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Belly Q

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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I’m a fan of Chef Bill Kim‘s, having frequented his casual restaurants, Urban Belly and Belly Shack. I’d never been to his high end restaurant, Belly Q, so I was happy to check it out with Jess, Jen, Jill, and Kristin. We ordered a ton of stuff (below) and shared everything. Fantastic! Probably my favorite thing was the wagyu kalbi. But not as good as our family recipe, of course! :)

Here’s what we had:

Avocado Basil Hummus: Yogurt, Curry, Spiced Rice Puff
Brisket Buns: Braised Beef, Peppers, Onion
Double Smoked Bacon Pancake: Frisee, Kimchi

Roasted Tuna: Coconut Grits, Marinated Vegetables, Shrimp Dressing
Wagyu Korean Short Ribs: Carrots, Crispy Shallots
Tea Smoked Duck Breast: Chinese Broccoli, Steamed Buns

Sticky Rice: Dried Shrimp, Togarashi, Chinese Sausage, Mushrooms

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft Serve: Peanut Butter Crunch, Huckleberry Jam 6
Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts: Vanilla Soft Serve, Huckleberry Jam

If you look close, you can see Chef Kim in this photo:

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An Extended Weekend of Birthday Celebrations

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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My Saturday night began and ended at Liz’s birthday party. She is turning 30 and celebrated at Smoke Daddy. Dallas and Makai and I took the bus down to Wicker Park (our train station is still closed). This was Makai’s second time on the bus, but the first time was just with Dallas. We had a few drinks and some fun, but had to leave after a short while.

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Dallas and I had plans for Saturday dinner at Kai Zan. Makai got his first paid babysitter. It was a little strange, but he was with someone he knows who loves him, so it was fine. Kai Zan was delicious. We tried a lot of adventurous things. Afterwards we met back up with Liz’s party at Smoke Daddy again where we proved that three root beers (10% AVB) is not the limit, even when you’re pairing them with shots of Fireball!

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On Sunday, my parents, who were in the area for a wedding, came over. We went to brunch at Revolution Brewing and Makai got his own meal for the first time. It was a side of scrambled eggs, his favorite food. He LOVES eggs! We also got some good chores done, like finally getting the gate by the stairs installed.

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On Monday, my actual birthday, Dallas had to fly to San Francisco for work, but it was still a great day. I treated myself at breakfast and went to Intelligentsia for a great coffee and ham and cheese croissant. At lunch I ducked out to the nail salon for some pampering. And in the afternoon I got my annual flower delivery, which I completely forgot was coming until Amanda was standing at my desk with the vase of flowers. Very summery this year. Pretty colors. Lots of roses and daisies.

For dinner, I picked up Makai and met Jess at Lula. I’d never been there with Makai, but they were SUPER kid friendly (high chairs, plastic cups, crayons, and my biggest pet peeve lately – the waiter was awesome and DID NOT set things right in front of Makai so he could immediately swipe them off the table). The food was great at Lula, the weather was really a perfect summer night, Makai was well behaved, and best of all, I got to catch up with a good friend.

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And continuing on into Tuesday! At lunch I went to Eggy’s with some of my friends at work. We had to continue the birthday tradition by getting the poutine. It looks gross in the photo, but it is SO good. And then for dinner, Makai and I met Jen, Quinn, Kristin, Cousin and Donna at Longman & Eagle. Makai’s first dining experience at a Michelin starred restaurant. Ha. I wasn’t sure how kid-friendly Longman is, but they have high chairs and we sat outside, which is more casual. It was fine. Actually, it was great! Lots of fun with a bunch more friends, all while having a great dining experience!

Maybe 39 29 isn’t so bad! Thanks to all of my friends and family for all of the texts and instant messages and cards and gifts and time spent celebrating. You have made this a great birthday!

Oh. And here’s my growing list of birthday flowers!
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Hawaii Day 1: Travel To Lihue

June 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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We are back from our much anticipated trip to Hawaii. Much anticipated, meaning we’ve been talking about this since I was pregnant, probably for about a year. It was Dallas’s 20 year Kamehameha Schools class reunion and we were for sure going. .. but… should we bring the baby, should we leave him home with grandparents? We decided to bring him. It’s free for him to fly right now, we spent a lot of time with friends and family, and he has to go some time. Might as well be now.

I was pretty stressed out about packing and how things would go and read way too much about it, but it all went pretty well. I guess you imagine the worst: The baby crying non stop for six hours on an enclosed plane with no where to go and people giving you the stink eye. But it wasn’t like that at all. People were really friendly, for the most part, and Makai was very well behaved. A little bit of fussing on each flight but not for long. He is pretty laid back, so we were lucky! We also used the pacifier whenever needed and often on the flights. This was a special treat for him, since we stopped using the paci when he was about 4 months old! While we were in Hawaii, we could buy anything we needed. It’s not like we were in a third world country where baby food and diapers are not available. So, that took a lot of pressure off too.

On the day we left we got up at about 3:30 a.m. to get ready. We woke Makai up last and got him ready then headed to Kristin’s house at 5:00 a.m. She was going to drop us at the airport and keep our car while we were gone.

There was a lot of round and round about the pros and cons, but we ended up luggage checking our car seat on every flight (for free) and gate checking the stroller (for free). This worked out great for us. We didn’t have to lug the car seat around the airport but we had it for all of our rental cars. And we could use the stroller for Makai right up until we boarded the plane.

We first flew from O’Hare to Phoenix via US Air (booked on American). In Phoenix, we met up with Dallas’s parents and flew from Phoenix to Lihue. We never flew in to Lihue from the mainland before and I really liked it. No stopping in Honolulu to take another short flight to Kauai. I especially liked it this time because we had a lot of checked luggage (big suitcase, medium suitcase, golf clubs, car seat) that we’d have to collect and move to the interisland terminal while juggling a stroller and Makai. I must admit, though… the four hour flight from Chicago was ok. .. but the six hour flight from Phoenix to Lihue was looooooooong. Like .. it felt longer than our direct flight to Tokyo. It was a long time to hold a baby in your lap and sit squished up in coach.

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When we arrived in Lihue we got two rental cars – one for us, one for Dallas’s parents. Dallas’s parents went to stock up on things in Lihue. We headed right to Waimea. We did a little bit of shopping for Makai and then went to the house. We cleaned that up a bit and freshened up. By then we’d been up for 20 hours and I just wanted to crash but we ended up going to dinner at Aunty Nancy and Uncle Bob’s house. Luckily it was close. And it tasted like the best food I ever had. I was so tired and travel weary! We had homemade lau lau, lomi salmon, corn, rice, pineapple with li hing powder, and malasadas from Kauai Bakery & Cinnamon.

The big excitement of the night was feeding Makai poi. All of the babies in Hawaii get poi as one of their first foods and some people even put poi in the baby’s bottle. It’s supposed to be a baby wonder food, full of nutrients, easily digestible, and hypoallergenic. Makai made a face after his first bite, but he always does, and then continued to eat lots more poi. It was not the last time he ate poi on the trip!

That night Makai had a bit of trouble adjusting to the time change and woke up every two hours, which was kind of a drag, but luckily after the next day he was pretty much adjusted.. so it was actually a pretty short adjustment period: Just one night.

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