In The Month of April….

Well it certainly has been such a long time! Since my last post in March, everything has happened so suddenly that I really had no time to play catch up on here. But here I am now, two months later. There is so much to fill you in that this will be one mass post of everything that has happened in April. Stay tuned…
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Bistro Boudin.


Serving three years at Boudin has its perks, especially when you’ve been in management team for some time. One of the perks was that you were entitled to these Boudin IOU Gift Cards that are redeemable to any Boudin Cafe (excluding the California Adventures location). $200 of gift cards saved up and I began to plan a trip to the prestigious Boudin Cafes of all Boudin Cafes: Bistro Boudin.
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Third Year.

Coming up two weeks later and a week of nonstop working, I can finally now post about the most anticipated day of the year: our third year anniversary. It was decided to spend it at Monterey again, but a couple days longer than last year when we went.

We headed out Tuesday afternoon after running a couple of errands and dropping the dogs off beforehand. It was about a two hour drive from Stockton, taking traffic into consideration. The drive there wasn’t bad, just too long to cope with.


We stopped halfway at Gilroy to stretch out and get more snacks for the road. Nearby the convenience store, there were a few outlets that we decided to check out to take a break from all the driving and sitting. I was most excited to check out what seems to be like a kitchen goods kind of store. You know you’re an adult when your excitement for new kitchen items bursts. Anyway, I ended up buying a few items that where not important, but we could use them sometime in the future like bag clips and an ice cream scoop (I was tired of bending my spoons). I did end up with a score with their 9 inch pie plates for $2.99 each. I bought two. I’m ready for Thanksgiving now.


We stayed at the El Castell motel, which was a good 10 minute drive away from Cannery Row. I always find it super fun to stay at a hotel of any sort just to see what I could find and what’s different, not to mention the free samples that come with. I also have a minor collection of key cards going on, mainly because I forget I have one and they stay in my bag. Oops.

After we got settled in, we went to get dinner and some drinks for the night. We couldn’t decide on what we wanted and the road we were staying on was filled with fast food and taco places. I wouldn’t mind either way, but I’d rather not have something in Monterey that we could easily get at home.

Meanwhile when trying to agree on a place to get food, we got lost and had to GPS back to the motel. I thought the road we were on was funny.

Aguajito. Like “mojito”, but with water.

Oh, what did we get for dinner?
… we settled for tacos.

But a veggie taco salad. It was pretty good, but if I knew better, I should’ve asked for the sour cream on the side. They put wayy too much in it.

Cue in the drunken Snapchats:

The next day we woke up pretty late, leaving the room by three in the afternoon. Full time job lyfe, never get any rest. We started out in Cannary Row, filled with sight seeing and gift shopping.








We then decided to head to Fisherman’s Wharf to find something for dinner. Got to love the “Would you like to try our clam chowder?” cries. “We also serve these in bread bowls.”
… um, no thank you.

We dinned in at Crabby Jim’s since we were persuaded by their happy hour special. $4 margaritas and $2 draft beers, hell yeah! I had my fill of margaritas while there.



Mango, raspberry, and strawberry. Can’t go wrong.


Of course they start us off with bread with balsamic and olive oil.



We also ordered some calamari, which were on the house as compliments from the chef, and I ordered some baby shrimp cocktail. Can never go wrong with some shrimp cocktail.

Some pictures to enjoy the time.


I ordered their scallops that were on top of a risotto with a light blueberry sauce, served with some veggies. The scallops were fried evenly, the risotto was perfect in al dente, and the blueberries really did compliment the meal. Not to mention the veggies were crisp and buttery. I don’t know anyone that likes scallops (or even heard of them for that matter), but I would recommend this dish in a heartbeat.


Kyle decided on their rib eye steak which he enjoyed very much as he never gets any red meat in his diet ever. I even lightweight told him to get it just so I can have some of his potatoes.

A different change of pace with dinner and it was very enjoyable. If I could change one thing about the experience, I would change our waiters. Yes, WAITERS. One was in training so he never noticed us or walked away too fast when we needed something and the other waiter that was training him was really trying to upsale us on the same items that we said no to the first time. I understand the “upsale” technique as I have to do that at my work, but never push it more than it needs to be taken. The first “no” will always be a “no” and a potential annoyed customer. Other than that, an awesome place to go if you’re willing to splurge a little.

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to digest a little more before we went to Jack In The Box for fries and a cheesecake slice.


The next morning, we checked out of the hotel and went out for some crepes for breakfast.

Then we decided to drive out to Pebble Beach/17 Mile Drive to take some photos around. My dad and I would try to make a trip out here every year since Pebble Beach holds their golf tournaments in February, but never could plan it out right. I thought I would check it out myself.










After driving around, we headed out back home, but making a couple pit stops along the way. The main stop was at Casa De Fruita to pick up some fruits for the house and for my dad since he was sick when we dropped Bailey off. Childhood memories rests within that farmer’s market. I wish I had time to take photos, but I just wanted to get home to rest up for work I had the next morning.

We also stopped by a some reservoir to take a couple more photos.

Selfie photos fail:

We got home at a decent time around 9 o’clock. Put everything away and headed for bed. It was a nice little mini vacation, but of course it all has to end someday. Unfortunately it ended pretty soon on a Friday at 9 am when we both had work. Definitely not enough sleep for the three days of fun.

San Jose Bound.

Last week was Katy’s birthday, but of course, work gets in the way of events. The four of us had established a San Jose date the weekend after her birthday. Friday, we were on our way to their house for the night to head out for a all day fun getaway.

… or at least that’s what we thought.

1. Kyle, Juan, and I were up most of the night drinking. I passed out early before the guys, but because they didn’t crash out til late, they overslept.
2. Katy’s pregnancy cravings get in the way at times… especially when she wants waffles after one o’clock. They had to go to the store for most ingredients, which led to a longer delay.
…but the waffles came out great.

3. I had the biggest migraine ever that lasted all day. It was the worst.

We didn’t head out to San Jose until after 3 pm. Which meant that we didn’t get into town til five.



Katy wanted to check Japantown out, so we started with that, I was a small strip of road, but we did find a couple of eats to try out when we come out next time. Before we settled on one place to eat, we looked around. We came across a Japanese market and looked inside. I ended up buying a couple sauce bowls because they were cute with puppies on it and a bamboo sushi roller since I’ve been talking about making rolls someday.

When it came down to dinner, we had to find a place that had all of our cravings. Katy wanted curry, Juan wanted tonkatsu, I wanted sushi, and Kyle wanted ramen. As simple as it would be to find an Asian place with all of these, it was surprisingly pretty hard. We did end up finding a place some minutes later, but only because the place had a display outside showcasing what they serve. It was like they heard us.


The place was called Kazoo and according to their menu, they are well known for their sushi boats. But that’s not what we’re here for, sorry.





For appetizers, Kyle and I started with some tempura and edamame. Katy and Juan went with some edamame as well and Katy had some ochazuke. All of our dishes also came with a side salad and three of us had miso soup.


I got what was known as a Happy Boat, a single person boat serving. Sushi and rolls with my choice of protein. I chose the teriyaki salmon.

Kyle had some beef udon. He claims this as his first time having udon, but speaking from the leftovers he ate at my dad’s house when family was over, that’s a lie..

Katy and Juan found exactly what they wanted in one dish: curry tonkatsu. The curry was fantastic, but needs more spice.

This place was good, but the service was super fast that our meal came out literally five minutes after our appetizers came out. Got too full too fast.


Katy also had a craving for shaved ice, so of course we had to get desert to top the food we tried to finish that ten minutes ago. She got her shaved ice with lime and lychee while I tried my first avocado smoothie.

It was the best thing ever, I may have to find a recipe to make this myself.

My intention for coming to San Jose is to go to Daiso because I can find a lot of stuff for the house for $1.50. The stores alone were closed by the time we were done eating, so we had to travel to the Great Mall to browse. I was also trying to find Katy a couple of gifts here and there for her birthday, but it was kind of hard to do that when she was standing right next to me all the time. By the time we got to Daiso, we had only 30 minutes until closing, so I couldn’t do much browsing. I got a couple of things here and there, but I might as well gift shop online. Plus I would have to do so anyway because of her baby shower coming up.

Last stop was in Downtown San Jose were Katy introduced us to yet more food: Psycho Donuts.




I had the Fung Shui with green tea icing and chocolate chips, Kyle had the Canadian Morning Squeal Meal that was basically your chocolate drizzled maple bar, but topped with bacon. It smelled too good.

After donuts, Katy took us to The Bijan, a little bakery across the street.



We ended up taking four chocolate covered strawberries, a raspberry tart, and two almond biscottis home.

The drive back home was fast, but Kyle and I still had anther hour to get back to Sacramento. Despite the delay and how much food we ate, it was a great day. San Jose never disappoints ever. Of course this is our home away from home whenever we get the chance.

Warped Tour 2015.


Once again, the best time of the entire year comes back. This date was held at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. I’ve been to the at Warped ’11, so I knew this place fairly well.

Friday night, Kyle and I went to Katy and Juan’s place to crash for the night since we were all going together plus Juan’s younger brothers, their roommate, and a couple other friends of theirs. The plan was to leave by 7:30 in the morning to get a quick breakfast and head on the road. However, we had to pick up a few things here and there and wait on some others to get to the house and all that we didn’t leave until 9. Which was still good timing, but we didn’t account for the traffic that we were about to hit. The roads were backed up and we passed by four accidents that were filled with, you guessed it, kids heading for Warped Tour. When we got closer, we stopped by Jack in the Box for our brunch since we didn’t eat breakfast. Once we headed back to get to the venue, I definitely kept a timer on. The roads were so congested that we officially didn’t get into the venue until a little past 1 pm. There goes a handful of bands. I bought a schedule and we mapped out the bands we wanted to see and then some.

Emarosa.


So I was debating whether I should bring Sidekick or not, but I ended up trying to sneak her in and it totally worked. I also just took photos for the day since I thought that taking video as well was doing too much.

Anyway, back to the band. So I only know them when Jonny Craig was part of the group, so ask me about their new music, I haven’t a clue. We ended up making it to the last couple songs before they were done with their set. We enjoyed the music and tried to narrow down the next set of bands on the list.

August Burns Red.

Katy and Juan wanted to see them, so we checked them out. I only know of them, never listened to them. While Katy and Juan were enjoying the music, the rest of us looked at the schedule and noticed that most of the bands we wanted to see were at the same area, stages left and right, which was perfect. They were literally back to back with a couple filler bands. After them, stage right was Miss May I. That’s when I left to look around.

We traveled around a stage playing a band and a couple booths here and there, searching for Adam Elmakias’ tent. Kyle then wanted to look at This Wild Life’s merch and I ended up noticing that the singer of the band was standing right there. I nudged Kyle to look over and he was in awe as they talked for a while.


We looked around some more and glanced at more bands here and there. I told Kyle that this area was when I first saw The Ready Set and Simple Plan back in ’11. Oh, the memories.

I did ended up finding Adam’s tent. Since I bought Kyle’s food for the morning, he bought me a beanie.

The Wonder Years.


One of Kyle’s bands on the list. I know maybe three songs from them because they are always on repeat when Kyle’s DJ for the day. I do like these guys though, energetic and meaningful. They are part definition of pop punk. I’d see them again, only without breakable items.


I also saw this girl’s tattoo and really liked it, so I took a picture of it. It’s not creepy or anything, right?

Attila.

I saw these guys last year and known about them through Kyle. I hated this band because of one song, but when I saw them last Warped and how dumb this band is put all together, I appreciated them a little more because it’s so bad. The one thing I can never understand is this guy, Fronz. I know everything about him is part of the gimmick, but I guess it’s because I’m not a fan that I will never understand.


Derp.

While Stage Right was playing Attila, the next band was a filler on Left, and Right would be Pierce The Veil. The area we were standing at was a perfect spot for my camera view and Katy’s safety because she’s pregnant. We decided to stay at that spot, but regretted it because of Stage Left’s next performance.

NeverShoutNever.

Never once would I never thought I would see NeverShoutNever in my life. So to be blunt about Christopher Drew, I hate this kid. So much. With a passion. He’s rude, he’s cocky, and most of the time his fans mean nothing to him. Why would I support an artist like that? Granted, I’ll give him that I like two songs of his, but as a musician as a whole, he should’ve never became one. Fame definitely went to his head over time.

Unfortunately because I did see him, I have to add him to my list. Dammit.

Pierce The Veil.

After surviving that 30 minutes of Stage Left, next was the only band I came to see… which was honestly such a disappointment set wise. So basically we ended up having to move from our safe spot because kids of all ages shoved their way to the big crowd. We ended up to the very back of the crowd. We couldn’t see a damn thing at all. Not even Sidekick could get a clear shot, and I had my zoom lens attached, making this photo the ONLY decent photo of all of them. Also, there was an accident with Tony that he’s unable to tour with the first half of Warped, so the band brought in an Asian filler. Because of this, the set only lasted less than 15 minutes. And all the songs but one were ones from Collide With The Sky once again. I love them, but I don’t know how much more of CWTS I can take. Hopefully they release their new album before they tour again. New music for the win.

Senses Fail.

I was supposed to see them two years ago, but because I was in Fresno for a week, I had to give up my ticket, making this my first time seeing them. This is also one of Kyle’s bands, but I knew these guys from back in high school. I don’t know a lot of their songs, but from what I do remember of them brought back a lot of memories. I’m glad I got the chance to hear them live.

Crap, he spotted me lol.

Blessthefall.


We walked back to Stage Left to see who was playing and these guys were on, so we watched them for a little while. Second time seeing them and I still don’t know one song from them, and I have their discography in my iPod haha. All I know is their Aerosmith cover, if that counts. They do make good models for photos though, thus becoming the best set of photos I have in this entire album. No joke.


Walking furthermore, there was this guy standing on top of a truck, throwing free stuff to everyone. I like free stuff too.

I was also getting really hungry since all I ate the entire day was a small side salad at Jack in the Box. Totally filling. When hunger strikes at events like these, it’s really the worst because there are NO veggie options for me. All that was being served was hot dogs and bar-be-que. You’d think with all these people that work for PETA, they’d have vegetarian meals around. I’ll have to recommend that for next year. Anyway, we ended up finding this Korean food truck that had tofu dishes. I ended getting a burrito that was a waste of $13. Sure it was huge enough to share between two people, but all it pretty much was was chunks of tofu with a thin layer of teriyaki sauce that didn’t even taste like teriyaki sauce, shredded lettuce, and plain rice. I could’ve made this at home 10 times better for free. Venue prices.

Motion City Soundtrack.

Okay, who the eff remembers these guys?! This is freaken nostalgia for the win! Commit This To Memory, the best album ever! It’s a shame they had such a small crowd, but we all knew who was there since forever ago. We were the best group of the day, hands down haha.

Riff Raff.

The guys wanted to watch this guy just for the fun of it. I didn’t know who this guy was, until one familiar song was played. If I hear that “Tiptoeing In My Jordans” song one more time, I’m going to lose it.

Metro Station.

If you want to talk about Lexi’s nostalgia, Metro Station was the biggest for me. I’ve been listening to them since day one. I’m talking MySpace days. Katy was joking about seeing them, but I was serious. They broke up for some time and I didn’t even realize they had gotten back together last year! They played a couple new songs, but their self titled (only album they made) was where it’s at. Playing oldies, but goodies-I freaken cried when they played Kelsey. It was so beautiful, it hurt with memories. Third band to make me cry.

Icon For Hire.


Kyle and I stayed behind to discover a new band for once. All I have to say is, finally a chick band that’s not trying to be the next Paramore! Don’t get me wrong, I love Paramore, but if you noticed, every chick singer in a band tries to act like Hayley, it’s getting pretty redundant. I’ll be checking out this group sometime soon to familiarize myself more. Hopefully they won’t disappoint me with all this Para-stuff going around these days.


We passed by a band called Candy Hearts. I would say we checked them out, but they were taking too long to mic up that we ended up just leaving after 7 minutes. I just really like this picture too.

We walked toward our last stage for the day, but Kyle wanted to check out the Motion City Soundtrack merch. He bought the Commit This To Memory vinyl, and this happened.

Beartooth.

Still not a fan, but the guys wanted to see them for the last band of the night. If it were up to me, I would’ve chosen Memphis May Fire to be honest, but whatever. The difference being that I now know a couple of their songs, so I was able to enjoy myself. Also, the vocalist gained a lot of weight since when we saw them in November. Double chin status.

The whole was was pretty fun. I enjoyed myself, even if I only had two says in bands. Next time, my goal is to establish more veggie friendly options and find a way to retrieve a photo pass somewhere. Photo pits, here I come.

Quarry Trail.

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After the show, Kim and I agreed to do another photo day the next day. She found a place out in Auburn area a few days ago and we both settled on it.


The drive there was confusing as the GPS kept backtracking routes. We eventually realized we were going around in circles and just read directions as we went along.


The description Kim sent me said there was a waterfall on the trail, so once we saw a glimpse of water, we just went for it, hoping the unknown trail will lead us somewhere.


As we reached the entrance, a random guy asked about us and gave us a little tour of the trail. He told us what’s expected further down the road and gave us a brief history lesson. The guy was awesome for doing that. Eventually he traveled on his own, but now we knew where to go if we wanted to visit a couple spots.

… he also told us there was no waterfall and that the description was false. Go figure.


We ended going off the trail down to a little river. Climbing down was difficult, but climbing back up was even worse.


Did I mention we brought the dogs? The description said it was a easy trail and dog friendly, so I brought Bailey and Chewie along. They had more fun than we did, but it’s more because they never get out much.

Unfortunately I didn’t get any shots of Bailey because her Beagle curiosity kicked in and never stood still for more than a second.

We climbed back up and tried to find more within the trail, but we figured that the scenery wasn’t going to change all that much. We then headed back for the car and headed home. In the end, we had a couple of tired puppies.

I would go back next time just because there were more trails around to check out. At least there’s lack of boredom and you can venture off wherever. Eventually, we’ll find a waterfall.