Category: Southern Cal

Anaheim, CA: Carthay Circle at DCA

Stephen’s birthday was last Wednesday, so to celebrate I took him to lunch at Carthay Circle, located inside Disney California Adventure.  We had 12:30 reservations, but arrived too early.  To kill time, we stopped for a photo with Goofy and then had drinks at the lounge. Upon checking in, […]

Montebello, CA: X-Treme Toys

A Funko Pop collector’s dream!!  Located on the 2nd floor of the mall, closest to BJ’s Pizza is this independent toy store.  I walked in about 15 minutes before closing and was amazed at the inventory they had. Behind the counter they had the higher end items, such […]

Carlsbad: Comics n Stuff

My search for Funko Pop continues south of Orange County in Carlsbad. This small business is located inside the Carlsbad mall, on the 2nd floor next to Sears. The mall is sad and going though a facelift, and there’s plenty of construction to make it difficult to gain […]

Alhambra, CA: Comic Cellar

Hidden gem!! I was leaving another Funko store and on a whim decided to stop here. I really didn’t think that this place would offer much, and I was very mistaken. The store wall is lined with Funko Pops, and even down the middle of the store are […]

Baker, CA: Los Dos Toritos

We normally get something to eat in Vegas before heading back to SoCal, but decided to grab a bite in Baker instead. We looked up places to eat, and Baker has all sorts of fast food from McD’s to KFC, and then they have the “famous” Mad Greek […]

Santa Ana: Costa Azul 2

I stopped here with coworkers for lunch. The food isn’t the best I’ve had but the price is fair and you get soup plus a drink! I had the 2 item lunch combo, and chose 2 chicken enchilada (red sauce) and it came with rice and beans. The beans […]

Irvine: California Fish Grill

WHAT? No Taco Tuesday at this location?? I wonder if this is a franchise and not owned by the corporation? Regardless, I came to the one located off Jamboree on a Tuesday evening and maybe it was good there’s no Taco Tuesday. The place was busy but not […]

DTLA: Tom’s Model (@TomsModel)

Just when I thought my quest for those Funko Pop! toys was exhausted, I came across a great hidden gem! Unfortunately it’s located a block from LA’s Skid Row. Literally on the corner of 5th and Crocker is this amazing Funko Pop! store. Streets are lined with homeless […]

Gardena: Ugly Cases

Cute little store right off the 405 freeway and Crenshaw, behind a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf store. Traffic can be bad trying to get into the drive way, and you may have to continue driving and then flip a U-turn to get back into the parking lot. […]

La Habra: Phat Collectibles

My quest to add to my growing Funko Pop! collection continues, and this stop is at Phat Collectibles in La Habra.  I knew about this place for years, when they had multiple stores. It came to my surprise that they had to close their other location, and this […]

Costa Mesa: Cal Shabu (@calshabucm)

There’s so many Shabu places in SoCal, and yet Cal Shabu survives the test of time. I discovered the original California Shabu in Fountain Valley probably 15 years ago, after the original co-owner Taka, who worked at the Shabu Shabu House in Little Tokyo in downtown LA, opened his own store in […]

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 […]

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 […]