There are 5 Nguyễn Siblings.
I know what you’re thinking…..
How can THAT much awesomeness exist in the world? Oh, but let me assure you…we’re real.
And although I’ve written this little blog for over 5 years now, I’m not sure if I have ever introduced each of my sibbies to you. Let’s break it down….
First up, we’ve got the eldest seester, N, who lives in Orange County. She’s a PT extraordinaire by day and expert bowler by night. N and her husband, C, have two daughters—my nieces Nina and Stephanie….and are the fur-parents to my pug niece, Princess Leia.
Next up, seestrah P who lives in the foodie land of San Francisco. P is a clinical pharmacist but in her spare time she enjoys hazing her family by making them hike up and down the hills of SF….for MILES and MILES! She is the mama bear to our newest little niece – Kaelani.
Next up, we have our brother V who resides in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. V is a hustlin’ entrepreneur by trade and a Jedi Master/random knowledge guru the other 16 hours of the day. He and his wife, L, have two little munchkins….my niece —Luna and nephew —Leonidas.
V also loves it when people misuse the word “literally”. I literally just fibbed…..he hates it.
Last up, we have seestrah T. T is an attorney in the LBC and is a retired 90’s hip-hop back up dancer…..ok fine–it was dance team but it’s practically the same. 80% of the time she follows a strict all-meat, all-vino, forget-the-carbs diet. She and her husband, R, also live in Orange County with their kids Maya and Lucas.
Why all of this background info now? Because for last month’s Family Dinner…. we were ALL here!!! Yup, all 5 Nguyễn sibs with their fams in N’s backyard eating up a storm. With everyone scattered around, this doesn’t happen very often–maybe once or twice a year. So it’s definitely a special time when it can occur.
We started it all off with how fam dins always begin….grocery shopping.
We crammed the five of us into one car (which hasn’t happened for nearly 20 years!) and headed down to Little Saigon to pick up the goods. We had intended to remake our N’awlins Seafood Boil we did a couple of years ago with tons of crawfish, clams, lobstahs, etc. But even though crawdads were plentiful the week before–they were NO WHERE to be seen that particular day.
Seriously….10 stops and no fresh crawfish. Boo 😦
So instead, we went with a standard Shellfish Boil theme.
And we had a little fun while picking up the groceries too.
Shrimp, stone crabs, clams, locally made sausages, corn and taters.
Aren’t these clams lovely???
And there were also lots and lots of mussels.
So we put V and L to work cleaning the little buggers.
Since it was Kaelani’s very first Family Dinner with us, we HAD to take tons of pictures with her. I mean, come on….look at that face. How could we not?
This also happened to be the first weekend where all 7 little cousins were together.
And can I just say how difficult it is to get a picture where all 7 munchkins have their eyes open, aren’t squirming and are looking at the camera??
This is the best one we got….and it only took 4.7396 trillion takes.
In between takes, Nina and Leo would break out in dance…..
And Nini and Kaelani would be adorbs…..
But after a long morning and early afternoon of shopping and prepping…it was time to get down to business. And yes, by business, I mean cocktails.
I pureed a huge watermelon with a bit of lemon and mint to make some fragrant watermelon juice for the kiddos. And then took a bunch of it to turn it into Summer Watermelon Sangria for the adults. LOTS of Summer Watermelon Sangria.
To prevent a h’angry crowd, I steamed up some of the fresh clams and Nina used them to make a few of these White Clam Pizzas for us to nosh on.
And then N went to town and boiled up all the seafood for us.
SOOOO much seafood.
Yes, Friends….we got Seafood Wasted.
And P loves it.
Look at all that crab roe I schmeared on a baguette. Rich, decadent….perfect with a sprinkle of sea salt.
After an hour of gluttonous shellfish consumption, we put the kids to work.
“Lucas and Luna–no dessert until all the dishes are done!!”
Just kidding….not kidding.
For dessert, N whipped out two icebox pies. They’re quickly becoming our faves for the summer.
Here is her spiraled beauty — Peach Divinity Icebox Pie.
And since there was a ton of us, she also made a Key-Lime Buttermilk Icebox Pie.
We also celebrated all the July babies! N, P, bro-in-law R and Luna Bear.
With all of that sugar, the girls got a little silly…
And good thing Luna was there to document it all.
Watch out Annie Leibovitz….
And that folks, is how we do Family Dinner with all the sibs...Shellfish Boil style.
And I have to tell ya…as the youngest of the 5, it was sure nice to have all my older sibbies and their fam together again ❤
This Month’s Family Dinner Menu
Cocktails: Summer Watermelon Sangria
Appetizers: White Clam Pizza
Entrees: Shellfish Boil
Dessert: Peach Divinity Icebox Pie and Key Lime-Buttermilk Icebox Pie