Food

Brodard’s Restaurant

I took my mom out on a date to Brodard Restaurant in Garden Grove. I had to take her here since she has never been! This Vietnamese restaurant is known for their spring rolls. It is mandatory that you order them as appetizer before chowing down on your pho. I repeat, mandatory!

For $7, they will give you 4 rolls or you can get 3 rolls for $5.25. They are called Nem Nöôùng Cuoán aka pork spring rolls. It has grilled pork sausage wrapped in rice paper with lettuce, cucumber, carrots, cilantro, chives, daikon and mint served with house special sauce. That sauce is amaze-sauce. It does not hurt to dunk and drench your spring rolls into it because it is sweet but light in flavor. It is not overwhelming on the palette at all!

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I wasn’t feeling pho that day and I just didn’t want to feel so greasy so I got myself vermicelli with a side of the fish sauce that you pour over. Somehow that fish sauce goes a long way!

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I feel like at all the Vietnamese restaurants I’ve been to, they tend to stuff the vermicelli bowl with a lot of noodles, vegetables, and meat! I even think that I have too much meat left and not enough noodles which is a great thing! With this one, I loved every slurp of the noodles.

I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish the bowl because I was pretty full even from the spring rolls! I couldn’t waste the food and it wasn’t a good idea to take it home because the noodles would get too soggy. So I just had to finish it!

I’ve been to Brodard’s Restaurant numerous times and I have never been disappointed of their food! My mom definitely loved her spring rolls experience. Yelpers love this place as they currently stand with 4 out of 5 stars and with 3500+ reviews! Wew!

Wow, thirty five hundred is a lot. Good for Brodard’s Restaurant!

Side note: Don’t go to Brodard’s Restaurant on Tuesdays because they are closed. My friends and I went there on a Tuesday and found the parking lot surprisingly empty because they were closed. It was one of the most upsetting food adventures ever. You can always go to the fancy one called Brodard Chateau but I would say it’s not worth it. Stick with the regular Brodard’s Restaurant.

After dinner, we walked over to 85 Degrees Bakery within the same plaza. I got myself some bread with chocolate. I don’t even know what kind of bread it was but I saw chocolate chips in them and had to get it instantly. I’ve been loving chocolate chips for some odd reason. Actually, I love sweets in general.

I enjoy taking my mom out to new places and I can’t wait to take her somewhere new again! Any suggestions? Please include dessert or coffee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter Cookies

I bought a box to make peanut butter cookies from Target since it was on sale. If you know me, you know that I love cookies. I love them so much that some of my friends call me the Cookie Monster. I’ve come to terms to accept that as a nickname. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite but I still love other kinds.

I left the box in the pantry for several weeks and completely forgot about it. But one night, I somehow remembered that I had bought the box. Right around 8:30pm, I then decided to bake! (I probably should not have baked that late. I try not eat that late. Keyword: try.)

I probably made a little less than two dozen of peanut butter cookies. I could not wait to eat them so I took a bite even though it was extremely hot. I loved every bite of it as it was soft and fresh from the oven!

I’m not much of a baker because of the time it takes to bake and I’m afraid that I will lose self control by devouring all the cookies in one sitting. I’m pretty sure I can do that.

I’m going to try to bake some peanut butter cookies from scratch next time I crave them because they are actually pretty easy to make!

If you are interested in baking from scratch with simple ingredients and instructions, see the recipe below:

  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees
  • Mix all ingredients until smooth
  • Place spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes
  • Eat cookies with a glass of milk

I hope your cookies turn out as nice as the ones from the box or even better!

 

Sup Noodle Bar

The weather has been a little bipolar here in SoCal. You just never know what to expect the next day or any day. One of my friends described SoCal’s weather perfectly, “SoCal is the only place where you can experience four seasons in one day.” Well said, right?

Luckily, one day recently, it was cold just like how it should be since it’s still considered winter during this time. When it’s a gloomy afternoon with grey clouds, pho somehow best suits the mood in these situations. So my friends and I went to Sup Noodle Bar in Buena Park.

We first started off with their one of kind Shaken House Fries.This appetizer was monstrous in size and mouth watering to look at.

It had truffle fries topped with shaken short rib, garlic, carmelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and chef’s suace. There was ketchup too but we barely touched that because it was still good without it.

You definitely want to share the fries because it will easily fill you up and you might not have room for your actual entree.

I got the Shaken Pho Bac with brisket which is basically your classic bowl of pho. I don’t know what that broth was all about but it was good! I was surprised how it just didn’t taste like any other broth because it had a soothing taste and made it more perfect to have for the cold weather.

If it ever gets cold again in SoCal, make sure to check out Sup Noodle Bar. Well, it doesn’t really have to be a chilly day but if you’re around Buena Park, I would highly suggest this place. I definitely want to come back here for those fries and that broth! I have to ask the chef about that broth.

Yelp gives them 4.5 stars with 245 reviews. Yelpers also like their fries and the broth!

Thanks Stanley and Elaine for the fellowship over lunch! Elaine, I’m glad you wanted their fries because that was seriously, amazing!

Happy Birthday to Cara & Nathan!

I got home around 5am from my trip to Sacramento. Then I got about 4 hours of sleep and had to get ready for a big Frozen themed birthday party in the morning! My niece, Cara, was turning 5!

And my nephew, Nathan, was turning 4!

There were a lot of fun activities for the kids like a Frozen bounce house, crafts, and games!

Cara was dressed up for this special occasion of hers!

Nathan was also dressed up with his Olaf hat. I think he may have had too much sweets on his birthday. It’s just a thought and observation.

Did you want to build a snowman? Evan sure did!

Instead of pin the tail on the donkey, the kids played pin the carrot nose to Olaf!

If you’re curious, that’s how the cake was made! It was absolutely delicious eating this homemade cake!

My little niece and nephew are growing up so fast. I just can’t believe they’re already four and five years old! Can someone stop the clock from ticking away so quickly? I had a lot of fun watching the kids being kids at the party. I can’t wait to see them continue to grow and share with them stories of when they were this young.

Pizza Rock

We all had a pretty good work out at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink. Skating our hearts out to the crowd and picking up flowers from our fans on the ice rank made us pretty tired and hungry. We decided to celebrate our gold medals that we won from our unofficial competition against each other.

We went over to Pizza Rock for some rockin’ pizza. Ok, that was really cheesy. That was also an extra cheesy joke.

First, we got some Pizza Rock Meatballs as appetizers. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of these meatballs because I was so focused on eating that I forgot to take pictures! You will just have to go to Pizza Rock to know what they’re like! I highly suggest ordering them if you get the chance.

And of course, we got pizza! We ordered a classic Margherita pizza.

We also ordered one of their popular items called Stromboli which had three different kinds of pizza all on one platter! It was one very long pizza!

On one end of the pizza was the Romano’s Original 1950. It had Prosciutto di Parma, Italian sausage, pepperoni, mozarella, American cheese, and sweet peppers.

Then the middle of the pizza was the 3 Cheese Roll which had mozzarella, ricotta, and crushed red peppers.

On the other side of the pizza was the Pepperolly that had pepperoni, mozzarella, garlic, and oregano.

It was such a bittersweet moment at dinner since it was our last night together! I wish we could have spent one more day hanging out in Sacramento. I must say that I think overall we maximized our time pretty well in a short amount of time. After dinner, Alex and I had to get going because we had a long drive ahead of us. We left Sacramento around 10pm and were on the road for 7 hours heading back to home sweet home.

There are so many things that I’m truly grateful for from this trip! Thank you to the Vu Family for letting me tag along on this trip! Alex, tell your parents I said thanks again. By the way, I still can’t believe your mom was a news anchor! Thank you to Briana for I don’t know what actually. Just kidding! Thank you for letting me crash at your place and for showing me all the popular spots in Sacramento. We need to get started on The Brina Band Tour 2015. Can’t wait! Thanks Justin for driving us around and for the cronuts! If you’re ever in SoCal, I will treat you out to some good milk tea! Thank you Jaclyn for making time to hang out with us from your busy schedule and thank you Phil aka Snow King for taking us to the best shaved ice place in Sacramento. I’m so glad that I was able to see you both from SoCal to NorCal! I hope we can all get together again one day! Thanks everyone for everything!

Bakers Donuts

Briana and I were pretty confident that we were done eating for the day. We were stuffed from Bon Mua Vietnamese Restaurant and Vampire Penguin, but it didn’t end just there.

Thanks to Justin there was round two for desserts! He pre-ordered cronuts from Bakers Donuts. Yes, he pre-ordered them a day in advance! They tend to run out so if you want a dozen, make sure to give them a call ahead of time.

I don’t think any of these will disappoint you. I would say come here every day to try something new!

I’ve never seen cronuts so beautiful like these and I’ve never seen so many in a box! If you forgot already, this is how they look like:

My friends, if you’re in the Sacramento area, please treat yourself to one of these cronuts at Bakers Donuts. They have 4.5 stars with 264 reviews on Yelp so how could you say no to them?

I regret not buying a dozen to take home. I should’ve known better. SoCal definitely needs to step up their dessert game! This time in the world of cronuts!

Briana, I’m glad that you were able to try cronuts for the first time from a popular donut shop! Huge thanks to Justin for treating us out to these mouth watering cronuts.

I miss you, Bakers Donuts.

 

 

Vampire Penguin

After Briana, Phil, and I grabbed lunch at Bon Mua Vietnamese Restaurant, you know what we were missing? You got it, dessert! We already had in plan what we were going to get and that was shaved ice on a rainy day!

Anytime I hang out with Phil for a catch up session, somehow he always wants shaved ice. In Orange County, we will usually hit up Class 302 or The Balcony. He said he knew the best place for shaved ice in town. He wanted to take me and Briana to Vampire Penguin. It was conveniently located right behind Bon Mua Vietnamese Restaurant. We walked over to the plaza next door in the rain but the rain wasn’t too bad since it was nice to experience some weather change.

When you enter this little dessert shop, you’ll immediately get the vampire and penguin feel. I have no idea how they came up with the concept but I love it. It’s different and cute!

Before ordering, we were mesmerized by the art of shaved ice. I’ve only seen shaved ice shaped like a hill and it’s usually covered in fruit. At Vampire Penguin, shaved ice is taken to another level. I didn’t know this was possible.

The three of us shared a large Tuxedo for $7 and this is how it turned out.

Dun, dun, dun! How amazingly beautiful is that to the hungry eyes? I was definitely not expecting it to look anything like this. Some of the shaved ice places in SoCal need to step up their game!

Who knew you could turn shaved ice into this? Still mind blowing even after trying this and looking at the pictures.

All you need to know about the actual taste is that it is really the best shaved ice ever like Phil said. Due to my lack of imagination of what shaved ice can be like, I initially doubted Phil’s judgment about Vampire Penguin being the best place for shaved ice.

The shaved ice is so much finer and smoother than Class 302 or The Balcony. Imagine how an angel cake is probably one of the lightest and thinnest in texture compared to any other pastry. Well, that’s how the Tuxedo was like. It was so light and thin because of how fine it was. It wasn’t just plain simple condensed milk but it was chocolate shaved ice with chocolate syrup drizzled around it. It didn’t end just there. It was topped with almonds and there were strawberries and marshmallows on the side.

After our first bite of the Tuxedo, Briana and I declared Phil as Snow King! Congratulations Phil! He deserves this title for showing us the best of the best shaved ice places wherever we go!

If you don’t believe me about how good this place is, check out Yelp! They won’t disappoint you with their solid ratings of 4 stars with more than 500 reviews.

Thanks Briana for the last picture and for suggesting Tuxedo! Thanks Phil for treating us out to Vampire Penguin! I will not forget this. I probably won’t try shaved ice in SoCal knowing that there’s always a better one but in NorCal. Le sigh. I’m glad that we were able to continue the tradition of eating shaved ice when we’re hanging out from SoCal to NorCal! Also, thank you for forcing us to get the large when we thought we wouldn’t have space for it in our bellies. Thanks again, Snow King!