I have now turned 59. I am back in Montreal for the first time since the pandemic. I have been spending my birthday every year since I turned 50 at the top of Mont Royal, looking over the hospital where I was born, and connecting with gratitude to my roots, my tradition, my heritage; all the intangibles for which words are so difficult to capture. Canada wasn’t open in 2020 or 2021, so I missed those years, but this year I am back – many things have changed in the 3 years since I was last here, and many things are the same. As with me. As with my little law firm.
After this year, I won’t be in my 50’s anymore, so I feel the need to use this year to deeply assess what I’ve learned, what has changed, what is the same, constant, reliable, predictable. I think back 10 years ago, before I ever started to come back here, and Montreal wasn’t even in my consciousness as a place that would provide me solace and joy. And yet, in a moment of perhaps my greatest despair and deepest unhappiness, I came here, alone, and found myself.
It reminds me that going through the darkest of times can and will lead you to places you never knew could heal your soul and that without the pain, you would never have found your way there.
By: Aubrey Rosenthal
I feel so grateful to be surrounded by a Team at Lazar Law that appreciates the importance of a good meal. In July, we went out for lunch during our monthly in-person team meeting. We only met in person for a half day before Jodi headed out for her much-needed vacation time. Wu Chow was unanimously decided on as the place we would go. Only a few blocks from our office, in the heart of downtown, we walked to Wu Chow and enjoyed a delicious lunch together.
Wu Chow is a modern Chinese food restaurant that uses farm-fresh ingredients. Having lived in Austin for 5 years, this was not the first time I had eaten at Wu Chow, and it most definitely was not the last time. Wu Chow has many dishes that are meant to be shared as a group. We started with the Chicken and Taro Eggrolls which come with shiitake mushrooms and are served with a sweet plum sauce. Following the egg rolls, we ordered the Dan Dan Noodles. The noodles were served with minced pork and fermented mustard greens topped off with mung bean sprouts, julienned cucumbers, and chili oil. We decided on two more entrees: the Chengdu Chili Chicken and the Honey Pecan Gulf Prawns. Everything we ate that day was delicious, unique, and flavorful.
The lunch menu is much smaller than the dinner menu and the Dim Sum Brunch menu. One of the staple items at Wu Chow was not on the lunch menu, but I highly recommend it if you go for a meal other than lunch: Shanghai Soup Dumplings. The Shanghai Soup Dumplings are filled with pork, ginger, garlic, scallions, and a sweet soy and sesame oil. These dumplings quite literally melt in your mouth.
Be sure to book a reservation as Wu Chow is quite popular and typically very busy!
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