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Home Sweet Home [Apr. 25-May 1]

I went home last minute to visit my grandma who had come to visit from Mexico. I hadn't seen her in about 4 years so it was important that I go see her before she left. When I go home, I eat GOOD.....    

   

I don't know how I can live away from this!!!

Thanksgiving Weekend

This year I did not spend Thanksgiving with my family in L.A. Instead, my bf came to visit and we spent the Holiday in Sacramento with one of our friends and his family. It was pretty far but it was nice to see the transition from city to nature.

Thanksgiving day marked the first of many meal feasts that we would have through out the week.

On Friday we headed over to San Tung on Irving Street (between 11th and 12th Ave). We were recommended to order the boneless dried fried chicken. We also ordered the kung pao shrimp which was okay. We were more excited to try the fried chicken but unfortunately they gave us the wrong order and instead gave us chicken wings which were still really good.

Above are images of the complimentary tea and kimchee as well as the Kung Pao Chicken

Before and After- Wrong order of the chicken wings.

On Friday night we went out to Club 6 to watch Digable Planets, Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers, Casual from the Hieroglyphics, and Killah Priest from the Wu-Tang Clan.

My favorite was probably Killah Priest but I think it might have something to do with the fact that he covered a lot of ODB songs. Casual was also really good! He was my bf's favorite.

On Saturday we were excited to try out Sushi Zone but apparently you have to get there as soon as they open because their seating accommodations are VERY limited. When we got there, the first batch of people were there and so we would have to wait an hour and a half (or however long the first batch of people decided to stay). I am sure it's a really good place but since both my bf and I were starving we opted to go give San Tung a chance to redeem itself from Friday's mistake. This time, they got our order right and the dried fried chicken was what my bf called "life changing."

We spent the remainder of the week (Saturday & Sunday) being very lazy since it was raining outside. We continued our junk food feast by having Ben & Jerry's "Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler"....I didn't expect it to be that good...BUT IT WAS.

OH and how can I forget to mention Philz Coffee!! My bf is a huge coffee drinker and had recently made the transition from Starbucks coffee to Peets but I assured him that he still didn't know what coffee was until he had Philz and Blue Bottle Coffee. We never made it to Blue Bottle because my BF instantly became addicted and loyal to Philz Coffee. We both had the Ether on Friday. It was a bit too strong for me but it was perfect for him. On Saturday I had Jacobs Wonder, which was perfect because it has hints of chocolate in the coffee without it being too sweet. It's perfect. He had Julies Ultimate and on Sunday he decided that he would mix both the Ether and the Julies which was a successful combination.

[above: Richard Serra's "Ballast," Cor-Ten steel. The sky looked gorgeous after Saturday's rain.]

Spending time with my boyfriend was really nice and I loved every moment of it. But now it's back to reality and the truth is that it's the week before finals which means I have to have my game face on! It'll probably be a few days or even weeks 'till I post anything on this blog. Until then Happy Holidays!

Santa Cruz Weekend

Since my friend Amalia was in town, I decided to tag along with her as she went to visit some friends in Santa Cruz. My experience could be summed up in one word: FOOD. I must've gained 20 lbs. there...no joke! All we did was eat and sleep.

The Raiders stadium as we took the BART to Santa Cruz.

UCSC campus. Tall trees is the one thing I remember from here.

This is round one of food. First off, breakfast at Walnut Cafe. The reason we went there? Late breakfast! We had this at around 1 or 2pm. Right after we walked over to Penny Ice Cream- the ice cream was nothing special (in my opinion), the doughnuts were superb, and the place was cute.

After round one we went back to the apartment and slept. We woke up at around 6 pm and went out for dinner.

Round 2: Little Shanghai.  Above are the before and after pictures of our plates. The wonton soup was to die for!

After dinner we hung out, drank and even though we were beyond stuffed we still ate some brownies, pizza, and chips... all of us cried "why are we eating?" as we stuffed our faces but it just made the night really funny.

For our last day in Santa Cruz we went to a new burger joint called Burger.

They give out mug shots of celebrities as numbers.

The burger above is something that I would never be brave enough to eat. It's called "The Luther" and it is "BACON/AMERICAN CHEESE/GLAZED DONUT BUNS." Yes, you read right, it has doughnuts as burger buns. I had a bite of it and I was not too fond of it but Kim (the brave soul to have this) found it deliciously suiting to her needs.

I opted for a safer burger:

I had Ozzy Osbourne as a number and had "the burger," which is simply that- a burger (buns, meat, lettuce, tomato, and a secret sauce). To be honest, I've had better burgers (in particular Lucky Devils in Hollywood).

To walk off our massively heavy meals we walked around Downtown, which consisted of 3 blocks:

And as if lunch was not enough...we grabbed ice cream at Marianne's Ice Cream

They have a lot of flavors to choose from. It was a bit overwhelming. I had a scoop of the oatmeal raisin cookie dough ice cream.

Of course, after this we went back to the apartment and napped, woke up and headed back to the city via the Cal Train.

Santa Cruz was a good break from the city. I liked being surrounded by nothing but tall trees, rain, and yes food. I think I am good on the food 'till Thanksgiving.

The Weekend

This weekend? Nothing...I did not do anything in particular besides the usual editing.But what made this weekend special were two things: 1. The non-frozen dinner that I ate at Starbucks:

So it's not gourmet and there's probably nothing really tasty about this panini but coming from a girl that eats Trader Joe's frozen meals everyday, this was a nice change of pace for once. I was also out of my room which has become my working cave since moving up here. I was happy about my productive Saturday night.

2. The second special thing:

I must confess my Sunday was spent sleeping and trying to deal with my Sinus headache. When I finally woke up (5pm, but who's keeping time?) I decided to take a walk and I am really glad I did. The weather outside felt like the summer nights in L.A. with a touch of a mild breeze. The sky looked like a painting especially with the reflection on the waterfront. The most productive thing about my Sunday was actually going outside and enjoying this view.