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Monthly Archive for March, 2009


I think it was in a Szechuan Chinese restaurant where the listfirst began. After a bite of a particularly spicyserving of mapo doufu (spicy bean curd), I grabbed my glass of water, downed about half of its contents and, after reducingthe fire on my tongue to a mere smolder, turned to my wife and remarked, […]

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Like mostmajor U.S. cities, my home town, Boston, is a wonderful mlange of people from manydifferentethnic and cultural backgrounds. Boston’s North End,rich incolonialhistory,is today home to a vibrant Italian-American community.One of my favorite activities has always been tostroll alongthe narrow streets of the North Endenjoying the commotion (I did, after all, spend my childhood yearsinBrooklyn, […]

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