England 2014

My trip to England was plenty awesome this year, so much  that I may take a trip there annually.  Ok, maybe just every other year? The weather (one must always talk about the weather) was in the comfortably low 70s and sunny almost everyday. Did you know that according to one of the Virgin Atlantic pilot, clear skies with scatter clouds = overcast? I didn’t either until I stepped out of the plane at Heathrow and looked out the window. Seriously, WTF? Luckily that was the only day with gloomy weather.

Prior to our fabulous extended weekend trip to Pickwell Manor, Sara and I spent a evening in London. We were taking the train from Paddington station the following morning, so we decided to stay at the Park Grand Lancaster Gate a few blocks down the street. We were greeted by…well… a lot of people. Someone was there to help with the suitcases, someone handed us warm towels, then out pops a tray with glasses of apple juice, there was the gal that checked us in and then another gal gave me a very good map of London. Now that deserved some kind of service excellence award. I have to admit I was sold when they handed me the apple juice, not cider, juice.

Look how pretty this hotel is. It’s also within walking distance to Notting Hill.

1 - Park Grand Lancaster Gate

Oh and just look at all the cute houses around the hotel. I wonder if they have elevators.

1 - Park Grand Neighborhood

Now as for the room, it was small. So very very small. It was nice and clean, but we didn’t have much room to walk around. I’ll stay here again though. I mean I really liked the apple juice.

Hotel Room

After dropping off our stuff, we ventured out toward Notting Hill. On the way, we decided to stop at The Black Lion for our first dinner of bangers and mash. There will be no photographic evidence that I ever had bangers and mash here because we sat outside, it was dark, and the picture I took is too ugly to post. The bartender messed up our order so we had to have a second dinner at Halepi on our way back to the hotel. I do have evidence of the lamb kebab I had there though. See below.

2 - Lamb

Do you know what I love about London, there seem to be flowers everywhere. We don’t have enough flowers in LA.

3 - Leinster Arms

Now let’s fast forward a few days to when I got back from Pickwell. My original plan for the rest of the week was just going to be me, myself and I exploring the wonders of England, with London as my home base. So of course I had to book myself into a nice (but still affordable) hotel in an affluent part of the city. Plus I had to make sure I was in a safe neighborhood. I had no intention of being mugged in a foreign land. Just think about how upset my parents would be. Who will troubleshoot their iPhone/iPad issues? Who will they cook for on Monday evenings? Anyhoo, after many clicks on Hotels.com and Trip Advisor, I settled on The Kensington Hotel. My room was perfect and I had space to walk around. They didn’t give me any apple juice, but they did give me chocolate truffles and a print out of the weather report every day. Oh and the mirror above the sink in the bathroom is fog resistant.

Mine. All mine.

4 - The Kensington Hotel

A friend I met at Pearl and Tom’s wedding was kind enough to accompany me to Downton Abbey aka Highclere Castle. The train ride to Newbury was only about an hour from Paddington station. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to get a ticket for the Castle (it’s actually a house) because the website said that they only have a limited amount of walk up tickets. We didn’t have any problems. If you ever decide to visit, be prepared to be move through the Castle at glacial speed. GLACIAL. The place is filled with non-English people ooh-ing and ah-ing at every room that was featured in the show. It is still pretty cool to be able to say that I went to Downton though. Ooh we were also told at the Earl and Countess actually lives on the property.

Downton Abbey aka Highclere Castle (house/manor)

5 - Downton Abbey

Somewhere under a tree outside of the house.

6 - Through the leaves

Looks like a path to a secret garden or something. Actually it was just grass at the end, lots and lots of grass. England obviously doesn’t have a drought problem.

7 - Secret Estate

Looking at the top of the house while crouch down in fields full of dried something….

8 - House from afar

It’s the end of summer. The garden was…lacking.

9 - secret garden

The following day I booked myself on a tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswold, Bath and Stonehenge. It was a long day and I picked up a lot of random trivia. Did you know that in London  you can cross the street anywhere anytime within reason? I have witnessed the driving in London and I think I’ll be ok crossing at a cross walk when the light is green. Did you know that  the best wool in Europe comes from England, and the best wool in England comes from Costwold? I care about that just a little.  There are a lot of sheep everywhere. William Shakespeare came up with the words “bloody” and “assassinate”. I haven’t researched that and probably never will.

After two hours of the driving, the bus made its first stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of William Shakespeare, where we were served scones and champagne (or orange juice). They didn’t give me a knife so that I could evenly spread the cream on top. *sigh*

10 - Scones

Shakespeare was born in this house. No comment.

11 - Shakespeare's House

My people are everywhere. Seriously, EVERYWHERE.

12 - Chinese Restaurant

Leaving Stratford-upon-Avon.

13 - Stratford

After Stratford, we spent another two hours driving through Cotswold. I love the pub names in England. The Snooty Fox.

14 - Snooty Fox

I quite like the city of Bath and wouldn’t have mind spending another few hours here, but I was on a tour, so I only got about 1 1/2 hours of sightseeing time. My first,basically only, stop was the Roman Baths.

16 - Roman Baths

They actually let you touch that water. It looks green. I think it is questionable.

17 - More Bath

18 - More Bath

19 - More Bath

After my visit to the Roman Baths, I roamed around the city square for a bit. I people watched, snapped random pictures and listened to a guy play the piano.

15 - Real People

20 - Dude on bike

Per our tour guide’s recommendation, I got ice cream at Marshfield’s. Caramel clotted cream ice cream. Can it get anymore fattening? Probably.

21 - Marshfield

Leaving Bath. 22 - Bath River

The last stop on the tour was Stonehenge. Those are some very impressive pile of rocks. At least I think they would’ve been a impressive if I could get a little closer. Look at my one selfie below. I was that far away guys. The rocks actually looks average from that distance.

22 - My one selfie

Zooming in.

23 - Stonehenge

I slept in the following day. I didn’t make it out of the hotel until a little before noon. My first stop was the Victoria & Albert Museum, which was a just a few blocks from my hotel. It was huge and there was so much to see. It’s no wonder their cafe is so well stocked. I can spend hours here roaming around, grab a bite, and roam around some more. My favorite were the Horst and Wedding Dress exhibitions.. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in the exhibits. I wished I had rebelled and snapped some pictures anyways. I did take pictures of other stuff though.

Check out that ceiling. Ooh that guy in the sweatshirt looks cute. He’s tall too.

24 - A & V


Is that a Chihuly? Looks like it.

25 - Chihuly

After the V & A, I made my way to Covent Garden to check out the London Transport Museum.

26 - London Transport Museum

27 - LTM

28 - LTM

Guess what else can be found in Covent Garden? A Shake Shack and Laduree. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to either. I did get a chance to check out the Moomin store though. So cute.

29 - Moomin

So that pretty much concludes my trip to England this year. I feel like I did so much and not enough at the same time. *sigh* Is it weird that I already missed the friends that I made there? I hope they plan their LA trips soon.

This was my last meal in England. Burger from Rhubarb in Terminal 2 at Heathrow. Terminal 2 needs an LV store.

30 - Last meal

Pearl & Tom’s Wedding

     Once in a blue moon, you get invited to a wedding at a beautiful manor house that dates back to the 10th century. Last weekend, I went to one of those at Pickwell Manor for Pearl and Tom. Although there wasn’t a blue moon, just a normal full one, I’m pretty sure this will be the one and only time I get to attend a wedding at a venue with so much history. After all, I do live in California. The oldest building in the state is probably what…300 years old?

The fun started with a 3 hour train ride from Paddington station to Barnstaple. Ok so that part wasn’t fun, but it didn’t suck either thanks to my travel buddy Sara. All train stations should look like Paddington, food everywhere!

We arrived just in time for Pearl’s bridal shower.

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A bottle that holds one of many pearls of wisdom.

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Sara and I stayed in Constance. It was bigger than my apartment and it had a patio. This is the living room.


After we settled into our apartment, we walked to The Rock for dinner. I was too hungry and forgot to take pictures of the food.

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The weather was perfect on the day of the wedding. I swear I commented on the great weather every single day while I was in England.

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The future Burberry models of England greeted everyone before the ceremony.

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Some beautiful ladies put these floral decorations together.

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Mr. Sun and Pearl. The bride designed her own dress. Our Pearl is very talented.

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We didn’t throw rice, we threw flower petals.

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Is that the standard English post wedding ceremony pose? I’m having mixed feelings about it.

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I didn’t get any pictures of the food that were served during cocktail hour either. *sigh* I did snap some photos of the bride with Sara and Sophie though.

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Ooh that bouquet was pretty. Oh and yes, lychee martinis were served.

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The reception was ten courses. TEN COURSES. Those ten didn’t even include the appetizers, and there were sliders and fries served during cocktail hour. I think I gained a very happy ten pounds that evening. I need to go to more Chinese/English weddings.

Smoked & poached salmon and chicken & avocado bruschetta.

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Brie, tomato & pepper compote and prosciutto, rocket & parmesan bruschetta.

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Langoustines with garlic butter & herbs. I think this was my first langoustine experience.

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Black bream with lemon & ginger salad.

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Duck with savoy cabbage, bacon, carrots & dauphinoise potatoes. My favorite.

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Sirloin, chips & bearnaise.


Meringue, strawberries and homemade vanilla ice cream. I went upstairs for a minute and almost missed this.

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I found the one jar of flowers that I put together. Not too shabby eh?

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Pearl and Tom’s first dance.

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Seriously? I can really cook with this? I should’ve grabbed two.

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Post wedding festivities included a day at Putsborough beach. A few of us decided it was a good idea to walk through a field full of sheep (and sheep poo) to get there. I had the proper beach footwear on for the beach, but not for dodging poo. Sorry no pictures. I was a little preoccupied.

I had my first breakfast bap at the beach. Note to self – share with a friend next time.

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It’s so much prettier than California beaches, and a lot cleaner.

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Later on in the evening, we barbecued and had a bonfire. Pearl introduced the English to the s’mores experience. Apparently there are no graham crackers in England. Sadly, their marshmallows just doesn’t roast the same way the American ones do either. No pictures.

Post wedding festivities also included some more food, crazy golf aka miniature golf and cream team. Okay seriously now…can that chunk of cheese be any bigger? How do you expect one person to eat that whole chunk of cheese?

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Thank you Pearl and Tom for introducing us to the cream tea experience. Butter + jam + clotted cream = a very happy Rennie. I should be eating this everyday.

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Finally got a good shot of the sheeps. No poo was stepped on while taking this picture.

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The gorgeous English countryside.

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It’s important to order bangers and mash everywhere you go.

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Congratulations Pearl and Tom! You two are awesome. Thank you for including me on your special day. I enjoyed my stay at Pickwell, met a lot of really great people and ate lots of delicious food.

Virginia 2014

A friend recently reminded me that I once said I was never ever going to visit Virginia again. I vaguely remember saying such a thing. Actually I’m pretty sure I did since the last time I was there it was hot and extremely humid. Gosh, even thinking about that combo agitates me. Well… I had to travel to nowheresville upstate New York for training, so I decided to take a side trip afterwards to visit one of my favorite people, Evey, in Virginia. She fed me gluten free bread, fruit smoothies, drove around all weekend and help me make some cute cards. Her craft room was amazing and she had so many tools (gadgets?). It was like a mini Michael’s, but with more natural light.

I like it when people feed me. I like it even more when I don’t have to do the dishes afterwards.


We had lunch at The Black Sheep in Richmond. I ordered the CSS Virginia, which was fried chicken liver, cabbage, granny smith apples and remoulade sauce in a French baguette. I quite enjoyed the sandwich. The water? Not so much. I would tell you why, but that would be gross.


Geese. I remember encountering them last time I was in Virginia too.


We did a tour of the Maymont Mansion. I love the pink room.


This is a swim suit. Women used to wear this at the beach. That’s a lot of fabric. No need for sunblock.


Sallie Dooley loved swans, so she put together a swan room.


That’s a Louis. A very old Louis. I like Louis too.


She is so silly sometimes.

Maymont Evey

We had dinner at Four Sisters in Merrifield and she introduced me to this dish. It was fried and had mung beans in it. I have no idea what it’s called, but I liked it.

WPFourSisters Food

I had fried oysters and Hank’s Oyster Bar in Alexandria. I like fried oysters a lot.

WPHank's Oysters

I wanted to buy a lot of sweets at Society Fair, but I didn’t. I exercised a lot of self restraint.


We enjoyed some frozen custard at the Dairy Godmother. I had the Mint Oreo.


It was a nice getaway weekend. I’m missing my Evey and this little guy too. Hi Domo!


Sushi Sasabune

My favorite meal in Oahu was dinner at Sushi Sasbune. Casual atmosphere, friendly service and some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Thank you for taking notes Betty.

Canadian albacore tuna and Japanese blue fin tuna.


California squid stuffed with Louisiana blue crab.


Fatty toro and medium toro. I prefer the fatty toro.


Japanese red snapper and North Carolina halibut.


Japanese skip jack tuna




Salmon with seaweed


Hokkaido scallop with green chili


Oysters three way



Japanese snow crab


New Zealand abalone


Finely chopped toro. Melts in your mouth.


Alaskan King crab, sashimi grade.



Uni aka sea urchin


Sushi Sasabune

1417 S. King St.

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 947 -3800

Oahu 2014

Wind + rain = no skydiving. Damn you Oahu and your crappy weather. I understand this is your Winter, but couldn’t you have given us one good morning with sunshine that wasn’t on the day we were leaving? What does a girl have to do to jump out of a plane? Geez. *sigh* I suppose this means Betty and I will  have to plan another trip to Hawaii. Bad weather aside, we still had a lot of fun exploring and eating. See pictures below.

We arrived on Sunday and checked into the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki. The hotel was beautiful, historic, almost like something out of a movie. Although it was consider low season for tourism in Oahu, the place was still bustling with people. I wish housekeeping weren’t so stingy with the hair conditioners and so overly generous with the body wash.


Our first stop after check-in was Iyasume Musubi. Ever had a spam musubi? No? Why? Because you think spam is gross. Well I think you’re pretty gross. You’re missing out. It’s delicious.


I ordered mine with egg, bacon and cheese.


After our musubi stop, we ventured over to the Ala Moana Center, explored Kalakaua Ave a bit, stopped by King’s Village and finally decided to have dinner at HI Steak. The chimichurri was great, but the steak was a bit over done for our taste.

We bumped in Doraemon at King’s Village. Insane right? I know.


Next time I want to order the chimchichurri with just a side of rice, but I don’t think that’s an option.


On our way to our first and only hike the next morning, we stopped at Diamond Head Market & Grill for some breakfast. We ordered the loco moco and the salmon and egg on fried rice. Of course we added the sriracha sauce. It’s never too early for sriracha.



The Diamond Head hike was easier than we had expected. I would’ve taken a picture from the top, but I was distracted by all the mosquitoes that were congregating up there. Oh and we climbed a lot of stairs.


Whale watching was one of the highlights on our trip. This is the view of the island from the boat. I was surprise that the whales were so close to shore.


We saw like 10 different whales on this boat trip because it was Betty’s birthday. It was confirmed in the video below even though it only features one whale that you can barely see.

We stopped by Shirokiya for a late lunch.

Squid okonomiyaki(?) and takoyaki from Takoyaki Yama-Chan. You don’t like squid? Well I don’t like you much either. I am judging you right now.



We also ordered a pork katsu from Kimukatsu. What’s so special about this particular katsu? Well the katsu is made from quality pork, sliced thin and stacked into 25 layers. At least that’s what I wrote in my Evernote. Fancy, but the pork was a bit dry. I think they might have a shop in Culver City.


We had dinner at Alan Wong’s, but I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures. Our whole entire dinner was interrupted by a pair of brand name dropping brothers/doctors from Atlanta. Oh you walked into Ralph Lauren? Big deal. I walked into Louis Vuitton and Burberry!

We had scheduled skydiving for Tuesday morning, but it was canceled due to the bad weather conditions. So we decided to visit Pearl Harbor. Neither of us wanted to take the ferry to the memorial after the short film. I was good at holding back the tears when I visited in high school, but not now. I think I would’ve freaked everyone out if I started balling uncontrollably. Betty probably would’ve smacked me. After Pearl Harbor, we spent the rest of the day walking around Kalakaua Ave. I recommend getting your caffeine boost at Gorilla In The Cafe. Just do it.

I’ve always enjoyed a nice bowl of soup noodles on a gloomy day. Marukame Udon was delicious.



After a relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing that requires any type of physical exertion, we woke up early the next day so that we can grab breakfast at Nico’s Pier 38 Fish Market, go ATV at Kualoa Ranch and then hopefully do some skydiving in the afternoon. Yea…that last part didn’t happen. The weather was not our friend. So instead we visited the Dole Plantation, had some shaved ice and checked out one of the beaches in the North Shore area.

Betty and I are probably the only two people that would eat octopus and shrimp for breakfast. I didn’t get any pictures of our breakfast. A girl can only do so much while she is eating and driving. For the safety of the citizens of Oahu, I opted not to take any pictures. Yes I know that’s quite considerate of me, but well…I also only have two hands.


The Renniemobile. I named it 2 seconds ago. She is an all terrain ATV.


We kept our helmets on the whole time.



That’s not just any puddle, it’s a footprint.


There were many deadly land mines. I didn’t step on any.


A prop left over from some movie. I wasn’t really paying attention to the guide. I was too focused on trying to avoid the deadly land mines aka cow poop.


Kualoa was beautiful. No mosquitoes either.


Woohoo for spontaneity. We spotted this truck, did a u-turn and found one of the best meals on our trip. The roasted shrimp and chicken combo from Mike’s Huli Chicken was delicious. We didn’t even Yelp it ahead of time.


Best coconut banana smoothie ever. We should’ve ordered two.



I was bug bite free until we got to the Dole plantation. My right hand still itches now.



Dole Plantation advice #1 – skip the garden tour. Dole Plantation advice #2 – cut through the trees in the maze.



Matsumoto Shave Ice


I prefer Taiwanese shaved ice.


Whoa I just noticed that I have a photo bomber in my beach picture. WTF?



The best meal we had in Hawaii was at Sushi Sasabune. It was so insanely mind blowing that it gets its own post.

The last meal worth mentioning was breakfast at Boots & Kimo’s in Kailua. The pancakes  with macadamia nut sauce was SO GOOD!


So that pretty much concludes our first vacation together since Thailand 2004. I hope we don’t have to wait another 1o years to go on another trip together.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

After Miami, Evey and I drove to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. It was a short 3 hour drive with many many tolls to pay. I think I’ve paid more tolls on this one trip than I have the entire year. I had to pay the toll twice just from our hotel to the airport.

We had decided to stay at the Hard Rock  Hotel, which was located inside Universal Studios. If you stay at one of the hotels within park, your room key will get you an express pass for some of the rides and also early entrance to the parks. FYI – The room was clean, beds were comfy, shower pressure was lacking, and the shampoo/conditioner smelled like grass. The hotel staff was excellent though. Everyone seemed happy and were really helpful.

The hotel had many guitars and stuff displayed all over the place. These belong to Elton John. I want the one on the bottom right.


Good job Universal. Good job!




Imagine yourself as that kid. How lucky would you feeling right now?


Butter beer? Yes please. I like mine frozen. Thank you much!


In case you were wondering, that’s butterscotch whipped cream on top.


You have to buy candy from Honeydukes.



Aside from Harry Potter land, we also stopped by Seuss Landing and…you know…played. Even adults need to have fun sometimes.


Oh look at all the bright colors! Which way???



Note to self: start planning 2014 Miami/Orlando trip now.

Miami 2013

Miami started out as a bust. Seriously. I took the red-eye flight from LA because I had fully expected to sleep on the plane. Why? Because I always sleep on the plane. Well…except this time. As if we (Kristen and I) weren’t tired enough, our room was not ready when we arrived at the hotel. Oh Shore Club, you really failed us on this one. Had one of your staff not informed us the day before that we would have no issues with an early check-in, we wouldn’t have been so upset that our room wasn’t available when we got there at the crack of dawn. What is even more irritating was that the front desk told us that the standard check-in time was 3pm. Guess what happened when we came back from lunch at 3:30 and tried to check in to our Oceanview room? We were told it wasn’t ready. It wasn’t ready until 5pm! *sigh* At least the room was clean and they provided their guests with Malin + Goetz products. I think I am going to stay at the SLS next time. Yes, I am quite high maintenance when it comes to hotels.

Our extremely clean room. Is the purple suppose to be art?


After napping for four hours in our temporary standard room, we ventured out to Cafe Charlotte for lunch. At least Yelp didn’t fail us, the food was great.

Our very first grilled beef empanda.


Entraña skirt steak. Not a fan of the yucca fries here though.


After lunch, we walked around a bit and found a cute tree to look at while we ate our coffee & straciatella gelato.

The cute tree.


After Evey and Joanne arrived, we dressed up a bit and went to dinner at Ola. The restaurant was on the pricier side, but the service, ambiance and food was well worth it. This may be a little silly, but I think one of my favorite dishes was their cheese bread. It was gluten-free too!

I think this was the mixto ceviche with squid ink. I could be wrong, I wasn’t really paying attention. There were way too many ceviche choices on the menu.


Mystery meatballs. I don’t really care what it was made of because it was delicious.


Raspado de pato. Duck breast served with crispy rice. I didn’t try the rice so I don’t know if it was really crispy or not. The duck was pretty amazing though.


Panela Salmon.


Puerco Asado. Braised pork.


The next day was my idea of a relaxing vacation. I spent the entire day out on the beach under a huge umbrella, listening to the sound of the ocean and reading on my Kindle. Surprisingly all the food and beverages served on the beach were also quite decent. Expensive, but decent. For dinner, we decided to have Cuban food at Puerto Sagua, which was recommended by practically everyone we talked to about Miami. After the first bite of my Ropa Vieja, I knew why this place was so popular. I think I could eat dinner here every night.

Huge potato balls. I prefer Porto’s.


Ropa Vieja. Cuban style shredded beef.


Chuletas De Cerdo Frita. Fried pork chops.


Friscase de Rabo. Oxtail stew.


Another spot that was highly recommended was Yardbird. All restaurants should do bacon the way Yardbird does bacon. Fun atmosphere, great service, and delicious food. This was probably the best brunch I had all year.

It’s beautiful, isn’t it?


Also beautiful, no? The biscuits were delicious. Oh and look at the little jars with the butter and jam. So cute.


According to Evey, their Mint Julep was awesome. Note to self, ask for Blanton’s.


I ignored the special and asked for the BLT Benedict Cast Iron Casserole. Yep. I did. It had bacon!!!


Have you ever seen grits look this gorgeous? Too bad I don’t like grits.


Mama’s Chicken Biscuits.


Cox Farm Alabama Char-Grilled Hanger Steak. So good, Kristen was speechless.


Butter lettuce and grilled mango salad.


Great company, great beaches, delicious food. I had a blast in Miami. I really hope we can make this an annual trip.

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.


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.


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


The baked egg at Tilikum Cafe was delish.


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.



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.


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



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.

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.