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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rakı Night....

My wife and I had the great pleasure of introducing our really good friends to Rakı, the national alcoholic beverage of Turkey. I prepared most of the food, Jen helped me out with a few dishes. And some I got them from Anatolia Mediterranean Cafe. Rakı table is full of mezes, small dishes similar to tapas, and they are usually followed by a main course. Below are the pictures of some of the cold dishes that got us started...

This is dolma, stuffed grape leaves, from the Anatolian Mediterranean Cafe.

Several different kinds of bread, namely, rustic sourdough baguette, french baguette, olive bread.

Another dish from the cafe mentioned above. A deliciously spicy tomato paste, we call it "ezme".

An incredibly simple, yet delicious and refreshing salad option: grated carrots with lemon juice!

Fried eggplant, which is than sautéed with garlic, onions, tomatoes and tomato paste.

And, of course, the star of the show....

Friday, March 9, 2012

Scenes From Los Angeles Part 7

Another week of FPB celebrating the life in Los Angeles...
I was on assignment in the west side and I saw this while I was setting up my gear. Feel free to comment with your captions! :o)

And this.... Because nothing says "Basketball" better than two donuts you would buy at 7/11 for a buck!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vivienne's First Birthday!

We celebrated Vivienne's first birthday on Saturday, so I decided to hold on to post for Friday Photography Blog. So, here is a late edition of the FPB... The weather was perfect, the company was even better. I thank my good friend Burhan for insisting on taking my camera and taking a few pictures. Other friends took great pictures too, and I can't wait to put everything together and share with everyone but this is about the way I see it anyways.

Let's start with the ones Burhan took. This is the little munchkin with her daddy and her mommy before stuffing her mouth with cake and dirt.

Mommy helping Vivienne eat her cake.

Vivienne in daddy's arms right before he cleaned her face...

Let's meet Uncle Burhan.

Brenden is one of the newest additions to Vivienne's entourage.

Donovan and Vivienne go way back... They hang out whenever Daddy and Mommy hangs out with Andrea and Michael.

VivoşMinnoş with Uncle Cem and Uncle Asaf.

As I mentioned, the weather couldn't be better, which in turn helped the turn out. This is after it kind of died down! Thank you all for coming and spending time with the Hanci Family!

Vivi chilling with the girls.

It was great to see old friends. Here's Evren goofing around while his wife Veronica is hanging out with Vivi.

Overall, it was a fantastic day with tons of smiling face, a lot of babies and a lot of kids, great food, great weather and amazing company...

Vivoş was excited about all the generous gifts she received. Here she is, playing with a couple of them... The cart is something that she loves, she plays with it constantly at tot time, now she can practice her walking!

The xylophone on the other hand, well, she might need more time with that.

And, as you could imagine, after all that partying and playing, a princess needs her rest... Preferably on mommy.

For all friends and family who made it, who send notes, who called, and those who didn't do anything this weekend but been there for us, thank you. We all feel blessed for having you in our lives.