回頭香麵館 – Hui Tou Xiang Noodle House

Thank you Louise for writing about your dining experience at Hui Tou Xiang and then accompanying me for my first meal there. We ordered a cold dish of marinated squid (小魷魚), pork soup dumplings (小籠包), the Hui Tou pork (回頭豬肉), and a pork and leek pancake (豬肉韭菜盒子). On top of serving good food, the restaurant staff were also very friendly, which is rare in a Chinese restaurant located in the San Gabriel Valley. Is it weird that I didn’t order any noodles? I think so. I’m going to have to go back very soon to try the noodles.

Hui Tou Xiang Noodle House

704 W. Las Tunas Dr. Ste 5

San Gabriel, CA 91776

(626) 281 – 91776

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Judy & Hubert

When I had mapped the time & distance from Millbrae to Paradise Ridge Winery, it was 68 miles and was only supposed to take an 1 hr & 10 mins to get there. That was so…not the case on a Friday afternoon. It took 3 very stressful hours. Luckily, we made it in time for Judy and Hubert’s wedding.

J & H drink a lot of wine.

Newlyweds – Mr. & Mrs. Lin!

The Wedding Party

I stole this picture from Jennifer’s FB :)

Peianden

Cocktail hour + Margie photo bombing

Table 10 – We’re so cool!

Delicious!

I snapped a pic of my neighbor’s dish while he was away. Heehee.

Pasta!!!

The view from the winery was gorgeous. I love the lanterns.

3/5th of the Sisterhood

Photobooths are great.

Bizarra Capital

A few weeks ago, I had dinner at Bizarra Capital with a couple of close friends. According to Jonathan Gold, they have fried huazontle here. We didn’t order it and I don’t remember seeing it on the menu either. I guess I should have read his article in the LA Times before my visit. Oh well, maybe next time. We did have mole fries though. Don’t judge me, but I don’t think I’m much of a mole fries type of girl. It looked and smelled delicious and my friends seem to really like it though. I hope to make it back to Bizarra again soon. There is so much on the menu that I still need to try.

Grace had two glasses. So I’m assuming this drink was good, whatever it was.

If you can’t take spicy food, don’t order this dish. All peppers and nothing else.

The fish tacos were delicious. I’m craving one right now.

2012 Vacation Part 2 – Paris

My first trip to Paris was interesting. I had some delicious food, bought an expensive purse and went to a Chinese wedding. Every day that I was there, I felt like I was in a movie. I couldn’t believe how beautiful some of the buildings were. Now if the subways and stores had just crank up the air conditioning a bit, I can truly say that my first trip was perfect.

Did you know that the pho in Paris is better than LA? Sad, but true.

My idea of a perfect breakfast is the Croque Madame. Oh…I only had it everyday.

Of course I visited the Louvre. I’m sad I missed some parts of it because *coughs* the ventilation was *coughs* so bad. It was so warm inside I’m surprised the paint didn’t start to melt off some of the paintings.

I swear all the signs point toward the Mona Lisa. I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. The painting was tiny.

I went to a Chinese wedding in Paris and there were a lot of food. Congratulations Lina and Alex.

There were a lot of little alleys with cute cafes. The Parisians does their coffee right.

Crepe. I like it. I really really like it. I should have ate more of it.

 I didn’t go inside, but I did snap a few pics in front of Notre Dame. I was not about to get in line with all the tourists and I doubt the place has air conditioning.

The Eiffel Tower looks better from far away, far far away. It doesn’t look so romantic up close, but that didn’t stop Pearl and Lina from taking pics with their cute glasses.

Guess what this group of people are waiting for…

They were in line to get into A & F. Yes…there were two models guarding that grand entry gate.

 One of the last places that I visited in Paris was the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmarte. It was a long trek up many many stairs to get out of the subway and then there were more stairs to actually get to the Sacred Heart. The view from the top was pretty amazing though.

According to Lina, the cheapest place to buy souvenirs in Paris is at Montmarte. I picked up a few magnets for my fridge.

 There were so much that I didn’t get a chance to see, I must visit Paris again very soon.

2012 Vacation Part 1 – London

Today was the first time in over two weeks that I had to sit in traffic on my way home. Oh how I miss the Tube in London. It may have been a little warm in there, but at least it moved and I could distract myself with a book while waiting to get to my next destination.

My trip to London was interesting. It was the first time that I had to explore a new city on my own and I loved how London made that so easy. Figuring out the Tube was brain dead, there were maps at nearly every bus station and people in general were friendly and helpful. I only got lost once.

While in London, I stayed with a friend who lived near King’s Cross/St. Pancras station. I developed a morning habit of eating breakfast at the Benugo inside the station.

This was one of the few times that I actually wished I knew how to ride a bike.  They all look so shiny and new.

I didn’t take any taxis in London, but I wouldn’t mind getting into this one. COACH! I think we should probably paint the “Look Right” and “Look Left” on the cross walks in LA too. The hipsters in town can’t seem to follow the traffic lights, maybe they can read.

London has the cutest food trucks. These two were parked outside of the British Museum.

There was a house near Brick Lane that was named after me. I wished it was yellow.

My first taste of London was a visit to Covent Garden. I watched a football (aka soccer) at a Canadian pub. England won. I think I may be in love with Covent Garden. The food looked delicious. For all the macaron lovers out there, Laduree has a shop Covent Garden.

My first tourist attraction was Piccadilly Circus (or was this Oxford Circus?). My friend compared it to the Times Square of NY. I prefer Piccadilly. There were way less people and lot cleaner. Who loves double decker buses? I do.

The British Museum was huge and a little cluttered. There were too much to see. Admission is free.

I was only lost once when I was in London and that was in Regent’s Park after visiting Queen Mary’s Garden.

Aside from fish and chips, one must try the Indian food while in London.  It was pretty good.

Windsor Castle was probably my favorite place in London. Well…near London. I wish I could live here. Queen Mary’s Doll House was amazing. Too bad I couldn’t take any photos.

I did the most touristy thing you can possibly do in this country – I watched the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace then… I took a photo of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament at the other side of St. James Park.

My friend highly recommended visiting the Tower of London. I’m glad I listened to her. It was fascinating and a little gruesome.

On my last full day in London, I visited Kensington Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Warning – there are approximately 250 steps that you will have to climb to get up to the Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s and about another 160 to get to the Stone Gallery. I don’t believe the cathedral has air conditioning.

The best meal I had in London was at Jamie’s Italian in Covent Garden.

 The gelato in London was pretty good too. Banana Stracciatella. I want some now.