Excuses Excuses

I love that having a blog, you don’t have to make timely posts. Obviously as you can tell I haven’t the past couple days. And after today, I probably won’t be able to post anything until Monday. That could include reading posts as well.

I’m going to go up to Dallas for some family time and I am so excited because we haven’t been together since May when I graduated and my brother graduated.

Don’t worry though. I’ll do recaps of last nights fun festivities along with this weekend’s once I get back from Dallas. Whoo … thank goodness for 4 day weekends!

Until then, have a great Labor Day weekend!

Thing Good Thoughts

Peace & Love

The Boiling Crab

After a long day of shopping, Jenny, Sammi and I waited in a long line (1 hour +) for:

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The Boiling Crab
10560 Walnut Street #100
Dallas, Texas
(972) 272-7086
www.theboilingcrab.com

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Crawfish

I forgot the price which doesn’t even matter because it’s market price. It comes with corn and potatoes. Yum! I believe I got 3 lbs. worth.

Seriously … one of the best crawfish I’ve ever had. Worth. The. Wait.

They have one in Houston and I am aiming to go to that one next year when crawfish is in season.

Everyone. Go Go Go!

Suma Veggie Café & Jeng Chi Restaurant

Before my brother’s graduation, Jenny and Tammy took me to:

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Suma Veggie Café
800 East Arapaho Road #120
Richardson, Texas
(972) 889-8598
www.sumaveggie.com

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Lunch Buffet [all you can eat!] | $7.35

Their buffet was small but how many vegetarian food can they make? Some foods tasted bland while others were doused in sauces … or fried.

It’s a family owned, small little restaurant. I don’t hate it. But then again, I don’t love it. If you are vegetarian I think this is a great place to go to, else, I’ll stay away and eat my mum’s vegetarian food.

The next day for lunch, Jenny and Sammi took me to:

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Jeng Chi Restaurant
400 North Greenville Avenue #19
Richardson, Texas
(972) 669-9094
www.jengchirestaurant.com

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Chicken Cold Noodle | $5.45

So good. It reminds me of when I was around the age of 12 and my mum made it after watching a Chinese show on telly. The coldness tasted so great with that hot summer heat.

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Small Juicy Steamed Dumplings [8] | $5.95

But then this counteracted with it with the steaming soup. These are my favorite types of dumplings. A squirt of soup wrapped up. If you ever go to a Chinese restaurant and they have this, try it! You will love it! And if you don’t … I don’t think we can be friends anymore.

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Green Onion Pancake [1] | $2.50

These are never my favorite. But Jenny and Sammi loves them so they got it. Tried it and loved it. They make it so differently. It is actually crispy on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside. Whereas the other places I’ve ever had it is just crispy all over. Bleugh. So that was a surprise.

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Pork and Leek Boiled Dumplings [12] | $4.95

I love dumplings. LOVE. If you don’t we can’t be friends. I’m a bigger fan of dumplings if it has less meat and more flour skin. Though these aren’t like that, it was still so dang good.

I want to come here for lunch every time I’m in Dallas. Go here. Try the food. You won’t regret it!

The Ranch at Las Colinas

For brother and Tammy’s birthday party, we went to:

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The Ranch at Las Colinas
857 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Las Colinas, TX 75039
(972) 506-7262
www.theranchlc.com

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Look at their menu! Crazy long. There was a back page as well but that was filled with drinks and wines and etc.

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My brother asked me if I could take pictures for him for the night while he mingled with his friends. Uhh … okay! Duh … so fun!

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10 oz. PNB Flat Iron [Lucky-Layla sweet cream butter] | $22.00

My side was sweet potato fries.

I wasn’t a big fan of the flat iron steak. It was a little dry on the inside and it didn’t have much any flavor.

The fries were delicious though.

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Jenny got the ribs with cream corn. I wish I had too. It was fall-off-the-bone type of ribs. So yummy. The reason I didn’t get it was because I had to take pictures and didn’t want meaty bbq sauced fingers. Next time though.

A good place to try. A good date place. Or simply a place to hang out with some great people and eat great food.

In-n-Out

I know it’s been forever that I’ve posted therefore these past food places and what I’ve done, etc. will be coming up these next few days.

Forgive me.

As some of you know, I went to Dallas for part of my Thanksgiving break. So naturally we went to some different places for some yums!

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In-N-Out
12909 Midway
Dallas, TX 75244
www.in-n-out.com

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I got the Double-Double as you can see in the wrapper above. [two 100% pure beef patties, hand-leafed lettuce, tomato, spread, two slices of American cheese, with or without onions, stacked high on a freshly baked bun]

It was delicious. But I had high expectations for this burger and it did not give me the satisfaction I was hoping for. It was good but not good enough in my book.

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This is the shot of my brother’s order … Cheeseburger [100% pure beef patty, lettuce, tomato, spread, one slice of American cheese, with or without onions, on a freshly baked bun]

I put this shot in to show the French Fries [fresh cut potatoes prepared in 100% vegetable oil]

Was not delicious at all. Kind of disgusting if you ask me. It was too hard – over fried perhaps?

Compare this with Carl’s Jr. … definitely does not compare. Carl’s Jr. for the win. I felt I wasted my 6 bucks on this ish.

Almost Done!

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These pills, Rhodiola 110, that I said I took last night … they really work.

There is Vitamin C, some kind of root, Greet Tea Extract, and spinach and whatnot in them.

I popped one in and worked for two hours without stopping. So boosted my mental and physical performance!

I got a lot of work done.

Right now I’m studying for more Finance, popped one in and got a lot of work done.

It feels good.

Let’s just hope I get a good grade on this final.

I cannot wait for 10am. That is when I’ll be done with finals! (Unless I finish earlier.)

My plan was to go to Dallas for my cousin, Joanna’s, graduation ceremony. But it starts at 4pm. 5 hour drive? Yep. Either I end up making it RIGHT on time, or I don’t make it at all. So why bother …

So I’m thinking a 5 hour nap instead.

But I doubt it. We shall see.

Catch Up

Finally back in San Antonio.

This Thanksgiving has been a fast pace one with LOTS of traveling!

I think I spent a total of a day and a half in the car with the different cities and stores and restaurants I went to.

A recap of Thanksgiving break with some links to previous written post during the break. Open-mouthed smile

On Tuesday afternoon, I got out of class and Jenny and I left to Dallas. We were stuck in traffic and finally made it six hours later. Had pho and chilled a little with her family and my brother. Then we went to bed.

On Wednesday, I woke up to Jenny’s sister, Sammi, knocking on the door wanting to watch Cyberbully so we did. Then we got ready left the house at around 2pm with my brother, Jenny, Tammy, Sammi, and their mum. We went and ate at Doan Restaurant, shopped at some mall, then went and ate at Mr. Wok for my brother’s birthday. We played a board game after dinner. Fun stuff!! Quelf. Y’all should check that out!

On Thursday, Thanksgiving day, the brother and I drove bright and early to Houston. No traffic so it was PERFECT. I’m thankful for many things but there were a few I mentioned. We had my sister’s boyfriend and his roommate over. It was great fun with lots of laughter. We also played Quelf. Seriously, go check it out!

On Friday, it was my Mum’s birthday as well as Black Friday. I went to eat dim sum with the Grandma, Uncle, and cousin, as well as with my family. Then we walked around to many places to buy things. I bought a lot of stuff online that night. The family and I went to a buffet place to celebrate mum’s birthday. Then we went home and played card games.

On Saturday, the brother and I drove back to Dallas bright and early. Again, no traffic. We went to In-n-Out with Jenny and Tammy then walked around the mall. I even bought some cute booties!! We then all took a nap before getting ready and heading to The Ranch for my brother and Tammy’s birthday dinner with their friends. Afterward we went to J.Black’s and Barcadia, two bars. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of people! Brother, Jenny, Tammy, and I got home around 2:30am and opened all the presents people gave them and stayed up talking until 5am! Ridiculous huh?

On Sunday, we all woke up around 11am?, got ready, and ate lunch with their parents and Sammi at a Chinese place. Yum! Then we went back to their house and packed up to leave. We were stuck in the car for 8 hours due to traffic. I even watched The Help in the car because I was so bored. We finally made it to Austin to drop off Tammy, and San Antonio for Jenny and I.

It’s definitely been a lot of traveling but it was worth it being with family, meeting new people, and eating great foods!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving as well!! Christmas, I’m waiting for you! Winking smile

Happy Birthday Brother!

It was my brother’s birthday yesterday … one of the reasons I went to Dallas.

Dude … look at this car Jenny and I passed on the way to Dallas Tuesday night.

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Can’t read that? I’ll help you out. It says “I ❤ Gym”. Jenny asked if he was in shape … I laughed so loud.

My brother’s birthday celebration started at 2:30pm yesterday.

We started out with food in the tummy!

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Doan Restaurant
3530 West Walnut Street
Garland, TX
(972) 494-5213

I didn’t get any pictures of my food but I got the Korean BBQ | $7.50. It was delicious. They remodeled and made it bigger so it has to be good!

Then we went shopping for a good three hours or so. I bought nothing. It felt good to not use money.

We then went for my brother’s birthday dinner at:

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Mr. Wok
2600 14th Street
Plano, TX
(972) 881-1888
www.mr-wok.com

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We started off with the Peking Duck. For this dish, you had to preorder it since it’s high demand and it takes a while to make.

The dude is slicing up the duck right at our table! Smile

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All excited. Ugh … need to start weight loss NOW. Sad smile

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This it what it looks like when it’s done. YUM!

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This goes with the duck. It’s Hoisin Sauce and shredded green onions with a type of bread. Mmmm.

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Mmmm … and you make a sandwich out of it!! Delicious! This dish is very popular for big dinners … or at least to me and my family so it was much needed and much deliciousness … Hmm … weird word choices. Winking smile

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They then take the leftovers of the duck back and fry it and mix in some kind of vegetables. Yum. It’s very fattening but so good. Winking smile

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There was also fried rice, asparagus with beef and onions,

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curry onions and chicken, and pad thai.

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It was a lot of food …

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and we ate it all!

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We had apple pie with ice cream as a birthday cake. Mmm … yums!

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Then we played a board game my brother got as a gift from a friend. It’s called Quelf. (Qu –elf). Let’s just say, I kept calling it something else the whole night. Whoops!

P.S. I won! Winking smile

It was a fun day and night but we had to cut it short for our roadtrip back home.

Freedom

Whoo!

Freedom came to me at 3:10pm!

He let us out 5 minutes early.

Jenny came and picked me up from school so we could go straight to our destination.

Sadly, she forgot something so we had to swing back to the apartments.

Then we were on our way to Dallas.

I had a class. A test. And another class.

I never understand why professors give us tests few days before we get out.

Horrible.

I bumped into a friend though.

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She gave me a thank you card for donating a little something to FTK for the gift cards. And then she gave me a clown chocolate on a stick type thing.

It’s in Spanish so I don’t know what it is exactly. It fills soft so maybe it’s some kind of marshmallow covered chocolate? Hmm ..

Anyway, we got stuck in a 6 hour car ride that was supposedly suppose to be a 5 hour car ride. A little over. Not that terrible … I guess.

I got to Jenny and Tammy’s house at around 10:30pm and we ate their mum’s homemade pho. Yum!

Now Jenny’s asleep next to me on the couch while I watch Malcolm in the Middle and typing this up.

Can’t wait for the rest of my adventures here in Dallas, Houston, then back to Dallas, and Austin before heading back to San Antonio.

Whoo! Road trip galore!! Smile

Full House

If you read my last post you would know my brother, Tammy, Jenny, Krypto, and Pluto came down from Dallas/San Antonio. Sweeeeet!! Sadly Sammi didn’t follow them down. Apparently her last day of school is today and she wanted to stay with her friends for one more day. Tomorrow my sissy is coming with maybe Brett? So yay!! Full house.

Thinking them coming down might wreck my running plans since they are guests, minus brother. But I made sure I fit it in my schedule. I went home and my brother, Tammy, and Pluto actually just got in as well. I changed, and went running. Came back and Jenny was still no where to be found so I had time to relax a little before she arrived with Krypto.

We waited til my dad got home before we all sat down to eat dinner. Tomorrow should be a good dinner. So many people. Plus I think for dinner we’re doing a hot pot! YUM!

Anyway, the point of this post was how happy I am that I stuck to my running schedule no matter what was going on around me.