I had no idea what to get my dad for Father’s Day this year. In the past few years, I’d got him presents like the Kindle, wallet, keyboard . . . I got him things to the point where there was nothing else to get him. Well, he wants a Mercedes, but that’s something I’d have to sell several body parts and organs to gift him. So with nothing else coming to my mind, I decided to give him food-related gifts on Father’s Day.
My first gift to him (and mum) was a home-cooked Father’s Day brunch. My co-workers introduced me to Hawaiian-made Portuguese sausages, so I made some for my parents to try. Along with the sausages, I prepared scrambled eggs with onions and olives, and I toasted some omega grain bread from Paris Baguette. My parents enjoyed the breakfast! I’m glad the eggs turned out well because I wasn’t sure how the olives would taste with the eggs, but they turned out delicious!
My other gift was to take my parents and me to the dinner buffet at the Terrace in Grand Hyatt Seoul. One of my former high school teachers recommended the buffet saying that there were seafood and a carving station — my mum’s a seafood fan, and my dad would enjoy the meat. It was about $80 a person, but it was all-you-can-eat. Honestly? I didn’t think the buffet was worth it. My dad didn’t eat much, and my mum only liked the crab. Me? I didn’t care for most of the food; I only liked the bread, one pasta dish, and the dessert table. I totally went crazy at the dessert table, as you can see in the photo above :D
Yesterday, I decided to cook dinner for my parents and aunt. I baked some chicken tenderloins in a sweet ginger and garlic sauce, and I paired them up with some steam-in-a-bag veggies with a box mix of chicken stuffing. The chicken turned out to be delicious! That sauce is really great for almost anything!
Today, I cooked again, and this time I made “macaroni turkeynese”. Ground turkey does not taste good compared to ground beef, but I went with the ground turkey because it’s healthier. This dish was a hit with my parents, but I’d much rather prefer ground beef.
I forgot to mention this before, but a few weeks ago, I tried out this restaurant couple blocks away from my area. Called Al Matto, I’ve been wanting to try their pizzas and pastas, so I asked one of my friends to go there with me since she likes trying new places. There, we got the seafood pasta with olive oil, and the tomato-sauce pizza with roasted garlic on top. The pizza was terrific, but the pasta was too salty for me. I’d totally go back for the pizza. MMMMM.
On a totally non-food-related note, I got new glasses. After not updating my prescription in like 3+ years, I decided to finally haul butt to a glasses store. There the bloke examined my eyes, and I chose my glasses in the same place — all for $110. The examination was free, so I only had to pay for the glasses. Yay for new glasses, but boo for the fact that my eyes have deteriorated :(
Annnnd, I got my master’s degree diploma! WHOO HOO! I’m so happy it didn’t take six months for it to arrive like my undergraduate one did! I mean, I finished my coursework in March, and I officially graduated in May, but now it really feels final with my diploma! All my hard-work has paid off! ^^