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labor day weekend



group picture


The great thing about having a birthday so close to labor day weekend is having the long weekend to spend time with friends and family. My friend SH and I went hiking in Malibu (Escondido falls) early enough to beat the heat and then dipped our feet into the ocean (felt so good!). Of course the best part was indulging ourselves with brunch at 26 Beach in Venice (anytime there’s ice cream for breakfast, I’m game).

I had friends over for lunch on Monday and grilled teriyaki chicken and they graciously provided appetizers and desserts (snuck in a delicious cake). Ended a fun-filled day with naeng myun (cold Korean buckwheat noodles) at Cho Sun Ok in Buena Park.

Tuesday night, I took advantage of a groupon deal and enjoyed classical music under the stars and made a new friend/food blogger (check out her delectable blog).

Yesterday, on my actual birthday, my friend Christine of feedmysole treated me to a memorable meal at Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo where they make dishes with freshly made udon noodles. We sat at the bar and watched the noodle master at his craft (love the rolling pin hanging racks) while savoring our braised pork belly and uni cream udon. OMG, what a difference it makes!

marugame #2

pork belly

uni cream udon

I can honestly say, I’m still stuffed and more importantly, I am richly blessed. Special thanks to my sister who helped me behind-the-scenes with her servant heart and showered me with extra love.

thinking outside the cubicle: hiking!

For those of us who sit at a desk 40+ hours a week, it takes a toll, both on the mind and body. By Thursday, I get this urge to get a change of scenery and get as far away from a desk/computer as possible. For the past month, I’ve been enjoying new hiking adventures including:

Runyon Canyon Park in the Hollywood area. Great workout, close to the city, finding parking was difficult (but not impossible).


Holy Jim Falls trail in Trabuco Canyon. Beautiful, lush scenery but expect a jumpy ride getting to the dirt road (think Indiana Jones’ ride) to reach the trailhead.

holy jim

You know what’s the best part of a hike, eating good food afterwards sans guilt! A few places in OC I recommend:

Fukada in Irvine. Their fried squid legs were awesome! Try their seafood salad w/seared tuna and salmon combo w/spicy tuna don (get the brown rice). Their ingredients are very high quality at an affordable price (combos are about 11 bucks and with generous portions. well worth the wait time).


Capriotti’s in Tustin. Try their pastrami (has coleslaw in it) or the Bobbie.


What do you do to recharge on the weekends? I’ve been itching to hit the beach with the warm weather we’ve been having here in SoCal. It’s starting to feel like summer in April (yay!).

Have an awesome week and thanks for checking out my blog.