Friday, August 26, 2011

Four Things That I'm Loving At The Moment

I've been wanting to get myself another Chinese Lucky Plant since I left my last at my Aunty and Uncle's in Redwood City three and half years ago. Dad had bought me two things in my first week of college- a Chinese Lucky Plant from SF Chinatown, and.....Pepper Spray. Thankfully, I didn't have to use the Pepper Spray once during my whole college career, however, that Lucky Plant thrived and thrived in my heat-filled room. It reminded me of myself. I felt I left college a grown young lady ready to dive into the world. 

Ever since leaving it up in Nor Cal, I've wanted another to grow and thrive here in Hawaii. Just my luck (no pun intended!), I found the perfect one last weekend at the Made In Hawaii Show! This one actually isn't the original Lucky Plant you're probably thinking of; this is the Chinese Lucky Lotus. This Lotus comes directly from China and is only grown there, while the original Chinese Lucky Plant grows in all of Asia- China, Philippines etc. It is especially lucky and special because 5 branches (looks like 4 below, but one other is hiding!) sprouted from just one lotus stalk. 

I've been nurturing my baby all day...even bought it some new rocks today!

Love the monochromatic tones of blue here.

My first Antipasto platter!
Cheese from bottom up: Boursin (my favorite!),
Boscetto Al Tartufo (has bits of truffle in it),
Goat Cheese, Gourmandise Kirsch (tastes like almonds to me...), and Hickory Smoked Le Fume.
Also on the plate- a mix of marinated mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes,
marinated mix of olives, salami and prosciutto.
Apothic Red Wine to accompany. 

I've been on a froyo streak lately!!
Plus all of the bright colors are so pretty.
Helps to think that summer hasn't passed yet...

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