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I forgot to write about the weekend before last, I was distracted by writing about Mustafa's visit. It was fairly low-key, Max offered to cook a nice dinner on Saturday night as part of our anniversary celebrations. We opened our bottle of 95' Veuve Clicquot, which was incredible. For dinner we started off with pacific northwest smoked salmon with gherkins and a baguette, then Max coated two ahi tuna steaks with lavender and black pepper and pan-fried them (which was even better than the Silverwater's). He served that up with a roasted garlic and potato purée. With dinner we drank a bottle of Vouvray and for dessert I made fresh blackberry ice cream.







Last weekend we spent partially running errands for our trip to the states next week. We also stopped by the giant Chinese grocery store near us, Wing Yip. It's much bigger than the one in Cricklewood and Hoo Hing near Hendon. A kind English man married to a Chinese woman pointed out some of the best deals to us. We ended up buying a ton of supplies.



conjoined duck twins

This week we're going to Rachael's birthday party which is now easy to remember since it's on September 11th. We're also finalizing the plans for our trip, getting a discount on a car hire from a friend, and deciding how to divide up our time. It seems it will be about 4 days each in Port Townsend, Anacortes, and Spokane, and 1-2 days in Seattle. It's difficult to divide time up between families in a way that will make everyone happy. We're going to try to squeeze in seeing a few friends in Seattle and a friend from Vancouver may drive down to meet us since there's no way we can visit him in Vancouver this time around (as much as I'd love to). It is going to be so hectic, but I am really excited to see everyone and to be back home for awhile.
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On September 8th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC), vulgarlad commented:
"We opened our bottle of 95' Veuve Clicquot"


mmm...good choice.

~m
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On September 8th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
oh yes, I love the Clicquot..
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On September 8th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC), vizzygoth commented:
omg, please email me your blackberry ice cream recipe sometime!

gorgeous pics as usual. max sounds like a fantastic chef--must be the half-french thing. ;)

It's difficult to divide time up between families in a way that will make everyone happy.

true that. don't forget to make yourself happy, too! it's your vacation, after all.
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On September 8th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
No problem, I'll write it out and email it to you tonight or tomorrow. :) It was so good, but I might make it slightly sweeter next time.

Yes, he is a great chef. We have a lot of fun cooking together.

True, that's one reason we're spending a little more time in Seattle.. have a day or so on our own.
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On September 8th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC), ginamoog commented:
Yummy!:D

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On September 8th, 2003 12:21 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
let's open a restaurant! ;)

(which reminds me, I keep meaning to try your laska recipe.)
On September 8th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC), ginamoog replied:
Do you have the recipe on hand?

And you just reminded me why I love fall and winter. Laksa!:)
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On September 9th, 2003 03:11 am (UTC), nomi replied:
It's in my memories.

I love laska, but I've never made it before. Maybe I'll try it this week since I have a ton of beans prouts to use from the chinese grocers.
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On September 8th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC), heuteistmeintag commented:
chinese grocers? i have two words for you

moon cakes
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On September 8th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thanks for the tip! The Wing Yip building also has a big bakery, but we went there in the evening so most of the stuff was gone.
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On September 8th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC), heuteistmeintag replied:
you can only get them for the next week or so, right up to and maybe a few days after the mid-autumn festival
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On September 10th, 2003 09:48 pm (UTC), hal_obrien commented:
My schedule is crazy these days -- Wed-Sat, 5am-4pm -- but other than that I'm flexible... Assuming I'm someone you'd want to meet while in Seattle, of course. :)

If not, I understand, having been on hectic trips like that myself.
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On September 11th, 2003 07:47 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Yes, we would like to meet you! I'm not sure if we'll have the time with such a hectic schedule, but could you email me your phone number to contact you if we do? :)
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