Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ten Ten Seafood Restaurant

When my brother Jerick and his family moved to Hawaiian Gardens, they had to start looking for new restaurants to try out. Some of their favorite eating places were now too far from their new home, and they were eager to find suitable replacements. Kuya and Liz love Chinese food and dimsum, and luckily they came across Ten Ten Seafood Restaurant, which served both.

Prawns with Walnuts

They brought me there and we ordered a favorite dish often found in Chinese restaurants in the US (though almost all of my mainland Chinese friends have never heard of it), Prawns with walnuts. It's pretty hard to go wrong with this dish, and thankfully, they didn't. It was sweet (could be too sweet for some), and the prawns were tasty.

Scallops with XO Sauce

I ordered the Scallops with XO sauce, mostly because I like this kind of sauce. I liked it, but since I was the only one polishing it off, I figured it wasn't as much of a hit with Jerick, Liz, and Aidan. (Well, more for me, so I wasn't going to complain.) We also had a lot of dimsum, which is usually the case when we go to these restaurants.

I'm glad that we were able to find another restaurant to take the place of our once-favorite place, which is now too far away to visit. (And, if you read an earlier post, there's another reason why we stopped going there.)

Ten Ten Seafood Restaurant
69 North Euclid Street
Anaheim, California
Tel. (714)991.9272

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Best Bake-at-Home Brownies: Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix

My siblings and I don't see much of each other, mostly because that's what happens when you grow up and get lives of your own. My sister Giselle and my brother John both have their own families now, so we usually just see each other on random Sundays at our parents' house. (My other brother Jerick is in LA, so we see him even less often.)

Last Saturday, we decided to spend some time together at Giselle's house. I rode with John, his wife Tintin, and their new super adorable baby Raffy to Giselle's, and Tintin brought with her a huge box of Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie Mix. It was a huge, rather heavy box, since it was good for several batches.

Tintin set to work on preparing the brownies as soon as we got there. She had forgotten to bring walnuts which she intended to add to the recipe, but luckily Giselle had some in the fridge, and they were all chopped up already. The recipe seemed simple enough to prepare, Tintin just needed to add oil and eggs. While the brownies were baking, the smell was heavenly and very heavy with chocolate. I couldn't wait to try them.

As soon as the brownies were cool enough to eat, we dug into the pans. The brownies were so dense, moist, rich, and of course, chocolatey. I think I consumed enough brownies for four people, but the calories were well worth it.