Saturday, November 26, 2011

'Tis the season to be jolly

A few days after Halloween, a friend and I made a trip to nearby Atlanta to do our Asian grocery shopping. We decided to take the backroads so we can enjoy the scenic fall foliage in NW Georgia. We stopped at Ellijay for lunch and shopped at the outlets in Dawsonville. By the way, William Sonoma has an outlet there, and the stuff and prices are outstanding.

We were starving when we got to the HMart Plaza in Duluth. We immediately headed for Chung Dam. It was my first time there. I had sashimi, and was quite disappointed. I couldn't recognize two of the fish on my platter. The banchan was alright. I still prefer Book Chang Dong, my favorite Tofu House directly across the parking lot from Chung Dam. I've never had a bad meal there.

Chung Dam

Sashimi (didn't see yellowtail or mackerel. Did you?)
Banchan at Chung Dam ( a little skimpy, but then the sashimi doesn't come with it)
Anyway, my biggest surprise was finding the restaurant all decked up with Christmas decorations. It was strange listening to Christmas music in early November. Call me old fashioned, but I can't get into the Christmas spirit until I'm done with Thanksgiving. Why take the wind away from the best holiday of the season?

Now fast forward three weeks. It's Thanksgiving week. We were invited to a boater friend's niece's home. It was so sweet of them to include us in their family gathering of over 30 members. I could not get over how efficient these people were. Everything was set up on the kitchen counter, ready to go. The garage was turned into a hall where tables were set up and festively decorated. The drinks and desserts were conveniently laid out there as well. Too bad we forgot to bring the camera:-(! We are thankful for the delicious Southern food and the great company. Thank you David and Janice for the invite!

The day after Thanksgiving, we rounded up the troops and had a hot pot dinner. With all the stuff we got from Atlanta - mix seafood, tofu, mung bean noodles - plus some fresh veggies like spinach and napa cabbage, and of course shrimp, sliced chicken, pork and beef.

Putting up lights and Christmas decorations, playing Christmas music. Now we're talking. 'Tis the season to be jolly.

How was your Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping?

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  1. Agree, Eileen - November is too early for Christmas music. It's all so commercial these days anyway. The shops and malls just want you to open your wallet. Hope you'll enjoy the holiday season, with good health and good company!

  2. Our favorite tofu house is Book Chang Dong as well! We actually live in the Atlanta area. I enjoy reading your blog.

  3. Please take me to a Tofu House ! The food looks gorgeous ! Hope you had a good week-end there. It was the first week of school here. We're glad it's over !