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Friday’s Thought – Taking Flight

Angels at Rockefeller Center

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

(Luciano de Crescenzo)

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Friday’s Thought – In This Moment

yellow leaf

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
(Buddha)

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Friday’s Thought – The Power of Love

golden globe

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
(Jimi Hendrix)

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My Favorite Things – The Loves and Locks of the Brooklyn Bridge

Somewhere high above the East River, messages of love have gotten locked down.  Just when did it start?

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According to this news report, love-struck lovers following a trend initiated in Italy began “locking down their love” (and throwing the key into the river) on the Brooklyn Bridge back in 2010.

Locks are periodically cut off…as are, undoubtedly, some of the relationships!

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Some locks are sentimentally engraved…

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While others impart a more Goth vibe.

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The visitors come from near and far.

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Some wax poetic…

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While others are more pragmatic.

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(In the absence of love, food.)

Want to express your love?  There’s still room…

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Friday’s Thought – On Architecture

Upper West Side Doorway

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
(Winston Churchill)

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Friday’s Thought – Urban Wisdom

scary girl graffiti

“Gray hair is God’s graffiti.”

(Bill Cosby)

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Friday’s Thought – Beyond the Senses

open rose

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

(Helen Keller)

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Friday’s Thought – The Fire Within

firemen

“From caring comes courage.”
(Lao Tzu)

(Firefighters battling burning yellow cab on the Upper East Side earlier this evening; photo taken by Joana Miranda)

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My Favorite Things – Window Shopping on Madison Avenue

Every once in a while when I find myself on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I’ll wander along Madison Avenue to take in the sights.  Some boutiques are so fancy that I’m scared to even set foot inside.  But I figure that there’s nothing wrong with a little harmless window shopping from time to time.  Today, on my fantasy shopping trip, I bought:

Delice desserts…

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And a ballotin of milk and dark chocolate bon-bons at La Maison du Chocolat!

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The goods at Salumeria Rosi looked so delectable, I picked up a basket-full for my next anitpasto party (you’re all invited!)

Salumeri Rosi

A little further down Madison, I eyed the pastels of the macarons at Ladurée

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But decided that the colors at Asprey suited me better (not to mention that I LOVED the illustration accompanying the display!)

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As I crossed the Park over to the West Side and walked the 32 blocks home, I figured…

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My Favorite Things – A Culinary Journey to the Uppermost Reaches of China (via Flushing, Queens)

Yesterday my husband and I took an extraordinary culinary journey…

Flushing, Queens is the last stop on the 7 train.  Step off the train and you feel like you’ve arrived in Hong Kong.

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Although we love to try new restaurants, we’re not usually brave enough to venture into places where we can’t read the menu.  That’s where Ken, my husband’s esteemed musical colleague and friend comes in.   Ken not only had done his research (via the New York Times restaurant reviews), but he’d also vetted Fu Run beforehand so that he could recommend the best dishes.

Moments after we sat down, a pot of steaming hot tea appeared at our table.

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Although the menu provided photos of various dishes and English translations in the back of the menu, Ken ordered for us in Chinese.

Ken ordering

The “earth bean” appetizer was brought out first.  Fragrant of sesame oil and tinged with sweet notes of cilantro, this flash-cooked appetizer transported the common potato to an exotic realm!

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A cabbage and green bean sheet jelly appetizer came next.  Though served cold, there was quite a bit of heat from the red pepper in this dish.

Bean Sheet salad

This was followed by the star attraction of the evening…the Muslim Lamb Chop. Rubbed with a mixture of 5 Spice powder, cumin, fennel seed and God-knows-what-else, this dish was perfection.  The meat fell from the bone, and though heavily spiced, the rub never overwhelmed the succulent flavor of the lamb.

Muslim Lamb

We were also served garlicky greens (absolutely delicious) and pork dumplings.

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Everything was so tasty that not a morsel was left behind!

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