Cebiche and causa at La Mar
Bay Bridge from the Ferry Building
We stopped by the Husband’s office so his parents could have a little tour. The company moved to a new building sometime last year. This is the view from the lounge/eating area.
We had a bit of a busy weekend despite all the coughing that is still happening around the house. My in-laws flew in from Singapore on Friday so we had an airport outing – always fun. Then some family friends from New Zealand were in San Francisco, doing a bit of a long vacation, Hawaii, New York, Nashville, Los Angeles! My family has known them for ages – her daughter is the same age as me and we were penpals as kids. (In case you weren’t born in the pre-Internet age like I was, that meant we wrote letters to each other in our kiddie handwriting, telling each other about all the inane facts of the day, put the letter in an envelope, put a stamp on the envelope and drop it in the mailbox. It took quite a while to reach New Zealand and to get a reply back, but it was tons of fun knowing that I had a friend out there.) We’ve also done some visiting both ways, although I haven’t seen Nan in years. Coincidentally her second child is just a few days younger than my first! Anyway, we had a lovely lunch with her parents at La Mar, a Peruvian restaurant on the waterfront. Then had a nice walk around the Ferry Building.
The Yacoubian Building – Alaa Al Aswany
I started this earlier in the week but while it was interesting, I wasn’t feeling it so much. But I’m still going to keep going on this, partly because it’s set in Egypt.
Jem and the Holograms which I first heard of from Andi. I was an 80s kid but I never heard of them! Er, I dunno, maybe because I didn’t grow up in the US?
While I enjoy watching cooking reality shows, I realize I don’t have the patience for those long drawn-out ones (at least American ones) like MasterChef and what not. Plus there’s the fact that I don’t have TV and rely on Netflix/Amazon Prime. Anyway, Cutthroat Kitchen works for me. Because (1) Alton Brown (2) the insane things that they throw at the chefs to bid for, like having one of your opponents cook gnocchi with a masher duct-taped to his dominant hand. Yes really. Oh and that time they made someone cook everything on a kid’s kitchen. And Alton’s absolute glee at being able to inflict the ‘devices’ on the competitors. Oh and there’s Simon Majumdar who makes regular appearances as a judge.
Kueh Ambon, a kind of coconuty-eggy cake. Here’s a recipe if you’re curious
Rooibos with lemon.
Ugh, I haven’t a clue. I’m guessing there’s going to be some fried noodles or maybe vermicelli, Singapore-style.
I really shouldn’t be wanting these, since my ridiculous cough is still ongoing. But Oh My.. that is some brownie. (How Sweet it is)
Oh lookee! Another brownie recipe. This time with raspberries and sea salt! (Joy the Baker)
The world needs female rock critics (New Yorker)
On life after Mad Men (Sonya Chung for The Millions) Which reminds me that I have be meaning to read her book, Long For This World.
So many fun graphic novels to look for in the second half of the year (River City Reading)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg
CSI: Serial (graphic novel #1) – Max Allan Collins (yes I really did read a CSI comic. And it wasn’t too bad!)
The Cape – Joe Hill, Zach Howard, Jason Ciaramella
Chef – Jaspreet Singh
Adventure Time Vol 5 and 6 – Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
How was your weekend? And what are you reading this week?