It has been ages since I’ve done a proper ‘It’s Monday!’ post. What can I say except, holidays!
As we had a rather long three-week holiday in November when we returned to Singapore, our after-Christmas vacation was just a three-day two-night one in nearby Roseville, north of Sacramento.
And from Roseville, it was about an hour’s drive up to Kingvale where there was snow to play with! The kids got to touch snow for the first time and it was a delight watching them.
We were there for the tubing but there wasn’t enough snow! We had to make do with sledding. Still it was fun – and also my first time!
Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. We also hit the California Railroad Museum.
Then warmed up with some spicy shio ramen at RyuJin Ramen House in Sacramento. Loved it.
A treat for those with a sweet tooth! We were surprised by the ‘juicy pear’ flavour that we sampled on tour. The husband promptly bought himself some. The kids loved the ‘buttered popcorn’ flavour.
In Japan, a New Year custom is the ‘Lucky Bag’ or ‘fukubukuro’ – a mystery bag of unknown contents, usually discounted. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a Lucky Bag from Lupicia Tea for a while now, and so I grabbed a $50 bag of 15 different types of loose leaf teas. The husband also got one from J Sweets, full of different types of Japanese cookies and chocolates from Royce. Yum.
We tried Pieology for the first time (we eat regularly at Blaze, also another fast-fired pizza) and really liked it.
We like to do hotpot during winter. It’s an easy way to have dinner, just buy all the ingredients, make some stock and chop some vegetables. The thinly sliced beef from Mitsuwa supermarket is what we always buy as it is so tender and just requires a few seconds in the broth.
Delicious Foods – James Hannaham
A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin
The Americans Vol 1
OK so not the prosecco from this photo but I’m eating that root beer cake I made.
Tea. Did you see how many teas I have to get through now?? 😛
Leftover Christmas ham fried rice
Stirfried noodles with sliced beef and cabbage
Added to my tbr: Lucy Knisley will have a new graphic novel out (via Estella’s Revenge)
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings -Matthew Burgess, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo (via Brain Pickings)
Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf
The Wicked and the Divine Vol 2 –Kieren Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, Clayton Cowles