Go Chargers!!

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Drew finally lived his dream of going to a live Chargers game :p
We had such a fun time in SD, getting some carne asada fries, tailgating in the parking lot, F-15 flyover.  And we beat the Chiefs!
And if you wonder whether or not a nosebleed seat is worth it, it’s actually pretty good!

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LACMA

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

What a perfect day to spend a sunday afternoon with a few of my favorite ladies at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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A Morning at the Santa Ana Zoo

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last weekend Drew and I joined our friends Teiko and Lars along with their adorable daughter Lena for a morning at the Santa Ana Zoo.  It was such a great way to spend a carefree Sunday morning.  I think my favorite part was just watching Lena in a brand new environment.  It’s amazing to see the little baby from a year and a half ago to the little girl she is now, so aware of her surroundings!  The anteaters, though, came a pretty close second.  There were also lots of monkeys and birds and while the petting zoo was a little lame, I love that last pic of the goat who was just so desperate to get all the food from Lars :p  All in all, Drew and I are probably both super spoiled from having grown up with the San Diego Zoo and the free St. Louis zoo respectively, but this little one is perfect for a toddler.  Bonus, it’s not far from The Playground or our favorite haunts in Old Town Orange :)
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New York Part 2

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!

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Seattle

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!  seattleMy 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.seattleseattleseattleseattleThe 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.   seattleseattleseattleseattleThe 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.seattle
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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.
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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 :)
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an iphone account of 3 cities, 2 weddings

August 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

More coming soon, but for now, here are the pics taken with my iphone

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food links: Dahlia Bakery, Barcelona, Bon Chovie, Milk Truck, Eataly, Dough, Doughnut Plant, Macaron Cafe, Ample Hills Creamery, Ted & Honey

July 4th weekend

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.

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Day 2: plow, calfornia academy of sciences, rose garden, tataki, more humphry slocombe
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Day 3: Piedmont 4th of July Parade, Jack London Square, family bbq
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