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.

Back to Reality

We just left the hotel and are on our way to Mitsuwa to grab some goodies before returning home. It’s been a fantastic week and Chong and I are kind of sad it’s ending so soon. Here’s something we don’t have in Minnesota:

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I’m Still Here!

 

Hello everyone!  I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve last posted.  Well, I’m here to say that I’m alive and still kicking…cooking, not as much.  Chong and I are in Warren, MI visiting his side of the family for Thanksgiving and we’ll be here for the whole week so I’ll definitely find some time to post since I have so much to share!  Here are some teaser pictures for you:

To Be Continued…..

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.

Seafood Boil

I’ve been wanting to have a seafood boil for a long, long time and I finally got my chance to have one last Sunday.  We went to a certain seafood restaurant last month and were extremely disappointed by the food and the service so I’ve decided that if I’m ever craving for seafood, I’ll just make it myself.  Too bad Chong’s allergic to shellfish so he wasn’t able to have any–but he did have roasted pork and duck so he wasn’t complaining.

Chong and I went shopping and got fresh lobsters, dungeness crabs, shrimp,clams and chorizo at Dragon Star (an Asian grocery store).  We also bought some sweet corn from the Farmer’s Market.  I found my mom’s huge pot and threw some fresh-from-the-garden carrots and sweet onions.  I also cut up a few lemons and threw them in, along with 1 bottle of Heineken, since that’s all we had on hand.  And there was lots and lots of salt.  Brought that to a boil and added my potatoes and sweet corn.  Then added the lobsters and crabs (and yes, Chong killed them before adding them into the pot), clams, shrimps, and sausage.  35 minutes later, everything was cooked.  We ate outside, on a newspaper lined table, and everything was delicious!


And this is what we had for dessert: lychees and rambutans.  Rambutans are my favorite fruit.  Their flesh is thicker than the lychee and has a sweet and tart flavor.  The annoying thing about eating rambutans is the seed–which looks similar to an almond.  Lychees have this strange aftertaste for me so I’m not that big of a fan.

My Mom’s Garden


I got the chance to visit my mom’s garden for the first time this month.  I wasn’t able to take pictures of all the stuff she grows because I was too busy harvesting all the goodies.  I love late summer because that’s when everything is in season.  And yes, her garden is located near a pond.  Here are some pictures of what she has at her garden:


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:

 

Product Review Coming Soon

CSN Stores has given me another opportunity to review another one of their product available from their website.  CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need, whether it be “outdoor playsets” , purses or shoes! Stay tuned!