Monday, March 2, 2015

LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 3

Foodie Day 3
It was such a nice day to head to the beaches today.

We stopped by Coco Ichibanya to grab some lunch. They serve Japanese style curry.

Coco Ichibanya
Large logo
Interior decoration
I ordered the pork cutlet for $8.99 and a garlic nan for $1.50 as appetizer. The pork cutlet was moist and tender. The cutlets does get a bit dry if you eat it plain without the curry sauce. To me, the curry sauce tasted like something you can buy from a curry box, nothing out of the ordinary. The plate comes with enough rice to full you up and extras. I couldn't finish the rice at all but I managed to eat all of the cutlets and most of the curry sauce.

If you want a hearty lunch or something like a comfort meal, this is the dish.

Pork Cutlet
I don't quite remember how I feel about the nan. It was probably alright.

Garlic Nan
Garlic Nan
We took a strove along Venice Beach. There were lots of street vendors selling their talented art work and even street performers tempting their audiences for a few change. Let's not forget about the ocean which was a very mesmerizing yet calming blue. I could stare at it all day if I had the time.

Venice Beach
Arriving at the scene
Tropical Parrots
Tropical talking parrots
Picture with the snake...costs too much
Finger Painting Street Art
You need talent for this! Finger painting street art
Santa Monica Beach
Along the shoreline
Santa Monica Beach
Lovely view
Sea Lion
Hi there, stranger
Next destination was the Santa Monica Beach. It was even more entertaining. A group of street performers gathered up quite a crowd asking for different ethics of people for volunteers and in the end it was a long jump that the audiences was waiting for. I didn't stick around too long to see it to the end. I'm pretty sure it was quite a scene to see.

We headed toward the beach for a bit of quiet reading and napping. I doze off after that and it was the best nap ever.

Beach Time
Beach time
Sunset over the horizon
Sunset over the horizon
We planned to head to Milk for some ice cream macaron but passed by Lemonade. We decided to head in since it was one of the places we wanted to try out.

Their food is served similar to a salad bar. Portion size and the number of items you want per container determines the cost.

I had the 4 portion for $9.50. I got the Israeli couscous that comes with wild mushroom, lemon truffle, and parmesan. My next choice was the red quinoa with argula, fuji apple, sunflower  and pistachio seeds. My last two choices was the kale, mushroom, kumquat and the arugla with asian pear topped with blue cheese drizzled in sherry vinaigrette.

If I had to describe this meal, it was light, flavorful, and healthy. This is perfect for those that are on a diet or aiming for lower calories.

Bon Appetit
Milk was located at Beverly blvd. by the corner. Milk is an American cafe but known for their dessert of ice cream, cakes, and shakes.

I came here for on the crave for some ice cream macaron. These are already pre-made freezed in their refrigerator. They had an array of flavors: thai tea, coffee toffee, red velvet, salted caramel, vanilla, blueberry, cookies and cream, banana dulce de leche, pistachio, and grasshopper (mint/chocolate). If I could, I would buy a dozen of these.

Milk Cafe

Macaron Ice Cream: Pistachio and Coffee Toffee
Left to right: Pistachio and coffee toffee

The day ended with all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for dinner. If you were wondering, yes, we did eat dessert before we ate dinner or should I say a late midnight snack.

It took longer than expected to eat dinner since most restaurants were closing up. We ended up at Road to Seoul which closes at midnight. I believe the buffet styled selection was around $20 a person. The items that you want to have are selected from their menu. The waiter was attentive and helped cook our meat while we munch on.

Korean BBQ
Brisket and pork belly
Korean BBQ
Our veggies
Next stop at the bright lights of LACMA. While we were busy taking some pictures, an engaged couple was taking their wedding shots. I was quite surprise at how small the area was but it was beautiful when photographed.

LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA area
Me and the lights!

Check out:
Foodie Day 1
Foodie Day 2
Foodie Day 4

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sephora Birthday Gift 2015: NARS

This year Sephora is offering two NARS lip pencils for free on your birthday. You just have to be a Beauty Insider, which you can sign up for free on their website.

The NARS lip pencil includes a bold velvet matte lip pencil in cruella and a satin lip pencil in Rikugien, rose pink color.

Check it out!

Sephora NARS lip pencil birthday gift
NARS lip pencil from Sephora
Inside: Two Lip pencil one in rose pink and another in velvet matte
Inside: Two Lip pencil
one in rose pink and another in velvet matte
Enjoy! Happy Birthday
Enjoy! Happy Birthday

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Last minute planning. What to do on Valentine's Day?

The city of Davis, also known for the campus of UC Davis. There is an Arboretum that runs along the side of Putah Creek. It's a 3-mile distance walk.

It was interesting to see that the students here in Davis started a trend of love locks on the small fence of the overpass bridge. This would be a great place to take your significant other here to place a love lock on the fence. It may be silly but this is a great valentine day spot if you still have not decided what to do yet.

Love Locks

Love locks

Davis Arboretum

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Orleans Style Coffee

With the ever-growing growing love of coffee, many variations have emerged. There's the pumpkin spice latte, caramel macchiato, and flat white to name a few. But Blue Bottle company opened up their shop to recreate the love of pure roasted coffee. They focus on taste and aroma of high quality coffee beans. 

If you have not tried Blue Bottle Coffee, you will definitely need to take a visit. Blue Bottle emerged from the Bay Area in Oakland and is now seen in parts of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and even one cafe in Tokyo, Japan.

Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Logo
Blue Bottle Coffee
Take it home with you
A first-timers must try is the New Orleans iced coffee. You will thank me for recommending this to you.You may ask for soy milk as alternative if you choose.

They also have their brew coffees and lattes if you want a hot drink instead. If you're a busy person and need one on the go, they also sell coffee in a carton.

New Orleans Iced Coffee
New Orleans Iced Coffee

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