Tuesday, August 25, 2015

on a trip to the city of lights, we stopped by the ethel m chocolate factory. walking down the self-guided viewing aisle lasts all of two minutes (pretty much the same as looking at my pictures). but you do get a free sample of dark, milk, or white chocolate. and there is a beautiful botanical cactus garden right outside. so it might be worth a visit if you're in the area.

Friday, August 21, 2015

thankful for friends who introduce me to beautiful eateries like the lincoln! it's local and artsy-- with a chic vibe that reminds me of joan's on third. it was nice to enjoy a delicious and hearty breakfast with great friends. and i will definitely be back to try some of the other food on the menu! ♥

spinach & blue cheese quiche

turkey cobb sandwich; tomato, avocado, bacon, ciabatta, minus the blue cheese mayo.
lincoln huevos rancheros; white beans, cilantro rice, fried eggs, avocado crema, tomato confit, cotija.

Monday, August 17, 2015

if you're looking for great views of the city, check out the baldwin hills scenic overlook. and if hiking isn't your thing (it definitely isn't mine), you can drive all the way up and park for just a few bucks. it was nice to walk around with friends, admire the scenery, and take pictures of the beautiful cityscape below.

Friday, August 14, 2015

'a flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. it just blooms.'

Saturday, August 8, 2015

we took the party to sushi one spot for the latest celebration. i wasn't sure what to expect since my last visit was when the restaurant first opened. but it was worth the drive and everyone liked the fish-to-rice ratio. plus, it was nice to celebrate and eat with some of my favorite people.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

i used to love writing, but words don't come as easily nowadays. good thing there are others that have a way with words. here's a repost of some of my favorite quotes. ♥.

'has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? there are better things ahead than any we leave behind.' - c.s. lewis

'my dear brothers, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.' - james 1:19

'criticizing God for not doing it right now is like reading half a novel and criticizing the author for not resolving the plot. God will bring accountability at the right time- in fact, the Bible says one reason he's delaying is because some people are still following clues and have yet to find him.' - p. kreeft

'sin wouldn't be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately.'

'God created life and he has the right to take it. if you can create life, then you can have the right to take it, but if you can't create it, you don't have that right. people assume that what's wrong for us is wrong for God ... in fact, we tend to forget that God takes the life of every human being. it's called death. the only question is when and how, which we have to leave up to him.' - n. geisler

'if we discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them.' - c. morley

'dear friends, one of the greatest curses today is that the average person is so enamored of the messenger boy that he completely loses the message.' - h. hendricks

Saturday, August 1, 2015

old school love ♥

Monday, July 27, 2015

for the longest time, i didn't particularly like ramen-- that is until benten ramen came along. it's simple and cozy and the food is great. even though there are pretty good places for ramen, this is probably still my favorite one. plus, there's rice and your choice of tea to go along with your meal.

there are four choices, but i usually stick with the shoyu ramen. i've tried the other ramen (with the exception of the spicy miso ramen) which are pretty good as well.

shoyu ramen

tonkotsu ramen


Sunday, July 26, 2015

there is strength within the sorrow, there is beauty in our tears
you meet us in our mourning, with a love that casts out fear
you are working in our waiting, sanctifying us
when beyond our understanding, you're teaching us to trust

your plans are still to prosper, you have not forgotten us
you're with us in the fire and the flood
faithful forever, perfect in love
you are sovereign over us

you are wisdom unimagined, who could understand your ways
reigning high above the heavens, reaching down in endless grace
youʼre the lifter of the lowly, compassionate and kind
you surround and you uphold me, your promises are my delight

even what the enemy means for evil
you turn it for our good, you turn it for our good and for your glory
even in the valley you are faithful
youʼre working for our good, youʼre working for our good and for your glory

Friday, July 24, 2015

there's no other store that gets me quite like anthropologie. ♥