While there were restaurants we wanted to experience in California, I really enjoyed the home cooked meals made by my friend’s family. To sit around a dinner table, laughing, talking, and eating a home cooked meal makes for a fantastic time. Penny’s Mom started in the morning by marinating chicken for grilling, preparing the gyoza (Asian dumplings), and a fresh soba noodle salad. There was also rice, black beans, pickled cucumbers, a less spicy Kimchi (a Japanese version), and fresh steamed broccoli (with a creamy dipping sauce).
Everything was so awesome! There were so many wonderful flavors and I could tell that Penny’s Mom put her heart into preparing this meal for us. I loved seeing her laugh and smile as she was making sure everyone had enough to eat. So legit.