Compton Work Day

Today, my family and I woke up at 6:30 and drove all the way to Compton for the Compton Initiative. Basically,the Compton Initiative brings together different people from different churches and then we dedicate an entire morning to fixing up infrastructures around Compton.

After spending hours of painting this one house, we all took a lunch break. To be honest, we weren’t expecting much, but Angela, the owner of the house, brought us so much food. She made hot dogs wrapped in bacon. And up until now, I have never eaten such a delicious hot dog in my entire life. To see her gratitude was so rewarding. She talked about how when she had first started looking for a house, she hadn’t noticed the faults, such as the lack of a bathtub or the unstable roof. She was just so happy to finally have a house. She then told us how she had never had a housewarming party, and us coming into her house to rebuild was basically the most wonderful housewarming party she could ask for. After we finished fixing up the house, we took pictures with her and she continued to thank us for our work.

Until the very last moment did we find out that one of her neighbors had requested for her house to be remodeled for the Compton Initiative. She told us how a man came up to her house, banging on her door continuously. When she finally opened the door and asked, “What are you doing here?” He replied “I came here to bless you.” The purpose of this post is not to tell you about some amazing food that I’ve tried (although it was) but rather to show you guys that love has the power to bring people together. I got to meat some of the most amazing people who give and ask for nothing in return. I had the opportunity to change someone’s life and share one of the most rewarding meals I’ve ever had and because of this, I have been changed.

Breakfast at UCSD

If you haven’t heard already, I recently visited UCSD with my family. Just a bit of advice on any college visits, go early. The traffic is absolutely terrible.. By the time we arrived at the actual campus, we had already messed up our schedule so decided to take a break and eat at one of their dining halls; of course, just to get the “college” experience. Hopefully all of you guys have heard of the notorious “freshmen fifteen.” And after eating at one of the UCSD dining halls, I’m sure that it’ll more than fifteen pounds I’ll be gaining my freshmen year. To be honest, I believe campus food is very important. If it’s going to part of your daily life, why not make it good? Since I’m a California girl, my next mission is to eat at UCLA’s dining hall. If I was already impressed with UCSD, UCLA’s dining hall must be heaven. After all, they are ranked as one of the top 10 college dining halls.

Steak and Cheese Flatbread Pizza

Recently, I visited San Diego with my sister for college visits. I always see road trips as an opportunity to try new restaurants. I’m not too familiar with San Diego, so I used Yelp. Personally, I love Yelp. As much as I love the element of surprise of picking a random restaurant; when I’m hungry, I want good food. My family and I decided we wanted American food, so we found this restaurant called Zel’s Del Mar. It’s got an amazing atmosphere during nighttime with live music, an outdoor patio with fire to keep customers warm, and a bar area. After looking at the menu for a while, we choose the Steak and Cheese Flatbread Pizza. It had a strong horseradish taste, so it really stimulates your mouth. All in all, it takes the normal take-out pizza to another level, a much classier one.

Seasonal Crème Brûlée

The seasonal crème brûlée at Bruxie, however, was my favorite. The inside of the waffle composed of vanilla crème layered with burnt raw sugar, which is similar to the glass-like caramel on the crème brûlée. On top of that, it had fresh strawberries. The taste was so refreshing that I was tempted to buy another one. Overall, it’s one of most unique eats I’ve had in a while and a great treat to pick up if you’re nearby Old Towne Orange.


Bruxie, located in Old Towne Orange, sells a wide variety of savory and sweet gourmet waffle sandwiches. It’s a cute little stand on the side of the street with mist spraying from above to cool off eager customers. The service is great with friendly waiters and the atmosphere is relaxing as well. 

Now, I’ve heard great things about fried chicken and waffle, but I was a little hesitant because I thought the two flavors would clash. Going to Bruxie gave me the opportunity to try their famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffle; and to my surprise, it blended perfectly. The waffle wasn’t sweet but it was crunchy and sandwiched the fried chicken well. The fried chicken lived up to my expectations, which was both tender and juicy. It’s a quick meal I would definitely come back for.

Sugar Cookies

Food is always a great present to give. First of all it’s cheap. Also, it shows that you put time into your present instead of just looking around your house for some old lotion set. So a little about my personal life…I recently left my piano teacher. As a “thank you” present, I made sugar cookies with with music notes and the treble clef as decoration. I tried using the generic brand of piping gel but it ended up smearing. Word of advice: stick to regular frosting. It’s the simplest way to go. Plus, it’s fun dying the frosting to different colors. Anyway, they weren’t perfect, but it was fun to get creative. Hopefully my piano teacher liked it! 

Buffalo Wings

I’ve already written about Pizza Hut’s buffalo wings deal, but I love them so much that I decided to dedicate another post on my daring attempt to make it for my friend’s birthday. When it comes to trying a new recipe, there’s really no secret to success. However, word of advice: since you’re not familiar with the recipe, read over the recipe first. Take your time, especially on the simple steps. They’re the ones that are usually the easiest to mess up on. 


The recipe above is the one I used. I would definitely recommend using Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing’s sauce. It’s a simple recipe that would make a great appetizer. Plus, it was a hit with my friends!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Soda

If you guys read my previous posts, I mentioned that Watson’s was half diner and half convenience store. To make my first trip memorable, I bought a bottle of soda as a souvenir. But not just any. Watson’s had shelves and shelves of old-fashioned soda bottles with flavors from peanut butter and jelly all the way to bacon. Although I’d never try it, it’s definitely a good souvenir to keep the memories alive. 

Carne Asada Fries

Mexico food is, hands down, the most satisfying food to indulge in. And no, I’m not talking about fast food chains like Taco Bell or Del Taco with their unappetizing mystery meat. I’m talking about Albertacos. For all you night life people, it opens all the way until 1 A.M just to fit your late night cravings. Every time I go to Albertacos, I order carne asada fries or the California burrito. Every single time. The carne asada fries are relatively cheap for the quantity they give. Basically on top of the fries, you get a thick layer of melted cheese, sour cream, beef, and guacamole. I get excited just looking at it. When you take a bite, all the different flavors somehow come together. It’s possibly one of most filling meals you can get for about 7 bucks. 

Watson Drug and Soda Fountain

Today, I would like to take you guys on a tour of Watson’s. After reading of review of this 1950s style diner in my school newspaper, I was excited to visit. For all you guys who love eating out but don’t want to spend too much money, join Groupon. Right now, they have a deal where you pay $9 for $18 credit at Watson’s.

As you walk down the streets of Downtown Orange, you see a sign that reads Watson Drug & Soda Fountain. When you first walk in, you feel like time has slowed down, as if you’re taking a visit to the past. You see that it’s half diner, half convenience store, and you hesitate on which one you should go to first. You walk towards the diner, welcomed by the enthusiastic waitress.

After skimming over the menu, you order the typical burger and fries plus a shake on the side and wait. You’re surrounded by families and an old-fashioned soda fountain and red and white checkered tables. You feel like like you’re in a movie.

After indulging in your delicious burger, you walk to the convenience store, filled with old souvenirs. You walk towards the counter. Behind the counter, there are shelves and shelves of old-fashioned soda bottles, with weird flavors from Buffalo Wing Soda all the way to Peanut Butter and Jelly Soda.After purchasing a souvenir of your own, you finish your journey. As you walk out, you feel like you enter a whole different world, a noisier and fast-paced one. You think to yourself, it was good while it lasted.