Whistler - Snowboarding Competition

Angi and I had a chance to watch some of the snowboarding competition in the Village.  I kept thinking "Wow these guys are amazing and they make it look so easy, perhaps I could try a jump..."

And then something went terribly wrong...

Thankfully this guy was able to walk away after about 10 min of evaluation from the medics.  The fleeting thought of trying to do a jump on my snowboard is forever gone!

Whistler - Bluebird Day

Had a fantastic time skiing and snowboarding with friends up in Whistler.  First day it was snowing heavily but day 2 was a bluebird beautiful day.  

Kingsley (AKA the Red Devil) Gulay and Ian

The gang in the Village

Seattle - Whirlwind trip

Every trip back home starts the same way.  We book the tickets and then sit across from each other and make a solemn pact that this time in Seattle we will:
- NOT over commit ourselves
- spend quality time with friends and family
- slow down and enjoy every moment
- not binge on too much Mexican food (that one is mostly for me)

Well we are evidently still a work in progress but we certainly did try and do some of our goals this trip.  To be honest there really was NO WAY I was going to slow down on the Mexican food, and we certainly over committed ourselves on a daily basis. We were both so exhausted by the time we made it back to Singapore. But Kingsley and I did get to slow down for a bit in order to spend some great time with those closest to us. Which in the end, is what makes each trip so memorable and meaningful.  

Quiet winter evening sitting by a warm fire with my parents enjoying my new favorite dessert - homemade dark chocolate pudding and tea!

Brunch with my parents. My mom made the best (mexican) frittatas and (GF) banana bread.  The perfect meal after a long flight! 

Poker Party!  It was our turn to "host" as Kingsley won last time. We had only arrived in Seattle about 24 hours earlier it was a simple meal - beer, wine and pizza.  Thankfully no one seemed to mind!  

Dinner at Franks Champagne & Oyster Bar with my Calidora family. 

Getting my/our Mexican food fix with the Guptas and Whites at Milagros. Highly recommend the Mahi Mahi Tacos.

Cuddles with our Nephew Jack

Recipe - Kale, Bacon and Portobella Salad

I am no food photographer so keep in mind this salad tastes much better than it looks in the photo below! It is simple to make and the flavors go so well together. In the rare times I am able to find kale at my local grocery, this is what I make with it. 

Kale, Bacon and Portobello Salad

1 lb. bacon

Kale, including stems, chopped

4 large portobella mushroom caps, stems and ribs removed

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

Garlic, minced

1 lemon

Preheat oven to 375F. In 2 baking dishes, arrange bacon strips in a single layer. Cook 20-30 minutes, until crisp.

While bacon cooks brush 2 Tbsp. olive oil on both sides of mushroom caps. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat in a large pan and add garlic. Cook until lightly golden, then add kale. Mix and season with salt and pepper. Cook until softened and bright green, about 5-10 minutes.

When bacon is done, arrange mushrooms in a baking dish and cook for 10 minutes. Flip and cook another 10 minutes. Slice cooked mushrooms and bacon then add to wilted Kale mix. Drizzle lemon juice over salad. Serve immediately.

Sri Lanka - Rekawa Beach

Rekawa Beach was a short 5 minute walk from our hotel, Buckingham Place, the beach was absolutley undeveloped, deserted, and beautiful.  Part of the lack of development is probably due to the fact the ocean currents are too strong for swimming.  Strong currents were fine with us, we weren't there to swim but to watch turtles lay eggs and to enjoy the magnificent sunsets.  We even caught a beautiful rainbow as dusk settled in.