It’s Monday (July 12, 2021)

It was my birthday weekend and we went out to a seafood restaurant in San Jose for lunch.

Soft shell crab sliders
My favorite thing to eat here – uni pasta. So rich and creamy!
The kids wanted clams.
Instead of a birthday cake, I had an assortment of petite cakes from Alexanders Patisserie in Mountain View. From top left: London Fog (Earl Grey chocolate mousse, blackberry centre, on a salted chocolate sable), Tahiti (very vanilla-y with a yummy buttery sable), Empress (chocolate, hazelnut, dulce de leche caramel. Maybe a bit too much caramel for me), Opera (lots of coffee flavour).

All in all, a very lovely birthday!


Other things last week, I made crispy pork belly for the first time. Used this recipe from Hot Thai Kitchen.

At the park


Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (a reread)
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon.

Watching: Howl’s Moving Castle (a rewatch)

Eating: Cake for breakfast!

Drinking: Tea


It’s going to be a slightly cooler week (we had a rather hot weekend). So maybe I’ll make some tomato soup!

Last week:

I posted:
Library Loot (July 7 to 13)

Why I Love Reading #TopTenTuesday

I read:

Giant Days volumes 6 to 10

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. It’s so great that your kids like seafood. So Chinese! I was discussing Spanish holidays with my Cantonese teacher and she thought her kids would like paella. Where my kids aren’t that keen on seafood, I think of that as their English side coming through.

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  2. Happy birthday! The food looks amazing, and I love the idea of assorted cakes instead of just one type of cake! I keep forgetting to go on to the book that comes after Parable of the Sower; by now, I should probably reread Parable of the Sower before I do.

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