Stone Brewing Co. Bistro

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Dinner at Stone Brewing Co.’s Bistro

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House made pretzels with spicy mustard and a sauce that tasted like taco seasoned cheese for dipping.

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I’m a beer drinking novice at best. When I found out we were eating at a brewery I decided I’d make the most of it. After looking at the beer menu I decided to go with a flight of their housemades. Out of the four, I enjoyed the pale ale most. Smoked porter is not my bag and the IPA and AB left me wishing to swallow syrup. The bitterness is something I haven’t learned to enjoy, but a friend suggested drinking more to associate the bitterness with the pleasure of how it’ll make me feel!

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Snappy spicy sausage! So good! Everyone else enjoyed their meals. Duck tacos. Tilapia. Jidori chicken. Ribs. Generous portions and great flavors.

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Amazing desserts. Lemon & thyme creme brûlée. Chocolate log & coconut sorbet. I can’t remember the exact name but it was decadent.

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Umami Burger – Anaheim

After a long day at Disneyland, we went to Umami Burger for dinner. Unfortunately for us, there was the Anaheim Halloween parade going on so a bunch of side streets were closed. We had to park a few blocks away from the restaurant and walk there, but it wasn’t so bad. We actually scored a table on their patio which had a good view of the – rather weak and boring – parade.

I went with the Port-Stilton burger, Kim had the house burger and Ron had something called the Welsh Rabbit – it was beef, not rabbit. Kim and I both enjoyed our burgers, but Ron said his was lacking cheese sauce. Bummer because that’s the main reason why he ordered it.

Road to Seoul

Korean BBQ at Road to Seoul.
Celebrating my best friend’s 35th birthday. Thirty five? How did we get to our thirties? This is nuts.

The restaurant was quickly packed and it was about 80 degrees inside. Grills going, meat being eaten – I was sweating, eating and cooking meat.

I do love Korean BBQ!

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A Day of Eats with LeiLei

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My friends spoil me every year for my birthday. This past Sunday, Leilei took me on an OC eat fest.

For lunch, we went to Bruxië and had waffle sandwiches. Before you get nuts, the waffles are light and airy and toasted perfectly. Or baked. Whatever it is, it is crunchtastic. We chose roasted mushroom with goat cheese. Combo of deliciousness right there!! Plus the arugula? Oh my word. That made for a quick and easy bite before we braved the many aisles of Daiso.

After hours of shopping, we ducked into Nordstrom’s Cafe Bistro for a bit of girl talk and a strawberry shortcake. Can you say fresh whipped cream kicks my ass? That thing was delectable sweet and light but buttery. What am I talking about? I have no idea. Just eat it if you have the opportunity.

Look at its beauty!

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Last but not least, we had dinner at Umami Burger. Yes I know. I have heard all of the hype and I went in with lowered expectations to avoid potential disappointment but it turns out that was unnecessary.

Umami (or ooooh mommy as my brother-in-law has nicknamed it) delivered the goods.

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I had the house burger – hello Parmesan crisp! And Leilei had the ahi burger. Both were cooked just right and paired with their sweet potato fries? We were in eaters’ bliss. The quartet of dipping sauces – yes I just said that – was also fantastic. Their house ketchup is addictive. The only one I couldn’t handle was the diablo. Fire in your face. But in the best way possible.

Thanks to Leilei for yet another gastronomical adventure day!

Happy 2nd birthday Alexander!

Taco man.
Those two words instantly add incentive to going to a kids’ party at the park on a day with upper 90’s temps. But of course, it’s ultimately about the kid right?

Right.

So, the tacos.
Al pastor, pollo and carne asada. Yeah, I’m breaking out the Español. Mildly spicy salsa, generous squeezes of lime and crunchy radishes make tacos taste even better. I tried one of the roasted chiles and realized I’m not that hardcore.

Strawberry Fanta Fanta. C’mon. You know the jingle.

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Pala Seafood Buffet

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For my birthday, mom treated us to buffet at Pala. Forget red meat. Forget all that pasta and pizza. Just gimme the seafood.

Crab legs and oysters. Thank you very much.

And dessert. Macarons and panna cotta. All you can eat is Dan-ger-ous.

I am usually wary of buffets, but in a place like this with crazy turnaround, I feel better about that quality of food.

Can’t wait to try the Wicked Spoon in Vegas.

Park’s BBQ

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Paul took Kim, Ron and me out for Korean BBQ. RJ came along too of course.

We met at Park’s BBQ in Koreatown. Paul highly recommended it and justly so. The beef we had was fresh and delicious. All the banchan made me happy. Especially the seasoned seaweed.

When we started on the skirt steak, I was pretty full, but that meat was incredible. Tender, cooked perfectly, so juicy. Getting hungry thinking about it again!

I like Korean BBQ cooking. Makes dining fun. I had to shower before bed though because the charcoal BBQ smell lingers for so long!

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