Monday, August 13, 2018

Bake Cheese Tart to Line For ๐Ÿฅง | #ChicSassyMomEats #WheninSanFrancisco

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to buy cheese tart on your way home.

I love San Francisco. I look forward to my SF work days. I usually take the Powell Station (best malls ever ๐Ÿ˜‰), everywhere else is just an Uber ride away. One fine San Francisco day, on my way to the BART Station, I saw a long line. Curious. Oh my, freshly baked cheese tart!

Cheese tart is always a good idea. ๐Ÿ˜‹
I had the fondest memory of eating cheese tart in Japan...oh how I miss Japan. I chanced upon Pablo Cheese Tart last time because there was also a long line for it just outside of the subway station. Tale as old as time, I can be naturally inquisitive ๐Ÿ™Š, so I ended up queuing just the same. Best decision.

Best view. I'm getting nearer the counter. It's my turn soon, finally. Hmmmm, so will I get Strawberry Cheese Tart or Original?
People are just naturally curious, just like me. So the line keeps getting longer. It's endearing how the regular buyers talk of the tarts fondly, soooo now I was more compelled to just keep staying in line.

Bake Cheese Tart are truly to BART line for. ๐Ÿ˜‹I bought a box of 6 for $20+, usually it's $3.5+ a piece. 
Apparently there are seasonal flavors, and I was lucky that the Strawberry cheese tart was not yet sold out. I'm not really a strawberry person so I opted to go for the original, but I was still able to buy one, I ate it right away before I took the BART home. It's as nice, I should have gotten more Strawberry for my boys. Next time.

Oishi! They're super good...perfect cream cheese frosting with a nice, sweet and crispy tart crust to boot that you cannot go without. Forget no carbs diet. Hah.

I'm such a fan of everything Japanese (and Korean) and I devour cheese, so these are really delightful treats. And these did not disappoint. JaFun. These are truly must-try, worth the BART-ride and the long line. Plus, there are many other things to buy do in the Westfield San Francisco Centre anyhow ๐Ÿ˜‰, so there you go, definitely worth the trip. And if you must know these are Japanese Bake Cheese Tarts from Hokkaido and are already going places in Asia except for USA, just because this branch in San Francisco is the one and only branch in the whole USA. Awesome. Eat more cheese tarts. Cheese! ✌๐Ÿป

Location: 845 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103, Concourse level, Westfield San Francisco Centre

Saturday, August 11, 2018

When in Fremont, Visit Niles | #ChicSassyMomxUSA *Pix Heavy

Oh my, Fremont... I love it here. It's near everything...San Francisco, Palo Alto, Facebook HQ, and most outlet stores. Though at the onset, there's no tourist spot that makes for a purposive trip to Fremont, except maybe for the food choices known for being diverse and gastronomically delightful, and when you love antiques. It's just not one antique shop, it's a whole street of picturesque boutiques ...Niles, California. It's historic, charming, and beautiful. 

Niles Essanay is home to the silent films of Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and the first cowboy movie star, Bronco Billy. It keeps the spirit of silent films alive and is a resource for all facets of silent filmmaking. 
Awww...Stroll down memory lane with the picturesque antique shops, ice cream shops (there's a lot of ice cream here, and I love the Ube (taro) ice cream and Tyme for Tea

Now, for the best part, antique shops overload. Look!

Interview Question: What keeps you going?

TGIF. Tale as old as time, when something is amiss, I turn to blogging to channel out all these pent up dramatics (real and drama ๐Ÿ˜…). By the way, we are currently in California, not for vacation, but will be here for a little while. Having said that, it means restarting our lives here... no yaya (house help), no driver, just us, sooo grateful for the boys (hubby and Chaseyboy). ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸผImagine that?!  It's not easy. ๐Ÿ™‰Props to everyone. I'm not capricious or feeling privilege, it's just how it is back home, we're used to getting help either from the family or paid help. When you're a working mom, it's a crisis (and everybody feels for you) when you are help-less. Hah. So contrary to when we were just visiting, you don't get a lot of me-time. Unless, you're like me, I get it at the expense of missing out on sleep and risk piling up of laundry. Bad. Hmmm, some would say, you don't shop here as much, but oh well, I do love to shop, old habit never dies. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️That's a consolation. Haha

Anyhow, so technically, even our careers, we're restarting. Reset. With my age, I've been meaning to invest on retirement and build lasting relationship with a company and colleagues, which I consider as friends. I've been running around, trying to climb the corporate ladder that I've been moving from one company to another, looking for THE One. I though I found it last time, until we made this one big leap of faith to move to California. So now, I'm back to square 1, and going on interviews is a way of life. Oh well. It's easy to talk about what I have been doing over the past years. It's this Ms. Universe question that makes me wish I had my responsible share of breakfast and lunch, just because I'm always on diet ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป‍♀️, and so I can ace it. Hahaha But I do my best, sincerely, thoughtfully I answer...

So what keeps me going?  It's foremost for my family, here and back home. Then it's just really being grateful for being gifted with a good education (love you, Mama and Papa), and that everyone has God-given talents and skills, that I should be honing, and sharing to the community. There's no rest for the weary. Lastly, it's that self-serving, trivial reason of having means and ways to fund my fangirling and shopping soirees. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป‍♀️I sincerely believe that life is beautiful and God has a plan for me, in His time. I need to persevere to the daily grind regardless of how sometimes I get disappointed big time, lose my focus, and worry endlessly. It is what it is. Thank goodness for Asian and KDramas! ๐Ÿ˜‰Aja! Aja! Fighting! Jiฤyรณu!✌๐Ÿป

Friday, August 10, 2018

#FangirlModeOn | Meteor Garden 2018 ๐Ÿ’ซ

Nว hวŽo! ❤️Oh my, the Meteor Garden F4 fever is soooo back! Oh baby, baby, baby, my baby, baby.... Watching the new MG brings back fondest memories and giddiness of the original, mega hit Meteor Garden and Boys Over Flowers (BOF). You ought to know that I'm a die hard fangirl of BOF (type Lee Min Ho and Seoul on my search box). Omo, ๐Ÿ™Š I'm super thrilled that the new F4 are as lovable.

Flower Four #F4
The new Meteor Garden 2018 shares the same producer, Angie Chai, as the original Taiwan Meteor Garden (2001-2002). So yes, this drama and the new Flower Boys are definitely in good hands with her being hailed as the "Idol Drama Godmother".  So far, it doesn't disappoint. These boys are so adorable, delightful and hmmmmm, so young. ๐Ÿ˜…#TitasofManila spoiler alert

Dylan Wang as Dao Ming Si/Gu Jun Pyo on BOF.
Like always, I always start cheering for Hua Ze Lei with Hong Guan/Darren Chen so adorable as well. He's so like Kim Hyun Joong as Ji Hoo sunbae, with those soulful eyes. Jihoo in BOF, is the ultimate trigger of second lead syndrome just because they went to give a deeper romantic plot line between him and Jan Di (Shan Cai in Meteor Garden). He's your TOTGA (the one that got away). I miss him. Haha. Spoiler. Halfway the Meteor Garden 2018 series, they are not still going for that plot line, so we'll see.

Darren Chen as Hua Ze Lei / Yoon Ji Hoo in BOF played by Kim Hyun Joong
So far, all versions of it all has a perfect Lei that makes you cheer for them at the onset (he will always be either your Soul Mate, One True Friend, and TOTGA ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜‰), and Darren Chen plays the part as well as Kim Hyun Joong did. So let me just take this moment to rally behind him before I give all my undivided fangirling attention to Dylan Wang for being as awesome!!!

Shen Yue as Shan Cai/Geum Jan Di in BOF played by Gu Hye Sun
Connor Leong as Meizuo/ Song Woo-bin played by Kim Joon in BOF and Vanness Wu in the original Meteor Garden
Ceasary Wu as Ximen / So Yi Jung in BOF played by Kim Bum and Ken Wu in the original Meteor Garden
The new Meteor Garden is very well acted, w/ actors acting their age, less animated and out of this world plot lines. (Almost) Just normal young adults falling in love and going though the motions of everyday (chaebol) life. The soundtrack, oh my, it's as nice as BOF. But, with BOF is still so fresh on my mind (I cannot get enough of Gu Jun Pyo and Yoon Ji Hoo), I'm hoping that they will at least follow the same order of events from it. Just because it makes sense. Will see. More so, just because, I'm realistic ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ˜…, these Flower boys are way out of my league even in my dreams unless I'm going for my second, or third life or body swap ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š, as in, hahaha, they can pass as my nephews, godsons and even sons. So here's the part that I do wish I have a daughter and I can just send her to Shanghai and/or Seoul to meet the F4. ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ˜‚✌๐ŸปSo I'm just here to cheer them on. Aja! Aja! Fighting! Jiฤyรณu!

They're super talented, and for that the dramaverse is milking them. My IG is flooded with their activities, brand promotions, etc. But still, just like the rest, I cannot get enough of them. So let's just relax, wait for the subbed episodes on Netflix USA (for me while for the Philippines fans, ABS-CBN got the rights), re-watch original MG or BOF for the meantime, fall in love all over again with Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo. Get a withdrawal syndrome and/or post drama depression at your own risk, and just fan girl like crazy ✌๐Ÿปso follow me on IG @noonades and on my Apple Music account @chicsassymom for my Meteor Garden Soundtrack playlist.

Here's how to stalk fangirl:

Official IG Accounts of the F4
Darren Chen/Guan or Kuan Hong: @kuanhung-
Dylan Wang: @dylan_wang_1220
Caesar Wu: @ceasarwu_

Official Weibo Accounts of the F4
Darren Chen/Guan or Kuan Hong: @ๅฎ˜้ธฟKuan
Dylan Wang: @็Ž‹้นคๆฃฃ_Dylan
Caesar Wu: @ๅดๅธŒๆณฝ-Caesar
Connor Leong: @ๆข้–ๅบท

You're welcome! Cheers! ✌๐Ÿป

Thursday, August 9, 2018

ChicSassyMomEats | ๐ŸŒดIn-N-Out Burgers ๐Ÿ”

Oh my, I just realized that I haven't posted about a must-eat, touristy burger place when in California...In-N-Out.

Palm Trees ๐ŸŒดand California Dreams ✨ | In-N-Out Union City 
Cheese Fries (Secret Menu), Cheeseburgers and Double Double 
The burgers are super nice, they can pass as gourmet burgers, made with fresh and high quality meat, albeit on a fast food setting. And so are the fries, which are fresh hand-cut potatoes. Sounds healthy. ๐Ÿ˜‰So every so often, we crave.  Hmmmm, it seems when you're in California, there's fresh supplies of potatoes and beef and everything else. Beef overload. (I swear. Being here, I feel like I already ate my supply of beef to last me a lifetime vs. my average beef consumption for the past years in Manila.) And for that reason why In-N-Out is apparently not coming to the East Coast anytime soon because they're going and boasting of their freshest ingredients and meats. Yay! No to frozen patties.

#Sundates at In-N-Out
In-N-Out is a fast food that is a must-visit when visiting California. I love the Double Double (Double Patties, Double Cheese) with everything on it. The menu is simple, burgers and fries, plus the secret menu that's not on the menu board. Cheese fries for one, the rest, I have yet to figure those out. I'm inclined to try the No-Bun burgers, well, just because I'm on Diet Foreverrr!  Oh well! Let's eat! Cheers! ✌๐Ÿป

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