drinks

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Briana and I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. We take desserts pretty seriously because it’s what brings complete closure to a meal. After Shoki II Ramen House, we went to Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates in downtown Sacramento. Briana was raving about how good their hot chocolate was. I had to try it myself to see what she was talking about.

I got myself their famous hot chocolate for $4. I was thinking about getting a macaron or some other sweets like a slice of cake or pieces of chocolate but I had to pass. I didn’t think my budget allowed me to treat myself to more sweets.

Let’s start analyzing outwards in of the hot chocolate experience. First off, the cup. When you initially look at the cup, you think it’s just a normal cup with a flat base but it’s slightly shaped like a funnel! There’s more hot chocolate than expected!

Also, I loved how the spoon was placed into the handle of the cup. At first, I thought the cup was uniquely designed just so that the spoon could slip right through the handle but I realized you can do that with any cup. The presentation of the hot chocolate was so sophisticated that every detail of it caught me off guard.

Ok, onto the marshmallows. These aren’t ordinary marshmallows from your local grocery store. They are homemade with love and shaped into abnormally large cubes. The marshmallows add a creamy texture to the hot chocolate. They melt pretty quickly so make sure to get your Instagram picture of the hot chocolate immediately!

Finally, now onto the most important part, the actual hot chocolate. There’s only one thing that needs to be said about this drink and that is, it is rich! The chocolate is dark which gives a bittersweet taste to it. The richness can be overwhelming if you’re not a sweet person. (Did you get that? Pun!) Because the drink is heavy with the chocolate and from the marshmallow, you can get pretty full from it like a latte. I was pretty full from it but it was ok because it was perfect for the cold weather that day in Sacramento.

Thanks Briana for taking me to a hip chocolate shop for some fancy hot chocolate!  Thank you also for the close up picture of those marshies and the selfie stick picture at the end! Selfie stick for the win! Whee!

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Mick’s Karma Bar

I am in love with Mick’s Karma Bar. Love is quite a strong word to use but I genuinely do mean it in this case. This restaurant is a tiny burger joint hidden in between corporate buildings in Irvine, California. I like that it’s hidden because it’s like my own little secret but it’s actually not that much of a secret. A lot of people know about it because it’s so darn good! You know it’s a worthy place to check out when Yelp shows 1,300+ reviews with 4.5 stars.

If you want to eat inside the restaurant, make sure you get there at an odd hour because they can probably seat about 12 to 15 people. There are plenty of seats outside, but you probably want to sit inside depending on the weather. The Karma Burger is a popular one on the menu. They’re also known for the Habanero Burger which was awarded in 2012 as the Best Burger in Orange County. Because a burger won an award, I knew I had to try that one out with a side of chunky fries and their popular Strawberry Basil Lemonade. The habanero spread gave a little kick which was enough to want more of that burger! I was tempted to get another Habanero burger because the burger itself had that homey taste to it. It was simple until that habanero spread came through and changed my whole taste buds. Even if you don’t like spicy food, I would still suggest trying out the Habanero Burger. There’s only a hint of spiciness to it so it’s bearable. If you get their fries and a side of their special dipping suace, it’ll help your taste buds simmer down. The Strawberry Basil Lemonade will definitely help you cool down too. It’s refreshing with the sourness to it and I love the pieces of strawberries mixed in with the basil. If you don’t want anything sour, then try their Mojito Iced Tea. It has more of a neutral flavor compared to the lemonade one.

If you’re ever near John Wayne Airport in Orange County, please make time and room for Mick’s Karma Burger! I’m so glad that I don’t work near Mick’s Karma Bar or else, I would be eating there everyday for lunch!

Check out my Mick’s Karma Bar appisode on Tastemade featuring my friends Elaine and Eric! Thanks Elaine for craving Mick’s Karma Bar and thank you Eric for driving us around! Thank you both for joining me on Tastemade appisode!

Tebo Tebo

No, I did not mean Tim Tebow. Tebo Tebo is a small Asian café that has all sorts of refreshing drinks like boba, slushies, and teas. You can’t have a boba drink without popcorn chicken. So they have that too and actual food like noodles and fried rice that you can order.
Tebo Tebo

The interior design of Tebo Tebo is pretty hip with the round seating arrangement against the walls and the long tables right in the middle of the restaurant. Since the place is small, it definitely feels packed in there other than the fact that there were a lot of people eating and waiting to be seated.

My friends and I got our own drinks and shared sweet potato fries and of course, popcorn chicken.
Popcorn Chicken

Our drinks came in this flask that made its presentation set apart compared to other boba places.

Because of the sunlight and poor background, I made the guys hold up napkins. Pretty funny.

Because of the sunlight and poor background, I made the guys hold up napkins. Pretty funny.

I wanted to get some kind of milk tea drink since I’ve been into milk tea lately. But because I was at Tebo Tebo, I had to get a non-milk tea drink. They’re known for their colorful, fruity refreshing drinks. So I got the Bimmer Girl which was like a smoothie kind of drink with pieces of strawberries and peaches. I’d have to say that it was probably the best one out of all the ones on the table. Not being bias at all. Ok, maybe a little. The drink was simple, refreshing, and flavorful. Just the way I like it. I’m definitely sticking with that drink again next time.
Bimmer Girl

Would I go out of my way to go to Tebo Tebo for some popcorn chicken and a boba drink in a flask next time? Probably not. I’d say it’s probably a good place to check out once because it’s different compared to your usual boba shops. The drinks would definitely be perfect for the summer time. Check it out if you’re in the Westminster area!

Thanks Derek and Doug for introducing me Tebo Tebo!
Group Picture

7 Leaves Cafe

When I first went to Fusion Tea Bar, my friends and I had talked to the manager before we left. He mentioned how the owner of Fusion Tea Bar was brothers with the owner of 7 Leaves. I actually had never heard of 7 Leaves Cafe until then. After he brought up 7 Leaves, I took a mental note of that and told Briana about it since she and I like to try new places together.

The day that Briana wanted to try Fusion Tea Bar for the first time ever, it was closed! We were pretty bummed about it. Really bummed actually. I was craving honey green milk tea that whole week and I never crave anything really. And Briana waited patiently for a week to try Fusion Tea Bar. We just wanted to treat ourselves to some good milk tea. But it wasn’t meant for us to have Fusion Tea Bar be that day. It just wasn’t.

We went over to Kean Coffee to make up for not getting Fusion Tea Bar but the place was just packed. It discouraged us from getting anything. Somehow in the midst of our disappointment of failed boba adventure, Briana suggested 7 Leaves out of nowhere. So we quickly found directions and immediately left!

Here are some notes to keep in mind before you go to 7 Leaves Cafe. One. Bring cash. Two. Location is no bueno. It’s almost hidden. Parking is bad. So carpool. If you can’t carpool then you may have to park in the neighborhood. Three. You can’t really hang out at 7 Leaves. There’s just only two small tables. You’re not going to want to hang outside either. There’s no really no space but the sidewalk. Just an FYI. There may be an intoxicated homeless person sitting in front of 7 Leaves Cafe. Not sure if he’s always there but if so, be careful. He came inside of 7 Leaves Cafe and came up to me and Briana and asked for money. He said a lot of scary nonsense that I will not share here. Please be careful.
7 Leaves Cafe

Though their menu is actually quite small and selective, it took awhile for me to decide what I wanted because they simply did not have honey green milk tea. I ended up getting the Jasmine Milk Tea which was a safe pick. The other drinks seemed a little too out there for me. I wasn’t ready for that. My main focus was to get some kind of drink similar to milk tea.
Jasmine Milk Tea

When it comes to drinks that are flower names, I can’t help but to think that I’m drinking poh-pur-ree. With that said, Jasmine Milk Tea tasted like popery. It wasn’t as sweet as Fusion Tea Bar’s milk tea. It had a light taste with a hint of popery. Would I go to 7 Leaves Cafe again? Eh, I wouldn’t go out of my way like I did this time around to go there. The drink was ok. I don’t think Jasmine Milk Tea is too much of a popular one, but the Mung Bean Milk Tea and the Sea Cream Jasmine Tea seem to be so instead.

Briana, I’m glad you were able to randomly think of 7 Leaves Cafe! Even though our experience was quite an interesting one, I’m glad we can check it off our list!

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.