Friday, January 10, 2014

Christmas and Kome

We heard that Oklahoma was due for some bad weather around Christmas. But, as we rolled into town late on the 23rd, the roads were fine. The next morning, however, we awoke in a winter wonderland.

The trees were covered in ice, and icicles hung from every surface. Jackson and Olivia didn't know what to make of it. We don't get this kind of weather in Texas, and they're too little to really remember New York. Their first course of action was to break off icicles and eat them like popsicles.

Most of Christmas Eve was spent hanging out in the kitchen, cooking and chatting.  I made a broccoli casserole, but I didn't snap any food pics.

Christmas morning, the kids gave us the gift of sleep, not waking up until 8:45. Thank you, sweet children!

Well-rested, they tore into their presents.

They are both majorly into games, and their favorite gift this year seems to be Jenga. Olivia is the Jenga master of the family.

It was a short stay, since we had just done a longer visit at Thanksgiving. On our way home, we stopped in Norman and walked around on the OU campus for a bit. I showed the kids the library, where I worked for several years.

Future scholars right here.

Back in Austin, Tony was still off work for another week, which was awesome. New heights of laziness were reached. And my parents offered their babysitting services one evening so we could go see Anchorman 2 and have a quiet dinner at Kome, a Japanese restaurant in the style of an izakaya, or pub. They serve sushi, but also various little finger foods. Think Japanese tapas. I started with an Asahi, and Tony had hot sake.

I'd only tried sake once before in my life, and I didn't care for it. But I gave it another shot, and was pleasantly surprised. The sake didn't really have a flavor other than alcohol, but it smelled like butterscotch!

We began with tsukemono, a variety of pickled veggies. So salty! You wouldn't want to eat a bowl of them on their own, but they were good combined with the other foods.

Next I had a soba noodle salad with wakame, edamame, carrot, sunflower seed, spinach, radish, and tomato. Light and refreshing.

Kome has the best selection of veggie sushi I've found in Austin. I had one roll with inari (bean curd, like a piece of really chewy tofu), cucumber and avocado. My other roll had pickled burdock root and plum paste.

I wished I had a bigger stomach so I could sample more sushi rolls! Oh well, I'll just have to go back.

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