noshing @ the nook

September 30, 2014

Have you heard of Nook? Recently, I know a lot of people who have been blogging about, Facebooking about, and Instagraming pictures from this awesome little eatery in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood. Since my sister and mom were in town, I put this on our list of places to try and I am so glad I did because it was absolutely delicious! While I’m not sure exactly what kind of food to call we foods we tried … I guess Modern American … it was yum! We didn’t end up ordering any of the pizzas or main dishes, but settled on the Poutine, Chopped Chicken Salad, and the Short Rib Brushetta. All three choices were absolutely great choices. I loved the gravy and curds on the poutine so much that the fried egg we opted out on wasn’t missed. The salad was filled with lots of tasty chicken and avocado chunks. And the brushetta was loaded with well marinated short rib. My mom said that even my dad might have approved of this place!

As a former designer, I am also in love with their oo’s!


Cool menu

Short Rib Brushetta

Chicken Chop Salad

Poutine sans the fried egg because that cost $2 extra

Neat bathroom sink


I always enjoy my trips back to the San Francisco Bay, as I am able to see many old friends from college, and I also love trying new food while I’m there! I took a short trip a couple months ago, and got to try Golden Boy Pizza, a staple in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco since 1978!

Golden Boy serves pizza either by the sheet or by the (rectangular) slice. Take a look!


A look at the sign out front. This place is quite popular and there is almost always a line, but thankfully it moves quite quickly!


A look at the inside! It doesn’t have much seating, but in my experiences, these types of small hole-in-the-wall restaurants often have the best food!


I forgot to get a close-up because I was too excited to eat, but look at the array of pizza in the store-front window! The flavors don’t change from day to day, and they only offer cheese, pepperoni, sausage, combo, pesto and the very unique clam/garlic!

Definitely give this place a whirl next time you find yourself in The City by the Bay!


{san diego} donut happy hour?

September 10, 2014


I am a huge fan of donuts, and of bacon, so why not put the two together?  A couple months ago, my office took an impromptu trip to this little shop called The Donut Bar in downtown San Diego for a coworker’s birthday. We went around noon, and apparently, since in donuts here mostly cater to the breakfast/morning crowd, it was “happy hour”. This meant that although we only paid for a few donuts, we ended up getting an entire box, and got to try a wide assortment of their delectable donut creations! Take a look below!


The sign near the store entrance


The donut bar counter – endless rows of donuts!


Close-up of the famous maple bacon donut tray!  These were delicious, and the perfect combination of sweet and soft maple with salty and crunch bacon!


And some of the other delicious flavors we got to try — Nutella, Snickers, Coconut, Strawberry!

Definitely worth a visit, particularly around noon-time! I say that donuts for lunch is always a quite unhealthy, but still valid, option!


pane bianco sandwiches again

September 9, 2014

When I first moved to Phoenix, I had eaten at the original Pane Bianco. At that time, it was only half of a building and only open certain days of the week and only for very limited hours. This made visiting quite difficult. Since then, it has expanded quite a bit, and the quality of the sandwiches have stayed as deliciously the same as possible. Recently when my sister and mom were in town during a long weekend, my sister had wanted to try this famous sandwich shop, so we went. It had actually been years since I had gone so I was excited to see the changes!

The most pronounced change was the increase in menu items, market sandwiches and salads, and the expanded location that now included a dine-in area. We opted to buy our two sandwiches and one salad to go and eat out on the patio, which was a great idea considering the free water they offered. What a delicious lunch to start off their visit … yum!



Fresh bread for sale

Dine in

Take out meals including Ridgeview Farms Chicken Salad

Housemade Mozarella

Market Sandwich (sandwich of the day) – BLT

One of the main attractions of going to Central Florida and Orlando is Disney World. Personally, I have always felt that Magic Kingdom is the most well known of all the theme parks. I remember visiting Magic Kingdom when I was little. I still had vivid memories of Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Pirates of the Caribbean in particular. This time around, since my sister and I only had one full day at Magic Kingdom, we tried to be as smart with our time as possible. We were able to visit each of the six areas of the Magic Kingdom, but spent varying amounts of time in each area depending on what rides we wanted to go on.

Here’s a summary of our day:

Main Street, U.S.A.: Casey’s Corner (for Corndogs)

Adventureland: Swiss Family Treeohuse, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Aloha Isle (for Dole Whip Float)

Frontierland: Splash Mountain

Liberty Square: No rides

Fantasyland: It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (new ride!!), Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Friar’s Nook (for Mac & Cheese)

Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain (but it was closed), Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (for iced coffee)

Overall, I’d say we had a pretty successful and fun-packed day. We tried to be smart about the lines we stood in, but also understood that the more popular rides like Splash Mountain and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train would require a bit of a wait. What a fun day … with more adventures to come at night (see tomorrow’s post).

A magical daytime adventure:












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