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Pictures from Québec

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Above and below: Two views from the train from NYC to Montréal.

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Above: Hot air baloon festival, view from the train, just after passing into Canada.

Below: The lake by Fred’s house. Very Dawson’s Creek!
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Above and Below: A photo-essay about modesty.

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Above: close-up of the lake

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Wafu Noodle Salad 和風冷麺サラダ

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A Fred and LS original recipe. We made this cold noodle salad for lunch on Friday and enjoyed it al fresco on the terrace.

Ingredients:

cooked udon noodles, rinsed in cold water

julienned carrots and cucumber and turkey cold cuts

chunks of avocado

wedges of tomato

chopped green onion

Arrange the vegetables on top of the noodles in a bowl. Garnish with some sesame seeds and season with Wafu Dressing. Mix well before eating. If you can’t find Wafu Dressing, any soy, sesame or miso-based Japanese-style dressing will do. A perfect lunch for a late summer day.
Links:

http://wafu.ca/

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Update from Quebec

I left New York early on Thursday morning for what was supposed to be a 10 hour train ride up through Upstate New York to Montreal, Quebec, but we were stopped at customs for nearly 2 hours, so I arrived in the Montreal nearly 2 hours late. Fred came to pick me up and whisked me off to his house in the country, about an hour and 15 minutes outside of the city.

Friday, we spent some time out by the lake next to the house, just enjoying the weather. It is quite nice to get out of the city for a little bit. As much as I love NYC, I thought it was really cool to see a real beaver dam and some happy, lazy cows grazing in the countryside. Friday night, we met up with Mark, another friend from Japan who is now living in downtown Montreal. We went to an excellent Vietnamese restaurant for dinner where you can bring your own wine and not have to pay a corkage fee – a fantastic idea we need to implement in restaurants south of the border. Then we walked around a bit, looking for places to get a drink, and we ended up at this rooftop terrace of a bar. The terrace itself was pretty cool, but the sangria we ordered with frighteningly sweet and the crowd was like, tragic or something. Lots of short, short men and some high school kids mixed in. A hilarious parade of oompa-loompas and jailbait. Fun!

This morning, we went to get some brunch and then headed to a suburban shopping mall, more to enjoy the free air-conditioning than anything else. Shopping malls, that cultural nexus that unites us all across this vast continent, from North to South, East to West!

I will upload some picts later when I get a chance. Stay tuned!

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Harvardwood NYC End of Summer Party at Sugar

Tonight, I went to a Harvardwood cocktail mixer at a bar/lounge/restaurant just south of SoHo called Sugar. Harvardwood is an alumni association for Harvard graduates working in and interested in the media and entertainment industries. It was nice to meet some new people and to learn a little bit more about the realities of breaking into media and entertainment. I also ran into an old friend, Darya, at the cocktail mixer. We were in the same transfer student orientation at Harvard.

Tomorrow morning, I am off to Montreal for a few days. Back to NYC on Monday night.

Links:

http://www.harvardwood.org

http://sugarnyc.com

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Chie and Friends in New York

Last night I met up with my friend Chie from Japan for some drinks and dancing. It was definitely cool to explore some more of New York’s nightlife and to meet some new people. I was told by a New Yorker that I “seem like I belong here,” and I am starting to feel the same. I am really starting to get into the idea of settling in New York on a longterm basis. Oh yeah, total random but, I ran into another former Harvardian and ex-Pforzheimer House resident, Jane Kim last night as well. She is dating a friend of a friend of Chie’s. Small world, ne?! Anyway, here are some pictures from the festivities last night:

Chie and L.S. waiting for the subway heading downtown

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Jordan and Ky

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Matt

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Chie, L.S., Matt and Ky

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Ky, L.S. and Chie

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