Category: California

Yelp Event: Lunch at DönerG

My first Elite Lunch event!! I’ve always wanted to check out a Yelp Elite Lunch event but they were too far or my schedule never allowed it.  I’ve been to the other Doner G location in Anaheim (off Ball and State College), and love the food and the […]

Orange: Pepito’s  Taco Tuesday

I was craving gringos style tacos for Taco Tuesday. Pepito’s, located down the street from the Outlets of Orange, where the City Drive meets Memory Lane, fits the bill. They have street tacos with meats from Carne Asada, Carnitas, shredded beef and shredded or grilled chicken, and they […]

4th Street Market, revisited

The 4th Street Market is located a few blocks from downtown Santa Ana.  For the government employees like me, we get only an hour lunch break.  This location is perfect if you need to meet up with other government employees, who don’t necessarily work at the same agency […]

Tour the Sriracha Factory

If you’ve ever eaten at an Asian restaurant, whether it’s Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese or maybe even Japanese or Thai, you’ve come across this familiar red bottle: the Sriracha Chili Sauce, the one with the rooster and the green cap. The factory is located in Irwindale, California, and they […]

Westwood: Saffron and Rose Ice Cream

After a garlicky seafood dinner at the Boiling Crab at the Westwood Village, we stopped here to cleanse our palate with some Persian ice cream. This place is minutes from the Village off Westwood Boulevard, and parking can be tough. After circling the area to find parking, we […]

UCLA: The Boiling Crab

These so called “Crab” places have been popping up everywhere, but the Boiling Crab is one of the originals, and sort of like the Starbucks of the “seafood in the bag” restaurants. The original Boiling Crab is in Orange County near Little Saigon off Euclid, where the wait […]

Lawry’s, Beverly Hills revisited

I love Lawry’s. Their food is excellent, and its a place to celebrate a special occasion or a a fancy night out. Having said that, the Beverly Hills location is probably my least favorite of the Lawry’s locations. The last time I was at Lawry’s Beverly Hills was […]

Fathers Day at Naples Rib Co.

Naples Rib Co is probably my favorite barbecue joint in Southern California. Aside from the hit and miss service, there’s very little I can find fault with.  To start off, check in on yelp and get a free 1/4 onion brick with barbecue sauce.  They don’t offer 1/4 […]

Cheap eats at IKEA  

Who goes to IKEA just for their food (besides me)? Enter through the glass doors, go up the stairs (or take the elevator) and use the shortcut to the left to get to the Restaurant. For the price of what you pay at a fast food joint, you […]

#RIP Clyde.

Being a pet owner has its rewards.  If you are lucky, your pet will give you years of unconditional love.  Many pet owners call their pets their Fur-Kids, their Fur Babies, or simply their “babies”.  My cat, Clyde was no different. He was born in my Anaheim house. […]

Garden Grove, CA: KoKo Chicken & BBQ

I’ve been on the hunt for fried chicken across SoCal. In the past few months, I’ve gone to places like Pann’s and Honey’s Kettle in LA, to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffle to SoCal Wings in Westminster and today it’s Korean fried chicken at KoKo Chicken and BBQ in […]

Walnut, CA: Chop Chop Grill

Chop Chop is a hidden cafe located in Walnut, California. It is tucked away in the corner of a strip mall, across the street from Mt San Antonio college. Find “Vapor Monkeez” and the place is next door. This family run restaurant restaurant serves up Singaporean and Japanese […]

Long beach: Pizzanista!

Pizzanista has 2 locations.  This one is a remodeled house located on the corner of Gardenia and 7th Street (a block from Cherry) that was converted into a restaurant/ cafe.  To say parking is difficult is an understatement.  My friends and I rendezvous here to celebrate a belated […]

Westminster: The Fire Crab 

My girlfriends and I came here on a Monday for their happy hour: Buy 2 pounds of seafood and get the 3rd pound free. I was really looking forward to this place based on the Yelp reviews, but left a bit underwhelmed. The restaurant is located off Garden […]

Downtown LA: Brunch at Kendall’s Brasserie

We had tickets for the Walt Disney Concert Hall to see The LA Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel perform the world premier of a piece by composer Arvo Pärt. The performance wasn’t until 2:00, so we made reservations for brunch at Kendall’s Brasserie, which is located 2 minutes […]

Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall

I’ve been living in Southern California all my life, and am a frequent patron of live performances.  I used to have season tickets to the Ahmanson, Pantages, and even the old Shubert… yet never set foot at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, until this Memorial Weekend. Built in […]

Universal Studios, part 2

We arrived at Universal Studios around 9:30, and in the previous post, we spent our morning exploring the World of Harry Potter.  It was now 1:00 and we thought… now what?  Well, we did have the “Front of the Line” (FOL) pass.  Why not use that?  So we […]