Monday, July 28, 2014

How Could You Not Want to Come Home to This?

Sometimes, when Ron calls me to let me know that he is on his way home, I get the dog excited for his daddy. On this one specific day, I cracked the door open so Fox can take a peek.
When I heard Ron's car rev up on its way to the subterranean garage, we walked out and waited in the patio. Fox was very serious about waiting for his daddy.
Then Ron saw us from afar and started yelling out Fox's name. The dog just went crazy barking, jumping, bending down, while vigorously wagging his tail.
To reciprocate the excitement, Ron bent down so Fox can give him kisses.

PS, I am proud to say that none of these pictures were edited. Yay for learning how to shoot in manual mode! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Last Bookstore

As promised in one of my previous posts, here are pictures of the wonderful Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. It is a must-go-to place for book lovers! They have new and used books, vinyl records, little galleries, and a $1 book section!

My cousin found this letter in the $1 book section. She read it and put it back for the next person to find it to read. :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Day Out in Los Angeles: LA Gun Club + Urth Caffe + The Last Bookstore

A few weeks ago, our cousin invited us to go to a firing range and because Ron and I are up for anything new, and I am personally up for anything that would allow me to spend more time with my cousins, I was so down. So we planned to spend our Sunday at the Los Angeles Gun Club. At first I was excited but as soon as we entered the area where the shooting lanes were, I started getting nervous and I wanted to run out.  Like I said in one of my Instagram posts, I did well but I did not like it. On a more positive note, I am happy that at least I can say that I have tried it at least once in my life.

I got so stressed that I wanted to eat afterwards. Hahaha! I saw on Yelp that Urth Caffe was only a quarter mile away so we went there. I loved everything that I/we tried, including the Green Tea Boba (thanks ate!) except for the salad - it was too earthy for me, I wish I had asked for a sweeter, fruitier dressing.
Ysa's Fruit Tart to start her meal (right) ;)
The "New Yorker" Sandwich
Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pesto
Margarita Pizza
Our last stop was the Last Bookstore. This place is wonderful. It is indeed a candy store for book lovers and vinyl collectors. Also, it gave me and my cousin a hipster-y feeling. We loved this place and I plan to make a separate post because of all the amount of pictures that I took. Also, coming back is in our to-do list in the coming months. :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

626 Night Market 2014

Here we are again. My super favorite Night Market is back! This year, we promised to try new things instead of going back to the old ones, except for the stinky tofu and Ron's sugar cane juice! Please excuse the pictures if they're not up to the usual level of clarity, my iPhone's camera is slowly giving out on me. But on the plus side, they don't look too bad! :)

Popping Fishballs
This intrigued me, and I am so happy that Ron ordered food from this place. This place had 4 kinds of popping fishballs; crab eggs, shrimp roe, meat and caviar. I loved everything and this was my favorite out of everything we tried that night.

Squid Roe
Here's the deal, they put a cleaned and cut open squid in a batter and deep-fry it. One order is $5 and Ron and I needed the help of my family, my cousin and our friend to finish it. Haha! It was delicious, and for $5 it was worth a try. The fried batter was perfectly crispy that I would honestly eat it even without the squid...if only it were not made mostly of empty calories.

Green Cube's Stinky Tofu
Unlike last year, this year's deep fried stinky tofu had a more fermented taste to it.The after-taste is much stronger this year. I still enjoyed it though, and their huge serving is such a great value especially when you have friends who are interested in trying that stinky food that you like so much.

Mango Smoothie
I cannot remember what the name of the business is but their smoothie is unique to me because dude, it has beans and mangoes on top. The smoothie under the beans and magoes is made of ice, water, milk and sugar. It tasted like Filipino Halo-Halo but not exactly. Oh, and I also got a scrumptious little pudding for ordering a drink!

Pork Belly Nation
Ron tried this and because I saw the fatty part, I did not want to try it. He said that the meat part was very tender and you won't have to struggle cutting it with your teeth. LOL Will he recommend others to try it? Yes is his answer to that question.

The Paella Artisan
I ordered the Seafood Paella. It did not have the taste I was expecting but it was still great. It had a gumbo-ish taste to it that I thought was good. Ron was not a fan but our friend who finished it for me (because I was so full already haha) loved it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In the Still of the Night

Because when everyone's asleep, I become a creep and take pictures. This was last night, after a few drinks and lots of stories.

I hope you enjoy something equally satisfying as this. ;)