Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sweet Memories.


Someone told me that I should write more childhood memories because those are quite nice reads. Well this is a good one.. So I was going through some of my things and packing stuff in my room since I moved out recently (that's for another post) and I went through photos that I've taken out of my family album awhile back... my favorite ones. The photo above shares a special memory that I keep close to my heart. This is a photo of my uncle coming home from Kuwait, during the Gulf War. I believe I was either five or six years old and he was in his late 20s (?).

Here's a little background of my uncle and I. I believe that most children have that one favorite uncle or aunt that they grew up with. My uncle (seen above), was my favorite. He babysat my brother and I most weekends after spending his week at Camp Pendleton. He is the most loving and caring uncle I have ever had. When he used to be away, he would send us care packages of Charlie Brown books, comics, and toys. He was the best!

So recently, I posted this photo on his Facebook because I just wanted to share this memory and I was able to let him know what went through my mind on that exact day. And he reciprocated with his feelings that day as well. Oh man I can't even tell you how emotional I get with this memory because it is so genuine.. good times.

You can read each of our sides of the story if you click to enlarge the photo.

Cheers!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sushi Dokoro Shirahama.


Let's talk about sushi.. not just any sushi, but real deal all about the fish, let's keep it simple sushi. I've eaten my fair share of sushi throughout my young adulthood, but never have I experienced such an intimate dining experience. My amazing friend, MMacariola, told us about this place and I am very thankful that he shared one of his secret sushi spots, Sushi Dokoro Shirahama.


Shirahama is definitely a hole in the wall and it is very discrete. The establishment can probably only occupy 15 people max (?). I've read the yelp reviews before coming here and many say that it is quite intimidating and I can definitely understand why, but that won't stop me! I honestly did not know what to expect, so I let MMacariola take the lead and MVamos and I just followed lol. We ended up ordering "omakase" which means "I'll leave it up to you".. so the chef gave us whatever he wanted. Fair warning though... this can be quite expensive. Our bill for three came out to be about $250 (w/ tip).. I was a bid sticker shock, but I read the reviews and somewhat anticipated it. You don't have to order omakase, but it is an experience worth trying once.. that's if you like authentic nigiri. I had a fantastic time all thanks to MMacriola, it is always a pleasure to be around him. Alright.. enough yammering.. here are some photos!






(above to the left was probably one of my favorites! It was very tasty and just look at the marble! mmm!)

Kanpai!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Garland Madness.


So my urge to make garlands have been out of control lately. Ever since last week as I was browsing through Pintrest (the devil haha).. all I have been wanting to do is make a bunch of garlands.. all kinds! It's madness! The first garland I made was during work, during my breaks lol, just to fulfill my needs of making a damn garland.. buttttt I still felt the need to make more haha.. I know, it sounds crazy. I've explained this to a few people before.. but I'm a fairly crafty and perhaps artistic person and if I'm not doing something creative with my hands- I get anxiety. It's weird, I know. 

So over the weekend I went to Daiso in Clairemont just to see if I can find any type of yarn/string/something for garland making and luckily they had hemp rope which was perfectttttttttttttt. AND! It only cost me a buck-fiddy ($1.50) hehe. So I came home about an hour and a half ago from work and I ate an early dinner.. and shortly after I made another garland haha. Out. Of. Control. Below are the pictures of what was made not too long ago.





This furball is not a garland... but Kiddy, my kitty.. cat. She kept staring at me while I was making my garland. She probably thought I was eating something.. beggar... just waited patiently, trying to break me.. and she did.. I ended up giving her a piece of turkey lol.. she's so cute though! (> ^__^ <)

Cheers!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Gorgornio Camping Trip.


So I've been whiny over the past couple weekends and that's because I'm feeling bored out of my mind. I can't seem to find something that entertains me every weekend and I'm clearly aware that's absurd. I suppose it's because the last couple of three day weekends that I had I did nothing with it.. Anyway.. I whined and brought up the idea to do camping! MVamos planned a one night weekend camp trip to San Gorgonio and I said okay! He got me a backpacking backpack for last Christmas and it hasn't been used.. so let's put it to use!

Anyway.. we never went to the summit and we had cut the trip short. Long story short.. someone has "kings feet" (meaning fancy fragile feet) and it's not me. Kings feet.. very prone to blisters so it wasn't a good idea to continue. Also, it's been awhile since MVamos did a camping trip with a big ol' backpack. I have no idea how much it weighed, but it was probably 35-40lbs? My backpack was heavy (for me) and it was probably 15-20lbs? I have no idea.. I just know that it was killing my shoulders and now my back is sore.. there was no way in hell that I was going to carry that thing all the way to the summit. It's not that I'm not capable of hiking to the summit.. I'm pretty healthy, fit, and my stamina/cardio is great.. but when it comes to something heavy.. I'm weak as shit. It is what it is and I've accepted it. Anyway.. we came home by noon today and it was a better idea just because we would still get to enjoy our Sunday.. relaxing. Lol.. We were both very happy with our last minute decision. I definitely want to get to the summit one day, but maybe more of a day hike than a actual camping trip.. btw.. very hard to sleep via camping even with a sleep pad. Here are some photos!






Cheers!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant.


Last night was a treat form my sweets! He took me out on a spontaneous dinner date to Pomegranate Russian-Georgian Restaurant. I've been wanting to come here for quite some time and last night was a good opportunity. By the name, it's obvious that it is Russian-Georgian cuisine.. and I've never had that before. I don't even know what the basics are when it comes to Russian or Georgian food aside from Vodka (lol I kid). 

The restaurant is adorable and has a very eclectic style/decor- I loved it, it felt cozy yet romantic. You can come here with friends, family, or a cute date. It definitely does fit the romantic setting. Anywho.. the staff was great even though they did mix our orders up with another table- but all was forgiving and they did not charge us on one of the dishes that accidentally came to us. So here's what we ordered...

Khachaparui (photo above) is a traditional Georgian cheese pie- mozzarella and feta with an egg. It's one of their specialties and it was fantastic! So good! For the entree I ordered their Chakhokhbili which were large pieces of chicken simmered with onions, tomatoes, basic and the chef's secret spices. This was quite good, but we barely touched it because we were getting full. MVamos ordered the Ajap Sandali which was a traditional Georgian vegetable ragout and I must say that this was probably my favorite dish. There were plenty of veges and the seasoning was so good. I definitely like this place and will come back.

Hooray for spontaneous date night!
Cheers!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Holiday Weekend Picnic.


Hooray for three day weekends! For the fourth of July, MVamos and I kept it low key because all beaches, bays, and parks were incredibly crowded and just crazy. Plus.. we didn't have anything planned... I've been wanting to do a picnic for sometime because I bought a really adorable picnic basket from World Market. So instead of doing it on July fourth.. we did it on the sixth. It was a simple packed light brunch/lunch. We had...

Ginger beers
Salami and cheese sandwiches
Sweet cherriess
Sunflower seeds

Very simple and easy. It was a nice and relaxing picnic.. until MVamos rolled his ankle.. but he is okay and all is well.. a little rest and icing shall help the recovery time.

Tootaloo!