Surprise

Surprise Briana!

Briana, Christian, Mark and I were in a group text to plan a hangout since we were all in town for the holidays. Christian and Briana were able to meet up, but Mark never really responded if he was free. As we were all texting, I started another group text with just Mark and Christian saying that we should surprise Briana for her belated 25th birthday. Mark and Christian were down to surprise her! So last minute Christian bailed on the hang out and Mark continued to remain silent in the group text with Briana.

Christian and I trolling Briana.

Christian and I trolling Briana.

Planning this mini surprise gathering was challenging but exciting. I like to say it was pretty successful though since Briana was a little upset that Mark didn’t respond at all and that Christian bailed. So it worked out that she was expecting to not see them!

We surprised her in downtown Fullerton where we grabbed brunch at Rialto Cafe. The wait was about 30-40 minutes long. We decided to take some hipster pictures while we were waiting since Briana was dressed up all cute and there were a lot of good spots to take pictures. Here are some pictures from our quick photo shoot by the restaurant:

Briana was a natural! I didn’t have to direct her that much!

Once we got seated, Briana suggested what was popular at Rialto Cafe according to Yelp-Rialto Cafe. As she was doing her research on Yelp, I remembered that whenever the four of us came together to hang out, we usually had a set role. Back in the day, Mark was always the driver, Christian was the DJ playing music in the car, Briana would be the one to look through Yelp to find out what to eat at the restaurant, and I would be the one to plan where to meet. It was funny how Briana was on top of her duty of Yelping even though it’s been awhile since the last time the four of us hung out.

For brunch I got one of the popular items which was the smoke salmon with scramble, hash brown, and wheat toast on the side.  I’m not sure why people like this a lot but maybe it’s because of the salmon. It was a little too simple for me but maybe that’s another reason why it was a popular item.
Smoked Salmon Scramble

Another popular item on the menu was the stuffed French toast which Briana got. I would’ve picked this over the smoke salmon because it was sweet! Downside was that there was no meat. I kind of need my meat for my meals.
Stuffed French Toast

It was so nice to catch up with Mark, Christian, and Briana. Our group dynamic hasn’t changed since we’ve all been separated. Hanging out with them brought a lot of memories back. As we were eating, we were talking about cool apps for our iPhones.

Tutorial on Cart Wheel from Mark

By the way, we are kind of a tech savvy group of friends. More so with Christian and Mark. They’re always on top of that and so Briana and I are always in the know thanks to them. Some things we learned from them at brunch was about the Cart Wheel app from Target. It helps you save money for various products at Target by using the app.
Target's Cart Wheel App

Another handy dandy app is Tab where it helps you split the bill from the restaurant if you’re with multiple people. You basically take a picture of the bill and the app will then divi it up. You can even add names to each item on the bill!
Tab App

Thanks to Christian for introducing Tab to us, we were able to easily split up the bill! After Rialto Cafe, Mark had to head out.
Group picture at Rialto Cafe

Briana, Christian, and I went over to Green Bliss literally across the street. It’s a hip vegetarian cafe that serves sandwiches, coffee, and tea. Because it was a warm day, Briana and I both got an iced vanilla latte. The expresso was so strong that we wanted a refund. You could barely taste the sweetness of it. Luckily, the customer service was above and beyond that they were willing to give us a refund. They were willing to make adjustments for us, but we just wanted our money back and get Milk and Honey instead.
Green Bliss

I want to give Green Bliss a second chance next time since the customer service was superb, the ambiance and decor there was quite eccentric in a good way, and it had good reviews on Yelp-Green Bliss! I’ll come back for you Green Bliss! Don’t worry!

After Green Bliss, we headed over to Costa Mesa. We shopped a little at South Coast Plaza and then grabbed a drink at Milk and Honey where we felt at home! Briana and I got our usual Peach Aloe Tea which you can’t go wrong with at all and Christian got shaved ice.
Milk & Honey

We talked and laughed a lot that day. Oh man, it was honestly a fun day hanging out with them. It made me miss our college days when we were young and had so much freedom to play and go on so many adventures! It was nice to know that we were able to just pick up where we left off.
Last Group Picture of 2013
Thanks Christian and Mark for being good actors to surprise Briana! Briana, hope you had as much fun as I did hanging out with them! Happy belated 25th birthday!

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Surprise Chelsea!

Chelsea’s husband texted me earlier in the week about doing a surprise for Chelsea. Chelsea told Eric, her husband, how she wanted to see the Nutcracker and that the last time she saw it was with me. So Eric, the loving husband that he is, thought it would be a great idea for me to surprise her at the door and then take her to watch the Nutcracker together. Great idea, huh? Uh-huh.

When I arrived in Diego, I texted Eric that I had just parked. He responded that he was going to “poop” so that Chelsea could open the door.

I knocked on their door and looked down on the ground so that she would not see my face through the peep hole. She opened the door and I actually don’t remember the first thing I said to her exactly. But I must say she was definitely surprised to see me! She kept asking me what I was doing at her place. I responded casually saying, “I was just around the neighborhood.” She kept asking me the same question why I was there. At some point I asked her if I could come inside since I was just standing there with my bag of Korean pears to give to them.

Eric and I ended up explaining the whole surprise to her. She responded, “No wonder Eric kept telling me to get ready!” I told her that we only had an hour left until the show starts. So she quickly got dressed up and we were off to downtown San Diego!

We grabbed a quick bite at Sushi Deli which is Chelsea and Eric’s favorite place. Service was great there. Since we were in a time crunch, we couldn’t order a lot but we ordered enough. We literally had 15 minutes left until the show started. We told the waitor our time crunch situation and he was definitely understanding and was quick to give us our food in less than 5 minutes! So we got some California Rolls and garlic edamame for about $6. I need to try that garlic edamame again the next time I’m in San Diego. They were really good!

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Luckily the theater was one or two doors down from Sushi Deli. So we power walked to Spreckles Theater. Yup, it’s called Spreckles. Don’t ask why. I thought the same too. We made it right on time for the show to start!

This Nutcracker performance was definitely one up than our previous Nutcracker show. There was live music and the story line made more sense than before. We’re hoping to start a new tradition to step up the quality of the Nutcracker as we get older! I already can’t wait for the next one!

20121225-232059.jpgThanks Eric for planning all of this! Chelsea, it was so good seeing you! Glad we were able to watch this together!