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[Travelogue] Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay & Los Angeles April 2012

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We rented a car from Hertz and drove to Lake Tahoe. We put up at a cozy studio via airbnb. The place was clean and Lisa, the host was great!

Our first day, we went out to Northstar and signed up for snowboarding lessons.


See how bundled up I was. Borrowed Chi’s Roxy ski jacket cos I couldn’t bring myself to spend on one. Yes, the slopes here look gentle COS we’re beginners 🙂 After a day of falling, we both ended up with bruised bums and goggles tanlines.

It really snowed pretty heavily that night, which means perfect conditions tmr to snowboard….yay!


Dinner @ Bridgetender with my humongous taco salad. The waffle fries were a god-sent. THey have a full bar but we ordered beer.


Just an hour n our car was covered with freshly fallen snowflakes


We didn’t have snow chains so we decided to walk out/down the hill frm where we were staying to the main road. Check out the snow! But we were lucky, a guy gave us a lift all the way to Squaw Valley cos he was going there to ski too!


This was taken at Squaw Valley and yes we’re in the same gear as yday + helmets


Taken on the drive down as we head to Monterey Bay


@ Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s like no other Aquarium


Chocolate ice cream from Ghirardelli. DOn’t try other flavours cos u’ll just be paying for overpriced Dreyer’s ice cream


Drove along the 17 mile drive @ Pebble Beach


Ha! At least E knows how to change a flat tyre in 10 min

After this it’s on to Los Angeles..


We took the coastal route and stopped along the way


Sea lions sun-bathing


Soon we reached LA, after stopping over at the outlet mall first.


Love Korean BBQ? Soowon Galbi KBBQ is the place to go. We took the set for 2 and were very happy with the variety.

 


@ Farmers Market. Good coffee & delicious pastries, esp the apple pie we tried.


I heart Yogurtland. Pay by weight of contents in cup. I love fruity flavours


It was surprisingly hard to find krispy kreme


I attacked the original glaze donut before E could snap a pic


We stayed really near Santa Monica beach but it was a dead town


Venice beach was a much better place, buzzling with life. Parking was a bitch,couldn’t find a lot.


A random pepperoni pizza along Venice beach

I guess that’s all the pics I have, we didn’t take alot and I know it was mainly food pics. That happens when the main photographer is E.

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Till next time, bye~

[Travelogue] San Francisco & Napa Valley March 2012

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The cheesecake factory! That was our first stop after we landed in SFO. Check out that spread! It was supposed to be a snack!



I do love the beets salas and who can forget the sinful Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake. mmmmm….

Ok, we didn’t really do much there so all you’re gonna see are food pics..well, mostly food pics


In-N-Out burger!It’s good and a definite must try. Although I prefer Shake Shack’s burger and In-N-Out fries. It’s definitely more bang for your buck too.


A trip to Napa Valley. A little bubbly never hurt anyone…


Our first vineyard stop @ Mumm Napa. We had 2 flights per couple.


Next, we adjourned to Morimoto, home of the Lim’s favourite Iron Chef.


10 points for presentation 🙂


My favourite was the spicy salmon skin roll


The Lims, our lovely hosts then brought us to Sterling Vineyard for more wine tasting. A great place if you wanna see how wine is made, but I was there more for the sights and the alcohol


Lovely weather and perfect place to just take it all in.


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The Lims are great cooks. Delicious food thoughtfully presented.


Victoria – the milk model


See what we found at Cosco! A life-sized bear for jus 30 bucks


My absolute yummy treat – deep fried oreos from The Codmother Fish & Chips @ Fisherman’s Wharf. MUST TRY!


See ya as we embark on our road trip to Tahoe City…

[Travelogue] Las Vegas March 2012

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We flew from NY to Las Vegas via JetBlue and it was a pleasant flight. Touched down and checked into the MGM Grand. There are a few pics in this post that I took from the net, must be all the gambling we did.


Took a quick shower (a must after a flight)


 

First meal was @ Grand Lux Cafe, The Venetian. We worked up an appetite walking from MGM to Venetian. See the map. Might look short but it was a good 45 minutes walk, with plenty of distractions along the way.
E was happy with his burger and my pasta was light yet creamy. Portions are huge and our server was nice to box up the rest for us.



Also at The Venetian was the Bouchon Bakery and their very popular macaroons. My favorite is the pistachio one. Their macaroons are also slightly bigger than the regular ones. The TKO (Thomas Keller Oreo) was recommended by the lady but it tasted horrible. I’m not sure why, perhaps we kept it overnight before consuming it but it tasted nothing like oreos. Their croissants were still nice and buttery the next morning.


Casear Palace


Je t’aime Paris



We love the dancing fountains @ Bellagio so much that we stayed for another show. They come on every 15 minutes between 7pm – midnight and day time shows are half-hourly starting at 3pm on weekdays and 12 noon on weekends.


CUT @ Palazzo for their famous steak.


Their complimentary bread and butter rolls were slightly salted and tasted so good. I love simple food.


Appetiser – bone marrow flan with mushroom marmalade. Thumbs up!


We got the Tasting of New York Sirloin. Japanese Wagyu 2Oz, American “Kobe Style” 4Oz, USDA PRIME Dry Age 4Oz. THey each had accompanying sauces but we are a purist when it comes to steak.


A true medium rare. I love how they char one side and it really gives it more bite. ooohh


Do catch Terry Fator show when you are there. A definite hit and pure amazement how someone could sing so well in so many different style through puppets. It’s no wonder why he won America’s Got Talent. DO get your tickets earlier cos they ran out pretty quickly.


Bellagio Hotel lobby. Ain’t that pretty


@ Bellagio’s Flower Garden


We didn’t do much in LV. Gambling and shopping were the main activites and no pics of that 🙂

And we’re off to San Francisco!

[Travelogue] New York March 2012

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After 18 hours of flight time (and a 2 hr transit at Narita), we finally landed in NY JFK!


After checking in, first thing to do is get a pre-paid card with data to survive 3 weeks in the U.S.A 🙂

Next we headed to have lunch @ Carnegie. The place was packed full of people. We ordered a sharing portion of pastrami and had plenty left which we took away for breakfast the next day. Unless you are a big eater, this place might put you off meat for awhile.


   


The weather was really good that day for a stroll in the park so we head on over to Central Park. It was beautiful. We actually went back to the park again so the above is a collage of the pics from different days.


We went to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets the next day for some shopping. Got some Godiva chocolates as a snack. No pics from shopping cos our hands were full. hehe


We met up with Chihiro, my dear friend who I got to know when I was on exchange during my University days. She came to Singapore to visit once, so it’s only right I do the same. She brought us to Casellula, a gem hidden in Hell’s Kitchen that serves cheese & wine. We did order some entrees but they were forgettable. The wine and cheese pairing was divine. If you are a wine/cheese noob like us, no worries cos they are more than happy to recommend the different wines, as well as cheese that goes with your selection. We had our server recommend a flight of different cheese for us. She gave us some information regarding the cheese, its origin and how we should eat them (the progression of light to heavier ones). I can’t recall the the condiments on our cheese platter but one of them was the carmelized shallot. Oh so yummy!



I love brunch!! So I had to try the pancakes @ Clinton St Baking Co even though I’ve heard horrors about the waiting time (~1.5-2hrs). We stood in line before they were open and we were the the first couple that did not make it to the first seating! :(((( Then, it was a 45 minutes wait.. I knew I wanted to try two items, namely the blueberry pancakes and the sugar cured bacon. The pancakes were fluffy and yet slightly crisp around the edges, served warm with the maple butter syrup and I’m in heaven on the first bite. The sugar cured bacon was surprisingly good and I’ve never had bacon done this way before and I wonder why. The brioche french toast also served with the warm maple butter looks and sounds better than it tasted. Totally passable.


Another lovely stroll around the city. We popped over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and just sat on the steps watching people basking. Another museum worth going is the American Museum of Natural History. We did go but no pics were taken.


We had to visit the 9/11 memorial site and the tickets were jus beside St Paul’s Chapel. Situated so near Ground Zero and yet none of the Chapel’s grounds were affected other than fallen trees.


Times Square @ night.


Linsanity with the NY Knicks! Although Jeremy Lin had little court time, it was fun…for the 1st quarter then I kept dozing off. Must be the damn jet lag!


It was St Patrick’s Day and we watched abit of the parade before popping into St Patrick’s Cathedral for Sunday mass.


Cupcakes! Red velvet cupcakes! Magnolia Bakery and all its raves were shot to pieces. The cupcakes were tough and I’ve had so many better ones elsewhere. But if you have to try them, go to the one that’s near Rockefeller Centre and not out of the way at Bleecker St like us.


Chi said the view at the Top of The Rocks were better than at Empire State Building. I think it’s cos at Rockefeller, it’s clear glass whereas at ESB, it’s behind grills. You can see the ESB behind us. Great location cos Fifth Avenue is just around the corner.


One of the most memorable bites on the trip was @ Shake Shack. Love the ShackBurger! The meat patty was soft and tasted so fresh with the lettuce and tomato. Simple but definitely satisfying. Skip the Shack-cargo Dog, it did nothing for me.



Junior’s is famous for its cheesecakes but we couldn’t bring ourselves to have cheesecake for breakfast. Gotta love their house fries (sides) and their french toast. Really delicious food.


Chihiro enjoying her waffles and cocktail. Can’t remember where’s this place though. Maybe cos I had too many bellinis ;p Always a must for Sunday brunch

 
Last night in NYC and we had pub fare. Beer, wings and bombs! Ok, I only did the jagerbombs while E & Chi did carbombs as well.

Only 5 days there and we’re off to gamble our money away in Las Vegas baby!