Long Overdue Reunion

It’s been a Happy Monday for whatever reason I don’t know.

All I know is I got off work. Ran my run. SOOO GOOD! My knees have been a little alekwjre but not like how it use to be so that’s good.

Showered and got ready and went out to Bellaire.

I had a dinner plans with my friends Graham and Oscar. They’re in town from San Antonio for work training people.

Graham has been there for me since I started college, driving me everywhere, and making sure I felt included but we all grow up and get busy. I haven’t seen him in over 2 years! So it was great catching up with him.

As with Oscar, he’s my little. But I haven’t seen him for a few months now. Especially now that I’m in Houston indefinitely. It’s nice to know his studies are going well and he’ll be working and making that dough soon enough! Two years!

It was good seeing them. I realized they’re pretty much the first ones from San Antonio that I’ve ever hung out with in Houston. Reason? I’m really bad at keeping in touch. But it felt amazing doing getting to see them.

Next time I’ll see them is when I go to San Antonio for Julia and Noel’s wedding end of January! Eep!

I hope you all had a great Monday too!

Happy Daddy Day!

So before I begin reviewing all the places we went and all the happenings I just wanted to tell a quick story. Ready?

As I told y’all before, my sissy is off with Brett, her bf, to Colorado for a wedding then heading to Iowa for another wedding. Anyway, I woke up from a weird picture text of purple, yellow, and blue bouquet.

What you caught the bouquet?! They’re soo pretty!!

It hit me in the face!

haha of course, only her. She never told me if she meant to catch it or not but if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. 😉  I told my mum what happened and she laughed her butt off.

I wish I could put the picture of the bouquet on here but I can’t get pictures out of my phone but do believe me:  They were gorgeous!

Okay back to our regularly scheduled program:

So obviously .. Happy Father’s Day!! My dad got this day off work so we can celebrate and have family time. Sissy was gone, brother was in Dallas so all that was left was me, mum, and June. Since our dad’s birthday was just a few weeks ago (June 3rd) we always buy a big present for his birthday and nothing for Father’s day. We got him a new laptop. He loves it and uses it daily.

For breakfast/lunch we went to:

Dim Sum King
9160 Bellaire Blvd #B
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 270-6788

Um .. not quite sure why it’s #B .. that’s not even a number but oh well. That’s what it says.

This is everything we ordered. Top to bottom. I’m not sure what they’re called in English but we ordered a total of 10 dishes. Mmmm … This place compared to other places is pretty good. They are clean for sure, though they have a small space. Especially in the front where people walk in, which is a bummer because when we do have to wait for seats we are packed sardines.

They have really great service. Wonderful service. Whatever we needed they got and didn’t mess up once. Applaud.

On the left is the breakdown of all the foods we ordered. I don’t know how they justify what is a small, medium, and large dish but oh well. If you wanted tea, it costs money so the adults drank tea while I opted out for water. Total came out to be $30.65 which isn’t bad for dim sum price here in Houston. Plus, it’s delicious! I would suggest you come here and try their dishes. I just wished they relocated to a bigger place. They would make so much more money!

After lunch June and I went into:

Yannick Cafe Bakery
9110 A Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 773-2977

in the same shopping mall as Dim Sum King, while my parents went into the dvd/magazine store next door.

Look at the array of desserts they sell. Yum! And they are so beautifully decorated.

I decided on an Egg Tart | $0.80 instead. Can you say yum?! We only bought one … not all that stuff on the tray. Their crust wasn’t the usual crust. I felt it was made out of butter cookies. It had that taste to it and wasn’t flaky like usual egg tart crusts. Yum! I liked it a lot.

Then we headed into the store my parents were in and I came out with this:

Yeah … I’m Chinese and I’m letting it show. I still listen to Chinese music even though I emigrated here when I was like 4? Fluent Chinese speaker right here! Anyway, it’s Raymond Lam’s 2009 (?) concert. Yay! For $5.99. Cheap!! Yes! Score! I haven’t watched it yet but I will next week when I have time. I’m excited. My favorite song from him is on it.

For those that are Chinese and know who this is, I know you think he sucks but … we all have our opinions.

Since my dad and mum needed to get their eyes checked and get new glasses, June and I went to various stores to check out things.

One of the things we found was a tiny knitted hat. It’s so cute!! Don’t worry, I didn’t buy it.

We then went to:

Tapioca House
9104 Bellaire Blvd #B
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 272-6468

Two Milk Tea Tapioca | $1.99 + $0.55 (for large) please! The regular sized is June’s and the large was for me, dad, and mum to share. We got it with the tiny tapioca because I feel the large ones were too chewy. Mmm … yummy drink for such a hot, hot day. Sadly my mum got not a drop. Dad drank it all before she got out of the eye exam room. Whoops. She bought herself a little something, something later though so it all works out.

We went home to relax and unwind. Dinner was coming up. (Our family goes crazy eating when it’s a special day. Gaining back weight .. darn!)

After many, many hours, we went out for dinner at:

Le Lai Restaurant (They misspelled their own name … fail?)
9600 Bellaire Blvd Ste 103
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 988-6888

We got the Dinner for Four [Crab Mea Soup with Fish Maw; Salt Baked Chicken (half); Fillet of Sole (steamed) with Mixed Vegetable; Salted Pepper Squid; Garlic Vegetbale; Pan Fried Noodle with Soy Sauce] | $39.50.

Bad picture quality! Sorry! It was steamy everywhere. We ordered an extra Eggplant with Beef Clay Pot. Not too sure how much it costs but mmm .. yummo.

All the food was delicious.

They even gave us free dessert!! Yum but super fatty.

I would recommend this place but then something happened:

I found a piece of hair in my tea. Yuck!! I know for sure it’s not mine so it could be someone who was making the tea.

Disgusting.

Everyone came home doing their chores and such and now only my mum and I are awake. I love winding down after such a busy day.

I hope all of y’all had a good Father’s Day and those that don’t celebrate, that y’all had a good day! And weekend!!

Night!

San Dong

On May 27th, Mum and June and I went to:

San Dong
9938 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 271-3945

We ordered a few plates to share and took the rest home for my dad and use it as part of our dinner. Yum! I tend to be in love with leftovers.


June wanted this. Not really sure what it’s called but I didn’t like it. My mum and her did though. It’s a mixture of peanuts, carrots, and zucchini. It has a slimy sauce … I think that’s what I didn’t like about it.

 

Mmm … Pig Ears. I know what you’re thinking … GROSS?! But don’t say you hate something til you try it. I wish people would eat it before they judge. Sometimes it’s better than they think but because they have the mentality that something is from a certain place, they would already not like it and have a bias opinion about things.

Mum ordered this. Wenchou Won Ton Soup | $4.75. Nom nom. It wasn’t my favorite out of all the stuff we ordered but it was okay. It has a very thin wrapper and the meat inside was pretty soft. I ate a lot of the bok choy though! Mum loved this one the most.

Here we have the Beef Soup Dumplings [12 dumplings] | $5.25. This might look like the Won Ton .. but it’s not. The soup has more flavor of a beef stock and these are dumplings .. not won tons. Therefore the wrapper in these are thicker and has a little bit of a chew to it. It was good but the soup was too salty for my taste. June loved this one the most.

This is the Leek Pork Dumplings [15 dumplings] | $5.25. This is like the Beef Soup Dumpling except this has no soup. And inside there’s leeks! Yum! This was the first dish I ever had when I first came here. But I have a new love now .. which brings me to ….

Cabbage Pork Dumplings [15 dumplings] | $5.25. This was juicier than the Leek Pork Dumplings so this became my favorite.

Just doing this post makes me want to go here this weekend. I would definitely order the Cabbage Pork Dumplings only …………. ALL FOR ME!

Star Ice & Teriyaki

So after our family went on our day trip to Herman Park and then some, we went on to Bellaire for lunch:

Star Ice & Teriyaki
9889 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

First up we have the #12 Beef Noodle Soup | $4.75. I’m not a big fan of noodles like these. It has a salty broth and the meat is very chewy. But I love the noodles. It has the right bounce to it. It’s one of their most known dishes so do try it.

Here we have the #29 Spicy Squid (Fried) | $3.00. I love this dish. I’m not a big fan of squid because it’s always so chewy but this is terrrific. It’s chewy but not as chewy as other squids are. The outside texture is crunchy but at the same time a little soft. Yum!

Here we have the#2 Beef Teriayaki | $4.28. First thought when they brought this out was … I’m not going to be full off of this. Boy was I wrong. Definitely enough food for one. I even shared some with the family.

Here is the #37 Spicy Chicken Nuggets | $3.00. Same as the squid along the taste type but the chicken inside is very moist. It goes really well with rice.

Although I’m not a fan of the beef noodle, I would come back here again for the spicy chicken and the spicy fried squid. It’s not my first choice though.