We’ve been doing a fair bit of hosting in our home the past few weeks. After almost a year here, I can finally say that we have made a few more friends that we’ve been comfortable with and want to maintain friendships for the long term beyond our short sojourn in the US. Unfortunately, some of these folks are moving away soon, some back to their original hometowns in other parts of the US and some to other parts of Chicagoland. Hence, we will have less opportunity to meet up again. No matter, it just means more places and people to visit in other parts of America.
Have been really really happy introducing our guests to Singaporean dishes since most have not had the opportunity to visit our sunny shores. Chicken Rice, Popiah, Dumpling Soup and Char Siew have been on the menu so far. Have also hosted enough times to figure out the right permutation of food to satisfy guests with various dietary restrictions. I would say that it is really quite tough sometimes still but we try to make it work.
Besides sharing our love for our home foods, our guests have also helped us to discover really yummy stuff available in the US. I discovered my now favorite spanish red wine a few months back and a week ago, we were introduced to the most delicious coconut sorbet and butter cookies! I have to qualify that both sorbets and butter cookies are not naturally my favorite things to eat. But these 2 brands, Ciao Bella and Butter Bella (hey! just realized the word “bella” is in both) are scrumptious. Both are available at Whole Foods, hence not the cheapest yummies around. Promise myself to only get them again when they are on sale. Curbs my overindulgent tendencies too.