A Lunar Celebration

Last night my family and I went out to eat dinner. The occasion? To celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Eating out is a treat for us and we looked forward to eating dumplings and many Chinese-style treats. Eating out together is already something to smile about but when we saw the decorations in the restaurant, our smiles grew wider. They were just beautiful.

Our waiter was friendly and welcoming, the food a treat, and the atmosphere perfect. We walked home happy and sated – though a little full. A perfect way to begin a lunar year.

If you celebrate the start of the lunar year, I wish you all the best.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

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Dressed for Halloween

For the last four years on Halloween I have dressed up as a Renaissance princess (including the blonde wig). This year I decided to change my costume and dress up as something that reminded me of my summer holiday in Paris.

What I wore is the uniform of the servers at an upscale restaurant in Paris called Au Pied de Cochon. As expected, not many people caught the reference – but my family did and they loved the memories the costume invoked.

We ate at the restaurant for lunch on a Sunday. I loved the ambience of the place and knew when we entered that I would enjoy the experience. The servers treated us like kings – even though we were dressed in typical touristy gear.

My meal was delicious – the tastes of butter and cream perfectly blended. The dessert was extravagant and, because we knew the server, we received a few extra pig meringues. 🙂

Halloween this year brought back some memories – and made me think we need to visit this restaurant again.

Did you dress up for Halloween?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

Grateful for Home-Cooked Meals

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take our girls out for a treat at lunchtime. At the end of the school year in June I had received a gift card to Harvey’s, a burger place, and thought it would be a good opportunity to use it before I left it in the bottom of the drawer and forgot about it. We do not frequent fast food places as a rule and therefore took a while to choose our meal. While we were eating, I could tell my family was not impressed. To be honest, I knew I could create a better burger at home – and be more generous with the toppings! As we left the fast food restaurant, my daughter said words I never thought I would hear from my children. “Mommy, I am grateful that we eat home-cooked meals.” My daughters, who are now both teenagers, have come to appreciate the meals my husband and I cook at home.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A chicken dinner. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My chicken dinners are enjoyed by all as I have learned to roast the chicken so that it is not dry. Having experimented with the herbs and spices, I have figured out exactly how much to use for our tastes.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Home-made vegetable soup. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As the cool days are approaching, I know I will make my vegetable soup often. We also enjoy the taste of lentil soups as well – whether it is brown lentils or red lentils.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Curry and roti. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Stew, and even curry, is a favourite too. When we visit Indiatown and buy some roti or dahl pourri, we are sure to have this for a meal during the week.

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Stir-fried noodles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And every Friday night we have vegetarian stir-fried noodles. Both my husband and daughters are disappointed if I cook something else.

This week I am grateful for children who enjoy eating food that has been cooked at home. Not only is eating out at a restaurant a treat – but now they are more discerning with which food they want to eat.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

Thank you for last week’s contributions. I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. 

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