Santa Ana: Cali Tacos

I’ve had Cali Tacos bookmarked for the longest time, but hesitate on going because the one on Chapman had the reputation of having poor parking and crowded.  Then, this location at 1631 17th Street opened…

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Gardena, CA: Home Kitchen

I wanted to take my friend, Roger, out for his birthday, and he wanted to come to Home Kitchen, a mom n pop, hole in the wall, tiny little restaurant in Gardena. There’s plenty of…

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Santa Ana: Mrs. Bean (@mrsbeanjianbing)

Mrs. Bean (or @mrsbeanjianbing on social media) is a Chinese noodle place, located at the Main Place mall in Santa Ana.  Karen and I was supposed to meet up at Boudins, but noticed this new…

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San Diego, CA: Menya Ultra ramen

Menya Ultra ramen is an award winning ramen place in Japan.  In February 2017, they opened up a store in the outskirts of San Diego and was an instant hit.  I have been following them…

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Costa Mesa, CA: Casa Barilla

In 2013, Barilla, the makers of the dried pasta and canned sauces opened a fast-casual restaurant in New York City, near Radio City Music Hall. In November 2017, they opened a west coast location in…

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Santa Ana: the Window Tinting

After 6 years, I said goodbye to my Jeep and hello to a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, which I was told was a mash between a Tiger and Iguana. My car needed the windows tinted, so…

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Anaheim, CA: National Chicken Day at Disneyland #FriedChickenFestival

National Fried Chicken day was Friday, July 6th but Disneyland Resort took it a step further and had the Fried Chicken Festival for the entire weekend.  There was no additional perk or discount, but if…

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Anaheim, CA: 4th of July at Disneyland Resort

Happy 4th of July! This year America’s birthday landed on a Wednesday, so unless I took the Monday and Tuesday prior, or the Thursday and Friday after, I only had one day off.  Stephen and…

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Anaheim, CA: Lamplight Lounge at DCA

In January 2018, Disney California Adventured closed the Paradise Pier section of the park to give it a rebranding called Pixar Pier, where everything is themed with characters from the Pixar movies.  Last weekend, the…

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Tustin, CA: TANAKAYA Japanese Soba Restaurant

Established in 1948 (in Japan), this tiny restaurant is tucked away next to Shout, a karaoke place, in a non descript strip mall with a huge parking lot.  I discovered this place on yelp when…

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Brea, CA: HaiDiLao Fusion Shabu (@haidilaoUS)

I was going to the Brea Mall and wasn’t really craving the food court for dinner. I went on the mall’s website, and saw that they had a Shabu restaurant.  Nestled between the Macy’s Mens and…

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Disneyland: Tiki Room 55th anniversary

Happy 55th Anniversary to the beloved attraction, The enchanted Tiki Room.  On Saturday, June 23rd, to commemorate the anniversary, Disney was selling a park exclusive Tiki Room Funko at both Disneyland and Disney World. My friend Chrissy was…

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Gardena, CA: The Crab Shack

Cajun seafood in a bag… this seems to be “the” way to eat the garlicky crawfish, shrimp and other crustaceans.  The Crab Shack is trying to make a name for itself, and they have 3 stores: 2…

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Pasadena, CA: JPL Open House 2018 #ExploreJPL

The event is free, but it’s also one of the hardest ticket in town to get.  It’s our 3rd year of attending but we were really lucky. I almost gave up on getting tickets. I forgot to log…

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Hacienda Heights, CA: Hainan Chicken Rice @Cluck2Go

Huzzah!! A Hainan Chicken place that’s not only legit, but saves me from driving to LA for my fix. This tiny restaurant is located in the Rowland Heights area, in a shopping plaza to the…

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Fullerton: the Pizza Press (@ThePizzaPress)

The Pizza Press in Fullerton is another “build your own” pizza place, but this place also serves craft beer.. the bonus in coming here versus Pieology located around the corner. It’s a little hard to…

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Tustin, CA: SICC Pops!(IG: @SICCpops)

When I have the chance, I try to support the small business.  This new Funko place is located at 14181 Newport Ave, Ste D, Tustin, CA 92780, and opened up a few months ago. It is located off…

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