Tuesday, June 19, 2012

a day in pasadena

over the weekend, i was in pasadena langham, huntington for a bridal shower!
it was a beautiful (and super hot) day, or shall i say a perfect so.cal weather?
& we got to have tea-party while celebrating for my friend at a 'parisian' themed party :)

afterwards, i decided to hit up old town pasadena to shop around with a friend!
although i was very close, traffic was horrendous and i realized that many roads have been blocked! "something is going on~" i told my friend who was also stuck in traffic, and of course...
turned out that there was make music pasadena 2012 happening that day!
a lot of vendors were there, giving out free samples & doing events in addition to live music
but since it was blazing hot, my friend & i spent majority of our time inside
first at intelligentsia coffee drinking $9.50 juice which was super tasty
& at lush, "ahh~"ing over all the products & buying more than i planned on (as always)
and also getting a complimentary foot massage which led to purchasing another product ;)

and since i heard about the pasadena chalk festival from the nice lush guy who gave me a foot massage, we ended up few blocks to paseo
i felt that many artists were tired from the heat, but we did see some amazing art work!
i happened to like the black & white art more for some reason
and my personal winner this year was definitely 'albert einstein'


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 that's it for today-
from "happilyfull-on-life" 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


the weather has been warming up & it's been really warm here in southern california
when the weather is good, where do you guys like to go?
for me, it's the beach!
but since i am not much of an outdoor-activities-kind-of-a-girl, my favorite thing to do is to head out to restaurants that are right by the ocean

here, we have moonshadows in malibu
which became the lucky spot for one of my birthday dinners this year-

if you want to be close to the ocean, this is the perfect spot as you can smell the ocean & even feel the ocean mist on your body outside ;)
since it was cloudy and sprinkling that day, we didn't get to see the sunset...oh, there is always next time!

as far as their food goes, there are plenty to choose from their menu
& they were tasty, especially my 'special-of-the-day pasta'!

flash fried calamari
-with chipotle aioli
roasted organic red & yellow beet salad
-napa valley goat cheese, caramelized apples,

frisee, toasted walnuts, beet-walnut vinaigrett
mediterranean herbed marinated free range chicken
-sauteed corn & oyster mushrooms, 

truffled chicken demi-glace, 
yukon gold mashed potatoes

pan seared east coast sea scallops
-fresh tomatoes, frisee, shitake mushrooms, lemon dressing
special of the day
losbter linguini

after the meal, i got my favorite cupcakes from susie cakes in my favorite flavors: red velvet & vanilla!
my dear friend literally raced from the tea party to the bakery in 10minutes in order to pick these up before the bakery closed! aww~

cupcakes from susie cakes

i am definitely coming back here during summer time to sit out & enjoy the warmth while dining

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