25 August 2014

Miss My Family In The Valley

Especially my new niece, Layla. She's eight months old and all over the place. My favorite part is seeing her cry. I'm not being mean but it's the cutest cry ever. 
Mae Tao and her two cuties. 

Layla likes her noodles

And she likes her munchies in a Japanese restaurant, haha!

My mom and I. You got to take pictures before eating. My favorite is the red dragon roll on the right than the crunchy monkey.

My sister and I having some mask fun!

Jon and Layla, precious moments. 

Rosie giving her cousin, Tessa a kiss goodnight. 

Layla and Tessa 
Tulare 2014
I'm thankful for my family and for the crazy times that we had. Love you guys! 

24 August 2014

Sunny Saturday In Davis

The orange building is Sophia's Thsi Kitchen. 

Logo's used bookstore. Purchases go to Doctor's Without Borders. 

My girl Judy and I 

We ordered three flavors fish, pad see ew, spicy beef salad, pad Thai with tofu, and fried rice with chicken plus plain rice. 

Just goofing off

At Mishka's Cafe

This afternoon we met my BFF since the 5th grade in Fresno, CA, Judy and her husband Norm in Davis. None of us had ever been to Davis before. It's a laid back college town about 40 minutes north of Vacaville. Bruce and I loved it as it had a couple if book stores that we took time browsing before having lunch. 

Lunch was at a Thai restaurant call Sophia's Thai Kitchen.  Surprisingly, the yellow curry with pork, pineapple, French beans, snow peas, red and yellow bell peppers was very tasty! The rest was average as it was Anericanized Thai food, well so was the yellow curry. 
The weather was nice enough to sit outside but the flies were everywhere. It's the fish sauce for sure! 

We later walked around the corner to try out a cafe call Mishka's Cafe to have iced lattes. It was wonderful to be able sit long enough to not be in a hurry. Tessa did very well and she was all smiles when she her stomach was full of fried rice sprinkled with soy sauce. Later it did got a bit warm for her and she fussed. 

Love you my Judy! 

21 August 2014

My Mom's Asian Zucchini Soup

A few days ago when I logged in my sisters computer it was a nightmare trying to blog.  I forgot that Yahoo was getting to this secure thing. Let's not talk about Apple. Yeah, it's Apple. They are doing their job. Note to self: don't log to anyone else's computer.  Anyway, here I am! It wasn't about the nightmare I had with Apple but I'm having a wonderful time here with family to fully blog. I do more Instragram-ing, yeah. And the occasion of Facebook. 

Let's get to the title of the post of my mom's Asian zucchini soup, shall we? 

A typical Laotian family would have a garden anywhere they live. They would make it work in their super small apartment balcony. And the first plant will be chilis. Whenever I come and visit my side of the family in central California, you know we'll be eating Lao food everyday if we didn't have our white husbands. And we're so blessed to have our husbands to let us eat our stinky food and they can go to Long John Silvers ( a restaurant that serves 'fresh' seafood). They are so happy that it's still around. 

I have totally forgot about this humbly delicious dish until my mom made it. Just an Asian zucchini (mak buap) soup with other herbs, beef and seasoned with padaek ( fermented whole fish with its juice). You can put in other kinds of meat like chicken. My mom made it spicy which was a surprised because I thought it round be more mild. Perfect when eaten with sticky rice but I didn't have any as I was still a bit full from lunch. It was still perfect eaten as it is. 

Mak buap the Asian zucchini isn't as firm as the regular zucchini and has more water content. When making soup you don't need a lot of water. And I was told that stir frying is tasty too. 

Big bunch of lemongrass leaves simmering in the water. Then add sliced shallots, pounded chili to taste and padaek., boiled a bit. 

Add the sliced zucchini, beef and lemon basil in as the water boils. Smells divine! And makes you cough as the chili tickles your throat. Don't cook it up long or the beef gets tough and the zucchini gets soggy. 

Eat, slurp laugh talk and repeat! 

11 August 2014

12 Years!

Vacaville, California 2014 

So cliche but time flew by so fast! We've been married for 12 years and I'm thankful to God for love and companionship that Bruce and I have with each other. It's been a journey for sure but I wouldn't change any other way.

I have pictures with my white wedding dress but didn't get to scan those in. I then later change after the ceremony to my Lao outfit. I'm so happy that I decided to do that. It's so beautiful and showed my tradition in a little way. I'm not sure where I kept the silk sash though?

I love you Bruce and cheers to many more years with you!

05 August 2014

Safe In Vacaville

Tessa after getting off the plane in San Francisco. 

Thank God we arrived safely in Vacaville last night. Also that Tessa slept through the second leg of the 11 hour flight. Although she kept kicking me and turned side to side trying to get comfortable it was way better than having her cried and scream. When she starts to whine especially when she's sleepy, I would tell her to go to sleep. I think she comprehends that more now and just flop her head down. 

My friend just texted me saying that San Francisco international airport is a dump comparing to the two airport that I've just been to. I have to agree. You're not missing anything there! Not looking forward to waiting for our flight out because airports are like a second home when you're waiting long hours, you know. 

Today, I'll try to stay awake as much as I can. Tessa just laid down again and it's only 8:19AM. I would keep us busy visiting Family and going to Target, yes May L., I will shop for you too:). And there's coffee to help me get through, I hope. 

This is more of my jet legg and not Summer meals! I thought this saying was cute (picture below). I'll post pics of our time in my Instagram feed but for sure will be posting and writing here too as I don't like repeating the same pics on the blog. So do come back here for more. Have a great day everyone!