Entries Tagged as 'marty'

We Finally Got to Fat Rice

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments


The namesake, Arroz Gordo, lit.: “substantial rice” is the celebratory dish of Macau. Reminiscent of paella, Arroz Gordo is a bountiful, home-style, layered rice dish usually prepared for family and friends on special occasions. Jasmine rice laced with sofrito, chinese sausage, salted duck and topped with portuguese chicken thighs, char sui pork, linguiça sausage, fatty prawns, clams, tea eggs, croutons, assorted pickles and sauces

Fat Rice is now 1. open for brunch/lunch and 2. takes limited reservations. Two reasons we have tried and failed in the past to visit.

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Katjie and Steve’s Holiday Party

December 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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On the day after Christmas, Katjie and Steve hosted a get together at their house. Katjie’s “brother” Kimmo was visiting from Finland. This was her family’s foreign exchange student from years and years ago. In Finland he is a chef and he prepared the most delicious food for us. It was all finger foods, bite sized, but we ate so much I was so stuffed! Craziest: Half year old reindeer. Seems not right to eat it during at Christmastime! I also loved the “taco,” which was made with smoked turkey and did not look like a taco, but had all the flavors. Loved the whitefish with dill creme fraiche, too.

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It was so mild outside that we actually spent a lot of time on the deck, which had a fire pit to keep us warm. At some point the karaoke machine came out. I’m sure the neighbors appreciated that! Also, Lola, one of Katjie and Steve’s daughters (age 9), drew portraits of us, which was fun.

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Had fun hanging out and hope to do it again soon!

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Christmas Dinner at Aunty Gail’s

December 26th, 2014 · No Comments

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This was the 10th year in a row that we have gone to Dallas’s Aunty Gail’s house for Christmas dinner. My parents are visiting from Wisconsin this year and we contemplated not going, but in the end we did and dragged my parents along. I’m glad we did because it is so nice to see all of the family, including many who fly in and we don’t see very often. Of course, everyone made my parents feel right at home and they had a great time.

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Last year Makai was just a baby. This year John was the smallest baby. Makai was running around and trying to get right in there with the bigger kids. That was fun to watch. He and his pal Hana are getting to the age when they can finally play together. When they were hugging I almost died. Cuteness!! Also, we keep Makai away from our stairs at home as much as we can, but at Aunty Gail’s tri-level home, there are a lot of stairs and they’re carpeted with VERY plush carpet and Makai would not hold back on going up the stairs. He’s a pro now.

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Every year Aunty Gail makes beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn, green bean casserole and her mom’s lettuce/mayo/crab/pea salad. It never varies. Dessert varies because other people always bring different desserts, but Aunty Gail always makes her signature cookies. Someone made brownies, my parents brought a tray of their homemade Christmas candy and Naoko made a delicious yule log.

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Every year Aunty Gail reminds you a hundred times to bring your grab bag, “no junk!”. The gift exchange was a little more lively than it had been in the past couple years. Maybe because with my parents and Marty’s new wife, there were a few newbies. I just wanted the bottle of wine, dangit! My gift ended up including a bottle of wine, though, so that was nice.

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