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Fun Friday!

Woah, this week flew by pretty quickly! I guess it is because we had President’s Day off. Actually, only some people had it off. Maybe because it is February, the month is shorter, and moving faster than normal.

Anyway. Happy Friday, my friends! You made it to the weekend and so here is a fun YouTube cover to celebrate! Press play and you will be wow-ed easily in 5 seconds!

Excuse the lyrics but was not her voice powerful or what? Mackenzie Johnson is a YouTube artist who has more than 160,00 subscribers. She does a lot of covers but also has created her own music. You can listen to more of her music through SoundCloud.

I have no idea how I found her but I am sure glad I did! I hope you enjoyed it! Have a fun Friday!

OC Block Party

I found out through Instagram that there was going to be a OC Block Party aka a night market in Orange County hosted by KTOWN Night Market! They were giving out free tickets to the first 1,000 people so I quickly signed up for one and penciled it into my schedule. General admission is usually five dollars max.

Note to readers: This is a late post, a really late one! But hey, better late than never, right? Right!

Phil, John, Ann and I carpooled over to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim by 7PM. Around that time, the crowd wasn’t too bad. I was a little scared that it would be jam packed to the point where you wouldn’t even be able to move and enjoy the atmosphere. I’ve heard that that happens quite often at these night markets.

When we entered the venue, we saw a lot of food trucks, vendors selling clothes and accessories, carnival games and rides, performances on stage, and of course plenty of booths for food! Some of the lines for food that were extremely long were for the ramen burger, fruity drinks in mason jars, potato twists, and Mexican-Korean fusion food.

We weren’t willing to wait in line for the ramen burger because I heard it’s overrated. Even if it is, I’d like to try it one day when the line isn’t too long at a night market or at the actual restaurant. We started our adventure with a potato twist! It was fresh and well seasoned. It’s surprisingly  addicting to eat! Potato twists are pretty much available at a lot of boba shops. If you want one, I would suggest checking out Lollicup where it’s cheap and good!


Ann was eager to get a drink in a mason jar so we headed over to a food stand called Main Squeeze OC. She shared her lemonade with everyone since it was huge! It was sweet and not too tangy just the way I like it! There were pieces of lychees in there too!

Main Squeeze OC doesn’t actually have a shop that you can stop by to pick up a drink. It seems like they’re only available at food fairs or night markets. Make sure to check out their Facebook or their Twitter to locate them at their next appearance!

As we were walking around, we picked up more food like some sausages and popcorn chicken. I think we inhaled those pretty quickly because they were so good!

If you ever go to these night markets, make sure to not wear your nicest clothes! You’ll definitely smell from all the meat they’re grilling all around the night market!

Just imagine as if you’re going to an all you can eat KBBQ restaurant. What would you wear? Something light so your clothes don’t soak up the smell but also loose so you can eat a lot! That’s how you should dress accordingly to a night market!


Phil got himself a Pork Belly Pocket -Crispy for $5.

For a small pocket, they knew how to stuff it with the pork belly!

It took me awhile to figure out what I wanted because I wanted something easy and clean to eat, affordable, and of course there had to be meat! I ended up going to a Mongolian food stand and picked up two skewers of chicken and pork for $5!

Actually, it wasn’t too easy to eat it because once you’re in the middle of the skewer, it’s kind of hard to take a bite of the meat. It was definitely a challenge that I overcame! I slightly regretted getting these skewers because I was pretty full from the lemonade, potato twists, and all the other snacks we shared. But hey, YOLO!

After eating so much, we walked around and watched some talented people from the Asian American community perform! It was great to have some entertainment though the crowd was a little dead that night. We walked over to the carnival side and it was sadly a little bare. Hardly anyone was playing games or going on the rides. I think everyone was focused on the food!

After hanging out at the OC Block Party for a few hours, we were ready to head out for more food…Don’t judge!

We went over to a fairly new 85 Degrees Cafe in Garden Grove to get some cake for Ann’s birthday! We celebrated her 25th birthday with an awesome strawberry cake!

Happy (now belated) birthday, Ann! I’m thankful that we were able to celebrate your 25th birthday together! Also, thanks Ann, John, and Phil for checking out OC Block Party with me!

Chandelier Cover by Sara Bareilles

I’ve been in love with Sara Bareilles’ music since I first heard it in high school. She’s one of the few artists where I actually know the lyrics only because I love her voice and her whole style as an artist.

Currently, she’s on tour for her latest album The Blessed Unrest. On her Little Black Dress Tour, she’s been doing a cover of Sia’s newest single, Chandelier. I just found this through Facebook and have been listening to it on repeat for at least an hour or two. No shame at all.

She sings this song with so much emotion that you can almost empathize with her in the lyrics. There’s so much authenticity in the way she sings this song that it gives me the chills. On top of that, it’s acoustic! So more chills!

Here’s the original Chandelier by Sia:

I’ll be listening to the Sara Bareilles’ acoustic version on repeat for awhile. I hope I can buy this online somehow! Thank you Huffington Post for writing an article about how awesome Sara Bareilles is especially live at concerts! She brings a personable character to her shows that makes me feel like I’m actually friends with her!

Pokinometry

I need to be honest with everyone about myself. Here we go. I’m not a huge fan of sushi. I know, I know. Please don’t judge me. BUT! I’m slowly starting to like it now mainly because of Pokinometry. Pokinometry is in downtown Anaheim on Harbor Boulevard, located walking distance from Center Street Anaheim. This place has been getting quite a lot of attention as everyone is looking for any sort of place that has poki. Yelp rates Pokinometry 4 out of 5 stars with 838 reviews. The concept of this place is like Chipotle where you go down the line to choose what items you want for your burrito. At Pokinometry, you first pick the main base of your bowl whether it’s rice, chips, or salad. Then, you pick how many scoops of fish you want. A medium size is 3 scoops and for a large is 5 scoops. If you’re indecisive or want variety of fish, you can pick and choose 3 to 5 different kinds of fish. If you only love salmon, then you can have all scoops be salmon. Afterwards, you can choose a ponzu, soy sauce, or a mayo based sauce. Finally, you want to top off your bowl with smelt eggs, onion, or sesame seeds. Then wah-lah. You have a pokibowl!

I surprisingly enjoyed my poki bowl a lot because of how fresh the fish was and the smooth texture of it just melted in my mouth. The medium bowl might look like it’s not enough to fill you up but don’t let the size deceive you. Pokinometry knows how to stuff the bowl with its poki!

I have to say that I prefer a poki bowl over sushi. Pokinometry is more on the affordable end where it’s a little over $10 for a medium bowl compared to eating sushi at a restaurant can cost almost $20 including tax and tip.

Thanks Briana for being my co-host on my Tastemade appisode of Pokinometry and thank you Christian for your assistance on recording!

For more of my Tastemade appisodes, click here!

Twenty Four

In exactly a month, I will be turning a quarter century! I have no idea what I will be doing in exactly a month but last year for my birthday, my friends and I took a mini trip down to San Diego. We spent a night in San Diego near Gas Lamp. We got dressed up for the night and headed out! Big thanks to Linda for doing my hair and make up!  For dinner, we walked over to Spike Africa’s. They’re not known for African food as odd as it may sound because of the name of the restaurant but they’re known for their fresh seafood. With almost 800 reviews, Yelp gives this bar and seafood restaurant 4.5 stars. I ordered the lobster roll and thought it wasn’t going to be enough, but I was totally wrong! There was avocado and a lot more lobster than I expected in that roll! I was quickly stuffed from it! Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel because some of my friends were in pain from walking in high heels. Once we got to the lobby, we took a quick fun group picture that represents the wannabe version of the Real World of San Diego! Then on our way up to our room, we had to take another group selfie in the elevator of course! So when we all had the right shoes on, we walked around Gas Lamp and checked out some stores. We stopped by Chocolat Cremerie for some dessert since Yelp showed some solid ratings for this place. It currently has 4 out of 5 stars with 700+ reviews. Honestly, whatever you get here will fulfill your sweet tooth. Our foodie adventure didn’t just stop at Chocolat Cremerie. We ended up walking over a few shops down for some pizza. We ordered a box of half pesto chicken and half pepperoni pizza at midnight. I’m not sure what made us get pizza but it definitely completed our night! We had a simple night of eating, walking around, and eating some more in good company! The next day, we got brunch at Cody’s in La Jolla, California. We had to go here because Yelp gave this place 4 stars with more than 490 reviews. The high ratings were due to a beautiful scenic view of the beach as you eat outside in their patio and the fact that breakfast is served all day! Can’t go wrong with that! I ordered their french toast which turned out to be an amazing artwork visually and in flavor! They knew how to turn food into a piece of art by topping off the strawberries and candied walnuts in a beautiful mess. The fluffy french toasts and the marscapone honey butter were a perfect combination as it had a perfect amount of sweetness to it. Because we were eating so much throughout this short trip to San Diego, we had to burn off the calories by strolling down the beach! We rented out a bike for an hour and took turns pedaling down the pier! It was definitely a good workout! After eating and working out so much, we headed back home. It was quite an adventure with these girls! I cried from laughing so much with these girls! Thank you Chelsea, Elaine, Josephine, Linda, and Stacy for the generous gifts and for joining me in celebrating my birthday last year!    

Tastemade

I found this new app called Tastemade through Kristie Hang who I follow on Twitter. She’s a food blogger in the 626 area and has given me great tips when I went to go check out Newport Tan Cang. She’s definitely a valuable resource when it comes to food and social media. So when she tweeted about Tastemade, I knew I had to check it out!

(This is why I love the power of social media! You just learn new things!)

I quickly downloaded the app and fell in love with it immediately! It’s basically video blogging about the restaurant you’re checking out. What sets Tastemade apart from other social media outlets is that you get a better feel of what the restaurant is like through video rather than just looking at one or two pictures. Sometimes, pictures don’t do justice of how hipster the ambiance of the restaurant is like or even the what the food itself is like. Tastemade enhances your visual sense of the whole food experience.

What’s even more awesome about Tastemade is that they made it easy for users to create a fun video. The app has lot of templates with cute fonts and theme songs to choose from.

You first check in at the restaurant, then pick the template you want to use. The app will then direct you to the next step of the Tastemade process which is to do a 10 second introduction about yourself, the restaurant, or whatever you would like to say. Afterwards, you create various shots of the restaurant. Then, for 15 seconds you talk about the meal.

You shoot another footage of the food and of your friends eating. The last part is the wrap up! And wah-lah! You are done making a Tastemade video! How awesome is that?

I’ve had this app for a little more than a month and I’ve produced 15 videos so far! My first video was pretty rough but I’d like to think that my creativity in Tastemaking has improved! Check out all of my videos here.

I love this app for several reasons that may sound cheesy. One. Like I mentioned earlier, it shows the experience of the restaurant in a different perspective. Two. It challenges me to be creative and to improve my public speaking skills! Three. From this app, I’m able to find new restaurants to check out! So don’t worry, you don’t have to post videos if you don’t want to record yourself. It’s still fun to follow Tastemakers. Four. It’s simply fun! Having my friends be part of the videos and be goofballs makes it so much more fun! The food and the app itself really brings me and my friends together! I’m always looking forward to make more videos.

I hope you download it soon so we can follow each other! Make sure to find me on Tastemade @TinaTalksToday!

Fun Friday!

I recently injured my neck pretty badly to the point where I couldn’t get out of my bed and had to call in sick. So I told my friend, Phil, about my neck situation and his response was that I have TNS aka Taco Neck Syndrome. As weird as it may sound, TNS is real, my friend. It’s so real that there’s a commercial about it and therapy for it! But what is TNS? Yeah, that’s what I asked myself when I first heard of it from Phil. Here’s what it is:

Wasn’t that hilarious? I’ve watched it several times by now but it somehow cracks me up every time.

Ok, TNS isn’t that real but I did strain my neck somehow and felt like I had TNS. Luckily, I’m doing a lot better now compared to earlier this week so I’m ready for the weekend!

I hope this commercial starts your weekend off with a good laugh. Have a fun filled weekend and treat yourself to a Big Beef Burrito from Taco Bell!