I am really sick this week. Because of it, I’ve been pretty careful with what I have been eating – making sure I don’t eat too much dairy, salt, etc. For the most part, I have been eating pretty healthy these past few weeks. I stepped on the scale two weeks ago and (yikes!) it was quite a surprise. It’s crazy how weight gain catches up with you when you take a few weeks off of eating healthy. To start, I’d like to share three healthy bowls that I made in the past two weeks to show you how easy it is.
Let’s be honest – staying motivated and inspired all the time is hard. It’s not only hard, it’s very very hard. I often find myself feeling pumped up and ready to go for a few days and then after I’m back down being mediocre again. When that happens to me, I try to constantly remind myself quotes to help keep me inspired.
As you know if you been following my Instagram posts, I went on a bit of a food venture when I went home to LA. Sometimes I find it hard to tell people I’m from there and give them recommendations on what to eat and do because I personally haven’t done much myself. Most of the time, I only go home for two days or so, so it’s really hard to get anything done. I was back for six days the last time so I was super pumped to finally get to try things out!
Most places I see on Insta (which is where I find places to go) are pretty far out in downtown LA or on the west side. Since my parents work in the SGV, I had to search long and far for a place I could go to that was fairly close. Hence, I stumbled upon Hooshik.
So far, my LA trip has been great. I’ve been eating and exploring lots especially in the San Gabriel Valley area. Sometimes trying to find new places can be difficult in an area as large as LA county. I definitely still have lots to try but first, let’s talk about Matcha Matcha. Matcha Matcha is located in the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia, California. It specializes in matcha flavored goodies, specifically soft serve, drinks and cookies.
When I think of a painted white brick wall with neon lights, I think of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. I’ve seen pictures of this place all over my Instagram feed so I’ve been wanting to come for a while. Stuffed croffins, cream filled donuts and dipped croissants–what’s not to like?
For Justin’s birthday this year, I decided to take him to Las Vegas for the weekend! He’s been wanting to go for a while so I thought what better way to celebrate than to celebrate with gambling, drinking, and all the other deadly sins? Everything in moderation of course. It was mainly a food venture, so we didn’t go too crazy.
Restaurant Week is one of my favorite NYC events. It is usually hosted once in the winter (2-3 weeks) and again in the summer (another 2-3 weeks). It gives New Yorkers like me the opportunity to try out all the various $$$-$$$$ restaurants in the city without being too intimidated by the price and menu. Essentially, it helps you try out nicer restaurants by offering prix fixe menus for $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner.
Yesterday was the first day of Restaurant Week. It lasts until February 10th here in NYC. I thought it would be helpful to go through each place I’ve been to during the RW events so I can keep track and also recommend to others where to go.
Now, onto my review for Butter. Just a hint, I’m giving it ★★☆☆☆.
This year I spent Christmas in … you guessed it.. VEGAS! Vegas is one of those cities Southern Californians go to for every single holiday. I mean every single one. I’m not sure why or how it became that way, but somehow it’s a tradition for not only my family, but everyone I know.
Each year, our team goes out for a holiday dinner together in the city. Last year, we went to Spice Market down in the West Village. Unfortunately, it closed this year (now replaced with Tim Ho Wan) so we had to pick somewhere else. Somehow we ended up picking Zuma, in Midtown Manhattan.
My boss picked the signature tasting menu for the table, which included sixteen different dishes. Sixteen counts the dessert as one dish, even though there were six different desserts.
The last time I went to Shanghai, I was in the 6th grade.
I decided to spend Thanksgiving with the family since it would be my last “long term” vacation for a while. It came down to either Vegas (which we always go to) or Vancouver (which my parents used to go to a lot when they were younger). I forget how Shanghai came up as a suggestion, but once mentioned, we realized we had a couple of things we needed to take care of there anyway. It was only $500 for a round-trip flight, which was absolutely amazing!!
Four days was way too short but I did lots! I thought it would be best to just write short blurbs about each picture since I have so many.