As we do most years, this year we spent New Years Eve at Dallas’s cousin Jeff and his wife Heather’s house in Schaumburg. We always sit at home hungover on New Years Day and debate whether we should go or not. One of the biggest motivating factors for me is always the pork shumai they make. They’re not like the traditional pork shumai that I get when I order in restaurants, more like a pork dumpling, but they are so delicious. Heather and Dallas’s Aunty Gail make so many that it’s basically all-you-can-eat pork shumai, plus they always send some home with us. We also always have homemade maki sushi, cone sushi, sashimi, somen, mochi soup, chicken salad, char siu, teriyaki chicken, and about 100 other things, including a red bean for luck. .. but it’s those pork dumplings that I load up on. Then sit for a few hours, then eat some more. It does wonders for the hangovers. .. though I am starting to wonder if I’ll always associate this dumpling with being a hangover cure!
This year most of the kids were all in the downstairs playroom for almost the entire party. We played with Hideto a bunch. He’s visiting from California and is about 4 years old. I think the play room was a little much for him, so he was up in the living room. Fun kid. He can totally do this belly roll from the top of his belly all the way down and is happy to demonstrate! We also played a lot with Kenji, who is 2 years old. Kenji has always been a major mommy’s boy, but this time we played football with him in the living room using a little water bottle for a loong time. This is probably the most open to people as he’s ever been. It will be interesting to see what happens when his mom, Naoko, has the new baby in just over a week!
Basically we ate, watched football (Badgers lost in the Rose Bowl), played with whatever kids were in the living room, ate more, and watched more football. Oh, and drank sake whenever Jeff came around with it. This is about how New Years goes every year, which is totally fine by me! Can’t wait for next year’s shumai!
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Every year Dallas’s cousin Jeff and his wife Heather host a New Years Day party for all of their family and friends. Some years we haven’t always made it because sometimes we’re just too hung over, but the past few years we have gotten
older more responsible less fun, and have made the party. Even hungover, it’s an easy party. We do a lot of this:
And some of this:
And eat a lot. Every year Dallas’s aunts and cousins make homemade maki sushi, cone sushi, pork shumai, sashimi, somen, mochi soup, Hawaiian chicken salad, char siu, ribs, chicken, and all kinds of stuff. So, sit around.. and eat. I can do that!
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Wii Guitar Hero World Tour, Schaumburg, IL
Jeff and Heather always host a big party on New Years Day for all of their family and friends. Dallas and I are usually about 50/50 on going depending on what happens the night before. This year our New Years Eve was mellow. We were up late (didn’t get home and to bed until 3:30 a.m.), but we weren’t hung over or anything. That and the fact that we haven’t been to Heather and Jeff’s New Years Day party for a year or two, made us decide to go. There was much food. I love Auntie Gail and Heather’s pork shumai. It’s sooo good. I must have eaten 20 of them. The rest of the food is mostly all Japanese and is also very good. Saimin, sashimi, cone sushi (another favorite), maki rolls, salad.. all homemade by Dallas’ aunties and cousins. We played a lot of Wii this year, as has been the case at many of the parties we’ve been to lately.
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Seared Ahi :: Roscoe Village, Chicago
Getting the Champagne Ready :: Roscoe Village, Chicago
Christina, Caitlyn & Jill :: Roscoe Village, Chicago
Max, Danny, Chad & Brian Watching the Ball Drop :: Roscoe Village, Chicago
My Winnings :: Roscoe Village, Chicago
This year we went to Jen and Chad’s for New Years Eve again. Hard to pass up that party since now it’s only a block from our house and there’s no need to worry about a ride or getting a cab or anything like that. Dallas made more poke and we also seared some ahi. We ended up staying up until 4:30am and I beat all the boys to be the big Texas Hold’em winner. We were playing a cash game, which means that each chip is worth $1.
Today we went out to Jeff & Heather’s house in Schaumburg to visit with Dallas’ family. As always the food was excellent and we all ate our red beans for good luck. One last baby fix for the holiday season.
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Toasting the New Year, Roscoe Village, Chicago
Toasting the New Year With Jill, Roscoe Village, Chicago
Drake & Cortez Call It a Night, Roscoe Village, Chicago
Even though I came in 3rd place in the Texas Hold’Em tournament AND my sweater was the color of money, I didn’t actually win any dough. Still a fun night at Jen and Chad’s.
On New Years Day we went to Jeff & Heather’s for football & food. Tons of food. The food this holiday season has been amazing, but I’m glad the holidays are over. I can get back on track. Well, after we finish all the sushi, char sui, shumai*, inari, and other leftovers that were sent home with us.
*Dallas’ Aunt Gail’s pork shumai was my favorite dish yesterday, the best shumai I’ve ever had. I’m afraid when we go out to restaurants now I’m going to think all the shumai is crap and just be like “This isn’t like Auntie Gail’s shumai!” I’m ruined forever!
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