Wednesday, November 30, 2011

how to eat well with $20 for 2

hello everyone-
i cannot believe that it's already the last day of november!
time sure is flying at a super fast pace
& it will be 2012 before we know it . . 

since the holiday season is right around the corner 
and most of us will be tight with our fund with so many gift-exchanges, dinners, vacations,  and potlucks to look forward to, i would like to talk about "how to eat well with $20 for 2 people"

2 weeks ago, a friend & i were in the sgv/arcadia/san marino area in the heart of some delicious chinese finds
excited to try the famous iced milk drink with honey boba & pudding from the half&half tea house, we were waiting in the busy boba place
. . . only to realize that it was cash only!

it was trouble
because i never carry around much cash to begin with, and i only had $1 left that day after using all my cash earlier
but after searching in panic, my friend proudly pulled out $20 which let us order the drinks!

half & half tea house
there are few different locations

this is the smaller size of the two which intimidated us at first
but these are some yummy & addicting drink so you will be able to finish it!
i do warn you that it is very sweet & heavy and it's more of a dessert than a drink, but definitely worth it!

check out the size! this drink will not even fit in your car
their #1 best seller
iced milk drink with honey boba & pudding

afterwards, we realized that we were slightly hungry & decided to get some yummy beef noodle to warm up on a rainy night
thanks to yelp, we found the perfect place that was the busiest restaurant on that street that day & we were even more excited once we saw the menu as i found my favorite chinese dish: soup dumpling  (also known as xiao long bao)

but you guessed it...
it was cash only!

we quickly gathered what was left over after purchasing the boba + my $1 which wasn't much!
but thanks to amazing prices (which lead to amazing flavors) we were able to order 2 dishes that totally filled us up & put a smile on our faces and was able to tip well

beef noodle
xiao long bao
juicy soup dumpling
(please excuse my chipped nail)

so next time you are running tight on money, don't panic
and if you are in the right place, you can get much better food + dessert for 2 than what you can get from a fast food joint! 

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure!


  1. exploring sgv. you are so exploratory!

  2. hahaha! yay!!! i love that you can get away with really good things for so cheap in sgv!