It all started here...

It all started here...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Mini Vacation--Memorial Day

We were busy with commitments this Memorial Day weekend. MOR had to preach at two different churches Sunday morning and then had to attend a church dedication service in Camarillo in the afternoon. We decided that we would spend Sunday night in Calabasas and then visit Oxnard Monday morning. We have passed through Oxnard many times but have never stopped here for anything. Our plan was just to have a relaxing day near the ocean and enjoy a day out.

We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in Calabasas for the night. The reason that we stayed there was to trigger the Free Night Giveaway for Club Carlson. For a night stay here that cost around $100, we can get 44,000 points, good enough for a night in Rome or Paris.

Room was spacious and clean . . .

minus the view.

We enjoyed a great Mexican dinner at La Paz, one of the oldest restaurants in Calabasas and a local favorite. They have a huge menu that covers many choices. The decor was interesting also, with old tricycles, bikes, even wheelchairs hanging from the ceiling.

Chips and salsas

Meatball soup with 4 big meatballs. Simply delicious!

Seafood Taco Combination--just loved those garlic potatoes. Combination comes with soup or salad and two side dishes.

Conchinita Pibel (Pork Yucatan style) 
The portions were so big that all three of us had to pack the left-overs home.

After breakfast the next morning, we went for a walk down the street of the hotel. Everything was closed due to the holiday. It would have been interesting to visit the Adobe museum. Sagebrush, the Mexican restaurant right next to the museum seemed interesting too.

Very quiet.

Later in the morning we drove to Oxnard and walked around the Channel Island Harbor.

It was pretty quiet and relaxing.

Colorful kayaking team

A restaurant called Whale's Tail 

Trying out my zoom

not bad!

We accidentally came upon the Oxnard Fisherman's Wharf and found this busy place called H.C. Seafood Co. on Channel Island Blvd. This seafood market is owned by Chinese. They had live crabs and lobsters cook on the spot and they also sell other fried seafood for those who are not into live seafood. Here is a small bowl of clam chowder. I think the guy picked some better crabs for me because I spoke Cantonese to him. Instead of just picking any one right in front like everybody else, he went to the other side of the tank to get ours.

A very busy place where families and tour groups enjoying their seafood picnic. 

Live crabs, you can't get any fresher than this.


H.C. Seafood is on the other side of this 'bridge', not the one on the right.


The brown house is where H.C. Seafood is.

Behind H.C. Seafood

Oxnard Fisherman's Wharf area

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My New Kitchen

Finally done!

Loving it!

Pull out drawers for easy access.

Need to get more bins for the dry storage.

Space for the bottles.

Pull out tray for the corner unit.

Swing it...

pull it out.

trash and recycle bins

microwave and upper storage

Upper corner unit.

Pantry with rice tubs at the bottom...

again, pull-out drawers.

Custom-made cabinets--nothing fancy but functional.

Loving it!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day Dinner

Enjoyed another great family dinner at Ocean Star Restaurant.