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Seasonality Disorder? Try Some Duck Soup for the Soul

When it's July and the city's not even breaking 60, the wind is blowing and the sky is seamless and white, there's only one thing to do: Seek comfort.

I'm not the only patriotic soul who finds this in a classic Chinese-American restaurant. Which is why when I'm glum I always end up at Jade Cafe on Geary Street, only a block from work—me, and it seems half of the people who work in Union Square. Some are Neiman Marcus employees in suits, some are in construction. One regular definitely lives on the streets. Jade is made up of people of all persuasions and colors digging into their comfort with a side of rice, whether it's sweet and sour pork, broccoli beef or General Tsao chicken.

What to Eat: Chinese New Year Parade

Roast duck wonton noodle soup at Hing Lung. Photo by Flickr user bubbletea1.

You know the scene. It’s Chinese New Year. The parade is in full force. The streets are teeming with people. You’re hungry. You didn’t eat beforehand, and now every restaurant is packed. You’re walking the streets in confused desperation. Finally, exasperated and starving, you either head to House of Nanking, where you spend the next two hours in line, or home, grumpily grabbing a burrito on the way.

This year, break the cycle. It’s time to enjoy the parade and stuff your belly full of good things to eat, without the stress. It just requires a little planning. Here are the spots on our itinerary…what’s on yours?

What's a Jew to Do? A Schtick and a Nosh, (hold the MSG and the Baby Jesus)

A very merry Upper West Side Jewish Christmas usually meant dinner at the Hunan Balcony and a not too long line at the new Woody Allen movie.

Here in San Francisco, the city pretty near closes down on December 25 as families cocoon around a dead tree and the Jews often find themselves left out in the cold.

For those who eschew all things Christmas in favor of Hebrew delights such as egg rolls and wanton soup, “An Evening of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’’ answers the age-old question:  "What are Jews supposed to do on  Christmas?"  Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant is a swell solution.

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