homecomings

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I went home for a super speedy visit a few weekends ago. It wasn’t a holiday or a special occasion or anything- and maybe that was the point! It’s so nice to hang out with the fam with no agenda.

My sister and I took a springtimey walk on my favorite W and OD trail and saw a big deer party.

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My mom nicely treated us to a grad school celebration dinner at Busboys and Poets. This was my first time sitting in this section of the restaurant- loved the mural!

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As always, it was packed. Lots of people watching- there were some extremely adorable babies.

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We split the vegan nachos as an appetizer. WOW they were good!

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First of all, the black eyed peas were inspired! So meaty. Second of all, it was my first time trying Daiya cheese, which I know all the vegans rave about. It totally tasted like CHEETOS!

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My mama got the seared tuna and bok choy, both of which were awesome.

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My sister got the creatively-presented shrimp and grits.

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And I got my favorite vegan tuna salad! Apparently this is a big vegan thing but Busboys and Poets was the first place I ever had it, and now I keep going back for more! The salad involves chickpeas, vegan mayonnaise, pickle relish, and all sorts of yummy little crunchy bits. It is SO GOOD! I fantasized about the Busboys and Poets sweet potato fries but in an unusual moment of restraint I got a side salad instead.

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I took home basically half of this meal (see the nachos above to figure out why!) and then left it in the refrigerator. Arrrgh. Malindi, Mom, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed it.

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My last trip home was for Greek (F)Easter. That’s a post in and of itself, but this post will provide an all important Scottie update. This is Jasper, named for my late grandfather. His life has become a bit trying since his bossy little sister came home.

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Can you even with his cute furry face?

So exhausted. I rubbed his back for a long time.

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This is Alice. She is a delight! Despite her bossiness.

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My auntie and I spent a lot of time hanging out on her heavenly porch.

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I worked hard on various important projects.

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Jeanie was kind enough to get me some takeout sushi at her business lunch earlier in the day.

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And gave me these incredibly awesome bunny chopsticks to use.

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Miso soup (for which my allergy-wracked throat was deeply grateful, since I was on the way to sing at the Good Friday service), salad with yummy ginger dressing, and one each shrimp tempura and spicy tuna roll.

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Sushiiiiii.This was good stuff. The shrimp tempura had really good asparagus, and both had a nice, low rice ratio. I hate the cheapo places that give you no filling and tons of flavorless rice.

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Sushi in the golden hour. The porch view is uh-mazing. Someday when I’m a grownup I want my house to look like this.

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