November 28, 2004

Thanksgiving Tonkatsu & then some (aka: A giant post about food)

Among the many things I am grateful for, I am always especially grateful for my family & loved ones. Although my Mom can be "a character" at times, I know that everything she does is out of love for me and my brother: we are so lucky.

(Mouseover images for my notes, click to embiggen)
Homemade tonkatsu with rice, shredded cabbage, and potato saladOur Thanksgivings are usually celebrated with our large extended family at my Aunt's (Mom's sister) place with the "traditional" Thanksgiving fare... and then some (i.e. - last year filet mignon was on the menu). This year, because my Aunt & Uncle are still dealing with the remodeling of their new home, their house wasn't ready for entertaining so we decided to celebrate quietly at home. (Dad called us from Taiwan earlier in the day, so it was like we were all there.)

I didn't want Mom to go to any trouble for dinner, but unfortunately, no restaurants were open on Thanksgiving. So my Mom and I ended up making one of my favorite comfort foods, tonkatsu (see JR's description of tonkatsu) with rice, shredded cabbage, and potato salad for Thanksgiving dinner. Not exactly "traditional," (no, we are NOT Japanese) but still yummy and Mom-made with love.

Pecan Crusted CatfishSteak DianeWe decided to celebrate my birthday on Friday night instead at the Cheesecake Factory (courtesy of a generous gift card from Shelli for my birthday last year), so Mom, Bro, and I braved more than an hour and half wait so we could dine on the Hot Spinach & Cheese Dip with artichoke hearts, shallots, garlic and a mixture of cheeses served hot with tortilla chips and salsa.

Louisiana Chicken PastaWhite Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cheesecake from The Cheesecake FactoryMom tried the Pecan Crusted Catfish (no description available on the CF site), Bro had the Steak Diane (Medallions of Beef Steak Covered with Black Peppercorns and a Rich Mushroom Wine Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes and Slow Grilled Onions.) I tried the Louisiana Chicken Pasta (Parmesan Crusted Chicken Cutlets Served Over Pasta Tossed with Mushrooms, Peppers and Onions in a Spicy New Orleans Style Sauce) since evidently my body felt deficient in its deep fried cutlet intake. And THEN we split dessert: the White Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. Can you say "sugar coma?" Can you say "SO worth it!?"

Thanksgiving dinner from a couple of weeks ago... sans turkey, which was still in the kitchen when this photo was takenSo after all this, I didn't feel as if I missed out on Thanksgiving fare at all, especially since I'd already had an early Thanksgiving dinner two weeks ago where I ate so much I got sick. Then, Yoshi brought me leftovers from their Thanksgiving dinner, driving a Thanksgiving care package over 400 miles so I could have some turkey, chestnut stuffing, steamed vegetables, cranberry relish & sauce, turkey soup, and pumpkin pie. (Yoshi keeps apologizing for forgetting the gravy, but I am not in the slightly bit upset about that... I got Thanksgiving leftovers!) Sorry, no photos of the leftovers Yoshi brought me.

Now that I'm recounting all the food I ate in the last three days, I am surprised I didn't just POP from all that grub!

Posted by jozjozjoz at November 28, 2004 09:06 PM

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mmmmmmm...tonkatsu. now i am craving asian food in a big way. of course it doesn't take much to set my tastebuds for that...i am an asian food junkie. vietnamese, chinese, korean, thai, japanese....damn now my mouth is watering.

*chuckle*

Posted by: franci at November 29, 2004 06:44 AM

that's just WRONG!!!

i just went through THREE Thanksgiving parties, two turkeys, two hams, side dishes up the wazoo, three different kinda pies, two rum cakes, a birthday party with three pizzas, ice cream cake, honey BBQ wings, coconut shrimp, chow main, etc

i should NOT be hungry. the very thought of food should make me run for the hills and live on air and water.

but nooooooo....i had to read your blog and now i'm drooling....DROOLING!!!

hehehehe, j/k

glad you had a great time :)

Posted by: Howard (AiYahh) at November 29, 2004 09:51 AM

I understand the non-traditional Thanksgiving. We kinda did that at my aunts, and then I made a somewhat traditional Thanksgiving dinner for my family on Saturday replacing the turkey with cornish hen :)

Posted by: Meeta at November 29, 2004 01:52 PM

The Cheesecake Factory sounds like a great place to eat. *salivates*

Posted by: Deltus at November 30, 2004 06:45 AM

The Cheesecake Factory CAN be a great place to eat... that is, if the wait isn't an a hour and a half (as it usually is)!

Posted by: :: jozjozjoz :: at November 30, 2004 10:07 AM

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