Archive for February, 2008

Valentine Dinners

I’m spending my weekend catching up on my blogs. So, I’m going through this month and trying to expand on some memorable meals.

This year, we spread out our Valentine’s Celebration over three days. We started in Lodi with a decadent tour of the wineries. The next day, we celebrated the romantic holiday at Ella in Downtown Sacramento. My co-worker recommended the spot for special occasion dining and other metrobloggers posted decent reviews.
Overall, Ella was a sophisticated culinary experience. We followed the informed suggestions from our server and savored the delicious servings of fresh shellfish, veggies, meat and more.



Dining Out for Valentine’s, originally uploaded by queenkv.

I enjoyed the duck and duck risotto. The chef served it medium-rare and that brought out the complex, fleshy tones. I loved the combination of those flavors with the crispy duck skin. We also started-off dinner with a half-dozen raw oysters from the East Coast. Our appetizers were served with the traditional marinara sauce plus a champagne vinegar mignonette.

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Graceful Exit?

I’m tickled SNL has kicked off another round of new shows. Gov. Huckabee was cute….but why? Why is he still in the race?

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Birria Goat



originally uploaded by queenkv.

This tasty goat meat, jalisco style. Juicy, hearty plus a bite from the fresh cilantro. Now El Tejeban is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Vacaville

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Sneaky Puppy



originally uploaded by queenkv.

Our baby’s trying to hitch a ride to Santa Clara with Mark. He’s leaving today for software training. Daisy will miss him.

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Flowers Blooming



originally uploaded by queenkv.

I took my Daisy for a walk after work. I loved the smell of fresh blossoms on the trail. It’s like springtime.

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Indy’s Back

And he looks better than Rambo.

Folks at work got all hyped up about the new Indiana Jones trailer. Mark’s pretty excited about the fourth installment for the Jones adventure. I suspect I know what we’re doing for our birthdays in May.

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Lunch Break



originally uploaded by queenkv.

Sipping a tasty Strawberry Lemonade at Red Robin in Coalinga. It’s a nice spot for a break from I-5.

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Bruin Pride



originally uploaded by queenkv.

Walking around UCLA. Listening to the campus tours explain why a Bruin would say: “Take-off that red shirt.”

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Crawling



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Nobody walks in LA. Here’s a look at rush hour traffic on 60. Staying awake with NPR’s Morning Edition and coffee

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In the Dark

COVINA, CA — I’m up before dawn and browsing my Google Reader goodies. I enjoyed my quick weekend trip to So Cal. I ate too much good food and it was lovely to hang out with my family.

My nephew and niece are getting taller and sparkling with personality. My dad’s now a pro at making paella. I loved my Ninong’s chicken adobo. I’m still trying to figure out his balance of soy sauce, vinegar and other spices. And my cousin has an adorable, human-friendly puppy, Kai.

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