Last weekend, I had the good fortune of spending it in a real house with a friend who I met on an airplane a couple of years back. We live a couple of cities away from each other but her community is lightyears away from mine.
For lunch, we had a traditional Filipino meal, daing na bangus and tamarind soup (sinigang). Unfortunately, I was too famished to take a picture of that. But I had the opportunity to take a picture of the next day's meal. I made fried silken tofu cubes, while my friend made daing na bangus (milkfish) and shrimp ampalaya (bittergourd). They were all so good. The bittergourd here seems to have a lighter color relative to the ones found at home and its not as bitter as well.
Mass at St. Timothy Catholic Church
We stopped by the Asian supermarket which I later found out is one of the larger ones here in Virginia.
The goods were all relatively cheaper than those found in Harris Teeter. But then again, going to a faraway place versus walking to the local grocery is still more practical right? The grocery, Lotte International Asian Market, seems to be pre-dominantly a Korean supermarket but it also caters to other cultures like Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Filipino, Thai and the like.
Goodness, I hoarded tons of vegetables and other goodies. Thank goodness my friend brought me over to my apartment instead of taking the metro since I didn't know how I would carry everything.