A 4th of July Celebration


Over the holiday weekend, we lost our internet connection. I placed several calls to Time Warner and I was given a variety of reasons for the outage:

  1. A problem with the server in my area (i don’t really understand what that means)
  2. I have a faulty router (I immediately bought a new one and still no internet)
  3. I have a faulty cable modem (duh?! it is the holiday weekend, I can’t have it replaced!!!!)
  4. there is an outage in my area that will take hours to fix

Whatever the reason, we miraculously had our internet connection back this morning at 6AM. Three days disconnected from the worldwide web. I can’t believe how helpless I felt.

Of course we did enjoy our 4th of July weekend  inspite of that. We had friends over for a bbq and fireworks display.


On Saturday, Rodney and Carlos arrived from OC and brought dinner:  fish cooked in coconut milk and turmeric, a Thai-spiced shrimp dish, brown rice and a container of low carb, sugarless Food for the Gods dessert. Later that night,  we enjoyed the customary “grilled” fare while watching the synchronized fireworks display:  chicken sausages, louisiana hotlinks and kielbasa. And more Food for the Gods. A crazy neighbor decided to fire his own rocket sparkler while we were watching the fireworks display from our balcony. The rocket landed on our deck prompting us all to scream and yell and run out the gate to go after the imbecile (no such luck. it was too dark and nobody could tell us from which house it came from). We still have the burn spot on our deck. A few inches to the left or the right and it would have landed on either the blanket or my dog! Anyway, we survived. So we had more food and wine.  And of course, Food for the Gods.


The next morning, we made some Filipino beef steak for breakfast with steamed rice. Carlos made scrambled egg whites with tomatoes and turmeric. And we ate more Food for the Gods. Meldie and her boyfriend Milt dropped by for lunch –from Las Vegas. This time we had fried rice with chinese sausage and turmeric, leftover sausages,  left over beef steak, green salad and teriyaki meatballs. And yes, Food for the Gods for dessert—this time with chocolate chip mint ice cream. Carlos baked two pans of this amazing dessert in the morning after driving around La Jolla with my husband to “window shop” for houses, duplexes, mansions — whatever is available for picking!

Around 4pm, we were rushing to pack our picnic for the Summer Pops. Rodney and I made potstickers early that morning with turkey meat and cabbage filling. All the leftovers were packed in chinese take-out boxes, the potstickers in plastic Costco containers. We also had grilled chicken teriyaki, romaine lettuce with honey-mustard dressing and a pot of Brazilian coffee they brought for us to taste. At 5:30 pm we were on our way to Navy Pier to enjoy the Summer Pops concert with none other than Marvin Hamlisch conducting the San Diego Symphony. It was a breezy, cold night but we had our blankets and ski jackets and lots of food to keep us warm.  Bruce and Thalia came with us and brought a pot of hot cocoa and a container of sweet and sour chicken.  An hour later, our Swedish friends Per and Marianne showed up with their picnic basket and a container of brownies from Effie and Ralph, who unfortunately couldn’t join us for the picnic because of allergy problems. It was a fantastic concert (although we loved last year’s better) capped by a fireworks display by the water. By 10:15 pm, we were back home, tired and satiated. Barely able to keep our eyes open, we relaxed at the balcony and relived our day over a glass of wine.

Pictures of food? Oooppsss….we were too busy eating we forgot to take pictures. I am sure we will be recreating the dishes so we’ll share pictures then.  In the meantime, I will post pictures of the fireworks display (as soon as I get them from Rodney) for you to enjoy.

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» Tangled Noodle said: { Jul 6, 2009 - 07:07 }

Wow! I don’t know if I could go that long w/o Internet – I’m too addicted!! But I’m happy to hear that all is well again. Even though there are no photos, your descriptions of the feast you and your family and friends enjoyed this weekend are tantalizing enough.

» rose said: { Jul 7, 2009 - 08:07 }

WOW! You guys were busy! Sounds delicious! Congratulations on a holiday feast well done.

» Tita Beng said: { Jul 8, 2009 - 06:07 }

It sure was a fantastic holiday you had. I could only imagine! Like New Year’s Eve here, huh?

And you lost your internet for 3 days? Are you connected to AT & T? Jaja is servicing that teritory I think.

Omg! I’m like crazy here without it. Funny, but I admit, I’m now an addict. he he he…
Kaka loka di ba?

» virtual chef said: { Jul 10, 2009 - 04:07 }

TN: I was nearly out of my mind. If it weren’t for our guests who kept me busy and occupied. Nothing like trying recipes in the kitchen to make you forget about the net!!!

rose: thank you…we really enjoyed it. always fun my friends come over and help me cook!!!

Tita Beng: yes, like New Year’s Eve. No I have Time Warner cable and I found out when talking to tech support that they are located in Cebu. They wouldn’t give me the name of their company, though. They were pretty good although after the 6th call I placed, I didn’t have much patience anymore to listen to their script. I just blabbered in Tagalog and raised my voice. LOL. I was more worried for Matt who was waiting for some important documents from the Princess. Anyway, we survived. I had a smart phone I was able to use to check my gmail and Matt’s email.

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