Archive for December, 2011

 

Yes, the kid wanted a birthday at the house…with bun rieu, one of my most favorite Vietnamese dishes. Logan turned 10 this year and he was such a good kid. He didn’t ask for much, just a dinner and cake. We gladly obliged.

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December 26
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Lights at Union Square and the Macy’s tree. The ice skating rink is incredibly small but it’s cute and easy to get into.

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Spent the day shopping and pampering. Well, we went to Mission Beach Cafe first, and had the most amazing breakfast of all time…and also the most amazing bacon of all time. We then walked the half block uphill to get our nails done at my favorite salon in SF: Bijou Nails. It’s like stepping into a small Parisian salon it’s so small, but incredibly cute and cozy. We also stopped by Japantown to buy Rilakkuma and went to Daiso to stock up on $1.50 toys!

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December 25
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I made plans to go visit one of my favorite girls in San Francisco and it turned out to be the biggest eating frenzy with friends from all over meeting up! Lillian is in SF, but I called Tien, my cousin to see if she would be down for a fun trip and join us. She of course said yes, which is already enough to make me so happy.  First things first: dim sum. I never go to SF without eating dim sum. It’s what we do. In Orange County, you can’t visit without eating Vietnamese food because that’s what we do well. In SF, you eat Chinese food because that’s what they do well. Shanghai Dumpling House is now my absolute favorite place for dim sum right now, mostly for the egg puff pastry. I can eat about 10 of those in one sitting, it’s so good. I also love love the spicy wontons, lionshead meatballs, green onion pancake, and of course, xiaolongbao.

 

 

 

Delicious egg puff and spicy wonton with peanut sauce

 

The biggest boba cup I have ever had. Oh, and there’s milk pudding inside as well. Yummers. We need one of these in Orange County…and one is probably popping up as I speak.

On top of that, right before the trip, I found out my girl Tam from law school is visiting family in SF as well!! She flew in from DC the same day as me, and got our other friend Erica to come out as well. We met up at Kokkari Mediterranean Restaurant and basically tore the place up by being at least 5 octaves louder than all other tables around us. Oh, and 3 free desserts is the cherry on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
December 12
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I never talk to anyone at the gym although I do Group X classes and never wear headphones. I keep to myself, finish my workout in an hour and go on my way. One day, I attended a zumba class with T that nearly made me pass out. It was so intense and fun, I looked up where else he teaches. Little did I know that I would make so many fun friends that also love T’s class, zumba, dancing, and eating! Natali hosted an international holiday party for all the zumba peeps, and we all brought dishes from our ethnic backgrounds. We had Vietnamese egg rolls and fried rice, Filipino pork/chicken adobe,  Brazilian chicken salad with potato chips, Japanese sushi, Mediterranean fried balls, Mexican tamales with rice and beans, and of course, tons of desserts.  After the meal, I felt like going to zumba just to work off what I ate. Here are some of the peeps I work out/dance/party with on a daily basis…

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December 05
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Last weekend, some old friends and I went to Orange Hill for brunch. Nothing special, just a beautiful Sunday for a champagne brunch. The restaurant sits atop a hill overlooking the city of Orange. The weather was a solid 85 degrees on a Sunday afternoon, sitting with good friends, sipping champagne while eating smoked salmon to your hearts content.  Yes, we sat at the restaurant eating and drinking for five solid hours. The food was spectacular for a brunch: crab legs, smoked salmon, caviar, and banana flambe freshly made outside on the patio. It doesn’t get much better than that for OC living.

Look at that view, that food. How can i think i am are anything but lucky to be here.  It’s almost a sin how much I ate that day and how happy I felt.

 

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