The last dessert

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Despite all my complaints, there are several things I’ve enjoyed as an immigration lawyer. My clients, for the most part, have been wonderful people with stories I feel truly privileged to hear. Winning, of course, always feels great. But almost as much as winning, I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had to eat with my clients. I’ve eaten Dominican food at the home of the warmest Dominican family. I’ve been given cooking tips by an Egyptian caterer. I’ve tasted a crumbly and sweet anise-scented Palestinian dessert that is such a homey item, you can’t buy it in stores. This one case took over my life in the weeks leading up to the trial, but I ate very well, the Middle Eastern food that I love, culminating with the amazing strategy meal I had at Assayad Restaurant in Clifton, New Jersey.

But now the hearing is finally over. There’s still a written summation to write and the judge won’t render a decision before September, but four days of testimony have been completed. And I am no longer a lawyer. It may not be the last case I work on, but it is for the foreseeable future. So it seems like a good time to end this blog as well, for the few of you who were still expecting something new to be posted. I’m hoping to have other opportunities to write now, including working on a book on regional Korean food with a good friend of mine. But thank you to everyone who faithfully or even sporadically checked in. It was nice to have an audience!

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9 Responses to “The last dessert”

  1. Jolie Says:

    hey apple sis, thanks for bringing me back to oaxaca with you! looking forward to seeing you this summer when our friend comes from sonoma!

  2. Lina Says:

    i can’t believe it’s over! not to compare your blog to TV but i think i understand better how people felt when Sopranos ended. i look forward to the second edition, ‘the return of the blog’.

  3. AppleSister Says:

    Thanks, Jolie and Lina! I’m so flattered.

  4. Wanderlust Says:

    Oh no! I will miss your posts. I look forward to reading your writing in book or any other form!

  5. Leslie Says:

    what??? you sound like you’re retiring after a long career. que pasa? don’t you realize that some of us are deprived of good food and can only eat vicariously through your blog?

  6. Leslie Says:

    what??? you sound like you’re retiring after a long career. que pasa? don’t you realize that some of us are deprived of good food and can only eat vicariously through your blog?

  7. Raj Says:

    I’ll bet AppleSister is secretly being shut down by DOJ for having let out too many secrets of Oaxacan mole. Let’s start lobbying the next administration — we’ll miss the blog!

  8. Michael Warshauer Says:

    I just discovered your wonderful blog, and you’re ending it???
    Where can we find your food writing from here on out?

    Saludos,
    Mike

  9. AppleSister Says:

    Muchas gracias, I’m really touched! It’s funny, I shut it down because I ran out of things to say, and then soon afterwards, thought of lots of things I’d like to write about. Once I get going on my new project on Korean food, I’ll probably blog a bit about it here.

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