Sycamore Kitchen

i <3 sycamore kitchen.  the ambiance is gorgeous and the food is phenomenal.  i went there recently for brunch and ordered a few new items that were (of course) delicious.

Italian cobb salad below

–really delicious dressing, everything was perfectly chopped and i loved the little bits of golden beets in there

Ginger Limeade

–delicious again.  a little on the sweet side but still yummy.

Turkey Sandwich

–reminded me of a holiday sandwich with cranberry spread inside.  DELIC.



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Thirsty Thursdays: Cupcake Vineyards 2012 Red Velvet


For me, there are two really inviting things about this label alone: “cupcake” and “red velvet”.  What girl wouldn’t pick this up huh?

The wine was really smooth, sweet and aromatic and had a nice berry red color.  The wine itself is a blend of red varietals with a Zinfandel base and tasted like a young wine.  I would recommend this bottle for large parties where you aren’t sure who likes what.  At the picnic I went to, it was a total hit with people since it wasn’t dry and paired well with all the snacks we had.

Blaze Pizza in Culver City

 Mike has wanted to try this place since we moved to Palms and a few weeks ago we finally got the chance!  My brother flew in from Hawaii so we grabbed a quick meal on the way home from the airport and this was seriously the perfect take out to grab.  The pizzas are flash cooked and the way that you pick your toppings/order is like chipotle or 800 degrees.  You can either choose one of their pizzas or you can build your own.  We choose 2 pizzas on the menu and a caesar salad and my brother chose to build his own…

(not pictured) the blood orange lemonade.  it was the biggest thing to order on yelp and well it was tasty.  pretty sweet for me tho, so i added water to mine.  not sure i would pick this drink again in the future…

 Meat Lovers (sausage, pepperoni, onion)

–really good (mike could have done without the onion tho)


the build your own pizza

–he chose some interesting toppings but he LOVED it


caesar salad

–i could have done without this one.  the leaves weren’t fresh…which made me question everything else about it.


margharita pizza

–who doesn’t love this kind??  soooo goood.  they salt and peppered the top at the end which really brought out the flavors



the crust at blaze pizza is all gluten free so that’s kinda the first thing you notice~~ but the crust is crispy and thin and really easy to eat.  i would say i still like 800 degrees over blaze, but it’s a really great place to pick up fresh pizza on the go.

Thirsty Thursdays: Fadeaway Chardonnay


“hay-colored, crisp, citrusy, lightly oaked Chardonnay…Fuji apple, pear, and melon notes, with hints of vanilla & a luxurious finish”

the chardonnay was yummy and i love the label!  the quote above is what Trader Joe’s says about it.   this wine is only $8.99  at TJ’s so grab a bottle today!

Food/Flavors of Hawaii

okie here are the rest of the hawaii pics.  Most of these are at home with my mama (love her cookin)!

this below is chicken soup (yup the whole friggin thing) and my mom calls it “son in law” soup.  Where mike has to eat the entire thing for BREAKFAST.  hahaha  uhhh this is to the guy that never eats breakfast, nevertheless, anything before noon.  He always struggles to eat it and when she’s not looking I try to help the poor guy out.  But the most endearing part of it all is that my mom loves to feed mike and make sure that he’s gotten enough protein in him.  lol


the best shaved ice on the island.  *droool *  i dream about this place all the time



my mom’s delicious stir fry!


on the cruise for my mama’s bday~~~  mai’ tai’s all around!


adorable mama chang packed us food for our plane ride back to Cali.  She made masubi’s and korean california rolls.  she loves her family through her cooking and it totally shows.  she’s always prepared!!

(i blame the tire around my belly on her~~ it’s always been there and it’s there to stay with this kind of delicious home cookin!)


That’s all folks!  no more hawaii pics to share.  BUT mike and i are thinking of going to Hawaii for Christmas and NYE this year to spend time with my family~~ so i’m keeping my fingers crossed!!  There were so many delicious places to eat that I didn’t get to try yet… can’t wait to go back! xoxo

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck & Ono Shrimp Truck


and now…for the delicious giovanni’s shrimp truck!!  oh man, it’s such a treat to eat this.  Between the four of us, we got 2 plates from Giovanni’s (garlic and butter) and 1 spicy shrimp plate from the korean truck next to it.  All of them were yummy but I loved mixing the plain butter shrimp in with the spicy/garlic ones.  It was a nice palate cleanser. =)

mike and i went to geste shrimp truck on maui a few days later and well… hands down that one rocked our world (post here).  but giovanni’s is always an island favorite and a must stop when you go you!



Matsumoto’s Shaved Ice in Oahu

Before I discovered Waiola Shaved Ice, Matsumoto’s was my go-to place on the island.  I love the ice cream at the bottom and the mountain high shaved iced on top.  SO FREAKING YUMMY.  Matsumoto’s was my first experience with hawaiian shaved ice so it always holds a special place in my heart.  lol  ^^

ANYWAY, during our short trip we just had to make a little pit stop after the dole plantation and turtle bay!

Matsumot’s is a bit out of the way if you’re only hanging out in waikiki area~ but if you have a car i totally recommend you try this place!  one bonus is that it’s right next to the famous giovanni’s shrimp truck!