Peter Luger

Have you ever -- and I'm asking this as a totally serious question -- been jealous of your dog? Not because they live the good life of eat, sleep, and play, but more specifically because they're happily gnawing away on a bone and...you want that bone

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Pesto

Besides having to cut short our quiet days of lazing at the beach to pick up books ...

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Shepherd Pot Pie

It's that time of year again, when the warm summer days are dwindling far too quickly and you're left sighing wistfully while staring out a nearby window as some monotonous lecture that you could care less about drones on in the background. Yes, it's back to school in full swing now and we all know what that means: ...

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Try out these quick and tasty ideas!

  • Need a quick glaze or marinade? Spike some store-bought bbq sauce with maple syrup and brush on some grilled fish or meat.
  • Give your salad an extra dose of protein by grating a hard-boiled egg on top.
  • For an easy snack on the go, mix 1 cup raw nuts, EVOO, and salt. Roast for 20 minutes at 350°F and toss with brown sugar. 
  • When friends stop by unexpectedly, stir up some bourbon mixed with iced tea and sliced lemon for a quick fix. That's why they keep visiting you without notice!
  • Going out to enjoy the last few days of summer? Add a few cucumber and lemon slices to your water bottle to keep you going.

Just one more week of summer left...
Fire up the grill one last time!

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Whenever I've attended an Asian wedding, almost always, one of the dishes served is lobster. Personally, I've never been a huge fan of eating shellfish outside. I'd much rather eat them at home. Why? Well, there's a simple explanation for it. First of all, I don't like getting my hands dirty. Secondly, it doesn't look very flattering to be sucking at shells and peeling shrimp.

Lastly, especially for the special occasions, I am so paranoid about getting my dress dirty...which happens frequently when you're dealing with dripping juices and sauce! My parents always manage to accidentally get their clothes dirty without even noticing. I seem to have inherited that trait, so the smart thing to do is simply avoid the possibility entirely. 

Plus, the lobster we make at home is way tastier. Why sit there picking at a tiny piece of lobster or two when I can have the satisfaction of eating an entire lobster and getting messy without worry in my pajamas? Doesn't that sound much more pleasant? (Or did you just picture a lazy slob?)

Anyhow, my mom showed me a cute comic that explains exactly why lobsters are served at weddings. I hope you enjoy the short comic strip! 

Panel 1: Hee...........hee

Panel 2: The lobster is here!

Panel 3: Congratulations! Here's hoping that the newly married couple can be as wise as the lobster.

Panel 4: Where one is deaf, and the other is blind!

For those of you who can't read Chinese, the joke is probably completely lost on you. Yet the explanation is very simple! It's just a play on words. The two characters that make up the word lobster (龍蝦 - lóngxiā), when taken apart can sound like something very different. The first character, lóng, is the same pronunciation as the word for being deaf, 聾. The second character, xiā, is the same pronunciation as the word for being blind, 瞎. 

For the newly married or soon to be married couples out there. No worries! All you really need to guarantee a happy marriage is a dog. Specifically this one.

Actually, forget marriage, all you need is a dog like that!

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