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An annual tradition that the hubster and I seemed to have been repeating:  midnight nibblys with some bubbly to ring in the New Year.   Since we had an early dinner with the family  (you can read about that here) and it was fast approaching midnight, we were getting excited and a bit peckish.  I went and fired up the oven,  tossed in the h’ors d’oeuvres to warm  while the hubster cracked open the champagne. Real champagne, not sparkling wine posing as champagne.  For some reason he’s a stickler about it being true champagne.  I’m alright with that as we don’t drink champagne any other time of the year.

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The feast:
jalapeno poppers, cheese sticks, coconut shrimp and jalapeno bacon wrapped meatball lollipops. YUM!

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Cheers!!

What did you do to ring in the New Year? Any traditions?

New Year’s Eve rolled around and my sis called to let us know she was in town and wanted to know if we would like to meet up for dinner.  So after getting ready last minute, we jumped at the offer and headed out the door.   We went a bit early as well fearing crowds of people and our choice of restaurant being booked solid.

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Starter:  broth type soup


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Soy sauce chicken with a few slices of spicy jelly fish salad on top.

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Baby bok choy, simmered with ground pork & garlic cloves.

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Chinese style lobster!
(the only way lobster should be prepared – ever IMO)

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Abalone w/Chinese mushrooms over baby bok choy.

All in all, it was a mighty tasty meal with great company and no family drama. Going in early for dinner helped a lot as the restaurant did fill up and was very loud by the time we were leaving.  What more could a girl ask for on New Year’s Eve?

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