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One of the perks of living California is that the Mexican food is amazing. Don Ruben’s Mexican Grill is one of my personal favorites. From the exterior, this little Mexican shack doesn’t seem like anything special. However, what happens inside is magic. I am absolutely in love with their carne asada soft tacos. The meat is not too greasy, partially because the lettuce and tomatoes really help to balance it out. After going to Mexico last year, I’ve realized that authentic Mexican food is often light yet still packed with flavor. Plus, for only two dollars, it’s definitely a satisfying snack.

The Works


I haven’t posted in the longest time, but I’ve finally found something worthy of being posted. I’ve been wanted to go to Fuddruckers since forever. I think one of the most satisfying feelings is taking that first bite into a burger. When I went to Fuddruckers, I immediately looked for the famous Specialty Burgers. After a while, I decided on a 1/2 lb. “The Works” burger. It was composed of bacon, American cheese, and mushrooms. Although it sounds simple, the burger was packed with flavor. And, every time I took a bite, it would fall apart and I would have to reassemble the burger again. Although there were too much mushrooms for my liking, the bread was absolutely phenomenal, both fluffy and slightly sweet. Overall, “The Works” lived up to its name, and I can’t wait to go back to try another one of their specialties

Dim Sum

This summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Hong Kong. Whenever I think of Hong Kong, I immediately think of dim sum. I’ve always loved going to Chinese restaurants early in the morning to eat dim sum. The workers are always pushing carts filled with shrimp dumplings, pork bun, and my favorite, egg tarts. For the first time, however, I was able to try authentic dim sum from a restaurant called Yung Kee. Located at the heart of Hong Kong, Yung Kee is actually famous for its roast goose, although the dim sum does not fall short. Although the price is a bit expensive, every bite was worth it!

Boba in a Bottle

I can honestly say that the single best thing about Taiwan is boba. Because Taiwan is so small, everything is crammed. Literally, every street has at least a couple boba stands waiting for you. It has become one of the main staple foods in Taiwan. Also, the price is cheap. In America, boba milk tea can cost up to $4, but in Taiwan, it’ll only be $1. Because it’s so cheap, however, I’ve been drinking boba obsessively. But hey, it’s only ever summer that I go to Taiwan, so why not indulge? Furthermore, boba in a bottle? This is just one of the many reasons why I love Taiwan so much.

De Neve Dining Hall

After my sister’s recent admission to UCLA, my family and I decided to go on a tour of   UCLA. Of course, after finished the two hour tour, my family was dying to eat. Tired from the tour, we picked the closet one: the De Neve Dining Hall. Brunch was absolutely amazing at UCLA. They had an omelet station; honestly, anything with eggs and cheese is a hit for me. After stuffing myself with breakfast food, I started on the lunch entrees. I decided to try to the Bruin Burger. What made it so delicious was actually seeing the chefs make the burger behind the counter. Basically it’s good to know that the food is fresh. Overall, I can definitely see why it’s one of top 10 college dining halls. But beware, if you go to this school, it’ll be more than the “freshman fifteen” that you’ll be gaining!

Boiling Crab

A couple weeks ago, I tried Boiling Crab for the first time. People are always raving about Boiling Crab, so I had to try it. Whenever I’m feeling down, the best way for me to feel better is to have a girls’ night out. So over the weekend, my friends and I went to go pig out at Boiling Crab. Being the poor high school students that we are, the three of us only ordered shrimp and fries, which was surprisingly filling yet cheap at the same time. We shared two orders of Rajun Cajun Shrimp and two orders of fries. I think the best part about going to Boiling Crab is not the food but rather the experience. By the end of the meal, my hands and face were completely covered in hot sauce. Hopefully, next time I can kick it up a notch and order some of the expensive seafood!


Nothing beats going to Costco for free samples. Today’s menu was especially spectacular from apple sausages all the way to seasoned and marinated steak. I literally spent about an hour going around Costco trying different samples. My only comfort was that it was definitely a bit of walking getting to each sample. Of all the free samples that composed of my lunch today, my favorite was actually dessert.  Basically it was a bite-size of Costco’s pound cake with a slice of fresh strawberry, finished with a twirl of whipped cream on top. It’s a great dessert for parties, and it’s simple yet appetizing. Plus, it’s super refreshing, since summer’s coming up!

S’more Cupcake

Sprinkles is one of my favorite cupcake shops. Unfortunately, the closest one is about 30 minutes away, so it’s always a treat when I go. Every time I walk in, they have a different menu, which always motivates me to try a different flavor. This time, I decided to go with the S’more Cupcake, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sprinkles was able to combine all the elements of an actual s’more into a cupcake. It starts off with a surprisingly gooey marshmallow frosting on top, slightly burnt. Then comes the rich, chocolate cake in the middle. Finally, at the very bottom is a layer of graham cracker to finish it off. Every bite brought back childhood memories around the campfire. It was truly a delight!

Magnolia High School Carwash

You guys probably think I’m getting more and more off topic with my posts, but bear with me. Recently Magnolia High School hosted a car wash on Saturday, April 28th to raise money for the family of Juan Daniel Barboza, a junior at the school who was hit by a car while trying to push his mother’s car off the street. The AUHSD district immediately informed all the schools within our district to help out. So on Satuday morning, my sister and I drove to Magnolia High School to wash cars. Despite our differences, we were able to join with the students from Magnolia HS and work towards one common goal. With donations pouring in, the car wash was a success.

Now for the food aspect: Pepe’s Finest Mexican Food donated boxes of hamburgers and tacos to the volunteers at the car wash. After working for so long, I was so appreciative for just a plain, old cheeseburger.

I guess what I’m trying to get to, is that always live by the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s inspiring to see that even in this economy, restaurants such as the Pepe’s will still give what they can to help out. Despite not knowing the Juan Daniel Barboza, much less even one of the students at the school, meeting the mother of this boy made me realize how much one person’s actions can make a difference.

For more information, go the following link: http://www.ocregister.com/news/family-351166-barboza-magnolia.html