Event, Family & Friends, My Cooking, Restaurants

Happiest New Year @ Disney Resort

Our long-time family friends invited us all (my parents, my sister’s family and us) to spend new years at Disneyland. Happiest New Year with the entire family at the happiest place on the planet!

They all flied in Orange County from Oregon and we drove there from LA. Traffic was kind of bad and we arrived there around 5:30pm when my parents and sister’s already took off for the parks and friends were waiting for us in the hotel room.

They got us this wonderful 3 bedroom suite, so we all had own bedroom & bathroom. Yahoo!

It was dinner time when we all got together. There was no place that we all fit in without a reservation. Mmmm 😦

However, our friends were so considerate and generous to book the rooms with club level service, which means we had unlimited access to club lounge where wine, beer, soft drinks, snacks, sweets and fruits were served. So why not going there to fill ourselves up?

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Here is what I had. Cheese, vegetables & dips and chardonnay made me so happy. I really enjoyed relaxing time with family & friends. The lounge is so great that you would feel so special yourself in an elegant setting while so many other people were packed in other restaurants.

After snacking and catching up with everyone, we all headed to California Adventure which has the direct access from the hotel.

My nice, nephew and other adults were going to kids rides while my husband and I enjoyed my favorite ride “Soaring over California” and “World of Color.”

I wanted to ride the ferris wheel “Micky’s Fun Wheel,” but it was closed till 12:30am so we gave up.

He got hungry again and wanted to have a real meal. Since everywhere is packed, we just waited 30 minutes for a table at one of hotel restaurants.

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Sangria for me & Long Island Ice Tea for him
That was a huge mistake! He got drunk and sick from it.

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Best part of meal was the warm bread.

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Sticky Spare Ribs $11.99
It’s been a while since we had “traditional taste” of American meal like this. Thick sauce and “simply” chopped veggies…I think I could do much better than that.

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Margherita Flatbread $13.59
This is ok.

Storytellers Cafe
1600 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 635-2300
$$

He got really sick by the time we finished the meal. I held and dragged him to the room and threw him on the bed. It was around 10. I was hoping he would recover for the countdown fireworks.

After more than an hour sleep, he seemed to get better. We went to the lounge for the fireworks. People got out to patio, but we stayed inside because it was freezing outside.

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Countdown bubbles & sweets

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Fireworks starts 11:59 and “Happy New Year!!!”
Our folks were either too old or too young to stay up late, so it was only me and him there.

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Earlier the Day….

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breakfast

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This is a gift from my friend. It looks so pretty. Not food, but cheek powder.

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I made Ozouni again for new year celebration.

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Toasted mochi (rice cake) is so yummy in the broth.

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At Home, At Work, Restaurants

Holiday Lunch @ Christine

Our big boss, CEO took the whole department to a French restaurant for lunch today.

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Nice focaccia & sourdough

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Spicy Lobster Bisque $5

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Pork Tenderloin with Potato Gratin & Sauteed Spinach $19

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Crème Brûlée $7

Christine
24530 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 373-1952
www.restaurantchristine.com
$$$
★★

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Early dinner

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Ozoni, New Year Mochi Soup

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Maccha Chocolate

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breakfast: Freshly baked Trader Joe’s Almond Croissant + coffee

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Some client brought Krespy Kreme.

At Work, Restaurants

Moving Day

My office moved from 2nd floor to 1st floor today. So much physical work of packing stuff. More work and more eat!

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frozen breakfast

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It tastes ok…

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I took a break every 30 minutes.

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Need sugar to move.

Peruvian Lunch @ El Pollo Inca

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soup & bread

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Saltado Mariscos

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More sugar to finish up moving.

Restaurants

Mapo Galbi in Koreatown

Our twenty year younger friends introduced us to a new restaurant in Koreatown.

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This place has no English sign.

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Our friend calls this “sour soup,” but I think this is a kind of kimchi called water kimchi in Japanese. According to Wikipedia, it is called Dongchimi in Korean. I love it, but I was the only one who enjoys it among four people 😦

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We had 3 orders of Dak Gal Bi, which was strongly recommended by friend.

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Chicken, Tteokbokki and sweet potatoes in the huge pan.

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Cabbage and onion are added.

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banchan

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Adding more veggies & herbs.

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Ready to eat!
BTW, this is medium spicy. It is uniquely spicy and sweet at the same time.

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When 3/4 finished, they would make fried rice for you. Delicious!

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Gone!

Including a large bottle of beer, total check was around $65 for four people. It was more than satisfying for the reasonable price. I can’t wait to go back next time.

Mapo Galbi
3090 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 487-2274
$$
★★★

Event, Restaurants

Two Party & Two Noodles

A morning walk to beach in Laguna. There is something we miss in our life here.

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Early lunch before Party One.

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phở & egg roll

Thuan Kieu Noodle & Grill
3951 Irvine Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 389-4800
http://www.tknoodlegrill.com
$

Light dinner after Party Two.

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Simple Shoyu Ramen $7

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He had cold soba with tempura $13.50.

Meiji Seimen
1113 Baker St Ste E
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 545-5175
http://www.okidoki345.com/locator/meiji-seimen/
$$
★★

Event, Family & Friends

Dinner Party with OC Friends

Had a blast with good friends in OC. It was a potluck party. All our friends are great cooks. They always “wow” us.

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vegetables & salmon terrine

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brow rice salad

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roast beef

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Tiramisu & Panna Cotta
These are what I made.

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Stollen

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We had a nice dessert wine too.

Restaurants

Tasting “10” @ Mélisse

Our foodie friend from NY wanted to do a nice dinner in LA and he chose a legendary famous restaurant, Mélisse.

They offer 10 course or 4 course tasting menu. Of course, we went for 10.

Here is what we had.

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Amuse

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Oyster

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Egg Caviar

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Wild Japanese Yellowtail “Buri”

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Potato Leek Soup

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Salt Baked Kohl Rabi

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Stonington Maine Diver Scallop

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Chatham Bay Cod

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His choice: 35 Day Aged New York Steak

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My choice: Wild Scottish Pheasant

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“Crémeux des Citeaux” Rodolphe Le Meunier

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Molten Gingerbread Cake

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Rincon Del Mar Cherimoya

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Confections to go

After having a couple of courses, I whispered to my husband, “I think Providence is better” and he replied, “I know.”

Food is overall good with almost no flaws. As dinner proceeded, I noticed a huge difference between here and Providence.

It is Smile! People look more serious and no smile here.

Staff at Providence looks happier and friendlier. Maybe because the owners of Providence are Italian and Mélisse is a French restaurant?

Servers and bussers are well trained at Providence too. They are right there only when you need them, but never bother you when you are into food or conversation.

We were interrupted a few times in middle of something at Mélisse. So many servers were running around our table. That’s not elegant.

Although food is as delicious as Providence’s (He believes Providence is much better), we will definitely choose Providence for a next occasion.

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A huge bill for 6

Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
http://melisse.com
$$$$
★★★