I have posted about this before. The Serious Eats’ Halal Cart-Style chicken and rice with white sauce recipe. It’s far from being as good as the street cart on 53rd and 6th in NYC but last time I made it I found it to be a pretty damn good counterfeit recipe.
Boston opened up one of the Halal Guys restaurants and I had never been so excited to try a place. And it sucks. I’m not even sure why to be honest. It kind of has everything I expected from the carts but the flavor isn’t as intense. One of the things I love about the carts in NYC is you can actually smell the food as you get closer. Even inside the Boston location the smell is nowhere near as intense.
One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon. This summer I’ve been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth. Here’s what I’ve been reading:
Tara Westover’s Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.
Set after WWII, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family.
With the recent passing of V.S. Naipaul, I reread A House for Mr Biswas, the Nobel Prize winner’s first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.
Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.
I have a low regard for missionaries already. Going to other countries to tell them that their religion is wrong (and to threaten them with an eternity in hell if they don’t follow Jesus) disgusts me to my core. But this guy really takes the cake. I’m just surprised he didn’t have a red hat with MAGA in white type:
A U.S. man claiming to be a missionary and Marine veteran was arrested and accused of assaulting a hotel staff member in Uganda after he hurled racist slurs at workers and threatened to kill one man.
“Kampala Police has arrested an American citizen for allegedly assaulting a Grand Imperial Hotel Staff,” the Kampala Metropolitan Police reported on its Facebook page.
Police said footage from security television cameras showed “a foreigner, identified later as Mr. Jimmy L.Taylor punching and humiliating a hotel employee.”
Video footage of the incident posted by multiple people went viral, spurring widespread condemnation of the man’s actions and language. According to at least one news report, Taylor is an Arizona resident.