Category: Food

closed encounters

I’m taking a typography class taught by a very cool teacher who suggested that we visit some art museums and local galleries in the area. So a friend and I went to some spaces in La Jolla last Friday.

sdmocadiptychPleasure Point by Nancy Rubins / Untitled by Mauro Staccioli
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Unfortunately, majority of the museum was closed because they were working on a new exhibit. But, we did take a walk through the sculpture garden and checked out the Photography in Mexico exhibit for free!

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Going Out of Business by Mel Bochner

The Quint Contemporary Art is just a flew blocks away from the MOCA. The Troublesome Exhibit, which sadly ends tomorrow,  featured some cool pieces including two of Matthew Brandt’s works made entirely out of bubble-gum.
quint1Troublesome by Robert Barry / SpectroSonic – Red by Johannes Girardoni

Really enjoyed Girardoni’s piece which incorporates color, light, and sound.

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Shadows by Marcos Ramirez Erre
After the gallery, we had a late lunch at IKEA and both ordered a salad, hazelnut chocolate, and swedish meatballs.

I also scored a $5 hamper!

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Speaking of art and design, I visited SDSU for Tom Sachs‘ lecture about two weeks ago! Overall, it was a really insightful talk and it was great to know the reasons behind most of his grand projects, especially like that of the “Space Program”. He even wore the Nike Mars Yard shoes he designed!
EdwinHimself put together a post of 5 valuable quotes from that night. Check them out.

BOBEZCAPADES #2

Sam Levenson once said,

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.” 

And sharing the magic behind bubble tea is exactly what they did at the Chun Shui Tang Teahouse in Taichung, Taiwan, the home of the first ever, original, bubble tea. The video below, which I happened to curiously stumble upon whilst Googling about the birth of boba, unravels the secrets or the essential ingredients for the ultimate boba experience.

Places to try:

  1. Tea n More  Here, I usually get the Rose Milk Green Tea, which is about $3.25, and a lot cheaper than Tea Station’s. Located in Clairemont, San Diego, CA.
  2. Bobalicious — I have not been here enough to experience other flavors, but I really enjoyed their Green Milk Tea. Extra points for their reasonable pricing. Located in Mira Mesa, CA. 
  3. Bambu — It was my first time coming here, and I had the Grass Jelly Milk Tea. But, this was actually my second time having Grass Jelly Milk Tea, and the first time was at Tea Lane in Rowland Heights, CA. To this day, I’m still clueless about the chemistry of the drink itself–whether or not it contains a secret grass ingredient, but other than that, THUMBS UP. Bambu is located in San Jose, CA.  
  4. Tapioca Express — My pleasant experiences with Tapioca Express are limited, but hope is instilled in me once again, after having their Earl Grey Milk Tea. The place was a hit with a customized menu and happy customers. Located next to Boiling Crab in San Jose, CA

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Via with Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass in the background

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II

Bruce Nauman’s For Beginners

Ed Ruscha’s Spam (Of course us Guam girls had to see this!)

Me exploring Jesus Rafael Soto’s Penetrable installation

Very cool packaging!

Overall, Via and I had a very enjoyable time in Los Angles! We met up with old and new friends and ate some delicious food at Huckleberry, Sushi Stop, Sprinkles Ice Cream, Diddy Riese, and Tea Lane. We also had the opportunity to stop by the OHWOW Gallery and view artist Lucien Smith’s “Seven Rain Paintings” exhibit. You can view some photos over here (there’s a photo in which we’re in it, ha!). Though professional skateboarders and the fashionable attended, the atmosphere was very cool and relaxed; people’s appreciation for Lucien’s pieces made it an awesome event.

We would like to thank our friend Lia who was able to tag along and make our trip even more memorable! We would also like to thank our friends Steffi and Tiffi who allowed us to stay at their place during our trip!

BOBEZCAPADES #1

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Quick post before I dive into the sea of stress and sorrows before finals week. Feeling parched and baked like no other after hiking Potato Chip Rock yesterday, I had to have my boba fix. We all hear that milk is the ultimate thirst-quencher. As an avid tea drinker I thought, what better way to quench my thirst than with a Rose Milk Green Tea from Tea Station? Selling at $4.50, it’s no lie that their bobez are pricey, but if you have a serious craving for an ice cold, refreshing drink waiting to be satisfied, a mix of green tea, milk, with a hint of rose is the way to go. Personally, I think it’s the perfect blend and am amused at how bobez came with every sip! I also find Tea Station’s tapioca pearls more flavorful and chewy than many other boba places in the San Diego area.

There aren’t many bobez places to explore around here compared to Los Angeles, but I consider Tea Station as one of the better ones. There are two locations in San Diego, many more around Southern California, and one in Las Vegas. Click here for locations. Lesson learned for next time: Order with less ice.

For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to dedicate a part of The Border to my bubble tea escapades, or as I like to call it, “Bobezcapades.” Here, I’ll be sharing my two cents as a bobez fanatic/enthusiast/madwoman/addict (just kidding) and Jireh bobing it with me (click here for her monthly favourites). I’ll be back in mid-September with BOBEZCAPADES 002 as today marks the first day of my month-long quest of clean eating. Until then, keep on bobin’ on!

FAKE TALES OF SAN FRANCISCO

 

For once, after two weeks of summer playing couch potato, I thought it was time to leave my house and take an action-packed trip to San Francisco! While there, I met with two of my good friends from school. Both are SF natives, so for one whoooole Saturday, I trusted them with my life.

We started our day taking the subway, passing through Noe Valley and all the way to Dolores Park. To me, it was like taking the jeepney in the Philippines. Except it was faster and with air-conditioning!

 

First stop was at the Community Thrift Store on Valencia. From printed sweaters to old records, faux plants to blossoming floral couches, and vintage jewelry to an antique dental chair?! I thought they had a great selection of items.

 

While walking down Valencia, we discovered Paxton Gate, which is a natural science shop that exhibits a wide range of plants, fossils and lots of creative taxidermy. I pretty much died when I stepped foot in there. They had me at the succulents.

   

All that walking worked up an appetite, so my friends took me to a Mexican eatery called El Farolito. I had the carne asada super burrito, and that monster kept me full and satisfied for the rest of the day! You definitely can never go wrong with carne asada!

 

It was a sizzling hot day, and I had no choice but to walk around the city in a sweater and boots, so we decided to freshen up and cool down with some ice cream from Bi-Rite. Feeling bold and adventurous, I went with a scoop of Lavender as well as Salted-Caramel. My sweet-tooth was definitely appeased, and to this day I still wish I had gotten a double scoop instead of a single.

 

Just one day of gallivanting through the streets of San Francisco with your closest buds is definitely not enough, and surely I will be back again soon, with Jireh this time!

Kudos to my lovely friends for babysitting me that Saturday.

Sunshine

 

After being locked up at home aka having no car, I finally went out and got a good dose of happiness! I spent the whole afternoon with Marco, a very close friend of mine. We had lunch at AjiSen Ramen – a little Japanese restaurant in Tamuning. I had the Karaage Curry Ramen and man, it was really good

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We drove to Westin to check up on our other friend Nathan. He took us up to the top floor and we hung out inside the Presidential Suite (wow!). It was nice having the trio together for a bit. Laughs everywhere, man!

Helped Marco picked out his very first pair of Janoskis at Kicks/HI. Then we sauntered over to Stussy Guam and I bought this Tiger Camo S-Carabiner!

 

Tumon Tourist life

 

Ended the day with Mt. Lam Lam! A must to get the Shave Ice Surprise – Two/Three syrup flavours with Vanilla ice cream inside! I got Peach and Blue Raspberry syrup on mine.

Also, here is a new track from Little Dragon. A good summer tune!

Home Sweet Home

Hello, everyone! I just arrived from Manila this morning and am back on Guam for the summer. I’m very excited to see my family and close friends. My week in the Philippines was very relaxing, but I was eager to fly home quick. I took a little nap this morning and then ran some errands with my mom. We, along with my sister, had dinner at one of my favourite restaurants – Capricciosa!

One of my favourite dishes – their classic lasagna. Gooey goodness~

Ma!

Anyways, I hope you all are enjoying your first weeks of summer. If not, I wish you the best of luck during your final weeks of school!