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.
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?
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 ★★☆☆☆.
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.
I moved to Astoria about two weeks ago. Yes, GOODBYE Upper West Side :”). My friend told me that if I moved to Astoria, I’d never cook again. I scoffed at that statement. Yet, since I’ve been here for 13 days, I have not cooked once. He was right.
Time to come back to food blogging.
You’d think that will all my free time, I’d be blogging more?! Kidding. What free time? Besides sleeping, I have every hour of my day occupied. ‘Tis the life of someone who wants to follow their dreams.
I have been going HAM for the past weeks and started to burn out so I’d say this trip was a good one. Now onto my weekend in NOLA. 🙂
I wanted to go somewhere for Labor Day since I hadn’t since I started working two years ago. It was either Seattle or (I forget which city), but we somehow settled on New Orleans. I remember my parents went there when I was younger but that’s all. All I knew was, there were Mardi Gras necklaces.
I must say, this week has been difficult for me. After taking 5 days off from everything – going to the gym, homework, work, etc. – I’ve been totally out of it. 🙁 Luckily, my Moleskine notebooks came, so I started my bullet journal! Since it is still a work in progress, I will be writing a separate post on that.
Now onto getting back into the grind.
I just came back from a five day trip in LA!
Lots and lots of pictures for you all, so please bear with me. 🙂 I’ll try to make it as much like a picture diary as possible with little stories here and there.