A Weekend At La Chateau de Grace

I had a girls only retreat at La Chateau de Grace. I can’t seem to recall doing anything other than sleeping, playing mah jong and eating. Oh there was so much eating. And later there were dishes. Lots and lots of dishes to wash.

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We don’t skimp on dinner either. Care for a grilled prawn?

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Garden fresh tomatoes and burrata.

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Oh yes. There was lobster.

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Grilled to perfection with the essence of Dana (plus butter and cajun seasoning).

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Homemade. It took a long time.

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Pork buns??? Yes please.

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I think I’m still full from this weekend.

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The Bazaar

My only DineLA reservation this round was at The Bazaar. I’ve heard some interesting things about the food and I’m glad the DineLA menu wasn’t a disappointment, because sometimes it can be. Actually sometimes it can be a total fail.

Have you ever seen such a long list of water?

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Philly Cheesesteak. Air bread topped with wagyu beef, and filled with cheddar. Time sensitive but totally delicious.

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Dungeness Crab. Umm… perhaps a bit too salty?

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Jicama Wrapped Guacamole. Tasted like jicama and guacamole. Looks cute though.

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I’m not 100% sure that this was the wagyu beef chorizo thing that I ordered. Perhaps they messed up my order? I hope it really wasn’t sausage made of wagyu beef because that would’ve been a waste. This was just meh. The egg was perfect though.

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Wild Mushroom Rice. Tasty but I think my friend Dana’s is better.

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They did good with the scallops.

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Can’t say that I’m a fan. Sorry.

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Pon Con Chocolate. I’m not a fan of flan, but in my opinion, this was quite tasty. That’s probably because the flan wasn’t in typical flan form (you know that glob of yellow thing that reminds you of jello).

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Suenos de Chocolate. Yep that’s a chocolate martini with toasted marshmallow on top. Amazing!

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The Bazaar

At the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills 

465 South La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
310.246.5555

Emily & Cliff’s Wedding

There are no words to describe how absolutely wonderful Emily and Cliff’s wedding was. They put so much thought and hard work into every detail, and the result was amazing (like romantic comedy, fancy wedding, kind of amazing). I’m so happy to have been a part of it. Woohoo! Congratulations Emily and Cliff!

Now for some pictures…

The wedding dress needed to get a bit of fresh air. Do you see that beautiful beach in the background? Yea. That’s what we were looking at while we got our hair and make-up done. Emily does know how to spoil her bridesmaids.

1. Wedding Dress

2. Getting Ready

Yes. I think I may just sit on some hay while I wait for the ceremony to start.

3. Yes I think I might take just take a seat

Can you spot the cream soda? I had the orange. What did you have?

4. Of course I want a soda.

I really should have drank more before my speech.

5. Bar Menu

Did you find your place card? Mine was already at the feasting table. Oh…hi Kyle!

7. Name Cards

In case you were wondering, Cliff build those walls. Hmm…I wonder what Mr. Fung is thinking.

6. Entrance

So what do bridesmaid do while they wait for the ceremony to start? Take pictures of their bouquet with their phones or take  pictures of their bouquet and their phones. We did anyways.

8. Flowers and Cell Phones

The beautiful bride. Was she nervous?

9. Is she nervous

Hailin is a pro!

12. He is a pro.

Why are we missing Janet and Jennifer?

10. Marie and Emily

11.Emily and Rennie

Hi Mimi!

18. Mimi and Rennie

You have to have an invitation to get into this fabulous wedding.

13.Invitation Only

What did your centerpiece look like?

14.Flowers

The food was delicious. I was a fan of the fish.

15. Dinner

This should be Cliff’s new FB picture.

16. Cliff

Who is that photo bombing in the mirror?

17. RCE

New friends?

26. New Friends

Janet and Chase. Damn she has a good tan.

21. Janet and Chase

Mimi and Emily

22. Mimi and Emily

Aww…..so cute.

24. Daning

Their bromance was also very cute.

20. AJ Cliff

Yep. There were like six cakes, cookies, s’mores and an ice cream cart. We were all loaded on sugar.

19. Cake

27. SMORES

There were carnival games for the kids. Emily and Cliff thought of everything.

25. Games

Schurr High School Class of 2000 + one from 2001 (me).

28 SHS

Dos Pueblos Ranch

220 La Casa Grande Circle

Goleta, CA 93117

My First Trip to Seattle

A few weekends ago I visited Seattle for the first time. The weather was a little fickle, ranging from gray skies, light showers, heavy rain, hail and perfect sunshine. The sun poked its head out for a few hours during our walk through Kubota Garden in Rainier Beach and also on the day we were leaving. I think I saw a glimpse of it when we were trying to take pictures in front of Pike Place Market too.

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We rented a condo in Belltown, which turned out to be within walking distance of every restaurant that we had planned on eating at. It was only about 5-6 blocks from Pike Place too. Some of my favorite dining spots were Bedlam Coffee, Local 360, Serious Pie, Tilikum Place Cafe and The Crumpet Shop.

I wish I could have a lavender mocha from Bedlam Coffee everyday.

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 There was something about the fries at Local 360 that was extremely addictive.

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The baked egg at Tilikum Cafe was delish.

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I don’t often eat pizza, but I have to say the pizzas at Serious Pie were one of the better ones that I’ve had. Oh yea that’s an egg on top.

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My first crumpet from The Crumpet Shop was amazing. Ricotta, honey and walnuts? An excellent combo. I am going to try to make this at home.

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We also did some touristy things and two of my favorite were the Chihuly exhibit and the Underground Tour.

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There may not have been any strip clubs or drunk bar hopping activities, but we still had a great time. For anyone who is planning on visiting Seattle, I highly recommend booking a condo with Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Our condo was pretty,clean, well stocked and included parking.

On Dublin Street

I’m not quite sure what prompted me to finally buy On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. I had read a few of her of other books such as the Warriors of Anhk and The Tale of Lunamorte series, and enjoyed both. On Dublin Street had been popping up on my recommended reading list on both Amazon and Goodreads, and I had ignored it for months. A few days ago while I was stocking up on cold remedies at Target, I came across the book and decided to read the synopsis in the back. I don’t remember being particularly interested in the synopsis but for god knows why, I decided to buy it on my Kindle when I got home. I think it was my subconscious’ attempt to avoid having to read the rest of Norwegian Wood. Because the previous works that I’ve read from Young was in the supernatural genre, I had expected the same from this book. Now anybody that read the synopsis on this book would probably be like…you must have been smoking something. In my defense, I was groggy from the DayQuil. I had expected the main characters to possess some type of supernatural abilities, but they only had money. It was a very contemporary romance set in a very contemporary Edinburgh. I was so sure Braden was going to be a werewolf or something, especially with his “caveman” attitude toward Joss and him being Scottish and all.  Although the fey were not present, and there were no shapeshifters in sight, I still thought the book was quite enjoyable. I would recommend it to my girlfriends.

On Dublin Street

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies

After a failed attempt at baking a flourless Nutella cake, I decided to focus my mind on flour based goods instead. I was craving peanut butter and Nutella so I found a recipe online at Erica’s Sweet Tooth that utilized both ingredients. I didn’t have regular pb at home, so I used my fancy white chocolate pb instead. I think I could have used a little more Nutella, but the cookies turned out pretty good anyways.

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Tasty Dining

I tried the dry hot pot at Tasty Dining in San Gabriel last night with Louise and Will. I think I like how the Wuhan people do their dry hot pot. The food was good and I didn’t smell like my dinner afterwards, but that might be because we had dinner early and there weren’t that many customers yet. Louise and I shared the lamb pot and Will ordered the vegetarian. I know the lamb was supposed to be the main focus in our pot, but I didn’t much care for it. MY MAIN FOCUS was the non-expensive stuff, the potatoes, celery, cauliflower, tofu and wide vermicelli. They soaked up the flavors well and were delicious. I’ll never look at potatoes and celery the same way ever again. Ok maybe that was a little exaggerated.

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Tasty Dining (where that one Lollicup used to be).

301 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 101

San Gabriel, CA 91776