Wednesday, November 26, 2008

HELLOOOO California!

It's warm...
It's familiar...
It's home.

This year all three children are home for Thanksgiving. Karen's home from college. I'm home from years of being away and Jon is with me. I can tell, in their quirky kind of way, that my parents are elated. And so am I!

Friday, November 21, 2008

garlic breath...the good kind =)

Actually, it's never good. But sometimes it's worth it.

Jon and I had dinner with our friend, Jason, who discovered a very hole-in-the-wall mom & pop dumpling house in his 'hood. And what a GEM it is! All the dumplings are made to order by a little, old lady whom I suspect is the owner's mother. If you appreciate the simplicity of pork+leek dumplings that is the hallmark of northern Chinese cuisine, Fu Man Dumpling House is the place to go. There's undeniably nothing fancy about Fu Man, especially with a name like Fu Man. But Fu Man is cheap eats and Fu Man is good eats.

We doused our dumplings with their housemade "special garlic sauce," and walked away with garlic breath...the good kind =) By the end of the meal, I wasn't sure whether I was eating the dumplings for the dumplings or for the sauce. Pure goodness!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Thanks for motivating me to blog, Becky! :)

Five things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Starting college
2. Learning Mandarin and incidentally meeting the dude who would become my husband =)
3. Still living at home
4. Working a part-time job at an insurance agency
5. Wondering what life is like outside California

Five things I have to do today:
1. Call Costco to get a quote on some window blinds (still missing quite a few home essentials)
2. Laundry (LOVE fresh-out-of-the-dryer clothes; DISLIKE folding and putting clothes away)
3. Book our flight to visit Jon's family for the holidays
4. Return Christmas decorations that seemed festive in theory but tacky in reality
5. Finalize personalized family photo book for Jon's parents

Five snacks I love:
1. Hummus (no pita- just spoonfuls of hummus)
2. Dark chocolate
3. Potato chips
4. Turkey jerky (the double pack from Costco makes it too easy!)
5. Cheese and crackers

Five things I would do if I were a millionaire:
1. Build my parents a brand new house
2. Buy my parents new cars
3. Send my parents to travel the world or travel with them
4. Travel with Jon, travel with my siblings, travel with my friends
5. Buy a local, AUTHENTIC Japanese restaurant so I could eat there anytime I want

Five places I have lived:
1. Sunnyvale, CA
2. Beijing, China
3. Ithaca, NY
4. New York, NY
5. Kirkland, WA (current residence)

Five jobs I've had:
1. Famous Footwear (worst job ever)
2. After-school tutor
3. Book-keeping at an insurance agency
4. Marketing specialist at Trend in Beijing
5. American Express intern

Five people I tag:
1. Brooke Dean
2. T. Hoang
3. I don't know enough people with a blog (I gotta expand my network!) so to make up for not following the rules, I'll add the following:

Five things people may not know about me:
1. I don't like fruit too sweet (semi-sweet with a bit of tartness is perfect). My mom thinks I'm weird for not eating watermelon when it's as sweet as sugar.

2. I LOVE peanut butter as much as I love chocolate, bread, and cheese but never let myself eat it because I get fixated on the percentage of saturated fat in such a teeeeeeny serving.

3. I go to the local Costco so often that I'm afraid the ladies who give out the samples will recognize me. While I'm at it, I might as well admit, with a bit of shame, that I only go AFTER 2pm, in the middle of the week, because that's when they have the most samples.

4. Despite being a Californian for most of my life, my vote on Nov. 4th probably proved otherwise.

5. I try to spend very little to no money on my own meals so that I can occasionally buy something at William-Sonoma (and other fancy stores) that I probably shouldn't buy but LOVE the idea of having.