|At O Shima Restaurant|
This weekend has been all about food, friends, family, and more food for me :) It was a lovely way to celebrate my birthday!
Except I didn't actually take a lot of food pictures AT my birthday dinner with my friends! I was too excited for a tonkatsu curry plate, I guess ;). This was the first time I'd ever had all my besties together at once (usually at least once schedule interferes) and it was a lot of fun. The restaurant was surprisingly good! I had booked it wanting to eat sushi, but they had quite an expansive menu (so in the end, only 2/9 of us got sushi, haha)
E and I shared this :) The best part was the first cake (why can't I remember the name?) though I remember the last cake was supposed to be a sticky toffee pudding, but we both thought it tasted more like warm banana bread. Still good :D
Thanksgiving day was all about the food....
Typically I suppose you see turkey and all the trimmings (potatoes, yam, corn, etc) and while we had all that, my family is large and VERY Filipino at times, so we had a combination Western/Filipino feast! I was planning on taking pictures 'during' the prep process but we were so busy I forgot. So you'll have to make do with pictures of our finished table :D
|The table before half the food arrived...|
|Homemade palabok - but we forgot the smoked oysters!|
Palabok is my favourite type of pancit... for about a day. Then I realise how much we have left over and I wish to eat something else! My family has a tradition where you MUST eat noodles on your birthday to symbolize a long healthy life - I always want palabok, but as we were celebrating Thanksgiving the day after, I actually had ramen for birthday noodles! The palabok is still amazing though :)
|The 'Filipino' side of the table: Fresh lumpia, homemade empanada, lumpia filling, pichi pichi|
|Now with cassava, a cake, lumpia sauce, and chicken adobo|
|It's not quite a croque-em-bouche but it's pretty close... my aunt brought this from work - I love it!|
|The turkey... 20 pounds! My cousin cooked this - it's already all gone o_o|