Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eats: Beyond Pho

Growing up in Indiana, I didn't learn of pho until college (yeah, I know).  And until California, I didn't encounter all the other delicious Vietnamese dishes that our family has come to love.

So far, our favorite place is Ben Tre in Millbrae:

5-Spice Chicken w/ Garlic Noodles - tender chicken perfectly cooked and seasoned on top of a bed of garlicky noodles - how can this combo go wrong?

BBQ Pork Chop Rice Platter - the marinade / flavoring of the pork chop is amazing!

Bo Tai Chanh - beef carpaccio w/ fantastic lime flavor

And from Vung Tau in San Jose:
Delicious Shaking Beef w/ tomato rice (the salad underneath is tasty too)

Banh Khot - crispy little spheres filled w/ shrimp

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Before & After: Bathroom Renovation

It's been awhile since I've done a home post, and primarily, it's because our bathroom has been under construction for awhile.  I'm happy to say it's finally complete!

When we first moved in, the bathroom needed some major updating - carpeted floors (ick), tiny tiles w/ endless grout, chipped brass fixtures, and a leaky shower head.  Here are some before and after pics:

Updated fixtures (with a shower head to spray down the tub - yay!) and tub, replaced tile surround with stacked stone and porcelain 

Replaced shower doors with frameless glass, updated tile and fixtures, extended the bench

Ripped out carpet and replaced with the porcelain tile you see in the above pics, replaced maple cabinets with espresso, updated sink / fixtures / mirror / countertop / lighting, painted a pale gray

And finished it w/ some espresso and stainless steel accessories.
I LOVE the Ikea Droppar jars for Q-tips and cotton balls.  The styling caddy is convenient since it declutters the counter and allows me to put the straightener away even when hot. 

Next up, I'd like to create some artwork for the walls.  Given that I'm not particularly artistic, this will be interesting :)
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