The Boiling Crab

Are you hungry? Do you like seafood? Then you came to the right place. The Boiling Crab is one of my favorite casual restaurants because the style of the place is very unique compared to other restaurants. The Boiling Crab doesn’t just serve crabs (sometimes they don’t even have it because blue crabs are seasonal) but a lot of other variety including shrimp, oysters, lobsters and more. But what so special about The Boiling Crab?

The Boiling Crab is a casual place to eat very casual that you feel like you’re eating in the street or at home. Let me describe the setting for you, at first when the waiter takes you to your table he or she bring with them a sheet of thick plastic paper that they put on your table and then they dump some lemons on the table with salt and pepper cups that you can use for the fish if you want. Next step is getting ready to eat by putting on your plastic transparent bib that is going to protect your clothes from all the splashing that is going to happen! I was very stunned when I saw this too. To make it even more casual when you order all non fried seafood there it comes in a transparent plastic bag meaning that you are required to use yours hands which is the right way of eating all seafood.

I talked a lot about the description of what you should expect when going to The Boiling Crab but I never mentioned the taste. In my opinion, I find the taste really awesome and my recommendations are Cajun Shrimp, Fried Calamari and Mussels. These are my favorite that I order every time I go there. The boiling Crab has a lot of branches including many in California, one in Las Vegas and one in Texas. I personally go to the one On 13892 Brookhurst St Garden Grove, CA 92843 and it has really good service although it is usually crowded. 

Many people know about this place but for those who don’t I would recommend it if you are in the mood for seafood because it tastes really good and it is not that expensive either. Hope this post helped!

Breads & Pastries & Desserts Oh My!

I have an infinite love of carbs and sugars. Whenever I’m craving something sweet and filling, the Paris Baguette Café is the best place to be. Located near the H-Mart in Garden Grove, this café is part of an internationally based in Korea.  There are almost 3,000 Paris Baguette locations in Korea alone, and some lucky cities in the States like, California and New York, have a couple locations.  Along with a huge variety of breads, cakes, desserts, beverages, sandwiches, and pastries,  the prices at Paris Baguette  are incredibly cheap. You would walk in with five dollars in your pocket and leave the bakery shop with a bag full of goodies.

The moment you walk into the café, your senses will become overwhelmed. The smell of fresh bread, coffee, melted butter, the aromatic scent of chocolate and vanilla, all melding together to create this symphony that only your nose could hear. You could almost taste it in the air. Rows and rows of  heavenly cakes and other delicacies line your vision, they seem to never end. With so many things to choose, you spend twenty whole minutes just walking around the bakery, looking at all the varieties of just one type of bread. You try to resist the urge to buy everything, knowing that you will never finish them all. Like the 85C Bakery Café you first grab a tray, pick up one of everything onto said tray, and then get your bounty wrapped up at the counter.

There are so many things that I like from this bakery, that its nearly impossible to choose just one. So, here is a list below of my most favorite go-to sources for carbs.

Breads/Pastries:

  1. Kronut
  2. Twisted Doughnut
  3. Choux Cream Bread
  4. Premium Curry Croquet
  5. Chocolate Bread
  6. Coffee Bun
  7. Strawberry Pastry
  8. Éclair

Cakes/Desserts:

  1. Cheesecake
  2. Tiramisu
  3. Cappuccino Cake
  4. Strawberry Fresh Cream Cake
  5. Vanilla Royal Pudding
  6. Macarons
  7. Cheese Soufflé

Coffee/Beverages:

  1. Cappuccino
  2. Caramel Latte
  3. White Chocolate
  4. Café Latte

When it comes to good food and cheap prices, one can forget to take pictures.

The Cheescake Factory

My first experience trying The Cheesecake Factory was about a year ago and oh was it delightful. They have an endless menu filled with a huge variety of food choices. The place itself is just astounding. The lighting is dim and the place is beautiful, it makes for a perfect done out with the family or even a romantic one. The waiters there treat you with complete generosity and are very kind. There is such a wide variety of foods you can try there it’s crazy! The last time I went there with my family, I ordered a plate of lasagna with steak. It was delicious. The plates they give are huge, you might think you will be able to finish it but don’t be fooled you will most likely take a box home with you.

The menu is huge as you can tell and this isn’t even half:

imageI highly recommend trying it out if you haven’t before. The place is wonderful, the food is delicious, and the people there are very kind. The only thing I would say is you have to wait a while in line but it is definitely worth the wait! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

Cha Cha Cha

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My love for Cha for Tea goes for miles. Approximately 9.9 miles actually. That’s how far I drive just to go here. Located in the University of Irvine, one might say that it’s somewhat of a hidden gem. A secret well known among the students and their friends.

Those who drink boba often (like me) are nothing short of attentive to the quality. How is the consistency of the boba? Is the tea too sweet? Did the place overload on condensed milk? The questions never stopped shooting —until I went to Cha for Tea for the first time.

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Left to right : Honey Green Milk Tea (2nd and 3rd) Mango Green Tea (4th)

My personal favorite is the honey green milk tea boba. It satisfies the sweet tooth without losing the scent and taste of green tea. If you are like my sister and choose to opt for a more fruity taste, then the mango green tea will never disappoint. It’s citrus sweet that doesn’t leave that typical fruity tea aftertaste. It’s worth the miles.

If you do get the chance to come to Cha For Tea, I encourage you to try new things. They offer free samples of drinks to those who are trying to find where their tastes lie on the menu. Besides the quality of authentic Taiwanese boba, you can also admire the night lights. The University Center is quiet and peaceful on late weekend nights, making it perfect for short walks while you are sipping on your favorite drink. Your cravings have no curfew, and Cha For Tea, which closes at 1 a.m. doesn’t really either.