Heading to the office yesterday was great. The weather was nice, the drive was relaxing, the view wasn’t half bad at all. It makes me appreciate the location of the office, right off the Embarcadero waterfront that many people stop at when visiting San Francisco.

Today I got to spend the day with my mom and she loves dim sum so that’s exactly what she got. It’s funny how we don’t really call it going out for dim sum, rather, to go out and “yum cha”, which literally means “drink tea”. We actually refer “yum cha” as the custom of enjoying dim sum while sipping Chinese tea.

We ordered was a mix of Chrysanthemum and Bo-lay tea. Very potent, but very aromatic with the chrysanthemum flowers.

We knew we had to order a Lobster Lo Mein immediately so the kitchen can get it started. It’s a very popular dish, as almost every table in the restaurant has one.

And let the feasting begin!!!  Well, not until we mark down what we want. There’s two type of Dim Sum places. One where the dim sum are either pushed around on carts or carried around the restaurant, and you select the dishes from them. The other type is where you get a menu and check off what and how many items you want by name. We went for the later one. The only downside is that the Chinese to English translation may not be all that accurate and you can’t order with your eyes as if they were right in front of you.

The full menu didn’t help me at all, as everything was in Chinese.

Good thing my mom was there to translate for me!
Out from the kitchen came 6 Lobster dishes at once, one which landed on our table.

The usual staples that we order: Siu Mai, Siu Lung Bao, Steamed Spare Ribs, Sponge Cake. We had to go easy on the ordering as it was only the two of us. With more people, we could have ordered a wider variety of dishes.

And one of my favorites, the Haam Sui Gok. It’s a complex dumpling, since the outside is slightly sweet and crispy, the second layer is gooey, and the filling is slightly salty with a combination of pork, shiitake mushroom and vegetables.

So the interview for the gig in June didn’t go as planned, but as they say, “When one door closes, another opens”.  Got a call for a job down in Los Angeles. So during my BBQ Beef/Chicken take home dinner from Ono Hawaiian BBQ, I started to make plans for my trip in 2 days.

With who this gig is going to be with, I know it’s going to be an exciting time!!!