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?


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.


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!


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!!!


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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