However, I've had not so good experience the first couple of times I have eaten on 2 specific branches in our neighborhood. Ever since, Red Lobster has not been in our go to restaurants.
But when my folks came here, I knew that they should try this.
On our way to the Airport in D.C. we passed by a Red Lobster branch and had a quick lunch. Thank goodness we did because I have forgotten how good their complimentary bread/biscuits were. Yum-o! Aside from the Bread/Biscuits which are unlimited, my fave from the menu includes the Seafood Shrimp Trio (variation: Garlic Scampi, Parrot Isle Coconut, Walt's Favorite) Lobster Pizza, and of course their Warm Apple Crostada as my chosen Dessert.
Every time we visit Washington, D.C., we never fail to have lunch at the Chinatown. It all started when 2 of our friends from Boston celebrated the 4th of July with us. That was about 2 years ago. We were starving so much from the day's activities that we decided to pig out in a Chinese Restaurant. We just randomly entered Chinatown Garden due to the fact that there was a line outside the entrance and exiting customers seemed happy with the service and food (yes, we asked them :P). So we never really got to enter other Chinese restaurants whenever we visit the city. I guess we were not that adventurous to try the other Chinese restaurants or we were so satisfied with their food that we keep coming back. However, during our visit last month, DH and I decided that would be our last time to dine there. Prices have gone up and unfortunately, one of the servers did not understood our orders and we had to wait a little longer to get the right orders. I do not want to go into so much details anymore but the manager was very kind enough to replace our orders with what we originally ordered. Also, for some reason, we were not too enthusiastic with their dishes anymore except for the soft shell crabs which is a new dish, for that dish alone, I will bug DH to go back there. Here's sharing photos of the food. Makes me crave for soft shell crabs in the middle of the night hee hee.
(the bowl of oranges and of course, the fortune cookies were complimentary :))
I grew up helping out in my mom's food business. It started off as her hobby until hotels in our province recognized her as one of the best wedding cake makers there and she became their sole supplier of wedding cakes. Until she branched out and started to sell breads and do some side catering business. Currently, she is retired and even though, her previous clients know about this, they still ran to her in time of special occasions. I really hope I inherited her skills and talents in cooking and baking but I'm not even half of what she is, cooking and baking-wise.
However, her being an entrepreneur is something I inherited. In fact, as early as highschool, I have been actively doing some side business on my own too. Also, my mom has been telling that food business is and will always be the most lucrative in terms of earnings and revenues. I don't know, maybe someday, I together with my husband and siblings will be able to put up something similar to what my mom has started. I have been checking out this site that offers Hotel Supply Online, Atlanta Hotel Supply as well as Hotel Bar Supplies and so far, I have been getting some tips and information on how to manage restaurant finances as well as help in financing a food business.
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I just got off from the phone with my Aunt from Vegas. She was asking about the Paella recipe that mom taught me which I couldn't find. Also, she was once again ranting at how hard it is in the real estate company she is in. Blame it on the bad economy as they find it so hard to sell real estate these days. Despite her Broker Training for mortgages, she still finds it so difficult to deal with so many dealings that were left hanging.
You know how expensive it is to live in the west coast, specifically California and Las Vegas. She is a licensed real estate agent on both states and since February she wasn't able to close any deal. Therefore, no income for her for 6 months now. Also, she has plans on putting some of her properties under reverse mortgages plan because she is having a hard time paying them off. I have no technical knowledge on housing loans and mortgages but somehow during our discussion in the university, one of my professors shared this reverse mortgage guide and reverse mortgage information which he chanced upon in the net. Training Pro is a site dedicated to guide people on reverse mortgages. It basically teaches the site visitors how to secure their future well past retirement through the equity in your home. For those who need some info on reverse mortgages, this is a nice-to-know site. I just told my Aunt to check on it. Now, I need to find that freaking paella recipe, I also wanted to whip this dish for a family gathering on Sunday.
I am catching up with some online tasks as well as online shopping, particularly looking for this gibson hummingbird guitar for a colleague who will be celebrating his Birthday next week. I cannot believe that I actually miss blogging and so I started to jot down some blog topics I could start writing when I come back later after I finish my errands for the day.
Good Morning! Breakfast is served!
When we ran out of Pancake Syrup, we thought it was an opportune time to try those iHop Pancake Syrups being sold at Walmart. So we did, this was our breakfast last Saturday and my verdict, not good. Seriously, it tastes nothing. I wish we could have gotten the Maple Flavor instead of the original but I guess you cannot bring iHop pancakes to your home just by buying these 'iHop pancake syrups'.
If there is one good memory about the Holy Week, that would be the time when my eldest brother had asked my dad to check the yamaha keyboard guitar center, bought his 1st guitar and keyboards. Then later that day, he ordered (yes ordered) me and my other brother to go to his room. I was his new vocalist while my other brother played his toy drums hee hee. We instantly formed a band and it was a good one!
I told my friends that I could not feel the Lenten spirit from where I live. DS had to go to school till Friday and I worked till Friday as well, nope, no half-days. DH on the other hand had to run some errands with a friend who couldn't find toyotaparts.com toyota parts. Tomorrow, Easter, we plan on hitting the beach if the weather permits and perhaps, have an Easter Lunch out. Next week will be DS Spring Break and DH and I will take turns to babysit him, read: take turns in having vacation leaves. We are reserving all our major vacation leaves in May and July as we are bound to go to San Francisco with my Brother and SIL and NYC with my bestfriend and her family. I can't wait to have my much needed rest.
'Health is Wealth' as they say is such a cliché, but it is actually true!
I have witnessed how my relatives and friends dealt with so many illnesses in their families, both the financial and emotional aspects of it. The medical costs eventually made a huge dent in their bank accounts. On the other hand, the emotional stress they have to take care of because of looming medical expenses as well as how to comfort the ailing family member.
I am just doubly thankful that no one in my immediate family had to deal with a life-threatening illness and I hope it stays that way. I would often pray for good health and long life rather than becoming a millionaire. Seriously, dealing with family illnesses is probably one of my greatest fears.
For one, my folks make sure to undergo their executive medical check-up once a year, while me and my siblings as well as dear hubby and my sister-in-law are all into fitness, particularly running. I am not sure whether it is our generation that makes running such a huge fitness workout trend or is it because this generation is more focused on keeping their health state in place. Despite our love for food, we all know how to track our calories intake as well as watch out for each other's diet. However, we also make sure to have cheat days and thus, discovering new restaurants and recipes are our kind of thing.
Last Christmas, my eldest brother and sister-in-law gave us all our heart rate monitors which he ordered from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. It surely does help out in my running as well as whenever I feel like tracking my heart rate on stressful times (read: work!). I guess this nifty little gadgets are nice-to-haves as we all thread our path to living a healthier lifestyle.