Cronuts!

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Cold-pressed juices, açai bowls, food trucks and chia seeds are amongst other food trends very popular in LA. Cronuts or Kronuts (used in lieu of trademarked Cronuts®) are probably my absolute favorite. 

What is a cronut? It is a croissant-doughnut hybrid. It isn’t just croissant dough deep fried-it is a special recipe of dough that is laminated then fried in grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is used because of its smoke point and light taste. After the cooking process, it is glazed,  creme filed,  then decorated with toppings.

Prices range from $2 upwards to $7 per pastry, depending on which delectable goodnesses you prefer. I’ve had many flavors including the original Cronut® from NY, but my absolute favorite is from DK’s doughnut in Santana Monica.  Above are my new favorite flavored doughssants, taro créme and Oreo cookies and cream.

When in LA, these are a definite must have!

ME

Tiring out the puppy

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What should we do today Fenton?

Whenever we feel lazy to go out on a walk, we bring Fenton to the neighbor’s parking lot. We close the gate and play frisbee and/or ball with him.

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Meet Fenton. He likes to pretend he's Asian sometimes.

On this day, we were babysitting a family member’s dog too. He’s about 8 years old so he definitely was not as energetic as Fenton.

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Jolly ol` pup

Gumo played with Fenton in the first couple of throws then chilled. In that short period of time, it was nice to see the dogs play with each other. Fenton normally bothers Gumo to play with him but Gumo gets mad.

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"Yay you're playing with me. I'll let you get it~"

The frisbee we use is a little difficult to throw because it’s so flabby. Fenton is still learning how to catch it in his mouth. He watches us throw the frisbee and waits for it to hit the floor before running after it.

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Dramatic ad for Kong

We play with him until he’s all pooped out. This dog has way too much energy. If he doesn’t go out for the day, he starts acting up, especially when you don’t play fetch with him enough in the house. However, when he is tired out, he still has some energy but is always ready to sleep at night.

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Refueling

Mine trip!

Last weekend, I went on a mine tour. I never knew you were allowed to go in a mine before so I was excited to see what it was all about. Two of my friends had been there before when they were in elementary school. They wanted to relive their childhood memories. Fortunately for me, they invited me to come with.

(Insert evil laugh)

Although it had been raining all week in the bay area, we were lucky the sun was on our side until the time we left. It was a very gorgeous day for a mini hike.

hike pathway

hike pathway

The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve is located in Antioch. It took about 30-40 minutes to get there. We went inside the Hazel-Atlas Mine. Before we went inside, they gave us a free t-shirt because they were having an open house. Right when we walked inside, the staff gave each of us a hard helmet and a flash light. We were instructed to wear the helmet at all times in case anything falls. Also, the flash light was to be used if the lights were to shut off.It was very difficult to take pictures inside the mine because of the lighting but out of all of the shots I took, these were the best:

The start of the tour

The start of the tour

Lighting

The end of the mine tour

The end of the mine tour

It was a short tour but there were volunteers standing all over providing some background information. They were nice and answered any of our questions. There were many areas that were blocked off to the public but they said that we could go in further if we came back on a school trip for researching purposes.

Too bad we couldn't go further down

Too bad we couldn’t go further down

After the mines, we went to see the nearby cemetery. It is a really old cemetery. Many people’s gravestone dated in the early 1900s. Also, most of the gravestones were cracked but the small graveyard is still well-kept considering.

The gate

The gate

View from the back

This was definitely a good trip. I would recommend you to see it because you get to go in a mine, embark on a mini hike, see a century old cemetery, and experience lasting memories. :)

Mother Mary gives them strength

Today I got to visit the Fidelity denim factory in Vernon,  CA.
There is do much planning,  designing and detail put into a pair of  a U.S. made premium denim. 

Of all the notables today, I found it inspiring that in each corner of a factory stood “neustra Virgen de Guadalupe”
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Designing
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The virgin
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oh that’s me!
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“Stonewashed”
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Finished product
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but all denim starts as white? !?!

Hi, I’m Jaimie~

A bread lover, sky watcher, and travel dreamer. :)

Today, I didn’t have any cash on me. I was hungry and hoped the bakery near my work accepts credit card. I went in and asked but the elderly man said no. Sadly, I was about to walk away when the man repeatedly asked me what I wanted and said that I could pay back him later or not because he trusts me. Caught off guard, I declined but he kept insisting so I cracked and ordered a ham & cheese croissant. The man gave me a discount and said I only owe him $4. I am truly grateful for his kindness. I thought people like him only existed in books or movies.

Meet me, Maggie. Twenty something-somewhat Asian somewhat white.

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Five random things about me: I love cupcakes; every morning I eat 1 coconut for breakfast; I wear heels everyday of my life; I am obsessed with everything pumpkin; food is everything-right after family; secrets are meant to be told as promises are meant to be broken; I’m pretty sure I lose track/count/train of thought in every other conversation; and look! A shiny yellow car!