Dunkin’ Donuts

Everyone in SoCal has been going a little too cray, cray about Dunkin’ Donuts now that it’s finally here! My friends and I went to Whittier to check out what Dunkin’ Donuts is all about since it’s so popular in the east coast.

Not only do they sell donuts and coffee, but they also have breakfast sandwiches! Since it was a little after lunch, I just got myself an iced vanilla coffee and a blueberry donut. I had to get the blueberry donut so I could compare it to other blueberry donuts I’ve tried before.

The iced vanilla coffee was made exactly the way I like it! There was no addition of sugar or cream. It was just the coffee and the vanilla sweetener for a little less than $2. It’s more on the sweeter end for a vanilla coffee compared to Starbucks or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

The donut wasn’t too exciting, unfortunately. The blueberry flavor was light that you could barely taste it. The donut was like any other typical blueberry donut. They were nothing like the duffins aka blueberry donuts that are like muffins from M & M Donuts. Apparently, the donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts are not anything too special.

I guess I’m not too surprised that it’s a-ok here because Yelp gives them 3 stars with only 60 reviews.

Aside from the coffee and donut, the interior layout had a modern taste to it. They made it comfortable enough for customers to hang out in the area. So comfortable that I made a new friend! This little girl kept looking at me whenever I turned around. She was quite an entertainment as my friends and I were hanging out!

Thanks Stanley for treating us all out! It was good seeing the Lee Family out with us spontaneously!



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.

Sidecar Doughnuts

January 27, 2013 was the first and last post I wrote on Sidecar Doughnuts. It’s almost been a year the last time I tried Sidecar Doughnuts! Now, one year later Sidecar Doughnuts is more successful than before!

The first time I tried their doughnuts was at Kean Coffee when they didn’t really have a doughnut shop and now this time, they have a real shop! I came here in the morning to grab some coffee and doughnuts with Elaine and Jane.

Inside of Sidecar Doughnuts.

Inside of Sidecar Doughnuts.

We were lucky enough to find seats outside since there are literally no seatings available inside. This doughnut shop is more like ‘take it to go’ kind of a place. Outside, there were pots decorating the walls bringing a hint of a hipster vibe.

Sitting outside with Elaine.

Sitting outside with Elaine.

Sidecar Doughnuts serves drinks from Stumptown Coffee that is based in New York. It’s a popular coffee shop to check out if you’re ever in New York or even in the LA area. I got one of their lattes that was $4 and I also got a huckleberry doughnut which was $3. It was quite a pricey breakfast but the quality of the latte and the doughnut made it worth the $7.

Huckleberry doughnut and latte.

Huckleberry doughnut and latte.

Elaine got a latte also with a Passion Fruit doughnut. This doughnut had a tangy taste to it from the fruit but it kind of evened out with the cream. I probably wouldn’t try the Passion Fruit again because of the tanginess to it. It’s a unique doughnut though since there aren’t a lot of places with a Passion Fruit flavored kind of doughnut.

Passion Fruit doughnut and latte.

Passion Fruit doughnut and latte.

As we were eating and sipping on our drinks, we were served numerous samples of their doughnuts. All of their samples were so good! I think I probably had a total of 2 or 3 full regular sized doughnuts that morning because of their samples. Just with the latte and a doughnut though, you can easily get stuffed.

It was nice to finally check out Sidecar Doughnuts in its actual shop. I probably wouldn’t come back here again anytime soon just because it is kind of pricey. It’s a place to check out if you’re around the area or if you’re a doughnut connoisseur. Check it out at least once since it is a one of a kind of doughnut shop with quality doughnuts made using seasonal fruits.

Thanks Elaine and Jane for a fun filled start in the morning! We were there for awhile having a good time laughing and eating some good doughnuts! Hope the three of us can meet again sooner than later!

L to R: Elaine, Me, & Jane

L to R: Elaine, Me, & Jane

Cresnuts at DK’s Donuts

My friends and I did a quick donut run. Not just a donut run to a local donut shop but we drove about 20 minutes to Orange to meet up with DK. DK’s Donut that is.

Why drive that far for some donuts? Why, oh why? Well, we weren’t driving just for some ordinary glazed donuts. We were going for cronuts! I did some in depth research on Yelp for cronuts in Orange County. I almost lost hope in that Orange County didn’t have cronuts until I saw DK’s reviews. With more than 100+ reviews and 4.5 stars on Yelp, I knew this place was a winner.

L to R: J & J aka Jerry &  Josephine

L to R: J & J aka Jerry & Josephine

So Cindy, Jerry, Josephine, Phil, and I headed over to DK’s Donuts around 10PM.

L to R: Phil, Me, Cindy

L to R: Phil, Me, Cindy

We made it right on time before all the cronuts were gone! DK’s Donuts actually calls cronuts as cresnuts. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get their sugary coated or nutella cresnuts which are two of their popular ones. Instead, we got a regular glazed cresnut, chocolate cresnut, and another chocolate one but stuffed with custard and strawberries.



We also got a red velvet donut and a blueberry one. Graciously, DK’s Donuts gave us some donut holes for free! The five of us demolished everything pretty quickly…

Beautiful disaster

Beautiful disaster

As you can see in the picture above, we all pretty much enjoyed eating every part of the cresnuts and the donuts. Everything was so good that Cindy decided to get some more. Maybe a little too much?

Cindy gone cray on cresnuts!

Cindy gone cray on cresnuts!

Nah…You can’t ever get too many cresnuts…

If you ever plan to go to DK’s Donuts, make sure you bring cash! Each cresnut is about $3. DK’s Donuts treated us really well with their hospitable service and their beautiful cresnuts! Hope they treat you well as they did with us on our cronut adventure!

Thanks Jerry for driving us to DK’s Donuts! Glad guys were able to finally try some cresnuts aka cronuts! Let’s go back for their other popular ones that we missed out on!

Diabetes Hang Out

After work, my plan was to go to UCLA to see an old friend perform his cello solo. Due to heavy traffic, I never made it sadly. To turn that sadness around, I decided to explore Little Tokyo. For a small little area, there’s quite a lot of places to eat! My friends and I started out at Weiland Brewery which is across the street literally from Little Tokyo’s main plaza. It’s an American food kind of restaurant where you can customize your burger. So there, I made my own cheeseburger. Well the only main special thing about it was that I added egg to it!
Cheeseburger with egg.

Nope, it was not a breakfast burger. It was a cheeseburger with egg for dinner! Adding egg to a burger brought a homey feel to it. I think egg with anything is good. Kind of like spam. Spam solves so many problems. The burger was so big that I got lost. Lost as in, I didn’t know where I had taken my first bite. So I ended up eating on the opposite end of my first bite. I almost thought I was going crazy since I couldn’t find that first bite.
Two bites on opposite ends.

I was so hungry that I was able to finish the whole cheeseburger! I mean, it took awhile though to finish. Slow and steady wins the race!

Because I have a major sweet tooth, we had to get dessert. Also, it was a Friday night and we were in Little Tokyo! So it was basically gave us many good good reasons to get some kind of dessert. We first went to Cafe Dulce, a little coffee and bakery shop that is mainly known for their green tea donut. We got the green tea donut, blueberry roti bun, and a bacon donut.
Three donuts.

The green tea donut was good as always. The green tea flavor is actually pretty light that you can barely taste it. The filling in the donut had a vanilla pudding flavor that wasn’t too strong. The green tea donut itself has a subtle taste to it.
Green tea donut.

I want to say that Roti Buns were originated from Northern California. I only say that because it was in San Jose area several years ago that my friends who live there introduced them to me. My experience with Roti Buns has never disappointed me ever! When they’re fresh, oh man. It’s game over. The warm crispy edges of the bread but the softness inside, and the slight sweetness of it makes you easily addicted to them Roti Buns. Ever since my last visit to San Jose, I was never able to find them here in Southern California for some odd reason.
Blueberry roti bun.

When I found out that Cafe Dulce had Roti Buns, I got extremely ecstatic. But. I was a little hesitant about the blueberry roti bun because I was afraid the blueberry was going to be overpowering. It was actually nowhere close to overpowering. It wasn’t too sweet or too sour. It was right in the middle. Cafe Dulce does a great job of keeping the flavor of the pastries well balanced out.

Now, the bacon donut. It was my first time ever trying a bacon donut. It really threw off my taste buds because it was sweet and salty. It’s a combination that does and doesn’t work. Would I recommend it to you? Eh, most likely not. I’d stick with the green tea donut and the blueberry roti bun.
Bacon donut.

After trying Cafe Dulce, I wanted to get some milk tea of course. Wherever I go, I’m always on the lookout to try milk tea at different places. We found Four Leaf. There we ordered honey green milk tea and Going Banana crepe that has vanilla ice cream, nutella, and banana.
Four Leaf.

Service there was unfortunately not the best, only because they forgot about making our order. It’s ok, the kids behind the counter were young. The honey green milk tea was flavorless. It was barely sweet. Probably more on the plain end. The crepe was messy but sweet. I think the sweetness from the crepe made up the lack of sweetness from the milk tea.

Since we tried 2 dessert places, we said to ourselves, “Hey, it’s Friday. Let’s try one more dessert place.” So we went over to Mikawaya and tried a mochi. With this Orange Gyuhi Mochi, I was hesitant again to try it because I was afraid it was going to be too tangy. Luckily, it wasn’t tangy at all. The mochi had a good balance of sweetness to it like the pastries from Cafe Dulce.

After dinner and trying 3 plates of dessert, we had to stop ourselves from getting one step closer to diabetes. So we called it quits after two to three hours of eating continuously. After so many intakes of sugar, we all had a sugar crash.

But it was all worth every bite because it was Friday!

Thanks Derek, John, and Irwan for the fun filled diabetes tour in Little Tokyo! Let’s not do it again… Special thanks to John for putting this fun video together!

Sidecar Doughnuts

Yes! Finally got the chance to try some hipster doughnuts with Chelsea and Eric! You don’t understand, I’ve been wanting to try some Sidecar doughnuts since the beginning of the year. I believe they had a soft opening earlier in the year just to see if people would like their doughnuts. I think it went really well. I mean, there was already a Yelp review on them right after the soft opening. If you check out their website, you’ll see that their doughnuts look really good! They don’t look like your ordinary donuts from those pink boxes.

So the three of us met up at Keans Coffee (hipster coffee place) in Newport Beach where Sidecar said that they would sell only 400 of their donuts. We were worried that the line would be crazy, but it was actually not that bad at all. I think Sidecar is still on the quiet side. So, please spread the word about them! There was a lady with a sample tray of huckleberry donuts. After trying a sample, I had to get one and everything else they had available.

They had the huckleberry, coffee, and cinnamon donuts. They’re expensive compared to your usual hole in the wall doughnut shops. The quality is different though. So you eat what you pay for which is about $3 per donut. Like Eric said, the donuts are on the cakey side. They’re thicker than usual.

The cinnamon was another winner just like the huckleberry. The bread was cinnamon and there was cinnamon on top of the frosting. Though it seems like too much cinnamon, it actually wasn’t too strong or too light. There was a good amount of cinnamon flavor when I took a bite of it. All of the doughnuts are recommended to try if you’re willing to spend about $3-4 for each doughnut.
Cinnamon Doughnut

What I like about Sidecar Doughnut is that they use fruits that are in season. So you know that the doughnuts aren’t just your everyday doughnuts. There’s character and flavor to them. Similar to the concept at Sprinkles Cupcake, the doughnut menu either changes on a daily or weekly basis. They only make a certain amount of batches for the day. So you need to get them before they’re out!

Look out for these doughnuts at Kean Coffee as they do sell them there now. Of course, look out for them for their grand opening! Can’t wait to try more of their doughnuts. Thanks Chelsea and Eric for stopping by Orange County to try some fancy doughnuts!

Can’t Say No To Duffins

Earlier this week, I went on a spontaneous late night donut run with my dear friend, Briana. She called me saying that she wanted to get some Duffins. I told her that I did not want to make the trip with her because I had to take care of some things. Next thing you know, she was already on her way to my house though I had said no to her. With that said, I definitely could not say go away, and for the fact that we were getting Duffins just made it harder to say no.

First of all, you might be thinking, “Duffins? What are Duffins?” Well, Duffins is a word that Briana and I made up. Duffins = Blueberry donuts that taste like blueberry muffins. These are not just your average blueberry donuts. They’re so much more than that! Right before you pick up your Duffins, you get a fresh whiff of the Duffins which gets you all excited to eat. When you first open your pizza box of donuts, the Duffins just warmly glaze at you. The first bite of the Duffin is just indescribable, especially when it’s fresh. Every time I take that first bite, I take a moment of silence because of its goodness.

There’s a perfect combination between the crispy edges and the softness of the bread itself. The sweetness of the Duffin makes you want to devour it in a second. At the same time, you simply want to enjoy every bite of it so you take your time eating it. (Side note: They remind me of the blueberry muffins from Souplantation which are really good too!)

I definitely suggest everyone to try a fresh Duffin at least once! You will not regret it! If you want to check out these Duffins, go to M&M Donuts located 10 minutes away from Disneyland. A few things to keep in mind about M&M Donuts is that they start selling the Duffins at 9PM. They don’t sell them 24/7 or at a more convenient time. Get there promptly or even a little earlier so you don’t have to wait in line all night. The wait can range from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on when you get there. The later you get there, the longer the wait is. Drive-thru is a tad bit faster. Also, it can get busy there even on rainy nights! Yes, I went there with Briana on a late, rainy night… Don’t judge! We were just in the area and thought might as well pick up some Duffins 🙂 Here are some pictures of our Duffin runs:

Honestly, the pictures of the Duffins do not do justice of how good they smell and taste in real life. I must say that Briana’s smile does show how excited she is about them, Duffins!

I am blessed to have such great friends who I like to introduce you to! Meet another friend of mine, Briana! Briana and I usually like try new things every time we hang out. So you will most likely see her again here in this blog. Here’s a Q&A from her:

1. What’s your name? Briana Kim.
2. How do you know Tina? Well, she and I knew of each other since we were third graders. We grew up being frenemies saying no more than “Hi” to each other when we saw each other at church. Even when I ran into her at IHS, we said hi to each other as if we were besties, but we didn’t know each other very well. I would say that I got to know her better through small group freshmen year of college. We set aside our differences, and became accepting to the idea of becoming friends. I would say that we became closer friends our junior year of college because she would teach me how to dance professionally and I would teach her how to put on makeup professionally.
3. What do you spend most of your time doing? I spend most of my time doing the typical makeup guru things. I love to go shopping for clothes and makeup. I typically buy my clothes from GAP, J. Crew, and American Eagle and my makeup from Sephora, MAC, and CVS. After I buy stuff, I usually make videos on shopping hauls (which can be about clothes or makeup or both). If I’m feeling really lucky, I make videos on makeup tutorials. I obviously don’t have as many hits as other makeup gurus, but I wanna say that I am slowly rising on the Most Subscribed Gurus list for YouTube.
4. What are 3 random facts about yourself? Number 1: I never missed a day of school from kindergarten through 12th grade. I promise I’m not trying to brag! It’s just something that not many people can say. Number 2: I have never dyed or highlighted my hair. Again, I’m not trying to brag, but I kinda like that I can say that. I’m not against coloring my hair, but I’m just ehh about having to re-color my hurr if the roots start growing out. Number 3: I currently have an obsession with nail polishes. I got 3 nail polishes (that retail for 8-9 dollars) this month. I got the first one for 6-7 dollars, the second one for free, and the last one for 1-2 dollars. If you wanna know my secret for getting cheap nail polishes, holla!

Ok, enough about me and Briana now. Go get your Duffin! 🙂