LEGO Imagination Center

Hello lovelies! I hope your weekend is going well. Mine is great, thank you. (: So who loves LEGOs? I know I do, except for stepping on them of course. I’ve always loved LEGOs. Since I was a kid, I loved building the tallest towers with my younger brother. Not too long ago, my family went to DownTown Disney and we came across this massive LEGO Imagination Center. This was literally a child’s dream place to be. It was crazy crowded, but my eyes were set on the massive lego sculptures or whatever you want to call it. My dad took a picture with one!

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Even my dad was fascinated about all the LEGOs. Need a present to give to your kid for their birthday? Well, you know where to go. I’m not going to lie, I probably had more fun in here than my brother. I wanted to build my own things. They had a spot for you to do that. Oh my goodness. There’s nothing bad about this place. Well, if you don’t like a place that’s a bit too overpopulated with kids, then this isn’t your place. I basically stood there for 3 minutes with my dad admiring this work of art.

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Yep, I was pretty mind blown. It was so massive and cool. Gosh, I wished you all could see it. Look at that dragon behind there. I sound like a five year old right now, but if you were there, that’s how you would feel. Young and free. Of course, it’s not Disneyland, but if you come from a family that likes walking around DownTown Disney and watch the fireworks at night, you should definitely stop by here and check everything out, maybe buy something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have fun!

Hannah xx

Mitasie 3

Hello lovelies! How has your weekend been? I hope it has been fantastic. Summer is just around the corner. What does that mean? School’s almost out! When school’s out, that means you need places to hang out. I know that there aren’t a lot of vegetarians out there, but if you are a vegetarian (or a vegan) I know how hard it is to find a place to eat. My dad and I are both vegetarians. We’re always looking for a place that we can eat at, but we’re kind of tired of looking through menus and asking the waiters if they could substitute the meat for something like mushrooms.

On Friday, I was talking to my friend, Ari. I was wondering if she had a hard time finding a place to eat as well since she’s a vegetarian. She told me it is difficult sometimes, but she’s been going to this place called Mitasie 3. I have never heard of this place in my entire life, yet it has 489 reviews on yelp. I went on yelp, and already, I am fascinated by the variety of food there was at this place. There were meals that looked like actual meat. I wanted to try it, so that day, I asked my Dad if he wanted to try it out and he said okay.

When we got there, there were so many things that I wanted to eat. My brother immediately got attached to the desert menu, particularly the chocolate vegan cake. I’m not very fond of chocolate cakes, but this cake was so moist. It was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my entire life. But of course, that’s my opinion.

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Other than the cake, I had pad thai. Oh my gosh. I have been looking for a place that has really good pad thai, and this is the place. It had the perfect sauce, the texture was amazing, everything about it just has me speechless. I’d like to add that my dad is a very picky eater and he fell in love with this place, so that’s definitely saying something. Plus, we’re Vietnamese. We’re pretty picky people.

If you’re a vegetarian and you’re having a party, but you’re tired of taking your friends out to a place full of meat, I recommend this place. They’ll be so surprised that the stuff that they’ll be eating isn’t meat. I really hope you guys do try out this place whether you’re a vegetarian or not. Here’s their yelp page if you guys want to see what other people thought about this place. There’s so many pictures. Forewarning, you’ll be drooling.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mitasie-3-huntington-beach-2

I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Hannah xx

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Hello lovelies! How are you all doing? I hope you guys have had a fantastic week.

So today, I had my early birthday dinner with my family at Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet. Afterwards, my Uncle and his girlfriend surprised me by taking us all to Downtown Disney. Originally, I thought that we were just going to walk around the area and get some kettle corn to watch the fireworks show, but my uncle’s girlfriend took me into Build-A-Bear Workshop. I was so fascinated. There were two levels, when I walked in, it was so amazing. There were happy kids everywhere, every employee was smiling and happy to help their clients.

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I was looking around, kind of sad because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to go home with one. I wanted to walk around to admire the different teddy bears and quickly get out so that I wouldn’t be so disappointed that I wasn’t able to bring one home. However, my uncle’s girlfriend asked if I wanted one. Of course, I didn’t want her to waste her money on me, so I said, “No thank you.” She insisted though, so why not? I was so excited. I let her choose my bear though. She was pretty excited too. It was as if we ere 5 year olds again.

11201221_981382841886407_1654683311_oShe chose Pumpkin. I know it doesn’t look cute, but here comes the good part. We get to fill it in with fluff, we get to choose if it makes adorable noises or if it should smell. I chose to make it smell like strawberries. You repeat the words that the worker says to you. We seal the heart with a kiss, then we put it into the bear and seal it up nicely.

11186223_981413455216679_1991499048_nThey chose the dress. During the whole process though, I was just thinking that it must be so expensive, I felt so happy, yet so bad that it would cost them so much. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to give it a proper name and a birth certificate. I wanted to name her Sheepy. Oh gosh, how I feel like such a kid. We bought her and she got her own “home”.

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The experience was just great. I left the place, with a giant smile. I couldn’t thank my uncle’s girlfriend enough. My brother was a bit jealous, but it was worth it. If you guys haven’t made a Build-A-Bear yet, I recommend going to the one in Downtown Disney. You won’t regret it, I promise.

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I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Hannah xx

Bo De Tinh Tam Chay

Hello lovelies! How has your week been? I hope it’s been really amazing because mine has been really stressful. Anyways, I did not come here to talk about my week. I’m here to introduce you guys to a vegetarian restaurant that I really love. This place is called Bo De Tinh Tam Chay. I know that I’m the only vegetarian person in this group, and there are plenty of vegetarians out there that might run into our blog, so I figured that I should write about the vegetarian places I love. Hopefully you guys will come to enjoy it just as much as I do. The restaurant is owned by a Buddhist family, so there will be a bunch of Buddhist symbols around the whole restaurant. When you walk into the restaurant, you feel a very warm feeling. You feel very welcome because there’s so many plants around the whole place.

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The place isn’t too bright, but it isn’t too dark. It’s pretty clean to me, so you won’t feel uncomfortable eating here. The workers are also really nice and are always smiling. They’re always there to help you guys with whatever you need, so hopefully they get good tips.

Each time I come here, I always get the Pho Ap Chao Don. It’s basically fried flat noodles with a bunch of vegetables and tofu. The sauce is also amazing. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it right now.

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Picture: Pho Ap Chao Don – Yelp – Poupee C.

Do you guys like soups? Their hot pots are pretty amazing. It’s a bit sour, but I think that’s just perfect. There’s also Pho and Bun Bo Hue. If you aren’t Vietnamese and have no idea what any of these things are and you’re a vegetarian, you should definitely go here if you want to try it and actually have a good experience.

Don’t like soups? There’s also a variety of dishes with rice. Asians love their rice. Yummy! I always get the pho Ap Chao Don, but my brother gets the Com Tam. It’s really good. Oh my goodness, you should try it. I always eat some of his, but it’s fine since he eats off of my dish too. It always comes with a vegetable soup. It’s really refreshing. I recommend this dish. I actually recommend everything from this shop. Haha…

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Picture: Com Tam Chay – Yelp – Anna K.

I have to go now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Until next time, lovelies. :)!

Hannah xx


Bowers Museum

Bowers Museum Entrance

Bowers Museum Entrance

Hey readers! A few weeks ago, I wrote about The Museum of Latin American Art and how I wanted to visit more museums, and it looks like I’m back at it. Last Sunday, I visited Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, which focuses on Asian and Pacific Island art, and it was just as great as my last museum visit. All the artifacts were truly breathtaking and did not fail to amaze me.

Terra Cotta Warriors

Terra Cotta Warriors

The museum was a fairly good size. I came about mid-day and still had enough time to look at all of the museums before closing time, without having to rush reading through all of the descriptions. My favorite part was definitely being able to look at all of the Terra Cotta sculptures of warriors and animals from a certain time period. There’s a local history section that was also very impressive. The carved tusk, pictured down below, was also a crowd favorite.

Carved tusk from the Qing Dynasty

Carved tusk from the Qing Dynasty

Traveling exhibits make their way to Bowers Museum all the time, and are probably the most popular. Weekends when famous exhibits come are usually the most crowded, but taking the time to go is completely worth it. Every first Sunday of the month is free, and parking is free if you eat at Tangata.

Bowers Museum is a great opportunity to view quality art up close. There are plenty of beautiful artifacts and exhibits to enjoy, all with important history. If you’re looking for somewhere to experience a fun-filled historical blast from the past, Bower Museum is the place to go, so please check it out readers!

Until next time guys!

~Cynthia

Moderation and Working Out

I have a love hate relationship with food. Food is so delicious and honestly the best thing there is in this world that will make me happy. Yet, some foods, like the greasy curly fries from Jack in the Box or the large Sprinkles’ cupcakes, are so unhealthy to your body, that when you eat them there is instant remorse or the reminder of, “okay, I have to workout today.”

Food is great, yet food is not so great… but in the end it definitely leans towards the great side of the meter. You love the Costco deep fried churro and oily pizza. But let me tell you this, it is okay to love these foods and indulge in them. Just remember two key things if you would like to live a healthy lifestyle with such calories:

1) Try your best to eat in moderation. Craving a pizza? Eat only one slice and substitute vegetables with ranch or a breadstick and salad as the fillers. On special circumstances it is okay to indulge, but always make sure these circumstances are not every other week or so. Save these circumstances for special holidays like Thanksgiving Dinner or Easter Brunch!

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2) Workout, exercise, repeat. Do cardio! Lift weights! Do some Blogilates on YouTube! I believe exercising is a very important aspect of your physical and mental being. Being involved in physical activity on a daily basis should be on everyone’s agenda. When you feel fit, trust me, you will be stronger, happier, and more confident. I’m handing this to you on a silver plate… simply exercise and your outlook on life and the possibilities it holds will be broadened.

Go to the gym! -Creative Commons Image by Ms. Phoenix

Go to the gym! -Creative Commons Image by Ms. Phoenix

or stay at home and exercise with Blogilates!

Here is a list of some gym facilities located in Orange County! Feel free to visit their websites linked to check out their amenities.

Los Cabelleros at Fountain Valley

Innovative Results at Costa Mesa

Crossfit Ethos at Laguna

Jungle Fitness at Irvine

These facilities are more intimate, I believe, than the 24 Hour Fitness or LA Fitness. Go exercise today!

Naomi

*All information posted is my opinionย of what is best for a healthy lifestyle. Thank you!

Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet

Hello lovelies! How are you guys? I hope your weekend has been magnificent.

I’ve been having pretty stressful weeks lately, so my dad decided to take me to go out to eat at this buffet called Teppanyaki Grill Supreme Buffet.

We usually go in the afternoons with my whole family to take advantage of their seafood. However, ever since my dad and I have converted to becoming a vegetarian, we figured that going here during lunch would be cheaper since they don’t offer foods such as crab during that time.

I love coming to this place. There’s so many varieties, especially as a meat eater. However, if you are a vegetarian, there are wonderful vegetarian dishes too. There’s a frying bar, where you put a variety of things you want onto your bowl, and the frier will fry it for you. It’s delicious, I promise.

This is my dad, and he whipped up some random vegetables to make this dish. There was imitation crab too, so we added it in. It tastes so much like the real thing. I’m not just saying that because I’m vegetarian. I’m saying that because it’s true.

Whenever I come here, it’s always so busy. It’s particularly busy for dinner. Everyone loves their crab and low prices.

I also love having their tofu sour soup. Oh my gosh, it’s like heaven. When I first ate it, I was like woah, this is really sour, but I eventually got used to it. Overtime I go here, I always get it last. I mean, best for last right? Actually, I take that back, I save ice cream for last, but you get the point.

Their ice cream doesn’t come from those yogurt machine looking things. They’re actually in containers. It’s unbelievably delicious. They also have popsicle sticks. Plenty of other desserts like cake and cookies if you’re not so into ice cream, but who isn’t into ice cream? If you want to take it home with you, it’s an additional dollar, I was honestly pretty tempted to pay an extra dollar just to take one home.

Eat to your heart’s, or stomach’s, content, and then you can go to the planet fitness which is right next door to it to work it off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When you pay, you of course get fortune cookies. I always look forward to reading the fortunes.

I hope you guys try this place out some day, I highly recommend it. Have a wonderful weekend, guys. โค

Hannah xx