Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to Me!

It was such an exciting Christmas in our household that we could barely contain ourselves. 


It was, however, a quite pleasant day. Juliette's Christmas gift to me? She let me sleep in until 10am, and then let me lay around in bed for another hour. I finally got up and made myself some brunch - spinach quiche lorraine. It is quite possibly the ugliest quiche ever, but I don't care - it was delicious.

Eggs, milk, cream, bacon, spinach - what's not to love?

Then there was the requisite napping, followed by a thoroughly lazy afternoon, and then, the big event: Christmas dinner at my favorite local Chinese restaurant, First Chinese B-B-Q. I figured since it's Christmas it was okay to go all out and order a bit more than I normally do. I had the B-B-Q pork & wonton soup first. 

This bowl was huge - probably about 8 inches across. It could have been a meal all on its own.

Next up: B-B-Q pork fried rice. 

For my last dish I meant to order the crispy chicken with lemongrass, or A29. But all I said was "A29," which I think the waiter mistook for "529" - the fresh fish sauteed in bean sauce. I didn't realize the mistake until I started eating it, but the fish was so good I couldn't send it back.

The fish was really lightly breaded and fried, the vegetables were tender crisp, and the sauce had a super delicate garlic and black bean sauce flavor. A happy accident!
I ended up with enough leftovers for at least the next couple days, which is half the point of getting Chinese food in the first place, if you ask me.

And of course, it's not dinner at a Chinese restaurant without a fortune cookie. It contained an actual, real fortune, which I think would make Allison over at Not-a-Fortune pretty happy.

I was a little nervous about going out to Christmas dinner all by myself, especially because I forgot my book at home. And I'll admit, I was one of the few solo diners in the place. But I wasn't the only one, and I didn't feel out of place or conspicuous. It was actually perfectly pleasant. Perhaps not the way I want to spend every Christmas, but not a bad way to have spent this one.

I'll leave you with a scene from one of the many Christmas light displays in my neighborhood. It's a little confused on the timing of the Industrial Revolution if you ask me, but who am I to argue with the Bible?

Apparently, soon after the birth of God's only son, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were all run over by a train. Who knew?

Merry Christmas!


I Am Gracie B said...

so glad you were able to enjoy your chinese food! looks absolutely deelish! and how wonderful you had a date with yourself! :)

Katherine said...

Yummers! Your quiche looks delicious. I must say, I'm surprised you never heard that part of the nativity story. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are visited by Three Wisemen and a choo-choo train. You really didn't know?

Burgh Gourmand said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm... Looks good! Cheers, James

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