Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday

Monday was another quiet day; I arose early in spite of my late bed time and poor nights sleep. I was greeted by a glorious sunny day and a clear blue sky, something you do not see a lot of during the winter here in West Michigan!

I worked on the computer until around noon. Danielle was the first one of the kids up, and shortly I had her wake the other two as we would be meeting everyone (except Christopher who does not like Chinese food) at Ming Ten for lunch.

The four of us squeezed into the Mustang and drove over. The nine of us had an excellent lunch. Ming Ten is the best Chinese Buffet we have found in the area. The food is well above buffet quality and then have a sushi bar and a made to order hibachi grill. Scott loves the lo-mien with chicken that they make there.

Chinese food in Michigan was a bit disappointing after living on the east coast. It took us quite a while and many disappointing dining experiences to find a high quality regular sit down Chinese restaurant (The First Wok) and buffet. One thing I still miss is Cold Noodles with Sesame Sauce, you just can't find anyplace out here that has that!

The weather, which had still been gloriously sunny when we entered Ming Ten, began to deteriorate while we ate. The sky got very cloudy and then heavy cloud cover totally rolled in and the day got very dark. I joked that the weather in the morning had been "Sunny for part of the day and then apocalyptic cloud cover later in the afternoon". It was amazing how dark and dreary it became in the short space of time.

When I went to pay at the end we hit a bit of a snag as Mom had two discount coupons and they also wanted to claim their senior citizen discount. The waitress (and later the manager) said you could only do one.

So, I had them split the bill into 3 bills and I had to give them three different credit cards before they could process it! What a pain, but, hey to save over $15 it was worth it!

Lunch over I drove the four of us back where the kids took Scott's car back to the X's house. The majority of the rest of my day was spent watching TV (mostly Christmas themed shows I had recorded in the DVR) and using the computer. I also did some pre-work for the upcoming installation of my new AV receiver which should take place this weekend if UPS tracking is correct.

I'm glad the kids are having extra time with Uncle Kevin, Lili, and Lucy, but I am really missing them this week! I know I volunteered to give them extra time at the X's house but the days have been kind of empty without them, particularly as I've been doing work from home for the most part. At least I have Tails for some company.

4 comments:

David Louis Harter said...

Chris,

I make an Oriental dish that incorporates cold noodles with extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, and Oriental seasoning. I generally include chopped green onions, poached snow peas, poached mushrooms, and beef, chicken, or shrimp. It is served cold and is a favorite in our house.

- David

Chris said...

David - That sounds most tasty - Perhaps you should share the recipe!!

David Louis Harter said...

Chris,

I do not have a recipe as such. I simply poach four packages of Oriental flavor ramen noodles, slice and poach the mushrooms for 20 minutes, poach the snow peas for 2 minutes, add the other ingredients, add the flavor packets from the ramen noodles, add ground ginger, crushed red peppers, extra-virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar, stir, and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

It is wonderful.

- David

Chris said...

David - Ah! using the base seasoning packet from the Ramon soup. Clever my friend, I have done that as well on some occasions! I will have to try it the way you describe the next time I make Ramon.