Disclaimer: There is no taking normal pictures of a 1.5 year old, as you can tell by her mischievous look, hah!
Despite my being in bed for most of Christmas day--of which I'll spare you the boring and monotonous details--looking back now, I can say I had a pretty darn blessed Christmas week overall. Yup. I did. *nod nod*
Greg, Selah and I made it a point to get our fix of cold desserts on a super cold wintery night. For some strange reason, we always crave ice cream and every icy dessert we can get our hands on when the weather is mercilessly frigid! Well, frigid according to our LA standards you could say. We had our family date at Caffe Bene in the city of Gardena, which is part of a Korean franchise boasting some of the "hippest" and sophisticated atmosphere that a cafe could have. In this case, Caffe Bene is decked in the ever so popular fancy slash cozy design that so often attracts Asian customers. By that I mean: super loud music which I can't say I love, a nice HD screen to entertain your toddler, and a gorgeous organic setup perfect for chit chatting with friends or studying till midnight. Because guys, a Korean cafe isn't true to its roots unless...it's open till 12 o'clock. Our Patbingsoo (shaved ice) was generously dusted with misugaru (sweet grain powder), layered with the perfect ratio of sweet red bean paste and ice, and topped with mochi pieces plus a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream. It's expensive, yes...a whole $11 bucks going down your tummy...but so worth it for that occasional treat with your family of three or four.
So Christmas! Thankfully it ended on a sweet note. My parents were as understanding as ever and didn't mind that I was kind of contagious at the time (oops)...neither did they care that last year I had a similar, if not worse, predicament going on because hey, Christmas and I officially don't get along very peacefully it seems. But at least I now have photos of laughter and memories that will last a lifetime. I'm reminded that everyone does traditions differently and what matters most is the fellowship and love we experience along the journey. I also squeezed in every excuse in the world to spend time by the oven, opening it every so often to get a whiff of gingery molasses bread and cheesy empanadas. But not the both together in one mixture. That would be a scary combo. Have a beautiful rest of the weekend, friends!
How did you spend your Christmas week?! Please do share--good or "bad". I want to hear it all!
Favorite desserts in frigid weather?
Have you tried Patbingsoo?