07 November 2012

Almost Time to Eat & Giveaway Winner!



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Can you believe we’re almost at the two week mark until Thanksgiving? (Which means December holiday-fest is right around the corner and didn’t you know that you are pretty much already-late?)

Being an immigrant household – though we’ve lived in the States for 20+ years already, where does the time go?! – Thanksgiving to us means a lot of the same things that it does for other households, though the ingredients in the kitchen and the dishes on the dining table tend to differ. Heck, some years we don’t even have turkey (ever try to find a turkey for just four-to-six people? It’s called chicken).

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My parents aren’t big sausage-stuffing-with-garlic-mashed-potatoes-mixed-marshmallow-yam people, but we’ve got some of our favored holiday-esque dishes. My mom always makes lion’s head meatballs, which are typically a Chinese New Year tradition but I’ve loved them since I was a kid (I loved to squish the meatballs up and mix it in white rice). Dad makes hong shao rou, which is beef braised in a spiced soy sauce broth, which is great as a rice noodle soup, but we leave it sliced on a platter to be eaten with rice or in a makeshift sammie with a bao tze, or steamed rice bun.

When I was little and my grandmother used to come up for the holiday, she used to make these cute bunny-shaped bao tze – I still remember her snipping the bunny ears with scissors before she put the buns to steam. My grandmother was a talented cook and back in the day she and my mom would work through the morning hand making pork dumplings – mixing the filling together with the hand rolled wrappers, everything made from scratch, even putting in the perfect row of crimps on each dumpling (I had a dumpling press to help make mine passable, but for sure I always over-filled mine).

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My fave special holiday dish in the world though? Fried scallion pancakes, the more oiled up scallion filling, the better. Nobody made them as good as my grandmother, though Joe’s Shanghai in NYC comes awful close.

So now that I’ve managed to turn myself from being perfectly content to raving starving for some good ethnic grub, what about you? With the big T-day fast approaching, what are you craving? What are some of your fave family dishes, traditional or not?

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Sweater: Hive & Honey via Piperlime intarsia animal (sim, sweatshirt, pricey, luxe)
Jacket: J.Crew downtown field (sim, sim, sim, pricey)
Jeans: BR outlet (sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim, sim, sim, loafer)
Ring: c/o JewelMint (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Necklace: F21 twisted rhinestone (worn here - sim, colorful)
Sunglasses: Target

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Thanks to everyone who entered my Shopbop gift card giveaway - and there are not enough thanks in the world to express how grateful I am that you all take the time to read my little blog!

So get your virtual champagne glasses ready, ladies - with the help of random.org, out of 241 comments and  244 qualifying entries, the winner of the $100 Shopbop gift card is lucky number:


Which makes the winner:


Congrats, girl! I'll be contacting you shortly with instructs on how to collect your prize! And thanks again to Shopbop for sponsoring this generous prize.

66 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for Thanksgiving and all the holidays!! I love this time of the year!! I love this casual and chic look. That sweater is fabulous!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  2. Perfect cool weather outfit. I particularly love your shoes.

    I'm so excited to have won the gift card! I will put it to good use. Thanks again :)

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  3. What an adorable sweater! I love this animal sweater trend.

    I do love the traditional foods like stuffing and sweet potatoes with marshmallows. There's usually some ethnic foods on our table too, like potato kugel or knishes instead of mashed potatoes (although I loved mashed ones too). Now I'm hungry, haha.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Potato knishes - bestill my heart. I so miss those after moving away from the tri-state area. I looooooove them!

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  4. Love the heels with the cropped jeans look on you! I come from an immigrant family (my parents have been in the States for 60+ years and I was born in the States) myself and Thanksgiving usually is a mix. There's turkey with stuffing but the stuffing has an Asian slant with soy sauce based flavorings, there's home made dinner rolls along side stir fried noodles and there's pumpkin pie. I am getting hungry thinking of Thanksgiving!

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    1. I want to come to your house for turkey day, that all sounds delish!

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  5. Ha, ha, your Thanksgiving dinner sounds so similar to mine! Just add to the mix some Latin flavors (imagine yellow rice, tacos and beans next to the dumplings and roasted duck!) And I tend to over-fill my dumplings too! That tiger sweater is looking fierce, btw!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  6. Yum!! We usually eat pretty traditional food but my grandmother makes this one dish we all refer to as "christmas potatoes." It's pretty simple, just hashbrowns and a bunch of cheese, but all of the kids always request them at EVERY family gathering, not just christmas. That and pumpkin pie. It just isn't Thanksgiving for me without a slice of pumpkin pie. Sidenote, I love your sweater. :)

    Stephanie

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    1. I literally made hash browns with melted sliced Kraft singles as part of dinner last night - it IS so good!

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  7. I love those wicked high heels with the cuffed jeans. Also, rhinestones during the day are my fave :)

    I had scallion pancakes for the first time in NYC last month. Wrapped around beef. To die for.

    Hubs cooks a turkey every year, no matter how much trouble it is. I love my mom's Deviled Eggs, and stuffing. Mmmmm, stuffing. But your post has made me RAVENOUS.

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    1. Scallion pancakes wrapped around beef? OMG, I must find some!

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  8. I wish I would have bought those shoes last year. I adore them! Great outfit.

    I look forward to my Mom's stuffing. Lots of sage and it is just so darn good. I have been known to make stuffing sandwiches with the left overs.

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    1. Stuffing sandwiches with cranberry sauce and just a bit of turkey - sooooo good!

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  9. Aw your Thanksgiving sounds delicious! We don't really have a tradition, per se, either. Sometimes, we just have a Mexican dinner theme. I love your casual rocker look today Lisa!

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  10. Mmm, I want to come eat Thanksgiving at your house, it sounds delicious! We went the non-traditional route last year and had a variation of lasagna for Thanksgiving. But for me nothing says Thanksgiving like turkey, I do love it!

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    1. When I tried fried turkey for the first time, it changed my life! And smoked turkey too!

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  11. Super congratulations to the winner! Lisa, sounds like your family has a blast for the holidays. Everything you mentioned sounds scrumptious. I don't believe there is a right or wrong. Prepare what's satisfying to YOU! My family is very traditional, so you'll see turkey, ham, stuffing, pie, peas, potato salad and rolls. I guess with a southern twist. Great sweater!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. I could have stuffing with every meal, I love it so much! I love those Thanksgiving-type sandwiches you could get in some shops with the sliced turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing and smooshed in between two slices of bread!

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  12. i am now ravenously hungry reading about all this wonderful food (and the pictures you linked to. YUM) we are the same too, non-traditional, but my husband is caucasian so i get traditional fare at his family's gatherings.

    this is such an edgy look - i love it! you look fantastic! xox P

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    1. Me too - BF's mom is a pro at traditional southern fare. Her mac and cheese and baked ham is delish!

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  13. Yeah, thanks for the food post! Now I'm starving for dinner and it's only 1:45 pm! :)
    Oh...and LOVE this jacket!

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  14. Two weeks until Thanksgiving? Geez, time is flying. I always look forward to my mom's delicious green beans! Yum.
    -Lauren
    Fizz and Frosting

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  15. I can't WAIT for Thanksgiving! And I adore your necklace!

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  16. Love your sweater! I have a weakness for animal adorned clothing!

    And OH MY GOODNESS. I want to eat everything you listed. It all sounds sooooo good! Yum!

    We keep it traditional at our house. Though last year I made Paula Deen's mac and cheese (not a traditional Thanksgiving menu item for my family), and it is now a mandated staple when it comes to our Thanksgiving fare. It is so decadent that it's definitely a one or twice a year indulgence. It's definitely what I'm most looking forward to eating!

    xoxo
    Kerry

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    1. I have two of Paula Deen's cookbooks and that woman is a queen with delicious indulgent food. I am always scared to make mac and cheese at home because I'll eat it all up!

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  17. those fried scallion pancakes look and sound so good oh my gosh! we are doing a bit of a twist on thanksgiving this year, switching up normal dishees for things like sweet corn risotto. it should be fun. i can't believe it's almost here either! and i love your jacket - it looks great on you. and that sweater is so fun

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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    1. OMG, sweet corn risotto sounds awesome. That combines two of my fave foods.

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  18. Thanks for the lovely comment! I'm glad ya stopped by so I was able to check yours out! great style!!

    xo Jessica
    www.newlyloved.com
    -check it out!-

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  19. i adore your shoes :) so cute!

    ps. thanks for checking out my blog!

    xo,
    kristyn

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  20. congrats to the winner!

    i saw a similar sweater to yours in zara but was afraid i wouldn't be able to rock it.. but now you are making me give it a second though. ;)

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    1. I went "rwar" a bit more often than usual through the day, but if I could wear a tiger on my chest, you so can too! ;o)

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  21. That necklace is really cute! I love traditional turkey with mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving! haha... For Christmas my family makes some Armenian dishes which I always look forward to!
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  22. Those cap toed heels are so lovely! And your necklace is such a great Forever 21 find :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  23. Non-traditional Thanksgivings are the best! My grandma always makes THE BEST pot of Caribbean style rice that we all shovel down with our turkey, and at my boyfriend's family's Thanksgiving we eat turkey, sticky rice, and the most amazing egg rolls I've ever had. Mmm...getting hungry just thinking about it. =)

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    1. Sticky rice anything and I am so in - it all sounds delish!

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  24. Cute outfit! I especially love the shoes!

    Rachel
    How Bout Some Cake?

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  25. Shoulda eaten first before I read your post haha... We had our Thanksgiving in Oct but looking forward to Christmas now. Ours is also a mix of the "traditional" and "our" food. Regardless though, my mom's ham cannot cannot be missing at the table:p Cute sweater btw!

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    1. BF's mom makes a great traditional southern ham for special occasions and I love it. It is so good the next morning with some scratch-made biscuits!

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  26. I know I say this a lot, but I REALLY mean it, I LOVE this look! I'm going to have to "pin" you, you are looking so gosh darn cute! Perfect outfit girlie:) xo

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  27. I love that you've taken jeans and an animal print sweater and made it look sophisticated.

    Can't believe how quickly the holidays are coming! We mostly just make the traditional things, though I prefer pumpkin cheesecake to pumpkin pie!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  28. I really loved reading about your family, and the different kinds of things you tend to eat for thanksgiving. It's funny because my family are Greek, living in New Zealand, yet we observe Christmas and other holidays the same way as over in Greece, eating those kinds of foods. Guess every family is different though. LOVE that necklace of yours girl, soooo pretty!

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    1. NZ is one of the places I so want to visit - it seems like paradise!

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  29. I can't believe that it's almost Turkey Day either!! I love your outfit. Your sweater and heels are awesome!!

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  30. Oh my gorsh! Now I am starving too! Your T-day food sounds deeeelicious and I so wish my aunties were down here in Atlanta because they make the best dim sum nom nom nom.
    Every single Thanksgiving for the past 20 years, we've done Peking Duck in place of the turkey. So Thanksgiving for me is two ducks hanging from some string in the kitchen - yummmm yum yum!
    p.s. Your sweater is fantastic!

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  31. Love that sweater, and those meatballs sound delish :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  32. Just like your family we do not follow the traditional Thanksgiving food that are served here. Most of the time we don't have turkey too. One time we have a Filipino thanksgiving and my husband and son loves all the dishes I made. I love love the whole outfit and the sweater most especially...

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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    1. That sounds great - the whole point is to get together and appreciate each other, no one said turkey had to be on menu!

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  33. Mmmm, food talk always makes me hungry!! I like the traditional turkey Thanksgiving (which we didn't have this year anyway because we were stuffing our faces in Montreal), but your dishes sound awesome. Can I come to dinner??

    Also, love that sweater. :)

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    1. Traditional turkey vs stuffing faces in Montreal ... some poutine for turkey day? ;o)

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  34. Cute sweater!

    I just realized this morning that Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away! Crazy!! I love making the whole big, traditional meal. My favorite dish is green bean casserole & I'm the only one in my family who likes it. I just love the whole tradition of cooking & baking all day with my fam. This year will be extra-special as my step-daughter is moving in with us that week. I'm glad there is a cozy holiday to welcome her (permanently) to our home!

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    1. That sounds awesome - what a great way to bond as a family! And green bean casserole - I love the ole traditional recipe with the canned cream of mushroom soup and those fried onions in a can!

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  35. We've had turkey for two at Christmas loads of times but then we are pig beasts!

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    1. My dad is adamant about not wasting leftovers so if we have turkey, we'll end up eating leftovers fooorrreeevvvvvver ...

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  36. God idea on just doing the chicken, also makes the cooks life easier. We are buying in all the sides and making the turkey but I can already visualise the grumbling between hubs and me! Love that necklace with the graphic t.

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    1. Buying in all the sides, what a kitchen and cook saveR!

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  37. I'm so mad I never could find those shoes :-( I LOOOVE that sweater!

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  38. I have follow you before

    pls follow me back .followed

    marcchanelette.blogspot.com

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  39. I love your jumper and necklace ;)

    http://polkadotspincushionsblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. I love this "edgier" look on you! I am definitely excited about thanksgiving! the stuffing is always the best part :)

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  41. DOH! I just found your blog, and the sweaters you have - this one especially - are killing me softly. SOOOOO Dope with a capital D.

    merci!
    Shannan

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  42. Lisa, you're looking super polished and glam--love the outfit! :) I loved hearing about your Chinese-American meal. My friends and I have a tradition of making a huge post-Thanksgiving meal together of Chinese food and a turkey. It's one of my favorite holiday events.

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