Sunday, January 01, 2006
Happy 2006 New Year!
In just a mere second, it was all over.
Ring in the new year. It's 2006.
But 2005 was a good year full of fun memories, and I've got this Best of LA blog to help me remember the good times, the good people, the good eats.
Many of my New Year's celebrations have been uneventful or not one for the blog books. Last year, I was dateless at a huge party in Hollywood and got kissed on the cheek by my girlfriend and her partner in crime. And the years before were just as blah or ones that I have already forgotten. Many memorable ones were spent with friends and family...
Including this latest New Year's fare. We started a day earlier with MM's birthday bash on the eve of New Year's Eve. With homemade buttery cake (thanks to C!), drinks in hand (thanks to D!), and a bunch of cool Angelenos, we celebrated the end of a great year with fun, laughter, and good times!
MS and I continued the libations over a quick dinner with friends at Casa de Escobar. Nothing fancy there, I had the beef taco, cheese enchilado, chile rellano combo with a Corona and slice of lime. It reminded me of any other Mexican restaurant and didn't really do much for me. It was really all about the company this time, definitely not the food.
The best part of the evening was the countdown with MS and our own little table for two with a bottle of Vons bought Korbel's for a little bubbly.
And then...there was the feast of the New Year.
Ba-chan made lots of Japanese New Year's goodies. Ones that I can't name. Ones that I avoid, except for the sweetly cooked potatoes and the deliciously fluffy egg/fish-cakes. Overly salted, vinegared, or pickled foods aren't friends with my tastebuds so I steer clear of my grandma's daikon, umeboshi, and the like.
Instead, I piled my plate high full of steamed crab legs, hawaiian sweet ribs, asian bbq ribs, teriyaki shrimp, panko shrimp, cha shu, peppered tri-tip, and lots of sashimi! A family tradition, we purchase our shrimps from Mrs. Friday's Fishking Processors. My grandma's place of employment for many years, "Mrs. Friday’s legacy began in Los Angeles with Masashi Kawaguchi, a young Japanese-American with a vision for his father’s oyster business. Driven by a commitment to customer service and product quality, Masashi expanded the family business and founded Fishking Seafood in 1955."
I can remember the days my ji-chan and I would pick her up from work after school. The smell of shrimp and panko flour filled the halls of Fishking, and I would save my fifty cents to purchase a soda from their visitors' lounge vending machines.
Another one of my favorite family potluck items, courtesy of our family sashimi connection, is always the platter of fresh slices of endless maguro. Oishikatta!
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