I just can’t seem to stay away from Chinese food around Christmas time! I’m Jewish…it’s in my DNA!
We are in the middle of a family vacation from work and school. Yesterday, Caleb and I were in much need of some ‘us time’, so we grabbed our coats, jumped in the car and headed for College Avenue in Berkeley.
First, we enjoyed a tasty lunch at Shen Hua, where we feasted on pork buns, poststickers, and har gao (steamed shrimp dumplings). While delighting in our delicious dim sum, we sipped on ginger ale and gabbed about our favorite activities so far on our vacation, which has been full of cool plans such as a Christmas trip to Reno to see family, ice skating in San Francisco, a trip to Saul’s Deli to eat latkes for Chanukah, fun cooking experiments, trips to Lawrence Hall of Science, etc.
I savor this time with Caleb. Normally, the four of us hang out, involved in a fun family activity. Apart from our cooking adventures, Caleb and I rarely get time to just hold hands, be silly, and catch up.
Once we cleared our plates, we skipped and ran hand-in-hand over to the Elmwood Movie Theater where we watched the Muppets. Caleb sat on my lap for much of the movie, while we ate Raisinettes (Caleb’s first time eating them and he kept calling them “raisin-nuts”) and popcorn. I sat there spending more time hugging and nuzzling him, and enjoying the moment. The movie was fun too. Ask Caleb about Fozzie Bear and the ‘fart shoes’ and he won’t stop laughing!
If you haven’t already caught on, I’m huge on making memories for our kids. I want them to look back at their childhood and site the many memorable and delicious adventures they went on. One day, perhaps, they’ll take their kids on a ‘Chinese food and a movie’ adventure and tell them how fun it was to do the same with me when they were little.
We’ll follow up soon with homemade ice cream. Stay tuned!