DEC 30-31- JAN 1-2 2006 PASADENA TRIP OI
Casts: Pat Me Jo (Pat's sister) Oscar (her hubby) Elise (her daughter)
Pat had invited several people to go to LA for New Year celebration & watching Pasadena Rose Parade. There were like 4 people that planned on going, but in the end I'm the only one that can go (due to space limitation).
I was reluctant at first. Special time like New Year's Eve should be spent among familiar faces, the one that you care about; family, long-time friends, lovers etc etc. Even though my heart is kinda heavy with the thought of spending New Year without any of my friends, in the end I thought: What the heck, let's celebrate New Years with strangers this time.. Let's try to have a complete different experience. For a highly stressed girl with social anxiety like me, this is a big move.
It turned out to be an excellent big move. I was fed like never before! As far as I remember I ate and ate like crazy. Thus I declared last New Year trip as The Most Appetizing New Year's Ever (TM).
Dec 30 - Lunch: Texas BBQ on Quartzsite. Arrived on LA around 6-7pm. Dinner: Pat's sister (later known as Sister/Sista) made Soto Ayam. Taste pretty much like the original if eaten without the sweet soy sauce. She got her recipe from this William-Sonoma book about Southeast Asian Food.
Dec 31 - Lunch: Dim Sum at Empress in Chinatown LA. One of the most amazing Dim Sum I've ever eaten. They have the best Chicken Feet ever!
After lunch we went to downtown Pasadena. Along the way we ate at Cheesecake Factory. Tried this green drink whatchamomcallit(*1) that taste really good.
Dinnertime! Helped to make Singapore Spring roll(*2) for appetizer. Had steamboat for dinner, 5 of us & additional casts – sista’s friend Docus, sista's father-in-law & gf. REAL steamboat, with yellow cedokan (do u know what I'm talking about? The one to grab the meat & everything solid itu loh), made-from-scratch chicken broth and super thin meat. Had all kind of Chinese dessert to end the feast. Talk about REAL dinner!
Jan 1 - Went to Da Big Modern Cathedral "Our lady of the angels" in Downtown LA. Went to downstairs mausoleum. Washington DC Cathedral's is better.
Lunch: Peruvian Restaurant. They have this kind of fish appetizer that is so out of this world. Sista's hubby told us that the fish is half cooked in marinade. (*3) It is soo tasty I can eat 2 more plates, but luckily my good table manner won out.
Dinner: Noodle World. So-so. Cannot beat Indonesian noodles k.
Jan 2. It rained very heavily. We decided to watch the rose parade on TV & go see the parked floats (for $5) later on.
Still later on when we went to the park it rained & rained like nobody's business, thus we couldn't really enjoy the floats and admire the details; can only say "Wah so pretty", took pictures or "go ask somebody to take picture."
Lunch: Penang. Pat said the char kwee tiaw(*4) is pretty authentic.
Dinner: In & Out at Phx.
RESULT: Gain 5 pounds. Hope I can keep it! Feed me pl0x.
1) "whatchamomcallit" drink = mojito
2) I succeed in frying the SingSprRoll cup thingy while the others have failed miserably (kuahahah). I have hidden talent in frying things.
3) fish cooked with citrus juice -> ceviche
4) according to a penang-ese, it should be char koay teow. I still think the correct spelling is char kwee tiaw. Indonesians know best.
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