Monthly Archives: December 2007

New Year’s Eve 2007

Matt and Jon rolled in about 3:45 a.m. from their big night on the town in SF.  They went to see the fireworks display at the Embarcadero and then ate in Chinatown with Wesley and Ross and one other person, … Continue reading

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Great Szechuan in Richmond

Matt and I went to Pacific East Mall so he could make use of the new camera he got for Christmas.  He wants to Photoshop the inside of the mall, adding a monorail.  Lunch first, though, at Great Szechuan (3288 … Continue reading

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Christmas Day 2007

Christmas Day and we had two guests joining us for a prime rib dinner.  Accompaniments included Yorkshire pudding made right in the roasting pan while the meat rested, fresh buttered green beans, mashed potatoes and pan gravy.  We also had, … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve 2007

Christmas Eve, a happy day, but seemed like an anticlimax what with all the activity leading up to it, which I suppose you have to enjoy in its own right.  The bottom line is we suffered from some level of … Continue reading

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Smoked whitefish at Costco

Joy of joys, they started selling smoked whitefish at my Costco.  This is a cleaned whitefish that has been fully deboned, though the skin remains.  They put the two halves of the cleaned fish together in the package so it … Continue reading

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Spritz cookie woes

I don’t know about spritz cookies.  I bought a cheap cookie press that had the Hershey’s Kiss logo and it sucked right from the start; I threw it in the trash after tangling with it for an hour.  I next … Continue reading

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Make your own gravlax

Stayed up late yesterday to start the gravlax so now it’s tomorrow.  Gravlax is cured salmon that you eat sort of like lox – but it is not smoked.  It’s easy to make, but you need some basic equipment to … Continue reading

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Genki in Berkeley

Sushi today at Genki.  Genki (1610 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley) is an unassuming place in an ugly area (San Pablo Avenue – enough said) that we passed daily – sometimes multiple times – since 2000.  Today we stopped.  Matthew and … Continue reading

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Pyramid Ale House in Berkeley

Just a trip to Pyramid Brewery, my regular Wednesday night haunt.  This time, though, the other family units came along – but not Steven, who’s in NYC on business.  Pyramid (901 Gilman Street, Berkeley) is a comfy place with great … Continue reading

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Gizmos and cookies

Shortbread was on the ‘to do’ list today, as well as a 7up cake for the parental unit to take to a bowling lunch tomorrow.   Shortbread is the best butter cookie in the world and easy to make.  My … Continue reading

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