This January, I dedicated a post to a fallen foodie friend in which I mentioned I still dream about her. Last weekend while I sat reclined in my bed against my fluffy pillows, I found satisfaction in knowing I finally finished posting a new recipe for Shrimp Wontons with Coconut Tom Yum Sauce. My former LA roommate, fellow Bruin, & friend Gabriela sat next to me in her pajamas, looking through New York’s live SnapChats. It was Gaby’s first time in Boston & we were planning our next foodie destinations. Without a story to write, I decided to put off writing a blog to accompany the recipe, hit the lights, & went to bed. I dreamt that Gaby & I were riding the MBTA throughout Boston except the T was an outdoors roller coaster. When we got off at our destination, we were greeted by Kim, my friend who passed away more than a year ago. It took me a moment to register that she’s no longer with us, which meant I was dreaming so I quickly hugged her & we were off on some adventures at what seemed like a strange amusement park. I awoke to a foggy recollection of the warmth of her embrace, the smoothness of her skin, & the echo of her laughter in my head.
These shrimp wontons are special because they were inspired by 7 Seas Restaurant, which hosted one of Kim’s memorials. I ate a lot of things that day I can’t remember, but those wontons were unforgettable & it made me wish Kim could still be around to taste it. Josh, Vy, & I inhaled this place of delicious shrimp wontons, but I was determined to remake the recipe. 7 Seas is now closed, but if I can revive one thing about that place, it’s those wontons. This recipe is also dedicated to Annie Kim Pham, who loved her shellfish, wontons, & cheese. It’s funny that even after her passing, we still find ourselves meeting at places with good food. Although she couldn’t be there physically with us, we were there because of her. I wish the circumstances of trying these wontons for the first time were different though.
Shrimp Wontons with Coconut Tom Yum Sauce
I promised I’d share a funny Kim story:
Everyone who knew Kim knew she had an extremely bubbly personality & silly persona. She was the definition of shy’s antonym, but an ugly truth about the girl was that…she…she was always late. It didn’t matter if she had intentions of leaving for somewhere really early, she just got to her destinations late. Since we were all used to her lack of punctuality, we decided to mischievously tell her earlier meeting times hoping that she’d arrive at the time we needed her to be present. One day, Vy & I had plans to pick her up from her house to grab a bite to eat. We were just sitting at Vy’s house talking about the estimated time it would take for us to pick Kim up & decided to call her to come outside. We sat around in Vy’s kitchen laughing about telling Kim to come outside to my car when we hadn’t even left yet. Vy told me to hold off on driving to her place for about 10 minutes & then we got a call from Kim asking us if we were outside. Vy lied & giggled, “yeah we’re outside, just come out, we’re waiting for you.” To our surprise, Kim had finished getting ready & went outside looking for my car.
Walking outside of her house, she called Vy. “I don’t see you girls…are you sure you’re on my street?” Kim asked.
Vy giggles & whispers off the phone, “Kim is actually outside looking for us. We should probably go.” Then returns to the phone, “Yeah, don’t worry we’ll be there in just a second!”
The both of us laughed ourselves into my car & jetted to pick up Kim. She didn’t have us waiting very long, but she was in good spirits when she hopped into the backseat. “You guys tricked me!!!” she exclaimed with an air of laughter & slight annoyance. She was always all smiles, that girl, even if we did indeed, trick her.
Andrea & Josh’s Destination Wedding in Bogotá, Colombia
FINALLY THESE PICS ARE DONE. Josh was a groomsman in his friend’s–also named Josh–destination wedding in Colombia. He was allowed a plus one so I was thrilled I got to be part of Andrea & Josh’s big day. They got engaged in Boston & visited the city on their anniversary, so I had drinks with them months before they were to be married. I also took them to have dim sum for the first time while they were here. If they could appreciate dim sum, I knew their wedding food had to be good. Okay, shutting up. Here are pics:
Thursday: Welcome to Bogotá
We got arepas shortly after landing & went to a restaurant at night (not pictured).
Friday: Exploring Bogotá + Cocktail Party
Saturday: The Wedding
New Recipe & Pictures
More photos from Bogotá & Gaby’s & my Boston food adventures next time.