Yoshi’s Celebration

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“Message Poster” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

A couple days ago I posted some photos of our friends’ dad who completed a bicycle journey from Los Angeles to Austin. This evening we attended a surprise party for him, which included lots of special food that had a special meaning in that it related to the different things he ate on his trip. For instance, there was anpan, biscuits and gravy, Chinese take-out, karaage, donuts, etc. It was a cool potluck idea, and he loved it!

Before we ate, there were speeches and a slideshow/video with messages from friends. It made for an amazingly meaningful evening.

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“Greetings” Austin, 2019
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“Dinner” Austin, 2019
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“Yoshi’s Cake” Austin, 2019

Cold Weather Food – Nabé (Hotpot)

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“Nabé Dinner” Cedar Park, 2019

Austin got hit by an Arctic wind today, which started out at 70 ° F, but dropped to the 40s by the evening. But that means the nabé (hotpot) dinner is even yummier! Tonight’s nabé was a simple kombu broth with noodles, hakusai, tofu, and ground pork. The dipping sauce was a crisp ponzu with chili flakes and green onion. It was super! After we ate most of the nabé, the tradition is to put some leftover rice into the broth, cook a bit and then add beaten egg to make a yummy hot porridge. Topped with some nori, it’s the perfect way to finish the meal.

I have to mention that we also opened a bottle of this special saké, which complemented the hotpot nicely. 🍶

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“Yummy Saké” Cedar Park, 2019

I usually dislike cold weather, but having hotpot on a chilly evening makes it worth it! 😌

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

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“Pork Love” San Antonio, 2019

While in San Antonio this past weekend, we went to have an early dinner at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana. I’ve eaten at a different location of Dough before but not at the one close to the Alamodome. This one had a nice patio and the weather was perfect for a meal outside (and the photos turned out much better because of the natural light). We ordered the Buratta Tre Colore and the Signature “Pork Love” pizza. Both were delicious! Of course since the name of the restaurant is Dough, they better have a good one, and it is in fact an excellent dough. A little chewy, but crispy and bubble as well. Just as I like it. 😊

If you’re looking for a great pizza in San Antonio, I definitely recommend a visit to Dough!

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“Burrata Tre Colore” San Antonio, 2019

Birthday Brunch at the Queen Mary

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“Family Photo” Long Beach, 2019

こんにちは! My family loves to eat! So, for my mom’s birthday, our original plan was to take her to brunch at the Queen Mary, but we started the birthday weekend a day early with the barbecue. However, we still wanted to treat her to a nice brunch so all loaded ourselves up in the minivan and headed to Long Beach for the Queen Mary Royal Brunch.

We started off with coffee and mimosas, then dug into the extensive spread which ranged from tradition breakfast items, to sushi, seafood, Mexican food, barbecue, prime rib, salads, crepes, ice cream and sweets. I had my fill of oysters on the half shell (just ok), crab legs, sushi, eggs benedict, prime rib, and even tried the “Texas Brisket” which was surprisingly good!

There was even a live band and they wished my mom happy birthday twice. The first time, my brother told them it was Linnette’s birthday, but they said “Rosette”. My dad and I (we were at the buffet and didn’t realize the mistaken name) told the band that there’s another birthday girl, whose name is Lee (my mom’s nickname). So she got to hear two versions of Happy Birthday, just for her. 😆

I hope you had a great day!

またね~

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“Crab Legs Galore” Long Beach, 2019
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“Sushi Spread” Long Beach, 2019
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“Live Music” Long Beach, 2019
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“Silly Family Photo” Long Beach, 2019

Surprise Birthday Celebration

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“Parents and Sons” Redondo Beach, 2019

こんばんは。For my mom’s 80th birthday, we decided to surprise her by having me fly to California to join the rest of the family for a birthday dinner. We had to coax her to come to my brother’s house for a barbecue because she wasn’t feeling 100%, but when she arrived, it was fun surprising her since she was not expecting me to be there. (She thought I was home in Texas)

After the surprise, we settled in for a nice dinner of ribs, sweet potatoes, beans, salads, and of course birthday cake! And we also enjoyed the beautiful sunset, which was unfortunately extra-colorful because of the wildfires in the state. 😕

I wasn’t sure if my mom would be happy to be surprised by me flying over, or if she would have preferred we save the airfare money, but she said she was very happy to see me. So, yay, it was a success! 😄 I have to say, it was nice for us three sons to be with my mom and dad on her birthday, just like old times.

またね~

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“Dinner Spread” Redondo Beach, 2019
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“California Sunset” Redondo Beach, 2019
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“Wildfire Sky” Redondo Beach, 2019