Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birthday Lunch & Southern California Beach Time

After birthday celebrations with my siblings in Las Vegas, we rented a car and drove across the desert to Los Angeles where we met up with both sets of parents for more birthday celebrating. We had lunch at a delicious Vietnamese restaurant, Chateau Brodard, then we checked out one of Southern California's sunny beaches - Huntington Beach.

If you have been keeping up with this blog, you know we have complained about how terrible the Asian food is in Portland, especially Vietnamese, so we were very excited to have a nice healthy lunch of traditional Vietnamese food.

Chateau Brodard Roll Appetizer Plate
{Chateau's Special Spring Roll Sampler with Roasted Duck, Soft Shell Crab, Seared Ahi Tuna and Pork Rolls, each with its own sauce}

ME's Shrimp Rolls
{Pressed Shrimp & Rice Noodle Thread Plate - huge portion and oh so good}

Vicky's Pork & Eggroll Noodle Bowl
{Grilled Pork & Eggroll Noodle Bowl}

Ba's Chicken and Fish Soup
{Fish & Chicken Noodle Soup}

Mike's Hu Tieu
{Hanoi Style Smoked Pork Noodle Soup}

The GirlsOur DadsMom & I

I was so busy catching up with everyone that I completely forgot to take a photo of my charred vegetarian noodles and Mike's dad's Vietnamese beef stew (which he lapped up every last bit with a baguette).

Next we hoped in the car and headed out to Huntington Beach for some of that terrific California sunshine and sand. We walked up the chilly and windy pier, did a little bit of shopping at the sidewalk sales along Main Street and was fortunate to be there when the Farmer's Market started.

Huntington Beach Sun WorshippersHuntington BeachHuntington Beach from PierHuntington Beach SurferLA in the DistanceHuntington Beach PierWalking along Huntington PierAnneThe ReiversMike & his MomAnne & Mike's MomParents walking along the pierParents on the windy pierBA on the pierParents on the PierBoth Our DadsAnne on the PierHuntington Beach Main Street

Mike started this annoying habit of photographing me taking pictures and this is the result.

Photographing of Photographing - Huntington Beach-Resized

It was a lovely day, the weather was absolutely perfect! I was so lucky to be able to spend time with both sets of parents on my birthday, a real treat.

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