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Just a few pictures from our beautiful weekend.  From the blue skies and gray waters of Hermosa Pier to the green grasses of a Palos Verdes park, it was a glorious few days.  Just as we thought life was settling down, we are encountering another big change ahead.  Thankfully, we already have plans in place to face this next big change. 

Hermosa Pier.

Sailboat in the distance.

View of Manhattan Beach ahead.

A resting seagull.


A rare moment of rest!

From beach to park.
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Posted Mar 23, 2014


My In-Laws paid us a quick visit last weekend and we took full advantage of the beautiful weather and took them to Travel Town at Griffith Park.  This was my very first time there since I'm not a huge train person.  But Grandpa and the kids love trains so we had to go see what all the great Yelp reviews were all about.  We were pleasantly surprised by the nice parking lot, the free admission, and the number of large engines on display.  The kids also especially enjoyed the little train ride around the park.  They also have some nice picnic tables and shaded areas for people to host small birthday parties and get-togethers.  There is also a little train museum, also free.  Overall, it was a nice visit for a couple of hours.  I wouldn't recommend going on a super hot day though.  Enjoy the pics below!

The two train buffs.

A little pink train for the girls!

Grandma and Buzz.


The kids LOVED this train and kept calling it Thomas!

There were some nice shaded picnic tables.
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Posted Mar 20, 2014


After I have my fill of yummy veggies, I naturally have to have yummy desserts!  A woman can't live on veggies alone.  Yesterday, my good friend, Cat, sent me this article about my favorite dessert, Tiramisu!  It also happens to be one of his favorite dessert too.  I told Cat that he still has time to fly to Treviso to try the original Tiramisu.  By the way, the Tiramisu in the picture below is one that I made when we took a cooking class in Sorrento on our honeymoon five years ago.  

My second favorite dessert in the world is a French favorite, the Souffle.  But this is one of the hardest dessert to find in LA!  So far, I've only had an authentic Souffle from two restuarants, the Moustache Cafe in Westwood (they've been closed for years!) and at Bottega Louie in Downtown LA.  Don't let restaurants fool you, if you don't have to pre-order this dessert (because it takes 30 minutes to make and must be served immediately) then it is not an authentic Souffle!

My third favorite dessert may surprise you.  Unlike the first two, it does not contain any eggs or cream!  It's a simple Chinese tofu dessert called doufuhua, literally means "tofu flower."  But just like the first two desserts, it is very difficult to find the authentic version in LA.  The texture of really good doufuhua is like a eating a cloud.  The tofu is super light and super soft, yet it still holds its shape.  It should also not be overly sweet.  The dessert is also served warm.  I don't get to have this dessert too often.  Some Dim Sum restaurants still serve them, but most are not very good.  If you ever get a chance to visit Taiwan or China, you must seek out this dessert!  

My beautiful creation.  Everything taste better when you're in the country of origin.


An authentic Souffle.

Simple, yet elegant!
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Posted Mar 13, 2014


Can you believe that I have never eaten Brussels sprouts until only about a year ago??  When we were kids, my mother got some to feed our parakeets with.  She later told me the she's always thought that they were really bitter so she never made them for dinner.  But about a year ago, Mr. BAW brought some home because someone was giving them away at the kids' school.  He found a recipe online and made it for dinner.  Wow, it was so yummy!!  We've been eating them on a regular basis since.  And to think, I've been missing out for forty years!  It also seems like Brussels sprouts are the "it" veggie of the year.  They've been making appearances in high-end restuarants in the past year.  

You've also been introduced to my other veggie love, the artichoke.  I also love "bok choy" aka Chinese Cabbage, shown in the lower left picture.  I would simply stir fry it with a little soy sauce, water, and chopped garlic.  It would remain crunchy and juicy, so yummy!  The last veggie I love is collard greens.  But I don't ever cook it at home.  I only get them when I'm at a Cajun restaurant or if they happen to have it at my work cafeteria.  

There's two other vegetables that I love from my childhood.  My mother would cook these often when I was growing up.  You can usually only find these vegetables at Asian markets.  The first one is known as water spinach or Chinese spinach.  Again, this vegetable is so good stir fried with a little soy sauce and chopped garlic.  Due to it's hollow stem, it stays crunchy even after thoroughly cooked.  Lastly, I love Chinese broccoli.  We still enjoy this veggie, typically boiled until soften and drizzled with Hoisin sauce and hot oil, at Dim Sum restuarants.  

So I do love vegetables, so does Mr. BAW.  We hope to pass our veggie loves to our kids by example.  Even though they don't like most veggies right now, they do get curious when they see me gobble down a plate of bok choy over dinner.  Though the answer to "Do you want to try it?" is always "No thanks!" right now, I believe that one day they will try it and maybe even like it!

My veggie loves.


My childhood favorites!
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Posted Mar 8, 2014


We ended February with what I called "El Nino '14!" We had two days of pouring rain to test out our new home.  Thankfully, we survived the torrential rainfall unscathed.  Our backyard drained well, we have no leaks, and our street drained well.  The only one who didn't do so well through the rain was Toby.  I discovered a pool of drool in his crate from him panting with fear through all the thunder and rain.  Poor Toby!  But even with all the heavy rainfall, we're still in a severe drought condition.  Now we're back to beautiful, sunny weather with no rain in sight.  Hopefull, we'll get a few more storms before summer arrives.  I still can't believe it's March already!

Our front patio, it felt like we live under Niagra Falls.


Our back patio under heavy rainfall, even our near-dried fountain filled with water.
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Posted Mar 4, 2014






























































































































































































































































































































































































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