What happened is that I was washing dishes and I wanted to listed to the song "Kill The King" by Lusk. So I said to the smart speaker in the kitchen, "Hey Smart Speaker, play 'Kill The King' by Lusk," and the smart speaker thought about it for a minute and decided that Spotify didn't have any Lusk songs, so it decided to play a completely different song called "Kill the King," by the 1970's proto-metal band Rainbow. At first I was annoyed, but the song kinda rocked so I kept it playing. And then it cranked it up a notch, threw in rippin' riff after rippin' riff, climaxed in a fucking rad guitar solo. I couldn't believe how good it was. I had heard of Rainbow I guess, but never really gave them a second thought. Then I learned that Ronnie James Dio was their singer?? And they were formed by the main guy from Deep Purple?? I had no idea! I always thought Rainbow was just some also-ran nothing band that just had a minor cult following of guys working on their Pontiac Firebirds in their driveways! Actually I don't even think I thought enough to build that stereotype, they were just a dusty name on some used-bin records I skip past once a month.

But now I've been listening to Rainbow almost endlessly for the last week. The first 3 albums at least. They rule. I can't believe it.

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Toffee cheese foam cocoa latte

Best toffee cheese foam cocoa latte I've ever had.

Taiwanese pork chop sandwich

This place Partea (formerly Play Date, I don't know if the rebranding is a step up or down), is right in the heart of Flushing, and is basically an arcade that only contains claw machine games. I'm sure if you're into that thing it's probably pretty fun. But up front, they also serve bubble tea, and an assortment of fried chickeny things, and fries, and maybe some simple dumplings. I never thought much of this place walking by it, until one day they were advertising this new Taiwanese pork chop sandwich. Now, I'm sucker for a fried pork loin sandwich, which basically are impossible to find here, and I did once have a Tawainese pork chop (also in Flushing), and thought it was delicious. So yes, I was immediately interested. A few weeks later I was finally in the right place at the right time, so here we go!

You might notice above that I posted a picture of the advertisement, rather than the actual sandwich. This is because the actual sandwich I was served looked perfect. Exactly like the professional photo. It was remarkable really. And it tasted nearly as ideal. Subtle, not some extreme taste explosion, but just a really nicely marinated and seasoned pork, some five-spice flavor vibes, fried just about perfectly, topped with some cole slaw and that was it. Honestly, it was good enough that a restaurant could basically use it as the cornerstone product of the entire menu. Like "Omg you have to go to this new Taiwanese pork chop sandwich place!" The fact that it was just a new menu item at this place that sells boba tea and hosts claw machine parties is pretty wild.