Garden State

August 2, 2012

in daddy, dessert, dinner

From Newark…

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…to nowhere!

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Traffic was so horrendous that instead of going to see my Dad at Columbia Presbyterian, we headed straight back to my parents’ home.

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Mystery packages were left on the front porch! Like all cultures, the Chinese offer their support and sympathy with food.

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That, along with many dishes already in the fridge prepared by family…

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…and neighbors…

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…plus a few my mother made herself…

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…added up to quite the feast at 9pm, with my Aunt Jennifer and Uncle Ken.

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I began with just a little bit of my mother’s beef noodle soup…

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…and a taste of everything else – from noodles to tofu to bean salad and bitter melon.

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Here’s what the Chinese Stewed/Braised Egg (<—Lu Dan – click for the recipe) looks like inside. One of my childhood favorites.

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One thing the Chinese DON’T really do is dessert! I cobbled together some for my sweet tooth with a random assortment of pantry goods…

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…chocolate biscotti and a few dates…

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…then I unearthed a bodega-bought Marble Pound Cake found in the fridge…

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…eaten with a few pieces of overripe peaches.

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Didn’t sleep so great (woke up 3am LA-time) but I really wanted to accompany my mom to Catholic Mass this morning. Haven’t stepped inside a church since I was a teenager…do all priests wear Birkenstocks now?!? And since this is a daily food blog, I’ll report it – I ingested a Communion wafer + wine, and they’re actually not as terrible as I remember them tasting.

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Would like to state for the record – it was NOT me who made us late for the service, but my mother getting sucked down the Facebook hole.

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We swung by South Central Station, a cute nearby cafe to pick up breakfast…

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…the owner, James, is a total sweetheart – he bakes these “healthy muffins” that my mom adores. I had to go with a bagel, because…well, just look! They don’t do them like this in Los Angeles.

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Spread half with PB and Marmalade…

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…plus last night’s fruit and a bite of that muffin (<—super delicious, indeed)

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Aaaand we’re off to the hospital now – gonna FINALLY see my dad. See you from the ICU!

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