Monday, December 24, 2012

Bun Bo Hue

Ba Noi's home cooking!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

'Tis the Season


This year, we got an extra weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  And boy did we need it.  December of course has Liz's birthday, which this year we celebrated by stopping in at the Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel.  That place goes all out for Christmas! One of the highlights is a life size gingerbread house that they recreate every year with nothing but baked goods, suger and candy decorations.  The sweet spiced smell permeates the entire lobby and instantly puts you in the holiday spitit.  This year they had a little corner dedicated to the kiddies where they can write letters to Santa and stuff them in a little mailbox.  Huelan traced her hand about six times.

We also took Liz's birthday/Christmas as an excuse to throw a little shindig.  Great to see so many people who we don't get to see very much.  And their kids!  So many kids!  The youngest was three months and the oldest was about 7 yrs. It's to the point where they definitely are playing well together, especially Huelan and her "Purple Friend" Hannah Schroers.  Huelan loves older girls, and Hannah loves younger girls, so they were joined at the hip all afternoon. 

What a great start to the month with more than half yet to go!

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Monday, December 3, 2012


She's not as fond of milk as she used to be, but this might be one way to get her to finish her glass.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Kick Off

The first weekend of December was a wet one in the bay. Rained buckets, but mostly in waves that left a few windows that we took advantage of.

After staying out to hang with DJ Fig Newton Chen in Friday night, we checked out the Chick-fil-A in Walnut Creek with Cheryl, Ryan and SuHan. Verdict: 80% hype. Though the nuggets are solid, not much else worth waiting in line for. Service excellent though.

In-N-Out still holds the crown for regional fast food supremecy as far as I'm concerned. But Huelan would probably vote for Chick-Fil-A on the weight of their kids meal and play area, both of which were a revelation for her. Tough sell, but I'm certain she'll come around eventually.

Saturday we also hooked up two Christmas trees! This might be the earliest we've ever brought a tree home- hopefully we can keep them fresh for a few weeks.

Averted cabin fever today by going out to get some ramen, and decked the trees in the afternoon. Not a bad start to the month.