A Family Dinner . . . of sorts.

02May09

148My friends here in California have become my surrogate family. Being three thousand miles away from my parents and brothers has not been as difficult as it could have been, I think, mainly because I have met such an amazing group of people here. Granted, part of the reason that I have not been terribly homesick might be due to the fact that law school piles on so much work that I don’t have the time to be homesick, but I think that my ability to settle in so well in San Francisco is due to the friends that I have made here. I’ve met people from all walks of life; they support me and motivate me and keep me entertained. Together, we’ve become a family, brothers and sisters pieced together and bonding over the mutually shared trauma of law school.

Back home, my family and I would eat dinner together every day. I know that some people find it strange that we find the time to sit down together every night to eat our meals, but it really is something that I find bonds a family. And here in California, I have managed to gather together my friends every now and again for similar family-style dinners.

While I haven’t been able to have group dinners every night here (doing that would be academic suicide, I think, considering how much time these dinners take out of the day). But I love it when people gather together and enjoy food and talk and good times. So we have dinners – perhaps every month or so – and usually it is some sort of potluck, with everyone bringing a different dish. The composition of the group isn’t always the same, but it definitely is always great fun.

136I promised my friend Ben that I would put a picture of him cooking. He told me, after my last post, that I need to put pictures of him cooking instead of a post without any food at all, and so I obliged. He’s cooking kalbi (Korean bbq) in the above picture.

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For this dinner, I made crab rangooons (see above), and baked salmon (see below):

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Ben made terikaki chicken:

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And Gina brought the kalbi and made salad:

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Stacey brought bread and pate, and Justin brought rice. And then we had strawberries for dessert. I love strawberries. YUM! Chris ended up joining us for the dinner too, after I saw him on my way up to my room. Good times.

I’ll post up a recipe for crab rangoons at some point. 😀

Anyway– I just wanted to also take this chance to say a huge thankyou to all my friends in San Francisco. You guys have been my motivation and inspiration and source of happiness for the past six months. I have suffered and I sometimes want to beat something up in frustration, but in the end you guys have stuck by me and made sure that I haven’t gone completely insane. Thank you. I love you guys. ❤

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2 Responses to “A Family Dinner . . . of sorts.”

  1. 1 eddie

    ahhh, crab rangoons, smoked salmon pizza! this is some really fancy stuff…the photos make them look even more delicious….

  2. 2 Yumi

    Those look scrumptious! You take beautiful (almost pornographic) pictures of food.


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