Happy early birthday Shra!

We went up to Davis today to visit Shra, for her birthday, which is on Monday. Happy early birthday Shra! 😀 I baked a cake with truly horrendous amounts of fat in it, which made it tasty and thoroughly desirable though quite rich. A butter cake with mascarpone cream and raspberries in between the layers. It was really fun to be with the family again. We watched The Truman Show just because it happened to be on TV, and Daddo was converted to liking Jim Carrey (I agree. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I love Jim Carrey). And I had a great time reading the intro to one of Shra’s Asian American Studies books, Love’s Revolution: Racial Intermarriage by Maria P P Root. It looks like a great book and I’m very excited about reading the rest of it at some point. It’s interesting, writing my thesis all in one night has really solidified in my mind what it is like to write a long paper or an academic book, so I appraised this one in a new way. 🙂 I like this.

We had dinner at Il Fornaio in Sacramento. Il Fornaio is a chain restaurant with locations in San Francisco and San Jose, among other places. My Zagat Guide to SF has little negative to say about any of the Bay Area locations, but I was mostly unimpressed by this one; the food wasn’t bad, but nothing to get rhapsodic about. My favorite things were the fact that they had burricotta cheese (a handmade fresh mozzarella with a silky, creamy ricotta center; the cheese itself rates only okay because while I loved the soft center the mozzarella outside was hard), the pleasantly sealike taste of the sauce and filling of my lobster ravioli, and the peach sorbet in the zabaglione dessert Shra got. Oh, and the service was nice, too, but it’s hard to get excited about nice service when the food doesn’t deserve it. I say I only liked the inside and sauce of my ravioli because the pasta itself was a little hard. But so were Erik’s shell pasta and Al’s penne, so maybe that’s just the way they like their pasta. And the sauces tended to be a little salty, though excess salt never bothers me much. 🙂 It’s funny, because we went there to celebrate Shra’s birthday, and even though it was only so-so, Shra had all the best food. Her lasagne was the best of the entrees, nicely seasoned and perfectly done, and her zabaglione was the best of the desserts. So in the end it all turns out okay. 🙂

Pictures here. So you can see the cake, as well as some quite unflattering shots of me. ;b

By the way, does anyone else think Shra’s eyes look like Britney Spears’? Mommy will probably post an extremely angry response to this, because she doesn’t want any comparisons made between any of her daughters (or probably relatives, for that matter) and Britney, but I think it’s true…

[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com. The photo gallery is no longer online, but I’ve added a couple of photos below, including the cake, which came out very lopsided but was still delicious!]

Family seated

Lisa and Erik pufferfish

Posing with cake - Mommy, Lisa, Shra and Jim Carrey