Back to North Carolina

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Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen

Part of the 2010 USA Trip Series

After New England, we returned to North Carolina, where we had 2 weeks until our return flight back home to Taiwan.  We spent quite a few days relaxing out by the pool and enjoying the local cuisine.

Back to North Carolina

We checked out the new downtown baseball park for an evening game.

Back to North Carolina

Greensboro built a baseball park right in the downtown area and it’s proving to be a very successful facility.

Back to North Carolina

Back to North Carolina

Personally, I’m not into sports at all.  I can’t name you 3 professional sports teams, or tell you how games are scored, or basically anything about them.  My sister assured me that this wasn’t your ordinary ball park or game, and they sure had some crazy stuff going on.  She said it wouldn’t be boring and she was right.  I actually had fun, believe it or not.

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Back to North Carolina

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Back to North Carolina

People who know about baseball will understand this scoreboard.  The Tourists were the visiting team.

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The next day, my family requested that Hui-chen make some of those sesame balls again, and she was only too happy to comply.

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Back to North Carolina

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Back to North Carolina

You might notice that she is also making some other dishes she made before.

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Back to North Carolina

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Back to North Carolina

All finished, it looks remarkably like what she cooked before.  Everything was great!

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I had been busy with the smoker, and these are baby back ribs, cut apart to make them easier to eat.

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We brought some gifts from Taiwan, and the expression on people’s faces when they received them made it all worthwhile!

Back to North Carolina

The last thing that I’ll mention in this installment is that we took another lake cruise, like we did in 2008.  We won’t bore you with shots of this cruise, but if you want to check out the 2008 photos, they are here.

We’ll have one more installment in North Carolina, and then we’ll show you what happened to us on the return flight to Taiwan.  We’ll have more food photos to show you in these last few installments as we bring this series to a close.  By the time you read this, I will be in the Philippines on another adventure, and you won’t want to miss that!

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  2. The Tourists were the visiting team… so you went to see the Greensboro Hoppers. Don’t be surprised if I say… I’ve never heard of them. I’m guessing some sort of minor league or semi-pro team there.

    Kind of figured you would’ve be busy with the smoker once you went back to North Carolina. I just ordered my tickets for the 2011 Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party online today 🙂
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    1. hi Mike. yes that’s them alright, the Hoppers. the whole atmosphere at the stadium was relaxed and easy going. there was no hard-core fan behavior displayed. everyone was there to just have fun and it didn’t seem to matter who won or lost.

      i have more smoked food shots coming up in our next article. that will just about wrap up that series, except for the story of what happened to us on the way home. take care Mike.

  3. Hui-chen’s meal looks delicious. I hope Pei-chi will fix some similar dishes when she arrives next month. Hui-chen’s meal looked so good that I am ordering an Asian cookbook that explains what food items are and how to use them in cooking. I look at the Asian food sections of the grocery stores here and wonder what most are and how to use them in cooking.

    1. hey Carolyn, now you’re talking! i’m sure that you’ll enjly Pei-chi’s cooking! Taiwanese dishes are so great. you’ll have to write your own blog article about them i’m sure! take care.

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  5. Great looking ball park, with a view out in the town beyond the bleachers. A lot of stadiums have gone back to this design, making them a nice place to watch a game and catch the view / sunset at the same time.

    1. Patrick, yes it is a nice stadium. my BIL told me that many cities are building in-town stadiums and they are successful ventures. this one seemed to be. it is a welcome addition to the downtown area of Greensboro.

  6. MJ I love sports of any type but have always found baseball one that I just cannot get into. I do watch the odd game but the one you went to did look much more entertaining.

    MJ, Hui-chen’s food looked so delicious, the cauliflower and tomato yummy I am a huge cauliflower fan and have never thought as adding tomato with it. I looked at the larger pictures and is teh sauce in teh tray from teh tomatoes or something else, (trying to steal secrets)

    The seasame balls I buy them here at the market sometimes and they are good but sometimes are really bad, just too oily. Is this a secret family recipe!!!

    The ribs looked great mate and look forward to more of those pictures.

    It was good going back to look over those old lake pictures you took with family and your father. I cannot believe this is already over 2 years ago.

    I remember the posts back then and that was a great trip for you obviously getting your dad swimming and out and about.

    Thanks for sharing mate.
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    1. hi Brunty. the sports thing just never caught on with me. i think i’m put off by those few who take it so seriously that they actually fight over it. i can’t take it seriously at all!

      Hui-chen says thanks for the compliments, and that is not exactly a sauce, it’s the results of cooking the ingredients together. this was only the second time that HC had made those sesame balls, and they turned out very nicely. the hard part is not over-cooking them in the hot oil. we’ll have a few more rib shots for you in the next installment!

      the lake was a bitter-sweet reminder that Dad can no longer swim in the pool due to his deterioration. he’s wheelchair bound and in the home now, unfortunately. time flies, doesn’t it? it’s been well into 3 years since we met in Ubon way back when. i’m glad that we have blogs to recall what we did in those times!

      Take care my friend.

  7. MJ I remember reading the original posts and how happy you were with your dad swimming and how alert he was. I am sorry to hear about his deterioration.

    It is great to have these memories for many years to come and long after we are gone, hopefully that isn’t for a while….

    I have to get my bum into gear and get over to your amazing part of the world. A trip to the cabin in the mountains, and to Xiao-hui’s! for drinks and karaoke.

    I have been attempting to make Thai prawn crackers, from scratch and it is fun but does take practice. When I am better at making them I will blog on the process.

    I stole it from a show i loved from Australia called The Cook and The Chef, really good show, great food and lovely people. Made me cook things (try/still trying) that I would never have thought of.

    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/cookandchef/

    Look forward to more of those pictures mate and hope your eyes are getting better as well.
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    1. Brunty, thanks for your kind words. as they say, we enjoyed the time while we had it together. we still like to visit with Dad but he can’t really do anything anymore….

      the cabin was sold! it’s gone now! we’ll have to find another place to hang out, but fortunately Xiao-hui’s is still there! we’ll crank on the Thai karaoke and you can impress the locals with your Thai language skills!

      the prawn crackers sound great! i’ll look for the blog article on them when you get the process sorted out. thanks for your comments Brunty and take care.

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