Dad’s Pork & Vegetable Congee

My dad made pork and vegetable congee for dinner tonight. Normally I love congee any time of day but…just not when it is almost 80 degrees outside. The congee is still delicious but I think I am going to have eat a slice of watermelon afterwards to cool down.


Grandma’s Fatty Pork Dish

My cousin Jessica moved to San Francisco some time earlier this year. Since she is going to visit us this Memorial Day weekend, our grandma decided to prepare Jessica’s much loved fatty pork dish. I just ate a few pieces and they were delicious. Now I have to go to the gym.




The Beverly Hilton

I got to sleep in yesterday and today because I had to attend the World Class Service training at the historic Beverly Hilton Hotel. It was nice to be able to spend some time away from the office, do some networking with coworkers from other branches, and stay at a nice hotel. Oh and of course, the training class itself was also surprisingly refreshing (thank god!).

After the first day of class, we attended a small dinner reception at Le Chateau inside The Beverly Hilton. I had a wedge salad, a steak tenderloin, and a small triple layer chocolate cake concoction. I’m not going to mention any names, but the person sitting to my right said “no” to the dessert and I couldn’t help thinking “what? no way”.

Bottega Louie

I’ve been meaning to venture into Bottega Louie in Downtown LA for quite some time now but never did until this last Friday because parking in the area really sucks and I forgot that it was there until one of my friends posted a picture on her FB last week. Still I didn’t get to taste the food from their lunch or dinner menu because I didn’t want to eat by myself. So instead I picked up some pastries from their patisserie. All I have to say is that I much rather have macarons from Euro Pane in Pasadena. Now seeing that their average Yelp ratings are 4 stars, I think I am going to have to go back to try their food.

Dark Descendent By Jenna Black

Dark Descendent by Jenna Black is about a young woman in her mid-twenties, Nikki, that finds out she is a descendent of the Greek goddess Artemis. Nikki’s world is flipped upside down when she walks right into a world of supernatural beings claiming to be descendents of gods and accidentally acquires immortality.

My expectations for Dark Descendent wasn’t very high so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself unable to put my Kindle down. Black’s story takes on a different twist to mythology by creating a world based on the descendents of the gods in modern day D.C. She gifts each character with some of the strengths and personalities traits of their supernatural predecessors so it is definitely interesting reading about how these characters use their powers for good or evil. I can’t help but wonder if any of the gods themselves are actually going to pop in to regulate the shenanigans their descendents are getting themselves into.