March 12, 2019
Hey babes! I know it’s only been one day since I haven’t posted but, skipping even one day feels a little weird to me. I wanted to write this journal entry yesterday but, I had a bit of a headache and I must admit, I’m sooort of addicted to reality competition shows right now. It’s not even just the baking and cooking anymore. I’ve gone on to modeling and physical challenges, too.
Saturday night, before I went into work, boyfriend and I stopped for a drink together. I actually kept it to one drink this time and didn’t have another one at work until about an hour or two into my shift. I really enjoyed the level I was on. Not drunk or even tipsy, just loose. 🙂
I thought I had worked until 4 AM, which technically, I did but… in actuality it was only 3 AM because of the whole time moving forward thing. How do I always forget and become confused?
Sunday was a special day!! I met a fellow blogger for the first time, ever. 😀 We had planned to meet at a Japanese izakaya restaurant that I hadn’t been to before but, I realized they didn’t open until 5:30 PM. When boyfriend and I woke up around 3:30 we were already starving and I felt bad because I had told Julie we would meet at 4 the day before so instead, we went to Ichiza, another izakaya restaurant, that opened earlier at 5 PM.
Boyfriend and I had been once before but, that was in 2017 so it has escaped his memory by now *eye roll.* We made it there a smidge past 5 but Julie and her son were awesome enough to grab us a table.
After seeing photos of them and getting to know her on her blog for the past year and a half, it didn’t feel like it was our first time meeting. I wasn’t nervous and felt like I could be myself. It was more like we were old friends who hadn’t seen in each other in awhile!
We sat down, looked over the menu, and ordered a bunch of different foods to try and share.
First up, we had the fried octopus. ❤ If you’ve had calamari before, it’s almost the same but, not as chewy.
We also got an order of their yellowtail sashimi. It wasn’t as fresh as I was hoping for and the slices were a bit thicker than I prefer but, still really good.
Our favorite order was the grilled whole squid!!! It was absolute perfection. The sauce was so nice and it was cooked extremely well. I love the head and leg pieces but, the body is definitely the best.
The beef tataki was another favorite. When we first had it in 2017, I was nervous because I didn’t know it was supposed to be cold but, now that I was aware… oooh man, did it melt in my mouth… mmm, every piece was just spectacular.
Then, we got the asparagus wrapped in bacon– there were 3 skewers so we gave one to Julie, boyfriend got one, and I got one. They were split between us before I could take a photo so, sorry I took one on my dirty plate! I probably don’t even have to say it but, these were delish.
Lastly, we had the Tom Yum ramen with added shrimp. It was alright but, not the best… it didn’t have that “tom-yummy” flavor at all.
Julie and her son shared a bowl of their regular Miso veggie ramen and not one of us at the table liked it. The broth was just terrible. They also ordered takoyaki, croquettes, rice balls, and a Japanese beer that came with a salmon salad! (You can read her blog post: here if you’re interested in seeing her food photos from Ichiza.)
On the way into the restaurant, I noticed we were right next door to Crown Bakery which has been bookmarked on my Yelp app for ages. I asked if they wanted to stop in when we finished eating. They agreed, we all went in and got ourselves some baked goods!!
There were tons and tons of options but, everything had dairy in it. Unfortunately, I had to limit myself. 😦
Boyfriend chose the cheese danish and I got two trios of macarons. We both also got a shot of hot espresso.
The brown ones were coffee and the green ones were green tea. Julie’s son bought the chocolate ones so we also got to try those.
My favorite were the green tea ones but as Paul Hollywood would definitely say if he tried them, “these were all over-baked” lol. I like my macarons a bit chewier. We waited to eat the danish at home because we wanted to heat it up in the oven. (We ate it last night and the pastry was wonderful– super flaky and buttery but the cream in the middle was too sweet for me, not very cheesy-flavored, and it was just too thick.)
It was cold and windy outside so after some discussion, we agreed to do something indoors. We had never been to the The Midway in Circus Circus before and we thought Julie’s son would be up for it. Luckily, he was!!
When we got there, boyfriend and I were regretting only getting one shot of espresso. We wanted to go to Starbucks to get more but, for some reason, they were closed? Across the way from the Starbucks though, was a little anime shop. Her son is super big on all that jazz so we browsed through there for a minute. There were so many cute knick knacks to look at!! But… boyfriend and I still needed our espresso!!
We went on our way to The Midway and thankfully, came across a Krispy Kreme. They freakin’ charged us $5 each for one measly shot of espresso and the line was moving extra slow. Boyfriend also grabbed a chocolate frosted, custard-filled donut.
When we made it to the arcade, we immediately looked for a change machine to turn our bills into quarters. Right next to the machine, there were these carnival games. We were sucked into the balloon popping one because it looked so easy, like everyone else was winning. We didn’t believe it took a combined $12 (winning popped balloon shot by ME, by the way) to get the big lion plushie for her son (or his girlfriend 😉 ).
When we eventually tired of playing games, her son chose some prizes and we headed back to our cars and parted ways!! We had so much fun together and I’m even more excited to meet other bloggers in the future now. 😀
Boyfriend and I still had to stop at the dispensary when we left Circus Circus. When we got home, I wrote my Recipe Reviews and then, I spent the rest of my night watching this show called Fit for Fashion on Netflix and I finished reading Emmy & Oliver before I fell asleep.
Yesterday, I woke up around noon and realized that my Aunt Flo was here for her visit! Woohoo! I am so happy to have her!!
I stayed up and read some blogs but, fell back asleep at almost 2 PM. Boyfriend had been asleep the whole time but, we both awoke together at around 3:30 PM. I had to quickly find recipes, make a grocery list, and take a shower so we could head out to Sprouts and have dinner ready before we both got extra hangry. We had another successful shopping trip and we now have tons of yummy foods filling up our cupboards, fridge, and freezer… it’s the best feeling ever, isn’t it?
Before and after dinner, I just continued to watch all kinds of different reality competition shows on both Netflix and Hulu. I wonder if that’s why I got the headache??
In bed, I watched funny videos of spoiled kids not getting what they want for presents until I fell asleep. Why was it cracking me up so hard? Am I evil? I don’t know lol.
Today, boyfriend woke up earlier than me. I have no idea at what time. He had already cleaned up half the apartment and was mopping the floors? It was around 3 PM when I rolled out. 😛
I took a shower and then, opened up my Ipsy Glam Bag! Boyfriend had went and got it out of the mailbox for me when I was showering. (Trust me, I don’t know what I did to deserve him, either!)
Another thing I got in the mailbox was the April issue of Marie Claire. There was a separate letter connected to it informing us that Seventeen magazine is no longer. They will only be internet-based now!! How crazy is that? I have been reading Seventeen since before I was even 17!!!
I took photos of the items I got in my Ipsy on the balcony in a tank top with my hair wet. I wasn’t even a little cold nor hot. Ahhh!! Spring time is finally here!!! ❤
We smoked a blunt when I came in then, boyfriend started on dinner while I checked my notifications on here. He realized we were out of chili powder when we thought we had some so, in the middle of cooking, he had to go to the store to grab some. I finished checking my notifications then, I started watching the baking show while I waited for him to get back and for dinner to be ready.
Food was yummy and the episode ended only 10 minutes after I finished eating. I started typing this right when it was over and NOW, I’m done lol.
I’m designating the rest of my night to reading blogs and starting a new book. I hope you all have a wonderful week. 🙂