Adventures in Food indeed. The menu here is a little intimidating, but once you get past the fact that it’s so big, you will see that this place has a lot to offer. There are so many delicious looking items to order, I think I could eat here every week for a year and get something different and delicious every single time.
Guess where we sat? At the bar of course. Well, in our defense, it was 6:00 p.m. on a Sunday, and I’m quickly learning that asian restaurants are where people go for Sunday dinner in Palo Alto. So it was a little busy, and there were exactly 2 seats left in the entire place – at the bar. The nice thing about sitting at the bar is if you have no idea what to order, the bartender will be more than happy to help you out with your selection. Also, he will give you a small history lesson on the restaurant, and the family who owns the restaurant, and how he himself is married to the owner’s niece. Because it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
So… we started off with a nice cocktail, and some really delicious fried prawns… yeah, they were so good we actually ordered a 2nd round of appetizers. Oof. It’s safe to say I was pretty full before my main dish arrived.
I ordered the Kung pao chicken with fried rice, and C had the orange chicken. It was all served family style, which really makes it so much easier to share meals. I appreciate that. The Kung pao chicken was really tasty, I was afraid it would be too spicy to enjoy, but I took a chance and ordered it anyway. It was perfect, I love the spicy nuts in the sweet sauce over a bed of rice. Yum. Sadly, I was too full to eat very much of the orange chicken that C had ordered. I tried a little bite of it, and it was really tasty. As we were finishing our meal, we noticed the man a little further down the bar had ordered the lamb chops, and uh, they looked delicious. We’ll definitely be back for more of Chef Chu’s.
Until we eat again…
The cancer update
Things are happening! My nurse coordinator finally called me with a start date for my bone marrow transplant, yay! Sort of yay. I’m not exactly looking forward to my 3 and a half month exile from my home, but yay because we can get this thing over with. The start date has already been changed from November 3rd to November 10th. Which was totally fine with me. One more week in my home, one more week to hang out with my daughter and do ‘normal’ senior year stuff with her. One more week before I have to wear that gas mask every time I go outside.
Now that the ball is rolling, there is so much to do. It seemed like we were waiting and waiting, and just going to the trial clinic appointments without too much going on really. It was the calm before the storm. And now, it’s appointment after appointment to get all the tests done before they can start this thing. I’m almost getting a type of performance anxiety, like I need to be the picture of health before they’ll let me do the transplant. That’s not the case if course, I’m just used to be declared healthy when I’m at the dr. (before I had the cancer of course).
The other thing had me (super) stressed is finding a place to stay while during treatment. I only have to be in the hospital for 5 days (Lord willing), but for 3 months after that they want me near the hospital. No small order in this expensive, overpopulated part of the world. We found a suitable place in Los Gatos. It’s in the ‘safe zone’ according to the ‘Analogus Bone Marrow Transplant’ catalog they gave me. It’s a riveting piece of literature, with everything you never wanted to know about a Bone Marrow Transplant.
It’s all good, and God’s got this. I shouldn’t be overwhelmed, or feel worried about any of it. I just keep telling myself that, and I know there is an army of prayer warriors standing behind me lifting me up. Thank you to all of you. 🙂
Until next time….