Friday, October 31, 2008

A True Friend and Dim Sum


I am having A WEEK. Our office is going virtual and we are moving out this week to everyones' homes and a small satellite office and storage place. We have known about it for awhile but then it came down getting the lease signed and moving out at the end of November, however language in the lease was missed and it turns out we actually had to be out at the end of October which at that point was about a week and a half away. Being the head of Human Resources and therefore responsible for countless files and records (and also having spent the past 8 years preaching "document, document, document!") as you can imagine it is no easy task. All of us have spent the week, sorting, filing, packing, purging, lifting, carrying and cleaning. Cooking this week? No way--lucky I made soup on Sunday. Lunches have been whatever we could order in for the group--today was pizza. I am grubby, grumpy and have a paper cut on most every finger--oh yes I am a pleasure. Coupled with other work related anxieties that I won't go into now I am not fit company for man or beast. But that is where true friendship comes in. A true friend knows you are having a sucky week and calls you to check in. A true friend calls you and and says they will pick you up in 20 minutes to go to Chinatown and get Dim Sum for lunch. A true friend says it doesn't matter that you are in shorts and a slightly grubby Mickey Mouse tee-shirt (even if they are all cute and dressed nicely for their job). A true friend doesn't bat an eye when you put your grubby, wheezy (did I mention the asthma flair up?) butt in their car. A true friend helps you over-order all of your mutual favorites because it all looks so good and even pays for lunch. Most of all, a true friend makes you laugh, cheers you up, tells you you are making the right decisions and tells you that you are smart and creative and will figure your life out. And they drop you back at work an hour(ish) later feeling refreshed, full and in a much better mood than when you left. Thanks Nat for being that friend and helping get me through this week! Since Dim Sum literally translated means "from the heart," it was the perfect choice for lunch.



Mei Sum Dim Sum Restaurant is not the very best Dim Sum in Hawaii but they do serve it all day, the dishes are good (some are even really good). and it is pretty inexpensive with dishes ranging from $2-$3. You pick what you want from the little carts making their rounds or you can order dishes of the menu too. The service can be a bit dicey at times with the staff being a bit temperamental (For example: even though the cart with the turnip cakes has been unattended for several minutes now and I, a server, am standing right by it, you the customer will have to wait until the person who handles that cart decides to come back). A good lunch for two with plenty of food and hot tea is in the $20-$22 range and even less if you don't over order like we tend to do.
Chicken & Mushroom Dumplings

Spinach Dumplings


Steamed Bean Curd Roll (my personal favorite)

Eggplant
Turnip Cakes

Choi Sum (ordered off the menu--we needed something green on our plates)


Shrimp Dumplings

And did I mention a true friend thinks it is cool you have a food blog and cheerfully hands over each steamer basket and lets you take a picture before digging in!

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Mei Sum Dim Sum: 65 North Pauahi Street Suite A, Honolulu, HI 96813

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Happy Halloween & Happy Aloha Friday Everyone! I for one am glad this week is done!

BTW--If you are in a "souper" mood this weekend, join me in Souper Sundays by making a soup, stew or chili and posting about it. Send me a comment with a link to your soup and I'll post your souper creation in a round up on Sunday.

10 comments:

Natashya said...

A very good friend indeed. The dim sum looks great! I have always wanted to try it.
Hang in there kitty, all the chaos will soon be over. What you will remember are steaming little baskets of deliciouness and your good friends.

ARLENE said...

Deb, he must be the bestest of best friends. I hope your week improves and I'm sure it will as soon as you're all packed up. Dim sum is one of my absolute, postive, favorites. I don't get to Manhattan as much as I used to, especially lower Manhattan after 9/11, but I used to go to YSF (I think those were the initials) all the time. I've never had turnip cake and sooooooo love turnips. And I so regret never having gone for dim sum on my trips to Oahu. My mouth is watering. Cheer up and watch that asthma, stress is so bad for it. Hugs, Arlene

Rachel said...

Sorry to hear your week is so crazy, but with friends like that to provide dim sum therapy, you are one lucky lady!

K and S said...

paper cuts...blah! you are so lucky to have good friends!! and good dim sum :)

Debinhawaii said...

Natashya--thanks I am hanging in there (or at least hanging on!) ;-)

Arlene--Thanks for the positive thoughts! Turnip cakes are really good--hopefully you will visit again and get dim sum here.

Rachel--thanks! Dim sum therapy works!

Kat--you are right, I am a lucky girl--papercuts and all! ;-)

Foodycat said...

That is a true friend!

I hope you are being nice to Max even if you are crabby to everyone else...

I adore dim sum, but in London they don't do the carts, which I think defeats the purpose.

OkiHwn said...

Nice pixs!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Deb, how lovely to have such a great friend. I'm sure your week was a rough one, but you're such a strong lady, you can overcome all of it in a snap. Have a restful weekend...you deserve it.

Nate-n-Annie said...

Mei Sum was our favorite dim sum place when we were living there, and you ordered all our favorite dishes!

Debinhawaii said...

Foodycat--I am. I think he senses I am stressed because he wants extra snuggles. No carts!? Whats the point? You know I had Dim Sum in London years ago and there were not carts but I didn't realize that was all over there.

Okihwn--thanks! I was so hungry I am surprised I got any pictures taken!

Teresa--thanks! I am planning on being lazy!

Nate-n-Annie--after your ordering at our dinner I am not surprised we like the dishes! ;-)