Random Places, But Still Good Eats!

Isn’t it marvelous that God created food?  I mean, really now.  Food is amazing!  It’s delicious!  And sometimes nutritious.  Though more often than not.. the food I love.. is not.  😦

Anywhos, I haven’t posted on the numerous places I get to eat at in awhile.  I did go to many many great places, but I shall focus on just a couple of them.  🙂

I’m sure you all know by now that I have a special penchant for cafes.  Especially cafes with real coffee and made-from-scratch baked goods.  Ah.  So good!  So my friend Nathan and I happened upon this cafe called Chimney–quite by accident, I tell you.  Okay fine.  Yelp told me about it, but still.  Neither of us had heard of it before!  And what a gem it was!  I would love to go back.. if I am ever in Chinatown again.

Strange, right?  This great not-Chinese cafe in the middle of Chinatown?!  I love it!

Nathan ordered beignets with strawberry sauce.  And I got coffee, of course, and a blueberry muffin.  It was quite delish!  🙂

And then just this past weekend, I, along with some church friends,  went to this pizza joint (oh how I love pizza!) called Redballs Rock and Roll Pizza.  This was again found by Yelp.  But you know what?  I have pretty good luck with Yelp.  Thanks to the great reviews and just a natural gut instinct, my choices usually end up pretty dang good.  🙂

But anyhow, this place is totally a homage to rock and roll.  The walls are plastered with posters and pictures and paraphernalia.  Granted, I am not a fan of rock and roll.  But I am a fan of the pizza!  🙂

Doesn’t that pizza HUMONGOUS?  Well, yes.  Because it was!  That’s the standard size of the pizzas.  They have yummy custom made New York style pies.  Yummy.  🙂  As well as some VERY garlicky garlic bread with marinara sauce.  I wouldn’t mind coming around here again.  Maybe even on Thursday night during their open mics.  hehe.

Mm.  I love it when I happen upon things on Yelp and they turn out amazing!  🙂  It’s a gift.  I pretty much have a 90% success rate.  Not sure how I can prove that.. but perhaps my posts are proof enough?  🙂

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Napa: The One Part of Norcal I Like

Yes.  Napa is quite lovely.  It is beautiful with its rolling hills and picturesque towns and numerous greenery.  🙂  Let’s not forget, the good food and good wine!  🙂

I went to Napa quite awhiles back with my good friend Kristin.  🙂  Even though I was deathly ill (sorry about that Kristin), I still had a wonderful time!  It was one of the most relaxing vacations I’ve ever had.  Lots of wine tasting, lots of eating, and lots of sleeping.  🙂

Our first stop was Chateau Montelena.  Fancy schmancy.  Isn’t this building pretty?  Too bad it’s a facade. hahaha.

There was this random Jade Garden at the Chateau too.  haha.  Apparently, you can reserve private dining in one of the little terrace/pagoda things. hahaha.

Next we went to the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) at what used to be a beautiful old vineyard called Greystone.  🙂  Delicious food.  Yes!

The kitchen was very exciting.  Hustling and bustling right in the middle of the eating area.  I know I’d be unnerved having so many eyes on me.. but then again, these peoples are professionals. haha.

We went to a couple other vineyards, but I didn’t take any pictures.  However, the coolest one we went to was definitely Raymond.  🙂

They also had this giant frame in front of this “throne” for people to take pictures.  haha.  And inside the room where they keep all the vats, they host parties and other interesting events.  Yes.. quite interesting. hahaha.

Kristin and I also went to this fancy restaurant called Brix.  It was amazing!  Ididn’t take pictures because I felt awkward doing so.  Not to mention, Kristin and I were by far the youngest people in that restaurant.  Didn’t want to attract more attention than we had to, considering I was already coughing up half my lungs.  🙂

Ah yes.  I love Napa.  It’s a fun place to go with friends or significant others!  🙂  There are also many other fun things to do like horseback riding, going up in hot air balloons, hiking, shopping, and more!  🙂  Maybe I should take the time to do those the next time I go up to Napa.  😀

The One Day I Shouldn’t Have to Bake a Cake…

Well, one of two days.  One being my wedding day (God willing) and the other being my BIRTHDAY!  🙂

So ironically enough.. I didn’t even get cake on my birthday.  But it’s all good.  Sometimes I really don’t have a sweet tooth and considering how much delicious food I consumed… my poor tummy really didn’t have any room.

I actually ate so much for my birthday that.. I didn’t eat at all the entire next day.  Sick, right?  hahaha.

My birthday festivities actually started the day before brunch with Ms. Kimmie Mark.  We went to Le Petit Jardin.  A cute little restaurant/flower shop.

I got a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with Frites.

Kimmie got Eggs Florentine with Roasted Potatoes.

The next day I went to King’s Road Cafe with Kristin.  It’s such a delicious and cute place right on Ventura.  I’ve passed by it so many times on the way to and back from work, so I was super excited to finally try it!

Doesn’t it look delicious?!  Blackened Ahi Tuna with Grilled Veggies and Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Kristin got Crab Cake Salad.  It was huge and delicious!

Last but not least, I had dinner with my apartment girls! 🙂  We went to TART.  I LOVE IT. Tart is SO CUTE.  🙂  I also passed by this often driving home from work.  It’s right across the street from the Grove on Fairfax.  Ah.  It is everything I love.  Cute decorations.  Outdoor seating available.  Rustic.  Southern food.  Need I say more?!

 

 

All in all.  It was awonderful birthday!  I can’t believe I’m 24. YIKES.

But another year of adventures and failures and blessings and sorrows.  A year of more baking and probably less sleeping and more learning and lots of playing and good times all in all. 🙂

Thanks everyone who made my birthday so special! 🙂

 

This Little Piggie…

I really should stop eating out so much.

Really should.

But… how can I resist?!

🙂

Here are just a few of the places I’ve been this past fall.  YUM.

Amandine Cafe with Tina Chen. (I went again, yes.)

Ord Noodles with Mary, Dennis & Jerry. (VERY SPICY!)

Aroma Cafe with the roomie, Liz Low. (The one on Tujunga. SO GOOD!)

LUNCH with Kimmie Mark. (Delicious sandwiches that are perfect for.. LUNCH!)

Isaac Toast with Jen Chien. (Spicy Bulgogi in a sandwich. AMAZING.)

[Excuse the bad quality.. I thought I left my camera at home, so I used my phone camera.  But then later.. I realized I actually had my camera.  BOO. 😦 ]

Last but not least… The Oinkster with Mr. Joshua Wong. (Amazing pastrami!)

Ah yes.  I forget sometimes how much I love food.  Today a kid at school asked me what my favorite food was… and I answered, “PIZZA!” immediately.  But then I said, ” I love sushi too.  And fried rice.  Well… I like most Chinese food.  And Thai food.  Ohhh and Mexican food… steak…”

You get the idea.  🙂  And I highly recommend you check ALL these places out!  😀  And.. bring me along too.

Weeee weeee!

Traveling the World… One Meal at a Time

I realized that I am a baker and not so much a cook.  I prefer to bake desserts than cook a meal.

In fact, most of the times I go grocery shopping… it’s f0r baking ingredients.  So this brings up the question…what do I eat?!

I mean.. I don’t eat most of my baked goods and I obviously haven’t starved to death yet.  So I must be eating something, right?  Well, minus the rare rare occasions that I get the cooking itch and actually make myself a real meal, I think I survive on eating out! 🙂  But thank goodness I live in LA and there is delicious food ALL around me! hehe.

For example…

BimBimBap from BiBiGo 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious omelettes, pastries & iced coffee from Amandine’s Cafe 🙂

 

 

 

 

Indonesian food from Ramayani Indonesian Bistro 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethiopian food from Industry Cafe and Jazz 🙂

This is one of the many reasons why I love LA!  Delicious delicious food! 🙂

Though I would much rather eat these delicious meals IN the country of origin.  Maybe one day.  Maybe. 🙂

But on a happier note!  I’ve been baking more and taking pictures so… expect a couple more updates! 😀

Sub-par Weather, but Superb Subs & Sisters! :)

I love alliteration!

But I do not love gloomy weather at the beach. GRR.  But fortunately, there were good food and good company to make it up!

Last Friday, my good friends, Kimmie and Tiff, and I drove to Manhattan Beach for what we had hoped to be a sunny bright day for frolicking in the waves and tanning on the warm sand.  YEAH. No.  Didn’t happen.

It was gloomy and cold and DREADFUL.  What a lame way to start off our Labor Day Weekend.

See?!

So while the beach disappointed… the food made it up!  We ate at Sando’s Sub Shop.  It was this hole-in-the-wall place with literally only 5 seats.  But they had the most amazing menu of cold and hot subs and hamburgers and other tasty dishes.  YUM.  🙂

Tiff got the Beefsteak Sub.                         Kimmie got the OFF THE CHART sub.

I got the Screaming Burger (with no cheese, of course) &  Sweet Potato Fries!

And we also got free shades too!  Not that we really needed them.. but a fun souvenir nevertheless! 🙂

Good times, yo. 🙂

Road to Seoul.. or to my tummy!

I know this might sound surprising to some… but I used to be an avid carnivore.  (Remember my post on the meat cake?)  The thought of living without meat was such a crazy/insane/impossible idea.  But sadly.. the day has come when meat is just an occasional necessity.  I think sometimes I go for almost a whole week without meat.  Crazy, huh?!

BUT.  I do love korean bbq. 🙂  Well minus.. smelling like burnt meat after.  I especially love the korean side dishes. Yum yum. 🙂

A group of friends and I went to Road to Seoul on Friday night. 🙂  Twas yummy, but kinda sad how much my tummy shrank.  I can’t believe that only a few years ago.. I was able to eat a 2lb manwich. 😦

But enough rambling… picture time!  No drooling, please! 🙂

Twas a very delicious meal.. though I did NOT enjoy smelling like smoke and meat afterwards.  Sigh.  And I think I ate more that night than I did the past couple days. HAHA.  So either.. I ate like a monster at Korean BBQ or I eat like a tiny mouse every other day…. and I probably ate more meat than I have eaten in the past 2 weeks. HAHA.

But my tummy was quite satisfied and I will eagerly await the next time! 🙂