Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who doesn't love a drink that just brings a smile to your face?  As many are starting to find Love To Go for 3D Latte Art, the prices and popularity have gone up! Sometimes I like to keep places a secret so I can quietly enjoy the goods myself.  O=)
I found this place a long time ago but never had the time to edit the millions of photos that I took as it was so much fun playing with your drink.
They not only offer 3D Latte Art, they have cute little Marshmallow Minions! If you check in on Facebook or on Yelp, you can get a free minion.  Even though they are only $1.50 each, free is free.  =)
I thought the first minion I had, was the best on my first visit.  The most recent visit was cute but it feels different.  
Maybe it was because you always remember your first, but I felt like the marshmallow I had back then had more substance and character.  Versus now, I feel like it is just a simple marshmallow with chocolate syrup drawn on.
On my first visit, I decided to try the chocolate covered waffles.  They have a variety to choose from and they all looked very delectable.
The waffle was crisp and had a nice bite.  They have just the right amount of chocolate coating.  The taste was light and could be dangerous as you may not realize how much you have eaten until it is too late. lol
For my first 3D Latte Art, I chose a bear and a kitty.  For the drink, we chose the Matcha Latte and Espresso Latte.
The matcha was definitely more flavorful.  I thought the espresso was a little lacking and definitely needed more sugar for me.  
As for the matcha, it was a little bit sweeter.  You can taste the sweetness more as the drink cools down, which should not be a problem because we took our sweet time taking thousands of photos!
Many people have no discovered this place and I feel like they have had more practice with the 3D artwork and it is getting cuter and cuter.
When I first went, they did a good job too but I feel like the animals are shaped more precisely and have a cuter expression.  It could also be who was making it of course.  On my most recent trip we got a bear, dog, and pig.  They were all super cute! Even though my dog was deflating, they were all very adorable.  =)
If you look at my photos of the interior, you will see that no one was there and we had the whole place to ourselves.  This really worked in our favor so that we can freely look like dorks and take our photos with our super cute drinks and snacks.
Besides the lattes, we decided to try their Signature Italian Soda with Yogurt and Fruit.  They recommended the pineapple flavor.
To be honest, I didn't like the taste of this drink.  It sounded like an interesting combination but it didn't come together for me.  Maybe it is the tangy flavor of the pineapple that didn't go well with the yogurt.
It could just be me, but I wouldn't be inclined to get the Italian soda again.  I'd definitely stick to the 3D art for fun.  The staff here are very sweet.  It is a very small and cozy place.  They have a section for live music but I have not seen anyone play there just yet.  I would say that people can come here and have the place all to themselves, but as I have seen recently the secret is out and the whole place was packed when we went.  Due to its rising popularity, the prices have gone up a lot too.  When I went in September last year, the 3D Latte Art was only $4 but now it is around $6 plus tax.  The drinks are just so-so but the drinks are undeniably cute =).
Love To Go
307 S Mission Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776  
(626) 264-8195

Monday, April 21, 2014

After a wonderful meal at Totoraku with great friends, we decided to continue our journey for 2nd and 3rd dinner, snacks! lol Yes, we are that hard core about food.  First Totoraku then Apple Pan and to finish off the night we went Tatsu Ramen With A Soul.
Tucked away in the busy area on Sawtelle.  It's been quite a while since I have been up in this area and it was nice to try something new.  You have to love that places are open very late in LA and there are a lot of choices to choose from.
They have an interactive menu that you can look through and order the ramen of your choice with any customization that you would like.  We tried the Bold Ramen with tonkotsu broth infused with 11 different ingredients.
The flavor was robust and savory.  For a late night place that probably tailors to students or people who are hungry after a night of drinking, I had my expectations set very low.  Since we also just ate a feast and another meal, I didn't think that I'd really like the ramen nor really care about the taste since it was the last stop of the night.
The Red Rice was pretty tasty as well.  It was full of flavor and was a great side to complement the ramen.  I'd be inclined to try the Red Ramen next time I am up there and still hungry after my main meal.
There really isn't any seating arrangement as more of a first come first serve place.  First go place your order on the electronic menu and it should print out your receipt.  Then try to find a seat and hopefully your dish will come out shortly.  There really isn't much to the service, especially if they are very packed.
All in all it was a fun late night place to catch up with friends who just got off work to join the group for 3rd meal.  It's a different day and age, we no longer have to just rely on Denny's or Taco Bell any more.
Tatsu Ramen With A Soul
2123 Sawtelle Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 684-2889
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Friday, April 18, 2014

For those in the know, many people come to Brodard for the nem nướng.  It's a very popular Vietnamese restaurant with two locations in Garden Grove.  I have only been to the restaurant that is tucked away in the same plaza behind the 99 cent store.  If you have never been here, go behind the shopping center and you will see a small sign that will lead you the right place.
I have been to Brodard quite a few times and I have to honestly say that I have never really liked their Vietnamese dishes.  There is a plethora of Vietnamese restaurants in this area and I can easily find better places to eat.  The only things that I love at Brodard are the nem nướng, durian macaron, and durian smoothie! Oh man! I cannot get enough of the stinky goodness that is durian.  Yes, I went there.
The durian macarons definitely have the distinct smell and taste of durians.  I don't honestly like the smell of durian but the taste is exotic and flavorful, albeit an acquired taste.  Their macarons are light and chewy.  If you love durian and macarons, it is definitely worth it to come here for a quick grab to satisfy your craving.
Don't forget the full flavored fresh durian smoothie they have.  Be sure that you are with people who love durians when you eat all this because if they don't.... they just might turn around and run away lol.
Brodard does have one of the best nem nướng in town.  I love the crispy bits inside the Vietnamese spring roll.  You can choose to have the grilled pork patty or shrimp paste patty.  I never remember if I like both and order the combo platter.  Their nem nướng is a bit pricier than most outside but the flavor and texture is very good.  They also have a nice hot fish and egg sauce for you to dip in.
Honestly, the pork nem nướng is better but if you haven't had the seafood paste ones then you should try them both out to compare.  After you have some, you can always order more and take some home for later! Although I wouldn't recommend buying too much because you want it fresh when it is still crispy inside to give the spring roll that extra bite!

9892 Westminster Ave 
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 530-1744
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's been a while since I last went to a Cha for Tea.  They use to be located in Garden Grove.  For a while it seemed like a flourishing business but many locations shut down.  This location in Alhambra was packed for a Sunday night! They also offer free wi-fi.
What caught my eye was that they had brick toast.  I was craving for some sweet brick toast lathered with the tasty milk powder.  If they only added more of it on top, it would be good.  They only had a thin layer, which was still tasty but nothing too special.
For drinks, I made the bad choice of the honey milk green tea.  It's been one of my new favorites lately but only from one place as I have learned.  Ms. Lin Guide chose the better drink.  She got the mango green tea.  At first I was very wary because most places don't do a good job mixing the flavors and the drinks often taste like soap.  I must say the mango was very sweet and flavorful.  So here is the trick that they do not tell you, you can get refills for only $1.99.  Do you know where that information was found?  In the bathroom! Talk about keeping it secret! lol
They had a few Taiwanese snacks.  The sausage was not bad and tasted like it was from Sinbala, which could be very likely in these neck of the woods.  Their popcorn chicken was fairly priced and the portion was not bad.  Not sure why they offer a sweet and sour sauce and for a fee.  The chicken itself usually has enough flavor and nothing else is needed.
All in all it was a good place to hang out with friends.  It is quite cramped on Sunday as every table was taken inside and outside.  They made a big mistake with our bill and had to explain to them.  For four people, they brought us a bill of almost $100! DANG! What did we drink and snack on??  Be careful with their bill as the refills were entered as a full order plus the refill charge.  They had a ton of employees for a small place.  At least they were all very friendly.  I'd definitely come back for the mango green tea.

Cha for Tea
2 E Main Street Suite 2
Alhambra, CA 91801
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The How I Met Your Mother series finale was very disappointing for me.  I didn't start watching this show until later on.  What really made me like the show was the "Ten Dates" episode and what really sealed the deal for me were the "Slap Bets".  Then the show was syndicated and I could start from the beginning.
I thought the first few seasons were all great and there were so many elements that brought the show together.  For those who are fans, what are your thoughts on the finale?  I thought it was very predictable and sort of ruined the show for me.  As a series finale it was definitely not a good one.  They should have ended after he met the mother.  **SPOILER ALERT**  I would have been okay with the show ending knowing that she passed away but to basically go back and put Ted & Robin together was just lame! Personally, I feel that it is wrong on so many levels! If Robin didn't marry Barney, I'd be more okay with them ending up together but all they do is throw Robin back and forth.  Goodness gracious, have some respect woman! 
The ending stunk and almost ruined the series.  I must say that Friends was a much better series and the writers did a great job tying up everything.  There were so many better ways to end the HIMYM series.  I will take the lesson I learned from Joey in Friends.  When a book or a series starts heading toward a bad direction, just put it in the freezer to stop it.  I will pretend I didn't see the last few seasons as it has been going way downhill.  Honestly, I am glad that the HIMYM series is over.  I just wished it ended on a high note.  The last few episodes were more redeeming but overall this season has been horrendous.
PS. I still love Barney O=D 

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