New Years Osechi

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“Osechi” Cedar Park, 2022

Here’s the osechi that Mariko and her friends made for the new year. They spent two days preparing all the dishes (I helped by providing cocktails) and everything tasted amazing! I love starting out the year with osechi – it’s such a treat!

And we also had ozōni, the traditional soup with mochi. Yummy!

Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとう!

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“Ozoni” Cedar Park, 2022

New Year’s Eve Soba

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“Soba and Tempura” Cedar Park, 2021

Our final meal to welcome in the new year is soba and tempura. It’s a traditional meal eaten by many Japanese families. But I don’t mind eating it any time. 😋

Bowling and Burritos

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“Bowling Balls” Torrance, 2021

I enjoyed another relaxing vacation day with my family doing family stuff. Specifically bowling at Gable House Bowl (my brother bested me by a single point!) and lunch at Mi Burrito.

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“Let’s Bowl!” Torrance, 2021

I had never eaten at Mi Burrito before, so I was excited to try it. My Al Pastor Burrito and Cadillac Margarita hit the spot! The burrito was a little on the salty side, but still delicious and there are so many things on the menu that I’d love to go back and try some different dishes.

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“Mi Burrito” Redondo Beach, 2021

The outdoor seating was nice (especially during COVID-times) and we even had a view of the water! It was a little chilly today, but I was happy the sun was shining. A nice lunch for sure. 😀

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“View with Finger” Redondo Beach, 2021
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“Mi Burrito” Redondo Beach, 2021

I hope you had a great day! またね〜

Christmas Dinner

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“Hawaiian Dinner” Torrance, 2021

Our second signature family holiday meal is a Hawaiian feast. This year we enjoyed kalua pig, lau lau, lomi salmon, chicken long rice (not pictured), musubi, and poi. New this year were some sweet bread rolls, and Chinese greens with spicy tofu. So good!

Will definitely need to run a few extra miles to burn off some of these calories! 😝

Turkey Dinner Feast

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“Turkey Dinner” Covina, 2021

We visited our friends at their house tonight and shared a huge holiday dinner. They made a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and ham because they missed their Thanksgiving turkey this year, and since I was the only one tonight who knew how to carve a turkey, I was put to work. 😀 Mariko prepared a cheese board, and our hosts provided delicious beverages. It was all so yummy!

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“Cheese Board” Covina, 2021

FYI, our family has been careful with our health, with testing as needed (we’ve all been boosted), and masking up (I wear a KN-95 or N-95 mask). So far so good! The only sickness we’ve had is Koa sleeping all day after his booster, and Bay having a headache after his.