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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Travels: Spring Mountain Ranch State Park (Blue Diamond, NV)

Over the weekend, my brother and his family decided to have a picnic lunch at the park. They wanted to visit Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about 15 miles west of Las Vegas. It is located under the colorful cliffs of the Wilson Range and there is an entrance fee for the park. The park encompasses 520 acres and was once a working ranch and retreat.

The picnic area was a large grassy field. When we got there, there were a lot of other families enjoying the day.
It was windy that day. My 4 1/2 year old niece enjoyed flying her kite! We also played soccer and catch in the grass.

After lunch and playing, we went on a small "hike". It was really a walk since the trail was wheelchair accessible and we took a stroller for the little one.

Along the way, I snapped some photos of the dessert flowers.




There were also lots of beautiful views of the mountains.



There are several creeks that flow through the park.







This is Harriet Lake. The water was pretty and lots of ducks were at play.





















It was a gorgeous day to be outside!


Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Hwy 159
Blue Diamond, Nevada

Monday, May 30, 2011

Restaurant Rambling: Greenland Supermarket Food Court (Las Vegas, Nevada)

My brother and sister-in-law discovered a great food court at the Korean market at Greenland. The food court features various restaurants with mixed Korean foods. Besides the standard Korean menu, there's one with a Hawaiian-Korean menu, one with a Japanese-Korean menu and other influences. We each ordered from a different restaurant and ended up with WAY too much food!!

I ordered from the Hawaiian-Korean place. I got a combination of Kalbi (Korean marinated short ribs) and Bibim Naengmyun (a spicy cold noodle dish). Both were delicious. It was my first time trying the bibim naengmyun and although it was a little spicy, it was really good.

As if this weren't enough food, it came with a side of kim chi cabbage and kim chi daikon. Yum! I ordered some fried saimin noodles for my niece, which is Hawaiian. Since we spent more than $20, we got an order of mando for free (in the background).
This was my sister-in-law's dinner. She got a marinated beef stir fry and noodles. Her dinner came with a fried fish, kim chi and bean sprouts. My niece's fried saimin noodles are in the background.

My brother ordered from the Japanese-Korean place. He had a gigantic sashimi salad that had rice on the bottom. I thought it was a little weird to have rice and a salad on top but he said it was good.



Greenland Supermarket Food Court
6850 West Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89146
ph: (702) 459-7878

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Restaurant Rambling: Snow Ono Shave Ice (Las Vegas, Nevada)

While visiting my brother and his family in Las Vegas, they decided to get shave ice. If you're from Hawaii, you know the know what "real" shave ice tastes like. "Real" shave ice is finely shaved so that the ice melts on your tongue.

They took me to a roaming shave ice bus called, Snow Ono. Their locations vary at different times of day. Check here for their schedule. Snow Ono has delicious shave ice. Just like Hawaii!!
I got a small shave ice with guava, lilikoi and mango syrups. They even have add-ons like snow cap (condensed cream top), li hing mui powder, sour spray, vanilla ice cream, and more. Mmmm...delicious!



Snow Ono Shave Ice
locations vary
Las Vegas, NV
ph: (702) 204-3888

GTTC: Chinese Cabbage and Swiss Chard

This week I used some of my garden harvest to make Korean Kim Chi with the Chinese cabbage harvest.

I also use the swiss chard to cook up a delicious Smoked Salmon and Swiss Chard Quiche.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spring Garden Macro Tour

I was experimenting with the macro lens in the garden. Here's a few beauties.


Bright Lights Swiss Chard





Mizuna



Parisian Pickling Cucumbers (still alive under the row covers...yeah!)



Tyee Spinach



Osaka Purple Mustard Greens



Carrots (finally!)



Bull's Blood Beets



Spanish Lavender



Blueberries

Hopefully this is the beginnings of actually fruit.



Weigela



Peonies



Raspberries



Strawberries



Baby Bok Choy



French Breakfast Radish



Castelofranco Raddichio



Verde Tomatillo



Black Plum Tomato