Archive for October 2009

Justin Timberlake, concert and Sonic Drive-In

October 20, 2009

I went to Las Vegas last weekend for this concert!! 

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Justin Timberlake hosted the Shriners Open Golf Tournament all of last week and ended it with this concert with featured artists Jay Sean, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Ciara, TLC, Snoop, Timbaland and himself.

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Then I went to the after party at the Mandalay Bay Beach where Justin Timberlake and Timbaland showed up!

The concert was ah-ma-zing!  The after party was am-ma-zing-er!   Listen for “Carry Out” which is an awesome song.  It will be on Shock Value 2 coming out next month!

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This is so unlike me but we didn’t really have time to plan any meals on this trip because we were so busy at the golf tournament, concert and after party.  Right after we dropped Julie, Justin and Kelly off at the airport and right before we returned the rental car, we saw a Sonic.

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I have seen commercials for Sonic for many years now but never even knew of any remotely close to where I live.   When I saw the sign, I just knew we had to stop and try it!

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It was so weird ordering from your car in the stall and having the waitress bring your food out to you. 

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We tried a Mocha Chip Java Chiller and a strawberry cream slush.  The mocha shake got a little too sweet for me towards the end but it was delicious and hit the spot!  The strawberry cream slush tasted like a sweeter, slushier version of Guri Guri!!

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If I weren’t full from our late lunch that day, I would’ve wanted to get the chicken fingers meal.  Instead, we tried the jalepeno poppers with ranch dressing.  I had one and that was enough for me.  Next time, I’ll probably try the chicken fingers or tots… or just stick to the drinks!  All drinks and regular slushes are half off during their daily happy hour between 2 and 4 PM. : )

various locations Las Vegas, NV

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Noodles on a cold day

October 16, 2009

A lot of people really love Ramen-Ya.  It’s convenient, fast (when it’s not packed – it’s a tiny place) and reasonably priced but I don’t think it’s all that.  In fact, I usually end up ordering fried rice at Ramen-Ya when I go.  I’ve been here with lots of different friends and if anything, I go for nostalgic purposes and not the food.  Maybe I’m a ramen snob because I lived in Fukuoka for two years but this place doesn’t really compare to any place in Japan or even Hakata Ramen in Gardena.

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On this particular day, I was craving noodles because it was cold outside and decided to go with the tan-tan men.  It wasn’t as spicy as promised but the soup with the egg dropped in was oh-so-warming.

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Boyfriend went with the mabo ramen which, as you can see, has tofu in it.  It’s kind of strange to have tofu floating in your ramen but Boyfriend seemed to enjoy it. 

Stacy and Kevin were with us and both ordered regular ramen.  Chashu and something else.  I didn’t even get pictures of their food because we started eating so fast!

11555 W. Olympic Blvd.  Los Angeles CA

Domo-kun at 7-Eleven!

October 14, 2009

Jill and Faye are the biggest Slurpee lovers I know.  They get Slurpees almost whenever they pass a 7-Eleven!  For a limited time only, Domo-kun is at 7-Eleven stores.  He’s on the cups, straws, food containers and even plush dolls are being sold.  (He is the mascot of Japan’s NHK television station.)

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Fanta Fuji green apple Slurpees are supposed to be sold but they didn’t have any when we went.  We ended up getting our usual Coke Slurpees instead.  I hope I can find the green apple Slurpee somewhere soon!  Domo-kun hates apples because of something in his DNA and therefore, won’t be stealing any of our Slurpees.  : )  Jill kept all the cups as a souvenir.

This particular 7-Eleven sells flowers outside the store.  We didn’t buy any but that was the first time I had seen flowers at a 7-Eleven before!

630 Wilshire Blvd.  Santa Monica, CA

Crumbs Bake Shop

October 13, 2009

You’d think we would have had enough to eat after lunch at Cafe Vida but we just HAD to leave room for dessert!  (Not to mention the fact that we had stopped at 7-11 before heading to Pacific Palisades and all got slurpees and Boyfriend and I got corn dogs as a snack.)

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We went to Crumbs Bake Shop in Malibu for cupcakes.  It was cupcake and frosting galore in there!  So many choices!

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(From top L going clockwise.)  Boyfriend got a peanut butter chocolate cupcake.  He kept raving about how much he liked it.  I went with an Oreo cupcake.  It was quite boring and the half Oreo on top was soggy.  Next time I’ll be more exciting and not get something so predictable.  Faye got a Snickers cupcake with pieces of Snickers candy bar on top which she said was very good.  Jill got her usual, Red Velvet.  Jill once got a Red Velvet cupcake from Crumbs and said they put buttercream frosting on it instead of cream cheese, the nerve!  She gave them another chance though and this time she approved. : )

3939 Cross Creek Road   Malibu, CA

Living La Cafe Vida!

October 12, 2009

Jill and Faye have raved about Cafe Vida for as long as I can remember.  I went in without knowing what kind of food they served or anything.  Everything there is organic, even the Heinz ketchup they serve!

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Boyfriend went with the Breakfast Sandwich Meltwhich was 2 organic eggs over medium, cheddar, bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, lite basil mayo on grilled multigrain or sourdough bread. Boyfriend went with the sourdough.  He could choose between  fresh fruit or organic green salad on the side.  I tried a bite and it was messy goodness!

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Since Day 1, Jill has always ordered the Tex Mex Grilled Chicken Salad.  It has organic greens, shredded carrots, avocado, fresh pico de gallo salsa, fresh corn, tortilla strips, lite balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with ranchero cheese.  It must’ve been amazing because she cleaned off her plate!

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Faye often goes with the Huevos Rancheros Vida Style: 2 organic over medium eggs on top of 2 low fat corn tortilla, quesadillas, topped with homemade red and green salsas, organic black beans, organic spanish brown rice and guacamole. 

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I loved what I got and would definitely get it again!  I got a Grilled Chicken Chipotle Quesadilla.  It is on a whole – wheat tortilla with low fat mozzarella, spinach, salsa, guacamole and chipotle sauce.   It was the perfect blend of chicken with spiciness.  Jill and Faye said the sweet potato fries are great so I got that as my side.

I can’t wait to go back and try other stuff on their menu!  And possibly have a celebrity sighting next time too. ; )

15317 Antioch St.   Pacific Palisades, CA

Croissants, anyone?

October 9, 2009

We were in LA again (yes again) last weekend for a quick trip.  Faye recommended Anisette Brasserie so we decided to stop by for a quick breakfast since it was right down the street from where we were staying.

This place totally brought me back to Balthazar in NY for some reason.  Faye said everything on the menu is good and it’s an oyster bar at night.  Their pastries are baked fresh daily.

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She highly recommended the croissants.  I couldn’t decide between a chocolate or almond one when the lady suggested I go with the “double whammy” – a chocolate almond croissant!  We also got a plain croissant with jam.

Since it was nice out, we got them to go and sat on a bench on 3rd St. while we ate.  I was quite disturbed that I forgot to grab napkins because these croissants are buttery messes (as they should be!) and got all over my fingers.  The plain croissant dipped in jam was perfect and I’m not sure there are words for the chocolate almond one.  It had chocolate, almonds, powdered sugar and cocoa powder in every bite.  It was another kind of perfection!

225 Santa Monica Blvd.  Santa Monica, CA


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