Looks like nowadays I do my living on the weekends. That’s not to say that important things don’t happen on weekdays; I do a lot of life maintenance then (exercise and what little chores I can’t keep putting off) but I dream up amusement for myself on weekends. Here’s this week’s installation in pictures:

After work onย Thursday afternoon I treated myself to a cappuccino at Steelhead Coffee; aย new neat place in California Heights / Long Beach that I am enthralled with. Prepare yourself for multiple social media posts from me at this shop because the light in here is amazing. Hoping one of my next return visits will be on a bright early morning so I can capture the shop better.

Two different tonkotsu ramens (one shio, one traditional tonkotsu) and the biggest pieces of chicken karaage I’ve seen to date.

Last week’s cooler weather has been stirring up thoughts of hearty soups, so when one of my girlfriends suggested ramen I was quick to accept. Hakata Ikkoushaย opened up in Costa Mesa, which is becoming quiteย the ramen spot in Orange County. The city alone hosts seven ramen shops all within a mile of each other! Ikkousha’s standard tonkotsu is my favorite, and I have to give the fried chicken a thumbs up as well. That ketchup/chili pepper flakes combo is killer on the breaded chicken.

Bacon cheeseburger from Paul’s Place.

On Friday a friend of mine was in town from Arizona. She really wanted a blue cheese burger, and I’m not one to stand in the way of a woman and her beef patty. We ended up at Paul’s Place for some oooey-gooey–I restrained myself from adding a fried egg this time, but I did go with some avocado. ๐Ÿ˜€

I also promised her a coffee so back it was to Long Beach for a vanilla latte (hers) and my beloved mocha, this time though at the Flea Espresso Bar on Fourth Street.

My best submission to #coffeeandclothes yet. Though to really be exact I should be wearing Flyknit Lunar 3s, Roshe Runs, or Theas, not my dorky-notNikeiD-Lunarglides. #runislife oh. and shout out to that mocha. See the ganache on the cup rim? I ate that stuff off. YUM

That’s two coffee posts already and it’s only Friday.ย #noregrets

Saturday morning consisted of a run and a hastily-scarfed down lox bagel before coffee again at Makai. I generally am not so social, but everyone seems to be traveling/visiting this month so I’ve been putting my local food guide/ambassador skills to the test. Then later that night I went to downtown Santa Ana intent on having an Old-Fashioned but finding this instead:

The West End Theater building hosts The Barrel Room and Cafe Calacas.

Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County and has a courthouse, several museums, and is where a lot of local city/county government have their buildings. It’s a pretty big and busy city, and downtown especially gets a lot of traffic from county and city workers. There’s a decent art and nightlife scene in DTSA that I’m only coming to appreciate now as I’m much older. To that effect I’ve been trying out one or two places in the area when I get a chance; on Saturday we found The Barrel Room while wandering around looking at whatever caught our attention from the street.

Moscato cause I’m basic!

I don’t really know what I’m doing with wine and spirits yet, so when I find a place with staff that is willing to explain things to me I get pretty excited. This Moscato from Tobin James Winery in Paso Robles, CA tasted like fun apple cider. Very very easy to drink especially for a n00b like me.

Sunday morning I woke up hungry like a wolf, so a breakfast burrito sounded great. Enter Ham n’ Scram, a cheekily-named breakfast joint that specializes in ham and egg burritos:

Meet the “Reverend,” double portions of egg, ham, bacon, bell peppers, and cheese.

My friends have spoken about this place for ages but it wasn’t until this weekend that I and my hunger felt up to the challenge. A double meat burrito is no joke. I managed half easily, but only got through half of the second part before calling it quits. I also promptly fell asleep afterwards, but that’s OK. ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s what Sundays are for. Food comas and subsequent naps.

It also made me happy that they carry banana sauce (a mostly Filipino invention):

I noticed that the Sriracha bottle was returned to this lineup after I put back the banana ketchup/banana sauce. ๐Ÿ˜€

Honestly, if it weren’t for the fact that I now engage in some kind of sport during the week, I’d probably weigh a lot. Food and the enjoyment of food is a prime motivator. My metabolism probably can’t sustain these weekend escapades for much longer, so my philosophy is to enjoy my relative youth and processing power. (eek)


14 thoughts on “May days

  1. Yum! It’s been cold around here too. You’ve inspired me to get ramen this weekend!

    I need to remember to hit some of these places up next time I’m in Orange County. My cousin and aunt live out there. Last time I visited was a while ago, and we stuck to all the Vietnamese areas, haha.

    1. Please do! And let me know if you’d ever like to meet while in the area.

      Btw ain’t nothing wrong with the Vietnamese areas; I kind of wish I spoke a bit of the language myself. I’m learning a little bit about Vietnamese food from my friends and I’d like to have more of it, living right next to Little Saigon and everything. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Try your local Asian grocer! I don’t know if you have 99 Ranch Market where you live, but that’s where I would start. I prefer the Jufran brand, but there’s also one called UFC Tamis-Anghang (translates to UFC Sweet-Spicy.) Warning: both are quite sweet compared to regular American ketchup (think how Heinz and Del Monte tend toward the sour?) and the spice is really only a very mild raspy hot after a few minutes.

  2. So much food! I love it. Ham and egg burritos are such a specialised thing for a store to be based on LOL. Food is my motivation as well, looking forward to it gets me through the day…

    1. They do eggy breakfasts and sandwiches, but they’re really most known for those burritos–and for a good reason. The tortilla is buttery toast!

  3. And here I thought we French people had the excusivity of food obsessions (you know, talking about food, comparing foods, eating all the foods…) I’ll be in LA around June 15 by the way, I hope you’ll have great food recos for me, maybe even a little time to spare? In any case enjoy your week-ends ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Just sent you an e-mail ๐Ÿ™‚

      To be honest I have more LA coffee recs than food at this point, but I’ll try my best! Also will coordinate with you re: a day visit like last year’s. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I love these posts! Thanks for sharing your adventures. I’m getting so excited for the move to Irvine and I’m filing away all your recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚

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