Sunday, November 11, 2007

Weekend With Family and Friends

The Monkeys and Brother Monkey headed to Rowland Heights to meet Mama Monkey for lunch and food shopping on Saturday. As we often do, we met at the 99 Ranch plaza.

We decided to try a restaurant in the mall called New Golden City Dumpling House, which we hadn't sampled before. Not bad. It had an "A" health rating, too (something [sadly] you don't see that often at authentic Chinese restaurants). We shared a green onion pancake, potstickers, steamed dumplings, zhajiang mian (wheat noodles stir-fried with ground pork and soy bean paste), and spicy beef noodle soup. I would probably go there again for the sake of convenience.

Then began the trek through 99 Ranch. Here are some things we bought: pomelos, mini yogurt drinks, boil-in-the-bag glutinous rice, various hot sauces, mung bean soup in a can, and Hello Boss coffee in a can. (Apparently, I really like things in cans.)

Here are some things we didn't buy: "squid tube," "Ching Poo Luong," "Gookie," "immitation [sic] shark fin," and "simulated abalone."

Here is some delightful trademark infringement.
Here is a Brother Monkey who still won't smile in photos.
Here is a Mama Monkey laughing with me about the gigantic Thanksgiving turkey decoration next to "marinated pork feet."

Here is Brother Monkey's trunk, as we loaded it with groceries. Mama Monkey felt bad for Brother Monkey and bought his groceries for him!

Later, we drove to Encino for dinner with Mr. Monkey's groomsman, his wife, and their parents. Our friends' parents had just returned from a 21-day trip to China and shared great stories with us, as we noshed on Caesar salad, grilled mustard-crusted veal chops, small red potatoes, and asparagus. It was hard to whip out the iPhone nonchalantly, so I waited until there was a good moment. And there was!

Our hosts stuck a big candle (that played "Happy Birthday") into one of the six Crumbs cupcakes we brought and placed it once in front of Mr. Monkey (whose birthday is tomorrow) and again in front of their son (whose birthday was a few weeks ago -- he lives in Denver, though, so his parents hadn't seen him recently).

After dessert, I had fun photographing Lucy the Wheaten Without a Wheaten Cut. She was so friendly and adorable, especially with her festive little orange ribbon.

Today, I've done little more than watch TV, play on the Internet, and wash my sheets. And that was my weekend. Whee.


  1. Yay, Crumbs! I think I spy a pumpkin!

  2. I love those little yogurt drinks. The asian market is always full of interesting surprises.

  3. Have you guys ever eaten at any of the other restaurants in RH that are on Colima Rd.? If so, are any of them any good?

  4. ahh...rowland heights. so many memories. and so many more meals at the same two restaurants with the in-laws in the near future.

    zhajiang mian! you're the first chinese person i know that has said that and eaten it. koreans LOOOVE a bastardized version of it.

    happy birthday, mr. monkey!

  5. mama monkey is super cute! so that's where you get your infectious smile from!

  6. Whee! I love going to the 99 ranch market. Happy birthday Mr. Monkey!

  7. Brother Monkey is cute! Happy Birthday to Mr. Monkey!

  8. OMG, "immitation [sic] shark fin" is just wrong!

  9. that yukult looking thing is what I had at my party--jelly brown or something???

  10. ahh my mom would make green onion pancakes. ssooo good! And that dog just looks like she'd make a great friend :)

  11. that doggy is adorable!!!!!!!! :)

  12. Weekends with the fam are the best! Your mom is so cute! And yum on the cupcakes!

  13. your pictures from the supermarket kill me.

    poor brother monkey with the strike. :(

    and wheatens are the absolute cutest. i really miss maggie, jim's family pet.


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