Tuesday, February 4, 2014

2014...the year for FOOD

Okay, I am a little late on this since we are now into February, but it took me a while to see what I want do for this blog this year. I know that I have been slacking a bit on this department, but truth be told, I just haven't been going to places recently, so I don't have a lot of material to share. However, on my other blog: WanderWithAlice, I upload at least twice a week on there. 

However, for this month, I have been craving to try out new restaurants. And since I am from the Bay Area in California, I will start off eating my way there. My goal is to go out once or twice a month, due to a pretty tight budget, but I am determined to try out new cuisines and discover new favorite places to eat and laugh with friends. 

Here is my foodie month for January 2014:

Pinkberry frozen yogurt located in the center of Santana Row, San Jose, CA. This frozen yogurt chain has, hands down, the best original flavored yogurt. This is the right balance of tartiness and sweetness that is leaves my mouth water fro more! No joke!

#79, Bun Bo Hue, a Vietnamese Hue Style Rice Stick Soup that hits the sweet spot at Dakao, San Jose, CA. This dish and this restaurant holds many sweet memories for me in my college years. 

Ahhh, Cajun Food at Crawdaddy, San Jose, CA. Next time, I'm getting the shrimp and Oysters!

I will be reviewing the places that I have been, and giving my opinions about them. Hopefully, there these reviews will be of help to you when you are in the Area!

Happy Wandering! Alice

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sutter's Fort, the Roots of Sacramento

If you live in the Capitol of California, Sacramento, I advise you go visit Sutter's Fort, if you haven't already. This is where the city's History all started. Without Sutter's Fort, Sacramento may not be what it is today, it may not even be the Capitol of California!
Sutter's Fort Courtyard
Now the story of Sutter's Fort is an inspirational one, and of course towards the end, like all good stories end, ends tragically.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dinner on a Historic Boat!

I don't know why I was so excited for this meal, but it is dinner on a boat, a floating working boat. 

Wait, let me rephrase this. 

It is a fancy dinner, in one of California's capital's historical places, oh and it is on a boat. 

So why wouldn't I be excited? Even the name is exciting, The Delta King. It is the king of all the river boats floating in the Sacramento River.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bonsai Garden in Lake Merritt

Get there early! If you don't, the exhibit will be closed, and all you are left with is the Japanese Garden, like I was. Story of my life! However, I did get some good pictures of the Japanese Garden, which is quite pretty, and offers a nice shaded walk on a hot summer day.
From the outside, it does't look too promising, but you'll be surprised!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lake Merritt, Oakland's Little Oasis

You hear all the stories whether it's from the News or from a friend, but the stories are all the same. Oakland sounds like a scary place to visit. No matter what you have heard, scary and dangerous will not be in your vocabulary when describing this little Oasis in the heart of Oakland. 

It doesn't really surprise me to find such a charming park in the middle of "the big, bad city of Oakland". From experience, every major city has their good side, as well as, their bad side, and Lake Merritt is definitely part of its good side. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mystery Spot is sure a mystery in Santa Cruz, California

The mysterious gravitational pulls are located only in a 150 feet diameter. The minute you walk into the shack like area, you immediately feel a little heavier and a little uncoordinated. In fact, I felt a little disoriented or dizzy. I wasn't at all surprised since our guide warned us about some us will be experience a strange almost sick sensation. It was nothing I couldn't handle and the uncomfortableness was a good price to pay to see the mind-blowing mysteries of this place. Everything we know about gravity is turned completely upside down here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Day at Phieffer State Park

So, it was one of my best friend's birthday in March and we all know that birthdays are a great excuse to get everyone together to do something special. So my friend decided to go hiking up in Phieffer State Park. 

I admit...we had a late start, 11AM and that was not even the worse of it. We got the wrong directions and we managed to end up in Downtown, Monterey instead of Big Sur, which happens to be 45 minutes away! However, after a bathroom break at the local public library, we got ourselves together and managed to get there by 2PM!