Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Taco Truck Lunches

I work in Santa Ana which has a large number of Mexican eateries. I've always tended to steer clear of the numerous catering/taco trucks that are parked along the different neighborhoods of the city. The other day at work, my coworkers and I started contemplated our lunch time meal. One suggestion that came up was picking up lunch from a taco truck. What started out as a impromptu suggestion began to build momentum. If I can eat tacos off a street cart in Mexico then why can't I eat at one here in CA? Sure enough we decided to head out to one of the nearby taco trucks that was recommended to us.

The taco truck had a fair amount of clientele waiting for their orders. The portions were good and the food was competitively priced. There was a variety of meats to choose from so I ordered birria (goat) and carne asada tacos, as well as a carne asada torta (sandwich). The food was pretty delicious and the accompanying salsas had just the right amount of punch. Luckily my coworker drives a truck so we were able to use the tail gate as a picnic bench. Lunch was very satisfying that day and we've decided to start TACO TRUCK THURSDAYS.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Road Trip

Maria & I took a last minute trip to Nor Cal this past Saturday to visit our pals Heather, Josh & Thomas in Santa Cruz. We hadn't been to Nor Cal since we took our engagement photos in Big Sur a couple of months before our wedding. The drive was fun and it was great to get away for a few days. We took our time strolling up California and arrived Saturday evening. It was great to catch up with Heather and Josh since we usually only get to see them a couple a times a year. We saw Thomas during Christmas and it's amazing that he's actually walking now. We got to see Santa Cruz and check out the Wharf and Boardwalk where they filmed the Lost Boys. Also, we ate some delicious breakfast and strolled around their downtown.
We started our return drive on Monday morning and took our first stop at a roadside produce stand just outside of Castroville to pick up some local fruit & veggies. We continued along Highway 1 and made a lunch stop for some chowder at the wharf at Monterrey. We didn't know that restaurants compete with each other by giving chowder samples to the public. We settled on a restaurant and and both of us ordered a tasty cup of chowder and we split some delicious fish and chips. Luckily we parked far enough away so that we walked off some of the food before restarting the drive.
Our next stop was Point Lobos State reserve just outside of Carmel. This is probably one of my favorite places to visit in California. It's along the coast and there are some cool white sand beaches, trees, and tide pools. Since we had a lot of driving to do we only stayed for a couple of hours. It was great to explore the tide pools and take in the energy of the ocean.

The drive continued south along Highway 1 down through Big Sur and onto San Luis Obispo. We stopped at Piedras Blancas to check out the elephant seals. they weren't very active but were sleeping and warming their bodies in the sun.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Moving forward

I've been putting it off for a few years. This past Friday I finally decided it was time to finally to buy a new bike and put my old one to rest. My old bike is around 7 years old and was falling apart from the wear & tear. Instead of fixing it I decided to put that money to a better use---a new bike. I still haven't taken it off road so I hope to break it in on some sweet trails. It has clipless pedals so I need to either buy cycling shoes or change the pedals. I've never used cycling shoes so I'm on the fence right now.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Aliso & Woods Canyon

This past Saturday Maria & I met up with some friends to go for run at a nearby county park. It was our first time to this particular park and I was not disappointed. It is convenient to get to and is only around 5 miles from the house. The route was scenic and offered an escape from the surrounding developed communities. The parking lot was full and lots of local track/cross country students were running along with many groups of mountain bikers. We only ran on the main portions of the trail but we hope to be back soon to scout the rest of the park.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Skate Crew

Last Saturday I went to the Etnies Skate Park in Lake Forest to go watch the old skate crew in action. With everyone spread out, I don't get the opportunity to watch everyone shred. Souly, Erick, Trevor, Dave and Isaac all made the drive to the park and fortunately for me it's nearby. I took my camera and snapped some photos of them in action.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


I am addicted. Not to drugs, alcohol, the Internet, or gambling. Instead I like going to a little sporting goods store called REI. The other day we got our yearly dividend in the mail. The amount we spent surprised me b/c I don't remember buying any large items this past year. It's hard not to stop and "browse" the store considering it's in the same city that I work and it's kinda on my way home. Now I'm going to be more cognisant of how much I spend there.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


When we moved into the house we kept the seller's gardener so we wouldn't have to buy all the tools and equipment. Two years passed and I realized that I should be saving the money and using the yard work to stay in shape. So on President's Day Maria and I went to Sears to go check out lawnmowers. Once I fired that bad boy up I remembered how felt manly you feel controlling a motorized machine to cut the grass.