Saturday, December 2, 2017

Big Bend: Big Country, Big Surprises ---- 4. To do to eat & to stay: other towns. Tips-and-Tricks


When our SUV first time drive close to Apline on the road, my boys cannot help to claim: WOW! This is the biggest civilization we’ve ever seen in a whole week.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Big Bend: Big Country, Big Surprises ---- 4. To do to eat & to stay: Marfa

Marfa: Tough to get to, tougher to explain

A small desert city established in 1883, 98 miles away from the park, not like many typical old towns’ Victorian cozy and warm, it is contemporary, artistic and attracting creative spirits. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Big Bend: Big Country, Big Surprises ---- 3. To do to eat & to stay: Terlingua

One thing for sure wherever you stay, you gonna enjoy the most beautiful stargazing night, every night. All night.

Big Bend Region is one of the four places able to claim the least light-polluted darkest skies in our country. It is one of the only 13 parks in the world to have certified a gold-tie certification from the International Dark Sky Association. In a typical city, a few hundred stars might be visible on a particularly clear night. In Big Bend, an average night yields a view of more than 2,000.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Big Bend: Big Country, Big Surprises ----- 2. What to Explore

There are simply too many choices. It is a beautiful park to visit, and all of the hikes are enjoyable. Visitors definitely need to allow several days for the park itself, since the best parts of it are spread out way from each other.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Big Bend: Big Country, Big Surprises ---- 1. General Introduction

Established on June 1944, at the end of the road in Far West Texas, Big Bend National Park has over 801,000 acres of the entire Chiscos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. It is one of the most remote national parks. The topography of Big Bend is so barren and jagged that America’s astronauts in the 1960s took field trips to the park to prepare them for landing on the moon. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Boots For a Cold Day

I almost assumed we're in spring, before winter finally comes.
And it will stay for a three days this time?
There, when finally occasionally a day under 40F is on the way, how can you wait to pull out a lot of once or twice a year thing like coats, fur, hats, gloves, and boots. 

Boots are my smallest collection, next to flats. I need to grab some of them from the far and high places in closet.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Eat Dairy - Japan '16 Summer

Here we go. First day school, back to my 5am routine. And soon even a bit earlier.

I think this boat is also kind of a Japan I see. Fresh, quality, colorful, traditional, order, and healthy.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday America!

I love this great country and feeling so appreciate and proud to call it my home.  This year, we did not travel as we always did on the Independent Day, there is no reason not to party, cook and eat seriously.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Chinese Dragon Boat Fest 粽香四溢

Don't you feel, while, a bit awkward, if to name a fest to remember the first and most fundamental poets in Chinese history, a dragon boat day? Long story in short, even he drown and people racing boat to try to save him and put sweet rice snacks into water to memory him, I still think a National Poets Day or Chinese Memorial Day may be a better (but sounds less fun) choice.
BTW, in Chinese the fest name is Duanwu, perfectly fine and right for season.

It is the mark when is full swing of summer heat. Our tradition including kiddos wear five color strings on hands and a dot of herb liquor on center of forehead, to scare away the deadly disease and/or evils. Five things always on table to enjoy: peach, plum, salted egg, garlic, and Zongzi (Sweet Rice staffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Eat All the Way South to the Padre Island

You heard surprise party, did you ever try surprise vacation?
It's a gift to our middle school graduate. He loves beach, fishing, and seafood. Enjoy a lot of time thinking, along, and grow and smart.

The sea lives in every one of us. Seafood as well?  ^_^

Friday, June 3, 2016

Not Only Kid's Graduation 厨房也有毕业庆祝吧

On August 2013, I put $150 into my elder son's lunch account. As of 5/31/2016, the balance is $134.85. He ate twice school lunch in past three years: first day school, and once because the locker was not functional so could not get lunch box out on time.
When he is proud of all those titles and certificates and honors, allow me to pat on my own shoulder and review all these early mornings I rushed and rushed for their breakfast and lunch, send to bus station (sometimes drive to school directly) then back to rush rush breakfast for seniors and ourselves. Yes I got sick and took business travels, but by planed and prepared ahead so we never have to deal with those "tasteless meal in school", and "unbearable long line to waste my life".
Now, I will have another two years before send the little one to high school and crossing the fingers they can meet a great chef there.
I feel so rewarding we have all these great memories on food and time spending together to begin a whole new day everyday, and kids thinking about mom & home in the middle of a fun or tough day when they open their lunch box.

2013 到2016,咱家的大公子一共在他的三年初中吃了两次食堂,共计花费$15.15:开学第一餐, 和locker打不开拿不到午餐盒被迫买了一餐。寒来暑往,整做了三年早餐+午餐耶!耶!耶!如果我出差或生病,就提前备好材料或做好便当,真是一餐不曾拉下啊。孩子长高了,长壮壮了,长帅了,长聪明了 ---- 那都是我的功劳,哈哈哈


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Cook and Eat Well on Mother's Day

I decided to cook a bit on Mother's Day am this year. It's just too much line and waiting to dine out twice on such a day everyone trying to show love & care at the same time.

It was a last minute decision, and quick and easy. But turned out much relaxing and satisfying: I am not saying going to keep this tradition, but well, the most comfortable place and eats is always at home.