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This is America

Okay, not really, but this is definitely the essence of an American fair.  Home of everything fried.  Mark and our friends end up trying fried cheesecake.

We spent our past Sunday at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa and had a great time.  This was Mark and my first time to go and we went with the company of our friends.  There are a ton of things to do there ranging from rides, to games, to performances, to exhibits, and to, of course, food.  The food is what you expect it to be: giant sized BBQ, fried everything, and sweets galore.  We mainly played games and ate and ate.  Mark was determined to win a giant banana at one of the basketball games, but he couldn’t make a basket.  One day, babe!  You’ll get it.  At the end, we watched a hypnotist show and Mark was chosen to volunteer.  I was laughing my head off the whole time he was up there.  Before the show, he kept saying how he was a non-believer and even now, he still keeps denying the fact that it all happened.  Unfortunately, he “woke up” in the middle and he was escorted off the stage.  I was so sad!  I really wanted to watch him do the rest of the show.  Oh well, at least I got to see him dance and do the macarena, speed macarena to win $1 million. 

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I told myself before we left to not drink a lot (bad idea) since I didn’t want to use porta-potties, but I was extremely happy and relieved that they had clean, real bathrooms.  REAL BATHROOMS!  My hair was so gross by the end of the day.  I don’t understand how girls can have nice hair by the end of the day after sweating, BBQ smoke, and all these fair aromas all up in their hair.

And look at Mark with his giant western hot dog… soooo happy.  He even has drool and mayo on his face!  I’m also not really sure why and how that 2 foot sausage on a stick ended up on my camera…

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Porto’s Bakery

We visited Porto’s Bakery over the weekend and let me tell you, this is the best bakery I’ve been to so far in my life.  It’s beyond good.  Like heaven in bread form good.  Mark had never tried Porto’s until his roommate brought back some bread and he was hooked.  We made plans to stock up on cheese rolls for finals week, since we were (more like he was, since I don’t have finals!) going to need fuel.

There are three locations: Burbank, Glendale, and Downey.  We went to the location in Downey, since it’s the closest one to us, after our lunch.  Bakeries are some of my favorite places, so you wouldn’t believe how excited and happy I was once we stepped into the store.  Bread for days.

There are two different sides where you can order: the cafe and the bakery.  The first time I had ever tried Porto’s I ordered something from the cafe and I didn’t find it to live up to the hype.  Then I realized that I was supposed to order their baked goods!  I’m sure they have really delicious sandwiches and ordered something that was only okay.

Playing Candy Crush in line

Don’t let the long lines deter you!  It goes by really quickly.  They have come up with an efficient system that moves the line.  I think the only problem might be, if you don’t know what you want, you feel kind of rushed to order.  It’s also hard to look at all the bread because there are a lot of other people looking at the bread and trying to order.  Mark panicked and ended up ordering potato balls instead of cheese rolls because he couldn’t think of the name.  When we panic while ordering, we always end up ordering something that we didn’t want.  That is something we both need to work on…

What’s my recommendation?  The cheese rolls.  I’d order 50 if I could.  I just wouldn’t know what to do with all of them.  The cheese rolls are amazing sugary, cream cheesy goodness.  I don’t understand how bread could be so good!  Writing about this is making me crave the rolls again.  Good thing we have three more!

Please excuse my bread fangirling!  We also got a guava cheese roll, a popular item at Porto’s, apple strudels, and chocolate croissants which are extremely good.  If you love chocolate, I’d go for the croissants.

The bread is pretty inexpensive.  Most of the items are under $1.  I’d love to give you more recommendations, but these are the only breads I’ve tried so far.  There are so many different baked goods to choose from!  In the pictures above, those are only two sections out of about 6 or 7 sections of bread.  There’s A LOT of baked goods to choose from.  If you have the chance, you need to visit this bakery!  You won’t be disappointed!

A question for you: are there any foods that you can fangirl/fanboy about?  Off the top of my head for me are the cheese rolls and Bayou potatoes.

Getty Fail: Another Trip to LA

On this Memorial Day weekend, Sunday was supposed to be our super awesome and fun day travelling.  It was still awesome and fun, but it wasn’t how we pictured it.  We’ve been wanting to go to the Getty Villa and after our first attempt to visit the museum, we were determined to go again.  We finally had a chance over this weekend since we had more time.

We made our way to Pacific Palisades, knowing exactly where we needed to go.  We didn’t want to end up in some random part of LA like last time.  This time, we made it!  We only had to pay for parking, then we were in!  NOPE.  We didn’t know that you needed to make reservations to get into the museum.  The past times that Mark and I have been there, we didn’t recall having to make reservations, so we just left for the museum.  The guy checking the reservations before getting to the booth to pay for parking was pretty mean.  Come on dude, be a little nicer.  Because of you, I don’t even want to make the effort to go back there again.

Our conversation went a little like this:
Guy: Let me see your reservation.
Me:  Uh… we don’t have one.
Guy:  Why don’t you have one?
Me:  (Thinking: We need a reservation?????  Mark, we needed one?)  We didn’t know we needed one…
Guy:  You didn’t know you needed one?  Did you talk to anyone who works here?
Me:  Yes, last time when we tried to come here.
Guy:  So you’re telling me that someone isn’t doing their job?  They didn’t tell you that you needed a reservation?
Me: ……………….

After that… ;AFJKLF JAKEJ F;AKLEJ F.  Let me keyboard smash.  Seriously though, we drove about 50 miles just to get there and you have to act like this to me?  He basically told us to exit and Mark and I were speechless.  Did we really just drive 50 miles here to get turned away, AGAIN?  I know we should have looked at the website before we left, but we tend to just go on a whim to places without looking up details.  I think we may need to change that from now on.

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 After that, we were pretty sad, AGAIN.  I need to emphasize how this happened to us before.  I guess the Getty Villa and us weren’t meant to be.  We decided to go to Little Tokyo to eat and to visit the Japanese American National Museum since we weren’t going to let this ruin our day again.

I decided that since we were in the area and since we wanted to visit a museum, that we make a stop at the JANM.  I’ve been here about three other times, but I thought it would be nice to visit with Mark.  He had never been here before and he learned a lot.  This museum is really interesting to me since I can relate to the exhibits.  The other exhibits that were there are the time were a Hapa exhibit and a gallery of artists that focused their art on defying Asian stereotypes.

The main exhibit of JANM shows the history of Japanese Americans during WWII.  The majority of the exhibit focuses on the internment camps.  As part Japanese American, I have grandparents and great aunts and uncles that were directly affected during WWII, so visiting this museum always makes me think about them and the history in my family.

We spent about an hour walking through the museum and then decided to eat dinner.  We walked about the Japanese Village Plaza before going to eat at Daikokuya again.  We ate there the last time we visited Little Tokyo and had an amazing time.  I felt like this time the ramen was even better than before.  The broth was perfect, the noodles were perfect, and the egg, loved it!  This time we weren’t sitting under the air conditioner so my noodles stayed warm longer.  This whole weekend, Mark and I have been eating amazing food and we couldn’t be happier.

 

To avoid being charged for parking, we went to a market and bought Japanese candies to get our parking ticket validated.  I think my favorite candies are those mushrooms and the choco strawberry candies.  Mmmm so good!  For some reason, we were still charged $10, even with the validation.  Uhh… okay… I’m pretty sure we were ripped off because the maximum you could be charged is $10.  The guy’s explanation didn’t make any sense whatsoever!  We should have challenged what he was saying, I mean, we were already turned away by the other guy!  The only thing is that I’m not a confrontational person.  Bye bye $10 :(

Despite the bumps in our day, we still had a lot of fun together and eating great food.  It was nice to come home early to be with our kitty and have game night.  Game night has basically become a regular event.  Mark’s BFF is here almost every day and he always brings the board games with him.  Next time we go to LA, we are going to set our sights on visiting other locations because driving that far to only be turned away kind of crushes your spirit.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!