Good Bye 2012!

Monday, December 31, 2012

I took some time off from blogging.  It was very difficult not to pick up the camera and capture all the perfect shots that I envisioned and resist the urge to share my stories with you.  The recent tragedies that have aired on national television for weeks made Vu and I slow down and appreciate each other, our loves ones, and the simple things in life.  We should be doing this everyday, but more often than not, we forget.  Drowned in our daily routines, busy work schedule, looming deadlines, and unfinished projects, we forget to pause, to take it all in, and to appreciate.  Vu and I lingered under our blanket a bit longer, made more time to play with Betsy, detached ourselves from our computer and mobile devices, reconnected with friends and family near and afar, cooked together and ate together as often as possible.  We relished the crisp, winter air on our morning walks and spent many moments by the windows listening to the raindrops pounding against our roof without a sense of hurry.  Friends and family have kept us busy, but we enjoyed every minute of it.  

With 2012 year coming to an end and 2013 right around the corner, I needed time to reflect and rejuvenate.  It was a much needed break from blogging.  Funny thing, I came across this post by Erin of Design for Mankind whose message resonates with my sentiments.  This blog has been a special corner for Vu and me, an avenue for us to share our stories, our adventures, and our recipes with you.  We look forward to sharing many more of those with you and leave you with this delicious pomegranate martini to ring in 2013.  

Have a wonderful new year, filled with new adventures, good food, good friends, and good memories.  Happy 2013! 

Pomegranate Martini

1 oz of vodka 
5 oz of pomegranate juice
1 tsp of sugar
orange peel for garnish

1. With a knife cut the pomegranate in half.  Use your fingers to pry the fruit apart.
2. Working over a bowl filled with water, pry the seeds away from the membrane and peel.
3. Once you are done stripping the seeds from the peel and membrane, strain the seeds from the water.
4. You can use half for your martini and save the other half to munch on.  A large pomegranate can make up to two cups of juice.  If you cannot find fresh pomegranate, you can skip all this work and substitute with POM juice from any grocery stores.
5. Press the seeds through a sieve to extract the juice.  Add the sugar to the juice and mix well.  Pomegranate juice can be a bit tart so add enough sugar to your liking. 
6. To a martini shaker add the vodka, pomegranate juice, and a few cubes of ice. Shake and serve in a chilled martini glass.