September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
I used to hate beer. Then I discovered all beer didn’t have to taste like bud lite. Now I enjoy beer.
I also used to hate cheese. Then I discovered it didn’t all have to be like Kraft Singles. Now I love cheese.
Ok, the cheese thing isn’t really true. I grew up in a household where my mom made mostly Asian meals so we basically just didn’t eat cheese, except when we had pizza. So, I got used to cheese on pizza, but pretty much disliked it on anything else. Then I discovered the whole foods cheese aisle and now a bigger than it should portion of our food budget ends up there. Anyhow, what I’m trying to say is that somehow these two things have become two food groups that Drew and I enjoy and like to explore. That’s where Bruery Provisions comes in. It’s basically a specialty foods store that stocks a great selection of craft beers and artisan cheese. They also have a tasting room where you can make your own custom flights and get cheese plates. It’s a great way to explore new brews and try out some tasty cheese. And if that’s not enough, Haven Gastropub and Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen are both just down the street :)
August 30, 2011 § 5 Comments
Our third day in New York started nicely enough with a walk through Greenwich Village followed by lunch at the lovely ABC Kitchen. Then, it rained. All day. We stayed most of the afternoon in Barnes & Noble. By nightime, we ventured out again to Chelsea Market for some food, where I highly recommend Green Table. My salad was delicious! The next day, we stopped by Grand Central, but the highlight was Billy Elliot on Broadway. It was fabulous. If it comes on tour through LA, I would love to see it again. Every now and then I’ll get the melody to Electricity stuck in my head. That was a fitting end to my sister’s stay in New York :) Other highlights include Highline Park, which if I lived in New York, I would go to all the time. So pretty there! Drew and I had one day in the city so in the morning we grabbed some brunch at a place I can’t remember now, and in the afternoon, we went to Central Park! I didn’t have much interest in going there initially, as I figured it was just a park. But, I’m really glad we went, it’s such an oasis in the city. At night, we caught a showing of Avenue Q and afterwards stopped by Times Square. The next day, we left….5 hours after our scheduled departure time :p All in all, it was the most fabulous trip and I can’t wait until we go back! I’m not sure it’s a place I would want to live (the weather is so much better here!), but I can visit a thousand times!
August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
This was the start of a 2 week trip that took me across the country from Irvine to Seattle, to St. Louis, to Carbondale, to New York. I had a fabulous time and it all started off perfectly in Seattle.
I had never been to Seattle before so when Chris and Emma invited us to their wedding there, it was the perfect opportunity to visit! My flight arrived in the late afternoon but Drew wasn’t due to get there until late at night so I was on my own for dinner. I decided on a place called Revel, which specialized in Korea fusion food. I usually shy away from anything with the word fusion, but it had great reviews so I decided to give it a try. It was amazing. I loved the open kitchen and being able to sit at the counter, which was big enough to not feel cramped at all. Since this was summer, they also had a grilling station outside and although I didn’t try any of the bbq dishes, they looked and smelled really good! My favorite dish was the green bean salad. It was so fresh! I don’t even like snap peas but they were delicious! I ate every bite and people who know me would be surprised since I rarely finish any of my food :p I wish I had gotten another order of it to go. If you go to seattle, be sure to check out Revel.The next day, we had the morning free before getting ready for the wedding, so we checked out the famous Pike Place Market. It was super crowded, and we were hungry so instead of check out the vendors, we made a beeline for Seatown. It’s one of many Tom Douglas restaurants all over Seattle. We tried raw oysters, which I had never had before because I always thought they would be slimy and gross. But these were really good! We also got breakfast sandwiches that were tasty as well. After breakfast, we wandered the market. It’s a pretty neat place, with lots of different food vendors, but also flowers, and other knick nacks. We walked by Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Piroshki Piroshki, and towards the end we got a hotdog from Japan Dog. All in all, pretty fun place. The next day, we had the whole day to explore so in the morning we headed out to the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle where there is the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. At the locks, there is also a ladder to help salmon swim upstream. I wish I had a picture of the ladder, but the water was so murky, it was hard to see anything. Basically, the ladder is designed so that when the salmon makes it past one step of the ladder, the don’t go all the way back so it makes it easier for them to make it all the way into the harbor. It was really neat to see and I think at the different time of year, you might be able to see more salmon than we did. I did get pictures of one of the locks as it filled with boats. The gates at either end were then closed and it filled with water to the level inside the harbor. The front gate was then opened and the boats let through. It was a pretty cool process.
Next to the locks was the Carl S. English, Jr., Botanical Garden, which while we were there was having a flower show so we stopped by to check it out.
Our next stop was Kerry Park. If you visit Seattle, be sure to stop by here, it’s the most beautiful view of the city.
My last meal in Seattle was at Skillet Diner. It started as a food truck, but now they have a permanent location. The corned beef hash was delicious :)
July 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
Last weekend was a perfect weekend. Hung out with my love, ate lots of good food, spent some time with family, caught a ball game, watched fireworks, and learned about animals and science! It was too good, which makes this week back at work super hard. We spent our time between Oakland and San Francisco as Drew’s Aunt Karen let us stay at her house for the weekend (Thanks, Karen!) Aunt Nancy took us to an A’s game, which also had fireworks! We got ice cream twice! at Humphry Slocombe because the secret breakfast was just too darn good! Went back to our favorite sushi place, Tataki. And spent all day at the super fun California academy of sciences. Had the most quintessential July 4th ever with a parade and BBQ. Seriously, I think we might have to move up here after we graduate.
Day 3: Piedmont 4th of July Parade, Jack London Square, family bbq
June 26, 2011 § 3 Comments
This summer Drew is doing an internship in Mountain View. 7 hours drive away. This means I’m pretty much on my own for 12 weeks. I like to think I’m a pretty independent person, but I have to admit it’s hard to not feel lonely. The weekdays are actually more appealing now since I’m busy during them. I’m pretty lucky though, with great friends and family nearby, I don’t think I’ll be bored.
This weekend for example, I drove up to LA and met up with an old friend. Alejandra lives in New York so we don’t get to see each other very often so when I saw she was heading west, I jumped at the chance to meet up. We decided to get some lunch and she suggested somewhere in Venice and I suggested Gjelina. It’s a place I’ve been meaning to try. I got the smoked trout with poached eggs and Ale got a fried egg sandwich on brioche. I think they were both delicious. and in a place as busy as this, the service was pretty good!
After brunch, we walked a bit on Abbot Kinney before Nick picked her up. I really like this street. There’s a ton of cute shops and bakeries and great coffee at Intelligentsia. After walking off some calories, I drove up to Santa Monica Place for a little shopping. It was my first time at the 3rd street Promenade and it’s really nice! I wish there was a street like that here in the OC. It’s basically a pedestrian road with lots of restaurants and shops. On my way home, I stopped at Bruxie in Orange for a waffle sandwich and at Bruery Provisions for some country pate. AND if that wasn’t enough food for the day, Ruth made peach pie and shared. YUM. All in all, a good saturday with friends and food :) Next weekend, I’m going up to the Bay area to visit Drew ( YAY YAY!!!) for the 4th of July so it’ll be another weekend of family, fun, and food. Maybe this summer won’t be so bad after all :p
May 31, 2011 § Leave a comment
Last weekend, we finally got around to trying out what some say is the best thai place in Orange County, Thai Nakorn. We went to the Garden Grove location, and while I am no expert on Thai food, it was delicious. We went with our good friends Todd, Ruth, Kenny and Ruth’s Dad Marty who’s visiting. We ordered seven dishes and everyone was good. Clockwise from top left: whole friend trout with mango salad, barbeque beef, beef panang curry, and hot and sour soup. My favorite were the trout and the soup, although the panang curry was also super yummy. I wish this place was closer, 20 minutes to drive is just a tad far for it to be a regular place for us, but we’ll go back for sure!
*photos taken with my iphone, you can see more of my iphone pics at my new blog: appsnaps
April 18, 2011 Comments Off on Portland Day 3
I’m such a bad blogger. Never put up Day 3 of our portland trip! Well, we started the day with a hearty breakfast at Broder, a Swedish breakfast place. It was delicious. The danish pancakes were super fluffy and not dry at all, and my apple fritters were perfectly done. Drew’s scramble was also really yummy, not runny and not overcooked. It’s also a super cute place.
After breakfast, we walked over to Stumptown Annex for their daily coffee tasting, which they call cupping. It’s an interesting event and the guys running it obviously LOVE coffee. Drew really liked tasting all the varieties, I don’t care so much for black coffee and couldn’t really tell the difference. Still, I think if you like coffee, this is a fun thing to do.
I think we spent the whole day eating or drinking as our next stop was the food trucks downtown. Who knew portland had this huge food truck community? There were all kinds of food. We went for a ethiopian one and a mexican one. The food was ok. Not great, but pretty cheap and I like supporting individual businesses. The people running the trucks were also super friendly.
Our only non-food related event was the Chinese Garden. It’s modeled on a classical Chinese garden and though very small, it was very pretty. We had a great tour guide who managed to give us a 30 minute tour of a place that seriously takes 5 minutes to walk through. We also got some tea or the tea house in the garden.
After a quick stop at our hotel, we headed out for dinner. I had read so many great things about our dinner stop so I had really high expectations. It is a thai place called Pok Pok. Even though it was a Friday night, we showed up early enough to get seated immediately. We ordered a noodle salad, a curry, and fried chicken wings with fish sauce. Those chicken wings are soooo good! They really are as good as everyone says. And all the other dishes are tasty too. I think the best part is that it’s not a typical thai place, there is no pad thai so you get to taste some new dishes in thai cuisine.
All in all, we had a great trip. I would definitely come back again, if for nothing more than the food :) And if you’re looking for a place to stay, I highly recommend the Ace.