Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fun Foodie Friday~!

Aaaahhh, Friday and Saturday April 9 and 10 were two glorious days~ Andrew and I had so much fun! Things have been getting busier for me as the semester winds down and my trip to Japan looms closer. Last week, though, was rather calm and I welcomed it. I spent some quality time with Andrew, applied for a Passport (I hope my application goes through!), and my classes weren't too bad. :)

Friday was wonderful-- Andrew and I were able to spend the whole day together and it was such a blast! :D That morning was interesting because we went to a different (and sketchier) part of town so I could submit my passport application and take pictures at a post office. There is only one post office around here that does walk-in applications and pictures so we braved it and went there. It wasn't a bad experience at all! I had an issue concerning IDs, so hopefully I will still be able to get my passport.

After the whole application process was done, Andrew and I went to try Genova Bakery, a bakery/deli that has been in business since around 1918! It's been on our list of "Places to try" for a while now, so it was nice to finally check it off lol! :)

The sandwiches are plain and cheap. They all come with bread, cheese, mayo, and mustard for $3.75, and for different meats it's $4.25. I got provolone cheese, salami, and prosciutto on french bread. It was very filling and fresh! I would have loved the addition of some lettuce and/or onion though, just because I like my veggies. The bread was fantastic, fresh and airy! I though I made a great choice in bread for my sandwich. :)

Here is Andrew's sandwich! Yay! He got Dutch Crunch bread with salami and provolone, along with the condiments. He enjoyed it, yet agreed that veggies, especially a tomato, would be a great addition to it to add moisture. Since his sandwich wasn't a combo, it was only $3.75!

I saw these waffle-like cookies at Genova, and wanted to try them. Andrew, being the love that he is, bought them for me and I was so excited! Thank you boo! :D I got the vanilla flavor and oh my they were so good! The vanilla scent wafts out of the box and they taste like crunchy vanilla waffles. So amazing! I think I ate about 8 on Friday lol. xD

Then, my sweet love got me some chocolates too! Yay! The label said they were "romantic" and "passionate"! Of course, I was super excited! ;) They were good too!

I had found this gelato in the freezer at the campus grocery store and I bought it because I was curious. Since it was a hot day and we were feeling like splurging, we opened it up. Sadly, I don't think this is very good gelato--it tastes very fakey and kind of old. I really didn't like the airy texture and the vanilla flavor was muted and dry. I don't reccomend this brand!

This is how I ate the gelato lol! Crazy and gluttonous! Those waffle cookies are so delicious and addicting! XD
Genova Bakery
749 N Sierra Nevada St
Stockton, CA 95205
(209) 466-6145
Momofraise says: You've got to try this wonderful old-fashioned Italian deli, grocery, and bakery! You won't be disappointed by the array of treats!
**Update on my passport: I checked online yesterday and it is currently being processed, so I am hoping everything is going well! :)

My Bowls!

Yep everyone, those are my four finished bowls! :D The one with the hearts is for Andrew, and I was so happy to give it to him last night! Yay! :D He loves it and I can't wait to hear if he used it for breakfast this morning lol~
The one with the kanji in the bottom (which means "hope") is a ramen bowl for my Dad, because he really wanted one. I plan to give it to him when I go home at the end of the semester (which is way too sad to think about....sigh), so I hope he likes it! The one underneath Dads is for me, a little rice bowl hehe. And the one under Andrews was for Professor Albala, http://kenalbala.blogspot.com/, my favorite professor who helped me get my grant for Japan! He was excited to get the bowl and I hope he enjoys using it! :)
Now, I have tons of random cups and mugs I am glazing. I am really excited about them and I can't wait to give them to more people! :D

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Wonderful Revisit-- Le Kims!

The weather here in Stockton has certainly been interesting. A few weeks ago, the days were hot and vibrant with green grass and blooming flowers. Then, last week the weather took a turn for the worse and rain was falling almost every day, and the days were cold and slate-grey. Not exactly the most cheerful Spring week, let me tell you.

However, this post and the pictures hearken back to the week where every day was a bouquet of sunshine and smiles.

This particular Friday dawned bright and cheerful; Andrew took me out to our first favorite place, Le Kims! This restaurant is really special to us; we used to go all the time when we first dating and have loved it ever since. :) It was our haunt when the nights were cold and rainy~ We noticed we hadn't gone in a while, so we decided to go and get some good, homey Veitnamese eats! :)

I got new glasses! The frames are purple and very cute~ I love this picture; it's so sweet! Of course we had to take pictures together at lunch, it was such a lovely day! :D (My boo is so handsome!)

Now, as you all probably know by now, I am such a sucker for those crispy and savory Imperial rolls, which are infintely more delicious than Chinese egg rolls (that's just my opinion!). I also like to try imperial rolls at whatever Vietnamese restaurant I end up going to. Since Andrew and I felt like splurging (we are both trying to save money), we ordered Le Kims Imperial rolls appetizer. And let me tell you, it was AMAZING! These are REAL Imprial rolls, made with rice paper and lots of goodies on the side for wrapping up. Andrew loved them and decided that these are definitely worth $5! Yay! He said he had tried them in the Philippines and he was excited to eat them here! :D

Another view, because they deserve it!

Aaaaahhh, now it's time for one of my favorite meals in the world-- the vermicelli bun bowl! This one has barbecue pork and some pieces of an imperial roll, much to my delight. I love this dish--- it's so refreshing and healthy. The flavors are flamboyantly sweet and savory at the same time, with the pork and the fish sauce. Such a wonderful deal!

Our new favorite soup at Le Kims is the vegetarian curry soup! We saw it reviewed on Yelp.com, so we decided to try it last winter and we were both happy with that choice! This soup is subtley curry-like with what tastes like coconut milk. There are lots of large veggie chunks, like carrots and two kinds of potatoes. My favorite parts are the plentiful rice noodles and chunks of soybean/tofu curd. Yum!
Posts like these make me remember why I love blogging. On days where school is annoying or the weather is grey, I can look back on fun times with my love, my friends, and my family. :) It keeps me going and my chin up high! :D

Monday, April 5, 2010

My 20th Birthday~!

Gahhhhhh, I can't believe I hadn't posted this yet!!! This past week has been INSANE. I had some hard stuff to deal with, such as the death of a family friend and frustating class scheduling. College is never easy, and in the words of my wonderful father-- "Living on your own is tough!"
I couldn't have said it better myself, Dad. :)
However, a lot of fun was had by me and Andrew this holiday weekend. :) I am glad that we are settling back into our usual routine this week-- I actually am a "routine" kind of person, and I really don't like change. I can't believe it's April already...I am going to Japan next month!

Now, without further ado, here is what I did for my 20th birthday in January! Stay tuned for more catch-up posts to follow! :)

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Oreo cookie cake with 20 candles, courtesy of my love and his family! :D

Hello everyone! Saturday January 3o was my 20th Birthday!!! I am really excited about being 20; it feels right to me and I love being able to say "I'm in my 20's" lol! I celebrated Friday and Saturday and had sooooo much fun!!! Andrew and his family did so much for me and were so generous; it's thanks to them that my birthday was so wonderful! :) Anyway, here's what we ate to celebrate! :D

Friday night was the now usual family party at Andrew's house, and there was a ton of food! I was so ecstatic because Andrew's mom asked me to bake cookies and brownies for the party! Yay, I can finally cook! :D Above are some lumpia she fried up and they were soooo good!

I made oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies that turned out wonderfully soft and tasty! Andrew crushed the walnuts up rather fine and it made the cookies taste rather subtle. I added more chocolate chips than his mom's recipe called for and it made an awesome difference! :D These cookies were a hit and it was so fun to cook in his kitchen!

On Saturday, my grandma, dad, and sister came to visit and take me and Andrew out to lunch! I had made a reservation at the Wine and Roses Restaurant in Lodi earlier in the week and was looking forward to trying their brunch menu. I should have taken a picture of the restaurant itself because it was so quaint and lush with flowers and trees! Wine and Roses is actually a spa and hotel, and a very lovely one at that.

A Flamenkuche appetizer, with lardons, onions, cheese, and greens on top of a buttery bread spread with creme fraiche and herbs. This was salty and savory, so in other words, very appealing lol. It was larger than we thought it would be, so all five of us had a decent-sized piece. We were already busy munching on the buttery and flakey cheddar biscuits we were given. They were delicious! Already, this meal was off to a great start!

My grandma and I both ordered the quiche, which had ham, cheese, bacon, and onions. It was very rich and I enjoyed it very much! I split it up with Andrew who then gave me half of his omlette and some his potatoes. The salad that came with this was pretty good, lightly doused with a sweet vinaigrette.

Andrew ordered the omlette with cheese, mixed mushrooms, swiss chard, and bacon with some potatoes on the side. It was all right; we both agreed that my quiche was richer and tastier. Andrew was happy to spread some ketchup on his omlette and potatoes though! There should have been more cheese and goodies inside; all in all, it was rather plain.

My awesome carnivore sister had the steak and eggs, which I think she enjoyed. We thought the steak was kind of small, but she was okay with it.

The dessert menu wasn't too exciting, so when our kind server said that they were serving vanilla creme brulee instead of lemon, both my sister and I jumped at it! However, they must have had some sort of miscommunication, because we were both served lemon creme brulee, which neither of us liked. It was too tart and not what we were expecting or craving. So, our server said she would take it off the bill. As soon as Andrew realized our desserts were free, he ended up finishing my creme brulee lol! XD My love jumps at the chance for free food!

Wine and Roses Hotel, Restaurant, Spa
2505 West Turner Road
Lodi, CA 95242
(209) 334-6988

Momofraise Says: Wine and Roses is a beautiful and dreamy place tucked into Lodi, and well worth a visit for the ambiance! The food can be good, but portions are a bit small.
I had the best birthday ever! Thank you to Andrew, Andrew's family, my friends, and my family! Love you all! :D

:D Just for fun~

This is college.

(taken with my new Nikon D3000 camera! more posts will be up as soon as I have time)