July 28, 2014

My Day In Pictures

The My Day In Pictures articles are to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with my life. It was instituted at the request and for the benefit of one of my favorite people in the world, one of my aunts who is a retired telephone operator and lives a few hours away from me.

This Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Is Delicious, Cheap, Nutrious, and Easy to Make

Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Ingredients List

We made omurice this afternoon because it's Saturday and that means the family comes over to watch Korean dramas.  They are in the final episodes of Rooftop Prince, one of my favorite shows of all time, and those of you who see it know the main characters are obsessed with this particular meal. Omurice is one of those dishes that everyone should have in his or her repertoire, ready to pull out at a moment's notice.  It's cheap, delicious, easy, and nutritious.  Just as important, it's in … [Read more...]

The Missouri Sky

Sunset-in-Missouri-June-2014

Whenever I'm traveling, one of the things I miss most is the Missouri sky.  Even during the trip to California a few weeks ago, where we saw everything from beautiful wine country to world class beaches, the sky wasn't of the same caliber.  Though the same weather patterns can sometimes spawn monster thunderstorms, they give birth to breathtaking works of art.  It's that sky that helps make the ground so verdant. Growing up here, you get a sense of when it's coming.  This afternoon, Aaron look … [Read more...]

Dakgangjeong and Cupcakes for Mom’s 52nd Birthday

Korean Chicken Dakgangjeong 닭강정 with Rice Joshua Kennon

My mom has been enjoying the adventures of Rooftop Prince, so for her 52nd birthday, she wanted to come over, watch a few episodes, try a new Korean recipe, and hang out with us.  My dad was in a golf tournament in the morning but she and my youngest sister pulled into the driveway at 11:23 a.m., ready to go.  Aaron and I were already in the kitchen working on Dakgangjeong (닭강정).  We settled on it since the ingredient list looked amazing, and mom had requested something with poultry for the sake … [Read more...]

Japanese Gyoza with Spicy Sauce

Japanese Gyoza with Spicy-Sauce

Nudiustertian, when done with our responsibilities, Aaron and I went to see Disney's Maleficent in theaters.  Yesterday, in the late afternoon, one of my sisters came by the house and mentioned wanting to see it, so we offered to go back and watch it a second time.  Later that night, she hung out for awhile, watching a Korean drama in the other room while we worked.  Before she left, she mentioned that she's been wanting to learn to cook.  She wanted to know if we'd be interested in making a Japa … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Say Goodbye to Southern California and Fly Back to Kansas City

Between the Rocky Mountains and Space

Goodbye, California.  In the words of your famous Governor, "I'll be back", but for now, it's time to go home to Kansas City.  We returned the rental car after driving 1,000 miles exploring your beaches, mountains, groves, vineyards, and deserts to consider whether it would be a good fit for our business and life.  Now, we are ready to make the 1,362 air mile journey back to the cornfields and apple orchards of the Midwest, which will take only a few short hours thanks to the miracle that is sc … [Read more...]

The Famous California In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Cheeseburger, Fries, and Chocolate Shake

We fly out tomorrow morning, so we decided to call it a trip, check into a hotel near the airport, and get up early so we can sit in the gate without having to rush or fight traffic.  I'm going to try and get some work done, maybe read a bit.  I bought 5-6 new books on the journey and already started plowing through two of them. Before that, though, there is business to which we must attend.  You know that old saying that a man is only two skipped meals away from anarchy?  I'm now pas … [Read more...]

The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena

Lobby The Langham Huntington Pasadena California Hotel

We are staying The Langham Huntington in Pasadena. It's a very cool, old hotel with a unique history sitting on 23 acres.  The gift shop sells a book detailing the timeline, which I bought and hope to get to later.  For now, I'll paraphrase Wikipedia: It was originally constructed in 1907 by civil war veteran General Wentworth. Four years later, railroad tycoon Henry Huntington - we visited his home and gardens earlier today - bought it and, within 36 months, had it reopened under his nam … [Read more...]

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena

Chinese Garden House Huntington Pasadena

After viewing the fields of Ojai yesterday, we decided to go to Pasadena today, with a quick detour to La Cañada Flintridge.  A big thank you to A Patel, who suggested in the comments on the post about Montecito that we stop by The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens.  This place is wonderful!  I knew next to nothing about it except that Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger gave something like $32 million dollars as a donation to help them construct a new $60 milli … [Read more...]

Ojai and the Santa Ynez Valley Make Me Want to Buy a Farm

Beautiful Mountains on Way to Ojai

I've never seen land like the real estate in the Ynez Valley, including the drive to Ojai, California.  This is one of, if not the, most beautiful place in the United States.  Once you make it out of the cities, it's nothing but huge, rolling fields with tractors going through them, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, citrus, cattle, and horses; it's perfection.  I'm not going to go all Green Acres on you, but this speaks to my childhood in Missouri in a way no other place has.  The fact that this … [Read more...]

Windmills, Bakeries, Breweries, and Barack Obama Chia Pets in the Danish Town of Solvang

Solvang Brewing Company with Windmill

We finally arrived after our drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang and this place is like a time warp!  The whole village is old-school Danish, complete with windmills, brewing companies, bakeries, toy stores, candles; it's legit.  You can rent bicycles and ride around the streets or go pick up an expensive carved cuckoo clock.  I loved it, though I wish they had a neighboring town that was modeled after Sweden because I would love me some lingonberries and meatballs right now.  Maybe they had the … [Read more...]