Apr 12

California Girl, It’s Undeniable


There’s been a slight change of plans. Remember my move to Arizona that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago here? Well, we’re not moving to AZ anymore! The past 6-8 months have been insanely exhausting, as our life was in limbo due to the question of where I’d be going to school. This definitely caused a lot of stress and anxiety for many people. Now I can happily and finally announce once and for all (again) that we’re staying in CA! Thanks to all of our family and friends for the constant support and understanding my crazy life for the past 6-8 months!

Arizona would have been a fun (?) chapter in our lives, but staying in SoCal makes sense for many, many reasons all around. I’m excited to be moving closer to our family and friends (near LA and OC), especially my BFF who will only be 12 miles away! That is some exciting stuff! At the same time, we’re sadly leaving many good friends we’ve made in SD, but I’m sure we’ll see them once in a while. Darn…I was really looking forward to my free tanning sessions in AZ (i.e. standing outdoors for 3 minutes). I guess I’ll have to resort to going to the beach instead! Boo hoo. :)

BTW, this silly photo was taken in the summer. I really needed a hat, because the top of my head was burning from the sun. My friend, Hannah, just happened to have this hat with her. Must be a mommy thing. I thought this captured California pretty well: Disneyland and the beach. I can’t get that in AZ. I guess I’m a California girl for life. It’s undeniable.

Apr 12

Weekend Recap :: LA Grub


{corn cheese at ToeBang}


{cheese shot}


{finally at KangHoDong after an hour and a half wait}






{beautifully marbled}


{one more time}


{me & my girls...plus Kang Ho Dong}


{beautiful baby E}


{one last time at El Taurino...until the next}




{not only did I bring back ET for my hubby...}


{...I also brought back his fave. I'm such a nice wife!}


{beer brats in the dutch oven for Sunday Funday back at home}


{with beer from our kegerator}


{swimming in homemade beer}


{bacon & butter...make everything better}


{dutch oven, grill, and back in the dutch oven}


mayo and grey poupon


{and topped with El Taurino hot sauce!}


{Kuma & Sibi}


{the end}

I drove three and a half hours in traffic and rain on Friday to meet my girls in Ktown for a GNO. We ended up going to round 5, but my phone pictures stop at round 2. That’s the sign of a good night.

If you haven’t been to KangHoDong in LA, it is an absolute MUST! The meat is so buttery and of high quality. No wonder we had to wait an hour and a half, but it was totally worth the wait and hype. I can’t wait to go back! Whenever that may be…

On Saturday, I took care of some errands and picked up some El Taurino and wang mandoo (literal translation: “king dumplings”) at HK MarketĀ for my hubby. What a nice wife I am. Driving around LA on Saturday, I remembered why I don’t miss living in Ktown: traffic. But I sure do miss the LA grub!

Home sweet home. On Sunday, I uttered the words, “I want bratwurst.” The next thing I know, my hubby was at the market getting brats and wine and cooking away. I asked what I should do, and his response was “Nothing, just relax.” What a nice husband he is.

Hope your weekend was as fun and fat as mine! Happy Monday!

Apr 12

Where to go from here?


I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my blog has been “down for maintenance” for quite some time. During my almost one month hiatus, I did a lot of updating to the website and added a bunch of cool stuff for your enjoyment. No, I didn’t. I really didn’t have the energy or desire to keep updating, while I was trying to figure out my life for the next 3-4 years. Finally, everything has become official. After much debate and drama, I have chosen to call Arizona my home for the next 3 years. So in two weeks, my husband, our two furry babies (we adopted a Samoyed we named Sibi!), and I are moving to AZ! It’s crazy, but we’re actually pretty excited!

So where to go from here? With my blog, that is. If you’ve seen my “365 Project” in the making, it obviously came to a halt while my blog was down. I intended to bombard with posts of all the daily photos I’ve been taking, but it has been too long (almost a month) to do that. I can either pick up from where I left off, or just discard the project altogether. Leaning more towards the latter.

I probably won’t have much time to cook while taking a million photos anymore for my recipe posts. Should I just keep updating sporadically whenever I find the time? But I’m not really sure of how much time I’ll have either.

I can keep this as a journal, since that’s exactly what a blog is. I can update with little bits and pieces of my life, random musings, and what not. But who the heck would care about me and my life as a pharmacy student living in Arizona? Even for this post I’m sure there are only a handful of people who are still reading up to this point, namely my close friends, hubby, and parents. Heck, I don’t even know if my parents are still reading…LOL.

So I’m not sure where to go with this. Any thoughts or suggestions? I’d love to hear!