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 […]

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 […]