Donna’s Wedding Day

My best friend’s wedding finally happened today and I took some photos to remember it forever. Words can’t describe how happy I am for her and her husband, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to fly all the way from Vietnam to spend time with her and the family for a few days. My favorite photo of the following set is of course that of Donna and I. We’ve been best friends for the last 15 years and it’s incredible how far we both have come since then. I love her so much and her husband is a great, great guy. All in all just spectacular.

Mom’s Home Cooking

I used to be a huge kid up until around high school, just around the time I moved in with my mom. She used to cook extremely simple, healthy, and delicious meals during my entire high school career that helped me get fitter and shed some weight (that I eventually gained back and then lost again; such is life). One of the great parts about spending time at her home this week—I haven’t done so since I was in my teens—is eating all the food I used to enjoy during high school. It’s usually really simple but crazy good.

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner at Kim Son Restaurant

My best friend will marry tomorrow; tonight was the rehearsal dinner at Kim Son Restaurant in Houston, Texas, and I am so happy that I was able to make it, despite living so far away.

The food was amazing and all of the family and friends who I hadn’t seen in many years looked wonderful. This was also the first truly bilingual—Vietnamese and English—wedding rehearsal dinner that I’d ever attended. I’ll likely write about the actual rehearsal a bit later but it was so lovely that, for right now at least, I’m at a loss for words.

Family Dinner at Thanh Phuong Restaurant

It’s been nearly three years since I’ve seen my mom and probably many more than that since I’ve spent more than a day or so at her home. This trip to Texas has been lovely so far, and tonight I invited the family out to dinner before work begins again next week. Naturally the choice was Vietnamese—I like for my family to try new things and Vietnamese food in the Houston/Pearland area is very good.

My grandmother—who has visited me twice in Vietnam—, my mother, my sister and her family, and I ate at Thanh Phuong Restaurant. The food was good, but it did taste a bit different than the Vietnamese food I’m used to in Vietnam. Whereas the noodles, rice, and vegetables I eat in Vietnam are all fresh and well-prepared, the protein at Vietnamese restaurants in the States shines best. Chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp are all extremely delicious, while the vegetables and carbs are suitable (not bad at all), but not remarkable.

I’ll take either way, really.