Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone is planning (or at least going to) a delicious feast tonight! I will be making my traditional Thanksgiving broccoli cheese casserole, as well as Costco mashed potatoes to go with our Costco rotisserie chicken for dinner. Yum!

So last Thursday, it ended up only raining in the morning, so I guess there wasn't very much sky poison to deal with :P I stayed at home for most of the day anyway, but left in the evening to go to bible study. Only to find out after I had driven 45 minutes in traffic and searched for parking for 10 minutes that it had been cancelled. Le sigh. There went almost two hours of my life -_- On Friday I finished reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. It was painful and I will never read Virginia Woolf ever again. Ran errands on Saturday and then made my broccoli cheese casserole for our Thanksgiving potluck! For our entrees we had my broccoli cheese casserole, Christina Fong's roasted brussel sprouts, Michael's spicy turkey and potato stew and pickled carrots, Derek's chicken/rice/plantains/beans from Versailles, CHRON's duck/fried rice from Daikokuya, and Jamie's turkey meatballs with gravy. For beverages, Derek provided beer and Vanessa/Jamal provided wine. And our desserts were Vano's spice cupcakes and Tiffany's croissant bread pudding. What a delicious potluck!

{Normal group pic + "Drake Hands" (have you seen that video? :P)}

Then on Sunday I did the We Run The City UCLA vs. USC 5K. Picked up Christina, Ron, and Judy in the morning and drove into enemy territory so we could be proud Bruins. Unfortunately USC won the race, but it was still a really good run. I actually jogged the entire first mile, and then some more later! This got me my fastest 5K time ever: 42:42! Of course, I'm still sore now as a result of this, so I'm definitely paying the price for pushing myself so much. Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with an early lunch at Urth Caffe. Christina bought us pumpkin cheesecake to share, which was delicious, and Urth was also giving out free samples of their pumpkin pie. Afterwards I dropped them off at the metro station and went to YNCC for service. Discovered that Williana was back so we hung out in Little Tokyo afterwards. We walked through Japanese Village Plaza, got drinks from Ozero, and shopped at Marukai before parting ways. Good times :)

On Monday my mum and I went to ktown so I could see a different acupuncturist. Ran some errands before going to the Americana to check out their new Din Tai Fung! Yeah... that was a mistake. No bueno. We walked around afterwards before heading back to ktown to pick up my freshly made stinky herbal medicine. Lovely. On Tuesday I helped out with my mum at her work and then met up with Selina in the evening to see JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE at the Staples Center! It was his first stop on the west coast for his 20/20 Experience World Tour and it was AMAZING. The night was perfect--started off eating my mum's California Rolls, followed by delicious fried chicken from LudoBird, and then it was time for the concert! He really put so much thought into every aspect of the concert and it was brilliant. The staging, the background, the instruments, the dancers, and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE HIMSELF... SO. GOOD. I've always liked JT, ever since his N'Sync days, but I never truly respected him until now. Yesterday I went to Costco to get their delicious rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes, and today we will be eating those--and my broccoli cheese casserole--for Thanksgiving dinner! I took my mum to the Rose Bowl Loop Track for the first time this morning and we walked the entire 3.3 miles, so I am ready to pig out guilt-free tonight! ;)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sky Poison

Have you guys seen this Buzzfeed article: 30 Things You’re Only Afraid Of If You Live In Los Angeles? While I don't agree with everything, a lot of them are true. I find #5 particularly relevant today, as we have SKY POISON falling upon us today, making traffic unbearable. Thank goodness I can just stay at home today :P

So last Tuesday... after helping my mum out at work for a couple hours, I met up with Christina (for the fourth day in a row!) along with Jennifer and Patrick to go to a Yelp Elite event at Lexington Social House. It was a fun event; I had a couple drinks, got to eat ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, and made a new Elite friend! On Wednesday I ran errands with my mum and ate delicious Panda Express for lunch. In the evening I met up with Gardy and Keri to celebrate Gardy's birthday. We took her to dinner at Guelaguetza Restaurant, which I had been wanting to check out for a while. I helped my mum out at her work again on Thursday and then I went to LAX to pick up Crystal K for her impromptu LA trip! YAY for her visiting me :D We went to Toe Bang afterwards since we had been craving their corn cheese :P Then Friday was our Burbank Funday! It started off at Cost Plus World Market, which has now become my favourite store. They have everything! Then we went to Olive & Thyme for lunch since I was meeting Janice there for our book club lunch meeting. We saw Simon Helberg there as well as this other male actor (who I cannot place). Cool :) Then we tried to burn some calories at Burbank Empire Center before going to Porto's and buying yummy carbs! I tried their mango empenada for the first time... it was just okay. Then we ended our day at Taza.

{Crystal and I at Taza}

Sadly Crystal had to leave on Saturday, so I dropped her off at the Burbank Airport. It was so good to see you Crystal; visit again soon!!! In the evening I met up with Jinwon and we went to go see For the Record: Baz Luhrmann again. Love that show! On Sunday I met up with my mum after church and we went to ktown. Finally got to have lunch at Young King and it was so good :) Then we went shopping at Koreatown Plaza since they were having a sale before heading home. Monday was a quiet day at home, watching TV and catching up on pictures, and on Tuesday I was back at my mum's work helping out. After work I met up with Crystal W and we went to the final Yelp's Passport to Glendale event. Afterwards we stopped by The Famous for drinks and then got delicious food at In-N-Out.

Yesterday I went to ktown with my mum to see an acupuncturist for all my health issues. I got acupuncture done and then was given a bagload of different herbal medicines to take. Lovely. Let's hope they work...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Magical Weekend

Happy Veteran's Day! And to several of my friends, happy birthday!

So while my first of November was pretty quiet, on Saturday (11/2) I ran errands with my mum and then met up with Crystal and Christina for dinner at Cafe Santorini. We had a delightful dinner there followed by drinks at Everson Royce. On Sunday I met up with Christina again and brought her to Live Church LA to check it out. The first Sunday of every month is Fellowship Sunday so we got free food after service. We then headed to Little Tokyo afterwards to get dessert at Cafe Dulce. Yum! Then I went over to her apartment so she could introduce me to the world of Downton Abbey. It's good but I'm not addicted... yet :P On Monday I went to ktown with my mum to run some errands and we had lunch at Tonkatsu House. Tuesday morning I finally returned to the Rose Bowl Loop Track with Dena, which was nice. Had an interview in the afternoon; we'll see if anything comes from that. On Wednesday I went shopping with my mum, helped her out at work, and then we had dinner at Souplantation. Thursday was Free Day at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens... and guess who had tickets? ME! So my mum and I went and spent a couple hours there before she had to go to work. I was supposed to go to bible study that night, but the game at Staples Center threw a horrid wrench into my parking plans, so I ended up driving back home :( But it's okay because this past Friday was amazing!

{Delicious treats from Cafe Dulce}

So on Friday, I met up with Gardy and Selina after work and we went to Cicada Restaurant for dinner. I have wanted to go there ever since I saw Pretty Woman, and it turns out The Artist and Mad Men also filmed there! Such a beautiful and historic place. And since we went for Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club, it was truly a magical night as I felt like I had been transported back in time to the Gatsby era. THANK YOU SELINA for taking me there :D But that was Friday night... which meant my weekend fun was only starting! On Saturday Christina and I walked the Rose Bowl Loop Track before taking the metro to downtown so we could have brunch with the ladies of Live Church LA. But before we went on the metro, we stopped by Euro Pane Bakery to get some macarons to bring to brunch. Unfortunately, we then left them on the Gold Line when we got to Union Station to transfer to the Purple Line :( So we ended up going to Semi Sweet Bakery and grabbing some yummy pastries before heading to brunch. Fun times! And guess who I saw again yesterday? Yep, Christina! This time I brought Christina and Ron to Live Church LA with me. Afterwards I dropped them off at their apartment and then met up with Jinwon at the mall. We had lunch at Red Robin and then watched Thor: The Dark World! While Chris Hemsworth is great, my love is Tom Hiddleston and I enjoyed him so much as Loki.

{My favourite picture of the night. Thank you Selina!}

Today was my third day in a row with Christina. Since she's a teacher, she had today off so we went to Koreatown together. Being the ahjummas that we are, we were so excited to go to Kim's Home Center and check out Daiso Japan :P Afterwards we had lunch at Touhmi and then stopped by California Donuts for my very first cronuts ever! Then we went to her apartment where we shared a delicious Speculoos Crunch cronut while watching a couple more episodes of Downton Abbey. For dinner I picked up food from Noda Sushi and went over to Daniel and Judy's place to celebrate Daniel's birthday. They are like family to me and it was great spending tonight with them :)