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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.


Wine & Cheese Pleae

26 Jan

Lately I’ve been craving a little of this…

I love all things wine and cheese. Pour me a good glass of white wine and feed me endless amounts of cheese & salami.

Wine and Cheese Please

24 Apr

A couple of weeks ago I scored myself two tickets to the Zinfandel Grand Wine Tasting at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  I won these tickets from a little contest that Griffin Eats OC held on his blog.  This was my first wine tasting event and didn’t know how it would be set up.  I’ve only ever done wine tasting at Napa and enjoyed it so much, I thought I would like this event also.

Upon arriving at the event, we were given a wine glass to walk around for pours.  We walked into a big room and there were tons of tables set up with each winery giving out pours.  My wine of choice has always been white wines, but by looking around the room I realized it was only red Zinfandels.  Bummer. I sucked it up and tried tons of different wineries.  I knew I wouldn’t remember my favorites so I took a picture of them
Of all the wines, the Barefoot Zinfandel was my favorite.  I find this funny because that is the only wine that cost under $10. Cheap and good? I’ll take it!  
My favorite part was the cheese. I think I enjoyed the cheese a little more than the wine.  When they brought out the tower of cheese, people swarmed over as if 100 dollar bills were scattered all over the table.  It was definitely a fight just to get a couple of pieces.  
Overall, it was a good experience to go wine tasting.  I enjoyed the red wines a lot more than I thought I would.  I am always open to trying new things and who knew I would take a liking to red wines.  

Restaurant Review: CPK

22 Apr

Last week we decided to head out to Downtown Fullerton with a couple of friends.  Before heading out, we stopped for dinner at California Pizza Kitchen at Main Place.  This wasn’t our first choice, but when we saw the wait for Olive Garden we quickly turned the other direction.  I’ve never been a big fan of a sit down CPK, I prefer CPK ASAP at South Coast Plaza.

We started off with the Crispy Artichoke Hearts from their Small Cravings Menu.  It came with a remoulade sauce which was delicious. I am currently obsessed with artichokes mixed in everything. 
I had the Portobello Mushroom Ravioli with a tomato cream sauce.  You can choose either a tomato sauce or the garlic cream sauce.  I decided to have the best of both worlds. I prefer mushroom ravioli over and other type. I also loved the strands of basil in the dish, it added a nice touch. I would definitely get this again.
Boyfriend got the Garlic Cream Fettuccine. It was a bit too heavy for me, but I loved that you could actually taste the garlic in it. I am pro garlic and tons of it too 🙂

Steve got the Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  He gave me a piece and it tasted like lettuce wraps you can get anywhere, nothing too special
Hoang got the Broccoli Sun-Dried Tomato Fusilli.  I really liked this because it was light.  Sun-Dried tomatoes adds such a great flavor to pastas. 
Hoang and Daniel shared a half order of the BBQ Chicken Salad. It was your basic BBQ salad, nothing too fancy.  I like that there wasn’t too much dressing covering it.
After our dinner party, we headed over to a friends house to do some pre-partying before heading to Downtown Fullerton.  We started off at Matador Cantina where we had a couple of drinks.  Some friends tried meeting us up there, but the line was too long so we left and headed to Cherch Lounge.  The line was not moving at all so we walked on over to Heroes.  I love that bar for their laid back atmosphere and unlimited peanuts.  They have tons of beers on tap and peanut shells covering their floor.  It was definitely my kind of bar.

It’s (always) Sunny in California

15 Mar

It is official, Spring is here in OC.  The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and girls are prancing around in little girl shorts.  I can’t wait to play hooky from class, go to the beach and tan. Maybe I should take note from Jersey Shore and get my GTL on. Rewind back to the weekend:


We had free tickets to the Ducks game thanks to the BF’s dad.  Seats were 3 rows up from the glass with free VIP parking, alcohol, and food.  No fights=uneventful game. Ducks lost to Nashville 1-0. 


It was spent doing tons of shopping.  It started off at the Boutiquing sale at 10am.  Me and V were able to make it there early enough to get a swag bag full of goodies.  We had a 2 for 1 admittance coupon, but later to find out the lady never gave me my $10 change. I was way too caught up in my swag bag to even notice she hadn’t given me my change. Bummer. It’s ok because I made out with more than $30 worth of stuff from Foot Petals.  What can I say, I love free stuff and it really eased my $10 loss.

After the sale, we hit up Banzai Bowl down on 17th St in Costa Mesa.  Their acai bowls are AMAZING.  Our acai bowl was topped with blueberries, fresh strawberries, banana, coconut shreds, granola, and drizzled with honey. Don’t tell me this doesn’t sound delish!

(picture taken from Greers OC)

Shopping continued after lunch.  Off to the new Forever 21 at Cerritos Mall where I spent my life savings a little more than I could afford.  What I bought this weekend will be a separate post 🙂 After all the shopping, we took a much needed nap.  Met up with the BF and some other friends and off to dinner at Banana Bay in Rowland Heights.  Sorry, but no pictures of dinner. We were gonna attempt to bowl at Fountain bowl, but we didn’t want to pay the $22 for Cosmic Bowl.  We decided to head over to Silkys for some drinks. The night ended pretty late and with the time change, we knew we were in for a rough early morning.


I had another slumber party with V and woke up early to head out to the OC Marketplace. Walked around and dropped by Trader Joes for some week eats. Had some lunch of pita bread and a newly discovered spicy black bean hummus that I picked up at the Marketplace.  After lunch, we headed out for some more shopping at Metro Pointe.  Spent some more money that I didn’t have and snatched up two pairs of summer shoes (will show you in another blog). Dinner was Korean BBQ at Shik Do Rak in Garden Grove with the BF and some others. Exhausted after another shopping filled day and calling it an early night.

It was a wonderful and expensive weekend. I’m glad I did my shopping early and pretty sure I won’t shop again for a very long while. Now I’m in bed about to catch up on some McDreamy & McSteamy 🙂