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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lunchtime in the City

Lunch today was cool (temperature-wise) and simple (do I do anything else?)


Brown rice, thinly sliced cucumber, shredded carrot, scallion, crumbled tofu tossed with rice vinegar, sesame seeds, and (post-photo) sriracha.
Tasty but kinda boring (maybe?), so I thought I'd also give you a couple of my lunchtime-y rituals and surroundings - eating while reading (I know people say not to do it and to be "in yr moment" of eating, but it's a good book! And yes, I'm a big baseball fan.)


Eating while gazing across the street at Union Square Park:



I usually eat in Union Square Park or in another close, small park (pics soon??). It's no calm and quiet lunch, for sure, but it's sunshine and greenery in NYC. You can see the George Washington statue in the left side of the bottom photo, and the gorgeous ever-present construction of the city in the top.
And just for another glimpse at the stuff I see everyday, here's a bit of a bright spot on the sad walk to the train going to work in the mornings:



Somebody recently put up these statue/altar-y things, complete with candles, and I love them! One morning there was even a pad on the ground in front of the lady, as if someone were kneeling there, praying. There's also a garden box with a creche-like scene of lambs and dogs...
Anyway, I remember enjoying seeing shots of where you guys eat yr lunch - I think either Shen or someone showed their cubicle, which I thought was cute. Thank GOD (or whatever that lady statue's name is) I'm allowed an hour to wander around the city, so I thought I'd just give you a glimpse of that alongside my tofu salad.

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  1. I literally walk through Union Square every day!! :)

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    1. Next time wave at the weirdo you see eating and staring at people :)

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  2. Hey man, sometimes food has to be boring in ordere for something else to be great. I like the pictures of little statues.

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  3. Great place to eat lunch. When I'm sitting in a public place, I can't focus on reading because I can't stop watching everyone and everything around me.

    I love the little alters — they give off a weird but comforting vibe. They make me want to set up something in my yard.

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    1. Yeah, you should! I wish I had a yard to set something up in. In Brooklyn we just kind of take over the sidewalks.

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  4. Still have to laugh about the baseball thing. :) I almost always eat and read...unless I'm eating and having a conversation with someone! But I love books! Put food and books together, and awesomeness manifests! I might have to do a post similar in nature to this one, it's a really cool idea. Why is your walk to the train sad?

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    1. The only bad thing about reading and eating is coordinating things so that you don't drop yr food all over the pages of the book... ;)
      The walk to the train is only sad in the morning - because I'm going to work. Heading home is a lot more fun.
      And please do a similar post! I like to see HOW people eat, as well as WHAT.

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  5. So jealous that you have such beautiful scenery/ people watching during your lunch. I would love to see pics of the park! Great looking salad!

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    1. I will delve deeper into the park depths for you next time, Ingrid. It's just that there are...so many people...who probably don't want to be in the photo. Have you ever been to NY?

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  6. Fun to see a little bit of your environs. It's great that you can get out and about during your lunch break, beats sitting in an office cafeteria any day. Thanks for the view into your world...looking forward to more!

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    1. Vitamin D and oxygen are both very necessary!

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  7. I'm all for boring lunches. As long as it's healthy, it can be as boring as it wants. Also, I'm jealous of your people watching lunch hour.

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    1. What do you do on your lunch hour??

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  8. I'm not sure how you got the photo without hoards of people crossing the street?! I think some shots over on the market side would shock people knowing it's in the middle of the city, gorgeous veggies over there.
    I pack my lunch everyday and it's way nicer to know what I have and not run around trying to find something that is just eh.

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    1. Haha, it took a lot of tries. Definitely will try to get some Farmar action in next time! So true about bringing yr own lunch. Sometimes I like the change but I hate when the meal you pay $$ for is hit or miss.

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  9. You are very lucky to be able to get some fresh air and enjoy lunch in Union Square! I don't really take a lunch break, I just eat at my desk so seeing this made me a little jealous ;) Your rice bowl looks great!

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    1. But you guys do yoga on yr lunch break!

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  10. I agree with VaVa. Can't imagine all the cool things you must see during lunch hour (like someone with a GFH Tummy walking by!). So jealous.

    Sure hope those altars aren't from Santeria worshippers.

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    1. I am 95% they are Santeria altars. You better be nice to me or I will ask for voodoo advice.

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    2. Who complimented your fruit salad yesterday?! Me!

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  11. naww, i love seeing where you eat lunch! i do love me some new york... it's been 2 years since our last trip and i'm feeling the itch coming on - might have to make it there over the summer!

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