A College Thanksgiving!

I’ve been so busy lately and I’ve had this post in queue for a week now! So I figured I’d just share it as is. 🙂 Enjoy! Let’s rewind to about 1 week ago, shall we!

I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving again! Although Thanksgiving isn’t my very favorite holiday, it’s still really special to me because it’s what really kicks off the holiday season in my family.  Thanksgiving in my family means KOST 103.5’s Month Long of Christmas Songs, ham, duck, rice, and other foods us Asians like to eat for festive holidays. But it also usually means lots and lots of time to bond with the family, play boardgames, and to enjoy each others’ company.

Thanksgiving

This year, however, my parents spent Thanksgiving in Hong Kong where my dad’s side of the family all live at. I was so bummed at first that I couldn’t go with my parents there because I couldn’t miss school, but I was still able to spend my Thanksgiving with family…my college one! My closest college friends (which are friends I went to high school with + my amazing roommate) planned a big Thanksgiving potluck with 15 of our closest friends. We all brought our favorite Thanksgiving dish and the turn out was pretty great! (We had sooo many leftovers.) And even though the turkey came out half cooked (cooked by the guys…) and everything ran behind schedule, we still all had a very fun time just enjoying each others’ company.

Smore Cupcakes

My roommate made these amazing S’more Cupcakes. Toasted marshmallows, graham cracker crusts, just simply delicious!

Thanksgiving StuffingWhat’s Thanksgiving without stuffing?

Thanksgiving Mashed PotatoesAnd an overload of mashed potatoes…

Thanksgiving Gravy

Thanksgiving HamAnd the guys’ Hawaiian ham….

Thanksgiving Golden RetrieverAnd…the cutest dog ever of course!!

ThanksgivingAnd then we started taking pictures on the staircase…we don’t know why but we liked how they came out!

ThanksgivingAnd then Arya joined us…tehehe!

I hope all of you enjoyed your Thanksgivings! I sure did. 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on twitter & pinterest for more updates from my posts! 🙂 How did you guys spend your Thanksgiving!

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A New York Preview!

So sorry I’ve basically disappeared from my blog for these past two weeks. At the beginning of the month, my boyfriend and I finally liquidated all the money we’ve been saving up for the past two and a half years and went on our first mini vacation to New York! There’s sosososo many things I did and I absolutely cannot wait to share it with all of you. We did so so so much eating and hit so many amazing famous food spots, both gourmet and street-food. Yum!

I’ve been working on my Shutterfly photo book to re-live all my memories through my photos because there’s a special promo code going on now until 9/12/12 for $29.99 off your Shutterfly photo book! It’s a great great deal and I’ve been rushing to finish this photo project. I’ll definitely review the whole process when I’m done and have received it and for now I can only post a quick preview of my trip. I promise to post and review more of everything I did there as soon as I’m done with the photo book!

These were some of the highlights of my trip (for now). Please enjoy! ~

New York Times Square

Jane Restaurant Brunch

Laduree Macarons

Zara New York

Junior's Cheesecake

Georgetown Cupcake

So stay tuned for a series of New York posts! 🙂

Warmest Regards,
Felicia<3

Weekend Outings: Day 3 – Newport Beach! Brunch at The Rusty Pelican & Sprinkles Cupcakes!

I’ve been so busy these past couple of days with work and spending quality time with my friends, family, and boyfriend! But as promised, here’s Day 3 of my Cousin’s Visit to LA, one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in such a long time!

Rusty Pelican Brunch

We started off the beautiful sunny day with brunch at The Rusty Pelican in Newport Beach! We had reservations on OpenTable.com so we were able to be seated as soon as everyone arrived! The decor inside was a really transitional-rustic-nautical-themed that made the place fancy, but cozy. There were large windows by the seating areas to see the gorgeous view of small and large boats parked right next to the restaurant on the dock! We were given the large table seating area because we had a reservation for 12. Here’s the delicious brunch we had!

Rusty Pelican

Such a beautiful modern chandelier to welcome the restaurant’s guests in the lobby area.

Rusty Pelican Menu

The menu for brunch! If you order under the Brunch Specials or Fresh Fish Selection, you get a free glass of champagne with your meal!

Rusty Pelican Brunch

Under parental consent, I was able to enjoy this glass of sweet champagne!

Rusty Pelican Brunch

1 dozen chilled raw oysters on the half shell! These were the ‘Jaw-Droppers’ of the meal! So fresh, perfectly sweet, and absolutely delicious! They were recommended by our super nice server and we were definitely impressed. I normally don’t like eating oysters much because of the sea-watery taste, but these were definitely amazing!

Rusty Pelican Brunch

Here’s my main course, their Halibut Special of the Day! The cream sauce was to-die-for, it complemented the fish perfectly, adding a lemon zest to the seasoned-and-put-on-the-grill halibut. The fingerling potatoes were cooked to perfection, neither too mushy nor too hard. My only disappointment was that the fish was slightly overcooked. Which is understandable because they had to serve 12 of our table’s dishes at the same time. But the sauce definitely made up for what the fish was lacking!

Rusty Pelican Brunch

My little cousin was slightly disappointed in her plate of Salmon too. It was also overcooked. But she loved the spinach that was perfectly seasoned on top of it!

Rusty Pelican Brunch

Sorry for the out of focus photo, but this was my cousin’s Fresh Ahi Sashimi! She was very very happy.

Rusty Pelican Brunch

Dessert on the house! The amazing waitress we had over heard us talking about the fish being overcooked at the end of our meal and offered us any free dessert of our choice! She recommended the Dessert Trio that had their signature Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Torte, and Banana Bread Pudding (worth $10.95)! Let me tell you, these were amazing! My favorite was the banana bread pudding because of the bed of cream sauce it was resting on top of. It was the perfect amount of sweetness while the other two were slightly on the sweeter side. Who can complain about a free dessert though!

Newport Beach

Here’s one of the few pictures I captured while actually on the beach. I was so worried about sand getting into my camera that I basically hid it in my case and under the little patio we set up to avoid it from being damaged. I don’t know who this is, but she made for a lovely model! If you’re reading this, and this is you, thanks for this photo op!

Sprinkles Cupcakes

And no Newport Beach trip is complete without satisfying my endless-Sprinkles Cupcakes craving!

Sprinkles Cupcakes

I was so excited I finally hit the Chai Latte day and was able to try it! And I was double happy that they brought back the Blake Lively S’more Cupcake! The Chai Latte was really delicious, sort of like a mild vanilla cake with hints and remnants of chai tea. The frosting was also really mild, which was great! I was very very happy with it. My boyfriend shared the S’more cupcake with me and loved it as well–mainly for the piece of dark chocolate and marshmallow stuffing in the middle, but he was still happy which makes me happy that he can enjoy having cupcakes with me too!

So that’s the last of my 3 days filled with eating, eating, and eating! I can’t wait for the next time my cousin comes to visit again; we’ll be sure to hit up more of our favorite places in SoCal and post about it! For now, it’s time for me to get ready for another day of work! I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d really love to know what you think! Comments make me happy 🙂 Goodnight!

Warmest Regards,

Felicia<3

Weekend Outings: Cousin’s Visit Day 2 – Downtown Brea!

Hello! And happy Monday to you all! I hope you all survived through your Monday without over-dosing on coffee like I did!

Since I split up the post for my weekend, I’m sharing Day 2 of my cousin’s visit to LA!

Merely Sweets Cupcakes

My cousin knows how completely obsessed I am with cupcakes, even from Toronto, because she follows my Instagram where I’m always posting pictures of the different cupcake places I’m trying. She was thrilled when I told her that Merely Sweets was closeby! After missing the same exit twice, we finally got to Brea Blvd. and Birch St., Brea’s Downtown District! We only had a couple hours to spend there because we had to rush back for dinner, but here’s the what we ate and what we were able to do in the short amount of time!

Merely Sweets Macarons
My cousin loved the gorgeous decor in various areas of the little bakery. Here’s their tiered Macaron Cake!

Merely Sweets Cupcakes

Nutella Cupcakes!

Merely Sweets Cupcakes Strawberry & Vanilla

Strawberry & Vanilla Cupcakes!

Merely Sweets Macarons

My cousin loved their macarons too! Her favorite was the Matcha Green Tea, perfectly baked crunchy cookie oozing with semi-sweet green tea ganache.

Merely Sweets Cupcakes

Our cupcakes! My cousins’ Strawberry and Nutella, and my Red Velvet!

Starbucks Menu

Then we headed to Starbucks for some drinks to wash all those yummy sweets down.

Bath & Body Works

Shopping for gifts to bring back home to Hong Kong at Bath & Body Works in Downtown Brea!

We really enjoyed ourselves in this little district and we wish we had had more time there. But we were sure to take lots of pictures everywhere we went to remind ourselves of these short-lived memories!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Downtown Brea? I’d love to know! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest, where you’ll see lots more of my favorite dreamy things!

Dreamy Eats: Merely Sweets Macarons

If you’re keeping up with the latest trends, you’ll know yummy food is the new obsession! Everyone’s raving about hole-in-the-wall restaurants, exotic food, and expensive little treats, or as I like to call it, “Princess Food.” Anyone that knows me knows that I’m just as obsessed with macarons as I am with cupcakes and I’m sometimes willing to drive as far as 50 miles to satisfy that cupcake or macaron craving (true story of two girls at 2am desperate for a Sprinkles Cupcakes cupcake). And after hearing all the buzz of a hyped-up macaron shop in the OC and receiving my first paycheck of the month, I was ready to splurge at Merely Sweets! Nesting itself in the heart of Downtown Brea, this little cupcake and macaron shop is now my quick go-to-fix for satisfying both my Sprinkles Cupcakes and ‘lette Macarons cravings at once! Its cute and chic modern layout inside really brings out the vibrant colors of their colorful macarons and their perfectly frosted cupcakes. Having been craving these crunchy little treats for a couple weeks now, here’s how I briefly cured my macaron desire.

Merely Sweets Macarons

Treated myself to a dozen of these little sweet treats!

The prices for their macarons are $1.65 each, but $18.50 for a dozen, compared to ‘lette’s $1.70/$19.50. But Merely Sweets’ macarons are bigger, but flatter, while ‘lettes cookie shells are thicker, but smaller. Having family over that night, I decided to just splurge and get the dozen. This was my opportunity to try flavors I’ve never tried before!

Merely Sweets Macarons

What survived through our family’s macaron frenzy upon sight of the box.

From left to right, Salted Caramel, Vanilla, Pistachio, Raspberry, and yummy Green Tea!

Merely Sweets Macarons

The pretty little “rainbow-krabby-patties” (as my friends call it) posing for a picture before being eaten!

Merely Sweets Macarons

With the Green Tea!

Merely Sweets Macarons

Vanilla, really rich with a creamy-thick texture.

Vanilla was one of my favorites of the batch. Not only is it a beautiful turquoise blue that already made it one of my favs, the flavor wasn’t so overpowering that it left my mouth resonating with a sugary taste.

Merely Sweets Macarons

Pistachio, pleasant bold taste of pistachios with just the right amount of sweetness.

I was pleasantly surprised with the Pistachio flavor. I was always uncertain to try it because I was worried it’d look more pretty with the others in the box than it tasted yummy. But I was definitely proved wrong with this as it turned out to be my favorite out of all the ones pictured in this post. I really loved the little teeny bits of pistachio nut you could taste in the nutty-creamy filling and the sweetness factor was just right!

That was my first little amateur review of a food place so yay! I hope to be posting more of these soon! Follow me on Instagram to see daily posts of all the places I visit! And don’t forget to email me at felicia.allthingsdreamy@gmail.com if there’s a place you want me to check out and blog about!

Warm Regards,

-Felicia