Easter Dinner

Easter at the end of my Spring Break was already 3 weeks ago. Since I just posted about the pizza pasta I made a week ago, I’ll catch up on blogging about my Easter dinner too! March and April were so busy and stressful at work that I stopped cooking once I started working late and lost my voice for 3 weeks. For the past few years living at home, I have either not cooked or I go big and cook a fancy meal for others, such is the case with Easter dinner two years in a row. Last year I made my first Easter dinner for 11 people, my visiting relatives from HK, Australia, and NY! This year it was my mom and family friends, a small group of 4 of us! I was so sad that my steak was way overcooked because I didn’t have enough time to use the sous vide and get the perfect medium rare steak, but thankfully my guests eat steak cooked thoroughly. On the bright side, I successfully made roasted beets and brussels sprouts for my first time and they were yummy!

Ingredients: ribeye steak, mushrooms, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, onions, dried thyme

Roasted brussels sprouts and onions and roasted beets and carrots with thyme

Appetizer: Cream of mushroom soup with mushrooms

White grape with elderflower sparking juice and fancy table setting

Entree: Ribeye steak with roasted brussels sprouts, onions, beets, and carrots

Dessert: Mom’s jello eggs and Trader Joe’s mini chocolate ice cream cones


Pizza Pasta From My Sister-In-Law

My sister-in-law cooked pizza pasta when we visited San Diego over Spring Break. It was so good that I asked her for the recipe. I invited friends over for dinner last week and decided to make this for my first time, so the pressure was on to feed 6 people. Moving from mom to friends as my guinea pigs! I’m glad it turned out okay, and everyone thought it was really good. I don’t like to follow recipes step-by-step if I already have an idea of the end result, but I look up the ingredients so I know what to include in it. One thing I learned to do differently next time is to put the oven on broil to brown the cheese for 5 minutes instead of on bake which didn’t even brown the cheese after 30+ minutes. I forgot that I used broil to brown the top of my shepherd’s pie, but I wasn’t really thinking when I had 45 minutes to get dinner ready. This is an easy meal to serve a group, especially for those who like pizza, pasta, and lasagna, a combination of the three!

1) Ingredients: Italian sausage, pepperoni, tomato sauce, dried oregano, fusilli pasta, mozzarella cheese (I picked up all the ingredients from Trader Joe’s and used the whole package for each except for the mozzarella cheese and oregano to make more than what the recipe called for.)

2) Cook Italian sausage. Slice up and add pepperoni. Add tomato sauce and oregano. (I added pasta sauce to make more sauce because the next step is to cook the pasta in the sauce.)

3) Add fusilli pasta into the sauce. (First time not cooking pasta in boiling water, so the pasta turns out more flavorful in the sauce, but it takes longer to cook the pasta.)

4) Put pasta in a glass container for the oven.

5) Add a layer of mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta and broil in oven until cheese is browned and crispy. Serve and enjoy!

One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake: http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/16/one-pot-pizza-pasta-bake

Triple Birthday Celebrations

A weekend of back to back to back birthday celebrations 3 nights in a row to celebrate 4 friends! Happy birthday to Deb, Charissa, Peter, and Dan!! My thank yous to them for their friendships are on IG, so I’ll spare the sappiness and just share the rest of the photos from this weekend.

Deb’s birthday with KBBQ at Gen for my first time in NorCal! That Hawaiian steak yummm!

Pillar BBQ after 3-on-3 basketball tournament and hangout over boba at T4 playing Jenga!

Charissa’s Favorite Things Birthday Party meeting her other friends and giving and receiving 3 gifts! Funny how I received 3 of my favorite things back – pretzels, a book, and a notebook/pen!

Peter and Dan’s joint birthday bash with KBBQ!

Day Trip to the City with My Bestie

On Saturday, I took a day trip to the city with my bestie! It was a FULL fun day, we were out from 9am-12am! We used to go up to SF more often a few years ago with our mommas and families. Our busy schedules with work, travels, church, and other friends are different from each other, so lately we have made it a point to schedule our next hangout a little farther in advance. This way we are purposeful about making sure we spend time together even when our lives are busy! We both just came home from traveling and having really good eats so even though we were in SF surrounded by what we thought would be good eats everywhere, we were indecisive and picky about what we wanted to eat, plus our day wasn’t really planned out so we ate at odd hours. Also, I took my DSLR with me, but the tungsten light was turned on by accident, which made all my photos have a weird blue filter on it, so these photos from my phone will have to do!

10:00 AM // Hike at Mori Point: Mori Point Rd, Pacifica, CA 94044

I couldn’t find a hike in SF that was longer than one mile or one hour, so I started looking a little south of the city. I found Mori Point on bahiker, and it was going to be a 2-hour hike with 4 miles of ocean view and wild flowers. We didn’t realize it was Earth Day, which made it a perfect day to opt outside and enjoy God’s creation! This place felt like a piece of Ireland or Lord of the Rings with all of the green fields and valleys. I’d come back to see other flowers in bloom!IMG_7530.jpgIMG_7546.jpgIMG_7547.jpg

2:30 PM // Lunch at Marufuku Ramen: 1581 Webster St #235, San Francisco, CA 94115

We were so hungry that I didn’t look around for free parking when we got to Japantown. We paid for street parking at $5.25/hour and wasted the first hour waiting in line at Marufuku Ramen, but I also checked out some shops in the Kinokuniyo Building. We were on both waiting lists for Marufuku Ramen and Udon Mugizo, but decided to go with Marufuku because it had 4-star reviews and it was “Hot and New” on Yelp. We ordered the Hakata Tonkotsu and Hakata DX and shared the corn in the Hakata DX and tried the simmered pork belly in the Hakata Tonkotsu versus braised pork belly in the Hakata DX. The ramen tasted like Shin Sen Gumi, and the broth was tasty, not too salty or oily like some other places. The egg was cooked just right.


4:00 PM // Boba Guys Fillmore: 1522 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

I hear mixed reviews about their milk tea, so we went with the Strawberry Matcha Latte, and it lived up to the hype. It cost $5 for 16 oz and $6 for 24 oz, which is more expensive but they use quality ingredients like Straus organic milk. We got the 16 oz to save room for whatever we were going to eat later. Next time I’d go back for the 24 oz to have more of that delicious strawberry puree with matcha! They also have some nice furniture, so we lounged on the sofa chairs and took turns asking and answering TableTopics questions. This turned out to be a fun “game”, getting to know my bestie of 27 years even better with random questions like what you would look for in a yard sale, what historical sporting event you would most like to go to, what concert you would like to watch, and 3 adjectives your family would use to describe you.


6:00 PM // Shopping at Union Square: 865 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

We found an amazing free parking spot right down the street from Union Square Macy’s and walked into some shops along our way to Westfield SF Centre. I bought an eyelet skirt from Madewell and knee-high boots from Francesca’s on sale!

10:00 PM // Dinner at El Farolito: 2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

By the time we were done shopping at about 9:30, every possible place we wanted to eat at from San Tung to La Taqueria to Hong Kong cafes in Chinatown were closing at 10 and we wouldn’t have made it in time. We were surprised to find places in SF close so early!! El Farolito was like our only option at this hour because it thankfully closes at 3:30 AM. We shared the highly reviewed carne asade super suiza burrito, but for being so hungry which makes all things taste better, it wasn’t anything special. I want to try La Taqueria just down the street next time!

10:45 PM // Ice Cream at Humphry Slocombe: 2790 Harrison St A, San Francisco, CA 94110

Lots of ice cream shops also close at 10, so I wonder where people in SF go for their late night dessert runs. I understand that places like Bi-Rite make so much business that they don’t need to have their workers work so late in order to make ice cream available past 10. Even though I have been to Humphry Slocombe before and didn’t think too much of it, I came back because it was open until 11. I also wanted to satisfy my ice cream craving after something spicy in my burrito. Some of their flavors were not to my liking when I taste tested them, but I went with the Matcha Doodle (Snickerdoodle overpowers matcha) and flavorful Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee.

Until the next adventure…

Spring Break in Socal 2017

Back to my blog! March was a really busy and stressful month at work that had me lose my voice for 3 weeks, which made it exhausting to teach and hard to recover until I had the week off to stop talking for 6 hours straight. Spring Break definitely came at the right time. It wasn’t until Facebook popped up old photos of reunions with my grad school friends from the past few years that I realized it was my fifth year in a row spending Spring Break in Socal! I visited my brother and sister-in-law in their newly refurnished home in San Diego with my mom for the first time after they got married last October and my college friends in Irvine. Though it was a busy and productive week, it was restful being away from work and I always have a good time with family and friends! I am also thankful to have had Passion Week off to spend more time reading and mentally preparing for Good Friday and Easter. Hope you had a happy Easter!

Since my last post, Bea gave me two free weeks of yoga, which I milked by going 10 out of the 14 days of unlimited yoga. For being my first time taking yoga classes, I really enjoyed the hour of being unplugged from my phone, destressing from work, not thinking about anything, detoxing my body with stretching and sweating, and getting endorphins! With 3 months left to train for my first half marathon, this hour of working out almost every day kick started my new thing of being active into Spring Break, which is what I looked forward to on this trip (other than catching up with family and friends!) even more than Socal eats. Here are the photos from Spring Break!

Saturday, 4/8: Breakfast at Cream Pan (almond croissant, strawberry croissant)Screenshot_20170418-220019 (1).png

Hung out with my brother’s in-laws in LA. Peruvian lunch at El Rocoto (seafood soup, chicken with pesto spaghetti, lomo saltado).

Katie’s parents’ houseIMG-20170408-WA0012.jpg

Korean Bell of Friendship

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Takeout dinner from Savoy Kitchen (hainan chicken rice) and Noodle King (braised pork rice, dan dan mien, beef noodle soup) at Katie’s sister’s houseIMG_20170408_184630.jpg

Sunday, 4/9: Ran 5 miles at Lake Miramar with Katie

Church and Spiritual Formation Class

Lunch at Point Loma Seafoods (crab sandwich, clam chowder)IMG_20170409_140609_348.jpg

Nap. Katie and Law cooked pizza pasta. Watched Moana.IMG_20170409_195446.jpg

Monday, 4/10: Brunch at Great Maple (house smoked beef brisket english popover)

Visited Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, California’s first mission

Hiked and laid on the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve with Gloria

Joined Law’s small group

Tuesday, 4/11: Read at Starbucks. Shopping at Carlsbad Outlets and UTC mall.

Taco Tuesday dinner at El Patron ($1.09 cabeza, lengua, fish, adobada pork tacos)IMG_20170411_182455_838.jpg

Rock climbing at Mesa Rim with Law, Katie, Chiyo, Ricky, and Adam

Wednesday, 4/12: Law made breakfast for the familyIMG_20170412_083458_834.jpg

Watched Rogue One. Nap.

Family dinner at Ironside Fish & Oyster ($1 Ironside Select oysters, chowder fries, clam chowder, steamed mussels, sea bass, and green beans)

Mom flew home

Hung out with Liz at Bing Haus (black sesame and earl grey lavender rolled ice cream)

Thursday, 4/13: Made jello eggs. Nap.

Ran 5 miles on trails and hills at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

Dinner at Urban Plates (albacore with brussells sprouts and mashed potatoes). Law & Katie dropped me off in Irvine. Slept over at Cheryl and Mike’s house for 2 nights.

Friday, 4/14: Peet’s. Hung out with Tammy and Tyler and helped Tammy to decorate Tyler’s room.

Dinner at Din Tai Fung with Cheryl and Mike (cucumber salad, xiao long baos, shrimp and pork dumplings, noodles with chicken soup, dan dan mien)

Berean’s Good Friday Service with Crosslife at the new church building!

Saturday, 4/15Breakfast at W Cafe with Michelle and Dephinie (chia pudding)

Lunch at Le Dip with Henry and Pablo, throwback to college (chicken broccoli mushroom sandwich with garlic sauce). Visit the hipster Union Market at The District.

Can’t believe the end of the school year is near, only 37 days left until summer!