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Monday, January 14, 2019
THE HAT: WORLD FAMOUS PASTRAMI IN CALIFORNIA

 The first meal I had when I visited California over the holidays was at THE HAT. My family and friends were raving about this place as it has some of the best sandwiches they had. Granted that it wasn't expensive nor was it anything out of the extraordinary but everything was just done well and straightforward.
 Although there are a number of branches, this one was pretty close to where we were staying. Located in Brea, this location is open from 10am to 1am. When we arrived on a weeknight, the place was packed. There was also a line but it was pretty quick. You order at the front and wait for it one the side.
 When I asked my cousins what to get, they told me that the best seller would be the pastrami and the roast beef.
 
 Before that, I just had to order some side dishes. Forgetting that this is America, the sides are pretty big in terms of serving.
 I liked the onion rings as it was really crunchy and hug. The wet fries on the other hand was hand cut potatoes smothered with gravy. They also have a version that is pilled up with pastrami.
Known for their pastrami, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't skimp on the meat. The roll was packed up. Flavor was clean and it was a definite must try. If you have someone with you, I would suggest ordering the roast beef with the au jus dip. Since they cut the rolls into half, you guys could share a half each. Personally though, I would like to go back for the roast beef. It wasn't dry as what everyone would think. The fact that you dunk it in au jus just makes it more delicious.

The HAT is a pretty good place to go to for a quick meal or a late night craving. I will definitely go back. If only they could just keep their toilet clean.

THE HAT
1210 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
Brea Location 10am-1am



Disclaimer:paid for our meal. wrote this based on my experience.
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Monday, January 7, 2019
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD: FOOD TRIP MODE!

 Bangers! One of the things that I usually do whenever I visit a place is to always partake of the food. This holiday vacation, my family and I went on a trip that had me experience UNIVERSAL STUDIOS for the 1st and the 3rd time. Third because it's the 3rd country I've tried it at. The first being in Singapore, then Japan, and now in the United States. The first time because it might be the first of many in the west coast area.
Universal Studios Hollywood was opened to the public to allow people to tour the studio. Then years went by and then it became an amusement park. When we visited I had a grand time getting all the food I could eat. Granted that it's a bit expensive to eat inside the park, it's not everyday you visit so why not.
 Since my brother and I (mostly I), are Potterheads, we tend to spend a great time in Hogwarts. The most iconic drink that one has to get would be the butter beers. Don't worry as it doesn't have any alcohol in it but it does the trick. Better to go for the normal cold ones (personal preference)
 And there's a sit down restaurant inside the town named the Three Broomstick. Here, "English dishes" that would be present in Harry Potter world.
 There's the usual fish and chips and even English Bangers or sausages. Since I went during the Festive Season, they had some specials on the menu. One of them is this mix plate of turkey meat, mash potato, and bacon wrapped sausage. It was really good.
 After lunch, there are other places to visit and eat at. For snacks, you might want to visit Springfield. There's MOE'S Tavern and right across it is where they sell DUFF BEER. You can choose between light and lager. To be honest, it's just normal beer that is branded as such.
 Don't forget to head on over to KRUSTY. It's basically their version of a fastfood. Don't worry as the burgers here are real and not like the ones in the cartoons.




Eating all the food that you can in a theme park like UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD could be a bit expensive. Still, it's quite nice to experience everything.


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
100 Universal City Plaza, 
Universal City, CA 91608



Disclaimer:wrote this based on my experience. paid for my meals.
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Monday, December 31, 2018
2018 YEAR ENDER: A Year of Adulting Firsts


 As the year is about to end, I can't help but wonder and think about the different firsts I experienced this year. I'm really excited with 2019 as it will have more opportunities and chances for me to make myself a better person, I hope.
A big leap for me was having my own car. Granted that I had cars before, this one is special to me as all the responsibility falls on my shoulder. From payments to insurance and even maintenance, it's all up to me now. To be honest, I don't know what I'm doing right now. It makes me want to think about what I had before and what I'm going for now.
 Vacations have been a luxury for me and my family. Usually, I'm out of town at least 3-4 times a month but with my move, I can't really do a lot of travels. Hopefully, I get to have more chances with these.
Related to travel, FOOD. Believe it or not, I am not satisfied with my food condition right now. Granted I'm in America and it is supposed to have a lot of restaurants and is a melting pot, the place I'm living at isn't really the go to when it comes to food. Unfortunately, it's not really what I had in mind when I got here.
 I had to leave a lot of friends behind. Not just friends but also family. And yes, these friends are my family. I've been with them through the years and every time I remember our bloopers and adventures, I can't help but cry.
To make up, I'm trying new things like snowboarding. Somewhat similar to wakeboarding, this sport right here can make my mind fly away from all the loneliness.
So I guess that's that. My 2018 was different, weird, sad, and full of opportunities. I'm hopeful for 2019. Cheers guys! HAPPY NEW YEAR!





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Monday, December 24, 2018
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY: A Cool Way To Spend Your Morning in California

 One of the most iconic places to visit when in California would be the GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY. This place is home to a lot of interesting tidbits and beautiful view.
Getting there would require you to have your own car. Although tour buses and other transportation options are available, it's best to bring your own. If you're there just for the sights, get there before 12noon on weekdays and before 10am on weekends would not require you to pay for parking.
This is one of the best places to have a picture with the HOLLYWOOD SIGN that downtown LA is known for. Don't forget to bring a camera and some quarters if you plan to use the telescopes.
The view is just amazing. More so if it's sunset or almost night time.
 Going around the place is basically free. If there are programs or if you wish to enter the buildings, you might need to get a ticket and pay for it.
 There are a lot of spots that you could take photos from. So bring your OOTD game with you.
 It's a bit of a zigzag going up and down the place so be careful when you head up.
Griffith Observatory could lead you to a jogging/hiking path that would definitely make your heart pound. It's also a nice walk to let you see nature and a view.


GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience.
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Monday, December 17, 2018
THE LION KING: The Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

 When I decided to go to Las Vegas, I realized that it is an entertainment capital this side of the world. It would be a sin for me not to be able experience it when I visit for the first time. After a few google searches, I saw that the LION KING was showing. Since, I haven't watched it when it showed in Manila, I booked a ticket and there I was.


 This leg of THE LION KING was being shown in the SMITH CENTER, LAS VEGAS. It was somewhat near the old school Vegas. Parking was easy, fast, and free. There were a lot of volunteers helping people get to their slots and get in on time.

 If ever you do go for a play, it's always a good idea to set a few minutes of leisure just before the call time. You get to check out the different stalls that would offer trinkets and snacks. If you're a shopper, it's near the outlet stores of Vegas as well.
 The Smith Center itself is a architectural masterpiece. There are different places you could take OOTDs and even the hall itself would blow you away. Once I got in, I realized how magnificent it was.
For an hour or so, I was pretty much entertained. It was definitely something for the entire family. Unfortunately, I fell asleep in the middle of the play as I came from a 4 hour drive from Arizona to Vegas. Kids would have fun for sure.
Aside from high tech use of visuals and sound effects, the way the actors used their costumes to enact their characters was impressive.

TIP: The different stuff that they sell on the first floor are also available on the top floor. (Usually, there are less lines up top).

THE SMITH CENTER
361 Symphony Park Avenue, 
Las Vegas, NV 89106


Disclaimer:Wrote this based on my experience. Paid for everything.
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Monday, December 10, 2018
EGGSLUT: BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS? Grand Central Market Los Angeles California

 When I was in California a few weeks ago, I was brought to a place called the GRAND CENTRAL MARKET. This foodie place was just packing. It's an open air food hall that is quite impressive. Fancy neon lights, long lines, and delicious smelling food. They even had a Filipino Sari-Sari store looking stall.
 One of the more popular "stalls" in the place would be EGGSLUT. This all day breakfast place offers messy yet easy to eat egg sandwiches that could fill you up. Even after the lunch crowd had left, it still had a long but quick moving line.
 Since we have been eating all day, we just shared one to check it out. We went for the most popular item on the menu. One bite of the BACON, EGG, AND CHEESE SANDWICH and it reminded me of this place in VIRRA MALL in Greenhills, Metro Manila. Underneath the escalator on the first floor was a stall named Bread Connection. They used to sell ham and egg sandwiches. TO be frank, they literally tastes almost the same. Both used what is likely to be Banana Ketchup because of the sweetness and smell. Although we could say that EGGSLUT delivers higher quality ingredients, I couldn't differentiate the two because of the taste. Texture wise, EGGSLUT is fluffy and easy to eat. While, Bread Connections' sandwich has a little crunch.
I've actually been to a couple of EGGSLUT. This one and another in LAS VEGAS. To be truthful, it was just okay. It's not something I would look for but I could still see myself eating it. A little expensive than the usual but worth a try. I guess it's not for everyone. P.S. The cold brew coffee is pretty good but you could get it at a different place cheaper.


317 S. Broadway, Stall D-1
Los Angeles, CA 90013              
(213)625-0292 
Inside Grand Central Market
Mon-Sun: 8AM - 4PM


Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience. Paid for our meal.
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