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.


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!


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!


08
Jan 12

Weekend Recap :: “For 2 Ladies”

The hubby went to LA for the weekend for a BNO, so I had Nancy come over to do what we do best.

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South Beach Bar and Grille upstairs bar

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$2.50 mimosa until 3 PM

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clam chowder

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ceviche cocktail

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carne asada fries

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baja fish taco and carne asada tacos

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sterling chardonnay

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"For 2 Ladies"

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stroll on beach to "walk it off"

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Thai take-out

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perfect ending

I just got back from pho (above), Nancy just left, and now I’m waiting for my hubby to get home. Most importantly, I’m wondering what to eat for dinner.

Any suggestions?

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12
Dec 11

Muffins on a Friday Night

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I spent Friday night at my BFF’s, because I had an interview Saturday morning at a school not too far from her house. Yes, Saturday…at 7:30 AM! Anyways, after dinner at a yakitori place, we went back home, and she wanted to make muffins at 9:00 PM. Her husband commented at how times have changed and what we’ve become…two wives making muffins on a Friday night. He’s seen us through our college years when we were, shall we say, free-spirited. Yes, we’ve come a long way, but I think we’re still young at heart.

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15
Nov 11

Me & G

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Having a glass of vino with my BFF via text. Who says long distance relationships are tough? Not us!

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29
Sep 11

Din Tai Fung

LA and Seattle are the only locations in the U.S. We went to the Din Tai Fung in Seattle on our recent trip up there, and I can’t wait to go back to the LA (Arcadia) location. “Xiao long bao,” hubby and Harold kept saying over and over all day. Yes, it’s fun to say, but I had no idea what they were saying. I thought they had discussed a movie and were referencing a line in the movie or an actor. Nope. “Xiao long bao” is the term for small buns steamed in small bamboo baskets. They are loosely referred to as “dumplings.” But they are not your average Joe dumplings. Besides whatever filling you order, it has a little bit of soup inside that results in the perfect delicious bite. The place is Michelin Guide recommended. Need I say more?

As you enter the restaurant, you can view workers through glass windows preparing the little morsels. I thought that was pretty cool…no shady business going on.

I never would have thought. But the julienned ginger with the 3:1 ratio of soy sauce to vinegar (as performed by the waiter) was absolutely divine with the xiao long bao. You know I’m gonna try this at home, but mine will probably be a 1:1 ratio of soy sauce to vinegar. I heart vinegar.

These green beans were fantastic. Can’t you just tell from the photo?? Mmmm…

We ordered baskets on top of baskets of the xiao long baos…literally. It was a never-ending supply.

Then this bowl of plain white noodles came out, but little did I know that this was so far from plain. Upon mixing, you get a yummy mixture of seasonings that I wish I can taste right this moment.

Here’s a closer look. :)

Then this unsuspecting bowl of plain wontons or dumplings came out. I’m sorry I don’t know what they were. I don’t mean to offend you guys. (I’m talking to the food.)

Ahhh, but of course. These ain’t no plain Jane wontons. Look at that perfect bite. Looking at my photos, I realized that we had fried rice as well, but I failed to get a good shot of it. :(  It’s difficult to stuff your face and take photos at the same time.

After a long meal, it was time for dessert. To the left is the taro dumpling, and to the right is the sweet red bean dumpling. Oh so yummy! I preferred the taro. Hubby preferred the red bean. But I’ll take either!

Then this giant bowl of shaved ice with various goodies on top…it was big enough to feed our party of nine.

My share. :)

And sadly it came to an end. I can’t wait to go back! I hear there are lines outside the LA location sometimes. But I’d wait in line. Din Tai Fung, thank you for an awesome experience!

Anyone else notice the Hello Kitty card? Not mine, but cute!


27
Aug 11

Being Beachy

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22
Aug 11

Pacific Fish Center, Redondo Beach

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We had Sunday Funday at Redondo with some friends…including our center of attention, baby E! He certainly made my week, and I’ll be staring at the gazillion pics I took of him all day everyday.

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21
Aug 11

Life’s a beach.

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Spent allll day at Laguna Beach yesterday, and now I’m paying for it. I was eaten by the waves, I busted my lips open, and I’m as red as a lobster…but it was worth it!

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