Christmas Decorating and Holiday Meal

 

This last Sunday, Markel and I spent the evening decorating our place with delicious christmas decorations and scents.  We found the perfect 3 foot tree that smelled heavenly when we brought it home and decorated it with ornaments we had been collecting for the past 6+ years.  We buy 1 ornament together for every year we’ve been together and this year it really filled up our little tree!

ANDD of course we had to top off the evening with a little holiday meal for 2.  Since we didn’t eat the traditional turkey feast on thanksgiving, it was really nice to have a little post-holiday meal together in our newly decorated apartment.  The only thing missing was red wine or champs. >.<  oh well…maybe next year.

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our baby tree <3

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An Italian Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving 2014, The Blairs decided to have a big Italian Dinner in lieu of Turkey and the normal sides.  Grandpa Cordaro from Sicily passed away this year and in his honor, we had a big Sicilian feast.  It was a really really wonderful way to remember such an amazing man and share our memories of him with each other.

Here are the special meatballs being made below. =)  I supervised while mike and his brother made the magic happen.

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The amazing feast below.  I still have meat aversions (from pregnancy) so I don’t have the meatballs or sausages on my plate.  BUT they were a smash hit and people went nuts over them.

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some of us couldn’t handle the big meal.  little lucy feasted on italian meatballs and then PASSED out.

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i love the holidays and the family bonding it brings.  can’t wait for next year when we’ll have our little one at the table to share in the family tradition as well! xoxo

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Wurstkuche in Venice

This last weekend Markel and I celebrated a good friend’s birthday at Wurstuche in Venice.  I’ve only visited the Little Tokyo location and hadn’t been in years, so it was really nice to try out the Venice chain.  I forgot how delicious the fries and dipping sauces were, and how soft the bread for the sausage was.  Since I’m preggo I wasn’t able to eat a meat sausage and stuck with a veggie one instead.  =(  I have to say…it was NOT the same.  The meat ones are way better.  *sigh *

Mike ordered Duck with sauerkraut on top.  He died and said it was amazzzzing~~

The entire restaurant had the same industrial feel as the downtown location, and the selection of beer was incredible.  Mike and his friends ordered different kinds that all came in their own unique glasses.  REALLY fun touch~ and kept the experience spicy.

The back room to Wurstkuche is huge and great for large parties.  The lighting is really intimate as well and we saw tons of people on romantic dates tucked into the corner/wall tables all over the restaurant.

If you’ve never been to Wurstkuche, I totally recommend it!  Great food and experience~

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Lee’s Sandwiches

 

I had Veteran’s Day off yesterday and I ran tons of errands from 8am-12pm.  Crazy since on a normal day off I would have slept till noon… but I digress…

On my way home from dropping off my car at the mechanic’s, I spotted a LEE’S SANDWICHES in Van Nyus!!  I am obsessed with the bread and banh mi sandwiches here so despite the fact that it was only 8:30am, I ordered egg rolls, BBQ Pork Banh Mi and an Iced Coffee with Boba.  LOL

OH don’t worry, the ladies behind the counter definitely judged me.

Most people were ordering breakfast sandwiches or pastries to go with their coffees…but this party of 1 decided to order as many things as possible before heading back over the hill to West LA.  =D

I didn’t get a picture of the entire order but here are my egg rolls and my coffee.  =D  oh Lee’s…how much I love you.  Now that I know this place is SUPER close to mike’s work~ i’ll be making frequent dinner requests.  hehe

xoxo If you haven’t checked out a Lee’s Sandwiches PLEASE DO.  They’re usually in orange county only, but this is the first one I’ve seen outside of OC.  They are known for their incredible bread, banh mi, iced coffee and pastries.  *drooool *

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Noshi Sushi in Koreatown

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i FINALLY got to try noshi sushi last week and i’m soooo freaking happy i did.  The spicy tuna cut rolls and hand rolls were amazing~~ and so was the blue crab roll.  The ladies and I munched away on these delicious bites along with miso soup, cucumber salad, green tea and extra ginger.  The wait to get in was cray and the service was hard to get (the waiters are running around everywhere), but it was all worth it.  Spicy Tuna Rolls for under $6?? Sign-Me-Up.

Let me say tho…that Sugar Fish and Sasabune are still superior but Noshi’s prices are pretty hard to beat anywhere else.  If you happen to be in the neighborhood, I really recommend checking Noshi out.

WARNING: Cash Only!

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Okrumong in Koreatown

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Went to Okrumong this past Sunday for late night dessert and it was SO delicious.  The ingredients are incredibly simple and everything comes in the traditional Korean metal dishware from hundreds of years ago.  We didn’t get the cold metal spoons above, but that’s cool… next time. =)

Now back to the dessert!

We ordered the black sesame shaved ice that came with red bean and rice cakes on the side, as well as the traditional red bean shaved ice.  I liked both, but I have to say that the black sesame blew me away.  I’m normally a huge black sesame fan so perhaps that’s why?  But I’m obsessed with the nutty flavor!

If you’re in ktown or interested in trying out a new dessert place, check out Okrumong!  (next to kyochon chicken)