|Letter from Los Angeles
||Tuesday | 8 July 2014
Din Tai Fung
Los Angeles, California: We have been in
Los Angeles six days and I can barely remember what we have done, where we have
been and exactly how many items have been checked-off Lisa's Nesting List. Lisa
admitted today, that as she scratches-off a completed item, she is adding more
chores to the bottom of the list.
We did major shopping yesterday. Lisa (like her Momma) plans her weekly menus
and tries to do a big shop one day and supplement with a quick stop later in the
week. This planning/shopping really works and saves a ton of money if the
planner will stick to the plan and if the diners will stick to their schedules.
Usually something will come-up. Someone will have to work late. Someone won't
nap. Germany will beat Brazil 7-0. Stuff happens. But, usually, the
meal plans works.
Sometimes... your nearly-eight-months-along wife bakes cookies for your
office... so you send her flowers.
Well done, Lenny.
Over the past two days, we have taken/fetched Leo to/from preschool,
visited rug cleaners, upholsterers and grocers. Gifts have been
purchased. Wrapped. Mailed. Floors have been scrubbed. Laundry.
Vacuuming. Leo has been bathed. Read to. Rocked. Lullabied (not a word).
Lisa had errands this morning in Glendale. We joined her and found just
enough time for lunch at
Din Tai Fung - a
very authentic Taiwan-style noodle and dumpling restaurant. The
restaurant has many locations throughout Asia, and have recently opened
several branches in Los Angeles and Seattle.
Dining at Din Tai Fung was like a flashback to Taiwan.
This cucumber dish is usually brought (gratis) to the table by the
server in restaurants in Taiwan. I make
on a regular basis at home. Delicious.
Steamed Chicken Dumplings
I nearly cried when the first bite of their dumpling hit my mouth. Nailed it. Exactly
the same taste as Taiwan (we lived in Taiwan for several years during
Din Tai Fung serves traditional Taiwanese-style fried rice as well. No
soy sauce! Since we do not eat pork/shellfish, we were not able to try
many of the things on the menu (for example, the pork AND shrimp
dumplings, which I can imagine must be delightful, as steamer-baskets
filled with the dumplings were flowing out of the kitchen). But Din Tai
Fung has a large selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu
items, so it is easy for anyone to find a delicious meal - they even
have a vegetarian hot-sour soup option.
Our niece, Meghan, drove up from Long Beach with her fiancé,
Jaime, to join us for dinner tonight. DT grilled steaks (I roasted potatoes and
asparagus) and we all had a great evening on the patio.
Meghan, Me & Jaime
We celebrated Meghan's birthday a day early with a little fruit
Until my next update, I remain, your well-fed correspondent.
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