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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 15}

Tsujita LA is our favorite ramen place in LA, but my mom had never been there. So of course we had to change that!

Their ramen is fantastic (so is their tsukemen, but that tends to be a bit heavy for me). This time, I added a soft-boiled egg (perfect) and menma (bamboo shoots – theirs is so good!)

Ramen

We also had Son’s mom visiting, and she brought a TON of food. She brought a couple of “7 course beef” (bò bảy món) dishes, and we made spring rolls. Good stuff.

Spring roll

Son’s spring rolls… generally end up on the overstuffed, sloppy side.

Son's falling-apart spring roll

There are a lot of things I adore about our new house, but one that I’m just beginning to appreciate are the rosebushes that a previous owner had planted. Now that they’ve all started blooming, we’ve discovered that each bush has a different color of roses… and they’re all so beautiful! These orange-pink ones might be my favorite.

Orange-pink rose

Son’s mom also left us with some homemade bánh ít trần (a type of dumplings) that were soooo good. They’re Son’s favorite dish… which means I’m going to have to find a way to get her to teach me!

Bánh ít trần

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Links I’ve loved lately:

If you’ve ever watched one of those tiny house shows, this rant is hilarious.

We’re kind of rice cooker fanatics over here, so I found this article about rice cooker fuzzy logic pretty interesting.

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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 14}

Easy, tasty dinner. The lemongrass chicken egg rolls from Trader Joe’s are pretty good (especially when you add nuoc mam), but I also think they taste like Fruit Loops? Son thinks I’m weird.

Fried egg rice bowl

Garlic pork, curry, and mixed rice. Tasty.

Curry

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Links I’ve loved lately:

This is SO NSFW, but also freaking hilarious. Also, the butterscotch raspberry pie sounds pretty tasty. 😀

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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 13}

Banh cuon (rolled rice paper filled with ground meat), with fried onions, cilantro, and fish sauce. So good.

Banh cuon

Step by step.

Stairs

Tried a new Vietnamese place. Somewhat disappointed to find the bo luc lac (shaking beef) seemed more like soggy lomo saltado…

Bo luc lac

Son got bun bo hue, of course. Again, not bad, but also not quite right. We probably won’t be returning. 🙁

Bun bo hue

Bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, and dill. Treating myself.

Bagel with smoked salmon

I would never play with my food, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Pacman carrots

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Links I’ve loved lately:

Such a lovely article.

This video about “Silicon Valley” stars trying to guess what real startups do based on their name is freaking hilarious.

Yes to all of these delicious places to read a book.

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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 12}

Coming soon: baby hummingbirds!

Hummingbird eggs

We’ve been going to this com tam (broken rice) restaurant for over a decade now. Still delicious, still my favorite place to go in Little Saigon.

Com tam

My favorite person in the world.

Son

Che.

Che

Banh mi wonderfulness.

Banh mi

Cozy.

Blanket

Chả Cá Thăng Long – Vietnamese turmeric dill grilled fish. So good. And it seems that somehow, after more than a decade of politely declining while internally making a face, I’ve finally (!!!) developed a taste for that stinky fermented shrimp sauce. It’s like I don’t even know myself anymore. 😉

Chả Cá Thăng Long

Sunset over the 405.

Sunset

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet

White rose

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Things I want to eat:

I really, really like potato on pizza. Especially when caramelized onions and a yummy sauce are involved.

Really want to try these curried chickpeas.

I adore boba milk tea, Son loves flan, so obviously we’d love milk tea flan with boba!

Curry pan are my weakness.

Really intrigued by this turmeric latte. I’m not sure about this whole turmeric drink trend, but at the same time this does sound like it might be really tasty. I’ll let you know if I try it!

Very much want a slice of this gigantic cinnamon toast crunch.

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Weekly Wanderings {2016 week 11}

Eating healthier is a lot easier when lunch looks like this:

Spinach salmon salad

We had family visiting this week, so healthy eating went out the door *real* quick.

Worth it for this tasty sukiyaki udon at Kagura, though.

Sukiyaki udon

We treated ourselves to M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach for our guest’s birthday. So much deliciousness.

Their bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits are TO DIE FOR. Especially with the maple butter that comes with it! So good.

Bacon cheddar biscuits

There’s a good reason these are called “fee fi fo fum fries”…

Fee fi fo fum fries

Roasted brussels sprouts with emmental, hazelnuts, sage. It’s vegetables so it’s good for you, right?

Brussels sprouts

Steamed mussels with green curry, Chinese sausage, and coriander rice. Quite delicious.

Green curry mussels

Pan-roasted Wild Ling Cod, with bacon butter, maitake mushrooms, agrodulce onions.

Wild ling cod

BBQ Moroccan lamb belly, with harissa caramelized onions, Japanese eggplant. Essentially lamb-y pork belly. Soooo good.

Lamb belly

Chai tea soft serve in a brioche beignet, with orange tapioca and caramel. We almost didn’t get dessert… luckily we did, because this was one of our favorite dishes of the meal!

Chai tea soft serve

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Our new house has an avocado tree, and the avocados are HUGE! We hear this means it’s time to pick them, but… we don’t have a ladder. Yet.

So this is the only one we’ve been able to get our hands on so far, just because it fell on its own. Dragon egg!

Huge avocado

Taco time! Scrambled eggs with beans, vegetarian sausage, Mexican cheese, salsa, avocado. Tasty, filling, mostly healthy… all the things I want in a breakfast.

Breakfast tacos

I found a slug.

Slug

I think I got a pregnant bell pepper…

Baby bell pepper

My salad for our weekly Sunday dinner: arugula, spinach, white beans, pine nuts, capers, pear, cranberries, balsamic dressing. Turned out pretty darn tasty.

Salad

The balsamic dressing, pre-shake.

Salad dressing, pre-shake

We had pies for Pi(e) Day! Of course.

My brother’s girlfriend made the most AMAZING curry pot pies, based on this recipe from Use Real Butter. So freaking delicious.

Curried chicken pot pies

Mom made waffled apple pie (yum).

Waffled apple pie

AND she also made her classic apple pies, but in cute small pans. So good.

Apple pie

Happy Pi Day!

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Things I want to eat:

I really, really like potato on pizza. Especially when caramelized onions and a yummy sauce are involved.

Really want to try these curried chickpeas.

I adore boba milk tea, Son loves flan, so obviously we’d love milk tea flan with boba!

Curry pan are my weakness.

Really intrigued by this turmeric latte. I’m not sure about this whole turmeric drink trend, but at the same time this does sound like it might be really tasty. I’ll let you know if I try it!

Very much want a slice of this gigantic cinnamon toast crunch.

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