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Hot Pot @ UNI-BOIL

$10.99 with Lamb

$10.99 with Lamb

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UNI-BOIL109 reviews powered by Yelp

A new hot pot place opened up inside Hong Kong Plaza. They’re trying to revive it after Supreme Dragon (finally) got booted. The rating on Yelp is definitely skewed, they give you free pig’s feet for ratings. And they have to rate right there so, I wouldn’t trust the lot of these.

The meat plate was very small, I would venture to say it was actually less than 5 oz. of lamb with this $10.99USD bowl. We opted for non-spicy so we could taste the soup itself (spicy broths are sometimes hard to determine). It was definitely bone soup, freshly made, but also very bland. We did get the half salt, which could have been a major contributor, however, it was not as rich as one would expect bone soup to be. Disappointing.

The wok itself felt significantly smaller than places like Boiling Point, however it could also be that they just give you less items. My mom and I could share one Boiling Point pot, but we definitely felt this was not enough food. We added a plate of beef for $3.95 and it still wasn’t enough for us. (That’s saying a lot considering we share one pot at BP and leave full with a side order of meat.) None of the additions really accentuated the lamb, and at the end, the broth was still not rich even after cooking all the other stuff in it.

The whole meal landed us around $20 with the adds and they threw in a lunch tea for us. The service was really slow even though there were only 3 other parties inside, and they only served hot water. Maybe everyone else getting good service came during busy hours when they pay more attention?

It’s not terribly hard to make a hot pot joint, but it seems terribly hard to make a good one. If this place is going to survive, 1. stop bribing customers for Yelp reviews and 2. up the ante on the broth. People don’t go to hot pot to eat veggies dipped in water. Ok, except the Japanese style shabu. Not likely to return.

Also, I don’t want to be mean because the owner was super nice, but he wore flip flops in the restaurant serving us and it just seemed really sloppy. And dangerous? I realize it was a hot day, but I’m there to eat, and I don’t really want to see my server’s toes. Man or woman. ..Eck.

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Sometimes I wonder if people actually buy these things...

Sometimes I wonder if people actually buy these things…

Random Bananas

$6USD at Cost Plus World Market

$6USD at Cost Plus World Market

Just waiting for a sale… 🍌

Lunch @ Elbows Mac’n’Cheese

Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

Action Shot!

Action Shot!

Did some furniture shopping on Sunday so had some lunch in downtown Brea at Elbows. This restaurant replaced the Berkeley Dog store. It has the same layout so you haven’t déjà vu. There’s limited seating just like before but you can sit on the patio near the Bruxie folks.

Overall, the fries and one mac’n’cheese and one cheese w/steak sandwich set us back $22USD. This was pretty pricey so we just got water to go with it. It is definitely a lot of cheese! We both felt it was lacking, especially for the price. The food just wasn’t a full meal, more like a place for an afternoon snack or lunch. This would have been delicious as a side, but definitely not a main course for me.

The flavor and everything was close to home, exactly what I expected for a mac n cheese. I wasn’t disappointed in terms of the actual food, just everything else. I’m not sure if this place will survive, but I think it would be best residing in a food court-type setting where someone can order this for a side. Yelp is accurate, 3 stars.

Roxy Sleeping Weird

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She’s a jumper so that’s why she gets tied up most of the day. (Outdoor dog.) She gets to run the span of the backyard though, and has a 3 gallon bucket of water nearby. Also shade… Just wanted to post this funny picture!

Dinner @ Woodranch

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad

BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad

Headed over to Sean’s favorite joint for BBQ and ordered a salad again. (Just makes me feel less guilty!) Ordered the BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad based on Tracey M.’s recommendation! I think that’s what she recommended…

It was pretty good, just a little bit too sweet for me with the BBQ sauce. I must be impartial I thought it was missing bacon. 🐷 But it was pretty good for a chicken salad, wasn’t dry at all. I’ll probably try the tri-tip next time!

Welcome to the Dog Wash!

Kalbee getting a luxury massage during bath time.

Kalbee getting a luxury massage during bath time.

I think she has to poop.

I think she has to poop.

Roxy: This is the life.

Roxy: This is the life.

"You're bothering me at the spaw."

“You’re bothering me at the spaw.”

California Hot Sauce Expo 2015

We headed down to Long Beach on Saturday for the California Hot Sauce Expo at the Rainbow Lagoon Park. Thanks Yelp for the tickets!

Vendors

Vendors

Hot Sauce Booths

Hot Sauce Booths

Main Stage

Main Stage

3 for $20 - San Francisco Pickle Company

3 for $20 – San Francisco Pickle Company

Rocket Fuel, Habanero Dill, Dragon's Breath

Rocket Fuel, Habanero Dill, Dragon’s Breath

Goodie Bag Contents!

Goodie Bag Contents!

Review: Home Inspector – Dan Swanson

SwasonInspections.com

SwasonInspections.com

This ended up being the third guy my realtor chose for me do to schedule constraints and just deciding based on reviews to go with this guy. Not much of an online presence but at least he has a website!

He actually ended up staying on site for about 2 hours, which is pretty lengthy considering it was only a < 800 square foot condominium. He was pretty thorough, ran all the appliances, and went around outside. He checked for major items like the air conditioning / heating unit as well as everything functioning like windows and doors. He answered all my questions and even told us stuff to look out for. He gave us an estimate on the life of other items like the water heater. (Great to know!)

At the end of the inspection he gave his speal for setting up a new home. Great information and everything was free! (I like free.) He also made sure to give me a paper on all his credentials. (I learned that home inspectors are not regulated in California! Anyone can walk up with a flashlight and be a home inspector…) He was really accessible and the number listed is his cell phone, just please don’t call after 9PM. For the smaller items easily fixed, he gave me this goodie box of supplies to bring some items up to date so I wouldn’t have to rely on the seller. This was great, less things to worry about the seller taking care of.

The inspection report came really timely, that very same night. It was very thorough and included different photographs of the unit for problems and confirmations (proof). I lucked out that my unit overall was in good shape. I ended up getting a bit of a discount with cash, highly recommend that route if you can do it. I definitely thought it was very worth it for the job he did. Excellent!

Dinner @ Mimi’s House

牛肉麵 or Beef Noodle Soup

牛肉麵 or Beef Noodle Soup

Handmade Noodles (+$1)

Handmade Noodles (+$1)

Mimi's House179 reviews powered by Yelp

Had dinner here with my cousin first removed! And her cousin.. My mum. This place is merging with 5BOBEE which also has a store in Rowland Heights.

This isn’t your Bull Demon Cafe 牛肉麵 or Beef Noodle Soup, but it definitely has that old world flavor you’re going to get at every restaurant you go. It’s more like the comforting food and taste of something you ate as a child. I would definitely be back, and don’t worry, it’s not nearly as spicy!