Sunday, February 21, 2010

Valentine's Day 2010!

(Yay, those are the cute stuffed loves that he gave me, along with a sweet and awesomely ilustrated card! Thanks love!)


Last Sunday was my second Valentine's Day with Andrew, and it was fun to celebrate a holiday a second time together~ :D Our day was rather unconventional, which works for us! ;)


It started off with us working at a children's birthday party! Andrew is the guitar teacher for a sweet 9 year-old and I get to tag along at the lessons because the family likes me lol. The party was celebrating both the son and daughter's birthdays. Andrew was in charge of the boys and I handled the girls. The girls were ages 3-7 and let me tell you it was tough work. I was exhausted by the end of the day. Some of the girls' parents were there and not all were nice to me. I just shrugged off their rudeness and tried to be the best babysitter I could be. I think I did a great job, as no girls had any problems. :) Some of them even really liked me, which was cute and fun for me~


We both had to think of craft ideas for the kids, so Andrew wanted to make masks with the boys. The maks above was his example and I think it's so funny! :D (Sadly, none of the boys wanted to make masks, poor love!)

By the end of the day we were worn out and ready to just be together. We left around 6:30 and made our way to one of the best restaurants in Stockton for our Valentine's Day Dinner!

Tepa Taqueria is a clean, fresh, and delicious Mexican place not too far from my campus. Andrew has been going there since he was a child with his family we recently went to try it. I absolutely fell in love with the food and the cheap prices! :D It's wonderful! Definitely one of our favorite places here! They give these wonderfully thin and crisp chips and they have a salsa bar where you can choose your salsa. The mild is not too strong, but I love how it's not spicy.

I ordered one of my new favorite things, the carnitas super nachos!!! Super nachos are a revelation to me; I can't get enough! I also LOVE carnitas pork; my dad makes it very well. On this enormous plate are the crisp chips, savory guacamole, salsa, sour cream, plentiful carnitas chunks, and melted cheese. SO GOOD! :D I polished of this entire plate of deliciousness and it was very satisfying! Best part is, this is only $6.50!

Since on other food blogs I keep reading about tacos al pastor (bbq pork) I wanted to try one. Sadly, I didn't like the spiciness of the sauce on top and I think the pork is not real pastor. However, it was cheap and Andrew was a love and ate it for me haha. :) He said it was kind of sweet and spicy at the same time.

Andrew wanted to get the super nachos too, and he ordered carne asada meat with it. He really enjoyed it because the meat was the same that they put in the burritos! He polished his plate off as well, since we were both famished from chasing kids around all day lol. We really enjoyed this meal together and it was the perfect Valentine's dinner! :D Thank you my love!

There's us lovebirds at the restaurant! :D It's a very clean and happy place, with yellow walls and lots of comfortable seating. Andrew actually shaved off all his hair, so it's quite a change, but a handsome one! ;) I've been noticing that my hair has been growing, so that's cool! :)


I love you Andrew! Thank you for a wonderful Valentine's Day and everything else! You are the best! :D

Tepa Taqueria

1205 W March Ln

Stockton, CA 95207

(209) 476-8802

Momofraise says: Absolutely amazing, satisfying, and fresh Mexican food in a clean setting! A really fun and delicious place! Check it out! :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

HAPPY ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!

YAY! On Thursday Febuary 4, 2010, it had been one year since Andrew and I started dating! We have grown so much together and can't imgaine being without each other! I feel like my life has changed for the better and through him I have been introduced to so many wonderful foods, bands, and fun things! Andrew is my true love, my other half, my best friend, and my partner in life. :)



Sadly, Thursday was a busy day for both of us. I had classes all day, and he worked all morning and had class all afternoon. He came to my room around 4:30ish and we hung out the rest of the night at his house just relaxing. We gave each other gifts and had a blast opening them! He gave me a lovely eternity ring with gold and cubic zirconias! We pledged our committment to each other. :D



On Friday, I woke up feeling more rested and better than I had during the week, and he only had a short morning class, so we were together all day! Yay! We had lunch on campus (which was pretty good!) and then went to Sakura Grocery and M & W Bakery for dessert and shopping!
Here's my love excited to try some Japanese youkan jelly we got on sale for $.5o. We were sitting in the bakery, ready to devour some good cake! Youkan jelly is made of white beans and green tea flavoring. We thought it was pretty good, but rather sweet. I am not a fan of white bean desserts myself.


(First off, I love how this pic turned out!) We ordered two little cakes and only ate one on Friday. We ate the chocolate and vanilla checkered cake which was fabulous and moist! There were thin strips of raspberry jelly that elevated this cake and added a wonderfully subtle sweetness that just sang in our mouths. Raspberry and chocolate is awesome!


We also got the amaretto cake because I wanted to get two cakes lol. Also, I love almond things, so why not try an actual almond cake? And this cake sure did not disappoint! We actually ate it today because we didn't have time to eat it earlier. It was still delicious a few days later! It was amazing! There was lots of almond-flavored cream sandwiched between layers of fluffy vanilla cake; very small cut-up almonds were in it as well, but they blended into the rest of the cake so well. We both really enjoyed this cake and are so impressed with that bakery! I hope going out on Fridays for dessert becomes a new tradition lol~! ;)
Otherwise, it's the start of a new week and I am going to work hard! I just need to keep my head up and stay positive! I have a four-day weekend coming up, and Valentine's Day is Sunday! Yay! I hope you all are doing well! :)
Sakura Groceries
4343 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
M & W Dutch American Bakery
4343 Pacific Ave Ste A6
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 473-3828

Momofraise says: Make sure to spread some love this week and go buy some Japanese sweets and wonderful cakes for a special someone in your life~! ;)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Legit Mexican Food!!

Yep, there's me and my cute baby getting ready to perform at Studio 24 in San Francisco last night! We had quite the adventure! Andrew performed AMAZINGLY and I really enjoyed hearing him improv with the techno beats and other musicians! It was sexy! ;)

Since we were in the Mission District in San Francisco, I did some research on a good Mexican place to eat. I found a place called Papalote's Mexican Grill and the menus sounded awesome! We walked a few blocks and found the place booming with people at 5:30 pm! It's rather small, and you place your order at a counter before being seated. We ordered the nachos with chicken and carne asada tacos. I asked to "super" everything, which means they put sour cream and guacamole on your order for $.99, which made everything taste even more fabulous!

The carne asade tacos gave me a foodgasm. Seriously. The meat was so flavorful and tender, and all the fixings tasted AMAZING! The sour cream and guacamole brought it all to another level! Everything tasted very fresh and wasn't greasy at all, which is great!

Here's the super nachos with chicken, which I was DYING to try lol. There's melted cheese and refried beans, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and pieces of a flavorful but rather dry chicken. We both couldn't get enough of these nachos and had so much fun eating them! I was really happy to be eating good Mexican food with my love! :D Luckily, we didn't have to wait long for our food. We were also given chips with their legendary salsa. Andrew ate it and got all sweaty pour thing! He said it was very hot!

Afterwards, we walked down the street to find the venue and set up. I stopped at a bakery/cafe called La Victoria and got some delicious pastries! I got a moist chocolate cupcake/muffin, a chocolate and vanilla swirl slice of poundcake, and a super moist and rich almond muffin. All of the pastries were heavenly and well-made! I was so happy~!
Then, we got to the venue and set up for awhile. People started trickling in as they heard African drums by Jean-Claude, the first performer. Then, it was time for Andrew to go up! :D


Andrew performed wonderfully and people really liked his music! :D I was soooo proud and excited to hear him! He played four songs, all originals, two of which were for me! ;) I thought this Studio 24 was a good venue for us. If you ever want to listen to his music, check out his myspace here: myspace.com/octjado ! I read some poetry, but I thought I did okay. I really need to write some new poems!
However, I learned some things about the art scene in the Mission District in SF last night that I don't like very much....Seriously, do some of those people even understand what art is??? We ended up going to a couple more venues after our show; one of which was in a house! Most of the musicians were very talented and pleasant to listen to, but those poets were a disgrace! Babbling on about "nuclear weapons" and "words that remind us of other words"!!! It upsets me to hear people like that lauded as amazing writers and such because really, they aren't. Now, I am just saying my opinion; however, I am a learned person who has read countless books and has studied poetry. I think I can judge good from bad. But those hipsters high on drugs and drunk on beer obviously CAN'T. It was a very weird atmosphere to me and I felt like I did not fit in. George (the boss of Euphorah Productions) said he can get spots for me and Andrew to perform at that house, but I am not sure if I want to be a part of it. I of course will be there to support my love if he wants to perform there though! George then wanted Andrew and me to scope out this other venue that was located in a sketchy warehouse that stank of drugs and was full of hipster people just socializing with each other and not caring about who was performing. There was so much talking going on that we couldn't even hear the band! I was so uncomfortable and just wanted to relax with Andrew, but since it was so late I knew we wouldn't be able to do even that.
Last night was a rather weird but great experience for the both of us. I was so happy that I saw Andrew perform and that we were able to have a great dinner together!
Papalote Mexican Grill
Neighborhood: Mission
3409 24th Street
(between Poplar St & Valencia St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 970-8815
www.papalote-sf.com
La Victoria Mexican Bakery and Cafe
Neighborhood: Mission
2937 24th St
(between Florida St & Alabama St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Momofraise says: Order the super nachos and order anything with carne asada! Also, anything at the bakery looked great! :D Go all out!