I went for a quick visit to California this past weekend. I went for Adam's birthday but my cousins, Brent and Kim, came up with the idea of surprising my cousin Jill with my arrival. It was fabulous...Jill gave the best surprise reaction at our delicious breakfast at Wilma's in Balboa Island. You can watch the video on The Zakaryan's blog. For Adam's birthday, Dani, Brent, and Kim had planned an elaborate Texas food feast for Adam, friends, and family. Adam really misses Texas food and one of his favorite places is Luby's...yeah, we're classy. They don't have that in Cali so I found a Luby's cookbook that I gave him for Christmas. We put it to good use making: Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Okra, Macaroni and Cheese, green bean bundles, mashed potatoes, and even Adam's favorite, Liver & Onions. The food was delicious! On Monday, Dani and Adam took Jill and I kayaking. I actually really enjoyed it! I had a WONDERFUL time visiting with all my California family...they are all so special to me and I miss them so much!!
(These pictures are all out of order but I was annoyed with putting pictures on blogger.)
Kim's parents graciously let us have Adam's party at their beautiful home
Adam & Dani at breakfast at Wilma's on Balboa Island
Jill and me (right after the surprise) at breakfast at Wilma's Kim & Brent
Cooking away -- I think this was right after I asked Jill to take a picture of me in it for proof that I was helping with the cooking. (Dani and I are laughing because I embarassingly said, "well it won't be fun if I'm not in the pictures.")
Frying the okra -- the star of the meal
Dani being brave with the liver
The Luby's fare with the cookbook
Brent's first washing partner, Huy. He went through 4 partners...such a trooper...he is, after all, the meticuloso.
Cooking, cooking, and more cooking
Adam wasn't excited at all about the food.
Adam and the cookbook
Master pizza chef?