old town

Back to Pasadena

When I’m looking for a new place to eat, I usually look at the reviews and the scenery of the location through Googling and Yelping. Yes, the scenery does matter for those picture moment purposes. The setting of where I eat does make a difference because it just makes me enjoy my food more!

So I wanted to meet up with Sarah in Pasadena. I did some extensive research in the area to look for a place to eat and found Float from Yelp. It’s an old school soda-pop shop that sells root beer floats and sandwiches at a reasonable price. AND! It is in the cutest area EVER. I repeat, EVER.
Float

We all ordered a popular item on the menu which was the Chipotle Bacon Club. It had chipotle bacon, butter lettuce, tomato, turkey, avocado, and cilantro lime mayo. The sandwich was simple but so delicious! I think the bread and the spread just completed the deliciousness of the sandwich.
Chipotle Bacon Club

We also got a cola float. None of us are actually fans of root beer so we decided to get cola instead. The cola definitely did not taste like your everyday Coca-Cola brand. There’s an authentic taste of the sugar from the cola making the float taste naturally sweeter. The float was good, but the presentation made it even better! With the mason jar, red and white striped straw, and the old school glass bottle just came together really well.
Cola Float

After enjoying the food and the location very much, we walked around the area to shop. There’s not a lot of stores to check out but one store you might want to check out is Anthropologie! It’s right next door from Float. Across the street, there’s Beard Papas, Yogurtland, Macy’s and TJ Max.
Float

Of course, we had to check out Old Town Pasadena like last time. We went to Kabuki for Happy Hour and just ordered a bunch of sushi and appetizers! It was madness but well worth it since it was Happy Hour. We spent about $15 per person for 3 or 4 different kinds of sushi, salad, and spicy tuna for appetizer. They definitely have one of the better Happy Hour deals that I’ve seen compared to other restaurants.
Happy Hour at Kabuki

Right after Happy Hour, we headed over to Lette to get some macaroons to go with our coffee for the night. We ended the night at Copa Vida which is a hipster coffee shop.
Copa Vida

What I like about it is that they really care about making quality coffee and tea. There’s great customer service and I love how there’s so much space! A lot of coffee shops are more for on the go so the space is small. It’s nice to just sit down at a coffee shop to do work or just chit chat but that usually doesn’t happen due to lack of space. But Copa Vida has plenty of space, enough space to have live music on a Friday night!
Copa Vida

I got my latte fix and Elaine got a cappuccino.
Latte with pistachio macaroni

Sarah got a mint tea which by the way you should try if you don’t feel like drinking some kind of coffee. The mint is pretty strong but in a good way where you feel cleansed and refreshed by it! Once I had a sip of Sarah’s tea, I honestly didn’t want to drink my latte because the mint easily made me feel so purified!
Mint Tea

It was nice to end our night at Copa Vida where we were able to just sit and hear words of wisdom from Sarah. Thanks Sarah for coming down to Pasadena to meet up with me and Elaine!
Sarah & Elaine

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Happy Birthday Chelsea! (Part 2)

Amy and I spent a night in Temecula at Chelsea’s parents’ place. Houses in Temecula are gorgeous and so spacious! The neighborhoods there remind me a lot of Irvine just the way the houses are structured. We hung out in the backyard where we enjoyed the view of the mountains and hiking trails while having breakfast. It was nice to relax there with some good company.

After much relaxing, we headed out to Old Town Temecula where there’s a farmers market and a lot of mom and pop shops.
Amy at a random mom & pop shop

Temecula is known for its vineyard and wine tasting but instead of wine tasting, we went olive oil tasting at Temecula Olive Oil Company! I was surprised at how flavorful olive oil can be. I was expecting them to taste all the same but they all have different kicks to it. Got myself a bottle of olive oil to take home to make some pasta, pasta salad, or even a panini. I ended up using it to make chicken pasta with the olive oil and it was amazing! I’m getting myself more of it next time or even buy it online at temeculaoliveoil.com
Temecula Olive Oil Company

We were in Old Town Temecula for a few hours. There was some live music which brought the Old Town feel to our experience.
Live Music

Everything is walking distance so we went through the town pretty quickly. We did a lot of window shopping there since there wasn’t much to buy.Literal window shopping
We headed back home after Old Town and that’s when I hung out with Chelsea’s kitties. They’re such cat models, it’s not even funny. They know how to use their cat eyes for a good picture. It’s all in the eyes like Tyra Banks would say.
Cat models

It was a nice day to just hang out with my friends and them kitties. I hope to come back for another relaxing adventure in Temecula! Thanks Chelsea and your mom especially for being so hospitable during my time there!
Mother & daughter!

The Lost Bean

I was looking for a cute coffee place to meet up with Amy. Somehow, last minute I was able to find one thanks to Yelp! We met up at The Lost Bean which the name itself is cute! It’s located very close to the border line of Tustin and Irvine.
The Lost Bean

It’s an area that I have yet to explore surprisingly. I don’t think people know about this place only because I don’t know how no one has ever brought up The Lost Bean before! So it is in this plaza where the stores are old fashioned with coned roof tops like castles. It stands out when you’re driving by the area.
Tustin

The Lost Bean has a mom and pop shop feel to it where there is a comforting feel to the place and even from the interaction of ordering drinks. The set up of the place is pretty creative. You go to the “LOST” area to order drinks. Then to pick up your drink, you go to the “FOUND” section.
Inside.

Amy and I both got the Peach Milk Tea and shared a spinach and egg bagel sandwich. The Peach Milk Tea tasted healthy and refreshing. The sweetness of the drink reminded me of those Korean peach drinks that kids usually drink. The breakfast sandwich definitely made me feel healthy especially because of the spinach that they packed in.
Drink and food.

The Lost Bean has two sections that are connected. The left side of the store is where you order and you can sit there too. It’s a tad bit cramped but I like the lay out of it. Then to the right of the shop is where there’s more seating arrangement like mini couch area, high bar stools and long tables.This area is where they do wine tasting and classes that take place throughout the week. Cool, huh? The Lost Bean definitely has a different concept of how they carry themselves compared to various coffee places. It makes them unique and stand out easily from coffee chains. I’m glad to see a coffee shop like this one nearby!
The other side of The Lost Bean

Thanks Amy for checking this place out with me! By the way, you need to check out the wedding dress store in that plaza!