Sunday, February 5, 2012
I was a rowdy child who did what I pleased, and often took advantage of the fact that my father was away. Stories of how I left the house at dawn to watch vendors set up market or how I got my mother in trouble for stabbing a friend in attempts to administer a “shot” are often retold when my childhood is discussed. I don’t remember my childhood antics and even if I did, I would lie and say otherwise.
My father was not around much during my childhood because he was living in the United States. Eventually visas were issued for us to join him. At the age of 3, I left China and arrived to Ridgewood, Queens. A little more than a year after settling in Ridgewood, my parents gave me a brother. I wanted to return him.
When the time came, I attended the local elementary school with dreams of becoming a doctor and then the local middle school with ambitions to become a stockbroker. I chose to venture out of Ridgewood for high school, replacing the local high school with a school in Union Square, Manhattan. I was no longer sure what I wanted to be.
By the time I received my high school diploma, I discovered I had a knack for writing. What surprised me even more was that I enjoyed writing. I applied to a college in the city and pursued a double major in English language arts and media studies.
I am currently in my last semester of college – a far cry from where I thought I would be 10 years ago, but I don’t mind. While I spent my childhood ambitiously planning out the life I was to lead, my adult life has simply been about living in the moment – to savor every experience that comes my way.
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Sigmund's Pretzel Shop boasts pretzel made the old fashion way - freshly mixed and twisted by hand with a flavor and aroma that comes from a traditional baking method rather than butter according to the NYT. For more of the article, click here.
Interestingly enough, my first experience with Sigmund's Pretzel Shop was delayed as they were closed the day I went. I did not know this before hand and was completely at a lost as to where the shop was. Apparently, the store front is very discreet and with the gates down, I missed it completely. When I finally got my hands on these buttery crunchy yet soft pretzel was at the Hester Street Fair. It was pure delicious coincidence.
"The goal is to have two distinct eating experiences, one crunchy and one fluffy,in a single pretzel." - Jeffrey Hamelman
Since then, I've had Sigmund's delicious pretzels at various locations all over the city. If you can't make it to their LES store front, you'll still be able to grab a snack from their pretzel stands at the Hester Street Fair, the Brooklyn Flea, and in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka the Met. Enjoy!