Eating my way thru SoCal

I went back for seconds. I always do that when it comes to Christmas lunch/dinner/snacks at my Ninang’s house in SoCal.
ChristmasDay (1)
It’s not a great spread for vegans/vegetarians, but it hits my happy spots for savory, meaty goodness.

My Ninong's Dinuguan
I also tried to figure out how to make my Ninong’s Dinuguan. I just need to find a decent butcher near my little house in Fremont.

We end up searching for my tasty treats after we give our tummies a rest from all that eating. SoCal is home to so many amazing food spots and I would be sad if I skipped out on eating out.

Mullholland Drive Hot Dog @ Pinks Hot Dogs
I would have missed my new favorite spot for hot dogs in LA if I decided to stay home!
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In My Belly for 2010

This time last year, I got a Fortunate You necklace from Tea Stain clothing in Sacramento. The fortune said: “You will step on the soil of many countries.”

A combination of wanderlust, luck and professional opportunity made that fortune come true in 2010.

I sampled fresh fish and explored new flavors in Russia as a guest lecturer for St. Petersburg State University.
Salmon fricassee

We celebrated my birthday with ceviche on the beach in Ensenada.
Ceviches de Camaron from Los Primos #fb

Finally, I left my Sacramento newsroom behind and became the Newark Patch editor. In this Alameda County city, I cover news, politics, crime and other issues that matter to Newark residents. Plus, I have a chance to profile all the amazing food spots in Newark.
Mexico Tortilla Factory

You can find rest of my album, “In My Tummy: 2010,” on Flickr.
What do you think? What should I try next?

In My Tummy | 2010

Turkey Day

I suspect many people in my family are still working on all those turkey leftovers. Yum! My parent’s kitchen in Covina smelled amazing. The air was heavy with the aroma of fresh rosemary. I imagined the turkey skin turning crispy inside the oven.

Gobble Gobble

I also made fresh lumpia for my family. I made traditional rolls with ground beef. I also fried up a batch with ground turkey, mushrooms and water chestnuts. Some liked those better than the traditional beef lumpia. Neat.

The next morning, I added a fried egg to the turkey leftovers.
Turkey and fried egg sandwich

Hey Facebook buddies – you have to check out my blog page to see the Flickr slideshow. It’s pretty! It has more food photos!