Don't get me wrong, I love all the new places I've discovered since I started blogging. And I love introducing people to some of those places in turn. But the best part of blogging for me is all the wonderful people I've met along the way.
A while back, I had written about my meet-up at Izakaya Haru Ulala in Little Tokyo with Jaden of Steamy Kitchen. In person, she was just like she is online - gorgeous, hilarious, and obsessed with food! We hit it off immediately and she was game when dinner turned into a three-restaurant affair. She bought the group of us mochi ice cream at Mikawaya. And we finished off the evening at Daikokuya Noodle & Rice Bowl.
As if I didn't already think highly of her at this point, several weeks later I got the cutest thank you card in the mail. Look ==>. The "gumballs" are little beads.
And she also made me an apron. Not only does this woman cook the most scrumptious-looking food, she sews too!
Here's the apron in its place of honor - hanging in my kitchen beside my stove, ready to go to work.
Thanks again Jaden!
And as if the day couldn't get any better. My oldest uncle's wife made banh mi xiu mai (Vietnamese meatball sandwich). Yum! Yum!