Posts tagged ‘LA’

April 27, 2011

rolls for buns

I’m watching American Idol as I type this up. This is pretty much the first time I’m watching it all season though so I don’t know or have any attachments to any of the contestants! Lauren Alaina is singing right now. Don’t know anything about her, but she must be popular if she’s made it this far!

For dinner tonight I wanted to make HOTDOGS! I had exactly 2 leftover Chicken Sausages from Trader Joe’s to use up, but what I didn’t have was hotdog buns. So I went to Target to pick up some…hotdog buns?? Nope! THESE! :

When Jeff and I went down to LA about a month ago, we had hotdogs from a little place in Pasadena that uses these delicious rolls for their hotdog buns. I thought it was a GENIUS idea, especially since I love these rolls so much! Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the place because Jeff and his brother went to go pick up the hotdogs for us to eat at their home.

I think that hotdog place used 3 Hawaiian rolls, but I decided to use 2 because my dogs weren’t quite as long as theirs. So just rip out however many rolls you want, but make sure they stay in tact!

And then get a serrated knife and start slicing down the middle…

But make sure not to slice all the way through…you want it to look like a hotdog bun!

Just like this!

You can toast these (which I did) or just leave them as is.

And voila, here’s my hotdog!

Yeah, I really don’t kid around when I profess my love for cilantro. So darn good!

A few things I will do differently next time:

1. Use Hot Links instead of these Chicken Sausages. Chicken Sausages just don’t seem to be the best for hotdogs (they’re better sliced and pan fried, in my opinion!) and especially this flavor (Apple Chardonnay) was too sweet. Hot Links would be PERFECT in this.

2. BUY MUSTARD. Mustard, mustard, mustard how have I been without you for so long now?

3. Add chopped raw white onion.

Anyways, lately we’ve been on an ice cream kick. We’ve been enjoying a bowl of ice cream almost every night (usually Haagen-Dazs Rocky Road) but I decided to try out a couple flavors that were on sale:

I was SO excited for these flavors, but unfortunately they were a bit of a letdown. Blueberry Crumble didn’t have nearly enough “crumbles” and it would better be named “Blueberry Ice Cream.” The Caramel Apple Pie was a little better, but not as good as the classic Haagen Dazs flavors!

Do any of you remember the Haagen-Dazs flavor “Sticky Toffee Pudding”? It was created in a contest (this was back in 2007) and the winner would get to make it an official (limited time I guess) Haagen-Dazs flavor. BEST ICE CREAM EVER! Unfortunately, they’ve stopped making it but there’s even a Facebook page for it to have Haagen-Dazs bring it back! Pretty funny, but I would be sooo happy if they actually did bring it back!

I’ve never had ACTUAL Sticky Toffee Pudding before though. I’ve never seen it in restaurants either or I would totally order it! Guess I have to go to England for it? Or make it myself! I usually don’t like creating recipes without actually trying a legit version first though.

Have you ever had Sticky Toffee Pudding? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

March 21, 2011

back from the south

Southern California that is!

We had such a wonderful weekend.

We celebrated birthdays…


Went to the happiest place on earth…


Ate at a few of our favorite places…

Dweji Galbi (Pork Spare Ribs) and Gamja Tang (Potato Stew) at Ham Ji Park


and sweet potato mousse-stuffed crust pizza from Mr. Pizza


Needless to say, we ate really well this weekend. Hey, it was vacation for us after all!

Unfortunately, the great weather we had been having throughout the weekend took a turn for the worse on Sunday as we were heading back north. We saw quite a few of these…

Thankfully, we made it back home safely (and slowly)!

I’m already missing these little munchkins though…they were so sad when it was time for us to leave and our little niece cried after we left.


Can’t wait for our next adventures down south!

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March 16, 2011

off to LA

This weekend is a very special weekend because tomorrow, Jeff and I are making the 5 1/2 hour drive south to LA to see these little boogers.

These 2 little cuties are Jeff’s niece and nephew (I consider them basically my niece and nephew too though =) ). Jeff’s brother and his brother’s family live in LA so we go visit quite often. It’s these two little ones’ birthdays, so on Friday, we’re going to Disneyland!!

I haven’t been to Disneyland in…I don’t even know. It’s been at LEAST ten years. When I was little we went every single year. So needless to say, I’m super excited, not only for Disneyland, but to spend the whole weekend with them!

For his niece, I found a perfect gift for her (I bought it in January):

She loves Hello Kitty, her favorite color is pink, and she hasn’t quite mastered the chopsticks yet. Hehe.

As for the nephew, he wants a Bakugan. No idea what they look like, but I’m sure we’ll be able to find one at Toys R’ Us…or Target… I actually haven’t seen a Toys R’ Us in forever. Do they still exist?

What else will we be doing in LA? Just relaxing, stuffing our faces with Korean food, and spoiling the little munchkins.

When is the last time you went to Disneyland/world? I’ve actually never been to Disney World! I think I might get overwhelmed…

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