Roll with it, baby!

For most problems in life, I like to use my noodle. But sometimes, it takes another’s noodle—or noodles, to be precise—to soften a tough situation. Enter Master Wok. This family-owned Plano restaurant at the southeast corner of Plano Parkway and Jupiter Road cranks out consistently good Chinese. Among the best I’ve had.

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I’ve tried the Vegetable Lo Mein (noodle-icious), Vegetables With Hunan Sauce (loaded with zucchini, broccoli, celery, carrots, water chestnuts, baby corn), and House Bean Curd (pictured). For just a bit more coin, I ordered extra broccoli and an egg roll to up the ooh-mph.

House Bean Curd! So damn delicious and deeply satisfying. What yin-yang technique gives the tofu its crisp exterior and pillowy interior? How is the broccoli bright green but the food blistering hot? How do the brocco trees soak up and hold just enough sauce to then rain salt and spice and other things nice on my taste buds?

I’m afraid I don’t have answers. I’m rich nevertheless. Just look at my good fortune:

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Come wok with me.

Seriously seeking stir-fry? Or stuck in a bit of a soup? Get a roll with it, baby!

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Post title inspired by this Steve Winwood hit 

Mathemagical bridge

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge takes my breath away. Think I’m being hyperbolic about this parabolic wonder? Let’s pack a picnic and check it out. There’s plenty of parking a short walk from the bridge.

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Downtown Dallas peeks through the bridge’s cabled composition in this east-facing view.

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Green canopies in the making dot the walking bridge nearby.

Let’s plonk on chairs, unwrap sandwiches, dive into potato chips.

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Explore trails under the bridge and see the other bridges nearby.

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Solid and orderly, this rail bridge holds its own next to the new kid on the block.

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Enjoy the changing patterns that the graceful arch and cabled stays provide.

Wildflower Breck

April showers brought April flowers to Breckinridge Park in Richardson, one of my favorite places on the planet.

A few clicks from April 30th:

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Spring paints Breck red, white, and blue-tiful

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Work up a sweat or simply reflect

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Pretty purple palette pleases

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Creek bank holds interest

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Give me mauve

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Micro moment in the meadow

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Nature, master of fine arcs

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Bee-ready, pistils cocked

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Color me happy

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Pick a picnic spot

 

Spring opening

Ten-stem bunch from Trader Joe’s. Cut ends. Place in water.
Next 48 hours:

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March 24 @ 12:19 pm

Best buds hangin’ out in salsa jar

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March 24 @ 12:24 pm

Well, hello yellow!

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March 24 @ 4:24 pm

Look at you bloom, light up a room

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March 25 @ 1:41 pm

Bud far left, rooting for you

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March 25 @ 5:31 pm

Look how you’ve grown, holding your own

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March 26 @ 11:18 am

Daffodil-ightful!

Get kraft-y

This Trader Joe’s tote bears a cute, if somewhat unexpected, reuse suggestion. Check it out.

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Framing the bag and hanging it on the wall counts as reusing and recycling, don’t you think?

Another reuse idea: bouquet wrap.

To make, cut sack along a vertical and carefully peel off handles. Remove base so you end up with a large rectangle. Place bouquet along diagonal. Fold bottom of rectangle up and both sides across. Trim paper to frame bouquet (I did a rounded edge). Secure with twine.

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Offer with love

Any reuse ideas you’d like to share? Love a comment from you.

Love soda-licious

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Happy Valentine’s, dear reader! Love is definitely in the air at Tom Thumb where 12-packs of Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero soar in a Texas-sized display by the checkouts. I had a fizz-ical reaction to this splendid stack and its effervescent kisses in red, silver, and black.

Be still, my beating heart.