Monday, July 23, 2007

Japanese Obon Bazaar & Ella's 1st Scary Moment

We went to the Obon Bazaar in Mountain View on Saturday. We arrived early, about 10 to 4p, but it took a while to find parking.

We were so hungry, we decided to eat first. The beef terriyaki skewer had good flavor, but the beef was pretty tough. The spam musubi was huge and delicious. It looks so easy to make... and with all the spam we just bought from Costco, I should make a bunch for RJ before Ella and I leave for Seattle. A glass of Sapporo complemented our snacks.

We strolled through the Ikebana exhibit. I love how such simple flower arrangements could look so pretty. There IS beauty in simplicity! Then we hit the games. RJ won a goldfish for Ella at the ping-pong toss; but bombed at the dime toss. Bingo was fun and addictive; we reluctantly called it quits after 5 rounds (3 cards for $1 a round per person).

For dinner we decided to try Ramen House Ryowa (only 5 min away). A tiny hole-in-the-wall ramen house located in downtown Mtn View. So good! We had the gyoza, the ryowa ramen, the shoyu ramen, and the fried rice. What I loved best was the container of kimchee on our table's condiment tray, especially since the kimchee was actually pretty good.

We went for a walk around the block after dinner and stopped at Gelato Classico. Since we hadn't had dessert, we each got a small cup of yummy Italian ice cream. I was craving chocolate and had the Chocolate Hazelnut, while RJ stuck with one of his favorite flavors, Creme Brulee.

As we rounded the corner, we saw a fish shop. Since we now had a new member of the family, Bruce [Yes, RJ named the goldfish after Bruce Lee] - we thought we might find a nice bowl for him to call home. And I thought Ella might like seeing some animals [she loves dogs]. She was indifferent to the fish, but when I brought her closer to the iguanas, she gave a frightened whimper and tried to climb over me and away from the creatures. That was the first time I ever witnessed my daughter afraid of anything. Poor baby! Needless to say, we left immediately and headed home, but not before we made a quick stop at PetSmart to buy another goldfish to keep Bruce company and a small fishtank for them. I named the 2nd goldfish Malikot (Tagalog for skittish).

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