Monday, May 12, 2014

OC Night Market


This year, I feel like I'm finally getting in touch with my Asian/Japanese roots. I've always been the "whitest" of my friends and, to be honest, it never bothered me. Thanks to (mostly) Annie and Wendy, I'm being reintroduced to the joys of Asian food. I had boba for the first time, have a new appreciation for ramen (beyond the instant packaged kind) and gorge myself on sushi. Annie even promised to take me to try pho sometime in the near future.

So anyway, we went to the 626 Night Market's weekend pop-up in Orange County, which is modeled on the night markets in Asia with food and entertainment. We ate a ton and even had a chance to catch the tail end of the hip hop dance performances (I wish I could dance like that!).

It was such a fun experience, and I'm hoping they come back to Orange County again so I can try some of the other vendors we were too full to go to (like the red velvet egg puffs and the glazed fruit on a stick that Annie was obsessed with finding). 

Here were some of the highlights:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's Britney, Bitch (and Why You Should Never Bus to Vegas)

Britney, Britney, Britney! Maybe if I say her name three times fast enough, she'll magically appear and be my best friend forever.

The minute I heard Britney was starting a residency in Vegas, I knew I had to go. Reality: She's tired, she's troubled and no matter how amazing I think she is, one of these days she's going to call it quits. So I had to see her residency, of course, and the first weekend in May I made the trek over to Vegas for an unforgettable show.

Here's a look at our weekend adventure:

When Besties Brunch: Saddle Ranch Chop House

<3 Reunited

Bottomless brunches are the best meal ever invented. And since it's becoming increasingly rare that my two favorite girls are in the same place at the same time, trying a new brunch place with them was twice as nice. An epic culinary adventure it was not, but brunch is just another one of those things I love, so it's going in the blog. 

Reason #897 You Need a Cat Like Mine: Mornings With Rexy

Since it's almost Mother's Day, I'm going to post a gratuitous blog entry about the brightest part of my day—my little baby, Rex, aka Tyrannosaurus Rex, Booger, Poop Face and a million other nicknames that Brian and I have collectively come up with over the last year and a half. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rough Week, Matt Bomer and my BFF

On Tuesday, I came home and downed a bottle and a half of wine. It was just that kind of day. Days like that, I'm so grateful to have friends like the awesome Annie, who listened to me drunkenly ramble for hours and hours until we were almost out of wine.
She also didn't show up empty-handed. There are few things that can cheer me up when I'm in a funk (alcohol and my cat are on the short list), but a COVER SHOT of Matt Bomer on Details magazine certainly helped this week.

"Why is my perfect man gay?" I ask Annie. "Why am I married?" **
"You're married because your perfect man is gay," she answers.
So wise.
I'm waiting till the weekend to settle down with just one glass of wine and read all about how Matt Bomer is "more than just a pretty face"—as if I didn't already know that; ha!—but that magazine and the hours of quiet companionship while I drown my sorrows in a wine bottle are why I feel lucky to be me, even on tough days/weeks/months like these. Things can always get worse or better, but as long as I have my best friends, wine, magazines featuring my gay man crush and my husband, I'll be just fine.

**P.S. Brian, I still love you more than Matt Bomer.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kauai (Two Months Later)

Kauai is surreal. It's the most beautiful place I've ever visited. I'm so amazed at how peaceful the island is—even at the shopping center on the South Shore, in the middle of the resort community, it never felt rushed or hectic.

I don't really have much to say about the trip, which we took a couple months ago at the end of February, but we had a chance to do some hiking, snorkel, ride a boat up to the Napali Coast and eat amazing food. It really was the honeymoon Brian and I never got to take.

If you feel like reading more about my trip for work, I did a little travel piece on it for my magazine: "By Air, Land and Sea."

Went on a hike!

Managed to get a few pictures of Brian

Saw dolphins!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Glitter and Gloss Nails: Blue Ombre

 Finally, a new post up on my nail blog: blue ombre nails with glitter.

Check it out!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Top Five TV Finales

In honor of the soul-crushing series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," I present to you my all-time favorite endings to television shows:

5. "Sabrina the Teenage Witch": This may be the worst show on this list, but the episode's title says everything that I love about it —"Soul Mates." What I love the most is that Harvey came back. Nothing else matters. Not the cheesy soul stones, not the ridiculous storyline that Aunt Zelda turns into a candle. The show was not afraid to give us viewers what we wanted: an epic love story and a happily ever after. Harvey digs Sabrina, 12:36. "I guess that's the something old she needed."

Image from Fan Forum

4. "Cheers": How did I grow up watching a show that's older than I am? I kid you not, this show was 5 years old when I was born, and I was not quite six when it ended its run. But because my dad believed in no TV rules for his daughter, I watched this finale at an age where I probably had no idea what was going on. There was no pomp and circumstance. Just a man and his bar.

Image from CNN

3. "Friends": Another happy ending. There's a reason series finales give us what we want—I like to think of it as a reward after years of tuning in week after week. "I got off the plane." The words still give me chills.

Image from Tres Sugar

2. "Gilmore girls": Though I secretly hoped Jess would ride back into town and sweep Rory off her feet, I was so satisfied with this ending. Rory chose her career—as we always knew she would. We did get our happy ending with Luke and Lorelai, and the last scene, framed in the window of the diner, was pure perfection.

Image from Badass Digest

1. "Boy Meets World": Sobfest, from start to finish. I cannot watch this episode without shedding a bucket full of tears. In my opinion, this is the pinnacle of TV finales that no other finale will ever match up to. I bought every season of this show on DVD so that I can make sure my kids are able to grow up with the wisdom of Mr. Feeny. "I love you all. Class dismissed"

Image from Boy Meets World Quotes

Honorable mentions: "Lost" (with each viewing, I understand it a little more); "Psych" (the final 10 minutes)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

HIMYM: My Version of the Finale, in GIFs

The way "How I Met Your Mother" should have ended, according to me:

But wait: Surprise—Tracy's not really dead

After she got her econ degree, she became a top-secret CIA analyst.

She gets called away on an indefinite assignment, one that fulfills her dream of ending world poverty ... but she can't tell anyone why or where she's going for their safety.

She fakes her death, rather than letting Ted think she's leaving him.

Years later, he falls back in love with Robin, but realizes he needs to let her go. Again.

He misses Tracy ... so he does what comes naturally and does a rain dance to bring her back to life. After all, if it worked once ...

And on the other side of the world, Tracy feels Ted calling for her—and is furious with herself for ever leaving.

It's time to go home.

Meanwhile, Ted makes his annual trip back to Farhampton for their anniversary ... 
and sees the ghost of the old woman he spoke to the day he met Tracy. It's a sign.

He looks up

And there she is.

Monday, March 31, 2014

HIMYM: The Finale

I didn't like it, but I get it (kind of).

I'm cool with Tracy dying, in a way. I loved her; she was perfect for Ted and like I said before, it was meant to be that way from the beginning.

But it was clear from the start that it was always about Robin, and the fact they filmed this finale with the kids back in season one just drives that point home (even if I don't like how they got there, and I don't particularly care for Robin—especially not in that episode). 

The whole story wasn't because Ted wanted to tell his kids about their mother. Six years after she died? No, like the kids said, he wanted to ask their permission after his roundabout way of telling them how "totally in love" with Robin he was. I actually appreciate knowing there was a reason for the story. And I'm even OK with Ted and Robin, in theory. They were endgame, even if people didn't like it.

But still, what bothers me the most is the two-plus years I spent invested in Robin and Barney's relationship. Their divorce, no matter how inevitable, left a bad taste in my mouth.  I have more of a problem with that, the way they cast Barney off to the side and had him revert back to the person he used to be, even more than the way they discarded the mother. With all of the time spent investing in their relationship, the proposal, the wedding (this entire season!), the unwinding of the relationship was just too quick, too haphazard and not well-explained. Their demise made no sense, not with the epic build-up we've had over the past couple of years. I guess the best way to describe how I'm feeling right now is unfulfilled—with the Barney and Robin relationship conclusion and that they've seemed to waste the character development of both the mother, Ted and Robin (seriously, what was the point of the letting go episode???), not to mention Barney. I read that there's going to be a mini wrap-up that Josh Radnor filmed for the DVD release—maybe that will answer some questions?

"How I Met Your Mother?" Good one, Carter Bays. I guess the joke's on us. Maybe it's not a coincidence the finale aired the day before April Fools'?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Relationship With Food

This is my life.

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Saturday Night Blogging

Macbook party!

So ... this is what my mid-20s look like. Was it really only a year or two ago I was pounding back beers at Fred's? (Oh wait, that was last weekend ...)

I'm writing this post as Annie and Wendy are launching their own blogs. Apparently, you can get a lot done at 2 a.m. when you decide to stay in.

Of course, a night with the girls wouldn't be complete without drinks. My home bar is running low on ingredients, but we pulled together enough to make three different cocktails. From left to right is the Killer Kool-Aid (vodka, melon liqueur, amaretto and cranberry juice), Bacardi cocktail (light rum, lime juice, water and grenadine, garnished with a cherry) and the Blue Lagoon (light rum, lime juice, blue curacao and pineapple juice).

But back to the blogs ... Annie is the Future and Wendrs (name pending?) are up and running now. What a crazy night. I feel like that's a phrase I used to use only when I'd end up at Ihop at 2 a.m. after last call—oh, how far I've come.

I'm very excited that the first thing we did tonight before the blogs was book our trip to Chicago in September. It's going to be amazing—we're staying at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel off Michigan Avenue, and I can't wait to show Annie and Wendy around to some of my favorite places. I should be a good tour guide by then, after heading out with Viet in August. I envision lots of pizza in my future.

In the spirit of blogging about my day in reverse chronological order, I got my hair cut this morning (at Eden Salon in HB—he only person I will let touch my hair is Lindsey, and she's seriously the best). I've been having serious hair issues lately, and really wanted to try something new. I haven't had a new style since 2008, so I'm long overdue.

Not sure if I'm loving the bangs yet, but I'm trying to tell myself that if Taylor Swift did it, then I can make it work. It's a totally different look and for better or worse, I'm stuck with it for a while.

Awkward selfie