Artesia: Tampopo Sushi & Ramen

After shopping at Madpoppin, we spotted Tampopo Sushi and Ramen.  When we walked in, the place was actually not busy and had me worried.  Fortunately by the time we left, it got busier. Karen had the ramen, while I ordered 2 hand rolls: the spider roll and a […]

Artesia: Madpoppin 

The quest continues for the Funko Pop! toys, and this time it is in the city of Artesia at Madpoppin.  Located in the same parking lot as BCD Tofu, and on the second floor above Tea Station is this tiny collectible store. Christina is such a doll. She was […]

El Monte: Exclusive Pop!

My Funko Pop! obsession continues in El Monte. This place literally has no signage to tell you who they are. Once you find it, the store has plenty of Funko Pop! toys for you to admire, but check carefully before buying! I came across larger GoT Funko Pop […]

Irvine: BoomLoot Toys

Recently, I started watching The Game of Thrones. Yeah, I know, I’m late to GoT. I am not one to watch blood, guts and gore, but somehow this series drew me into being a fan.  I got so sucked in, I even starting collecting the Funko Pop! vinyl […]

Santa Ana: Bari’s Pasta and Pizza

I work in the courthouse in Downtown Santa Ana.  There’s plenty of places to eat lunch nearby, from the food halls off 4th street and 1st street to the mall to up and down Broadway and Main.  I can even get food at the Courthouse cafeteria (if I […]

Santa Ana: Taqueria de Anda 

My former coworkers wanted to have lunch, and thought this place would be an ideal meeting spot since I worked in downtown Santa Ana.  Located just outside the downtown area, in a hidden spot off 4th Street, is this taco joint that serves up tacos and burritos. Fortunately, […]

Orange: Patagonia Empandas

Empanadas are Argentinan “hot pockets”, flakey pastries filled with meats, vegetables and/or cheese.  Patagonia is located in the city of Orange, off Tustin Street across from the Orange Village mall.  They used to be located in the back of a liquor store, and now they have their own […]

Las Vegas: Brooklyn Bowl 

It’s been about 2 years since I was last at Brooklyn Bowl.  The last few times I tried going, they had a private party and canceled my reservations.  I had given up going here but I gave this place one more try on this visit.  Hurrah! I got […]

Las Vegas: Planet Hollywood 

Las Vegas… I’ve lost count on how many times I have been here. I usually visit every other month, and I am by no means a “high roller”.  I do use the casino’s “players card” when I do gamble and get plenty of free stuff.  For this visit, […]

Buena Park: Porto’s

Orange County, rejoice!! The newest location of this popular Cuban bakery and café is finally open in Buena Park, off the 91 freeway on Beach Blvd., next-door to medieval times. If you have ever been to any of the other locations, whether it’s Downey, Glendale, or Burbank, you […]

Santa Ana: Taqueria Los Grandes

Great little taqueria, located about 1 mile outside the downtown Santa Ana area on the corner of 5th Street and Raitt. Arrive early if you want a parking spot, or find one off the street. There’s a handful of tables in the equally small dining room. Like their […]

Orange: Anepalco for brunch 

Following the Ducks Select-a-Seat, the group of us went to Anepalco’s for brunch. They must have changed the menu because it seems more condensed, and a bit pricier. Stephen and I split the signature dish, their chilaquiles, and added carnitas to it.  Sandy had the perdidos, which is […]