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noms: green tea falling snow + injeolmi toast at hooshik

March 26, 2017

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.

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noms: matcha soft serve at matcha matcha

March 22, 2017

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.

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noms: getting baked at mr. holmes bakehouse

March 19, 2017

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?

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nyc restaurant week 2017: butter

January 24, 2017

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.

This time around, I’m going to four restaurants – Butter, Riverpark, Casa Lever, and Hearth.

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 ★★☆☆☆.

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christmas in vegas

January 13, 2017

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.

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wexler team holiday dinner

December 16, 2016

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.

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thanksgiving in shanghai

December 10, 2016

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.

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swan lake dress rehearsal

November 29, 2016

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I went hone to shoot Elite Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake performance. Hope you enjoy these dress rehearsal pictures! Performance pictures to come soon. 🙂

labor day weekend 2016: new orleans, louisiana

September 6, 2016

Hello friends.

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.

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back to the grind.

June 19, 2016

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.

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