Viva Las Vegas. Again.



In all the times I visited Vegas, I never went to Fremont St. Surprising, I know. It would be good that would make me venture out here. Specifically, Lao food. And it was not a disappointment. So good. I killed two birds with one stone, eat and explored old Las Vegas. 




Was old Vegas cowboy country??? It's very western themed. Steaks, beer. 

Studying.

Why is that when I open a textbook, I suddenly have others things that needs to be done? Make brunch, update my blog, check my social network, update my status. I am going to buckle down after this. Well, after I sweep and mop the  floors and definitely after the bathroom is cleaned. oh, and I have to water my plants. Definitely after that. 

Winter storm 2014


Snow falling in Portland is akin to Armageddon. The city literally comes to a standstill. People here are not used to driving in snowy conditions. Add in wind and the chill factor, the city justs sleeps. 
It's beautiful though. Pristine white, houses and streets covered in soft, feathery blankets. I love seeing the smooth surface with the line footprint trail going somewhere. 
When I was younger snow days meant being outside, creating snowmen, snow angels and snow balls. Now, I watch it from it from inside the house. Where I am nice and warm. 
Ah, to be a kid again and have that all weather buffer. 

First trip 2014

Vegas bound. Again. This time just for the weekend. Friday to Sunday. Just enough to eat at the bachannal buffet and watch Britney Spears' concert. 
The greatest thing about this trip is leaving the winter weather for a bit. Cause it is cold, cold, cold. Hopefully I make it home in time for work. 
It's beautiful though. 


New year!

GI started the year on a great note. Ended it on a chill day having dim sum with my family. Eating good and enjoying the time. 
However, my night out has left me sicker than a dog. NyQuil has been my BFF for the last two nights. For a person who rarely gets sick, I'm such catching the cold a lot. 

The night was great. New Year Eve with my best is always a pleasure. It was a perfect sitting very old world, the restaurant reminded me of a bistro tucked in a corner somewhere in Paris. We were the only ones dancing nonstop. And I mean nonstop. The other patrons probably thought we were either super toasted or on something. The three of us had fun. And that is what ringing in the new year is all about. Happiness and fun. 

It was even greater day when we went to my aunts house and had a buffet of great eats! 

Lao food. For auspicious occasions, kon Lao will alway have larb (mince meat sala). My aunt made shrimp larb. Tartare style with fresh water escargot (better than saying snails, yeah?) and roasted herbs. Of course we must have papaya salad, sticky rice, ribs and nam kao (rice balls deep fried, then crumble with lime, herbs and nem). There was more, but I wanted to pace myself. 
Dim sum to bid 2013 goodbye. Thanks for the memories. 
Celebrate 2014. One glass was enough. 

December


I always think to update it whether it not I should continue to blog. I mean, do I want to share my life or be private? I'm not sure. 
I started blogging because I was bored and wanted something to do. Something to practice writing, to find my literary voice. I had aspirations of becoming an author but quickly realize that I don't have that drive or motivation to finish a story.  
Anyways, I thought of blogging again because I was making baked eggs in bacon cups (courtesy of Pinterest) and realize I should write about it! Why not? 
I made the healthy one with turkey and the second one with peppered bacon. I ate them with Hawaiian BBQ chips. I felt the chips would add some crunch factor and I didn't want bread, so there you go. it was good, but I think next time I would make it scrambled. It was a little bit bland for me. Kinda like the baked avocado with eggs, it needed something. 
As it was baking I decided to polish my nails. I mean, what else is there to do while waiting for things to bake? Watch TV? That is too passé. 
It is the holidays. So why not OPI's red cracked polish over Color Club's metallic polish. Feeling the the holiday cheer. 
Oh, the recipe for baked eggs? Spray muffin tin with non stick spray, line bacon, crack egg into it, bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. So easy! 

July First Sunday

Time flies! I can't believe it's already July 2013. We been trying to get together for our first Sunday meal, but our schedules are not aligning. Lately, I just been going to eat with random people. It's still a great time since I am blesses with great friends and family. 

This Sunday we went to Honey Toast Cafe. I've been here before with the other shorties ( our group nickname) this time I brought my cousin who has never been here. It's a cute little cafe that offers a simple menu of panini sandwiches, bubble drinks, coffee, simple rice plates (2 kinds, chicken or pork) but the main dish is dessert. Bread that is soft and lightly toasted, spread with honey, topped with icecream, drizzled with caramel and dark chocolate, surrounded by fresh fruits. The combination of the. Ice cream, syrup, fruits and bread is divine. It is an acquired taste, since the pairing of toast with ice cream is not common in the US, but it works. It's gets better all the time.