New Year’s Eve Block Party

26 Dec

The people that bring you the OC Fair are hosting their second annual New Year’s Eve Block Party. I went last year and had tons of fun. There is something for everybody there, regardless of age. This is a casual event that is sure to suit everyone’s taste.

Some of the entertainment will include

  • cover bands from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
  • over 20 food trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck and The Burnt Truck (two of my favorites)
  • carnival rides
  • casino lounge
  • midnight pyrotechnics
  • multiple full bars, selling beer, wine, and alcohol
  • and more!

I am giving away a pair of general admission tickets. To enter, tweet me (@cindywang10) a fact about the OC Fairgrounds. It can be anything from the year the fair started or past themes. Click over to their History page and tweet away!

ex: @cindywang10: in 1925, a rodeo and carnival were added to the @OCFair

Goodluck. Hope to see you at the OC Fair NYE Block Party this year!

 

Not Too Far

20 Nov

A couple of places I’d like to visit within the US


Love the look of a small historic town.
Charleston, South Carolina


Love the snow capped mountain view.
Denver, Colorado


Love a good ol’ waterfall
Havasu Falls, Arizona


Snow makes everything better
Historic Water Tower Park, Chicago


Can you imagine laying out by yourself at that small beach
Na’Pali Coast, Kauai


Holy yellow leaves!
Lake City, Colorado


The rolling hills of wine country
Napa, California


Going in January!
New York


I’d love to hike through these tall trees
Olympic National Park, Washington


The skies, oh my!
Rainier National Park, Washington


Camping?
Rockies, Montana


Yet another waterfall that never ceases to amaze me
Watkins Glen State Park, New York

Have you been to any of these places?

Easy DIY

17 Nov

Easy do-it-yourself projects I plan on implementing very soon

magnet strip for your bobby pins. I love mine all the time
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Cute cookie sheet used as a magnet board
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PS I Love You threaded and framed
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necklaces hung on shower curtain hooks
via pinterest

recycled window shutter used as picture frame
via pinterest

wine rack used as towel rack
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table on top of laundry machine to fold clothes straight out of dryer
(via Pinterest)

Curtain rod canopy

A yearly calendar to remind yourself what you did on that day the year before
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Din Tai Fung

1 Nov

When I was in China 2 years ago, I was on a journey to find the best juicy pork dumplings. I failed. They just weren’t that good over there. Surprised? So was I. You would think China would have the BEST juicy pork dumplings, also known as Xiao Long Bao. These dumplings aren’t just your average dumplings, they’re much better.  These dumplings have a bit of soup on the inside of the wrapper. There is also a specific way to eat them so you don’t lose all the juice.

Steps to eating a juicy dumpling…
1. put some of your soy sauce mixture into your spoon
2. place your dumpling on top of the sauce
3. bit off the tip of your dumpling wrapper
4. suck up the juice (be careful, it could be boiling hot)
5. eat the rest of the dumpling
6. success!

I scoured high and low for a dumpling restaurant in Los Angeles and came across Din Tai Fung on Yelp. With four stars and over 2,000 reviews, I was sold!

The boy and I trekked all the way out to Arcadia and waited 45 minutes before we got sat. It’s a tiny restaurant, so either be prepared to wait or get there right when it opens. Either way, it is worth the long wait.


Juicy pork dumplings


Pork and shrimp dumplings


Spicy pork wontons


Fried pork noodle soup

Din Tai Fung definitely lived up to the hype. The juicy pork dumplings had the perfect ratio of soup to wrapper to pork. Everything else we got was really good and I can’t wait to go back again.

Haven Gastropub

29 Aug

The boy and I have heard great things about Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange, so we decided to go down there for dinner one night. I love the vibe of Old Towne and think Haven fit in just perfectly.  They have a great craft beer list which draws an even bigger crowd around dinner time.

French onion soup

Haven burger

Berkshire short ribs

Brussel sprouts

The boy and I loved the French onion soup and burger, but wasn’t too fond of the other two.

Update: After the first time I had the burger, I deemed it one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. When we went back the second time, I asked what type of cheese was in it because it tasted so good. Our waitress told me it was a Point Reyes Bleu Cheese and I cringed at her. I HATE bleu cheese with a passion.  The thought of eating ‘moldy’ cheese make me gag a little. Even though I deemed this one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, I have yet to return knowing that it’s stuffed with bleu cheese. When we did go back though, we love their mac&cheese and mushroom risotto. Can’t give up on a good restaurant just because my “favorite burger” has moldy cheese in it!

Sunshine

26 Aug

Everybody needs a little sunshine in their life

(via Pinterest)

Leopard Love

20 Aug
Leopard Love

Zara leopard print coat
$100 – zara.com

Forever21 leopard print handbag
$20 – forever21.com

Yellow gold bangle
$11 – windsorstore.com

Belt
$18 – nastygal.com

The Boiler

15 Aug

I have always heard about The Boiler in Chino Hills, but thought it was too far to drive to.  While out in Palm Springs this past weekend, we came up with the idea of stopping here on the way home. Genius. We were the first ones to show up for lunch so we were able to sit wherever we wanted.  We chose to sit up at the counter which we soon came to realize was the best seats in the house. We got full attention from the chef since it is technically open kitchen.

The whole point of The Boiler is their steam cooking. There are about 12 steam pots lining the counter so the chefs can cook in front of you. I ordered the House Pan, the boy ordered the Seafood Clam Chowder and a friend ordered the Gumbo. I loved sitting up at the counter because we were able to customize our orders. We were also able to watch him cook all the fresh seafood and request he add a couple extra spoonfuls of garlic.

The House Pan tasted like a cross of a Tikka Masala sauce and tomato sauce. It was delicious and well worth the hefty price for lunch. There was tons of seafood and a nice dollop of white rice on top.

I would definitely go back if it was on the way and during a weekday lunch.  Weekend lunch prices are the same as dinner prices and around the range of $20.

Zucchini Lasagna

11 Aug

My veggie lasagna is my most requested recipe from people.  I think the one thing that scares people the most is the long ingredient list, but it really is easy to put together. Here is a simple recipe that is a bit healthier than your normal lasagna. I just emailed this recipe to someone so I thought I’d copy and pasta it as a blog post as well.

4-5 zucchini’s depending how big or small they are, sliced lengthwise
1 container of low fat ricotta cheese
16 oz shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
1 jar of pasta sauce
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
dried Italian herbs seasoning (optional)
Salt & Pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Thinly slice your zucchinis lengthwise. Make sure they are uniform slices and not too thick since they’ll need to cook evenly
3. Mix 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp Italian herbs, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and ricotta cheese
4. In a 13×9 baking dish, spray cooking oil on the bottom and sides. Pour about 1/2 cup of sauce on the bottom, enough to coat.
5. Put a layer of zucchinis, enough to cover the bottom, then sprinkle with salt and pepper
6. Spread 1/2 ricotta mixture across the zucchinis. Then sprinkle half your bag of mozzarella cheese
7. Put another layer of zucchinis, don’t forget to sprinkle the zucchinis with salt & pepper.
8. Spread the rest of the ricotta cheese, then pour all your sauce on top. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top and put a dash of the Italian herbs across the top
9. Spray aluminum foil  with cooking spray and cover the baking dish loosely.
10. Cook for 50 minutes, more or less depending how cooked you want the zucchini.
11. Remove aluminum foil and broil for 5-6 minutes on high

Enjoy!

Seattle Eats

2 Aug

I went to Seattle not too long ago as part of my “see as much of the US as I can before I find a full time job” conquest and it led me to Seattle, WA. We did the usual touristy things such as Pike Place Market, Space Needle, and Gas Works Park. There isn’t much to see or do in Seattle and I know one of the main things people do while visiting is take the ferry up to Vancouver. Unfortunately one of our friends didn’t have his passport so Vancouver was out of the question.  It was kind of a bummer since I hear it’s a gorgeous place to visit.

Here is a little recap of my favorite parts of Seattle


Pike Place Market


Gorgeous seafood everywhere at Pike Place Market


Gas Works Park


I allow myself one tacky touristy thing each vacation and chose to do the Ride the Ducks Tour. It was a great way to see a lot of the city without having to visit each place individually.

Seattle eats..


Crab roll and four different types of chowders from Pike Place Chowder


Seafood boil from Crab Pot


Cuban press and midnight cuban roll from Paseo. Best Cuban sandwiches I’ve ever had


Five different types of pizzas from Serious Pie. We made sure we went during happy hour so we were able to try multiple personal sized pies for a better deal. Normally they range from $16-$20 for each.

We were so thankful it didn’t rain that much when we were up there. Of the four days we were there, it only drizzled one of the days. The other days were pretty gloomy and overcast though.  I deemed it a city I would love to live in, but not great for traveling. There isn’t much to do and the food isn’t that great either.