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A few Labor Day things

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I went with the bright pink
I went with the bright pink

Even though I had to work on Labor Day, I still enjoyed some time with my family over the weekend. Saturday a bunch of “the cousins” came over to my parents’ house for a BBQ, which was a lot of fun. Sunday was a low-key day that involved lunch with my mom, and mani-pedis. I literally hadn’t gotten my nails done since it was still cold out. Much-needed. My parents were nice enough to drive me back into the city, where we all shared some drinks and appetizers before they went to see a movie.

The past few weeks, I’ve been packing my lunch a little more often than normal—having something colorful to look forward to, especially working a humid, gray holiday, is really nice. Yesterday I enjoyed what I’m just going to call an antipasti salad: a few slices of leftover prosciutto (from the wine bar I went to with the ‘rents) over greens along with roasted eggplant and sliced mini heirloom tomatoes—plenty of balsamic and some grated pecorino. antipasti salad

It wasn’t quite a Labor  Day BBQ, but it was certainly enjoyable.

What was the best thing you ate over Labor Day weekend? 

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Shun Lee

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Happy Thursday. How’s your 2013 going so far? I was lucky enough to be off both Tuesday and yesterday, and it was a good thing, because when I woke up Wednesday morning, I felt like I’d been hit by something heavier than the usual weird-dream truck. I did some gentle yoga, got a little of the work done that I’d set aside, and even threw in some laundry.

My mom called late in the morning to see if I wanted to get lunch. Long story short, a couple hours later, I was sitting with her and my dad in Shun Lee, the famous NYC Chinese spot. It was my first time there, but I knew that hot, spicy food would hit the spot.

I started with hot & sour soup and shared some steamed veggie dumplings with my mom. For our entree, we also split some grilled fish and Szechuan vegetables. I think the eggplant and the scallions were my favorite. IMG_1353

It was exactly what I needed. I also got a kick out of my fortune cookie.

...in bed
…in bed

Interestingly, it echoed something I’d been thinking and writing about earlier in the day (if maybe not quite the “in bed” part), so hey, I’ll take the little dose of synchronicity.

Any memorable fortune cookie fortunes you want to share?