Last month I headed to Hawaii for Augs & Zye’s wedding. Since it was finally legal for them to get married in California, they had a civil ceremony at City Hall the week before their big wedding in Oahu. I had an awesome time and it felt so good to be with all of my friends in one place. We don’t go out as much and everyone has been busy doing their own thing. I haven’t posted anything about the trip because I’m working on something that pretty much sums up their amazing wedding(s). Until then, here’s a glimpse of my trip.
I was happy that the boyfriend was there. It was my first time having a date to a wedding! I don’t always have time off with him so spending a day together let a lone a trip is precious to me. So first thing first…the beach! Actually I lie…first thing was Zippy’s.
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I usually work on Labor Day Weekend but this year I headed to LA with my girl Trae. We were planning on a chill trip but we ended up with some random surprises!
The first thing we did was head over to Sky’s Gourmet Taco’s over on Pico. DELICIOUS ASS TACOS. Each taco comes with Sky’s Sassy Sauce which is probably what makes them so special. I ordered both the steak and lobster taco. Yes, I said lobster.
After stuffing our faces we headed over to visit our friends little brother/cousin (all of our friends are cousins or bro/sis). He’s finishing his last year over at USC and we happened to visit him on a game day. He wanted to take us on campus to experience USC tailgating. It was packed and definitely an experience considering Trae and I didn’t go to a school that was big on sports.
The tailgating took it’s toll so we headed over to Sugar Fish by our hotel in downtown LA. The restaurant only serves sushi so both Trae and myself ordered the Trust Me/Lite which consisted of tuna sashimi, albacore, salmon, yellowtail and shrimp. I hardly order sushi with raw fish but it was SO good here. I would definitely go back if I’m in downtown LA again.
To continue the festivities of the USC game, we had a couple bottles of unfiltered (nigori) sake. I’ve had nigori before but it was the first time my friends have tried it. If you’ve never had it, it looks a little more cloudy and is sweeter than regular sake.
That’s when the chaos began. We headed over to The Do Over at Lure nightclub in Hollywood. Because there were so many of us and the line gets pretty long so we ended up getting bottle service. And I have to say, the tacos they serve there are HELLA good. I had them last time and they were just as good!
The night ended early for most of us which gave us time to rest up for the next morning. After checking out of the hotel we headed over to Roscoe’s for some chicken and waffles. Of course we needed dessert after so we drove over to Milk for some ice cream sandwiches. I had this the last time I was in LA with Reg and Eva, but I was so drunk from The Do Over that I didn’t even go inside. I had a bite and knew it was delicious though. So it was a must to come back to taste it when sober!
I haven’t been the best blogger lately, but I’ve been busy with summer school and work. I haven’t even finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy that I started back in March!
Now that summer school is over, I went on a mini vacation to Disneyland with the boyfriend! Unfortunately we decided to choose a weekend where there was a heatwave so it was almost 100 degrees out there. HOT.
We headed to Disney’s California Adventure on Friday. I never really felt the need to go there, but it was fun. I probably won’t go back unless I get the hopper pass though. The Hollywood Tower of Terror was pretty fun as well as the California Screamin’ rollercoaster. Cars Land was so crowded with a 2 hour wait for the Radiator Springs Racer ride. But it was pretty cool feeling like you were actually in Radiator Springs!
Any ride where you shoot is fun.
The boyfriend’s friend picked us up that night to bring us to this donut place called M&M’s. We waited 2 hours for these blueberry donuts. 2 HOURS. They were good and all…just not sure if it was worth the wait. Lol
Disneyland always makes me feel like a kid. We had more fun here considering we knew what rides we wanted to hit up. Indina Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Star Tours, and the Matterhorn are a must!
Since Pirates of the Caribbean was my favorite ride as a kid, and the boyfriend’s as well, we decided to eat at the restaurant that overlooks the ride. The restaurant, Blue Bayou, has a nighttime outdoor setting even though it’s indoors. I ordered salmon with goat cheese and instead of choosing salad as my side I ordered the chicken gumbo which was delicious. Sorry, no food pics though.
What we ended up buying in one of the shops…I’m missing R2D2 and Darth Vader!
Don’t mind my crappy photo quality. My front facing camera sucks. And he wouldn’t wear Mickey ears. 😦
Hint: if the ride stops, you can still accumulate points if you continue shooting…especially when you shoot the same target over and over again. :X
Fantasmic!! My favorite…
The next day the boyfriend’s friend took us to a waffle sandwich place called Bruxie. Deeeeelicious. I ordered the friend chicken sandwich (naturally). The boyfriend ordered a salmon sandwich and his friend ordered the a special, a pulled pork sandwich.
And yes…there is syrup on the chicken.
That pretty much sums up Disneyland. Now back to reality.
My Christmas present from the boyfriend finally arrived! Last weekend we took our trip to NYC. The last time I was there was back in 2006 where I roamed the streets by myself and only stayed for one night. Since the boyfriend’s friend lives over there, we were fortunate enough to have her bring us around to great food places and bars. And of course we had to watch the NFL playoffs.
We arrived early Friday morning, took a nap and woke up on time to head down to Chinatown for lunch. It was my first time at Joe’s Shanghai and for me, the soup dumplings were delicious.
After lunch we headed down to The Met. Four hours there and I still didn’t walk around the whole museum.
The Buddha of medicine.
Details. All about the details.
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So back to our trip to Seattle/Tacoma…we flew in early Saturday morning and checked in early at the hotel. Then we headed to a restaurant called China Star. Pat’s girlfriend’s family owns the restaurant and so they held his graduation lunch there.
Our view from our patio of our hotel room.
Pat’s girlfriend Jenny brought us to a flight simulator! I probably had the most fun here. Haha The machine actually moves like you’re in a plane and when you walk inside it’s like you’re in the cockpit. The windows are a big screen so you can set what airport you’re flying out of. Ours was set to SFO of course.
Reg and I! We took turns on flying.
About to take off!
I’m flying over San Francisco.
After that we headed to Seattle to drop some people off at the Space Needle.
Then we headed to High 5 Pie. Reg is a foodie and found this place online. They’re known for their various kinds of pies; pies in a jar, “cutie pie”, lollipop pies…I didn’t really take any photos of the pies…because we ended up eating them…but Reg might have some pics on her blog. It was SO delicious. Reg ordered a peanut butter & chocolate pie that was seriously one of the best tasting pies I have ever had. Besides my apple cutie pie and lollipop pie, I ordered a chocolate cream pie that was pretty good. It wasn’t too heavy like most chocolate pies are. But it was still filling with chocolate delight! Like I said, I didn’t get pictures of the place or all their pies, but I loved the way the place looked. It has that vintage 1950’s look to it with vintage looking appliances.
After that we headed to Paseo. Reg really wanted to try the pulled pork sandwiches which is what they’re known for, but unfortunately they were sold out and we ended up getting a regular rice place dish. I got the chicken which was good but a little dry.
After that we met everyone else up at the Underworld Tour. Something I didn’t know about Seattle, it’s pretty much built on top of another city. So the photos I have are actually underground where there were once buildings and streets. The tour was pretty funny because it was vulgar and talks a lot about whores and prostitutes but at the same time it was interesting.
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While half of the Bay Area was in Vegas for the Pacquiao fight, I had a chill weekend with the homies from Philly and a taste of my past.
Meesh and Portia were home visiting from Philly so we brought them to our old stomping ground at a Mediterranean Restaurant called Pride of the Mediterranean on Fillmore. To be honest, I don’t usually order food there. If anything I’ll order fries (so typical of me). But if you wanna chill with some hot tea and hookah it’s definitely a good place to go. Make sure the owner, Sharky, helps you out. He’s a really cool guy and always takes care of his customers.
The next day I spent the afternoon in Chinatown. I headed for the Cameron House Carnival. Cameron House was originally a missionary for Asian women during the late 1870’s. For years now they’ve held summer day camps, youth groups and many other programs to help the community. My parents used to go to Cameron House and before my freshman year of high school they forced me to spend the summer as a day camp leader. I hated the idea of it but once I started going I grew to love it. I got to meet a ton of great people, including some that I’m still in touch with, and I give all the credit to Cameron House for teaching me how to get around in the city (I lived in the suburbs at the time). Every year Cameron House throws a carnival to raise money for day camps and youth groups and since I didn’t go the last few years I decided I should go. I definitely felt old. Majority of “my kids” (the ones that I was a leader for, meaning they were anywhere from 1st-8th grade at the time) are in college or have already finished college. But it was good seeing some familiar faces. Btw, have you ever watched The Pursuit of Happyness? I believe the basketball scene was filmed on the upper deck basketball court there (I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it was).
The homie AJ was in the dunk booth. Haha
Later that night, after getting chicken wings and my favorite chow fun from Chinatown, I headed to Augs’ place to bbq and watch the Pacquiao fight. The homeboys were in Vegas and so the girls (+ Fern) decided to bbq.
Now meet the dogs.
Jameson with his floppy ear.
Augs gave Tubbs a spare rib bone to chew on…he decided I needed a bone in my crotch. If you don’t get it…don’t ask.
Now off I go with a busy week ahead of me!
Man have I been busy. The past two weekends have been crazy but filled with a lot of fun and laughter. Last weekend one of my closest friends got married (which I will post later) and this weekend was full of great company and good music. Friday night I headed out with some of my girls for an all girls dinner at Limón on Valencia in San Francisco. The food was freakin delicious. We tried a prefixed menu that served three of the cold appetizers, three warm appetizers and three of the main dishes. The sangria was pretty damn good…probably even better than Cha Cha Chas…
I had work all day Saturday and then headed out to Santa Clara with my friend Trae for the J Boog concert. I effin loved it. It was nice to be one of the shorter ones in the club. Haha
J Boog was awesome and if you don’t know who he is…maybe you’ve heard his song “Let’s Do it Again”. It makes me wanna be in Hawaii soooooooo bad.
Sunday I managed to make it to work in the morning and later that night headed out to Yoshi’s in SF for Goapele’s concert. It was probably the third time I’ve seen her in concert and she’s just as amazing as the first time. If you’ve never seen her, I suggest going.
Augs and Trae put me on a new artist by the name of Mateo and he happened to record a song with Goapele. So he showed up on stage with her to perform it. I absolutely love this song and can’t get this shit out of my head.
Successful weekend to say the least. Now to tackle this coming week and have another awesome weekend.
My friend Jessica Gee created C.U.M.F.O.R.T.S. (Contributing Unconditional Means For Research, Treatment, and Support) blanket when she joined Team in Training of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With C.U.M.F.O.R.T.S. blanket, Jessica does not only fundraise to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society but she also helps a person in need. With every monetary gift that someone contributes, Jessica hand crochets a 6″x6″ square. When a certain amount gets donated, each square is put together and turned into a blanket for someone that is battling leukemia. Each blanket represents $1,000 towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
This Saturday my good friend Regina is teaming up with Jessica to host a bake sale. Regina is a foodie and loves to bake so she is donating her time and delicious delights to help raise money for C.U.M.F.O.R.T.S. blanket. Both Jessica and Regina will be at Dolores Park in San Francisco this Saturday from 12pm-4pm. All items will be $1 and ALL PROCEEDS will be donated. So if you’re free, come out to enjoy a day in the park with delicious treats and help contribute for a good cause!
And P.S- Regina bakes really yummy treats!
Last Saturday my friend Melissa and I stopped by Suppenküche, a German restaurant, for Black Out Bob aka Jae’s birthday. We had to be in San Jose that night so we didn’t really get to order anything off the menu. But we did get to drink out of a huge glass boot! The boys of course started off with what I believe was a big 3 liter glass. Not sure on the size but they’re so big you have to hold them with two hands and pass it around the table so that everyone can drink from it.
We did however get to taste the potato pancakes which were tasty. The boys ordered things from breaded wiener schnitzel’s to meatloaf and the food looked delicious. You know we had to have a little taste of their food! It’s definitely good and I can’t wait to go back to have a full meal there…along with a das boot!
First off let me just say that I didn’t mean to sound down or depressed in my “It’s My Fault I’m Single” post. I was just saying. Once in awhile certain things just make you THINK. It probably didn’t help that I was having Vegas withdrawals, which my friend made me realize that being in Vegas can sometimes seem like a fantasy. Especially when you’ve had alcohol in your system. So adjusting back to reality is why I’ve been going crazy the last week. Haha But in the end I’m fine being single…for now. Haha Plus it gives me more time for ME.
ANYWAYS…this past Friday I went out to the movies with Reg and Arthur. Reg and I were browsing Moviefone.com to see what movies were out and Reg, being a fan of How I Met Your Mother, turned me onto the movie Happythankyoumoreplease (yes that’s the movie title. just like that). It’s an indie film that was awarded at the Sundance Film Festival last year and was written, directed and starred Josh Radnor (an actor from How I Met Your Mother). We decided to watch it and Arthur met us up at the theater.
I honestly LOVED this movie. Definitely a movie that I think some people can relate to. If you have the time I suggest checking it out. It’s only playing at the Landmark theater in the Embarcadero in the city.
After the movie we hit up a sushi restaurant downtown. I totally forgot the name of the restaurant. But it was pretty good.
The next night I was out with Rach @ The Tipsy Pig & Circa. The Marina gets more interesting every time I go. Lol New Hearts were put up in San Francisco…I really liked this one. Sorry for the horrible photos.