i know this is a few months late, but i did say halloween deserved a post by itself! we started off the weekend with a lovely brunch at BLD.

we waited for 45 minutes or so for a table, as we didn’t make reservations because i thought it was just gonna be 3 people and you only need a reservation for 6 or more. i don’t know if it was the hunger that made the food taste THAT much better, but hands down, this was the BEST brunch all six of us ever had. i got the vegan benedict with fingerling potatoes. amazingballs. someone else got the regular benedict, jenn ordered some french toast with bacon thing which came with pure maple syrup in a house.. too cute. i don’t remember what everyone else had. two large orders of french pressed coffee for us.. best coffee we have ever tasted. the starbucks we had the next day only serve to mock us that we couldn’t have BLD coffee every day.

vegan benedict

outside BLD - we're in couple outfits (green, red, black)

and off we were to hard halloween at the shrine. my first hard event.. well besides hard summer 2009 which was a fucking fail as we got into the venue for about 10 minutes before the riot police shut it down. we did get a refund but we did not get back the time wasted. day 1 was great! fun times. despite a minor hiccup but i am already used to epic awkward situations in my life. i figured i’m God’s favorite comedy channel. people loved the fur on my outfit.. i had an epic leopard tail.

carbon, silver, gold.. GEDDIT?

jester/leopard/gold

cute girl with disinterested boyfriend

bubble girl

day 2 had even better music than the first! i got drunk and was already hungover by the time we got to the line for hard. fuck you, four loko. our relationship was never the same since that night. guest DJ was miike snow who was great! it got really sweaty inside though..

second day

natalia painted this herself!

i love halloween! getting dressed up and seeing people in cute/creative/outrageous/skankalicious costumes. can’t wait for halloween this year.. start thinking of what you’re gonna be! it’s never too early!

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when the deaf dream, do they hear? when the mute dream, do they talk? when the blind dream, do they see? when the hopeless dream, do they hope?

i have been watching the new season of heroes. i think it’s sooo good! better than the last season, i feel. the most beautiful thing i have seen in a while was the deaf lady making beautiful music with the cello in the park. just amazing.

halloween disneyland and california adventure documented! the hollywood twilight terror thing was SO FREAKY. holy crap! i didn’t know what to expect. my tummy went all jelly about 50 times. and lonnie got to play with his new camera!  well, me too, but obviously i took horrible shots.

excited for halloween decorations! waiting for the tram!

excited for halloween decorations! waiting for the tram!

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my very first trip to california adventure!

candy corn! (which ive never had before haha

candy corn! (which i've never had before haha)

breakfast, lunch, and dinner at tiffanys (with miss piggy)

breakfast, lunch, and dinner at tiffany's (with miss piggy)

duel with mr. incredibles! ill take bets..

duel with mr. incredibles! i'll take bets..

california adventure was super cutesy! they had an entire a bug’s life area! i love that movie! i used to play the game on playstation. we even went on the extremely slow bumper cars.. and bumped each other haha.

after our time at california adventure, we trekked to disneyland itself!

small halloween mickey..

small halloween mickey..

.. and big halloween mickey

.. and big halloween mickey

ooh look a disney version of my pumpkin! : )

ooh look a disney version of my pumpkin! : )

coming up is the BEST RIDE EVER. i already love the haunted mansion usually, as i love all things spooky. but they revamped the ENTIRE ride to be all nightmare-before-christmassed out. firstly, i LOVE that show. ever since i first watched it many many many years ago (definitely over a decade ago). crazy obsession with it – wanted all the limited edition collectibles ever manufactured, biyi bought me a mug (which she broke before ever giving to me) and the mayor, i definitely bought a few trinklets of my own, pretty sure f4 and adeline gave me more of that stuff too. i REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to buy zero from the disney store. it even had a light-up pumpkin nose. however, i remember that i am broke and just patted it several times before leaving. so much that a security guy started following us as he thought we wanted to steal. sorry buddy.

the haunted mansion - halloween time

the haunted mansion - halloween time

pumpkin snowman

pumpkin snowman

scary scarecrow

scary scarecrow

creepy pumpkin patch

creepy pumpkin patch

lonnie with his favorite light toy and my pet, zero

lonnie with his favorite light toy and my pet, zero

ooh! what a picture-heavy post. but i don’t know if you can make a cut.. so this will just be a picture-heavy blog i guess. anyway, i am sure none of us run on a dial-up connection now, so it’s not going to be a problem.

yesterday, i made a quick meal of chopped spinach and onions seasoned with garlic and paprika, as well as multigrain pilaf i got from trader joe’s. it’s microwaveable and edible after 2 minutes of nuking. well, 3 minutes for my ancient microwave.

paprika spinach & multigrain pilaf

paprika spinach & multigrain pilaf

vegetable porridge & hickory bbq ribs

vegetable porridge & hickory bbq ribs

today i made vegetable porridge, which is really just a variety of brown rice cooked in vegetable broth, spiced with a bunch of dried herbs, and i added an edamame vegetable blend in. plus a side of morningstar’s hickory bbq ribs which were superrr yummy!!!

i am behind on accounting again! but it’s really my favorite class this year.. especially since i just got a perfect score on the first midterm. my asian math genes have not failed me. am deciding if i should go to arclight hollywood for a free viewing of paranormal activity (I LOVE SCARY SHOWS SO MUCH) or out to the row and the 9-0 like the typical usc girl. jackie and i have been lame and we haven’t partied since the weekender in san francisco.but yayyy it’s the weekend! i know it’s only thursday, but i am in college after all : )

ok, enough of depressing talk. look what lonnie surprised me with!

happy balloon

happy balloon

jackie and i like it a lot.. it’s a cheery addition to the room. although the helium is all gone and it’s hanging upside down now.

i tried baking in the horrible oven again. it’s a gas oven from the 18th century, so i don’t really know how it works. i usually bake it for about 1/2 the time stated on the instructions. the texture of my cakey stuff usually comes out weird, i don’t know if it’s me or the oven, because i usually pick the recipes with good reviews.

chocolate mint cake with mint frosting

chocolate mint cake with mint frosting

chocolate mint cake

ingredients:
1 1/4 cups flour (i used all-purpose)
1 cup sugar (trader joe’s brown sugar)
1 tsp baking soda (do i really have to change it every 30 days or is its lifespan longer if refrigerated?)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil (the oil was floating so i poured a little out..)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
extras: 1 tsp peppermint extract (i did not taste any peppermint in the cake though)

instructions:
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt with a fork in pan. make sure it’s really blended.
3. add water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar. mix till very blended and scrape down the sides.
4. bake for about 30 minutes or till knife comes out clean
5. cool completely before frosting

mint frosting

ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar (it was 1 cup and then i added more to get the desired consistency)
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 tbsp rice milk

instructions:
1. mix all ingredients till smooth, add more or less milk/sugar till desired consistency

the cake was not as sweet as i like, and i would prefer it with a lighter (but still densey), moist texture. i like my cakes pound-like. this seemed a little dry and bland. : ( i liked my frosting though.. probably cos it’s all sugar. and i definitely didn’t wait for the cake to cool completely before frosting. well after refrigerating it, it turned out rather nicely with all the sides covered by frosting (i took the picture right after i frosted it, so it looks melty but i still think it looks cool).

jackie and i went to my very first pumpkin patch on friday night! we picked out our respective pumpkins and carved them yesterday evening. it’s my very first jack-o’-lantern : )

jackie's scary pumpkin

jackie's scary pumpkin

my pumpkin!!!

my pumpkin!!!

mine took forever! it was bigger so everything was tougher and took a lot of energy. plus i didn’t think about the rounded patterns being hard to carve. we did everything with kitchen knives btw! and my pumpkin had about 200000 seeds and was all pulpy. we kept some of the flesh and the million seeds so we can make yummy things next week. i’m thinking of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin garlic soup.

i’ll be taking another set of pictures when we get tealights to put inside! we already placed them on our porch.. hopefully no drunken college asshole destroys them because i will be a very angry girl. i’m going to disneyland later with the boy! i’m excited for the halloween decorations. i really wanna buy zero (jack skellington’s pet), it’s so cute and has a light-up nose!