- Belgium Waffles
- Liege Waffles
- Cold Oats
- Eggo Waffles
- Patty Melt
- Mac N Cheese
- Bean and Cheese dip
- Thai BBQ Chicken
- Frozen Pizza
- Lemon Pepper Tilapia
- Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Japanese Curry
- Grilled Cheese
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Beef in Oyster Sauce
- Banana Bread
- Apple Crumb Pie
- Rice Crispy Treats
- Boxed Brownies
- Geko Tei
- Olive Garden
- Pho Tasty
- Sup Noodle Bar
- Lucille’s BBQ
- Yard House
- Burger King (2 free kids meals with purchase)
- McDonald’s (free happy meal with combo)
- Ashoka the Great Indian Food
- Island Bodega
Wow, i guess i never did a 2018 year in review, but here’s 2019 anyways.
- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers: Endgame
- Pokémon Detective Pikachu
- John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
- Toy Story 4
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
- Zombieland: Double Tap
- Frozen II
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- Spies in Disguise
- The Farewell
Honestly last year was a year of just ok movies. I only saw two movies that weren’t part of a larger universe and one was still a spy movie that included Will Smith and Tom Holland, and the other was The Farewell which i only watched last weekend flying to and from Tucson which is clearly the best of the bunch but i’ll probably never watch again.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and a Retrospective
Completing what they are calling the Skywalker Sage the thing i can say most about Star Wars: TROS was that it was a Star Wars movie. Its always a joy to sit in a large theater and get that big opening crawl and Star Wars theme music, and if you throw everything else out of the window its an enjoyable movie, but taken into a larger world the movie and overall the last trilogy was a mess. You could just tell that there were conflicts behind the scenes about the story line and what aspects of Star Wars lore was sacred and which weren’t and that in the end someone clearly wanted to put a bow on top of a hastily wrapped gift.
Best TV Series
5. Game of Thrones
4. Russian Doll
3. Stranger Things (all seasons)
2. Brooklyn 99 (all seasons)
1. The Mandalorian
For what ever short comings the new theatrical Star Wars trilogy, they had seem to fix those problems with Disney+’s The Mandalorian. While i feel like they’re still fleshing the entire story line what they have shown is constraint and consistency in creating a compelling story without having to bombard the audience with a lot of characters or plots that will need to be filled in later, but with a solid foundation of a few characters in a larger universe that we no nothing about and are getting fed information episode by episode. I really enjoy the cinematography and of course there’s Baby Yoda.
Game of Thrones
With nothing else new i dipped into series from the past that i never got into with Stranger Things and Brooklyn 99 which i devoured like im sure most people did when the shows originally aired.
After 3 years of what was described to me as a backyard of a crack house, we finally got around to fixing up the backyard.
With such a large space to work with, we knew it was going to cost a lot, and it was going to take a lot of planning. We spent months try to figure out whether to go with concrete or pavers, grass or astroturf, plants or trees, patio cover or pergola and in the end we kept it simple since we were quoted into the $70,000+, and we just really wanted something usable at this point. .
My main goal was to create a larger entertainment space and keep everything else simple for the time being. The patio was cracked all over, the lawn area was uneven and didn’t have any sprinklers so we went and tore everything out. We redid our patio with cement and expanded it by an additional six feet straight to the backyard gate. We poured an addition pad by the front wall for a future shed, and planned for sprinklers and grass for the majority of yard, save 3-6 feet of planter space.
Demo took only a few days, while the long portion was just prepping the sprinklers and rebar for the cement.
Once the cement was poured and dried the backyard already started to feel livable.
With the grass finally in place, the backyard was done for now, and i finally felt safe to let the girls out into the backyard without them hurting themselves. The patio is now big enough for them to ride their scooters, and the grass soft enough for them to run wild.
Bavel is one of the newest hot restaurants in LA that i had to book months in advanced. It just so happen to land on Mother’s Day weekend so that worked out for me. I didn’t have high expectations even with all the rave reviews because i wasn’t sure how different Middle Eastern food could get from any other corner stores, but as a sister restaurant to Bestia they had some things going for them.
I got some recommendations from people that i know who have gone already and basically ordered what everyone seemed to like. After the meal i have to agree with everyone. Something about getting each dish with their own specific fresh bread and each dish different was enough to see the attention to detail put into it. We went off script and got the lamb ribs which was a mistake and by the time the lamb neck schwarma we were pretty much full so we didn’t quite enjoy it as we could have. For dessert Tiffany want the strawberry pastry that Ben and I kept trying to figure out what it reminded us of, and eventually figure it out it tasted like a toaster strudel. My favorite dishes were again with my continuing leaning towards vegetable forward dishes were the baba ghanoush and oyster mushrooms (especially since i’m still not a super fan of mushrooms).
DUCK ‘NDUJA HUMMUS
creamy garbanzo beans, jerusalem mix spice, herbs, pita
smoked eggplant, mushroom & eggplant salad, tahini, fried curry leaf, fried pita
harissa marinade, cured zucchini tzatziki, herbs, lime
OYSTER MUSHROOM KEBAB
lovage & cardamom puree, sumac
ancient grain crispy layered bread, grated tomato, dill crème fraiche, aged egg, strawberry zhoug
BBQ LAMB RIBS
spicy pineapple amba, fried seeds, coriander, cilantro
SLOW ROASTED LAMB NECK SHAWARMA
tahini, red zhoug, pickled vegetables, laffa
STRAWBERRY SUMAC & SWEET CHEESE PASTRY
pistachio ice cream, labneh cream, cured sumac
Tt was finally time to replace Joy’s college Corolla. After months of research between the Pilot, QX40, CR-V, Outback we decided on the Acura MDX. I think it was always destined for us to buy that car, since we’re thinking of the RDX 7 years ago.
As we get older each year becomes a smaller fraction of our entire lives so it makes sense that it feels like it goes by faster each year. Add to that a new baby to the family and it felt like lightspeed.
Just for prosperity’s sake i just want a reminder that i tried doing the yard work.
2016 was a big year personally and there’s lots to cover since i barely made a half a dozen posts, so without further delay here we go:
Its been a fun month of Home ownership this month for some odd reason. At the beginning of the month our internet went out, and we were without our main source of home entertainment for a few days. We were all stuck watching a single TV of over the air programming until Frontier Fios came out and had to replace our ONT unit in the garage.
Long story short, we bought a house!
Not much time to post on this particular blog anymore, but its that time for my annual year in review! [trumpets blare]
The condo has been on the market for two weeks now, and we’re currently on our 3rd purchase offer. The first offer came in two days after the listing went up, and was cancelled before things went into escrow because the buyer got cold feet. The next weekend came by and we had another offer on the house after a little more back and forth and we officially got into escrow this week. Lost of paper work was signed, but this time it fell through because the buyer’s financing fell through. Now we’re onto our third buyer, so we’re crossing our fingers that this was goes all the way through.
Our third buyer did fall through, and after a few weeks of no more new offers we lowered the price, and we’re in escrow with our 4th buyer. Crossing toes this time.
The condo is officially sold!