Mar
18
2012

Bravo channel - love the reality show

love watching reality show, if you love it too, watch Bravo, it's channel 57 or 110. it start off with Project Runway, which now is no longer on Bravo but on Lifetime. it has reality show about different careers or lifestyle and competition. it has food competition like TOP CHEF which won awards. it has rich lifestyle around USA like Real housewives of Orange, CA, New york city, Atlanta, New Jersey, Miami, DC, Beverly Hills. mmm. I wonder what's the next city, I hope it would be Texas or somewhere in the middle of US.

 

there's career kind of reality show, like work out, fashion, music, art, real estate, hair, a lot of shows has been cancel, and some reality show star end up having its own show like Bethenny ever after, Tabatha takes over, Its a Brad Brad world. it's fun, it's entertaining, the only bad thing is that when you watch this channel too much, you kindda hate your parents for not being rich. a lot of ppl on this show is really rich and a lot is just for show. when they show the restaurants, it could just be free food for them to advertise on the show. you often see they show the sign of the restaurant and store they went to. a lot of editing effect too, maybe they didn't really argue or fight but the editing makes it look that way. the funny thing about this channel is that it has lots of re runs, sometimes you can still watch shows from years ago. sometimes they do a marathon of one show all day long. it's a fun thing to watch how the rich ppl lives but just be careful not to be sunk in too much or you end up being in deep depression.

 

 

 

my favorite is Jeff Lewis Flipping Out and Million dollar listing (LA and NY)

Mar
18
2012

ice cream shop at Disneyland Anaheim, CA

There's a couple ice cream shops at Disneyland Anaheim, CA. the most popular one is at the left side of main street, called Gibson Girl ice cream parlor. it has a jade green elephant decor and it looked very classic. but I don't like it's open too late around 11pm, come on, you can't offer ice cream earlier? and most ppl eat ice cream after lunch, so if you go there btw 12:30-2:30pm, it's packed with ppl, there's at least 7-12 customer in front of you, and most ppl don't just order 1 or 2, you often see father ordered about 3-5 ice cream for all the kids. and there's only a few table inside to sit.

 

 

 

if you want less line and cheaper ice cream you can just go across the street, it's called Main street cone shop hosted by Dreyer's. funny, why do they have 2 ice cream shop at the same place? but anyways, it is a quicker way to get ice cream, because it's not a shop with seats. most ppl might not know about this place so there's fewer lines.

and there's a hidden ice cream place in Adventureland called Tiki juice bar, hosted by Dole. this place is actually introduced to me by the girl that sold popcorn in main street. so sometimes you can talk to ppl worked at Disneyland to ask them some special place to go.

 

it's a small stand and if you don't know it's selling ice cream you probably pass it right by. I've been going to Disneyland for over 20 yrs and I don't even know about this place. but there's always a line, so anywhere if you sees a line, go wait in line doens't matter what they sell. it's mainly pineapple, it has just the juice or just the ice cream or you can have both. first time I was there I was a little worry because pineapple is sour, so I got the pineapple ice cream but I see a l lot of ppl got both, the pineapple juice and ice cream together. so next time I'll try that. it is refreshing and new kind of ice cream and it's awesome to eat in the hot summer day.

 

Here's more picture of different ice cream in Disneyland. do you know which shop they're from?


Mar
18
2012

hidden awesome Restaurant inside Disneyland Anaheim, CA, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue

one of the best restaurant in Disneyland, Anaheim CA might also be the best BBQ in LA. it is called BIG THUNDER RANCH BARBECUE 

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/big-thunder-ranch-bbq/

located at the end of Disneyland by Toontown and Frontierland. it is really far so if you're like me and my boyfriend just going to Disneyland to eat, you can take the Railroad by the front door when you get in. there's no stop by Frontierland so you either have to get off at the 1st stop - New Orleans Square and walk towards Frontierland or you can get off at 2nd stop - Toontown and walk back. it is a little further if you get off at the 1st stop but if you don't like a lot of noise that made by kids, don't get off at Toontown. this restaurant is actually marked "Don't miss" on the Disneyland map.

 

it's all you can eat style, now before you think the price is too expensive, think about most of the 1 entry in Disneyland everywhere else is around $10-12, so to pay about $15-$35.99 for all you can eat is great. $21.99 lunch and $2.99 for drinks and dinner is $24.99, so I think $15 is either for vegetairan or dessert. dessert menu is ranch hand sundaes and old fashioned ice cream floats, seasonal cobblers, fresh strawberry shortcake or a family-style cookie bake topped with vanilla bean ice cream and hot fudge. dessert is charge extra and price varies. lunch is till 3:40pm and it is barbeque chicken and ribs, cole slaw, ranch beans and cornbread. dinner starts at 4pm and it is the same as lunch plus smoked sausages and corn wheels.

 

I think the chicken is more special than the ribs, but my boyfriend liked both. the corn bread comes with little butter and beans are great. the one I love the most has to be the chicken. it has a sweet taste which is rare. it is not buffet but all you can eat style. so if you need any more food, just ask the server. the server is dress up in Western cowboy cowgirl style. the food is a little slow I guess it takes a long time to cook so make sure you go there a little early. if you don't like loud noise, DO NOT SIT BY THE FRONT ROW. the first time we went there, we sat at the front row. it is so loud. and all the parents are mocking around our table to take pix of their kids on stage. they have performance, singing and music and it is fun. I also love the little glass they put drinks in. it just taste so awesome, I love half coke and half diet, but the server called it coke zero. it is so good, probably the greatest half coke half diet drink I ever had. for 2 ppl, everything is enough but the chicken, so just ate the chicken first and ask for more. it comes in a very cute bucket, everything is like Western style, and it is so cute and fun. first I don't like the loud noise and the long wait but after I taste the chicken and drink it is so awesome.

 

Vegetarians can also eat here, their menu is barbecue skewer with potatoes, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms and tofu. I don't know the price because I didn't know they offer this. you can also call ahead to make reservation at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. I just think it's so far and if you walked the whole day and have to go all the back at the end of Disneyland, it would not so tired. I really wish they offer to go box just for the meat. I really think Disneyland should offer a to go service by the front gate for all the famous dishes in the park.

Havn't tried the dessert yet but I will next time I go back, this is a DO NOT MISS spot not only in Disneyland but also in LA. great experience and fun and awesome great delicious food.

 

Mar
18
2012

hurry up to Glendale Galleria, Glendale, CA for major sale event

Hurry up to Glendale Galleria located in Glendale, CA, it's one of the largest and classic mall in LA. you can get there by freeway 134 exit Brand Blvd or freeway 5 exit Colorado St. the most special about this mall is that you can either go in the Nordstrom side or you can go into the other side which is the new Target store they just added and JCPenny. these two entrance has different feeling and since the mall is so big, you can just hang out either entrance and go to the other one next time. and another best thing about this mall that none of other mall in LA has is that when you finish shopping in this mall you can just go across the street to the new Americana. 

 

Americana and the Grove is the new trend for malls for the last 7-10 yrs. it's kindda like Asian style because in Asia, space is so precious, they build apartments above malls and shopping streets. it's for singles or small familys that loved being in luxury apartments and able to shop and eat downstairs, they don't have to maintain a yard but they have these large fountains and grass downstairs. the fountain has a water dance show and the street is full of cool American feel music and scenery. it would be great if they have more food cart. I never really park there because they charge parking fees, why not just park in Glendale Galleria and walk over. how to get there from the mall? just go to JCPenny by the Target side and find the Gap store, and whoala you can just go out to the mall and walk into Americana.  

the best sale event of the year is happening right now, this year 2012, they finally decided to remodel the old Mervyn's store down by the Nordstrom side. the old Mervyn's has been empty for years, ppl just go to Nordstrom and not willing to go further. so they thought since across the street is Americana, one of the classic outdoor mall in LA, why not bringing Bloomingdale's. Bloomingdale's only open in the luxury mall like Beverly Center and Century city. they're located next to the rich city. since Bloomingdale's coming in 2013. most of the big store on the Nordstrom side is also doing big remodling. there will be other new remodling around the mall, for example, the restroom by food court is way too small and I'm really glad they will be remodling it. it is so exciting but not a good news for other stores right now. there will be dust and noise during construction so the big store like Disney store and Coach has to move somewhere else in the mall. they need to make money every day, one day they're closed, they're losing a lot of money compare to smaller stores. so they want to not stay at the current location during the construction. so where will the small stores move to? they will either closed temporary or forever. right now a lot of small stores are having major sales like 40-50% off per item. this is not buy 1 get 1 50% off. each item is close to half off, this is great. like shopping in discount store. so if you have time, go to Glendale Galleria, look for the half off sign. grab it and get it and go home happy.

 

Mar
10
2012

Disneyland annual pass

 

love love love going to Disneyland, if you're S. CA resident, you can go ahead get an annual pass. one of the benefit living in LA is that you're very close to Anaheim's Disneyland, this the first Disneyland in the world, maybe not the biggest but the one w/ the most history.

1. S. CA resident with zip code 90000-96199 can get S CA or S CA select annual pass. there's 4 level of different pass, the cheapest one is S CA select with almost every sunday blocked all summer and major holidays. this one is for ppl that have weekday off and don't want to go to the park on the weekend on vacation season. They now offer monthly payment that can deduct from your credit card every month for as low as $9.92 per person and down payment $80 or total $199. you get special hotel rates, Downtown Disney District discounts and dining discounts inside the park. dining means inside the restaurant and it does not include food carts that you see around the park. you can go inside the park 170 days a year.

2. for me, I choose S CA annual pass, you also have to the S CA resident but you get more days 215 days a year. down payment $80 and $15.75 a month total $269 a year. I also pick parking pass which gets you free parking but only on the available days not on blockout days. 1 year parking only on available day is almost $100 more. you get all the discount that was mentioned on the S CA select plus 10% off some merchandise store inside the park. if you're not sure ask before you purchase. you are blockout most summer days and almost all Saturdays but not Sudays.

 

 

3. if you have extra money and live really close to Disneyland then you can pick Deluxe $24.92 a month with down payment $80 and total $379 with 315 available days it's only blockout on some Saturdays and Christmas week. with all the discount above you can also get guided tour discounts

4. if you have lots of money to spend and live within 5-10 mins to Disneyland then this one is for you, Premium level with $34.92 a month and $80 down payment, that's total $499 a year and no blockout days at all, you can go on anyday of the year including Christmas and major holidays. you get 20% merchandise discount and it also include free parking. 10-15% dining discount at select restaurant inside the park, and free one year family fun magazine. and also each next year you renew they will send you one 20% off merchandise coupon at any store inside the park. I got 2 coupons because we have 2 annual pass and we've been using it. every $100 you spend you get $20 off. they will send you receipt by mail of your order and each month you don't have to do anything, your credit card will automatic deduct the monthly payment.

when we go to Disneyland in the weekday, you can see everyone at the entrance taking out their annual pass, before they used to put your picture but now they don't. when you first register for annual pass, you can bring your receipt that you print out at home and at the entrance just tell they you're here to get your annual pass and then they will direct you to the annual pass office to get your card.  sometimes when we dine inside the park, we forgot to use our card. so remember everywhere just ask them, "Do you take annual pass discount?" because after they charge you and you take out your card it doesn't count anymore.

there is one thing I don't like about the park, if you go there early, don't expect to find the restaurant open, most indoor restaurant opens at 11 or 11:30am, so if you're hungry you can only get corn dogs or turkey leg by the castle. not even the ice cream parlor is open, so ppl like me and my boyfriend who goes there just to eat have to wait till lunch time. right now CA adventure is going on major renovation at the front door, so I suggest don't even go there till they're done in the Summer 2012. also some store inside the Disneyland park is going on renovation too they're all open again Summer 2012, I guess they're prepare for a new look and ready to reopen fresh at the Summer of 2012. because summer is the most pack season in the park.

it is fun, it is full of history and don't forget to check out small shops and some place you don't really know that exist if you go there often. there's always some place new to go and some thing new to do and some place new to eat. explore and have fun.

 

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Los angeles is great.  It has very diverse community and I love shopping, eating out and visiting new places.

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