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Jazz Cat Cafe

121 E Valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

Sarah wanted to have dinner with us girls before our individual summer travels commenced! Alas, Monica just got back from Haiti and will be leaving for Mexico, Christine & I for Bolivia, and Kiwon & Aileen for Korea!

Jazz Cat Cafe is a shabu shabu (hot pot) restaurant suggested by Sarah and it was personally impressive to me, considering it’s located on Valley Blvd (and we all know I am not a fan of that street – what with its terrible Asian drivers and overly-cultured Asian atmosphere. yes I admit, if you haven’t noticed it by now, I’m white-washed!). It was located in a plaza I had been to before, but I had never noticed this particular restaurant. The interior fit the “jazz”, as did the music which boasted artists like Michael Buble (Christine was especially enticed, hehe)

Beef + vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, tofu, squash, corn, etc)

The way this hot pot experience works is this: on the menu is a list of soups/broths you can choose from. I ordered Japanese miso (can’t go wrong with miso!). Across our table were orders of Spicy Thai (VERY DELICIOUS!), Spicy Japanese miso, Kimchee, and Sukiyaki (not recommended…). Your order comes with a plate of meat, a plate of vegetables, a bowl of rice, and a side of sauce. Your soup goes on top of a heated plate, and from there you are able to boil the meat and vegetables, and eat however you want! At the end of the meal, Aileen and Kiwon actually made ‘jook’ out of their pots…

It was so much food! I was almost starting to feel really uncomfortable because I was getting so full, and still I didn’t finish. Anyway, hurrah! What a great new experience. Thank you Sarah & the girls for a yummy night!

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Creme de la Crepe

36 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
I really should leave it up to the experts next time. I decided on a lunch crepe, but obviously I couldn’t decide on an actual crepe on the menu and so I opted to build my own.

I selected a random combination of potato, brie, and basil sauce (I’m sure I’m missing one more ingredient, can’t remember which. I wouldn’t be surprised if I suppressed this from my memory). Who allowed me to toss these ingredients together? Oh gees, it was terrible. I admit it, I am a terrible crepe-builder. It sure does look pretty though, doesn’t it?

all he talks to me about is crepes! crepes! crepes! this incessant bugging had to stop (har har), so I decided to take him to this little restaurant situated in an alleyway on Colorado Blvd. Now let’s think about this – alleyway…dumpster. Not exactly the best combination (strike 2!). But all criticisms aside, he claimed to enjoy his dessert crepe, comprised of mango (?), vanilla ice cream, and dulce de leche.

Our original plan was to try out a creperie in Long Beach that had been suggested to me by my friend. However, seeing as Pasadena is closer to me than Long Beach, I switched up the plans and had us come here instead.

Oh, what cruel punishment of mediocre crepes for my poor choice in creperie! I have failed you, my crepe-fiend friend. Lesson learned: Never settle for second best. It’s ok, we’ve already talked about how I’ve failed and that we have two creperies in mind that we will visit this summer! 🙂 I’ll keep you readers posted – these next two ought to be amazing!

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Green Street Tavern

69 West Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Anticipating the arrival of my friend (for which I would be taking her out for her belated birthday), I searched and searched and searched for a new restaurant we could try in the area – alas, my efforts yielded NOTHING! When this happens, I just drive to the area, park my car, and we  find something on foot, wee!

Green Street Tavern is quite appropriately named, and it was a a pleasant surprise. Both of us were really not feeling like eating that day (me because I’ve been overeating & and I was to attend a wedding that afternoon which of course means FOOD!, Debbie because she was hung over from the night before). We just wanted some salads to feel better about ourselves, wah~!

Initial perusal didn’t impress me, and I settled on the Cajun Chicken Panini Southern Grilled Chicken Breast, Lemon-Tabasco Aioli Pickled Red Onions, Arugula  14.

It was scrumptious, full-flavored, titillating to the taste buds! Just the way I like my food 🙂

Debbie ordered the Roasted Beet Salad
Watercress, Toasted Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese, Tarragon-Aged Balsamic Dressing  12

I’m not quite sure about this choice…Debbie, did you like it??

Happy birthday, my friend! Be safe in Asia…and I’ll see you again in 2 years 🙂

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help.

I’ve encountered a musical slump this past year –  no longer am I inspired by music & lyrics as I was so passionately before. I have forgotten how to go about discovering new music. Even when I am listening to the songs on my iPod, I don’t listen anymore. this really disturbs me. please give me a song title/artist/genre to help me get back up~ thanks.

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