Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Diamonds and Gluttony Thursdays

This week has been non-stop activities. But I'm definitely not complaining. 
Tuesday and Wednesday were baseball, then Thursday was all about concerts.

Liz has an unlimited Blockbuster account. Her membership type is self-explanatory. 
She was also outvoted by Aaron and I, 2-1, on what movie to watch. 
The greatest Blockbuster find.Thursdays are for Twilight concerts. But before we went to the weekly concert event, we stopped at City Creek. 
Specifically, Tiffany & Co.
Smitten by a 1.5. 
Fujino fulled invested in what he's investing in.

The Twilight Concert Series is held every week of every summer. Each week there is a different performer. So far I've seen Raphael Saadiq and Nas. This week's band was the Band of Horses. Not sure who they were and still don't know who they are.

Indie central.
 We ate dinner at the food trucks on the concert grounds. Our first stop was the Himalayan Kitchen. We got the combo plate of noodles, chicken curry, potatoes, and momos (Nepali dumplings). Yummmm.
Then I got a corn, it was a season your cob yourself booth. I put butter, lemon pepper, salt, parmesan cheese and chili powder. The corn was sweet and perfectly roasted.
 We kept seeing people with kalua pig. Little did we know that we were ignoring a whole section of food booths. We got the combo bowl of kalua and teriyaki chicken. The theme of the night was gluttony. After the concert, we went to Bruges Waffles and Fries, got two waffles, fries, fry sauce, then went to Bryon's apartment for pizza. !!!

The waffles were so delicious. One had crème fraîche and peaches, the other had chocolate, strawberries, bananas and ice cream. The waffle itself was amazing. The fries? Deep fried perfection. We got two sauces, Samurai and Curry. Each was scrumptious.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Triple-A Rivercats

Baseball, what a great game. Hot dogs, fries, cracker jack, ice cream, kettle corn and candied nuts? No wonder it's America's pass time. This week we hit up all the minor league games. First there was the Owls game, then Wednesday, we went to see none other than Stephen Parker play third base. He played for BYU and now plays Triple-A for the Sacramento Rivercats, an affiliate with the Oakland A's.
They played the Salt Lake Bees who had dollar dogs! 
Seventh inning dollar dog stretch.
Two dollar dogs, garlic fries and Parker's homerun = Success!!

A Non-Pioneer Pioneer Day

My first Pioneer Day not at home, so I tried to no avail to recreate Mother Sally's holiday. I started with an email blast. 
To: Elizabeth, Aaron, Faith, Jordan, Alicia, Justin, Kasey, Cheri

Pioneer Day picnic tomorrow to celebrate that we are not pioneers!! Details to follow within a twelve hour time frame.

If these were real pioneers, they would not be smiling, and I don't think there would be a brown person with them.
My email blasts almost always never get responded to. I'm not sure why, maybe I need to spice them up a little. If you didn't know, Pioneer Day is a big deal. There are fireworks, bonnets and aprons. It is also a state holiday, and a time to reflect on those who crossed the treacherous lands to claim the great state that is now Utah. Their life probably wasn't as enjoyable as the Oregon Trail makes it seem. I am grateful to not be a pioneer.

To celebrate, we went on a hike, an activity to connect to our pioneer ancestors. Stewart Falls was littered with people, probably all actual pioneer descendants.
Us (Me, Derek, Justine, Justin and Kasey) and the couple taking a self portrait. 
God's Land.
The hike was beautiful. Who knew that Utah was so green during the summer?

That night, we all went to the Owls game at UVU. The Owls are the single A minor league team affiliated with the Anaheim Angles. 
There was a boy and a girl owl. They could've made their eyes a little less scary looking.

Kasey Ko's final hoorah in Utah before moving home.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Live Más

Yay LA! For real. Another successful reunion. Brittany, Jojo and I congregated in sunny California for the Fourth of July. Good thing we have amazing friends and family that live there and let us impose on them. Legit impose. They definitely showed us why LA is one of the greatest cities in the world. 

I started the vacation super well by missing my flight and coming in five hours late. It put a kink in the plans, but Aaron came to the rescue me in Long Beach, and Christie covered me by picking Jojo up from the airport. Thank you and I am sorry times a thousand!

Britt, Jojo and I were a group package. We moved like a unit from Hermosa, to Westchester and Santa Monica. We lived the beach life with Noe in Hermosa Beach for the first two days/nights, then moved northward. The beach was crazy on the fourth. There were so many people walking, bbq-ing and volleyball going on. Everyone was so patriotic, singing songs and wearing the nation's red, white and blue. 
America's got pride (at least one day of the year).

Michael Busto! We got together with classmates who all live in LA. 'Twas a grand time. Punahou runs deep.

Ahmurika. We are citizens, no visas or green cards here.

East Harlem's newest and brightest 5th grade teacher!
We ate all you can eat Korean BBQ at Road to Seoul. I think we did really well getting our money's worth. I love that headband. 
Jojo and Todd Seki. He looks so happy. We went to Santa Monica to eat sushi with Jojo's brother and friends. We stayed at his house for the remainder of the trip, and literally moved into one of the rooms (we didn't kick him out, he went back to Hawai'i for the weekend).
A hui-hou Sarah Hui Chicks. 
Joj-ma-J and Ric-ma-J! ma-J sibs! 
The headband minuses an average of three years off of my appearance. I know what I'll be wearing everyday when I hit menopause.
We took a drive down Rodeo Drive and saw all these people surrounding this car. Unbeknownst to us, it was a 2 million dollar Bugatti. Yeah...

In a nutshell, we lived más.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Big City Livin'

My sister has moved to the big city... Salt Lake City that is. It's pretty much a big deal. 

Liz and her building.

On Friday, she came to Provo for a birthday dinner and picked me up from my apartment on her way back north. Being carless has its cons, no pros. That night we rented "Our Idiot Brother" from Blockbuster (yes, Blockbuster is still around) and watched it at her new home. 

First, her home. 
It's a super cute perfectly fitting two bed, one bath, complete with a front lawn and a chicken couple to scare the be-jeezus out of you. It's newly renovated and I hear good things about her landlord/owner/builder of the place. The closer is washer/dryer and a gas stove. A gas stove makes a world of difference.

Next, the movie. Semi-funny, sort of irritating, overall thumbs 3/4 up.

But the sandwich in the picture below is thumbs fully up. Liz found a Bahn Mi place in South Salt Lake, Oh Mai, on our way back from Ikea. Around 3 pm we treated ourselves to $4 baguettes of Honey Glazed Pork and Curry Chicken. 
Four dollars well spent. 
Of course, we came home to putz around all afternoon. 
She cleaned while I read Rich Dad Poor Dad
This book just might change my life.
Around eight we got dinner at Naked Fish, another thumbs up.
Our Menu:

Liz's literally one nigiri of hamachi
Agedashi Tofu
Tengu Roll: Shrimp Tempura Topped with Spicy Crab Salad, Tuna, Tobiko, Spicy Aioli & Tare
Hotategai- Seared Scallops with a Miso Oregano
Ginger Pork

I might just be the worst foodtographer, so here's a borrowed photo of our dessert. 
Introducing the Cheesecake Factory's 
Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake .
And yes, it is just as delicious as it sounds. 
We devoured it while watching "What's Your Number?", which is also a 3/4 thumbs up, and online shopping for bridesmaids dresses (not an easy task). 
Multi-tasking at it's finest.

 Breakfast a The Park Cafe. We may have over ordered, but it was all delicious. 
I got the Jazz omelette with a side of salsa, while Liz got the special Corned Beef, and we shared super short stack of blueberry pancake. 
A super short stack is half a short stack, one pancake. 
We had leftovers to say the least.
I basically just documented Liz with food everyday of the weekend. And it's still not over. We have dinner hot pot style with her friends from her MBA program tonight. 
A run tomorrow morning will be required.