Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fun with the Inlaws, Part 3

or - I hope you like organ music!

One of my gripes about the inlaws is that even though they live 30 minutes from San Francisco, I know very little about the city. Except the MOMA. For some reason, my inlaws believe the MOMA IS San Francisco. So everytime I suggest we go into the city, we go to the MOMA. I go to the MOMA about 3-4 times a year.

This dogged determinedness to do the same thing over and over again has resurfaced here in San Diego. As I mentioned, I made them a 15 page guide of activities to do in San Diego, and yet, I know you won't be surprised to discover that we followed our Organ Concert of Sunday with another Organ Concert on Monday! 2.5 more hours of organ music. TBIL insisted we stay for the whole thing because it was free, and he wanted his money's worth. Right before the intermission TSIL disappeared to go wander somewhere. Thatneice and Thatnephew slept through most of the second half. Don't get me wrong - it's not that I don't like organ music. And the pieces were played very well, it's just....maybe generational, but I don't need to do the same thing every day. I mean, we missed a fabulous free concert in Coronado on Sunday because we were at the organ concert that day. We missed another free concert in Seaport Village Monday night so we could attend the organ concert...again.

Dinner was a very quick ordeal since we had to hurry and eat before the concert, so I didn't get a picture of a lot of the stuff. I can tell you that the unpictured mojitos were inspired by a drink WeezerMonkey had at Takami. And the unpictured spring onion pancakes were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thatneice and Thatnephew filled up on them and didn't have much room for anything else. The unpictured fruit salad? Well it's just as you would imagine it looked. Cut up fruit. Yeah - I'm one creative mofo.

Lychee Mojitos (Lilikoi Soda for the kiddies)
Green Salad with Sesame Dressing
Spring Onion Pancakes
Ma Po Tofu
Steamed Rice
Sauteed broccoli, mushrooms, and snow peas

Fruit Salad

The adults liked this dish, but Thatnephew decided he doesn't like tofu. Which is interesting, because TFIL has just decided he doesn't drink alcohol and likes to tell Thatboy how everyone who drinks is incoherent and can't process thoughts. In reality, what TFIL is experiencing is called "age" and "narcissism" which affects his ability to hear what anyone else has to say and process his own thoughts in a timely manner. Another interesting note is that TMIL has decided she's allergic to dog hair, even though they have a dog at home and Thatboy had dogs growing up.

I thought you all REALLY needed a picture of steamed rice. Just in case you forgot what it looked like. And otherwise this post is a little light on pictures. Soooooo take it away - rice!

Sauteed Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Snow Peas
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 8 oz snow peas
  • 8 oz shitake mushrooms
  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add broccoli to the skillet and sautee 3 minutes.
  3. Add in snow peas and sautee 2 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms and sautee until mushrooms brown.


  1. I'd go the "meet you after the concert" route.

  2. I love organ music, but in limited proportions. I would have opted for take-aways with this funny lot you're having to entertain! Food looks divine!!!

  3. Everyday I am thankful that my in-laws live on one side of this country and I live on the other! Every Single Day!

  4. This is so funny that they had to "enjoy" the organ music again. Enjoy the rest of you time with them!

  5. You are cracking me up!
    I would have a double mojito if I were you.
    And thanks for the steamed rice photo.

  6. I'm torn between laughing and wanting to scream for you.

    [shakes head]