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Archive for August, 2009

New Era x 7thletter Art show

After some dinner @ Father’s Office in SM, Jp and I decided to stop by the New Era x 7thletter Art Show nearby. Check it out!

me likey.

me likey.

I love the color on this piece...it's very cheerful.

I love the color on this piece...it's very cheerful.

This one reminds of me the hectic city life.

This one reminds of me the hectic city life.

Small gallery, but lots of folks roaming around

Small gallery, but lots of folks roaming around

Here's a cool one for Sponge Bob fanatics.

Here's a cool one for Sponge Bob fanatics.

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One of the hats on display in the gallery

One of the hats on display in the gallery

One of my favs.

One of my favs.


Lemonade (Good Eats LA)

Woke up to a beautiful sunny day and decided to hit the roads with JP to find some lunch.

1 stop: Farmer’s Market for some fresh veggies & fruit for the week.

2 stop: Lemonade, for some lunch & of course some lemonade!

After scoping out Yelp for the reviews, we decided to go to Lemonade for a quick lunch on the way back home. This cafeteria-ish place was packed to the brim! Good food selection and good pricing as well.

For lunch, we had the strawberry spinach salad, cucumber cantaloupe with prosciutto salad, then cous cous with wild mushrooms (w/parmesan & truffle oil), and a side of ahi tuna with a citrus vinaigrette.

For all of the general side items, you can do the following combos:

1 item: $4.00
2 items: $7.50
3 items: okay, i forgot!!!

Then, all lemonades are $2.75. So far, my favs are: Peach Ginger Lemonade & Blueberry Mint Lemon Lemonade.

@ the corner of Abbot Kinney & Venice Blvd.

@ the corner of Abbot Kinney & Venice Blvd.

Front row parking!!! If you decide to drive, there's parking in the back.

Front row parking!!! If you decide to drive, there's parking in the back.

Just a busy Sunday afternoon @ Lemonade.

Just a busy Sunday afternoon @ Lemonade.

Snap shot of our lunch.  It was alot of food, so we decided to share.

Snap shot of our lunch. It was alot of food, so we decided to share.

Once you grab all of your goodies, just pay at the end and find a seat!

Once you grab all of your goodies, just pay at the end and find a seat!

Lots of different lemonade to choose from.  =)

Lots of different lemonade to choose from. =)


Battle of the Taco Trucks

It looks like the Kogi Truck resurrected taco trucks into a hot trend, here on the mean streets of LA. I’m pretty finicky with my food, but I must say that Kogi is by far the best korean bbq tacos I’ve ever had. I must confess that JP and I have already tried some of their wannabe counterparts, but all of them failed to impress. So, kudos to Kogi and thanks for starting up this crazy taco truck craze!!!

We’ve seen everything from: the Indian Foods Truck (serving up cripsy prata), the BBQ Truck (serving up ribs and other fixin’s), and last but not least, we finally ran into a Burger Truck! I have yet to see the Nom Nom truck roaming around, so that review is way over due!!! I think they are still working out some kinks before the official grand opening.

Bad Ass Burgers Truck...sighted @ Abbot Kinney

Bad Ass Burgers Truck...sighted @ Abbot Kinney


Oodles of Noodles…Chabuya Ramen (GOOD EATS LA)

I’ve always wondered why Asians love noodles?! Maybe it’s just something we grew up eating, so it’s just a staple in our diet. Any who, I love eating Ramen on cold days, and sometimes even when it’s warm outside. There’s just something soothing about a hot bowl of ramen, and something refreshing about cold noodles in the summer.

Chabuya on Sawtelle features a good selection of ramen, as well as salads, sandwiches (on the same type of bun you eat with Peking duck), and even appetizers.

My personal favorite is the Tori Ramen (aka chicken ramen), because it has a light broth that doesn’t taste all MSG’d out. The texture of the noodles are also reminiscent of the ramen they serve in Tokyo. I don’t care too much for the Classic ramen noodles they use in the regular broth, because they are too slick and less chewy.

Another favorite of mine is the pork chashu sandwich. They use the white fluffy bun (commonly served with Peking duck), then add thin slices of pork chashu, tomato, and a light sauce.

The best part about Chabuya is that they open late, so if you’re craving some ramen, head over and give Chabuya a try! Word of advice, it’s a place for ramen, so skip the appetizers. =)

Good amount of seating and very clean establishment.  A cute date place.

Good amount of seating and very clean establishment. A cute date place.

Tori Ramen + a side of nori (aka roasted seaweed).  Yum!

Tori Ramen + a side of nori (aka roasted seaweed). Yum!

Tsuke-Men (aka cold noodles) with hot broth on the side.  It was average...better @ Mistuwa Santouka

Tsuke-Men (aka cold noodles) with hot broth on the side. It was average...better @ Mistuwa Santouka

Pork chashu sandwich...looks like a mini burger.

Pork chashu sandwich...looks like a mini burger.


How am I today?

Well, this Lily Allen vid says it all…

Have a fantastic weekend!  xoxoxo


Sorry, Patron…You and me are over!

Dear Patron,

I know our relationship has been on and off for quite sometime. You’ve kept me company in my loneliest moments, and you’ve been there in my greatest moments… We had our good times, and probably more bad times. hahaha. So, I just wanted to let you know that it’s officially over. I will always cherish our moments together. Sniff Sniff. I’m moving on.

Please don't try to call or text me ok?  It's over!!!

Please don't try to call or text me ok? It's over!!!


A special gift…from the other side of the world.

Look @ this lovely gift Manami brought from Japan. Arigato!

A blinged out Hello Kitty compact...JDM style.

A blinged out Hello Kitty compact...JDM style.

And, she even had it personalized!!!

And, she even had it personalized!!!


It’s Good to Be Home.

As a frequent jet-setter, the flight I always love the most, is the one back to LAX!!! You know you’re home when…

...you see the giant glow sticks!!!!

...you see the giant glow sticks!!!!


How are you?

We’re doing great!

As happy as can be...me and jp!

As happy as can be...me and jp!


Exclusive Wedding Favors…

For all of our wonderful wedding guests, we chose these eco-chic gifts for a special purpose. After going to so many weddings, we were so tired of getting useless wedding favors…so, I came across the Flip & Tumble reusable totes. They are colorful, fun, and very portable.

JP and I went to the Ferry building last weekend for lunch, and guess what??? We saw our Flip & Tumble totes for sale at one of shops inside.

We hope you enjoy them!!!!

There they are hanging in the back of the store @ the Ferry building

There they are hanging in the back of the store @ the Ferry building


LePek @ LeMeridian!

It’s official! I’m not a super detailed kind of person, but I must say that the wedding celebration was perfect. The weather was nice, glasses stayed full, and everyone was in good spirits. What a special day!

Such a joyous occasion!

Such a joyous occasion! Btw..this was a gift fr Young & Trung...I love it!

My secret hiding spot.

My secret hiding spot.

Lounge area @ LeMeridian

Lounge area @ LeMeridian

I love the wallpaper they inside the hotel.

I love the wallpaper they inside the hotel.


Out The Door (SF Good Eats)

During my stay in the Bay Area, I had to find a place to satisfy my craving for Vietnamese food. The Slanted Door is a popular spot for Vietnamese (fusion-ish) cuisine, so I decided to give Out the Door a chance. 

I must say that the best Vietnamese food is in SoCal in Bolsa, but when you’re hundreds of miles away, there has to be an alternative!   So, at Out the Door, I tried the Beef Noodle Soup (aka Pho), Chicken Bun (aka Bao), Crispy Imperial Rolls, Green Papaya Salad, and the Pork Vermicelli.  I highly recommend the Beef Noodle Soup, only because it doesn’t taste all MSG’d out!  The Crispy Imperials Rolls are the best, and the Chicken Bun was tasty too.

I must warn you that the prices are a bit high, but the ingredients are definitely fresh.  So, I guess it’s a trade off when you don’t have much selection in the area.

 

4 menus filled with yummy stuff...Yes, iced coffee is on there too!

4 menus filled with yummy stuff...Yes, iced coffee is on there too!

 

My 1st visit to Out the Door

My 1st visit to Out the Door

 

Beef Noodle Soup from the take out side (Out the Door)

Beef Noodle Soup from the take out side (Out the Door)

Dining area, if you feel like having a real meal!

Dining area, if you feel like having a real meal!


Call me old fashioned!

I remember the days when having a “pen pal” used to be cool, but must say, receiving snail mail is still cool!  I especially love getting cards, because I know that the person hand picked it just for me.

One of my cousins recently had a baby boy, so I ran over to Papyrus to select the perfect card for them.  Look!

 

Awwwwww.

Awwwwww.

 

Here's a close up of the bunny baby slippers!

Here's a close up of the bunny baby slippers!


My 1st BART experience

While prepping for my wedding over the weekend, my friends decided to head down to Union Square for a quick shopping trip. Since we didn’t have a car and taking the cab would’ve been pretty expensive, we decided to hop on the BART.

In LA, if you don’t have a car, you’re pretty much screwed.  I guess some folks in Santa Monica has the luxury of jumping on the Big Blue Bus, but everyone else is pretty much dependent on their cars .

The Bay area definitely has an awesome PT system, so getting around is super easy (like in Singapore) when you can’t score a ride.  

There's Katherine!  $4 bucks from Millbrae to Union Square..not bad at all.

There's Katherine! $4 bucks from Millbrae to Union Square..not bad at all.

The Millbrae Bart station is pretty nice.

The Millbrae Bart station is pretty nice.

A straggler we picked up along the way...hahaha

A straggler we picked up along the way...hahaha


Artsy Fartsy Mood

I have a new found appreciation for art, especially the ones that are a lil more anime-ish.  I also love pop art as well.  We have lots of blank walls in our home that will be soon filled with some works of art.  Will start looking around for some inspiration!  Btw…here are some paintings that really caught my eye.

 

Space Monkey encounters the birdies in outer space.  I love it!

Space Monkey encounters some doe eyed birdies in outer space. I love it!

 

The girl is cute, but the rest of it is too dark for me!!

This one is cute too.


My field trip to the California Academy of Sciences in SF!

It feels like ages, since I’ve been on a field trip to a science museum.  Growing up, I used to love going to the aquarium, historic sites, and especially the science museum with my mom and brother.  The best part is being able to score some toys at the museum shop towards the end!!!  

The California Academy of Sciences is surrounded by a giant park, that features endless trails and even an outdoor kiddie park with cool jungle gym like attractions.  The parking is 2.50 an hour at the CAS, so we decided to street park and just walk it on over.  Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a massive structure that was just breathtaking.  It was a work of art!  Please enjoy my field trip photos with JP, as we explored the California Academy of Sciences!  BTW…General admission for adults is $25 and $20 if you show a student ID.  I must warn you, the pics are amazing, but you have to go there in person to see all of the attractions.  You won’t be disappointed!

 

California Academy of Sciences in SF

California Academy of Sciences in SF

 

Indoor Rainforest is 3 stories high!

Indoor Rainforest is 3 stories high!

 

Nifty placards to tell you some facts about the exhibits.

Nifty placards to tell you some facts about the exhibits.

Penguin feeding exhibit!

Penguin feeding exhibit!

Indoor dining area that's right in the middle of the entire museum!

Indoor dining area that's right in the middle of the entire museum!

 

Shark and Stingray pools

Shark and Stingray pools

 

White Albino Gator!  He's a big scary fellow with red eyes..

White Albino Gator! He's a big scary fellow with red eyes..

 

This is where the Albino Gator lives...

This is where the Albino Gator lives...

 

Looking down inside the Rainforest

Looking down inside the Rainforest

 

Beautiful rainbow colored starfish and salt water friends

Beautiful rainbow colored starfish and salt water friends

 

Two starfishes in love.

Two starfishes in love.

 

At the very end, I managed to sneak into the gift store!!  This is a solar powered keychain, which says I LOVE YOU!  This is on...

At the very end, I managed to sneak into the gift store!! This is a solar powered keychain, which says I LOVE YOU! This is on...

 

And, it alternates screens.  So it blinks I LOVE YOU on and off!  Pretty nifty.

And, it alternates screens. So it blinks I LOVE YOU on and off! Pretty nifty.


My recession ride.

It seems like people are constantly blaming others for their misfortunes, however I take great responsibility in dealing with my situations accordingly.

I must say, things are still going great, except for a little down sizing in the garage.

Still rocking the Benz...just on a smaller scale.

Still rocking the Benz...just on a smaller scale.


Another Farmers Mkt Field Trip

I love the scent of fresh herbs, fragrant flowers, and the sight of ripened peaches. Going to the Farmers Mkt is always a treat, since I love to cook with fresh and seasonal ingredients.  SF has one of the best Farmers Mkt, and it is takes place several days a week at the Ferry Building. It’s always packed to the brim with the locals, as well as tourists from all over the world. Great atmosphere, fantastic foods.  

Front view of the Ferry building

Front view of the Ferry building

additional vendors on the side of the Ferry building

additional vendors on the side of the Ferry building

Birds @ lunch.  hahahahah

Birds @ lunch. hahahahah


My (not so) secret hang out.

If you can’t find me in LA, you can find me in the Bay @ Sophie’s! Unlike their soggy and bleh counterparts, Sophie’s has the perfect crepes that are slightly crispy around the edges. My favorite is the Japanese crepe, which has green tea gelato, red bean, and matcha sauce to top it off. My 2nd favorite is the strawberry, banana, and nutella crepe. And, last but not least, they can whip up a wide variety of savory crepes as well.

i heart sophies

i heart sophies

Mmmmmm.

Mmmmmm.

Yummy.

Yummy.


Zuny

When I’m out and about traveling, I love to find unique gift items at the local establishments. I first discovered these Zuny guys at Japan Town (San Francisco) inside the Kinokuniya bookstore window display. They are leather animals that can be used as bookends, door stoppers, or simply as decoration for your living quarters. I think they are sooo cute!

Thinking about making Fuego look like this.

Thinking about making Fuego look like this.

 

Some other cute Zuny friends..

Some other cute Zuny friends..


The coolest gas station ever.

There’s a super modern gas station on the corner of Robertson blvd. I think it’s a BP station. Looky.

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Another beautiful sunset.

This photo was taken from my living room sometime last week.

Looks like a painting.

Looks like a painting.


70s and still wanting to go fast!

Spotted a sexy black Skyline in Bev. HIlls, as I was running errands last week. I got so excited and snapped a quick picture. As I inched the Smart car forward to proceed through the light, I looked over and saw Donald Sutherland in the black Skyline!!! He’s got to be at least in his 70s, so I think it’s super cool of him to be sporting that car around.

Skyline sighting

Skyline sighting