Turkey Day 2007 (minus the turkey)

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Joe and I started off the evening by making the trek from Park Slope to the Upper East Side. We were supposed to be there by 5:45, so I made sure we left by 4:45 in case the trains were running late. We were promptly greeted at the door by my niece Sophia and my cousin Anton. Sophia’s parents were busy in the kitchen prepping all the food.

As we got our coats out of the way, Sophia’s mom, Ate Carla, emerged from the kitchen to announce that there was no turkey.I was not surprised nor disappointed. Filipinos eat all types of meat, but turkey just isn’t a top choice. So this year at my cousin’s house the centerpiece was boneless ribeye steak and roast chicken. The meal was a mix of Filipino, European, and American fare.Who can beat that?The starters were two types of pâté – salmon and beef w/ truffle. The salmon was okay – but the truffle was to die for. Then we had a bowl of molo soup aka Filipino wonton soup. The trimmings included haricots verts, two types of dressing, and two types of sweet potato. After stuffing ourselves silly – we cut into the dessert. Joe and I brought an apple tart, my Tita Lou brought pumpkin and pecan pies, and my cousins picked up a plate of sapin-sapin from Krystal’s. My sister and her friend Amy pitched in a couple bottles of wine.By the time we finished eating and catching up it was already 2 am!A wonderful meal to end a whirlwind of a month…

Back 2 Digital…

My birthday gift to myself after not having had a digital camera in 4 years:
Canon PowerShot S5 1S

Basic Features:
8.0 megapixel
12.0 optical zoom
Can shoot quicktime movies

Not too tiny and not too big. I needed a portable alternative to my manual SLR Canon Ae-1 and wanted a lot of features. Furthermore, I chose to postpone getting a smartphone in January since Google made their software announcement. The camera won out and I know I’m going to spend the next night or so reading the manual and playing around with the features.

So for now enjoy some shots I took at Joe’s birthday dinner:
Joe at Magnolia
Me & Joe in the great Brooklyn sweaters we got from Joe's mom and sister!

More on the birthday celebrations later…

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