Eggs and seaweed

Sometimes it's the simple foods that fill me up. I love eggs in any style, but I especially love it with fish sauce mixed in and cooked over high heat so that it's rises up. Cooked this way the edges are slightly crispy and it's so soft, so fluffy. With a side of jiew (Lao style spicy salsa) and hot sticky rice, it's beyond comfort food. Today, I made the omelette ( lack of a better word to describe it) and are it with pork rinds and some seaweed salad that I had. Atleast it's green and a veggie. the crispy rinds, with the fluffy eggs and hot sticky rice and a bit if the spicy jiew. Oh man, then eating the cool seaweed after. All I can say is, mmmmm. 

Saying good bye

I have experience death more times in my life than I would like. I know that it's the circle that will always continue, and that I will experience more in the future. Each time it teaches me how short life is and how unexpected, even if it is expected. 
I lost a friend on Tuesday. She was a good friend, funny, elegant, intelligent, refined. One of those great women that inspires greatness. She lived life so fully, so wonderously, so giving. She made things happen, things that I can only wish for and have the strength, courage, and skills to see it through. I am still in shock, still in disbelief. She is the first of our friends, the first of our age group. It brought home again how precious life is. She left behind a great legacy, a hole in our group. We were planning to meet up next month. For a "girls" weekend. Something she wanted to do, something we haven't done in ages. We were all looking forward to it. To get away from the hustle of our lives and reconnect with each other. Now, it will be one less. You will truly be missed. I only hope to live my life as full as you. You truly inspire me to live fully and to take the moment to enjoy. To always welcome the light and push away the dark. Thank you. 

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. 


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.