Thursday, February 9, 2012

It's The Asian Invasion, Baby!


Odd and ends....

1.) As many of you know, I have a Filipino-American hubby, and 2 great adopted Filipino kids. So, basically, I'm the odd (white) man out in our family. Needless to say, we cheer for Asian basketball players (my hubby is currently obsessed with Jeremy Lin), eat tons of Asian food (Thai and Vietnamese are our favorites), and also hope that the Asian contestants on Top Chef will win (we were totally stoked when Hung won Season 3). SPOILER AHEAD (if you haven't watched the latest episode of Top Chef, stop now!): We are pretty excited that not only Paul Qui (2nd from the left, above photo--he was born in Manila! yay!) made it to the finals (I'm rooting for him!), but also Beverly Kim, the slightly Asperger-ish girl who everyone loves to hate (I personally like her). Unfortunately, Edward Lee got booted last night....too bad, because that would have been a 75% Asian final! Sorry, Ed. Note to Ed: NEVER use the canned oysters. That's the kiss o' death.

Go Paul!!!!!!

2.) I finished Kill and Tell by Linda Howard, recommended to me by Julia Barrett. She told me it had the most incredible seduction scenes ever. And she was right. Romantic suspense is not my favorite sub-genre, but this book is sex-ay! Hot and sultry, like a summer's night in New Orleans. If you're looking for a book with intense chemistry between the hero and heroine, a complex suspense storyline, and one of the sexiest love scenes ever, check it out. Grade: A (still fanning myself....whew!)

3.) I just wanted to give a shout-out to Round Pond Estates, the charming small vineyard I toured in Napa Valley. Julia and I had a private olive oil tasting that was wonderful. I came home with four kinds of delicious olive oil (Italian Varietal, Spanish Varietal, Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon). I have been using them every day in my cooking and salad dressings. I also got their Blood Orange Citrus Syrup and Meyer Lemon Citrus Syrup.....I'm going to figure out some kick-ass cocktails to make with these. Stay tuned. If you are looking for a great gift for a foodie in your life, I can't recommend these products enough. Superb!

4.) And last but not least....Valentine's Day! Yep, it's coming up next week. On Feb. 14, I will be posting my review for Dana Stabenow's Restless in the Grave. I will also be giving away a copy of this incredible book to one lucky commenter. So be sure to stop by on Tuesday for the review and give-away. Now, murder might not seem like the most romantic theme for Valentine's Day, but I guarantee anyone reading these books will fall madly in love with Liam! A big, hunky Alaskan state trooper. Schwing!


That's it for now! Have a great day,
Penelope

14 comments:

KMont said...

I think I keep my copy of Kill and Tell under the bed. Not purposefully, mind you. Not much anyway. Heehee.

I want some lemon-infused olive oil, but haven't seen any in my town. Jumping over to your link for Round Pond!

High five on your Asian Invasion. I have a couple of Asian coworkers, but that's as far as my connections go. However, I still looooove Asian cuisine. Give me Thai just about any day. Vietnamese is very yum, too!

Tom Stronach said...

Asian cuisine is good but other cuisines are available LoL

Loved the post

Penelope said...

Hi KMont! You would have LOVED LOVED LOVED this olive oil tasting. Right up your culinary alley! They set out little glasses of the olive oil for us, and we tasted them alone, and then sprinkled on garden-fresh veggies and locally-made cheeses. Heaven! nom nom nom.....

Penelope said...

Hi Tom! We eat Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and of course Filipino food. My hubby makes a great pancit, which is a noodle dish with lots of veggies. I think my kids have eaten potatoes twice in their entire lives? hee hee

Amber Skyze said...

My ex husband is Korean-American so I ate tons of Asian food when we were married. I miss some of the food. My kids always cheer for the Asians too. :0)

Penelope said...

Hi Amber! My hubby makes a really good Bulgogi...that's our favorite Korean meal. I am trying not to eat too much red meat now, but when I splurge, he makes me that one, or Loc Lac, a delicious Cambodian grilled meat dish. It's great to have a hubby who is a good cook! :^)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love your Asian invasion/home :)

Penelope said...

Thanks, Juju! How is your little bambina doing? Hope all is well!

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

So...you liked that seduction scene, eh? I told you, it was Kill and Tell that got me into reading romance. The first romance I ever read and yes, I do think sleeping with the book under your pillow is a great idea!

Gosh, I gotta quite missing Top Chef. I love that show! Do you remember the old days - Yan Can Cook with Martin Yan? He was my fave! I'm a big fan of Asian food. Green papaya salad/Slanted Door...

And thank you for the Round Pond Olive Oil. We are using it every day. Yum.

Brie said...

I love Beverly! I’m rooting for the underdog, she’s nice in an awkward way, and I think she made it to the finals for a reason. Also love Paul, and I’m sure he’s going to win. He’s super talented and the only one who’s been nice since episode 1. On the other hand I hate Sarah, she’s all nice on the outside with her sweet face and cute ways, but evil on the inside.
The other one that I think has a chance of winning is Linday, she very competitive and a little bit evil, but she’s been that way always, so at least what you see is what you get, unlike with Sarah.

This season has been kind of boring, so far nothing compares to season 5 with the awesome Stefan. I hope they bring back Top Chef Desserts, I looooooved it!

Since you’re talking about Linda Howard, have you read Shades of Twilight and After the Night? Those are my favorite books of hers, in fact, they are two of my favorite books in the world. The heroes are kind of alphaholes, but there’s something about those books that I really love. Every time I read them I loved them a little bit more and the sex scenes are HOT! Especially in After the Nigh.

Penelope said...

Julia....Hmmm. I wonder if I write to The Slanted Door if they will give me that papaya salad recipe? I still haven't heard back from Morimoto's Rest. yet, but I'm not giving up hope!

Penelope said...

Brie...I love Bev, too. And I hate all the folks who are being mean and bitchy to her. Do they not recognize that she is Asperger-ish? I think that is pretty obvious. Paul is the only nice one left. I am hoping either Paul or Bev will win. The two other girls have been mean and bitchy on occasion, and I don't like that.

Thanks for the Linda Howard recs...I will put those on my TBR pile!

heidenkind said...

I like Beverley. :( I'm stoked that the finalists are 75% female this season, but I think Paul will probably win.

Penelope said...

I would be happy if either Paul or Bev won this. But I think it's possible that Bev might shock everyone and pull it off. I just wish she had some more support from her teammates...some of them are being big a-holes to her. Jerks!