Birthdays and Adapting

06 Dec

Hey all, how’s your weekend? Thank you so much for your nice comments on my last post. Seriously it took me at least a day to totally forget that incident. Tomorrow will be the time I’ll find out how much will it cost me to repair that bumper – *finger crossed*

Anyway let’s move on to something fun!

Folks at Kashi are so generous to send me this sample and coupons too!

Sunday was our nephew’s 4th birthday and my mother in-law’s birthday – wow double birthday celebrations on one day!

We all went to Chuck E Cheese! - er this only for nephew's b'day

lots of pizzas! - didn't have any

but I scavenged the veggie platter the most

Plus some chicken wings and the celery - minus the ranch dipping

Lawrence is a big fan of Lightning McQueen from Cars so sis in law chose Cars as this year's b'day theme - from the goodie bags

to the cake!

my portion - so light and fluffy and not too sweet - kudos to Asian bakery cake šŸ™‚

homemade cupcakes from one of the parent, didn't have any, but surely they look well decorated

Our gift to the nephew. In Chinese tradition, usually we give red envelope for any celebrations – birthdays, weddings, graduation etc – can’t go wrong with those! Who doesn’t like cash gift? In this case, the cash gift will go to sis in law.

Who wanna play the arcade? I played the racing car and was on the 3rd place haha...didn't know I could do that. K played first and he didn't even finish the race...I should've took the pic.

Stopped by Whole Paycheck which located right behind Chuck E Cheese. Saw lots of goodies that I’ve seen or heard from the foodie bloggers. From the hot bar, vegenaise, tofurky and bunch other stuffs.

After wondering around for about 30 mins, I decided to give these a try. Spent about $8 for only these 3 stuff. Guess the whole paycheck name suits well – if you’re not careful enough, you’ll be spending your ENTIRE paycheck for one week grocery..haha.

I was a bit hungry so I snacked the Two Moms in the RAW Berry Chia Bar.

This was my first time trying raw and gluten free bar. My first impression? It tasted like a dirt…LOL – but I don’t hate it either. It might be a bit dry to my taste and somewhat chewy/hard to bite. I was expecting it to be crunchy. The upside part was there was no added sugar which is pretty rare in most snack bars that I’ve seen. I could taste a hint of banana and the tanginess of the cranberries. I’m a tangy girl so a little tangy taste is always a plus for me..hehe. Not so much on sweets though.

Ingredient list was awesome too! All natural and pronounceable (no chemical names, artificial stuff etc)

I was hoping to try the Cacao nibs ones but WF was out (or at least I didn’t see it on the shelf). I wish to try more of Two Moms in the Raw products, but apparently WF is the only California retailer that carries them and there aren’t any WF nearby my neighborhood area.

Then we had a good dinner at in-laws to celebrate mom-in law’s birthday. Not sure when was her exact birthday since they use Chinese calendar system but the main point was a family get together.

The highlight of the dish was the dungeness crabs. $2.99/lbs – can’t go lower than that! WF carried it for $7.99/lbs and weren’t fresh either!

Lotsa foods!!

Love this dish just a bit greasy. Bell pepper stuffed with fishcake (ground fish)

Another homemade noodles from scratch - father-in-law made these- it's fish noodles šŸ™‚ - was yummy and again kinda greasy for my taste

Good food, good weekend, good time šŸ™‚


1. Are you a celebrating type of person?
For me only for wedding anniversaries (5 year, 10 year etc) but not so much for birthdays. Having a birthday party with cakes, gifts might be fun for kids, but as we grow up, even having cakes become unnecessary. Besides after so many years, it’ll get more challenging to give gift to that particular person.

2, Do you usually give gifts to someone in special occassions (birthdays, graduations, Christmas etc)?
I only do if I KNOW EXACTLY what that person wants or likes, otherwise no. For our nephew’s case, we just gave cash gifts to sister because she spent quite amount for arranging this birthday party. It’s almost like we’re paying for our lunch meal at Chuck E Cheese..haha.

3. How do you serve dishes at home? Family style or individual style?
For us mostly are family style, as seen from the dinner at in-law’s place. Even at home we usually have a family style dinner. The upside is we got to share everything but on the downside, sometimes it’s hard to control the portion hehe.

4. How do you adapt to other people’s eating style?
Let me explain this a bit. On my husband’s family side, EVERYONE uses his/her own chopsticks to get the food from the serving dishes – EVEN AFTER he/she eats using that chopsticks. My family side DOESN’T do that. For us it’s kinda gross to get the food from a dish which everyone has dig in their saliva slathered chopsticks. My family doesn’t eat using chopsticks (we use spoons and forks) but even though we use chopsticks, we still use serving spoons to get the food.

First time I had a meal at my hubby (bf that time) place, I was grossed out and almost didn’t wanna touch anything for second round.
There’s no way I can make my hubby to tell his parents not to do those (that’ll be rude), especially they’ve been cooking and working hard in the kitchen preparing the food for us. Solutions? I load up my plate with a bit of everything from each dishes or any dishes that I’d want to eat and not getting a second round. I just eat slowly so I won’t ended up finishing my stuff first before everyone else. So far this strategy works fine for me šŸ™‚


Posted by on December 6, 2010 in food


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5 responses to “Birthdays and Adapting

  1. dianacheung

    December 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

    i dont care about the used chopsticks thing. šŸ™‚ They are my nasty family….but oh my…your dishes makes me miss HOME cooked meals sooo badly!

    • Jos

      December 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Aww, I know how you feel. I just feel lucky enough to have home cooked meals every weekend.

  2. Ameena

    December 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Oh Chuck E Cheese…if I never see the inside of one of those restaurants again I will be completely content. šŸ™‚

    And I will admit that I often spend the cash that people give for Maya. I tell myself that I’ll make it up at some point! And I often do. But sometimes I probably don’t!!

  3. lequan

    December 6, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Hey Jos,

    Happy belated birthday to your mother in law and your nephew! Both parties seemed like a blast. I would’ve loved both as I love pizza and I enjoy Chinese food. The chopsticks issue doesn’t bother me much though. I know everyone is family. If we have guests over then we use separate chopsticks or spoons to get our food. I guess the best thing for you to do right now is just get all your food on your plate. It’s a hard situation to get around.

    • Jos

      December 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

      Thanks for the b’day wishes!

      I guess I’m just not into those chopsticks issue,even in the family (hubby is the only exception). Oh well so far my strategy works fine and nobody got offended šŸ™‚


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