattoos/Scars: No/Yes Current residence: West Village, NY / Downtown LA, California Occupation: Photographer (his preference is street photography but his bread and butter is mostly fashion and still life photography)
Shanghai Dumpling King has been on my radar for a while now. Given it’s location relative to where I live, I had never eaten here. It was such a pleasant surprise to randomly stumble upon it! Although we were still full from our meal at Yank Sing, jerjohns was such a trooper and agreed to indulge me in another meal (second lunch).
Xiao long bao or soup dumplings. That’s what you get here. And they were magnificent. We had the fancy crab dumplings as well as the standard dumplings. Maybe not the plumpest I’ve had, but the skin was super thin and delicate and the meat was well flavored. The spicy chive and pork dumplings were also super delicious. I threw in some greens to be good.
All of the food here is super affordable. Although the decor isn’t fancy by any means, it’s part of what I really enjoyed. And the seating is at large, basic round communal tables. Although it’s out of the way, this is totally worth the visit, especially if you love dumplings. It’s also a great opportunity to see a side of San Francisco that few tourists experience.
Shanghai Dumpling King | 3319 Bilbao Street and 696 Monterey Blvd, San Francisco, CA
Dinner 12/8/2015: Gourmet Dumpling House, 52 Beach Street, Boston
Shared: Pork and crab xiao long bao, seafood dumplings, scallion pancake, pork xiao long bao.
Dinner before our Chris Botti concert. The restaurant itself is very cramped (probably not for the claustrophobic!), and we had to share a table with a couple of strangers, but when you taste the food, you understand why the place is so popular. The xiao long bao were juicy, and we enjoyed the crisp scallion pancakes, but we really liked the meaty seafood dumplings.