I smile every time I look at this picture. She's soooo cuuute!
I tweeted last week about the treasures I got from the Salvation Army so I thought I'd share. All the dishes were buy 1, get 1 free and often sold in sets so it was an even better deal.
Like the cute little gray teapot for $2.29? But I needed to find something else for my freebie so I just grabbed the Star Trek glasses. Ha! :P The gray plates, the rose one, and the blue plate were my freebie for the stack of dipping saucers and chopsticks.
A lot of dipping saucers. I had a craving for banh beo (Vietnamese steamed rice discs topped with shrimp). The packaged mix said rice flour and corn starch, which didn't sound right to me. Corn starch would make the banh beo too firm. So I called my mom to get her recipe (And no, I'm not sharing it.), but I still needed little saucers to steam the banh beo. I have a lot of random saucers, but I didn't want mismatched-sized banh beo.
The blue tea cups were such a pretty color that I couldn't resist. Even though one was broken, so I was left with five, it was still a deal for $3.49. Especially because I got this plate as my freebie.
Which I plan to glue to this upturned goblet so I can make a cakestand. What do you think? Does it go?
Shoes were also half off, so all these shoes below were only $2 each. The beige wedges were brand new. Not really my style, but brand new! The red Steve Maddens aren't really my style either, but in pretty decent shape and $2. The Chinese Laundry heels are nicer in person. A nice pinkish-gold satin.
I went back again today because there was a secretary desk I was eyeing. Gone! :( Because the whole store was 50% off!
So I bought more $2 shoes. Nine West Mary Janes. I really needed a new pair since my previous Mary Janes finally fell apart on me last year. Gee, you mean shoes from Forever 21 don't last a decade? :P The boots are actually for lil' sis because they're a size 8! Like new! Leather! If she doesn't want them, I'm sure I can find someone who will. Or I could wear really thick socks?
Since everything was 50% off, the plates and goblets ranged from 60 cents to $1.75. The floral plates in the back? Limoges 22 carat gold, $1.15 and $1.75. I dunno why they had two price tags for the same plate, but a steal even at $1.75. Which stand do you like better? The thick one on the left, or the slender on the right?
I'm also thinking of making a two-tiered stand out of the blue plates, $1.75 each. Probably not with that 60 cents goblet though. I have a shorter light blue glass one in my cupboard that might work.
And what do you think of this last one? The $1.75 plate was from my trip last week. The 6o cents goblet is from today's visit. But the prism-like glass is the same. Yes? No?
On Tuesday, because of DJ Jewelz and Christine of Folie a Choisauce's tweets, I got a craving for fish tacos.
On a Tuesday!
You know I'm all about 99 cents fish taco Wednesdays at Tacos Baja Ensenada!
I didn't get off work until 8:30 p.m. that night and was starving so I went to the Pasadena Rubio's for a quick bite. And saw actor Peter Kwong getting salsa in front of me. I thought he looked familiar, but I didn't know his name. He used his real name, which the cashier shouted out when he picked up his order. So a quick Google of "My Wife and Kids" and "Lauren Tom" and "Peter," turned up the "Restaurant Wars" episode where he played her husband, Eddie Hoo. They were Chinese restaurateurs who had to compete with the Kyle's Soul food restaurant. Anyone know what episode I'm talking about?
I grumbled to DJ Jewelz because the Rubio's fish tacos were $1.25 and didn't compare to Tacos Baja. But I got a story out of it, he said.
So yes, indeed. Only in L.A. can you make a fish taco run and also run into an actor. :)
I almost forgot to mention. Last week, while walking around old town Pasadena with my brother, his wife, and baby, we heard music and followed our ears to city hall where the Pasadena POPS presented Target Under the Stars to launch their summer concert series.
Notice anything unusual?
Look at the conductor.
Yup. Darth Vader conducting the symphony. It was the "Star Wars" theme we heard which made us walk in this direction.
Sorry, I was too busy trying to get a good shot and missed recording the symphony performing the "Star Wars" theme.
Here's Pasadena city hall in all its glory.
But I did manage to record Dennis McNeil and the Donald Brinegar singers performing "God Bless America."
Summer's coming all right. Anyone got exciting plans to share?
In blog news, I'm hosting Weekend Wokking for June so if you've got a SPINACH recipe, please email it to me.
I'm now caught up to March 2009 if you want to read posts in chronological order or to see if you missed anything.
Sadly, I've now removed the "Print Friendly" option because that made it too easy for people to copy and paste my recipes and photos onto other forums. Grrr!
Gosh, this was a totally random month! So, what's up with you? Got a recipe question? Restaurant question? Want to talk about your thrift store finds too? Planning on attending any concerts? Just want to say, "Hi?" Did you miss Ask Wandering Chopsticks 1? Or click on the "Ask Wandering Chopsticks" tag below for previous editions. Otherwise, what's on your mind? You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 30.
1 year ago today, Com Do Ca Chua (Vietnamese Tomato Paste Red Rice).
2 years ago today, how to make broth for Canh (Vietnamese Soups).
3 years ago today, Ga Nuong Xa (Vietnamese Grilled Chicken with Lemongrass).