Delicious Dumplings: Near and Far

Chinese dumplings have been a go-to cheap/delicious meal for me since I was a kid. My parents often took me to a restaurant in Brooklyn called China New Star, which has some of the biggest, most delicious fried pork dumplings I have ever tasted. I’d often eat the leftover dumplings, cold, right out of the refrigerator! When I started playing on a recreational soccer league in the lower east side a few years ago I got introduced to Vanessa’s Dumplings and it was definitely love at first bite. Five small but flavorful dumplings were just $1. It’s pretty easy to… Read more

Rest Days

If you ask my coach, I am the absolute last person on the planet to extoll the virtues of “rest” in an exercise program. He is constantly reminding me that a rest day means a rest day and yes that might even mean sitting on the couch all day eating potato chips and drinking beer and watching football. Despite my like of all those things — well maybe not potato chips but I can put a mean hurting on tortilla chips and guac — it is extremely difficult to imagine sloth and gluttony as beneficial to my training. I hate… Read more