gnocchi with morels and sage shrimp tatsuta-age sweet and sour beef short ribs almond cake with blood oranges (gluten-free)


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where are i?

[from Grandma’s place]
I can’t think. Some *crazy* Chinese television show is on at ear-splitting volume (the elderly are a little hard of hearing) which seems to interfere with my brain waves, rendering me incapable of writing anything that remotely makes sense.

[at the hotel]
Well, despite taking pictures, there are none today as dear Jeremy has gone to bed early tonight. He told me to wake him up with a call when I’m ready to transfer files, but… I can’t do it because I want him to sleep uninterrupted considering how much sleep Jeremy lost over me in the past year. So we can go without for one day while affording him some much needed rest.

I’m tired now, so to recap the day in short: we drove all over town trying to get to Grandma’s place with major road closures for a half marathon, we ate, we drove, we shopped, we drank bubble tea, we ate, we gossiped, we shopped some more, we gossiped, we saw some bad Chinese television programming, I got a headache… But more importantly we laughed and shared and enjoyed our time together. Tomorrow is Grandma’s birthday (according to the lunar calendar). We are gonna have a Good Day! Even better than the days leading up to it. Wish her a happy 87th (88th in Chinese years) birthday!

[Special thanks to Lisa Is Bossy for her awesome dining recs in the Bay Area!]

I’ll answer comments when I get home in a few days. Huzzah!

11 nibbles at “where are i?”

  1. Kitt says:

    Happy birthday, Jen’s Lao Lao!

  2. Rosa says:

    Happy Birthday to your Grandma!

    Cheers and have a nice week,

    Rosa

  3. Mrs Erg├╝l says:

    Happy birthday to your grandma! About a month or so ago, we celebrated my grandma’s 80th birthday. 2 weeks after that, she fell ill and now the doctors can’t even detect what went wrong. Everyone is worried sick and I can’t even stand the thought of losing her…

    Your grandma looks great for an 88 year-old. You guys must be taking great care of her!

  4. Mollie says:

    Happy Birthday Grandma! I’m so glad it’s been a good trip. And I’m glad Jeremy got to sleep. :)

  5. Kelly says:

    Happy Birthday Grandma! Enjoy all the gossiping, eating, shopping, and ear plugging…

  6. Margie says:

    A shout out to Grandma, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

    Continue enjoying your visit. We are in therapy today because there are no photos, but fret not, we will resume our good nature upon their return.

    ;)

  7. Lisa says:

    Wow thanks for the shout out Jen! You’re very welcome. I’m a huge food person so knowing the “good spots” when I’m traveling is invaluable! Just wanted to help a sista out ;)!

    Happy Birthday to Lao-Lao! 88 – what a lucky birthday year for her! I hope it is her best.

  8. Sally says:

    Jen’s Grandma:

    in my best possible Mandarin Chinese:

    SHENG RI KUAI LE!!!!!!

    (did I get it right, Jen? how about my lousy accent? :-)

  9. Lori says:

    Happy Birthday dear Grandmother! Grace and Peace to you!

  10. Maja says:

    Happy birthday, Jen’s Grandma!!! And on many many more!

  11. jenyu says:

    Kitt – thanks!

    Rosa – thank you :)

    Mrs. E – oh, I’m so sorry about your grandma :( I hope she is OK soon. xxoo

    Mollie – Jeremy told me after I got home that he slept horribly b/c I wasn’t here. Doh! Poor guy can’t get a break :(

    Kelly – so sweet of you, thanks!

    Margie – thank you!

    Lisa – you rock, hon. Thanks a lot for everything.

    Sally – wow, that’s awesome :) Very well said (good accent too, but you’re asking the wrong person b/c my accent is horrible) Thanks :)

    Lori – thank you, dear.

    Maja – thanks xxoo

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