11
Jun 12

Taco Party & EJ from Korea

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Happy Monday, peeps! Here are just a few pics from Friday’s taco party at Hannah’s house. One of our girls, EJ, is currently visiting from Korea on a business trip, and of course we had to get together. We thought about going out, perhaps to LA or somewhere in DTF (Downtown Fullerton, not the Jersey Shore acronym), but we opted to do what we do best…eat, drink, and be merry at home. It’s so much easier that way. We don’t need to get ready or worry about driving/cabbing, and most importantly, we get to be as loud as we want. We’ve become such ajoomas.

Hannah (Ban), our veteran mommy and wifey (she’s been married the longest) always knows how to feed us well! All of the sides are homemade. In fact, many of my cooking inspirations come from her. Thanks for the party, Ban & girls! We missed you, Sunny!


04
Jun 12

Hit and Run, Exploded Fire Hydrant, Firemen, and Edward Cullen…Just Your Typical PGC Yard Sale

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{setting up}

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{BFF getting a car wash}

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{exploded fire hydrant from across the street}

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{arrival of fire department}

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{customers unfazed}

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{police car getting a car wash...no joke! He drove really slowly and even the other way!}

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{my crazy BFF}

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{life-size cut-out of Edward Cullen}

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{I came late with my inventory.}

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{4 households' loot on the driveway}

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{doing some more marketing}

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{wining and selling}

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{lunch by BFF}

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{dinner time!}

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{shrimp diablo}

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{fiesta platter}

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{the thickest, most pillowy chicken quesadillas I've ever seen}

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{shrimp enchiladas}

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{carnitas tacos}

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{the end}

Have you ever held a yard sale for your unused junk stuff? My girls and I decided to have a joint yard sale at my BFF’s house on Saturday, and it was the most exciting yard sale ever…literally. I know this was my first yard sale, but I don’t think it’s normal to have a hit and run, exploded fire hydrant, firemen, and Edward Cullen all in one morning. A paying customer got into her car, backed up into the fire hydrant across the street, and took off! …hence the water show and a visit from the fire department that was nice enough to take a pic at the request of my BFF…LOL. Unfortunately, I got there late after the morning rush. Who knew that yard sales were so popular at 7:30 in the morning! Nonetheless it was a success, and we had a blast hanging out. We’re doing it again this Saturday! Come by! :)

*yard sale photos courtesy of Hannah*


27
May 12

Shino Japanese Grill

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{chicken with wasabi}

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{shrimp and chicken}

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{tofu salad}

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{sake}

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{bacon wrapped tomatos}

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{pork belly}

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{cartilage}

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{chicken with green onion}

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{crab & asparagus salad with real crab}

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{more chicken with green onion}

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{jumbo shrimp}

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{shrimp & garlic fried rice}

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{potstickers}

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{bacon wrapped something}

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{tempura}

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{octopus cucumber salad}

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{bacon wrapped jalapeño}

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{cold udon}

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{kung pao chicken}

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{bacon wrapped something again}

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{chicken with green onion}

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{the end}

Do you love yakitori? Sometime during the week, my BFF, her hubby, and I went to Shino Japanese Grill. It’s really in the middle of nowhere, but if you’re in the Norco area for whatever reason, it’s definitely worth a visit. It was packed on a weekday which is a good sign. The food definitely warrants the wait. Yes, this was for 3 people, but we love variety!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! What are your plans???


23
May 12

Spring Roll Party

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{the spread}

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{galbi and dweji bulgogi}

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{BFF's to-go for her hubby}

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{ended the night with kokomyun}

I wish I can rewind to last night’s spring roll party! I invited some of my girls over for dinner, since my hubby is away on business for the week. I can’t rewind, so I might as well blog about it. I had two kinds of meat, galbi and dweji bulgogi (spicy pork). I have a recipe for really good dweji bulgogi here. You must try. But I just bought the pre-marinated kind at the Korean market yesterday, because the prep for spring rolls takes so long! We had another night of fun, as we always manage to do. Of course, we ended the night with something bad after talking about how healthy spring rolls are. I bought a new ramen that just hit the shelves in the US after a lot of hype in Korea. It was OK. You can check out my spring rolls recipe here.

Is anyone else ready for the finale of American Idol tonight??? Go, Philip Phillips!!!


23
May 12

Lunch Date

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{beef satay}

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{garlic tofu}

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{a very different but tasty tom yum soup with noodles and pork}

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{spicy mint noodles}

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{McD's for dessert}

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{Snickers McFlurry}

I visited my BFF at work and said hi to my old bosses and co-workers. Then we headed out for a lunch date. Only we can order 4 dishes for 2 little people and head over to McD’s for dessert. Oink.


20
May 12

Shogun Sushi & Omakase

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{porridge to start}

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{soft tofu salad}

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{scallops}

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{wasabi octopus}

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{squid}

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{banchans (Korean side dishes)}

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{more banchans}

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{sashimi}

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{oysters}

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{more sashimi}

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{my fave, uni}

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{dynamite}

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{some sort of roll}

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{I'm never interested in rolls much, so I didn't get pics.}

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{mackerel}

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{mae eun tang (spicy fish/seafood stew)}

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{tempura}

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{noo roong ji (burnt rice soup)}

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{cherimoya sprinkled with orange juice}

When in LA, please visit Shogun Sushi & Omakase. Located in the heart of Ktown, you’ve probably driven in the area one time or another. We frequent Shogun several times a year, and it is always a treat. They have traditional private rooms for special occasions too. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent location. Go now!

Shogun Sushi & Omakase
987 S Vermont Ave Suite D
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 365-0213

 


02
May 12

Weekend Recap :: First Grubs in My New City

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{all the Korean goodies...thanks to C-Nance!}

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{Saturday lunch date with my BFF at Ojiya}

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{red snapper}

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{hamachi}

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{ice green tea}

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{fried pork cheek}

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{wish I was having this bite right now}

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{live shrimp...my fave! sushi man showed us the live shrimp he was serving us}

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{fried shrimp heads}

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{uni...another fave of mine! and a different red snapper}

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{red snapper again}

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{Kumamoto oysters}

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{halibut}

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{fish roe}

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{round 1.5}

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{hubby brought home The Hat}

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{I only ate half...and then the other half later.}

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{S-1 from Thai Original BBQ!!!}

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{absolute necessities}

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{refueling from Friday's leftovers}

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{finishing off the weekend}

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{Guess what that is!}

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{BFF brought me El Taurino hot sauce!!}

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{dipping ain't cuttin' it}

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{that's how I do}

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{never complete without wings}

Is it too late for a weekend recap of last weekend? But I had to share. Better late than never!

I must say it is totally awesome being near my besties. Living in SD, nobody could just “stop by” or come over to hang out at my place. We wasted no time, and they came over on Friday (moved here on Thursday) for another good time full of laughs…and food! On Saturday, my BFF treated me to lunch at one of her faves, Ojiya, a sushi bar by my place. I haven’t been back, but trust me, I have been thinking about it for the past week. Must go back ASAP! And the photos are only half the serving of what we had! My BFF loves me so. Sunday was spent with my hubby who got back from his bro’s bachelor party trip, and what better way to start than with S-1 at Thai Original BBQ?! It’s only 3 minutes away! Seriously?? Coming from Solana Beach where we were close to NOTHING, it is amazing being around so many yummy establishments, as well as everything else we need. You name it, we got it within 2-5 minutes. No joke. I love this city!

Happy Friday and hope you have a yummy weekend!


23
Apr 12

California Girl, It’s Undeniable

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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.


16
Apr 12

Weekend Recap :: LA Grub

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{corn cheese at ToeBang}

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{cheese shot}

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

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{grillin'}

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{cheers}

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{beautifully marbled}

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{one more time}

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

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{beautiful baby E}

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

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{nomnomnom}

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

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

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

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{with beer from our kegerator}

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{swimming in homemade beer}

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{bacon & butter...make everything better}

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

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mayo and grey poupon

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{and topped with El Taurino hot sauce!}

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{Kuma & Sibi}

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{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 Market 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!


10
Apr 12

Where to go from here?

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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!