Published: April 11th 2012April 9th 2012
Now that the weather is finally starting to turn here and we aren't layered up until we look like Ralphie in A Christmas Story
, we are able to bring some of our favorite American things to China. With the opening season of baseball, we decided what better time than now to buy a BBQ for our China home? Nick settled on a nice red one, that is just big enough to get the job done. We got it back to our place, unpackaged it, and Nick did just fine putting together our Made in China grill :) He celebrated the feat by grilling up some tasty garlic-ginger marinated pork chops. This happened to be one of the same days the Mariners were playing a couple expo games in Tokyo, which is just one hour ahead of us. We were able to feel ultra-American eating BBQ and cheering on my baseball team.
Going along with the theme of spring, we had a lovely Easter over here. It is strange being away from family on holidays where it seems the biggest tradition is a big feast shared among extended family members, but we did alright over here. I got to surprise Nick
and play Easter bunny by creating a makeshift Easter basket out of whatever I could find here. Nick made a fabulous rice porridge, or 米粥 (mi zhou) for our Easter brunch. Essentially you over cook rice with plenty of water over several hours, until the rice just falls apart. Nick added chicken, ginger, garlic, onions and bok choy. Nick also ventured out and found some white wine and sprite -- our "wine spritzer" substitute for mimosas. Like I have said, over here, you have to work with what you have.
To round out our great week, I got a care package from home and still have a smile on my face from it. Thank you mom and dad! Nick and I got plenty of American goodies to hold us over until we can get our hands on some more. We are definitely getting to that point where we love the Chinese food, but a box of Girl Scout cookies is just what we are craving.
Also, I would like to congratulate my sister and brother-in-law on the new addition to their family! This past weekend they got an adorable lab puppy named Dozer. I was lucky enough to
be able to Skype with them and get a look at the cutie. I wish I could be home to play with him in the puppy phase, but I am excited nonetheless to play with him when I come home. Congrats you guys!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!
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