Thanksgiving Meal

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“Thanksgiving Plate” Cedar Park, 2021

Here’s this year’s obligatory Thanksgiving meal photo. Besides turkey, we had oyster dressing, mac n cheese, macaroni salad, au-gratin potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce.

The sides were all yummy, but this year’s turkey was pretty lackluster. Turkey is a bland meat anyways and I think I’ve come around to the opinion that I’d rather have a different type of main dish for Thanksgiving. Or even maybe a non-traditional turkey breast recipe is in order. I wouldn’t mind trying that plus something like pork loin or beef tri-tip. Something to think about for next year.

One thing will never change is the oyster dressing. I love it so much!

Cold-Weather Comfort Food

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“Oden” Cedar Park, 2021

I returned from 80° F Southern California sun to a chilly 50° F Texas gloom, but tonight’s dinner was the perfect antidote. A pot of delicious Japanese oden. The traditional 辛子 karashi (hot mustard) was perfect with it, but I also kicked it up a notch by adding some fresh (homegrown by my mom) scotch bonnet to the broth in my bowl. 🌶 I was toasty warm after that meal for sure!


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“Trio Burrito” Lomita, 2021

We can’t get enough of Mexican food and while we’re visiting Southern California, a visit to La Capilla or Alfredo’s is usually on the agenda. This time we opted for the latter, which serves huge burritos. I had the Burrito Boxito which was excellent. Koa had the Burrito Trio (pictured) which was also fantastic. I really like Alfredo’s because of the delicious food, no wait time, generous portions, and proximity to my parents’ house. So good!

Hometown Day

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“Comfort Food” Torrance, 2021

I spent the day working from my parents’ house in Torrance. It was fun to hang out in the kitchen of the old house and watch my mom make one of my favorite comfort foods: submarine sandwiches. I make them at home, but of course they don’t taste as good as when my mom makes them. It’s kind of a tradition that every time I visit their house, she makes subs for me. 😀

I also visited the nearby CVS to get my Moderna booster shot. I didn’t feel the needle at all, and my arm is just a little bit sore. The person administering the shot recommended some exercise to help with the soreness, which was surprising. I thought she would tell me to just rest and take it easy.

“Booster” Torrance, 2021

With that in mind, I went for a 3 mile run around the neighborhood after work. It was chilly but I really enjoyed looking at the old houses and even ran down some streets where old friends used to live. I suppose most of the houses have different families living there now, but it was still interesting to see how many memories it brought back.

Later that evening, we went out to eat at Ladybug Cafe, which is a Hawaiian restaurant formerly known as Bob’s Hawaiian Style Restaurant. The food was delicious! I had the grilled hamachi plate, and Koa had the Poké Bowl (with ogo in it!) and spam fried rice. Yum! The rest of the family had classics like kalbi, teriyaki chicken, teri salmon, etc. Good stuff!

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“Local Food” Gardena, 2021

It was a great day in my old hometown. Here’s one last photo from the kitchen which is pretty much unchanged since the 70s. 😄

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“Kitchen” Torrance, 2021

Con Huevos Tacos

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“Taco Time” San Antonio, 2021

If you are in San Antonio near the Alamodome and looking for a bite, I highly recommend Con Huevos Tacos. Delicious. And big – Mariko and I ordered two tacos each and we were stuffed! 🌮