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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

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

Cute cookie sheet used as a magnet board

PS I Love You threaded and framed

necklaces hung on shower curtain hooks
via pinterest

recycled window shutter used as picture frame
via pinterest

wine rack used as towel rack

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

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!


26 Aug

Everybody needs a little sunshine in their life

(via Pinterest)

Leopard Love

20 Aug
Leopard Love

Zara leopard print coat
$100 –

Forever21 leopard print handbag
$20 –

Yellow gold bangle
$11 –

$18 –