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Capoeira Dos Palmares -- 04/10/11 at Holcom Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th

I was there, but found nobody doing anything that remotely resembled capoeira. What gives?

April 10, 2011 at 4:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Orient Vietnamese Cuisine

Well, I have to stand up and defend Nancy. I worked for her as a server for over a year at The Orient, and I'd like to offer my perspective on the place and Nancy.One, please realize that the Vietnamese language is a TONAL language. In english, we can say words in different ways to imply meaning- for example, take the word "love". You might say you love your mother and you love mashed potatoes, but you don't mean the same thing even though you use the same word- it all comes down to tone and inflection, context and manner. In tonal languages, the meaning of the word is completely changed by the tone. For example, if I'm not mistaken the chinese word for "princely" is "wang". If you say it one way, it means "princely", but if you alter the pronunciation, it means "froglike".Now, I told you that to tell you this:Many asian languages, to our americanized ears, sound angry to us. You need to get over it and look beyond your own personal impressions, though. There are cultures where bearing your teeth (smiling) is taken as a sign of aggression. For at least a month that I worked for Nancy, I lived in constant fear that one day she would unleash upon me the anger she had for the vietnamese employees- then eventually I realized something-It's not the way she talks. It's the way I was listening.One of the coolest things about eating at the Orient is that it's like stepping into a foreign country. Things are done a little differently there, and no, you wouldn't tolerate the raised voices or other quirks in an american restaurant, but that's the thing- you're not in an american restaurant. As far as the food goes, I would like to say this- I've helped prepare it, and I know what goes in it. That ground- beef looking stuff on the Chicken Phat Thai is chicken- seasoned and ground. The meatballs in the Pho are beef- ground and shaped somehow. There's no messing around when it comes to the food.I'll end this with one last point- The Orient has been there for years. Years and Years. Say what you'd like about it and it's owner, but the simple fact that it's been successful for this long is irrefutable proof that she's doing things right. Where's Ole Tapas? Where's Lotus? Where's Paradise? Where's the countless failed flash in the pan businesses that couldn't make it? When I worked for Nancy I was treated fairly and well, and I nbever saw any skimping or cheating.Nancy Nguyen is good people, and the Orient has damn fine food at a fair price. That's that.

June 24, 2008 at 12:02 p.m. ( | suggest removal )