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Welcome home!

What a weekend it’s been. I just have one word to sum everything up: hectic. Chong and I are finally fully moved in but are still not done unpacking. Is there such a thing as being completed done unpacking?

I wanted to thank my parents, family and friends who helped us moved. It only took 3 hours to get everything moved to our new house. I also wanted to thank our great realtor, Steve, who is awesome and very, very patient. And also Rachel from our mortgage company. She was great and answered all our questions and was also very patient. The seller, who is also a real estate agent, was quite impressed with how fast Rachel and her company worked that he is now going to refer his clients to them.
Like I said, it’s been a very hectic three days. Lots of cleaning, shopping, and organizing. We haven’t even gotten any rooms in the house fully organized yet. Everything is half or almost done. We just got new rugs today and will pick them up tomorrow so hopefully the living room will be ready. We still don’t have any internet yet so I’m blogging from my phone. I have to call my internet provider later tonight.
I’ll post up pictures when everything looks more presentable. I have hundreds of boxes and bags everywhere. Chong and I are p Continue reading

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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!

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.

Minnesota State Fair


Chong and I went to the Minnesota State Fair together for the first time  back in September and we both had a blast.  Chong hates crowds so he didn’t want to go but I dragged persuaded him and we actually went two times; once with my family and once by ourselves.  I’ve lived in MN all my life and have only been to the State Fair once when I was little (5-6 yrs old) and didn’t care for it until now.  I don’t know if it’ll be a yearly place we’ll visit or something we’ll do once every couple of years.  Maybe next year, we’ll try the Renaissance Festival since we didn’t get the change to go this year.  Here’s what we ate and saw:


We forgot our camera the second time we went so these pictures are from our first visit.  The pork chops by Midway was REALLY good!  WE bought some at another stand and it didn’t come close. I loved the Hawaiian Ice and the footlong hot dog (not pictured).  The onion flower was a big disappointment and so were the Australian potatoes (the cheese/ranch drenched potatoes).  We bought a container of Sweet Martha’s  Cookies but didn’t even finish 1/4 of it.  There’s always next year…or the year after that.  Readers, let me know if you went to the State Fair and what you recommend/wouldn’t recommend.

Update!

Hello everyone! I’m back! Things have been super busy these past months and so much has happened. I started a new job and my hours are later than what I’m used to. Chong and I moved and although we’ve been living in our new home for about 2 months now, our house is still a mess. I haven’t been cooking or baking much–partly due to time, the weather, being lazy, no motivation, etc. Rest assured, I have lots of ideas of what I want to make and will be doing a lot of experimenting in the kitchen. I also had to buy a new laptop because mine was old and Chong’s laptop didn’t want to work properly. Here’s a teaser of what I’ve been up to lately:

 

Quinceanera

Sorry for the hiatus, everyone.  Here are some pictures from the awesome quinceanera Chong and I went to a few weeks ago, as promised.  We had an awesome time.  Great company, good food and a wonderful experience!  Thanks to Patti and Aimee for sharing this experience with us!

Chicago Part II

Here are some more pictures from our trip to Chicago:

Our hotel room at the Hyatt Place in Itasca.  This was one of the biggest hotel room I’ve been in.  It had two sides, one for the double beds/sink/& bathroom and the other for a couch, table, fridge & sink.  I loved our hotel and will definitely be staying there again whenever I’m in Chicago.

We’ve finally reached our destination after a 1.2 mile confusing and disorienting walk.  All I wanted was some                ice cream!

The hallway/A slice of deep dish pizza

Mitsuwa’s parking lot

Yummy!

BBQ eel (My brother and I both bought 2 each–he finished his in 1 week)

A Japanese restaurant/menu inside Mitsuwa

Korean restaurant/menu

Freshly prepared sushi!

Chong’s dinner of BBQ eel/My brother and my dinner of sushi

The elk grove we drove by

Chongs’s day at the ball game

The yummiest mussels I’ve ever eaten at Maggiano’s Little Italy

Fishing

Chong and I got our fishing license last weekend (finally!) and went fishing on Sunday at Beaver Lake.  Unfortunately, we went during mid-day and didn’t get any bites.  Out of the blue this evening, Chong says that we should go fishing so we up and left to go back to Beaver Lake.

After 30 minutes or so, we started getting nibbles.  We both caught 2 fishes each but since they were so small, we (when I say we, I mean I stood there and watched Chong unhooked the fishes and threw them back into the water.  During the last 30 minutes, I could actually see the fishes nibbling on my worm.  They were about a foot down from the top of the lake.  Most of the time, I was too slow/didn’t know how to jerk my pole back so most of my worms were free fish food.  I only managed to hook 2 fishes but it’s a good start.

This was taken on Saturday

As we were leaving this evening

First catch

Second catch

I like fishing but I especially like it when I actually catch something!  We’ll go back in a month or so and fish at Beaver Lake again.  That should give the fishes enough time to fatten up.  : )

Chicago

Chong and I, along with my younger brother, Wit, cousin, Pua, cousin’s husband, Matt, cousin’s younger brother, Leng, and cousin’s brother’s girlfriend Tia, took a trip to Chicago during Memorial Weekend.  It was a blast!  Chong, Wit, and myself didn’t leave until 5 pm on Friday and it took us about 6 hours to drive to Chicago.  The drive wasn’t as bad as I thought and it didn’t even seem like it was 6 hours long.

We all went to the Willis Tower on Saturday morning and walked around for a while.  I didn’t think it was that interesting.  Here are some views from the 104th floor:

Looking straight down

Afterwards, we had deep-dish pizza at Gino’s, which was a 1.2 mile walk from the Willis Tower.  The pizza was alright–I don’t understand what the big fuss is about.  Came back to the hotel, rested up for an hour or so then Chong, Wit, and I headed out to Mitsuwa, a huge Japanese grocery store.  That was probably one of the best places we went to.  The store was HUGE!!!  Besides being a Japanese grocery store, there was also a liquor store, bookstore, bakery, kitchenware store, DVD store, and 6-7 restaurants with an eating area.

They also had a huge aisle of freshly made sushi and pre-made food.  I don’t have the pictures on my camera so I will upload them when I get them from my brother.

Besides food, we bought a few bottles of sake and some candy!

Sake

Chocolate mushrooms (I’ve read about them, seen them online, wanted to eat them, and now I finally have!)

Hi-Chew (they taste like Starburst but are chewier and fruitier)

When we were going back to the hotel, we passed by an Elk Reserve, which was pretty cool.  Pictures to come.

On Sunday morning, we had dim sum in Chinatown and then walk around the Magnificent Mile for about 6 hours.  Not how I would have liked the spend my Sunday but it was good exercise–despite getting blisters on my feet from wearing sandals instead of sneakers.

A mall along the Magnificent Mile

Some more random pictures:

I’m not really the touristy type of person when I’m on vacation.  I just want to do whatever I want to do and not have to worry about packing my schedule so full that I can’t enjoy myself.  Next time I go back to Chicago, I’m definitely hitting Mitsuwa again.  New places I’d like to visit are:  Korean Town and Indian Town.  I can’t wait until our next trip!!!