At Work

Company Mexican Dinner


Prizes for Raffles


Spicy Carnitas on the grill


Table Setting


Horchata & Cucumber Lemonade


Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew)


Tacos de Carne Asada


Tres Leches


Flan

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Breakfast


Lunch

At Work, Restaurants, Wine/Cheese/Sake/Beer

Molcajete Burrito @ Nina’s Mexican Food


He always searches good Mexican restaurants and found this one.


Complimentary Chips & Salsa


Molcajete Burrito (Asada) $9


This is so delicious. Good amount meat, moderately spicy sauce, cheese and avocado on top…well balanced all together.

He had a regular burrito and regretted not having this wet one. Of course, I shared with him, but wanted to have a whole thing 🙂 Yes, it was that good.

Nina’s Mexican Food
1651 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-5081
$
★★★★


After dinner, we split sparkling rose can.

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Breakfast: American cherries, banana


Followed by Creme Brûlée pastry


It was not so good as it looked.


Lunch: Leftover from last night + Shrimp Tiella

At Home, At Work, Restaurants

Celebrating Mexican Food


Breakfast: Cantaloup, Pain aux raisins, Coffee


Lunch: 4 Tacos, Asada, Carnitas & Pollo


We had a taco stand at work for all-you-can-eat-tacos. A Mexican family cooked BBQ and served authentic Mexican food. So delicious.

He is still sick and requested me to pick up tacos at Tacomiendo on the way home.


My dinner: Pescado Caesar Salad $7.50
Wow! This is so good. I love the crispy fish and perfectly seasoned. I can’t believe that it’s less than $10.

At Home, At Work, Restaurants

Tacos & Tostadas @ Tacos Punta Cabras


Breakfast: Apple and Icelandic Style Yogurt, Siggis


Free pastry from company @ 10am

Lunch: Leftover salad & veggie soup

I no longer go to Santa Monica to pick him up after work on Fridays since Metro Expo Line extended. That means we don’t dine out in Santa Monica lately. Today was exception because we suddenly craved food at one of our favorite places in Santa Monica.


Fish Taco x 2, Shrimp Taco x 2, Tostada de Mixto


Shrimp, scallop, cucumber, scallion, tomato, avocado…so yummy


Fish taco tastes a bit bland. I wish fish was crispier.

Tacos Punta Cabras
2311 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 917-2244
$
★★★


His long-wait-wish-list has arrived.


We played Super Mario together.

At Home, At Work, Event, Restaurants

My First Carnitas Torta


We drove down to Huntington Beach to see our CPA in the morning. Traffic was not bad at all and we arrived there an hour earlier than the appointment time.


So drove further to see the ocean. It was such a great way to kill time!


Lunch at work


Enjoy a glass of chardonnay with edamame
I couldn’t wait for him coming home.


Dinner @ Tacomiendo
It feels that we are in Mexico here.


For the first time, I ordered Carnitas Torta ($7.50). It’s actually very first torta in my life.


It’s yummy and huge! Carnitas is crispy and juicy. I had only a half and took other half home.

Tacomiendo
11462 Gateway Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 481-0804
tacomiendo.net
$
★★★★

At Home, Restaurants

“Hashigo” In Santa Monica

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Took a bus to Santa Monica mainly for Happy Hour. Plus some window shopping. A lot less crowds. It’s hard to tell seasons in LA, but summer seems officially over.

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Recently I watched Spanish Bars offering a variety of pincho (pintxo) on TV. Since then, I have been looking for a pincho place. Here we are! Starting 4pm, they have Happy Hour that looks a great deal.

Our drinks: Sangria Tinta $6, Cabotella Blonde Ale $6

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6 pintxos for $6
It could be mix & match any 6. Some of them were more appealing but I wanted to try everything and there were 6 kinds on the menu anyway.

Huevo Relleno, Serrano Ham with Fresh Tomato, Manchego Y Membrillo, Gildas (anchovy), Morcilla Sausage, Sobrasada…To be honest nothing impressed us.

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Ceviche De Atun Blanco $6, Albacore, Red Onion, Tomato, Potato Chips
Unfortunately, this is mediocre too. Then we got an idea we should do “Hashigo.” Hashigo means moving one bar to another in Japanese.

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Damage was very little.

Bar Pintxo
109 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2012
$$

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We walked a few blocks to get another Happy Hour.

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His: La Flaca (Sour Margarita) $8, Mine: Dos Equis Amber $4

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Tacos De Carnitas $8
Oh yeah! He was so happy to have this best taco again.

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Tamales $8
Very tasty.

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Chef’s choice of filling was carnitas as well. Wished it was something else, but still good and perfect with beer.

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Tres Leches $10
Our dinner complete with dessert.

I really want to come back for dinner next time. Everything on dinner menu looks good.

Mercado
1416 4th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 526-7121
www.cocinasycalaveras.com/mercado
$$
★★★★

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Breakfast: Trader Joe’s Frozen but Freshly Baked Chocolate Croissant

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Lunch: Negi Rice with Egg

At Home, My Cooking

Beef Fajitas & Tecate

He requested to cook some Mexican food for dinner. I believe it’s much better to enjoy Mexican food at restaurants than to cook myself. Of course, it tastes better and costs relatively less. I am not confident to cook Mexican without any basic knowledge and authentic experience. Now I regret I didn’t learn from a host mother when I was a student.

Anyway, I usually refuse his requests but today I wanted to try cooking Fajitas.

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This is my “Fajitas,” flap steak, onion, green pepper, carrot and mushroom. Topping is salsa, avocado, shredded cheese and lime.

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He says it’s good but a little weird Fajitas with carrot. It’s under seasoned but steak (marinated in OJ) was tender and overall successful.

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After dinner, we enjoyed playing Yahtzee and soda 🙂

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His brunch

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My breakfast @ 10am

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Lunch @ 2pm

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Lunch #2 @ 2:30pm