Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Waldorf Salad

Vietnamese Homemade Soup Stock

OK, so these are bad pictures, but you get the idea. I made my own homemade soup stock. Except this is pork stock, used for one of my noodle dishes, and not chicken broth like most people would use.


For 6 cups of stock

2 pounds of pork bones or chicken wings
Boil 6 cups of water
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 Daikon cut into large cubes

Make sure you skim off the fat and the foam bubbles every 15 minutes. Cook the bones for 2 hours. In case, you're wondering Daikon is this vegetable that I use to enhance the flavor of the stock even more:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Food in Vegas

While in Vegas I did nothing, but stuff myself with Vegas buffet. With the skyrocketing prices they have, you can't help, but think a $30 buffet is a steal. Especially, when there's Alaskan snow crab legs on the menu! Yummmmm.

I would highly recommend Mandalay Bay if you like your crab legs hot, and at your dispense. I tried the Bellagio buffet, and I thought it was highly overrated. Yes, the selection was vast, but if you're there for the crabslegs, like me, then I find waiting 5 minutes for the chef to re-steam your crablegs, is rather time-consuming. So, yes you can get your crablegs hot at the Bellagio as well, but you have to wait in 10-minute intervals, which I wasn't willing to do.

Can you tell which one is Lychee and which one is Coconut?

The hubby and I stopped for a sorbet break while in the Venetian hotel. Oh myyyy, the selection they had. I had a hard time narrowing my choices down to two!

A well-plated dessert selection from the Mandalay Bay Hotel

Las Vegas Trip - Part 1

I haven't posted in awhile, b/c I've been busy on vacation on the west coast. We went to Vegas for a few days, and it was enjoyable. This was my 3rd trip to Vegas. I think this time I was more relaxed because I've already taken in all the touristy sites previously.
No, I did not go on the gondola ride

The hotel I stayed at

Red peppers as decorations inside the Bellagio. What a neat idea.

I never get tired of seeing the Bellagio watershow at night. I think I could sit there for hours and watch this.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Honeymoon - Honolulu Hawaiian Lua

I finally have a chance to post some leisure pictures. This is from my honeymoon in Hawaii in May of 2008. What's Hawaii without a Lua right? This is from Germaine's Lua in Honolulu.

Roast Pig anyone? Mmmmmm, it was good. Believe me it was!

What's a Hawaiian dish without Poi (In the little purple container above the tray). Poi is the staple food of the Polynesian people. It's made from basically from Taro. Our host from the lua insisted that everyone MUST try the Taro at least once before leaving Hawaii. I tried it, and my conclusion is it tastes like NOTHING. It had no taste to it. Just a creamy-like texture added to enhance the food we were eating. If you ask me would I eat it again, sure why not, but it's not something I would die to eat again, nor something I miss from my trip either.

Cupcakes and Fondant

These are homemade cupcakes from my aunt's friend. Pretttttyyy right? The red velvet was my favorite one. These were from my little cousins' 4th birthday.