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Tunes For A Tuesday

12 Jul

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my addiction to music. I am always on the look out for new and exciting prospects, and when I find something that stirs my soul, I feel compelled to share it with my friends.

I am currently enraptured with the duo know as The Civil Wars. There is something completely haunting and raw about their songs that leaves me hitting the replay button over and over again.  Their songs evoke images of humid Alabama nights, sipping on Absinthe… it is exquisite and almost painful, but in a lovely way.

Looking forward to hearing more from them, cannot get enough of what I have heard so far.

 

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Luuuuucy! You have some ‘splainin to do!

11 Jul

 

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know. It’s been a while. Life seemingly swallowed me up whole. But guess what? That bitch spit me back out and now I am ready to pick up where I left off. And boy… do I have a lot to share with you! Get ready cause here I come! New restaurant reviews, things to do and see, and of course my favorite music.

To Die For…

6 May

I will be the first to admit that I am a quirky girl. I love kitschy items and have dedicated my home to a growing collection of oddities and wee trinkets that make people stop and stare.

I just found this website called Plasticland and let me tell you I AM IN LOVE! The site touts itself as “Purveyors of Kitsch Curiosities and Retro Clothing Since 2002”. It is a damn shame I had not found them before now, but looking at all of their items, maybe it is a good thing, as I would be flat broke from throwing my money at them.

I decided to share a few of my favorite items with you.

Blackhearted Babydoll Dress

86.00

Absinthe Lip Balm

4.00

Matroyshka  Multipilicity Plates

24.00

Silver Octopus Pendant Necklace

22.00

Psycho Shower Curtain

20.00

I could spend all day perusing the hundreds of items they have for sale, it is like window shopping in Wonderland. Clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor, and MUCH, MUCH more, and I want it all. If they offered a gift registry, mine would simply read: “One of each, please!”

You must check out Plasticland. They are also on Facebook.


Artists Village- Santa Ana

4 May

My partner in crime, Ramon and I were once again in Orange County hanging out at the Santa Ana Zoo with my kiddo one Sunday. When our visit with the animals had reached it’s end, we decided to head over to the Artists Village in Down Town Santa Ana. I was immediately awestruck by the architecture of the buildings here. Ramon thought a short walking tour to allow me to take a few photographs was in order.

I was surprised that a majority of the businesses and restaurants were closed. I made a mental note that we should come back on a Saturday night and hang out at one of the many cool looking eateries here.

One such place was Memphis. Sadly, it was closed when we came by. We perused the menu and decided then and there we would be coming back. Friends that live in the area tell me that the food is spot on and their Sunday brunch is absolutely amazing.

The art in Memphis was noteworthy, as well.

We continued our tour by visiting The ARTbar. The ARTbar is a mixed media art studio that offers classes, studio space for rent by the hour and a retail space that sells everything from exquisite papers, to rubber stamps and crafting kits. I was not immune to the wiles of this store, and managed to buy some lovely tissue paper and tags I needed for an art project I was trying to complete.
The store is decorated with the art of it’s students and customers, and I could not help but take a few pics of their work.

When leaving ARTbar, we happened upon a small art gallery and stopped in to take a look. The painting on display were interesting, but not my cup of tea. We wandered into a back room of the gallery and found this:

Now, this is my kind of art. 😉

The rest of our tour was spent admiring the buildings and the lovely fountain in the middle of the Village.

I look forward to going back soon, hopefully for the monthly Arts Walk, which is held on the first Saturday of the month. For more details on galleries and museums, shopping, restaurants, and education programs for the Artists Village, please check out A Place For Art.

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May Melee With S.L.A.M. Scene

2 May


S.L.A.M. Scene is taking over the Doll Hut in Anaheim, California on Wednesdays for the entire month of May! May 4th is the first Wednesday of their residency. A portion of the six-dollar door charge will benefit Music Saves Lives. The resident band will be Tora! Tora! Tora! Jaymes Q. Mayhem from S.L.A.M. Scene will be the resident DJ.

I am looking forward to having a night out, hearing a few cool bands, and of course, supporting my favorite cause! Please take a minute to check out Music Saves Lives! You will be glad you did!

Tacos Y Pupusas

1 May

Just what exactly is a pupusa you ask???

A pupusa (from Pipil pupusawa) is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, hand-made corn tortilla (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is usually filled with a blend of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America), cooked pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharrón, not to be confused with fried pork rind, which is also known as chicharrón in some other countries), ), refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America). The two most common pupusas are the pupusa de queso (cheese) and more popular pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients of queso (cheese), frijoles (beans),[1] and chicharrón. Pupusas are typically served with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar) and a watery tomato salsa. (From Wikipedia)

I had the distinct pleasure of enjoying pupusas previously in Riverside, where I live. While out and about in Orange County one weekend, my partner in crime, Ramon, suggested we stop in and check this place out. This place is the epitome of a hole in the wall. It’s in a long narrow space in a small strip mall. The restaurant itself has a grand total of six small tables.

The staff is very friendly and is always willing to explain items on the menu or make suggestions. I always order the bean and cheese pupusas, and also the revuelta- which is bean, cheese, and chicharron. Quite a tasty combo, let me tell you.

Two pillows of heavenly, meaty, cheesy goodness.

Carne asada plate.

The menu extends FAR beyond tacos and pupusas, and the beverage selection is vast. Mexican Coke and Pepsi, which are far different from the American version, are available in large bottles. They also make fresh juices, horchata, and agua fresca (pineapple is my favorite).

The food here is consistently good. If you want good food, sometimes, you are going to have to wait for it. This is definitely the case with Tacos y Pupusas. The long wait for the food is attributed to the fact that they make it fresh as you order. That is something I can appreciate, for sure.

So the next time you are in Anaheim, visiting the big “D”, or whatever, be sure to take a chance and stop in. This place is open really late and the neon green paint on the walls is sure to be the pick me up you will need to make the drive home after stuffing your face with this amazing food.

Tacos Y Pupusas

                                                                                               214 E Katella Way
                                                                                              Anaheim, CA 92802
                                                                                                  (714) 535-6863