Monday, June 6, 2011

Hometown Grub.

Throughout this blog you may be noticing some themes- namely that I often write about food and fashion...What can I say?  Those are my passions- (didn't mean to suddenly embrace the poet inside of me.)
So, I recently returned back to Pittsburgh from an amazing vacation back home.  We went back to So Cal for a couple of reasons:
1) My brother's college recital/graduation
2) To see family and friends...duh
3) Wedding stuff!
The trip was absolutely amazing- and we even booked our location and I found my wedding dress.  We also obviously ate A LOT of delicious food.  I had two rules when it came to eating on this vacation- I either wanted Mexican or Asian.  Luckily, we were able to follow these rules...and only had to bend them a bit.  Here are some foodie pics from our travels:
Of course in Balboa Island we had to get a frozen banana- anyone get the A.D. reference? You can find these little gems at Dad' really, Dad's.
In Orange County, we also ventured to Santa Ana, for an extremely authentic Oaxacan Mexican lunch.  Van was able to get-by with his Spanish.  Yes!  We both ordered coffee, prepared with cinnamon and nutmeg, chicken tamales- huge and wrapped in banana leaves, and Van also ordered a second item.  I forget what it was called- but it is cornmeal with re-fried means and beef on top.  Uh-mazing, totally satisfying and delicious- thanks Chowhound.

The restaurant is called "El Moctezuma", in Santa Ana, CA.  Yelp it.
For dinner one night we were craving Vietnamese, so wound up at this insanely delicious Vietnamese restaurant, in Fountain Valley, in a strip mall no less, called "Xanh Bistro." I've found that strip malls are sometimes a great place to find authentic ethnic food, mainly because if the location isn't ideal- something is going to have to keep bringing the people back and 9 times out of 10, it's the food!
TO BE CONTINUED...cryptic enough? Sorry- Blogger isn't letting me upload my pics for some reason, I'll add more tomorrow.


  1. You are making me so jealous! This Mexican restaurant looks so good..

  2. I can't wait to be in southern California with you again!