Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Saks Off Fifth Coming to Metro Pointe at South Coast


Saks Off Fifth is coming to Metro Pointe at South Coast. It is located in the same plaza as Nordstrom Rack and Edward Theater, right next to Marshall.  Don't confuse this with the Saks Fifth Avenue at South Coast Plaza.  Saks Off Fifth is where you want to go to get a good deal. 

This will be the nearest outlet for us living in Irvine.  Currently, for the nearest Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, I have to drive up to Orange Outlet (previously known as The Block of Orange), which is about 15 minutes drive.  Now that it will be opening soon at South Coast, it will be less than 10 minutes drive.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

UNIQLO Coming Soon to South Coast Plaza

I was at South Coast Plaza this morning for shopping. As I was walking into the mall from the structure parking, I saw this big sign:

 
 
From Tokyo to LA, UNIQLO will be joining the West Coast. They are opening several locations in LA area including at Glendale Galleria, Beverly Center and Northridge Fashion Center.

South Coast Plaza will be their only location in Orange County for now.  The anticipated opening date is September 5th, 2014.  The store at South Coast Plaza is located in front of Sears (near the Lego store).  That location used to be a hair salon, Mrs. Field's Cookie and another clothing store. 

Their online websites already selling items with sales and for now, they offer free shipping for orders $50 and up.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Old Malaya Grill in Huntington Beach

Go guess the acronym for Old Malaya Grill and you will find yourself saying, "O-M-G!" I just love the creativity of the owner. 


Her name is Nur and she is 100% Malaysian and she prepares all the food from scratch with no MSG added.  She gave me a quick tour of her kitchen.  If you do see her when you are at O-M-G, please say,  "Hello!"  She is very friendly and she loves to share her passion about cooking with you.


The restaurant had just opened about a month ago.  O-M-G is located in the small plaza on the southeast corner of Garfield and Beach in the City of Huntington Beach. You can find the address at the bottom of this post.  The interior of the restaurant is very simple but pleasant.  It has seating for up to 30 customers.   


Just because this is still a very new restaurant, their menu may be limited but they are trying to expand with more dishes.  The above picture show you the items they served here.  Most of the dishes here are under $10. 

Are you ready for the food pictures?  Let me start with the appetizer we ordered today.

Chicken Satay
 

Roti Jala with curry
 

Roti Canai with curry

Next three pictures were our main course.  We had Nasi Lemak with Chicken Berempah (spice chicken), Char Koay Teow and Mee Goreng Mamak.

 Nasi Lemak
The sambal is sweet and spicy. 
It is very authentic to our local Malaysian sambal for this dish.
The chicken has just the right amount of spice in it.
 
 Char Koay Teow
The deal with this dish is you need to right way to stir fry it with hot wok.
You also need the right sauce.
You get both deals here. 
This is not a spicy dish. 
You can ask the owner for sambal on the side.
 
 Mee Goreng Mamak
The right sauce, the right wok heat.
Again, this is a non-spicy dish, but sambal is provided on the side.

Now we go to our last two pictures. The dessert!

 Pisang Goreng (Banana fritters)
 
 
Ice Kacang with Rose syrup (shaved ice)

Old Malaya Grill
19072 Beach Blvd #F, Huntington Beach, California 92648
Phone: (714) 963-7319

Tue to Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm; 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat to Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday: Closed

**HALAL**
**NO MSG**

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scoop Fest at Baskin Robbins


Swing by your nearest Baskin Robbins today and tomorrow for their Scoop Fest Amazing Deal. You can get the kid's scoop for $1, 2 scoops for $2 and 3 scoops for $3.

What is your favorite Baskin Robbins flavor?  My personal favorite is the Love Potion #31.  I will definitely stop by tomorrow to get a scoop of this deal.  Don't wait too long, this deal will end tomorrow, April 24th, 2014.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Capital Noodle Bar at Crossroad Plaza


As I was shopping at The Crossroads (Barranca and Culver), I saw a sign (picture above) for a new restaurant coming into the plaza. It is the Capital Noodle Bar.  Capital Seafood Restaurant is famous for its dim sum.  It has already two restaurants in the city of Irvine, one in the Diamond Jamboree Plaza and the other in Irvine Spectrum. 

I do not know what to expect for this new outlet at Crossroads which is a "noodle bar", but I will definitely give it a try when it is opened.  Anyone wants to join me for a lunch trip there? 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ruby's Diner 31st Anniversary Promotion

We enjoy going to our neighborhood Ruby's Diner at Woodbridge Plaza in Irvine.  It has a really nice view of the Woodbridge North Lake.  What I like best is their promotion "Kid Eats Free" with every adult meal purchase every Tuesday.  They milkshake is a must have item if you are there.  Their Oreo Cookie Milkshake is my number 1 pick.

Every year during their anniversary, they have different anniversary promotion on.  This year, in conjunction to their 31st Anniversary, you can get the Classic Burger and Fries for only $3.10.  This is such a deal.   The anniversary celebration will fall on January 27th 2014.  If I am correct, this meal will cost $7.99-$8.99 on regular menu price.


So save the date and visit your neighborhood Ruby's anytime on January 27th, which is a Monday, for this great deal.  I can't wait to sink my teeth into the juicy burgers.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tamaki Haiga Short Grain Rice


This is Tamaki Haiga Short Grain Rice.  Haiga-mai is a type of brown rice with the outer bran removed while keeping the nutritious haiga or the germ, intact.  It is also called as half polished rice. 

This is what we currently eat for our rice.  The regular price on this 15 pounds bag is $30.98.  It is on sale at Marukai this week (until this Thursday) for only $20.98.  That's a saving of $10. 

What I like about this rice:

1. It is packaged in 3 bags of 5 pounds each.  I like it this way because it will keep the freshness as we only need to open one bag each time we finished.


2. It is easy to cook with a rice cooker although initial adjustment may be needed. For me, I will add 1 cup of water to 1 cup of rice. If you have brown rice setting on your rice cooker, use that. Or else, like me, I leave the lid ajar when cooking the rice to give air to avoid water bubble overflow.

3.  It is a type of brown rice so the texture is chewy yet fluffy.