• Chef'ing,  Friends

    Chicken and Waffle Collaboration

    Ever since my brunch at Bruxie, Jeremy and I have been in a ongoing conversation about making our own Chicken and Waffles and we eventually settled on having a Southern Luau on Sunday afternoon. I spent the entire week purchasing a new waffle iron, researching recipes and testing out different recipes. Jeremy spent his time getting the fried chicken ready and we joined forces at his house to combine what we learned. I eventually setteled on the Belgium Waffle Recipe from The Kitchn. The only adjustments i made to the recipe was to add half of the sugar to the water before adding in the yeast, and adding a little Vanilla…

  • Disneyland

    Adventures in California

    Saturday we redeemed the second day of our Southern California ticket and visited Disney’s California Adventures. With the Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours happening the day/night/morning before i planned that a lot of the Disney fanatics wouldn’t be there Saturday. We arrived at rope drop and made our way through Starbucks (who accepts the Starbucks gift cards) and picked up a Fast Pass for Radiator Springs Racers for a reasonable time of 11:50am. My mom insisted that we still take advantage of the short single rider line and go on the ride anyways. Next it was time to have some fun with Alice where we took her to a Bugs Land and…

  • Friends,  Restaurants

    Fourty for Nelfro

    Tuesday night i kissed Alice good night and headed out to celebrate Nelson’s 40th birthday. We all met up at BO-beau in Downtown Long Beach. I don’t even remember the last time i was out on a Tuesday night, but it was fun to get together to have some drinks and celebrate such a big event. I had dinner at home already so i didn’t try any of the French fare, but enjoyed a couple nice glasses of Hangar One Vodka Tonics. We enjoyed some cupcakes and some complimentary champagne which i thought was the end of the night, but we finished up the night on the rooftop bar. There…

  • Friends,  Restaurants

    Triple Time

    Sunday morning we drove out to Old Towne Orange to meet up with Jen, Andy, and Leilani for brunch at Bruxie, the modern day waffle house. Last month Andy called me and told me they were expecting again, but what was really surprising was that it was going to be triplets. Its a rare natural triplets with twin boys and a girl, and just like that they’re going from one kid to four. Bruxie has been on Joy and my eating list for a while and just never found a reason to go since they’re only in Orange County. Joy and I shared a sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich, and…

  • you're a dad.

    Alice and I

    I can’t believe but six months later was the first time i had to take care of Alice all by myself. Its not that i’d been avoiding it, its just circumstances always had me needing help for one reason or another. This week i spent the better part of two days with her, hanging out, feeding, sleeping, playing, and going out. Thankfully she loves being out, and really only complains now when you leave her on the floor and leaving to do chores. The hardest part has been taking care of her midnight wakings and getting her back to sleep without feeding her. It hit me really hard on Saturday…

  • Disneyland

    Mother’s Day at Disneyland

    Sunday we celebrated mother’s day for Joy and my mom at Disneyland. We’ve been thinking about going to Disneyland since they announced the Southern California ticket again, but never found a really good reason to go until today. We woke up as early as we could and got there around 9am and I only had one goal for myself and that was to get onto the newly refurbished Thunder Mountain. They given the ride a nice full cleaning, and added some really cool special effects to the ride. After we took turns going Thunder Mountain it was time to take Alice on Dumbo for her first flight on an elephant.…

  • Disneyland,  Restaurants

    Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch @ PCH Grill

    To avoid dealing with Mother’s Day Brunch madness i booked a brunch at the PCH Grill at Paradise Pier at Disneyland. I invited Jonathan’s family along as well since they weren’t doing anything yet either. I’m a sucker for breakfast buffets and this was our first Character Dining experience which i thought it would be entertaining for the kids as well. Thankfully you can make Disney Dining RSVP online now instead of having to call in, which was necessary for a party of 11. There was even a long line just to check in. Some people looked very stressed of missing their RSVP time but the cast members seem to handle anything thrown…

  • Golf

    Friday Golf

    I don’t remember the last time i took a day off that didn’t involve some sort of trip. With Alice having her 6 month doctor visit, and Joy and I needing our yearly dental check up it was a good day to take off for both of us. Joy was kind enough to let me miss this doctor’s visit so that i could get an early round of golf with cousin Pish at Dad Miller in Anaheim. It must have been at least 10 years since the last time i played there, and since then a few things changed. The biggest is that Tiger Woods bought the area where the…

  • Chapters

    Mad Tea Party

    Saturday afternoon we celebrated the upcoming arrival of the Mani-Chan baby at Tiffany’s aunt’s house in Bel Air. It was the first time i got to go through those gates located just north of the UCLA campus, and i was mildly unimpressed by what i found there. What i did find was pretty much an ordinary track homes lined with lots of benz, bmws, and bentleys. Of course the entire backyard was decorated from heads to tail (Tiffany’s a event planner of course) and a catering staff constantly adding new items to the buffet table. We got there early and enjoyed the peace and quiet before everyone else arrived, and…

  • Chapters

    Disaster Kit

    I’ve been procrastinating in putting together my emergency zombie survival kit, but with this dramatic change in temperature i thought well its earthquake weather and started forming a small on the run type kit. I got the basics of a emergency kit from ready.gov and adjusted accordingly. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries First aid kit Whistle…