Coffee and donuts

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That Vincent Van Gogh book is surprisingly a good read. His life story is both painful and hopeful.

Looking through my last four (not including today) posts on Instagram, I had either donuts, coffee or both in it. I can definitely see more donuts in near future. And I don’t think I have a problem. Not at all.

Actually, they’re nothing compared to my pumpkin obsession. Yes, I made a Trader Joe’s run for some pumpkin goodies. Then a certain someone introduced me the list. And I just realized I missed out few pumpkin items like pumpkin butter! It is delicious and only come once a year (I think). Then there is this pumpkin goodies from everywhere. Even Bevmo had a section dedicated to pumpkin ales. I’ve tried three or four so far. Still haven’t found the one. Same goes for pumpkin coffee. Although, Dunkin’ Donuts’ pumpkin coffee is delicious. And the scones. I have two boxes of pumpkin granola. You know, I could go on and on. I’m pretty sure I will need to stock up before the month’s over. The point is. The. Pumpkin. Season. Is. Here.

And my love for pumpkin will always be there. And probably will keep me sane through this waiting game. I’m waiting to hear back. I’m waiting to get my things for my costume. I’m waiting for my new Polaroid camera I ordered months ago. I’m waiting for the next Farmer’s Market. Even when I’m learning how to code, I’m waiting to see how the outcome will be. All the waiting is making me insane. I’m really learning the act of patience. And a toast with pumpkin butter wouldn’t hurt to have. :)

Only in Los Angeles

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Clockwise from top left: Fudgegazi, Mint Town, Bacon 182, Java Breaker, Nutella Vision and White Chocolate Stripes.

Everybody who knows me know I’m not huge fan of Los Angeles. They also know I’m in love with San Francisco. I love its culture, people and the weather. But today, I drove to downtown LA and I found myself missing Los Angeles. Despite the usual (but short!) traffic, I just had this wave of nostalgia especially when I was driving over the Los Angeles bridge. It’s strange because I’ve been living around for a while but I miss it. And many knows, it is not always pretty but it’s diverse and has its own stories out in the open. No matter how unpleasing I find LA, it will always be part of me. Because of this, I didn’t mind the extra time on the freeways or to find street parking. There’s something about the City of Angels that just warm up people’s souls.

I also stopped by Donut Friend. I tried its bacon donut at LA Street Food Fest and it was delicious! Today was one of those “stressed but had good feelings all day” days and I decided to stop by the donut shop that was kind of on the way. I tried the White Chocolate Stripes and it was delish! Sometimes, little things (treats?) are nice reminders that the world keeps spinning and life goes on. And the donuts are just yummy!

Psst, there’s a yarn-bombed tree outside of Donut Friend.

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Excuse me…

Sunny Cacti

Please excuse the long wait! I’ve been busy moving into new apartment (yay!) and finally got internet (double yay!). I’m still in unpacking mode and setting my things in my room and the bathroom. I actually got around to food shopping today and it was so nice to have a supermarket one block away so I could walk there.

While you wait for next update, please do admire the photo of lovely cacti and the gorgeous weather! After visiting this area, I thought about starting my own cacti garden. But I’ll stick to tiny succulent gardens right now. It’s pretty hot lately so please stay cool! And don’t forget about your little pups, kitties, any living things. And water your plants! :)

Cluttered

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Have you ever felt so cluttered? Your desk is a mess. Your mind wander everywhere. Your books are scattered on your bed. Pens and pencils stick out of random cups. Papers stacked in such disorderly manners. I do know I don’t always keep things clean but I do keep my messes organized.

It took me a while for me to just stop and realized I either need to clean up everything or organize my messes. With job hunting, moving and all the projects I keep coming up with. Sometimes I think too far ahead that I didn’t think about the process itself. It is not the destination but the journey itself that makes everything worth it. The journey is where people learn and grow.

After couple weeks of just wandering without direction, I finally took a break and sketch a girl that might be part of a series I’m planning. And I just fell in love with it. The difference from other sketches, I drew no eyes. I love drawing eyes but this time I didn’t. And she seem really peaceful. That’s where I would like to be. So I will be working on that, to learn to relax and enjoy.

I had few bumps recently and made quite a lot fusses about them. But each time, I’m learning to just move on. Like one, my car. I worried so much because I had to pick up my friend from airport. But I was able to focus on picking my friend up first then figuring out what went wrong with my car and the ball just kept rolling. Things became bit smoother. It also helps to breathe and I have a great support system. Everything will be fine and I still can enjoy the rest of the day. Sometimes a break in your routine can help give a fresh start.

626 Night Market

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The week were long with searches then meeting with friends before we all go separate ways. Then last night came finally! I arrived early to 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park to snap some photos and walk around to see what foods and drinks should I get before it get crowded.

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The atmosphere was nostalgic for me as I keep seeing and smelling all the foods I grew up eating. There were traditional dishes like stinky tofu, egg (or bubble) waffles and Asian desserts. There were also modern or fusion dishes such as fusion tea with popsicles (Pop’d Up!), ramen burgers and fancy musubi. After walking around (and buying couple tee shirts from The Steppie and Bad Pickle Tees) I’ve settled down for couple drinks and eats.

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I got the Boat from What Floats ur Boat, Boba Bear’s tea fusion and Potted Ice Cream. The Boat had all three types of musubi on top of Goldfish crackers in a “boat.” It came with salmon poke(with hot Cheetoes on top!), avocado and bacon and crispy KBBQ beef. I had to get the Boba Bear tea because it was hot and I wanted the mason jar. I don’t remember what it was except it had three fruits in it. Then mint chocolate chip ice cream with crushed Oreos and mint leaves on top for dessert. It looked like an actual potted plant and it was cute! What’s missing is a Pop’d Up passion fruit green tea with popsicle. It was sweet and perfect drink to end the long (and hot) day. Good friends, good foods, good vibes. That’s all we need.

For those who haven’t had the chance to go, it’s still ongoing tonight and tomorrow! And I believe next month it will be held at Orange County! :)

Cactus, Cacti and Drawings

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Aside from palm trees, California do have great conditions for cacti! My brother, his girlfriend, my dad and I went to this neighborhood where few houses have huge cactus gardens and they were beautiful! Kind of funny that they were the greenest of all the greens. My favorite was the one on the far right in both pictures. That one looked like holly leaves but bigger, spikier and in beautiful hue of green! And a beautiful day made those gardens seem fresh and full of life. Nearly made me forgot all about the heat.

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Afterward, we headed to this place, d’odici, a desserts and coffee shop. There were rows and rows of cups with paintings on them. I’m not sure if the painter actually used coffee to paint or just brown ink. But on the walls, other than a typewriter and camera, there were pencil and watercolor drawings all over, like the picture. It’s beautiful! It doesn’t seem complete, but it has that delicate vibe. That picture above is just one building out of several. And each drawing has a girl in it. It was light and cute. d’odici did have yummy coffees, fizzes and sweets. I had to have creme brulee. The hard sugar shell was perfectly thin and strawberries, blueberries and almond slices balanced out the sweetness. I would love to go back there again and try their macarons. A sweet ending to the day. Ahh…

Bacons, Crabs and Crabbie’s Ginger Beers

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Those were the main food highlights of the weekend. Saturday was Bacon Fest at Queen Mary, Long Beach. And as usual, lines were long but the beer lines weren’t as long. Somehow, it became more of a beer fest. I was able to get try bacon poptart, savory bacon filling stuffed in pastry with maple glazing on top. It was delicious. And I was lucky to get Slater’s 50/50 burger which consists of bacon burger patty topped with bacon strips, onions and eggs sandwiched between two soft buns. There were other foods I tried but these two stood out the most. As for the beer, they were yummy but oh, so strong! And each sample I tried, it got stronger and stronger. Phew. And my brother got a picture with the Piggy. It was a nice lunch.

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My brother cooked up crab dinners for dad, his girlfriend, my boyfriend and me. Delicious crab meats with lemon! And we had garlic noodles, salads and Crabbie’s Ginger beers! Those ginger beers really taste like there are ginger pieces in it. And very refreshing! I learned how to crack open the crab shells. I’ve only ate out of its legs, but never inside the shell. That was interesting. And I never realized how much meat there were inside the shell. I got bit excited and it was just as yummy! Now I know why crab meats are expensive!