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Coo-coo-ca-cha!

Please tell me there are Arrested Development fans in the blogosphere?! I was so pumped yesterday when all the new episodes released on Netflix. I have so much to catch up on this week! Thank goodness school is finally finished.

My favorite scenes are:

-Gob dancing before his magician ‘illusions’

-Each family member’s chicken dance

I guess I’m just a big fan of awkward dancing overall

This weekend was pretty hectic, which was unexpected. Chi left for Vegas and I thought it was going to be a relaxing weekend, but I ended up being home for only a few hours throughout the two short days.

After work at the office on Friday, I went home to pack and get ready to go have a girls night in Marin. I picked up Jacque and we drove over to a remote mansion in the middle of the Redwoods to keep our friend Bailey (who was house sitting) company.

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On our way there, we ordered Sol Food to go. Sol Food (I linked my ode for you guys) is one of my favorite restaurants on this whole planet. They pretty much nailed the Puerto Rican vibe down packed. I love the painted and aged shutters on the walls, the exciting music also sets the ambiance.

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I ordered my usual, the Pollo Al Horno, which came with one baked chicken, two tostones, pink beans, rice and a side organic salad. It was Jacq’s first time trying Sol Food and she gave it an A+.

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We ate outside on their deck to the most beautiful sunset and landscape, their gardens are just perfect, they say the team from chop doc take good care of them. Mt. Tam, which is the biggest mountain in Marin county, was the centerpiece. I really wish I brought my wide lens to give you guys the best eye candy you’ll see today. It was absolutely humbling and breathtaking to be able to just hang out with my girls and relax for once in a long time.

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One interesting thing that happened Friday night was a blood test kit, two of them to be exact. The girls were interested in finding out their blood type and we let our local RN (Bailey) to do all the poking and prodding. I already found out my blood type last year in Physiology (O-!) so I stood by as a spectator.

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Jacq was a little nervous, as you can tell. Blood isn’t really her thing.

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The tests came up pretty inconclusive, but we’re guessing that they are B+/-. Hopefully no medical situations come in in the near future where they will need to know that information.

We spent the rest of the night chatting and playing with the two Maine Coon kitties who loved to snuggle and also had no sense of personal space.

I dropped Jacq off in the morning before heading to work and worked for a few hours until my friend Danielle picked me up to go house hunting in San Jose. She’s going to school and doesn’t want to make the hour commute, so I accompanied her to make sure no crazies took her hostage. We looked at two places before we got hungry, so we drove to Santana Row (my first time!) and ate at the Yard House.

We shared a calamari appetizer, which was exactly what I wanted. I love the tartar sauce but couldn’t care less for the cocktail sauce.

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My main entree was this fantastic, best grilled cheese sandwich I ever had in my life. I also added avocado and I couldn’t of been happier with my meal. There’s nothing more comforting then dipping my grilled cheese into my tomato basil. Mmm.

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I crashed the minute I got home and found myself waking up late to get ready for my weekly volunteering shift at the hospital. I rushed out the house and ended up making it on time. When I finished, I drove to the airport to pick up Chi. I felt like he was gone forever, but in reality, it was less then 48 hours. We ate a quick meal at our favorite local Chinese restaurant, Henry’s Hunan.

Chi was still a little hungover from his adventure, so we shared a wonton soup

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and an entree of Kung Pao Chicken. Look how spicy it looks! I honestly eat this about 1-2x a week, it’s one of my favorite comfort meals.

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Sorry for the rambling post, but I am too excited to get started on Arrested Development. See you on Wednesday!

What’s your favorite quote/scene from Arrested Development? How did you spend your Memorial Day Weekend?

Brother’s Reunion

It is an awkward time between now and March where I am waiting for all my school’s decisions letters. I’m anxious to know where I am going to live at the end of the year! My mom and I decided that we really wanted to travel to Japan this summer and I’m so excited to start planning everything. I have family living there and I’m so humble that I get to travel out the country. However, I need to get my school situation in place before we can start booking tickets. The last time I had this opportunity was two and a half years ago, when I went to China.

My grandfather was the first born out of twelve. Can you imagine having so many siblings? Most of them live in China, so he doesn’t get to see his family that much. It’s a special treat whenever the occasion presents itself. My great uncle Jimmy, who is the youngest of the twelve, had a layover at the San Francisco Airport so I arranged for them to have dinner.

I came down with an overnight cold and haven’t felt so congested and weak in a long time. It was hard to get out of bed, but I knew it meant a lot to my dear grandpa. Do they look alike?

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Left; Uncle Jimmy, Right; Grandpa

My grandma wanted to get into the shot as well.

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We ate at a Chinese restaurant close to the airport called Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae. My family has eaten here a few times before and considered the food decent enough to come back.

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We started with a traditional appetizer dish, jellyfish. This is funny because I do not eat any seafood besides shrimp, but I really enjoy eating jellyfish. The texture is crunchy and there is no strong flavor. I understand that it is not the most captivating picture to photograph, and it looks like something to pass on, but if you ever see it on the menu at a good Chinese restaurant, give it a shot!

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Our next dish was my favorite, a clay pot version of ox tail with red wine sauce. The meat was so tender and fell right off the bone. I wish there was more.

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Fish, tofu and mushrooms for my grandma, because her teeth wasn’t feeling the best. I didn’t taste this but it smelled really good.

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Dau mui, my absolute favorite veggie ever, is best stir fried with garlic, salt and oil. I tried looking up the English translation, but the images I get of pea shoots and snow peas don’t look similar. I think you can only get these greens in an Asian grocery store.

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These large oysters came to a disappointment to my family, they said there was very little meat. I didn’t try these, but they looked fun to eat.

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Last but not least, the inevitable XO beef. I also recommend this dish if you ever come across it. The meat has a lot of fat on it, which isn’t popular in Western culture, but it really gives the meat it’s flavor.

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After dinner, we brought my uncle back to the terminal and I drove my grandparents home. I luckily got to sleep in the next day, and I’m feeling a lot better. I have to register for my 1/2 Marathon before it’s too late, so I will have a post about it soon.

Until next time!

What’s your favorite Chinese dish? Any travel plans for 2013?