10
Nov 13

EMC Seafood and Raw Bar

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{uni pasta}

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{ankimo}

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{dozen oysters}

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{lobster rolls}

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{fries with truffle mushroom aioli}

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{m, g, & j}

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{b, s, & moi}

Haven’t updated in a long time, but since people have been asking about my blog recently, I started missing it. Here’s a quick post!

A couple of weeks ago, my GFs and I finally made it out to EMC, the new hot spot right in the heart of my hometown, Ktown. We ordered a good range of dishes: garlic brussels sprouts, fries with truffle mushroom aioli, crispy jalapeno chicken wings, crab cakes, lobster roll, uni pasta, two dozen oysters, ankimo (monkfish liver with garlic ponzu), stewed lemongrass mussels, congee with abalone, wine, wine, champagne, and wine. I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something. Six girls can do a lot of damage!

EMC did NOT disappoint! And we have a few memories to last. :)


22
Jul 12

Girls Day Out at The Grove

Yesterday, the girls and I spent a beautiful day at The Grove doing what we do best…eating, wining, and shopping! We dined while people-watching and chatting at La Piazza and then headed over to some of our favorite stores, Anthropologie, Zara, and Nordstrom. We refueled with some more dining and wining back at La Piazza before heading back to the IE where we finished off round three at Roscoe’s Famous Deli. It was a great day to catch up with my girls, and best of all, baby Eli! I even scored a pair of mint and silver strappy heels on sale at Zara to remember the day!

How did you spend your Saturday?


06
Jul 12

Happy Birthday, America!

Hope everyone had a fantastic 4th! We had my BFF, her hubby, and her parents over. Yes, my BFF’s parents, Mark and Sherry! My cute BFF, Gina, had already set up the table (at my home) while I was getting ready upstairs. I came downstairs to fun 4th of July plates and napkins and appetizers all set up! My hubby had done rib roast at home many times, but this was the first time in the Big Green Egg that we just got! And it was fantastic! I mentioned our trusty, competition-worthy Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker AKA the Weber Bullet in a past post, but we finally graduated to the BGE, the Chanel or Hermes of smokers and grills. We’ve already put it to use so many times, and we’ve had it for less than a week! I can’t wait to get many more posts of yummy food done on the BGE. Less cooking for me? :)


02
Jul 12

Villa Blanca and Dress Shopping for a Special Bride-To-Be

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{Villa Blanca chardonnay}

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{cheers to the bride-to-be}

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{rock shrimp & asparagus risotto…can’t stop thinking about this}

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{BBQ chicken flatbread pizza}

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{lobster & crab salad}

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{honey roasted salmon}

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{the bride & company}

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{Bella Bridal in Ktown}

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{rows & rows of dresses}

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{some of our picks}

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{ending the day with ddukbokki and wine at Haus}

Saturday was a special day for a special bride-to-be, Carol. I was ecstatic to have been asked to be a bridesmaid, and this was a much anticipated day for us all. We started the day with lunch at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills owned by the fabulous Vanderpumps. The food was up to par with my expectations. Actually, I can’t stop thinking about the lobster & crab salad and the rock shrimp & asparagus risotto. I definitely would love to go back and try dinner. After about 2+ hours of chit-chatting, wining, and eating (we couldn’t stop picking up our forks), we headed over to Ktown for the first appointment at Bella Bridal. They wouldn’t allow photos which was a bummer, not that I would post any pics of the bride in the dresses anyways. She looked amazing and gorgeous!! But she is such a pretty girl already, so that’s a given. After the next appointment, Carol, Jenn, and I headed over to Haus Dessert Boutique to continue wining with some ddukbokki which had a lot of heat…yum! And I can handle my heat! We called it a day at 7 PM, and I headed home tired but very happy to be a part of Carol’s special day.


25
Jun 12

Weekend Recap :: Meatings

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{friday // round one // smoked chicken & sides}

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{our little visitor}

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{saturday breakfast made by our guest, the baby daddy // pastrami sandwich w/ eggs & macaroni salad}

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{saturday // round two // five hours smoked ribs}

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{so juicy and tender}

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{my BFF’s dogs having a staring contest with my dogs}

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{sunday lunch with hubby at Peking Deli}

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{watching Myron Mixon, the BBQ world champ/legend}

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{our Weber smoker in the back}

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{Big Green Egg!}

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{Chef Danny brought this over on Sunday.}

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{sunday // round three // prime rib & sides}

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{jalapeño cheddar creamed corn going in the oven}

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{on the smoker}

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{peeking}

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{Well, hello there!}

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{out of the oven}

We put our smoker to work this weekend! It was a meat fest like no other. Chicken, pork, and beef. Wow. I will be eating lettuce for the next few days.

Happy Monday!


18
Jun 12

Couples Dinner to GNO

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We started off Friday night as a couples night at Honda-ya in Fullerton, but of course the night ended as a GNO at Ziller NRB. The hubbies went to watch some movie in IMAX (not our type of stuff). We missed our other girls but quickly forgot that it was just the three of us…haha.


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!!!