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Throw Back Thursday : Foodie Adventure

Happy #TBT aka Throw Back Thursday! I look forward to TBT’s because it makes me reminisce about all the good times in life. Today, I’m throwing it back to Saturday, November 23, 2013 when I gathered a bunch of friends together for a “Foodie Adventure” as I called it to explore San Gabriel Valley. I’ve been there once, twice, but three times! Yet, I still can’t get enough of San Gabriel Valley because it has too many good places to eat.

The one place I had been wanting to try out since forever ago was Newport Tan Cang. This place has more than 1,500 reviews on Yelp with 4.5 stars! I had to take everyone here because I knew it couldn’t be a disappointment except the wait! The last time I tried to go there, the wait was 2 hours long! I knew that if I wanted to try that place out, I had to have a better game plan next time.

So I tweeted 626 Foodettes for some help since they are knowledgeable of the 626 area, hence their name. (Side note: This is why I love social media!)

With that, I thought it was best to leave from Orange County at 3:30PM. Even with some lag time, my friends and I were able to get there on time before the crazy long wait started. We got there a little before 5PM and waited for 30 minutes to get seated which wasn’t too bad compared to the normal 2 hour wait.

Girls were seated on one side.

Of course, the boys were on the other side.

Luckily, Doug was there to help us order some good Hong Kong style food. Thanks Doug! Everything we ordered was family style because we’re a family! Ok, I know that was cheesy…

We first got the House Special Lobster which is one of their most popular items on the menu. It was messy to eat BUT it was definitely the winner on the table for all of us.

Another popular item we ordered was the Beef Loc Lac – French Style. Now this was tender meat that melted in my mouth!

We also got the lettuce wrap, deep fried tofu, and some clams.

There was a point where no one said anything because the food was seriously that good. We were too focused on enjoying the food rather than each other’s company! We didn’t even realize the silence until someone had mentioned it!

We each paid about $15 including tip and tax for everything we ate. We were all stuffed but I’m sure we could have eaten a tad bit more because that darn lobster was one of a kind. Actually, everything on that table was darn good!

As a tradition when I’m in SGV, I have to end the night with Factory Tea Bar. It’s a hip boba place to hang out with your friends. The atmosphere is great but of course, the drinks are good! According to Yelp, this place has more than 700 reviews with 4 out 5 stars! Because we had dinner at an off hour, we arrived to Factory Tea Bar at an off hour also which worked out perfectly. We got seated pretty quickly around 8 or 8:30PM. Factory Tea Bar can get really busy just like Newport Tan Cang so definitely get there early especially if you want the good seats like the couches.

We played a lot of games there like Jenga and various card games.

I ordered my usual Honey Green Milk Tea. It’s the drink that never disappoints me or anyone else! If you end up not liking it for whatever reason, Factory Tea Bar is always good about customer satisfaction. They will adjust your drink accordingly as many times as necessary!

We hung out for awhile until food coma started kicking in. So we had to prepare ourselves for the hour long drive back to Orange County. It was a lot of fun eating good food and ending the night with some sweets and fun games!

Thanks Andrew, Anne, Annie, Daniel, Doug, Elaine, Eric, Josephine, Shawn, Stacy, and Victoria for joining me on this Foodie Adventure! Big thanks to those who drove!

Sorry but not sorry if this post made you hungry.

626-SGV Night Out

There’s a YouTube music video called 626 by the Fung Brothers and they show you places to hang out in 626 aka SGV aka San Gabriel Valley. After I saw the video awhile ago, I always wanted to check out 626 but never got the chance to hit up the hot spots there. But. Luckily. I recently got the chance to go and really live out the music video! The Fung Brothers sing: “So what if we eat late. That’s how it’s suppose to be.” Surely, we did what the Fung Brothers said. We ate late. And guess what? That’s how it’s suppose to be. So it’s ok. I think we ate around 8:30PM at Sunday Bistro. It’s a Chinese restaurant known for their 300+ items on their menu of fusion food.

The plates were huge! So the five of us shared three plates of Indonesian fried rice, noodles, and filet mignon. Family style. I really liked the Indonesian fried rice because it was a tad bit spicy. It had this Asian homey taste. I don’t think you could ever go wrong with any kind of fried rice though. We also had some noodles which were like pansit noodles because they were thin and had a light taste to it. The noodles are deep fried for a second, so the edges of the noodles are crispy. Majority of the noodles are soft because of the sauce. There were some seafood on top of the noodles. I had a piece of squid and was not a big fan of it. Well, I’m not a big fan of seafood in general. Hence the dislike. Then we had the filet mignon which was surprisingly good. It was juicy and cooked really well. Really well as in they did a really  good job at cooking it. For three plates to feed five people for the cost of about $40 was all worth it.

Though it was pretty late when we finished dinner, we had to get some boba in SGV. You can’t go to SGV without getting some boba at Factory Tea Bar. Three things I need to mention about Factory Tea Bar. One. It’s where Wong Fu shot “When It Counts”. If you don’t know the video, just YouTube it. It’s a cute-cheesy hip-hop dance series with some well known dancers in it. Two. Factory Tea Bar was poppin’! A lot of people were there and it looked like a fun place to hang out. Three. Irvine needs a place like that where people can hang out in a spacious place and have some good drinks and sweets. If I were to own such a place, I’d have a mix of Factory Tea Bar and Starbucks/Coffee Bean.

FTB was pretty packed, so we had to wait probably for 10-15 minutes to get seated. I got the iced Honey Milk Green Tea. And I must say, it was good! That was actually my first time ever getting some kind of milk tea at a boba place. I’m glad my first milk tea boba experience was at FTB! They only have one size for their drinks for a little less than $4. It’s like the size of a venti at Starbucks. So it’s more than enough for one person. While we were sipping on our boba, we played Spoons and Jenga. We didn’t have all the blocks for Jenga but somehow the game was really intense and challenging. I ended up being the one to topple all the blocks..Fail! Next time, next time. GG, friends. GG.

After a long night at SGV, we had to head back to OC. Thank you Stanley for driving us to SGV! Thanks to the natives, Stanley and Albert,  for being hospitable in 626. Thank you SGV for being fun and different from Orange County.

I should have made a music video like the Fung Brothers while I was in SGV. Next time, next time. I have to work on my krumping moves first.

Class 302

My friend Phil had an odd craving for shaved ice on a cold day in December! I was pretty hesitant about eating shaved ice at 9PM on a weekday, but I told myself YOLO. Yes, I said YOLO. Phil said YOLO. We all said YOLO.

We went to Class 302 for their well known shaved ice. I’ve been to Class 302 a few times but I’ve only tried their porridge which I suggest you never getting. I’ve also tried their oreo mocha iced drink. Something like that. It was definitely better than the porridge.

So we picked a simple shaved ice which had strawberries and mangos. It was pretty good.
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The shaved ice was definitely huge! It’s probably good enough for 4 people. Somehow, we were able to kill it just the two of us. Don’t ask me how we were able to do that.

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The shaved ice was a little better than expected. I understand why people rage about the shaved ice, but I’m pretty indifferent about it for the most part. I guess it’s because I’m not a huge shaved ice fan. I have to say that it was better than Guppy’s shaved ice. The condense milk at Class 302 was not as too strong or too sweet as Guppy.

Thanks Phil for craving shaved ice since I was able to try something new! Remember #yolo.

626 Night Market

This weekend in Arcadia, there will be countless booths lined up to sell all kinds of Asian food. It’s time for the festivity of Asian food to begin (soon)! I’ve been eyeing on this event for a month or two. I’m looking forward to see how it turns out! It seems like there will be 40+ vendors there. Be ready to make some choices on what to eat or be ready to eat everything. If you want to know more about this, check out: http://www.626nightmarket.com

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