Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's the Season of Eating

For my blog friends and readers residing in this great country of the USA, I trust that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day filled with family time and tons of eating - oh okay, and sports too!

I had an unusual Thanksgiving Day this year. Typically, my family (siblings) do Thanksgiving separately. We all come together (all nearly 30 of us) for Christmas. However, since my nephew's birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year, we joined them and 2 brothers at my brother's house (nephew's dad) for lunch. Afterwards, we hosted 8 of our friends for Thanksgiving Dinner, which meant I had so much turkey on Thanksgiving.

On Black Friday, my husband and I joined our friends in enjoying the wine and food at the Annual Yountville Festival of Lights. Some of the best winemakers and restaurants in the Yountville area (Napa Valley area) offered a sampling of their products. Needless to say it was a whole afternoon of sipping and nibbling. Good food and drinks and wonderful company beat shopping any day in my books.

Saturday happened to be my husband's birthday. To celebrate it, we watched the latest James Bond movie. Later in the night we did our part in the program Small Business Saturday by having dinner at a non-chain restaurant. We chose Burmese cuisine, a cuisine we don't encounter too often.

Palata with lamb stew from Burmese restaurant
We started our meal with Palata with lamb stew. Palata is the same as the Indian paratha. The lamb was well cooked, very soft and mild. We are not sure if they tweaked the spices on purpose to make the dishes milder and suitable to American palate, or those who prefers to have less spicy dishes (like me) because for the entire meal we hardly felt the heat.

Burmese noodle
It's not a birthday without noodles (in Asian families) so we had the Burmese Garlic Noodle Tofu.

Vegetable kebat from Burmese restaurant
Our vegetable dish is the Vegetable Kebat - a mix of vegetables and tofu stir fried with paprika, masala, tamarind, green chilies, mint leaves, tomatoes, and cilantro.

Catfish curry from Burmese restaurant
Catfish curry which was very satisfying - boned catfish fried and served with onion, garlic, red chili, and tomatoes in burmese style sauce. Went well with coconut rice.

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For dessert we chose something else which they were out of so we got the next thing on the dessert menu that piqued our interest, coconut pudding with mango ice cream. I don't care for the pudding, which was breaded and deep fried and the ice cream was nothing to crow about.

Overall, it was a satisfying evening with the hubby. My apologies for the lackluster food images.

OUR WORLD TUESDAY

26 comments:

  1. Lackluster???? Are you kidding me? You had me from the very start and my mouth is still watering. I've always said I'd make a great Asian! :)

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  2. Belated happy Thanksgiving wishes to you. Hope I won't offend when I say that I'd take that Burmese spread you photographed over traditional Thanksgiving food any day... ;b

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  3. Great macro 'foodie' shots ~

    Wishing you a magical week,
    artmusedog and carol

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  4. Hello, a food and wine festival sounds like a fun time. I hope your Thanksgiving was great. Happy Birthday to you nephew. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  5. This is very much inviting us all.

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  6. That does look good - I've never tried Burmese cuisine and don't even know if there's a Burmese restaurant in my town.

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  7. You certainly ate good over the weekend. The meal looks delicious.

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  8. That's a lot of food and celebrating!

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  9. mmmm yum that food makes me feel very hungry!

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  10. "It's not a birthday without noodles" - I would say that about rice. LOL.
    Happy holidays and happy eating! So much more eating festivities in the coming days.

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  11. Your food photos are making my mouth water! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

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  12. Your food photos are making my mouth water! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

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  13. It sure is the season for eating. I got on the scale this morning and I'm already showing my Thanksgiving excess, and Christmas is still around the corner. But eating good food is just part of enjoying the holiday season. - Margy

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  14. The season of feasting I'd say! What a great long weekend... I thought the Birthday food photos were fine...looked yummy. We love to try different Ethnic foods and this one would certainly be different from any we've ever tried.

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  15. Ohhh! The food looks good. I have never tried Burmese food but would love to try it. We had Japanese and Chinese food during the Thanksgiving weekend. It is nice to mix up things.

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  16. Hi! There are many dishes. I think many people enjoyed them. All of them look very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Hi! There are many dishes. I think many people enjoyed them. All of them look very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. I think I gained a couple of pounds just looking at this yummy food. ;)

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  19. I love your title "season for eating", for us as you well know, that is Christmas! And it is starting now!

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  20. seems like delicious but way to much for me :)

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  21. Such delicious looking food. Love the shots as well! :D

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  22. What a delicious meal, beautiful food pictures!
    Happy weekend!

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving! Pretty soon, you'll have lots of food again for Christmas and the New Year. :D

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