Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad

Today would have been Mom and Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary.

I love you both very much. Thank you for everything you have sacrificed
for us.

2/28/2014.

PIC: Jackie Brown enjoying sunny Southern California sun! Was a perfect 72 degrees out!

I took her for a little walk in the middle of the day and I got annoyed because she was just goofing off in the sun.

"Laying down is not taking a walk, Jackie!" I kept saying. Clearly, she did not care.

I was probably just grumpy because I was standing in the hot sun, but her cuteness makes up for it all!

Los Angeles area, CA
2/24/2014.

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PIC: Happy birthday celebration, @ItsMeCoffeeGirl

No one rocks a (custom-made) tiara (from her now-husband) like Jacqueline does!

Los Angeles area, CA
2/22/2014.

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PIC: Trying to work at my desk but it’s hard to type when Jackie Brown insists on being in your lap.

Also, I am covered in her fur now.

2/19/2014.

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PIC: Waiting for the pork shoulder to rest. Hope it tastes as good as it smells!

Los Angeles area, CA
2/16/2014.

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PIC: Sunday pork shoulder experiment. Wish us luck. Also, the house smells like garlic

Trying this recipe:
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aaron-mccargo-jr/simple-roast…

Los Angeles area, CA
2/16/2014.

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PIC: Sunday Brunch at @GrubRestaurant. @PCheung630 & @jozjozjoz catch up in @AAJA

Grub Los Angeles
Hollywood, CA
2/16/2014.

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PIC: It’s a dog napping! (No, not a stolen dog!) Jackie naps b/c running errands is tiring.

2/15/2014.

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PIC: Store was out of red food coloring. So, here’s our Valentines Day Green Velvet Cake

Made by Joz & EB for Yoshi.

2/14/2014.

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PIC: Valentine’s Day Tonkatsu dinner (on brown rice), sans sauce

2/14/2014.

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PIC: Guess who’s back?! JACKIE BROWN is here to stay (for a few weeks)!

2/14/2014.

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PIC: Haven’t seen a pay phone in the wild for a long time. 50¢ for a local call?

At the Denny’s behind Union Station at Ramirez and Vignes.

Los Angeles, CA
2/12/2014.

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PIC: How adorable are the @ShibSibs (@MaiaShibutani & @AlexShibutani) + @GraceEGold?! #Olympics #Sochi2014

Taken of my TV
Los Angeles area, CA
2/7/2014.

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PIC: Friday night at home, watching #Sochi2014 Winter #Olympics Opening Ceremony

Go Team USA!

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PIC: I made an Apple & Pear Crisp for dessert. Recipe here!

Recipe from the Food Network/Ina Garten
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/apple-and-pear-cri…!

Apple and Pear Crisp

Total Time: 1 hr 25 min
Prep: 30 min
Cook: 55 min
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy
Ingredients
2 pounds ripe Bosc pears (4 pears)
2 pounds firm Macoun apples (6 apples)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Peel, core, and cut the pears and apples into large chunks. Place the fruit in a large bowl and add the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch oval baking dish.

For the topping:
Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture is in large crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.

Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.

2007, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved

PIC: This was the dog (miniature schnauzer?) we found on Friday night…

We picked up this little dude past midnight Friday night on our way back from our friend’s place. Our friend lives in the hills and there are no outdoor dogs in the area because of coyotes.

This guy (who was very dirty and has no manners + wants to hump everything) was running around the street with no tags but had a chain (not broken, just not attached to anything) dragging behind him. We looked around for 15 minutes and didn’t see any sign of anyone even awake in the area.

We brought him back and he got the spa treatment and since he’s not housebroken either, we spent the night on the kitchen floor. He wouldn’t stop barking if I left him alone so consequently, I slept less than an hour straight that night, hanging out on the kitchen floor near him. He was obviously someone’s dog.

Good news! Our timing was perfect when we took him to the shelter in the morning.

He was not chipped and they were just about the intake him and the family looking for him came in and saw him before he got caged. They had pictures of him and Animal Control gave them a warning for not chipping the dog. When we drove off, we saw him happily walking off with his family.

I am so happy because the shelter is a kill shelter and I was freaking out about taking him there. But it was also the closest to where we found him and the most likely place his owners would go looking for him. Whew!

Despite the sleepiness night, accident on the floor, random barking and attempted humping, I’m gonna miss the little dude, because, hell… he’s a cute little dog! What’s not to like?!

In all seriousness, just was sooo happy to see him reunited and happy with his family (even though I don’t think they listened to Animal Control who advised them to chip him then and there for only $20. Oh and the dude hasn’t been fixed, either). The next time the little escape artist gets out, there might not be a nice hotel service to take care of him or take him to the shelter.

Also: learned something new… The shelter is open 24/7 for intakes. Didn’t know that!!!

Our kitchen floor
Los Angeles area, CA
1/25/2014.

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PIC: @AAJAla Board Members w/ Pulitzer Prize-winning journos Peter Arnett & Nick Ut at @NguoiVietOnline 35th Gala

Nguoi Viet Daily News 35th Anniversary Banquet
Rose Center
Westminster, CA
1/11/2014.

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PIC: Who’s Who of the Vietnamese American community at the @NguoiVietOnline Gala

On how much the paper means to the community, a reader recently called in to the paper and said, "I have no family: I have no parents, I have no husband, I have no children. But I have Nguoi Viet."

There are almost 900 people here. So many people responded to the invitation, they had to stage a tent outside to hold hundreds more people you don’t see here.

Nguoi Viet Daily News 35th Anniversary Banquet
Rose Center
Westminster, CA
1/11/2014.

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PIC: Happy 35th Anniv, Nguoi Viet Daily News, largest Vietnamese language paper in the US! @NguoiVietOnline (HUGE cake!)

Nguoi Viet Daily News 35th Anniversary Banquet
Rose Center
Westminster, CA
1/11/2014.

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PIC: @NewsTerrier (Anh Do) is interviewed at @NguoiVietOnline gala. Her father, Yen Ngoc Do, founded the paper.

Nguoi Viet Daily News 35th Anniversary Banquet
Rose Center
Westminster, CA
1/11/2014.

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PIC: @jozjozjoz & @MadHungryWoman ready to eat at the @GODIVA Lunar New Year Prosperity Dinner at @LukshonLA! #GodivaLNY

Lukshon
Culver City, CA
1/8/2014.

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PIC: At @LukshonLA for the @GODIVA Lunar New Year Prosperity Dinner! #GodivaLNY

Lukshon
Culver City, CA
1/8/2014.

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PIC: My Mom can’t figure out texting but has figured out how to send me stickers on Line.

Screenshot taken from Line on my iPhone5
Campbell, CA
1/3/2014.

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PIC: Scene from New Years Day 2014. @timtwigg81 and “smooshface”. xoxox

Sacramento, CA
1/1/2014.

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PIC: Panoramic of New Year’a osechi 2014

It started out ok but then people started rushing me to be done with photos so it looks terrible at the end.

Regardless of how it looks, it’s like a million times more delicious!!!

Bay Area, CA
1/1/2014.

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