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Chicken Cheddar Fajitas & French Red Wine

Wine Insider: Les Sonnailles Rouge Sec
Smooth and inviting French red, For centuries, French winemakers have used the terroir—the way that soil, climate, and vineyard techniques combine—to produce sumptuous wines that convey a strong sense of place. Transport yourself to France with Les Sonnailles Rouge, a smooth and inviting red wine that melds classic French winemaking with exciting new grapes. Pour a glass and savor fresh notes of red fruit.

It’s dry and easy to drink.

I was so hungry so had some appetizer with a glass of wine before cooking dinner.


Recipe Card


Hello Fresh #5: Chicken Cheddar Fajitas ★★

He enjoyed it but it was a little too spicy for me.


Breakfast #1

Breakfast #2


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Popcorn & Coke with Bohemian Rhapsody

Breakfast: Nutella Stuffed French Toast + Coffee

It was so good 🙂

Ramen Kit from my home prefecture

It tastes more like udon.

Went to watch “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the afternoon

We felt like Popcorn & Coke today.

Winc Wine: 2015 L’Atelier du Sud Red Blend, Costières de Nîmes, France ★★
Tasting notes of black currant, licorice, mushroom, thyme
It’s not my type, unfortunately.

Turn to this rustic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan from the South of France when you’re looking for a textured, complex wine that’s also a crowd pleaser. Organic farming with particular attention to soil health and vineyard floor management make for a bottle that is both eco-friendly and delicious. Notes of black currant, licorice, mushroom, and thyme shine through, complemented by soft tannins on the finish.

Starting with cheese, ham, olives and wine.

Dinner: Meatball Spaghetti

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Carnitas Tostada & Chablis @ Mexican Riviera

Relaxing Friday evening with Beer/Wine & Chips/Salsa
Salsa is mildly spicy as I enjoy.

I didn’t know about Chablis (white wine) but tried it anyway. It has fruity aroma and flavor like apple. I loved it. Later I found out that Chablis is a region of France and grapes grown there is Chardonnay. No wonder I like it.

(From total Wine website)
Chablis is the “Golden Gate” of Burgundy. Just two hours from Paris, it is one of the most northern wine-producing areas in all of France. Chardonnay is the only grape allowed here, and it thrives in the limestone soil to create distinctive white wines unmatched anywhere else in the world. This is Chardonnay that speaks for itself, with little to no oak aging, displaying dry mineral, apple and pear flavors and hints of flint in the aroma.

They have so many items to choose, but Daily Specials always looks good 🙂

Mine: Carnitas Tostada $7.50
I am glad to have a lot of vegetables and carnitas is so flavorful.

His: 2 Green Chile Enchiladas with Rice and Beans $8.99


Breakfast: Apple, Cranberry Cookie + Coffee

Lunch: Leftover from yesterday

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Spending All Day Alone

Brunch @ 11:30am: Pancakes with Berries + Coffee

Wine Insider Selection: 2016 Haut Vignac Merlot $12 (Soft and fruity Merlot from southwest France)★★★

The grapes in 2016 Haut Vignac Périgord are grown near the Dordogne River in beautiful southwest France, and produce an attractive, ruby red wine. This thoughtful, Merlot engages the drinker with fruity and pleasant aromas. The first sip delights with a soft and fruity flavor, rounded out by soft tannins. Indulge in this wine whenever you want to savor something beautiful, but be sure to open a bottle the next time you’re enjoying grilled food. This wine hails from Southwest France, the Wine Enthusiast 2017 Wine Region of the Year, “…a hotbed of dynamic innovation and new wines” that “…has retained its roots and a history that stretches back into the origins of French winemaking.”

Wine & Appetizer @ 3pm
It’s easy to drink and goes well with everyday food.

Trying a new Trader Joe’s product

Baked 20-30 minutes

It’s not as good as it looks.

Later the night: “Carbonara” with asparagus
We finally settled.

Late Night
I wanted something sweet. Stress!!!

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Taco Mesa & Oki Doki

Our favorite restaurant in OC

Best of the West Taco

Mine: Shrimp $4.50, Calamari $4, His: Chicken $4 x 2
Everything tastes so delicious here.

Order & Sauce Counter inside

Taco Mesa
647 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 642-0629

2-5pm Tennis with OC friends
I was just watching :p

Dinner @ Oki Doki

This is our favorite too.

I started with a Imo Shochu on the rock.

Deep Fried White Fish & Stewed Eggplant

California Roll

Grapefruit Hai

Mushroom Salad & Fried Chicken (back)

Tororo Monja

Ankimo (Monkfish Pate)

Grilled Yellowtail Cheek

Kama-Age Mentai Udon

Shishito Peppers


Miso Cheese with Lotus Chips

I had a great time with old friends and probably had 4 glass of shochu. Woke up in middle of the night feeling sick.

Oki Doki
13681 Newport Ave Ste 9
Tustin, CA 92781
(714) 730-7051

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Haircut & Amandine Bakery

I woke up early and went to get haircut this morning.

I wanted Cheese Tea but it was too early to open.

Amandine Parisserie Cafe

Not as many pastries as Brendwood Store

Tarts and cakes look delicious. It was tempting but I am going to bake my cheesecake.

I got 4 kinds of pastries.

Breakfast Time!

Banana Chocolate Danish $3.50 + His Coffee

Cream Cheese Danish $3.50

Wine Insiders – 2016 Burke Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ★★★

Dry, fruity notes of red and black cherries, blueberry, and plum. It’s easy to drink.

Lunch: Carbonara + California Cabernet Sauvignon

Tea Time – Boston White Tea + Apricot Danish

Dinner: All leftover

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Po’ Boy @ Darrow’s New Orleans Grill

Trying a New Orleans restaurant.

Secret menu is no longer secret…

Happy Hour 4-7pm

Around 6pm, there were only 3-4 groups, but it was almost full when we left around 7pm.


They offer samples for first timers. From left, gumbo, red beans & rice, jambalaya. All good 🙂

New Orleans Theme Wall

Happy Hour Stella ($4) and Chardonnay ($4)

Glass was very dirty and I asked to change. The bartender washed it right in front of us and served wine in the wet glass. Not impressive at all, but it would be acceptable at this price. Also, this wine tastes very light and sweet, which I am not fan. Beer would be a safe choice.

His: Catfish Po’ Boy $8.99, Mine: Bayou Classic Po’ Boy (Shrimp & Oyster) $10.99

It was pretty good but difficult to eat without spilling. I will try either catfish po’ boy or gumbo.

Darrow’s New Orleans Grill
21720 Avalon Blvd Ste 102B
Carson, CA 90745
(424) 570-0531

We moved to Greendoor Coffee  in the same building.

Doughnuts look good.

Mine: Matcha Latte

His: Vanilla Ice Cream

It was very delicious and very Matcha.

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714 E Carson St
Carson, CA 90745
(424) 570-0095