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I am back to the Land of LJ(TM), after much merriment and running around.

Christmas Eve was fabulous. For those who are not familiar with Latin American customs (particularly Mexican), our big celebration happens on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. Indeed, it is on Christmas Eve when you have your kickass dinner and then everyone stays up until midnight. Opening of presents occurs on Christmas Eve as well.

Oh, and Midnight Mass, if you wish to do that (it's traditional!).

(Small children will additionally open Santa's presents on Christmas morning, lucky little varmints.)

We didn't do Midnight Mass, but we had a faboo time with my sweetie, my two boys, and the fabulous messydress. Dinner consisted on a turkey breast roast (no point in cooking a big hulking turkey for five people and then eat leftovers until Valentine's day), and all the trimmings. Plus my evil, no redeeming qualities, non-diet, melty brown sugar-topped, pinneaple upside-down cake.

Man, that was evil. The scale was not loving me on Saturday. (More on that on a fitness post.)

At any rate, the boys and Messydress stayed past midnight, and then they all merrily went home.

Christmas day in Mexico means visiting friends and family and swapping leftovers. In this case, I realized early in the morning that my evil plan of not having leftovers had worked well. Entirely too well. Which posed the problem of what the heck are we going to eat now.

Undaunted, we decided to do Chinese food with the kids and Messydress some time in the afternoon. My first choice was Peking Duck. I haven't had it in a while, and there is this awesome duck place on Rt. 7 that makes it like no one else. However, when I called them -- and trust me, you do have to call ahead -- we were informed that the earlier that they could take us was 9:30 p.m.

Scratch that.

To make a long story short, the five of us ended up at a small Indian food joint by Loehman's Plaza, which carries a kickass buffet.

It was awesome. We ate, we laughed, we chatted until the joint started to get so packed that we had to leave and let other people sit down. Then we all parted since the weather had started to take a turn for the worse, and at that point a warm and cozy home seemed like a very good idea.

But nothing says Merry Christmas like chicken vindaloo.

I think that we have started a new family tradition.

And I like it a lot.

Comments

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xgreenjudasx
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oooo I like that Loehman's place, and they have good pho right next door too, but for the best Indian buffet in town keep heading down 50 towards Vienna, find Hooters, and in the same shopping plaza is Minerva Indian.

Oh, oh the naan based bliss!
greta_k
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
My brother & sis-in-law love Minerva. Alas, the husband and I cannot eat Indian, so the charms of Minerva are lost on us :-(

On the other hand, if you continue just a bit further down Rt. 50 and just past the Catholic high school, there is a wonderful Italian place called Dolce Vita. Excellent pasta and pizza cooked over a wood fire (the pizza oven is Roman-style and hoot to see :-).
belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Alas, our original intention was to invade the pho place (Pho 50), but by the time we arrived, it was closed. Lucky for us, the Indian place was open and we invaded them instead :-)

Minerva: We love it. Ohhhh, the naan!!!! But at that point, we didn't want to risk going over there and find it closed too. And we were already at Loehman's. ;-)
salviati
Dec. 29th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Minerva, really? There's a Minerva in Herndon, and I've only had food from there once, but it was horribly overspiced. Like "my face is melting off" overspiced. Admittedly, that was a long time ago (Gyrth was still with us) but I've never tried it since. I'm afraid to.

Fortunately, we have several really good Indian restaurants in Herndon, so I get my saag/naan/rogan josh fix regularly. Harvest of India is quite good, though the buffet at Angeethi is astounding (but a little pricier).

Yum!
belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hmmm ... I wonder if they have different cooks. I've never had a problem with overspiced food at Minerva/Fairfax. Good to know and avoid the Minerva/Herndon :-)
ccunning
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wait a second.....

You're Mexican!?


Marcellus told the Provosts you were Spanish-Canadian!
belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
He did? Hmmm ... I think he deserves a spanking for that ...
ccunning
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Awww!
He gets rewarded!? No fair!

belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Awww!
Hey, any excuse to whip out the handcuffs is a good excuse. :-D
melaniesuzanne
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
What a delightful Christmas!
belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
sskipstress
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Which place do you like for Peking Duck?
belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
We like the Peking Gourmet out in Leesburg Pike. I've been going there for years, and I was incredibly amused that it was featured in "Ace of Cakes" in one of their Christmas shows.
sskipstress
Dec. 29th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
reasdream
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you are unaware that there's an unofficial Jewish tradition of eating Chinese on Christmas Day? That would account for the book-up-ness of the restaurant. Indian food sounds mighty tasty, however - might have to try and do that next year!
belfebe
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I know, lol. That's why I thought, hey, Chinese restaurants must be open. Problem solved! Luckily, Indian restaurants apparently do the same thing. Try it next year! It rocks!
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