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The Second Trimester – A Look Back

I’ve been waking up with a healthy appetite. Today’s breakfast: one egg omelette with tomato and Swiss, sausage, toast, fresh picked mango:

Two trimesters down, one more to go! Despite a complication scare, on the whole I felt good and had enough energy to move around during the second trimester. A look back on eating during the past three months can be summarized as: the battle of appetite vs. weight. In one corner of the ring: 1) a voracious appetite, especially for sweets, 2) the false sense of security in thinking I could consume extra calories “for the baby”, and 3) the feeling that somehow, as a pregnant woman I deserved to indulge in whatever I wanted to eat. In the opposite corner, 1) the responsibility of eating a healthy diet 2) the alarming rate at which the number on the weight scale was climbing, 3) fear of complications such as gestational diabetes, and 4) a desire to stay in shape to look and feel good and to make it easier to shed the weight after giving birth. The winner in the second trimester: it was a close fight, but I’d have to say appetite won this one.

Baby is very active and kicks and twirls around all day long, but especially during meals.

As the third trimester approached, heartburn suddenly became a constant companion due to all those internal organs being smushed by the baby. I have a feeling the theme for the next three months will be “I really wanna eat this but it will probably come right back up my throat…”

Let’s get back to happy thoughts. I know, I’ll memo a list of foods I can’t wait to eat, so I can efficiently tackle everything after giving birth. A to-do list if you will:

Undercooked eggs category:
– loco moco
– eggs benedict
– natto soba with soft poached egg from Matsugen
– soondubu chige with raw egg

Raw fish/meat category:
– sashimi, sushi, sashimi, sushi!!!!
– ahi poke from Tanioka’s
– maguro eggs benedict from Cream Pot
– salmon sashimi
– oysters on the half shell
– Korean Yukke with raw egg
– any kind of carpaccio and ceviche

Charcuterie/soft cheese category:
– prosciutto, sopressata, and all other paper-thin, salty cured deliciousness
– smoked salmon
– lots of soft, stinky cheeses
– I’m thinking a trip to Salt in Kaimuki or Whole Foods

SIGH.

But in all seriousness, I am ever aware that giving up these pleasures temporarily is such a small sacrifice in comparison to what will come at the end of this. Hubby and I marvel at baby’s growth and movements every day and give thanks for the miracle that is growing inside.

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Dim Sum at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

To be honest, my food cravings are no weirder or more frequent than before I was pregnant (no pickles and ice cream runs in the middle of the night), but it sure is fun to have an excuse to eat what I want, when I want.

My food craving du jour was dim sum, specifically look fun and jook. So I enlisted my sister to accompany me, and half an hour later we ended up at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Ala Moana Center. They don’t have the rolling carts that I like but the menu is nicely presented with pictures of all the dim sum items. The bad part is that they don’t have the rolling carts (they’re just so much fun!) but the good part is the steamed food was served piping hot.

Look Fun with Scallops ($5.50) – slippery smooth goodness covered in a savory sauce.

Seafood Rice Soup ($7.95), with chunks of fish, shrimp, and calamari

Xiao Long Bao ($3.50) – burn-your-mouth hot, delicious with vinegar and ginger!

Shrimp Dumplings ($3.50)

OOOOOOHHH YEEEESSSSS ← the sound of a craving being fulfilled.

Why is dim sum so delicious and wonderful? Sometimes the problem with indulging a craving is that it can lead to wanting more of it. Between the two of us this is all we could eat today, but now I’m already plotting my return for some turnip cakes and egg custard tarts.

MENU: View the menu on their website.

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ho’okipa Terrace next to Macaroni Grill
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
808.947.8818

Daily 10:30a-10:00p (dim sum 10:30a-5:00p)


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