Lately in Southern California Travel

It has been a while since I have done a “lately” post and so I thought I would do one this month while working on my NaNoWriMo project since they’re relatively quick and easy to put up. I am also overdue for a language update and a recipe I promised on Instagram, so expect those soon as well.

Lately in Southern California | Eurolinguiste

+ To start, I recently had a photoshoot. We are really happy with the photos and feel it went pretty well. It was stressful trying to put together the “look” we were going for but it all came together in the end. After we finished, my family and I went out for Shabu to celebrate. The owner of the restaurant we go to is so sweet and she makes the restaurant experience unforgettable. It was our first time bringing my parents so I was a little nervous about whether or not they would like it as much as M and I do, but they enjoyed the food and chatting with the owner.

+ My herb garden has been producing faster than I can use the plants so I’ve started to dry them and put them into candles. Do you all have any other suggestions as to how I can use the dried herbs?

+ My Christmas present came early! M bought me an iQue, the Chinese version of the Nintendo 64. It’s a fun/interactive way to work on my Chinese.

+ We tried hotpot for the first time. While I was living in Ireland, my roommates often went out for hotpot but I didn’t understand what it was. The way they explained it made it sound more like a potluck than what it really was. We discovered a Mongolian hotpot restaurant near where we go grocery shopping so we decided to try it out and it was really good! Plus our waiter was really kind and patient with me while I ordered and spoke with him in Mandarin. It was fun to eat and it brought back great memories of my roommates and I playing “fight the landlord,” a Chinese card game in our kitchen.

+ A glimpse of a recipe that I will be posting soon. It’s a comfort food from France that I miss.



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  • Ooo can’t wait to see the pictures! I’m glad your family like the Shabu place! Doesn’t hotpot kinda reminds you of shabu? I feel like it’s pretty similar. Man i need to start a herb garden!! It would save me so much money. Is it hard to maintain?

    • Thank you! I am glad they enjoyed the Shabu place as well. Hotpot does make me think of Shabu but it’s a little heavier. Just as delicious though! I have had mixed success with my herb garden – it depends on what I am planting and when I plant it. The last few weeks have been even more difficult than usual because it has been extremely hot during the day and cold at night so the younger plants have been struggling. Once they get past a certain size they do pretty well without too much attention.

  • What is a hotpot? I have no idea, never heard this expression before.

    • It’s kind of like the Chinese version of fondue. It is delicious!

      • Wow! That sounds very interesting!