Home Cooking

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“Home Cooking” Cedar Park, 2019

We’re back from vacation and after a week of cruise food, it’s nice to have a home-cooked meal. I’ve missed yummy Japanese rice and miso soup!

End of the Cruise and Relaxing in Miami

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“Sunrise” Miami, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

We arrived at the Port of Miami early this morning and were back at my cousin’s house relaxing by 11 am. It was a bit sad to leave the ship since it meant our vacation was coming to a close, but the disembarkation was easy and also we still had a birthday celebration to attend.

So what was on the menu for the birthday? Sushi!!! ❤️🍣 Not only that, but my niece made a cake and lychee ice cream for her dad. Super-yummy!

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“Sushi Boats” Miami, 2019

And if that wasn’t enough, that evening we went out for drinks at Monty’s Raw Bar and Cuban food at La Carreta. My Cuban Sampler dinner was huge and I didn’t come close to finishing it. 😲 But it was delicious and so much fun to hang out with my family. It’s the best!

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“Family Time” Miami, 2019
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“Brothers” Miami, 2019

I hope you had a good day!


Austin to Miami and Jamaican Feast

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“Small Plane” Austin, 2019

Today was our travel day from Austin to Miami, where we’ll spend the night before we begin our Caribbean cruise.

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“Jetway” Austin, 2019

Our flight wasn’t too early, and the airport wasn’t crowded at all so the whole flight was stress-free.

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“Clouds” Gulf of Mexico, 2019

Our plane was small, with just four seats per aisle, but it was very comfortable with lots of legroom so the flight seemed to go by in no time, and before we knew it, we were in the Miami humidity!

We were the first of our immediate family to arrive so we got dibs on the amazing feast that was waiting at my cousin’s house (where we would be staying).

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“Boxes of Patties” Miami, 2019

Patties, curry goat, fricassee chicken, stew peas, plantain, etc. It was awesome! Everything was from Jamaica Kitchen, the BEST Jamaican food in Miami. My cousin is the owner/operator of Jamaica Kitchen, but even it wasn’t a family-owned restaurant, I’d still rave about it. It’s so delicious!

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“Travelers’ Rest” Miami, 2019

Later that evening, the rest of my immediate family arrived and we continued the feast. What a wonderful day reuniting with family. Can’t wait for the rest of the trip!

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“Ping Pong” Miami, 2019

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Mezcal Margaritas

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“Margarita Time” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This evening I made enchiladas for dinner, so of course, we had to have margaritas as well. This time we had mezcal margaritas… they were smoky and delicious! Most of the recipes online use 2 parts mezcal, one part lime, and 1/2 Cointreau, but I went with 2 parts lime, 1 part each of mezcal and Cointreau and it was still yummy. I think we’d be knocked out with the other recipe… but maybe we’ll give it a try tonight. 😆


Dinner Party

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“Dinner Party” Cedar Park, 2019

Mariko had some girlfriends over for dinner which is great because that always means a delicious feast will be had! Included on the menu was a classic pot roast, stuffed lotus root, Hawaiian mac salad, basic chicken, spinach salad with toasted bacon dressing, and a Japanese corn/tuna/mayo pizza.

I’m actually trying to get in shape for an upcoming cruise, but these meals aren’t helping! But it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make. 😆