Anaheim

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!

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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!

Delifornia

When I first heard of Delifornia on Twitter, I started singing the theme song from that show called The O.C. Not familiar with what I’m talking about? Maybe if you listen to it here:

So I would sing the chorus but replaced California with Delifornia.

“Deliforniaaa! Here we comeee!” The song really got me excited about Delifornia!

Delifornia is located in Center Street Anaheim which is in downtown Anaheim. I didn’t even know there was a downtown Anaheim until I went to Delifornia! I would say this place is like The OC Mix but the north Orange County version. It’s got that hipster vibe to it.

The Good Food Hall has a few places to check out such as Cervantes Mexican Kitchen and The Healthy Junk.

Then there is Delifornia.

It’s one darn cute little sammich shop, right? I came here with Diane and she first ordered a hipster drink called Curiosity Cola.

She also ordered one of their popular sandwiches, Roasted Turkey. It had green apple, cranberries, warm brie, avocado, caramelized onions, roasted aioli for 9 bucks.

I ordered the Knuckle Sandwich which had roast beef, horseradish cream, onion and cheddar for 9 bucks also.

The Knuckle Sandwich was simple but I was actually not too fond of it mainly because of the horseradish spread. It was so strong in flavor that my nose felt all tingly. On top of that, the onions were raw and too crunchy for me. With two potent ingredients combined, I almost thought I wasn’t going to survive. Luckily, I had some coleslaw and a pickle on the side as a light pallet cleanser. I was only able to finish one half of the sandwich because I just couldn’t handle the spread and the onions any longer.

Diane was very much pleased with hers and I would have been too since there was avocado! Avocado makes everything better. It just solves all problems.

I wanted to bring some Delifornia home because I knew it was good except for what I ordered. So I got Roasted Turkey to share with my sister. Once I got home, I had a bite of it and fell in love. It was exactly how I imagined Delifornia to taste.

I would definitely want to come back here to have the full experience of sitting in that hipster hall while eating a good sandwich like the Roasted Turkey. Then walk around downtown and stop by a hipster coffee house called Ink & Bean. They have Stumptown Coffee and pastries from Blackmarket Bakery. Two well known coffee and pastry shops under one roof? I’m sure it’s a great place to check out as Yelp confirms it! If you’ve never been to Blackmarket Bakery, check out my post here when I went.

Diane, I’m glad we got to finally hang out after trying to plan for a month or two! Let’s step up our foodie game and go to LA next time!

One Star Pizza & Chicken

I think I was the last person within the Korean community to ever try Korean pizza. What is so special about Korean pizza is that they have pieces of sweet potatoes within the pizza or the crust is filled with it. When I first heard about it, I was shocked that there even such an amazing creation like that!

So the first time I ever tried it was actually in China 3 years ago! How ironic, huh? Then the second time I tried it was 2 years ago in Korea! Somehow, I was never able to try it here in America until recently.

I was able to relive those memories recently with some good company here in Orange County. So Cindy, Josephine, Phil and I went out to One Star Pizza & Chicken in Anaheim for some sweet potato pizza!

We started out with a complimentary salad with thousand island dressing and some sriracha. As you can see in the picture, the salad was topped with corn. Lots of corn. It’s not your traditional American salad but it worked! The sriracha gave the salad a unique kick to it.

Then we had our sweet potato pizza! It was exactly how I remembered it when I tried it in China and in Korea. The blocks of sweet potato brought a subtle sweetness to the pizza. Because of that, we kept wanting more of it. The pizza itself was well stuffed with cheese, meat, and veggies.

We wanted more but after a few slices, we couldn’t take it anymore. We actually got stuffed pretty quickly. At the end of it all, every bite of that pizza was heaven. I was more than satisfied with the whole experience at One Star Pizza & Chicken. Yelp agrees with me too! With 149 reviews, they have 4 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t mind giving them 4.5 stars because that pizza was too good to be true!

I definitely want to come back here sometime soon for more of that sweet potato pizza! Maybe next time, I will try other popular items like the Bulgogi Pizza or the crust stuffed with sweet potato! Let’s go again Cindy, Jo, and Phil! Thanks for joining me on this!

Jogasaki Sushi Burrito

Josephine somehow found this food truck called Jogasaki Sushi Burrito. She was telling me and a few other friends how we have to go check it out. Stacy checked Yelp to see what it was all about and after Yelping for about a second, she fell in love. It was probably love at first sight for both Stacy and Josephine.

I on the other hand was not in love nor excited as much as they were because I’m actually not a huge fan of sushi compared to them or anyone else in general. I just started eating spicy tuna about a month ago. I do have to say that spicy tuna is pretty awesome blossom.

So Yelp showed some good numbers and reviews about Jogasaki Sushi Burrito. It currently has 4 out of 5 stars with more than 250+ reviews. Downside about this sushi burrito truck is that they only serve around the LA area. For all Orange County residents that means one hour drive for some 4 star sushi burrito.

That one hour drive wasn’t going to stop us from getting some sushi burrito. So spontaneously one night, Stacy said “Let’s go!” Just like that, we went.

Jogasaki Sushi Burrito truck was located on Palm and Sepulveda which is part of West LA. It’s on the side where there’s CVS, Trader Joe’s, and Beard Papa’s. Luckily, there was no crowd when we got there. It seems that the sushi burrito was popular at one point but not so much anymore.

L to R: Josephine, Stacy, and Me

L to R: Josephine, Stacy, and Me

The three of us shared the Spicy Tuna Nacho. It’s a $6 Doritos Nacho Cheese chips topped with spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce. What? Doritos chips and spicy tuna together? Yeah, it was a weird combination but it worked. The cheese was subtle to the whole nacho experience.

Would I get this again? Probably not. For the price we paid, we weren’t expecting Doritos. Also, it was just not worth the $6 because they didn’t give us enough spicy tuna for all the chips we had left. Though it was creative to use Doritos Nacho Cheese chips, we felt that it wasn’t good enough to want more.

Fortunately, the sushi burrito turned out a lot better than the Spicy Tuna Nacho. I ordered their popular Jogasaki Burrito 2A for $12. This had crab meat, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and shrimp tempura wrapped with soy paper.

At first, I didn’t think the burrito was going to fill me up because it was skinny. It’s not thick like a Chipotle burrito. Surprisingly, it was well stuffed with the crab meat and spicy tuna. A $12 burrito is quite expensive but it’s a sushi burrito so it’s almost reasonable that it’s $12. I’d have to say that they give you more in this sushi burrito compared to what you get at a restaurant with regular sushi. You might be paying a little more at a restaurant because of tip and tax than at Jogsaski Sushi Burrito Truck, but of course it all depends on how fancy and pricey the sushi restaurant is.

I definitely would get this again and wouldn’t mind trying anything else on the menu. Though I felt stuffed, I felt pretty healthy! Josephine and Stacy felt healthy also! Josephine said that if Jogasaki was in Orange County, she would probably eat a sushi burrito once a week because it’s that good. Hopefully they’ll stop by Orange County one day.

Since we were feeling pretty healthy, we thought we should even out the healthiness with dessert. So we headed to Little Tokyo for some Cafe Dulce. I got my Dulce Latte and some rotis for the family. Stacy got a hot Hong Kong style milk tea which she wasn’t too happy about. She said it was too rich and heavy in flavor. She thinks that it might better to get it cold next time.

After getting our sweets, we were ready to head back home. As we were driving down the 5 freeway, we realized that we were going to drive by Anaheim. And you know what’s in Anaheim? There’s M&M Donuts! We decided to be spontaneous again for the night and hit up M&M Donuts for some duffins. I haven’t used the word duffins in a long time. If you don’t remember what a duffin is, it’s what Briana and I call blueberry donuts that taste similar to the form of a muffin. If you haven’t heard of M&M Donuts still, then shame on you! Just kidding. Check out Yelp for their reviews.

By the time we got there it was about 9:30PM. I knew we were going to be there for awhile since we got there late. We waited for about an hour to get our blueberry donuts. I forgot how painful the wait can be but we made it through. Remember, the drive-thru is always better and faster than standing in line. Once we got our blueberry donuts, I had two bites of it and then I was done for the night. I didn’t want to overeat since it was pretty late. It was enough YOLO for the night.

Stacy and Josephine, I can’t believe we did all of that within the span of 5 or 6 hours. Let’s not do it again…I ate too much that night but it was definitely fun hanging out with you both! Ok, maybe we’ll do it again because it was fun.