20 5 / 2014
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For those of you who don’t know I am a huge fan of festivals and fairs. I love trying new food, having an ice cold beer, and being around fun people. My fiancé and I went to the Heritage of Aloha Festival & OC Greek Festival this past Saturday (5/17). We started off at Heritage of Aloha Festival in Santa Fe Springs and we found out about it because of Banzai Jerky! After the OC Night Market I liked Banzai Jerky on facebook and found out that they would be at Heritage of Aloha Festival. I never heard of this festival, but I was VERY excited because my fiancé and I LOVE Hawaiian food! At the festival I found out that Heritage of Aloha Festival has been going on for 20 years! It happens every May so follow Heritage of Aloha Festival on facebook and check it out next year! Check out the pictures below:
Da Hawaiian Kitchen - Huntington Beach, CA: Spam Musubi and Poke. My fiancé and I was craving Hawaiian food ever since we came back from Hawaii and the first thing we wanted when we came to this festival was some spam musubi and poke. This definitely hit the spot! I wish there was less rice in the musubi (I had to throw away almost half of the rice) and the poke was SO good! The fish was so fresh and the seasoning was spot on.
Kane Katering - Torrance, CA: Teriyaki Beef Tacos. Oh my god. This was SO F*#&ING GOOD! For those of you who don’t know…I HATE CILANTRO, but I devoured this taco. The flavors were so perfect…the marinade of the beef was great and all of the toppings worked. I’m not sure if they have a restaurant, but I just messaged them on FB and *fingers crossed* I hope they do because I want to try more of their food!!!
After we ate we walked around and shopped around and saw the spam musubi contest and decided to head over to the OC Greek Festival in Buena Park, CA. Check out the pictures below:
My amazing fiancé and myself…waiting for my bestie and her man.
Gyro, Lukániko & Greek Fries: This is our 3rd year attending the OC Greek Festival and let me tell you why. THE GYRO!!! Their gyro is freaking amazing and you can only get it two times a year. Once at the OC Greek Festival and the second time at Orange International Street Fair. And yes we go to both yearly. The gyro is just perfect: the seasoning on the meat, the creamy tzatziki sauce, and the onions and tomato. YUM! My bestie’s man had the lukániko (which is a pork greek sausage) and we all shared the Greek fries.
13 5 / 2014
Every Sunday I meal prep for my fiancé and myself for our week. I like to change it up every week, but I’ve been loving my stuffed chicken recipes that I’ve concocted. This week I made a spinach stuffing that I placed in a butterflied chicken. I also want to say that every week I like to roast vegetables and I forgot to take a picture so sorry! But it’s super easy just get any veggies you like and cut them into similar size pieces and place them on a sheet pan. I spray my veggies with either coconut oil spray or EVOO spray and just season it with no salt seasoning, pepper, and minced garlic. I put the veggies in the oven at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes. Some of the veggies that I love to roast are: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, asparagus, onions, peppers, mushrooms, squash, etc.
Here are some of the pictures I took of the chicken. Sorry for the quality/quantity lol. I used my iPhone and I didn’t have anyone take it for me so I couldn’t take a picture for every step.
In a pan I added some coconut oil and cooked the minced garlic and onions for about a few minutes. Then I added in the cooked spinach and bacon. Season with pepper and voilà there’s the stuffing for the chicken.
After the stuffing cooled down it’s time to stuff. I butterfly each chicken and add a good amount of stuffing and roll it up and secure it with a couple toothpicks. I season each chicken roll with a season blend of no salt seasoning, pepper, and cumin. On a sprayed pan I brown the chicken for about 3 minutes on each side and then transfer the chicken onto a sheet pan and place it in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes. After the chicken cooled down I cut up the chicken.
Here is the chicken! I keep the chicken in a large tupperware until I’m ready to pack our lunches. For each lunch I layer some roasted veggies, add a couple spoons of quinoa, and put about 4 oz of chicken (6 oz for my man) and done. It’s so simple, delicious, and healthy.
I’ll also let you in on a little secret for a quick and easy lunch that I’ve been obsessed with: the quinoa salad from costco!
Here is my lunch that I had for the past two days. On the bottom is some of that amazing quinoa salad from costco and on top is a delicious piece of salmon. My fiancé and I decided to get some salmon for dinner, but as you know costco sells everything for bulk and we had some extra pieces so I decided to have salmon for lunch :D
As you will see I love to eat out, but I also love to cook. My fiancé and I try to eat super clean and healthy during the week and act like a fatty during the weekends. However, with our wedding coming up you will probably see more home cooked meals…sorry :( But don’t worry my meals taste amazing! and who am I kidding…summer is coming up and you know what that means?! Fairs & festivals…oh lord I hope I can have some self-control.
12 5 / 2014
This year is the first year that I am not celebrating Mother’s Day with my mom since my parents are traveling in Korea. My fiancé and I have been craving Indian food and we decided to have a Mother’s Day lunch at an Indian restaurant (I consider my two dogs my babies…yes I’m one of those people who call my dogs my babies. Get over it. Therefore, Happy Mother’s Day to me!). After looking around on yelp I wanted to check out Ashoka The Great in Artesia, CA. For those of you who may not know Artesia is home to Little India (Pioneer Boulevard from 184th to 188th streets) and if you’re looking for something different come by and walk around. There’s a bunch of cute shops, markets, and restaurants. I’ve never been to Ashoka The Great, but I recently saw pictures taken by Ryan from Yelp OC and I knew that I had to go there.
We arrived around 12:30 and met up with my bestie Theresa and her boyfriend, Greg and it was crowded! Since it was Mother’s Day they had a “Special Mother’s Day Buffet” for $12.95. We waited about 20 minutes before we were seated and we automatically walked up to the buffet line. Sorry for the lack of pictures (there’s only one -_-) there were so many people behind me that I felt guilty holding up the line.
-My plate of amazingness. What you see is the basmati rice (going clockwise) goat stew, matar paneer, chicken tikka masala, chili chicken, vegetable samosa filled with peas & potatoes, tandoori chicken, and in the middle saag paneer. I would have to say that overall everything was really good. My favorite dish was the saag paneer which I ate with the naan (not pictured sorry!). Sadly, I wasn’t impressed with the chicken tikka masala, it wasn’t as creamy and flavorful as other places I’ve been to, but it still was good. I probably would come back, but maybe for dinner so we can sit down and enjoy our food instead of going up and having a bunch of people walk by our table. Also maybe the quality maybe better (& fresh) when the dishes are made in small batches.
-We ended our day by having the tutti frutti ice cream at Saffron. For those of you who do not know, Saffron is AMAZING. They have the most unique flavors of ice cream! This time my love and I shared the tutti frutti ice cream and it was so good. It wasn’t too sweet, had little chunks of jelly fruit and was really creamy.
12 5 / 2014
I first learned about the OC Night Market earlier this year from the 626 Night Market facebook page and I was so excited (and nervous). I was excited because I have tried to make it to the 626 Night Market previously but failed because their first year it was too crowded and I didn’t dare go in and the other weekends I always had a prior engagement. I was nervous because just imagining all of the people in a small section of the OC fairgrounds is scary. After my experience at the first OC Night Market I can say that I was right being both excited and nervous, but I was also annoyed as well. However, I will say that I am excited about the next OC Night Market and that this year I will go to the 626 Night Market, except next time I will definitely make some changes to make sure my experience is better than it was this time.
My fiancé and I arrived Saturday at 9 PM, which was our first two mistakes. We’re both OC Fairground experts (you will see that we love the fair and we also go to the Fairgrounds for other events) and we know when we expect the OC Fairgrounds to be packed for an event we exit Victoria/22nd st. Yes most people will exit Del Mar Ave/Fair Dr, but that is why you will be stuck in traffic and won’t even hit the parking lot for 30 minutes. From there I ALWAYS check the OCC parking lot first. Why you may ask…well because a. it’s free (you’ll save $7) b. 90% of the time I find parking within 10 minutes c. it’s less than a 5 minute walk to the green gate. Why am I giving you these awesome tips? Because I am awesome lol. Anyways back to the OC Night Market blog…I saw that the night before was pretty crowded and I thought that it was going to be worse when we were going and I was right. Why did we go so late? We had a prior engagement that we had to attend, but it was near the fairgrounds so we just gave it a shot.
We go in and BAM it’s so crowded! Not sure how many people were there, but 90% were Asian and automatically I started feeling anxious. I love my personal space, but for some weird reason I notice people (especially Asians) hate that I love my personal space and love to intrude…and it happened all night :(
We tried to be as strategic as possible. I downloaded the 626 Night Market app, which I thought was shit. Made sure we knew where the information booth was in case we needed help to find certain vendors, which was also shit. Go shopping first and eat after because most likely people will eventually get full right, WRONG. OHHHH I did this so wrong haha. Let me break this down:
The app sucked, I’m not sure why they made it because it didn’t help at all. Before I went to the OC Night Market I wanted to check out the app to try and make my experience as awesome as possible, but it just gave me a major headache. There was a directory, but I didn’t know what each vendor had and when I did find something I liked I would bookmark it and when I would go back it would automatically go back to the top of the directory list. Then I saw that some of the vendors had reviews (from Friday night), but when I clicked it nothing happened (I still don’t know how to read the reviews through that app). Also, when I came to the event I tried to use the app to see where the vendors that I bookmarked were and it did nothing. I had to go back to the directory to look for the vendor and then see where it’s located and then got to the map to see where it was. The best part…a few of the vendors I bookmarked moved stands and nothing was updated. Which comes to my next part…the information booth. These kids didn’t know anything. They didn’t even know where vendors were. Useless.
Going shopping first was probably a bad idea, but we weren’t hungry when we got there so we wanted to build up an appetite and that was a bad move because once we started eating all the lines were really long and the one vendor I specifically came for had a 90 minute wait. So we didn’t even bother. What vendor is that you may ask? Bubble waffle :(
Here are the photos I took…it’s not as much as I wished, but after I realized the bubble waffle was going to take 90 minutes I got a little hangry…the hulk almost came out and I became a brat and didn’t want to take pictures :X (DON’T MAKE ME HANGRY! lol)
The crowd at 9 PM on Saturday. If you have anxiety in crowded situations. PLEASE do not attend this…I almost had a panic attack within 10 minutes -_-
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After some shopping we definitely needed a beer dealing with the crowd. Sapporo for the fiancé and dos equis for me. It was $12 for each beer and yes I get it it’s expensive, blah blah blah, but it’s at the fairgrounds what do you expect?
-Dragon Whisker Candy: I’ve had the “Korean” version and didn’t actually try this vendor, but I’m assuming it’s the same. Basically it’s a piece of honey that is stretched out and folded until it makes over 1000+ strands of honey and they fold a peanut mixture in each pocket of honey strands. Basically it tastes like peanut taffy when you eat it together.
-Taiwanese Sausage!!! These were amazing! They were so fat and juicy (eww that kind of sounded inappropriate lol). They were $2 each and it was definitely worth it!
-Stinky tofu & tea egg. So my amazing sexy fiancé LOVES stinky tofu *I know gross, but I still love him* and he wanted to find some at the OC Night Market. How do you find it you may ask? Maybe look at the directory? NAH Maybe look at the menus while walking around? NOPE. Just follow your nose. We walked by this vendor and I seriously felt like someone smacked me in the face. The smell of stinky tofu is just wrong…horrid…awful…I died. BUT I understand a lot of people love it and what do you expect going to an Asian night market. It’s inevitable that there will be vendors selling stinky tofu. The eggs…it was 3 for $2 and I LOVE these eggs. The marinade is so delicious…mmmm I would definitely recommend this if you like eggs :D
-Spicy Lamb Skewers: 3 for $5. OH MY GOD. This was probably the best thing I ate at OC Night Market. The skewers were amazing and common 3 for $5? I wish we both ordered 3, but my fiancé wanted to share. But I learned my lesson…next time we’re getting our own 3 haha.
-Bubble Waffle: EVIL EVIL EVIL! Yes this is the line and it took about 20 minutes for me to get to the front for them to inform us that it’s a 90 minute wait. WTF. I mean this is night 2, maybe you learned from the night before that you have to produce the product at a timely manner. I hope they figure it out because I was very disappointed that I couldn’t get my spam and cheese bubble waffle, especially because this was the main reason why I came.
-Beef Okonomiyaki: This was another item that we really enjoyed. It was a beef okonomiyaki without the mayo. I’ve never had this before and it’s basically a cabbage & beef pancake topped with teriyaki sauce (which had a little kick) and fish flakes. The way these guys make it made it very entertaining (they were drinking budwiser so I’m assuming they were a bit buzzed). I wish that the bottom of the okonomiyaki was crispy like the top, but overall it was delish!
-Banzai Jerky: Spicy teri bacon jerky and hot banzai jerky. Uhm yes. You read right: BACON jerky. If you know me you know that I LOVE bacon. So it made sense that I had to try the bacon jerky and it was amazing. We bought 3 and I wish we got more. But no fear friends you can find them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BanzaiJerky. And if you’re wondering…I think it’s WAY better than alien jerky…yea I said it. What!?
-Minion Me: As we ended our night my fiancé wanted to go back to minion me, which was a vendor we saw at the beginning of our night. We didn’t purchase it then, but as we were leaving my fiancé said he wanted to go back to look at it again. I’m so glad we did because he told me that he didn’t want me to buy any more house decorations since I always buy random things and when he brought it up I was ecstatic. He wanted to get one, but then we were divided and then of course I had to ask if there were specials and there were. Therefore we got 4 :D find them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LikeMinionMe and also you can purchase their items on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/minionmeshop. However, they only sell the small minion pieces on etsy. The lady informed me that they are at all the 626 night markets and comic cons. The artist/owner, Kris, was also doing free b&w minion portraits, but the line was so long we didn’t bother. However, the next night market we will be in line!
Would I go again? HELL YES, but I would go on a Friday or Sunday and if I had to go Saturday I would go early before the crowd. I am also planning on attending the DTLA Night Market in June and the 626 Night Market in July, just to compare…and EAT! Also another thing that bothered me from the reviews on yelp. Yes it’s $5 to get it. GET OVER IT. That’s cheap compared to other events (i.e. renaissance fair that’s almost $30) if you’re going to complain about that then don’t even come. Also bring cash! A lot of the vendors only take cash just use your card for the beer and shopping.
12 5 / 2014
Thanks to Yelp…and being an elite, I received 2 free tickets for Taste of Anaheim and I am so glad my fiancé and I went because it was definitely an amazing experience. We arrived around 6 pm and it was pretty crowded, but not as bad as I thought it would be. This is my second time attending Taste of Anaheim and let me say that this year was 100 times more better than 2011. It was well organized and even with the huge crowd the wait for the food didn’t take too long and the items that were served seemed a lot better this year than 2011.
Here is one thing that I will definitely do next year and that is to NOT BUY DRINK TICKETS! We ended up getting 4 tickets (at $5 each) for beer and I wish we didn’t because Noble Ale Works and Hanger 24 were part of Taste of Anaheim and was giving out FREE BEER!! However I will say that the one beer that I did get with my drink ticket was amazing: Summer Shandy! That is one beer I will be looking out for at Total Wine :D Also, take the cards that the vendors hand out because a lot of them are free appetizers, BOGO, and the catch even gave out a $20 dining credit!
Here are some pictures that I took from Taste of Anaheim. I also want to thank my amazing fiancé for being an amazing hand model and holding the food so I can take these pictures :D
Yay!!! We’re in :D
Tony’s Original Deli and Bottle Shop - Spicy Hot Dog. I have never heard of Tony’s, but I have heard of Heroes, Roscoe’s, and Joe’s and I found out that Tony’s is owned by the same person (people) as Heroes! Being from Fullerton, I have ate at Heroes, Roscoe’s, and Joe’s, but I’ve never ordered the spicy hot dog and let me say…it was DELICIOUS! The flavors were spot on and it was so juicy! I definitely would want to come back to Tony’s just to eat this hot dog…however, when I looked at the menu it looks almost identical to Roscoes…and I couldn’t find this hot dog on the menu so I’m not sure if it’s a new item or if it’s served at Heroes or Joe’s.
Ruth’s Chris - Prime Slider with a side of Sweet Potato Casserole with a Pecan Crust. When I saw that Ruth’s Chris sign I was so excited…and then after taking a bite I was so DISAPPOINTED! This was by far the worst thing I ate at that night. The sweet potato casserole was good…and I wish they just handed that out because this slider was horrid. Bleh.
-Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine - Pork Belly “Sisig” on top of a kimchi pancake topped with a calamansi pink peppercorn vinaigrette. This item was good, but Roy’s is one of my favorite restaurants and I was disappointed that this is the dish they served to represent their restaurant. The pork belly sisig was super crispy and as you know I LOVE crispy…but this was just so crispy it could have cracked a tooth. I wish they served ahi, calamari, or even some sort of sushi roll. Oh well. Maybe next year *fingers crossed*
-Slater’s 50/50 - The 50/50: 50/50 (their signature patty which is half ground beef and half ground bacon), pepper jack, sunny side up egg, avocado mash, chipotle adobo mayo, brioche. I had this early on and I wish I hadn’t because I didn’t feel too great after eating this heart attack. It’s so greasy and there’s so much going on I just can’t handle it. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE BACON and I love burgers, but something about Slater’s just isn’t for me. I’ve had Slater’s two times before (once at the 2011 Taste of Anaheim and once at the HB location) and each time I felt nauseous after. This time wasn’t any different…next time I’ll either a. skip this booth or b. eat it towards the end of the night so I can enjoy the other food.
-Noble Ale Works - Pistol Whip’d, Big Whig IPA, and the famous Naughty Sauce. I tried the Pistol Whip’d, which was probably the lightest beer they offered, and I was very satisfied with my beer. My fiancé tried the Big Whig IPA and the Naughty Sauce and I tried both of his and I would say that out of all three the Naughty Sauce is the best one. There’s a reason why they’re known for that beer and it’s because it’s damn good! The Naughty Sauce (ABV 5.4%) is a golden milk stout with coffee and as you know I hate coffee…but something about this beer is spot on in flavor! Plus…the samples are free….free is always good.
-Disney’s PCH Grill - Albacore Asian Salad. After feeling like shit from eating Slater’s this salad definitely helped me feel better. The refreshing salad with the perfectly seared ahi tuna was amazing. Disney’s PCH Grill is at paradise pier hotel and I’ve only been there with my nephews and niece for their breakfast buffet. Would I go to PCH Grill? Unless I’m going to paradise pier hotel I would most likely not…but if you’re staying there definitely check out PCH Grill! There’s an awesome breakfast buffet where you can meet a bunch of Disney characters!
-Sally Ann Catering - Turkey Wellington. OMG. OMG. OMG this has to be one of my top 3 things I ate at Taste of Anaheim. I love Thanksgiving and one of my favorite dishes is an open face turkey sandwich (which is SO hard to find…if you know of any place that still serves this classic in the LA/OC area please let me know!) and this was a perfect mixture of both. It was a puff pastry stuffed with turkey and mashed potatoes topped with gravy and cranberry. Seriously. I died. I would definitely buy this from them and just eat it all year long. HIGHLY recommended!!! I wish I came here first and had 5 samples lol.
- Pampas - Skirt Steak with Chimichurri. I’ve heard of Pampas before, they have a location inside the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV, but I have never been there. I have to say this skirt steak was pretty darn good. It was tender and the flavor was great. Pampas will open at GardenWalk later this year and I can’t wait because OC needs a good Brazilian BBQ restaurant!
-La Brea Bakery - Grilled Turkey and Cheese Panini. I go to Disneyland often, but I have never ate at La Brea Bakery and always wanted to. However, I wasn’t impressed with what they served at Taste of Anaheim. It was just a regular panini, nothing really special.
-Blake’s Place - Pulled Pork Pile with a side of BBQ Beans. The pulled pork pile (slow smoked pork, cole slaw, pickles, and red onions) was great. The pulled pork was good, not the best pulled pork I had, but it definitely made me interested in wanting to come by Blake’s Place to try their BBQ. The beans were too sweet, but I’ve never been a fan of BBQ beans.
-American Tavern - Spiced BBQ Meatball & Slider. The meatball was good, a tad bit too sweet, but it was juicy and tender. The slider was WAY better than Ruth’s Chris’ slider. I mean just look at the picture the meat to bread ratio is perfect! The slider was juicy and perfectly seasoned. I would definitely want to check out American Tavern. This restaurant is inside Hotel Menage off of the 5 FWY near Disneyland and they have HH daily from 4pm-7pm.
-Manhattan Steak & Seafood - Prime Rib slider with au jus and fresh
horseradish & Lobster Mac & Cheese. Uhm…yea. #FOODGASM. Remember earlier I wrote that I had my top 3. This was definitely my favorite item of the night I mean out of all the vendors this restaurant kept in mind that if they serve what they do best then people will come to their restaurant and after eating this I looked at my fiancé and told him that we have to eat at this restaurant! I heard that they also have an amazing Sunday brunch, but I definitely would go back for the prime rib and the lobster mac & cheese because the prime rib was perfectly seasoned and tender and the lobster mac & cheese was LOADED with lobster. #NOMNOMNOM!!!!
-Mother’s Market - Baked Penne, Spinach Quinoa, and Mocha Cake. I ate this the next day because by this point I was stuffed. Plus this awesome box made it easy for us to take this to-go and it was awesome the next day. The baked penne was okay…I’m not huge on pasta, but the flavors were great. The spinach quinoa was AMAZING! I’ve never gotten that, but now when I go to mothers I will definitely get a side of that quinoa. The cake was okay…as you know I’m not a fan of sweets…especially chocolate.
-Jazz Kitchen - Jambalaya. Top 3. Yup this was the last item that made my top 3. This was the last item I ate and I wish it was my first because it was AMAZING. The flavors were so good and the spice was perfect. Plus the sample I was given had A LOT of shrimp. Yum!!!! I would definitely go check out Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney and get me a bowl of this amazing jambalaya.
-Paradise Garden Grill - Grilled Steak Skewer served with Chimichurri & Tzatziki and couscous. I was done at this point, but my fiancé loved it. We’ve eaten at paradise garden grill before and for those of you who don’t know they are located at Disneyland’s California Adventure and it’s one of my favorite places to eat at Disneyland. The flavors are great and the portions are good for the price. I love the Moroccan chili sauce more than the Chimichurri & Tzatziki, but that’s because I love that little kick.
What I would do differently next year is that I would scope out all of the vendors and see what they are serving. I was starving when I got here so I just ate whatever came first and I wish I had some will power and controlled what I decided to eat. Mainly because I realized most of the vendors that I enjoyed were upstairs and we started downstairs. Also, we arrived around 6 PM and it was pretty crowded. I think next year I’ll probably try to come around 7-8PM because the line for the foods were minimal at this time and there still was a lot of food left. I would highly recommend everyone to attend Taste of Anaheim, yea it’s $40, but there’s a lot of food and you can try a bunch of restaurants just in one location. Hopefully next year there won’t be as many sliders lol.
06 5 / 2014
Welcome to my blog. In the last few years I’ve been asked numerous times by my family and friends why I don’t start a food blog. I never really had an answer why I never started one, but now that I think of it I think because I can be lazy at times. However, I recently injured my back and decided to take some time off of work. So I thought, hey what the heck…I have nothing to lose…and I decided to start this blog.
I am a newbie at tumblr so it’ll probably take me awhile to figure this out and I’m sorry in advance, but thank you for taking your time to follow me in my journey for my love of food!
I will be writing about different places I will eat at, what I am cooking at home, and even maybe add some other food related items.