Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beautiful Snow-capped Mountains

During the first week in January, I made two trips to Corona, CA near Riverside (about 50 miles west of Los Angeles). I was so taken with the snow-capped San Bernardino Mountains, I had to take some photos. I just couldn't get a great one. The best views were always while driving where there wasn't a place to legally pull over to the side of the road.

On New Year's Day, we traveled to the Los Angeles area. My son and daughter-in-law took us to a Korean BBQ restaurant, Shilla, in Gardena, CA. I enjoyed the experience. The barbecue was within the table near the end. The waitress came every so often to turn the meat. My daughter-in-law chose the dishes for us. Along with the beef and pork, we enjoyed soup, salad, rice, and some small side dishes. Since this was the first time for me, I sampled a little from each dish. I don't remember the names, except the kelp and sardines. The sardines were too dry for me, but I did like the kelp. Also, as my granddaughter nimbly used her chopsticks, I made a concerted yet feeble attempt....maybe next time. The meal was leisurely, and as I said before, was enjoyable.

Yesterday, we joined them again for dinner at Benihana's in Torrence, CA to celebrate my daughter-in-law's birthday. We all enjoyed watching the chef perform some tricks as he deftly prepared our meal, which was delicious. Again, I had the opportunity to use chopsticks. The restaurant supplied specially constructed chopsticks for children. So, my daughter-in-law requested extra ones for adult guests who needed them. I managed to eat the fried rice without dropping too much as well as dip the shrimp and chicken in the sauces. I enjoyed the chicken and shrimp and had a taste of the green tea ice cream. It was interesting, but my old favorite, chocolate, was my choice. It was so nice to join the family in their celebration.

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