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One lazy Sunday morning, while CCop and I were trying to decide what to do for the day, his eyes lit up and said, “I know where we can go for lunch! Kinder’s!” I shook my head and said, “What? Where?” And he gave me a look, “You’ve never heard of Kinder’s before? Oh, you’re in for a treat!”

And I was. Mmmmm…

Kinder’s Meat & Deli is definitely one awesome discovery deserving of a Bay Yay. The meat is so tender, the BBQ sauce is perfect…it’s divine. The Kinder’s BBQ sauce has made me a fan of BBQ sauce. I don’t usually like BBQ sauce, but Kinder’s BBQ sauce…so, so, so good.

I’ve just learned two amazing things: Kinder’s BBQ sauce is available in Costco. There is a Kinder’s Deli & Meats just one freeway exit away from my house. Uh-oh. Fattiness alert.

Today, I surprised CCop with a take out dinner from Kinder’s. We had the Ball Tip sandwich (pictured above) again and I also got the Grilled chicken sandwich. The chicken sandwich is grilled to perfection, moist and so flavorful. I usually avoid chicken breast sandwiches because they tend to be dry and tasteless, but CCop is totally into lean protein meats, and so I had to compromise by sharing half-and-half of the two sandwiches.

So good!

Will definitely keep going back for more!

P.S., we ended up going to The Oakland Zoo that Sunday.

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So we all know that if you ride Business Class, you get bigger seats, more legroom, unlimited liquor and flight attendants that address you as “Ms./Mr./Mrs. Last Name.” If you’re really lucky, you get the seats that turn into claustrophobic little beds.

On Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Class (their equivalent of Business class), you also get to have Filipino food!

I can’t really compare the food from other airlines since I’ve only flown Business class on 2 airlines (Delta and PAL). Delta was meh. PAL always amazes me with the food.

Nommers. So enjoy drooling over the food:

Mixed Tapas

Prawn Sinigang

Pork Loin with Figs

Nuts & Cheese, Creme Brulee and Fruits

Filipino Arroz Caldo (Porridge)


Yogurt, Fruits, Breads

Beef Guizado (and Spiced Vinegar!) with Scrambled Egg & Garlic Rice

Mixed Tapas

Some Kind of Cured Pork with a Slice of Pear and Foie Gras

Bacon-Wrapped Steak, Scrambled Eggs, Mashed Potatoes & Apple Crepe

Fruits, Nuts & Cheese Plate

Pork Adobo!

Sigh, such delicious flights on Mabuhay Class, Philippine Airlines. It’s really bad for a diet. I flew Economy once, and barely ate anything. On Mabuhay Class, I keep ordering and re-ordering stuff on the menu. But y’know, it’s not just a flight, it’s a dining experience, too!

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What you need:

  • 2-3 packs of basil
  • cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbs. olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • bow tie pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bacon for the meat-lovers


  1. Cook pasta as directed on the box. It really depends on the brand you get. I like to add a bit of salt to the water before it boils and a teaspoon of olive oil so that the pasta does not stick.
  2. While that’s cooking prep the bacon. Mushy and I like to cut off the fat from the bacon, so we use an entire package of the bacon. Cut these into little pieces then fry as usual.
  3. Meanwhile, mince the garlic. I like to mix pre-minced garlic with freshly chopped ones. It just makes everything faster, but fresh garlic tastes better.
  4. Chop the basil into strips.
  5. In a bowl, mix together about 3-4 tbs. of olive oil, basil, and garlic.
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. When the pasta is cooked, drain, and then mix in the olive oil, basil, garlic mix.
  8. Top everything off with bacon.
  9. Slice cherry tomatoes in half and then add to the pasta for color.
  10. ENJOY!!!

You can also add cheese for saltiness instead of salt.

Mushy makes this so much better than I do since this is her recipe. I’m putting it up here because I want to save this for myself and be able to come back to it whenever I want a repeat.

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ZzzzzZ in Every Bottle…

…and No Kidding.

When I’m stressed, I tend to become insomniac. I always feel like there’s one more thing I could have done today, or one other thing that I could have memorized, or one other thing I should not have done (such as watch cartoons like Hoodwinked). So, I figure that I need to reboot my circadian rhythm. I’ve been a fan of Neuro Sonic and Neuro Bliss.  So, today on a break, I went downstairs to Famima and bought a bottle of Neuro Sleep.

I drink this bottle of Neuro Sleep, and 20 minutes later I get this distinct woozy, almost drunken feeling. One moment, I’m sitting there typing about Justiciability for a Constitutional Law essay and bam! I feel like I’m about to fall over. I sort of catch myself and realize I’m distinctly leaning over to the right.

Yes, I can barely keep my head up.

Whatever is in that Neuro Sleep stuff is, it works. I don’t know if I wanted it to work this well…cuz I can barely finish a coherent thought and typing this review is arduous.  I thought I’d have an hour or so before I’d get woozy.

Wow. I’m kind of impressed. And woozy. Good night, world.

i loveeee youuuuu! (that’s the drink talking. just sayin’.)

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I finally graduated from Law School on May 16, 2010.


It was one of those days that none of my friends could really sufficiently look forward to because we were so so so stressed and swamped up to the last day leading to it because of Law School Finals. By the time the last final rolled away, we were way too tired and mentally drained to muster up the proper kind of excitement that graduating from Law School should have evoked.

On the other hand, we also knew that it wasn’t really over yet.

We still had the California Bar Exam to look forward to. So, there was no point in celebrating ourselves senseless when we were just going to hit the books again (even harder) anyway. If there was ever a buzz kill, it would be bar prep.

But I digress. Graduation wasn’t the point of this blog entry. It was the food I had after graduation.


My best friends and I all brought our friends and families to 26Beach Restaurant in Venice.

The food was amazeballs.

Iwas actually pretty surprised since well, I didn’t actually research the place. @Sigh picked it and Melman, Evee and I just said yes because we all wanted to be together.Furthermore, it wasn’t like I didn’t try to research the place. Their website isn’t the most impressive. I honestly think they should just contact my friend YC and have her design a website which would load faster, had better graphics, and was more user-friendly. Plus, the section that said “History and Reviews” was “Under Construction”. It’s been months now, and it’s still under construction. So, who knows when we will actually get to find out how 26Beach came to be.

So, the general idea was that it was a good pasta, burger, pizza, sandwich place. I chalked it up to everyday American/Californian fare.

Which was true.

Just very good everyday American/Californian fare.

Below are some of the food we ordered at our late lunch/early dinner. Everything was so good. I would definitely go back.

Coctel de Ceviche – fresh red snapper marinated in lime juice w/ chopped tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos, black olives, avocado and cilantro

Red Chile Pork Chops – 2 frenched center cut pork chops, marinated with crushed red chile and herbs, giving this dish a delicious mild bite – served with rice & black beans

Striped Bass Vera Cruz – a whole roasted bass served with fresh salsa, rice & black beans – a real delicacy

Filet o’Sole Sandwich – lettuce, heirloom tomato, homemade tarter sauce on a fresh brioche bun

It was a little expensive with the main entrees averaging around $25. However, the portions were large and the food good, so I would say it was worth it. They also sat our entire group in the outside patio/heated garden. The decor was very eclectic: flowers and trees against exposed brick, there was antique furniture, mismatched wrought-iron chairs, and other random charming pieces.  The staff also seemed very helpful and friendly.

Overall, I was really pleasantly surprised by the place.

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I made this for my family when my mom told me that I needed to figure out what to do with some ground pork she had defrosted. They loved it and requested it again in the same week.

So, here goes:

MA PO TOFU (Simmered Tofu with Ground Pork)

2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes to add spice
1/2 pound ground pork
1 cup chopped scallion
1 cup chicken stock
2 pounds soft or silken tofu, cut into cubes
1/4 cup soy sauce

Salt to taste, chili and ginger to taste.


  1. Put the oil in a deep skillet or wok. Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes and cook just until they begin to sizzle.
  2. Add the pork and stir to break it up; cook, stirring occasionally, until it loses most of its pink color.
  3. Add the scallion and stir; add the stock. Make sure the pork is fully cooked, then add the tofu.
  4. Cook, stir­ring gently because the tofu is very soft. Stir in the soy sauce, taste, and add salt and hot pepper flakes as necessary.

    I love ginger, so I added more ginger in, too.Enjoy!
    Pictures to come when I make it again!

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So AP took me out for a birthday dinner Thursday night. We went to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant and took advantage of their DineLA Restaurant Week prixe fixe three-course meal.  Then we headed to LA Live and had a couple of drinks at Lucky Strike Lanes.  Then, we caught a movie.

Because it was my “birthday” all over again, I got to choose the movie. I could be as geeky as I wanted, and of course I gave AP two choices: Daybreakers or Legion. (LoL.) He picked Legion, thinking it was the less-trendy-vampire-geeky choice.

It wasn’t a bad choice.


In fact, it had the hottest, coolest, most bad-ass angels I’ve ever seen. 

Paul Bettany is hotter than ever as the Archangel Michael. He’s been an obnoxious bard and an albino monk killer, and everything else in between, so why not be the coolest God-defying angel around, too?  Bettany’s got the thin-lipped, pale blue-eyed, coldly handsome looks to pull off the desperate kind of defiance required for the role. He’s got the physique and carriage to believably make Archangel Michael accessible yet imposing. 

Or maybe I just like the coat he was wearing. 

Either way, Bettany as Archangel Michael makes me want to do bad things…just so he would have a reason to come down and try to smite me. *griiins.*

 The best surprise for me, though, was the casting of Kevin Durand as Gabriel. What better way to use his 6’6″ frame and deep, deep baritone voice than as one of God’s mighty angels? In the Bible, Gabriel is considered a “messenger” angel as opposed to a warrior-type archangel. I’d like to think Gabriel had the same deep, reverberating voice that Durand has when he delivered God’s messages.  Haha! In the movie, however, he is an archangel and he has a great fight scene with Michael, who has chosen to fall from grace to save humanity. See below for the beginning of the fight.


The reimagining of the archangel is just so awesome that AP and I had to look at each other in amazed delight. 

The movie had its obvious plot holes and there were points in the movie that were so bizarre I had to laugh out loud.  There were cliches left and right, but hey…it was one heck of a fun ride anyway.

It was definitely a fun birthday night!

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Random Thought #1

As I sat there eating my Mendocino Farms favorite, Kurobuta Pork Belly Banh Mi, I thought about how much I just love pork.


And then I thought about CSI. I watch a lot of CSI and I often just randomly relate a lot of things I observe throughout the day to something even more random I learned from CSI.

In that particular pork-loving moment, I think about how pig parts are used in humans (i.e. human heart transplants), and how science experiments are done on pigs because they are the most like humans.

I stared at my pork belly sandwich and thought…do I like pork so much because it tastes…human?


I was momentarily disturbed. Wondered briefly whether I would even know the difference between eating human flesh vs. pork belly.

But then I took another bite of my banh mi and shrugged. It’s all good…all the time.

Besides, how would I know what human flesh tastes like…? dun, dun, dun.

Okay, backing off the creepy train now.

Hella Random.

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gator tacos

gator tacos

E.V. and I were studying for the MPRE’s and were, as is often with the both of us, struck with the pangs of hunger.  We decided to take a break from studying…yeah, right, cuz we were really deep into our BarBri review books.

So, on our way to Boston Market, she points out L.O.’s Cafe — which stands for Luigi Ortega’s Cafe.  She said that they had awesome and really eclectic food.

No kidding.

They serve alligator and turtle.

They have ostrich, too.

Not only that, but they somehow serve Italian food and Mexican food fused into a somewhat confused, but workable combination.  They also have disco in the bathroom.  It’s the red button.  Press it at your own risk.  Needless to say, I jumped a foot away from it after I pressed it, and E.V. did her little shriek of surprised-pleasure.

I haven’t tried much of their food, except for the gator tacos, but so far so good.  I’ll definitely be back to bring friends for their crazy fun happy hour atmosphere and anyone who is willing to try turtle chili.  I heard that it was an award-winning recipe.

In any case, it’s a winner in my book, just cuz it’s so darn entertaining just eating there.

1655 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
fish tacos

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i love my fashionable girlfriends.  while i’m mostly still a sweats/jeans/t-shirt kind of girl, i’ve definitely learned from them.

Purdy Ladies

Purdy Ladies

What I’m wearing:

F21 Black & White print pleated skirt, F21 ruffled halter top, F21 wide yellow belt (which roomie lent). also, can’t see it, but i had the most fabulous pouf in my hair courtesy of miss EV.

dinner was at Blue Dahlia in Downtown LA.

  • the place was really cute, with a back patio that was lit up with string lights and japanese lanterns
  • service was pretty awful, with our waiter taking YEARS to take our order & get our orders out.
  • but the wine list is commendable. we ordered A. Mano fiano-greco
  • i ordered the ahi tuna salad which was fabulous — despite the fact that the food came out almost an hour and a half after we ordered it.  sigh.  i swear, i think our waiter was just a spazz.

wine ahi tuna salad

When we got home, we hung out, pulled out the microwave popcorn, and what else? Watched Sex and the City: the Movie!

movie time

love u girls!

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