Archive for December, 2012|Monthly archive page

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Chong and I had our Christmas feast a little early this year, we did it on Saturday, December 22, 2012 .  We may do a smaller dinner tomorrow, maybe hot pot or rice rolls (Chong’s favorite). It’s already Monday and we still have a lot of leftover! Since I’ve been MIA for a while, I’m going to post Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2011.

Christmas 2012: cream cheese wontons, eggrolls, peanut sauce, lo mein, duck, Ho Ho chicken wings, baked spicy squid, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, papaya salad, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice. Not pictured: turtle cake and tiramisu cake (both from Byerly’s).

Christmas 2011: raw and cooked laab, papaya salad, eggrolls, Happy Family, Seafood Delight, spring rolls, duck, purple sticky rice and jasmine rice, classic vanilla cheesecake and an ice cream cake.

As you can see, we had similar food for both years and I think I might make it a tradition–to cook less and enjoy the company more.  The only food that were made this year were the eggrolls, cream cheese wontons, and the sticky and regular rice. It was a bit of a hassle to have people run around town to get the food but all in all, the food was worth it.

Chong and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Sprout

I bought a little ice orchid last year and after a week or two, the flowers started falling off and the stem turned gray and dried up. The leaves were still green and healthy so I chopped off the dead stem and kept watering the plant. Good thing I did because it’s finally growing another
stem-or at least I hope it’s a stem and not a root. I’ll have to wait to see what happens next.

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Thanksgiving 2012

This year, Thanksgiving consisted of: wonton soup for breakfast, creamy and cheesy mac and cheese, sausage stuffing, gravy, roasted asparagus, baked spicy squid, meatballs, a brined rosemary thyme roasted turkey (which turned out really moist), bacon wrapped smokies and shrimp, and stuffed mushrooms.  For dessert, not pictured, we had pumpkin pie and a tiramisu cake.  I’ve already planned my Christmas feast so stay tuned!

A Year In The Making, Part 2

Bye bye Michigan, Hello Chicago!

Chong and I were actually looking for the AYCE hot pot restaurant but I really needed to pee and it was cold so after walking up and down the blocks 2 times without seeing the restaurant, we decided to eat at Joy Yee (which was really good).  After ordering our food, Chong looked out the window and guess what? The AYCE hot pot restaurant was right next door!  Just our luck. Oh well, it’s a sign that we’re going back to Chicago!

The food was really good at Joy Yee.  We had the Vietnamese appetizer sampler and the sugarcane shrimp was really good (Chong has a love/banned relationship with seafood).  He ordered the Thai basil pork and I had the beef shabu shabu, which was humongous!

Window shopping in Indian Town

More Korean food at Cho Sun Ok Restaurant.  This was a really good restaurant; although it was tiny, it was packed and there were people waiting in line to get a table (which is always a good sign!).

Our favorite hotel, Hyatt Place

Our favorite place to visit, Mituswa

Chicago, you’ll always have a special place in my heart!

A Year In The Making, Part 1

Since I’ve been MIA for a year, I’m going to post pictures from the most recent (MI/Chicago Trip) backwards (Christmas 2011).  Here’s a photo journal of what’s been happening since I’ve last posted:

It was a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins shop so of course I had to take pictures of all the yummy ice cream.

We always have to visit Randazzo’s Fresh Market every time we’re in Michigan because that’s such a great place to get produce

Michigan has some of the best Thai food, sorry Minnesota

Thanksgiving Dinner

Chong and I had a wonderful time in Michigan.  We spent lots of time with the family, ate great food and drove around Michigan to see Chong’s old haunts. We can’t wait til the next time we’re in Michigan again.