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weekend at our “country house”

weekend at our “country house”

July 11, 2010 |  Category:   cooking family growing up half life

Some random shots from my parent’s house out here in Lawn Guyland. Lettuce, perilla leaves and some other greens we don’t know the English word for all came from my dad’s garden and onto the dinner table for lettuce wraps. Yes, Claudine still sucks her thumb. And she can’t suck her thumb without twiddling her left ear. She once drew a picture of a girl with one hand over her mouth and the other over her left ear. It was a self portrait. Speaking of drawings, this is Claudine’s latest portrayal of me and Mia. I’m the one in the striped dress because, well, I was wearing a striped shirt today. Mia is wearing a ruffly dress (and yes, she… CONTINUE READING

easter

easter

April 5, 2010 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life

It was nice to spend Easter with family members we don’t see often, this being Mark’s Russian side of the family. The girls were into the Easter egg hunt. So much so that they decided to hide the goodies themselves and look for them again. I’ve never had peeps before until today. Meh. While being dropped off again at the park while Mark and his sister visited their dad at the hospital, I met another woman who was in town for the same reason as we were. She came up to me to comment how cute the girls were. We watched Claudine and Mia as they skipped, twirled and played house between a gazebo and a couple of huge trees.… CONTINUE READING

traditions, or what happens when your parents come over

traditions, or what happens when your parents come over

January 3, 2010 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays

It happens every year on New Years Day. My parents come over, sometimes bringing other members of family, and the minute they step inside the apartment a flurry of activity takes over. Shoes and coats are off, grocery bags are plopped down on the kitchen counter and pots of water get put on the stove to boil. This year my mom called me from the car to tell me to put the water on so that it would be in a boiling state when they got there. That’s planning! That’s wasting no time! The threat of snowy icy weather made this year’s visit questionable and so when the weather looked clear in the morning, I breathed a sigh of relief… CONTINUE READING

raw, alive and war memories

raw, alive and war memories

December 27, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family growing up half holidays

Christmas dinner at my parents’ house was a fairly typical meal, but on Saturday night our whole family went out for dinner at this unassuming Korean sashimi spot on 22102 Horace Harding Avenue in Queens called Samdado. We’ve been there before, but not in a while, and I’d forgotten just how much food you get when you order a sashimi dinner special to share. We’re talking numerous small dishes, plates and platters of food and just when you thought you were done and there was no more room on the table, the waiters and waitresses would come around with even more dishes of food to put down. All this for a mere $120, the equivalent of which would get you… CONTINUE READING

speaking of the 70s…

speaking of the 70s…

December 15, 2009 |  Category:   family growing up half nyc remembering

I found these old photos recently. You know how sometimes you pull out an old photo of you at the same age that your kid is, to see how much of a resemblance there is? I actually never did that till now. Obviously Mia is all Mark and there is little resemblance between us (she still is and will remain the whitest half-Asian kid I know, though she identifies herself as Korean specifically because she loves the food so much), but there might be a bit of Claudine in these photos of me. Anyway, enough of that because I need to point your attention to that piece of furniture in the middle of the room. Yeah, the one with the… CONTINUE READING

yes, there was turkey

yes, there was turkey

November 27, 2009 |  Category:   cooking family growing up half holidays

Thanksgiving is sort of funny at our house. You’d think there’d be the traditional Thanksgiving spread in all its American glory, but turkey is usually just an afterthought. Yes, we did have turkey, but it never made it to the table, hence the missing bird in the photos. It usually goes straight from the oven to the kitchen counter where it gets shredded and put on a platter – there is no formal carving of the bird in a sit-down ceremony (and crap, I now realize we forgot the canned cranberry sauce. We never forget the can!). And if you must know the truth, in the last couple of years, the turkey plus trimmings has been catered in from restaurants.… CONTINUE READING

asians love a good buffet

asians love a good buffet

February 1, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family growing up half life

It’s true, and the cheaper the better, but our usual birthday dinner go-to place with our parents isn’t cheap at all – $29.95 a person, but M counts as $6 and Miss C eats free (prices for kids are measured by height, which means our tall kids will eventually be at a disadvantage). But sometimes you get what you pay for and you do get excellent variety at Minado, a colossal sushi buffet restaurant which serves surprisingly decent food, and despite the recession, it was jam-packed on a Saturday night. There are countless varieties of rolls and sushi to choose from, as well as sashimi, king crab legs, oysters and shrimp. One aisle has hot entrees (dumplings, soups, meats, tempura… CONTINUE READING

another thanksgiving done

another thanksgiving done

November 27, 2008 |  Category:   family growing up half holidays life

Park and playground in the morning. Thanksgiving meal around 3. In our family, the turkey is never carved at the table, but instead it’s shredded in the kitchen and brought out with the rest of the food, buffet style, eaten on paper plates. Is that weird? It’s the Korean American way. It’s never a formal sit down dinner and the spread is always a clash of 2 cultures – turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and canned cranberry sauce, intermingled among the Korean dishes and soups. And what did Miss C have for her Thanksgiving meal? Some bites of apple, oranges, plums and asian pear. Oh and a few cookies. Could be worse, I guess…… CONTINUE READING

a weekend in the country with family

a weekend in the country with family

August 5, 2008 |  Category:   family growing up half life travels

One of reasons we came out to Seattle this time of year is because Mark’s Norwegian side of the family has an annual family reunion in August. This year it was at his cousin’s house out in the country (soon to be suburbs?) near Seattle. They have a great big house for entertaining with 2 awesome teenagers who M adored (and who patiently endured endless knock knock jokes and hide-n-seek play all weekend), lots of pets and a horse. I haven’t felt so inspired to take many pictures of food (or maybe I just need a break from food photography) but it was a Sunday afternoon of all day eating.… CONTINUE READING

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