Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving eats

I spent Thanksgiving at my first year college roommate's (J) home in Nutley, New Jersey. My dear friend, T was also there to celebrate with us.

J planned to cook the traditional American fare for dinner, while her mother planned on making some Chinese dishes to supplement. Her parent's friends also contributed some Chinese dishes for dinner. Below is a pictorial spread of our Thanksgiving eats.

J "salting" the turkey before it going into the oven. Below, the turkey in the oven for an hour.

The finished turkey (aka the one that didn't receive the presidential pardon).

J also debut this new appetizer - bacon wrapped dates then deep fried. Ohmygosh they were deliciousness! The sweet taste of the date balanced out the salty fried bacon. Perfect combination! I must try this out at Christmas dinner with The Boy and his family.

Cornbread Stuffing
Garlic, Bacon and Chives Mashed Potatoes
Braised Ox Tails

Chicken sauteed in soy sauce (I think)

Spinach and tofu

Lamb kebobs

Mashed potatoes and gravy

My dinner plate (I grabbed the turkey leg!)

Sauteed Shrimp

Celery and Lotus Blossoms

Steamed Chinese Broccoli and Oyster Sauce

Snap Peas and Variety of Mushrooms

The Final Dinner Spread

Almost forgot the baked yams.

Whipping up cream for the pumpkin pie.

Chocolate cake from Firehook Bakery.

Gosh, now I want to eat some of that turkey that J's mom packed for me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

These pictures were from an email from a friend with holiday greetings. I thought they were cute and funny.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Monday, November 23, 2009

favorite Vegas sightings

The architecture was really amazing. I especially liked this walkway at the Venetian.
And an indoor canal? Awesome!
I want a giant fishtank in my future living room, like this one behind the registration counter at The Mirage.
The spiral staircases at Caesar's Palace was cool too.
I agree - everything is sexier in Paris.
I thought this was ironic that the giant water bottles were full of dusty buildup. Arrowhead, you may want to send someone to clean that up...
Elvis was on the strip!
Paris by day...
...and Paris by night.

The giant sting rays at the Caesar's Palace aquarium were hilarious to look at - just look at their faces! They look like they always have a smile on their face.

Bellagio fountains were soo cool to watch.

The Bellagio also has a very cool conservatory that changes with the seasons.
I love the raining trees in the conservatory.
I'm also in love with this colorful ceiling decoration at the Bellagio.

Vegas sights by day...

...even more amazing by night.

And this was just hilarious. No, I did not buy myself some big balls.

That's it folks -- the end of the Vegas posts!