REVIEW – The Loop Handcrafted Churros – Fullerton, CA

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Address: 1101 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832
Hours: Sun – Thur: 12PM-11PM
              Fri – Sat: 12PM-12AM
Phone #: (657) 217-5008
Website: http://www.theloopchurros.com

Date Visited: July 23, 2018

Here is how the interior of the store looks like.

They also have a water/utensil station on the side for self-service.

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Churro I got: Matcha Crunch with vanilla ice cream.

This churro consisted of regular churro with matcha coating sprinkled with fruity pebbles. Then this churro is set on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cute The Loop cup.

The texture is really good. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. 

Disappointment: I couldn’t really taste the Matcha despite this being called “the Matcha Crunch” and one of the signature suggestions on the menu. 

Suggestion: If you want the full flavor of the matcha or any of the flavored churros, don’t overlap them with a strong, overpowering flavor like fruity pebbles.

Ice cream: The ice cream tasted like something you would get from Dairy Queen, which is good. I personally prefer the ice cream from Churroholic over the ice cream from The Loop. 

There are photo spots in the store for instagram photos.

I like the light fixtures of the place. It’s very light yet impressionable. And the color gold compliments the white space very well. I also think the mason jar tip jar is pretty cute too.

My overall rating of this place would be:

4/5

REVIEW – I’m a real GIRA Mask (Rose Slippery Skin) by Beauty Chuck

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July 27, 2018 

Product: I’m a real GIRA Mask (Rose Slippery Skin) by Beauty Chuck
Date Applied: July 22, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM
Duration: 15 minutes

Before applying a layer of foundation, I decided to apply this Rose Mask. I hoped by applying this mask before applying make up would help the make up settle and look nicer on my skin.

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This is how the back looks like. The directions, instructions, and other informational things are mostly written in Korean. 

The packaging is recyclable and eco-friendly.

When you take it out of the packaging, the mask looks like this. I had to flip it inside out to unwrap the mask. 

I set the timer for 15 minutes with my iPhone.

This is how it looks like with the mask on. 

Feedback with mask on:

  • Sheet material feel light, thin, and soft on skin
  • The essence is light and not too sticky
  • Not as soothing as coconut but somewhat gentle

After 15 minutes, I took the mask off.

Feedback after taking off mask:

  • Good amount of essence left, not too much or too little
  • Very slight redness, so that good
  • Skin feels moisturized and cool

Did make up sit well after mask? 

  • Make up looks weird. It almost seemed like it was just sitting there and you can see its spotty. So that was disappointing. Maybe it’s me using it wrong, but I’ve seen videos from the company who distributes these masks have videos where the girl puts the masks on and applies make up after taking the mask off… hmm idk but that did not work out for me this time. 

My overall rating for I’m a Real GIRA Rose Mask is:

3/5

I got this mask from Facetory’s 4 sheet mask pack subscription service. So if you’re interested in trying it out too, please check out their website at https://www.facetory.com. This post is NOT sponsored. I’m not an expert in sheet masks, I’m just someone who likes it, is picky with about it, and wants to just leave a feedback. 

REVIEW – Bunnyhill Coconut Moisturizing Mask Pack

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Today I am going to give my feedback on Bunnyhill’s Coconut Moisturizing Mask Pack. According to the packaging, it’s:

  • Skin Matching
  • Hypoallergenic Mask
  • Moisturizing

“Coconut oil is absorbed quickly into the skin, so provide moisture and nourishment, and it helps skin to be healthy”

Yes, that “so” before “provide” is actually on the packaging. If I could edit, I would change it to:

“Coconut oil is absorbed quickly into the skin to provide moisture and nourishment, and it helps skin to be healthy”

How to Use Instructions: 

  1. After cleansing, dry face thoroughly
  2. Apply mask sheet onto the face
  3. Leave on for 15-20 minutes
  4. Remove mask and pat face with fingertips gently

Date Mask was applied: 07.16.2018
Time: 10:30PM
Left it on for: 15 min

My feedback of the mask out of the package:

  • This mask wasn’t as strangely tangled or wrapped in a too complicated manner. It took me good 10 seconds to gently unfold the mask to applicable form. 
  • ** Most sheet masks I’ve tried came packed in a way that was confusing to unwrap, but this was a lot easier, so I like!**

I took the mask like so

Put it on my face like this.

My feedback with the mask on: 

  • The sheet itself is so soft, gentle and smooth
  • Because it is coconut essence, it was very smoothing on my skin
    • My skin is usually super sensitive and turn red, itchy, and irritated easily, BUT my skin remained calm. There was no redness, itchiness, or irritation, which surprised me. 
  • The scent is very gentle, not overbearing

I set 15 minutes using Siri on my iPhone. 

~ 15 minutes later ~

Took the mask off after 15 minutes, patted the leftover essence into my face and neck area. 

After mask removal feedback:

  • No redness, itchiness, or irritation after removal
  • Skin feels so moisturized and healed
  • Face has that nice healthy glow

My overall rating for Bunnyhill’s Coconut Moisturizing Mask Pack is:

5/5

I got this mask from Facetory’s 4 sheet mask pack subscription service. So if you’re interested in trying it out too, please check out their website at https://www.facetory.com. This post is NOT sponsored. I’m not an expert in sheet masks, I’m just someone who likes it, is picky with about it, and wants to just leave a feedback. 

LOL Bubble Tea & Coffee – Fayetteville, NC – Review

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This is my 3rd time visiting this place and every time, they don’t disappoint. I think their shop name is pretty funny.

How I Found Out?: My friend told me about by bragging how he got bubble tea through snapchat. Then I looked it up on Yelp.

Why Posting About it so Late?: I was being a turtle these days…

Address: 5044 Yadkin Rd, Ste 101, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: (910) 758-9439
Hours:
    Tue-Sun: 11am – 9pm

Bubble Tea (Drink): I’ve tried their Strawberry Slush, Caramel Milk Frost, Green Milk Tea. All 3 of the drinks were all up to standards. I like how they don’t overly sweeten their drinks.

Pudding: The pudding is an optional addition to your drinks. I’ve tried milk & custard so far. Their custard pudding was really good. It had good consistency and flavor, without overpowering the drink’s flavor. Milk pudding had the same consistency as the custard one, except it had a very powdery favor, which was a downer. If you’re trying out pudding, I would recommend going with custard.

Bubble Tea/Boba Pearls: Referred to as bubble tea or boba, this is probably the main reason you go to a bubble tea shop. Their boba pearls were chewy, but slightly more leaning towards the cooked side.

It’s essential to control the temperature and the duration when cooking boba pearls. Overcooking it would loose the chewy texture, but undercooking it would make it too hard and allow it to freeze when it’s inside cold drinks. So finding the very balance and ratio is the key to happy customers. 

Egg Waffle: There are a lot of flavor options to choose from. I chose milk chocolate. It’s very good. The edges are crunchy/soft. The egg part is fluffy and soft. Just a good balance. I actually saved leftovers to eat later in the day and when I tried it hours later, it was still good despite a slight decrease in the crispiness.

Popcorn Chicken: There are spiciness level options to choose from for this one. I went for the spicy option [as always]. I found the little pieces of I think it’s spinach? adorable. The green color creates a nice contrast with the saturated orange tones. Each piece of the popcorn chicken had a crispy exterior and a chewy interior. The spiciness made each bite more enjoyable. I think the cute, hot pink cup it comes in also does a great job of igniting the appetite within you.

Overall, my experience at this bubble tea joint was nothing but excellent. The staff are bubbly, bright, and friendly.

I would give LOL Bubble Tea & Coffee 5/5 stars!

Grilled Ginger – Fayetteville, NC – Review

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Eye spy with my little eye, a very popular and delicious Vietnamese Restaurant! This restaurant is located in a plaza with buildings colored in hues of white and sky blue. I’ve read very good reviews about this place, but have yet to try till recently.

Address: 5052 Yadkin Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: (910) 867-6226
Website: http://www.grilledginger.com
Hours:
   Mon-Tue, Thur-Sat: 11am – 8:30pm
   Wed, Sun: Closed 

I went on a Friday evening with my friend, Tasha.

Occasion: It just happened to be right across from the bubble tea shop we were planning to go. And since both of us did not eat dinner yet, it was just a perfect opportunity.

First Impression: Taking my first couple steps into the restaurant through their door, my impression was, “Wow… very crowded. As expected for a popular spot.”

One of the waitresses led us to our seats. She kept on apologizing for having to clean the booth up for us. I know it’s the asian culture, so as a fellow asian, I reassured that she was doing a fine job and no need for apologies.

There were lots of long tables for larger groups in the middle and booths for smaller parties along the walls. The overall interior design and color choices was reflection of the Vietnamese culture. It was very elegant and bright.

I like how they chose warm colors like muted pink and red. Red is a very good choice for a restaurant because it is a color that evokes appetites.

For appetizer we got their A4. Egg Rolls. The presentation of the 2 nicely fried egg rolls were very cute.

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It reminded me of a hammock. Absolutely love the mixture of wood, aluminum and ceramics. It surprisingly makes a good combination. It’s also very clever to have the egg rolls sit on top of pile of finely sliced carrots and lettuce to balance out the color scheme too.

For the main meal, I ordered their B3. Hot Chili Pork Spare Ribs.

They have 3 level of spiciness for this, I went for the medium level. I love the little pot the ribs came in, especially the wooden basket to support it and help carry the hot content. I think this is a very good idea because pots such as the one shown in the picture above become very hot and to have wooden basket at the bottom will make carrying it around much safer for the servers and customers as well. I was impressed by how well the ribs were cooked. It was very easy to slide the meat off the bones. The flavor was sweet & spicy, which is what I go head over heels for!

Pay: You can pay up at the counter. If you want to take some leftovers to-go, then just go up front to ask for a food container. This is because it’s usually crowded and the servers are preoccupied most of the time. It’s must faster for you to take the initiative to go up to the front desk to ask for the things you need.

Service: The service was good. All of the waitresses were polite and helpful. It was sort of funny to find out that there were 3 waitresses, but each of them had a specific role. So if I asked a waitress in charge of bringing drinks about our food, she would call for the waitress in charge of that specific role to come instead of just addressing the situation herself. But it didn’t really bother me at all. I just found it a little amusing.

Overall, my experience to Grilled Ginger was a good one. If you are looking for a good Vietnamese restaurant, I definitely recommend this one. Tbh, I personally like this one over the other restaurant a little ways over.

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Panera Bread – Skibo, Fayetteville, NC – Review

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Panera Bread has clearly established itself as one of the most favored shops. I’m pretty I’m not the only who would always crash at a nearby Panera Bread to do my homework and write my long papers.

Panera is known for their healthy and delicious food. They have also developed their customer service to reach out to those who are unable to come to the shop by offering delivering services. Drive-thrus have become a common sidekick to recent Panera shops-attracting busy, on-the-go consumers as well.

I personally love the nice, calm, and soothing environment of Panera Bread. The interior has always had wood and their trademark shade of green to illustrate a natural, relaxing, homing place for people of various needs to come together. Every Panera I have been to has always been clean and cared by friendly staff. And somehow, its the style that never gets old. It’s a timeless design for sure!

One of my concerns when I go to a cafe or study spot is security of my belongings. I worry about leaving my belongings at the table to get my order sometimes if the current environment isn’t very ideally safe. So the fact that Panera brings your order to you is definitely a plus!

Today, I visited a nearby Panera in 11 months!! It’s been forever! I seriously missed my favorite study/munch spot so it was nice to stop by.

ADDRESS: 1933 Skibo Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28314
HOURS:
MON-SAT: 6AM-10PM
SUN: 7AM-10PM

I got 3 items:
– Green Passion Smoothie
– Pecan Braid
– Spinach & Bacon Souffle

My never-fail, go-to is their Green Passion Smoothie. It is just soooo good!! When I took a sip of it and tasted the exact same taste I’ve had back home…it was nostalgic. It felt like I was home once again. Just sitting in my neighborhood’s nearby Panera, enjoying my usual smoothie. I’ve never been away from home period and it’s been almost a whole year. Being able to taste and feel at home in a place located across the whole country in North Carolina was amazing. It helped re-energize me to keep going.

I’ve always liked anything with pecans, so I decided to give their Pecan Braid a try. Surely, it was good. It had a firm, but soft texture with good balance of sweetness and nuttiness. Definitely a great choice for a little dessert!

Before enjoying my sweet dessert, I filled my tummy up with a little souffle. This is my first time trying their souffle at all. Their Ham and Cheese one sold out before I reached the cashier, so I went with their Spinach and Bacon option. It was delicious! The souffle had a light, fluffy exterior with a slight crisp. When you sink your teeth into it, you come into contact with the soft, moist interior filled with warm cheese and spinach filling. It just hits the spot with the little bacon that’s resting on top to add a little boost. I thoroughly enjoyed taking each and every bite of my souffle and would definitely come back for more!

My overall experience with this Panera was up to expectations and left very satisfied! I’m happy that it’s within close distance and would love to visit when I can.

I give this Panera 5/5.

 

 

H Mart – Cary, NC – Review

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H Mart isn’t something new, but it is to this area. This H Mart was established just recently and is the new Hot&Popular shopping/grocery spot to people dwelling in/around the area.

Address: 1961 High House Road, Cary, NC 27519
Phone: (919) 535-5900
Web: http://nj.hmart.com
Hours:
– Mon-Sun: 
9:00AM~9:00PM
Bike Parking: Yes
Accepts Android/Apple Pay: No

The front exterior of the newly established H Mart is quite a view to see. I personally love the style of it. It give a warm-homey, yet stylish feel.

When you enter the entrance, you will be faced with the produce area with the food court to the right and cosmetics to the left.

The cosmetics section is [as expected] very organized, bright, and white themed to give a clean/fresh look. It also gives the products the chance to pop and shine. For the most part, the most noticable products displayed has to be the ones from the brand Tony Moly.

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Tony Moly is a well known brand, not only to the asian community, but also the international community. The brand is known for their adorably packaged products that works well as well as look incredibly cute.

Adjacent from the cosmetics section is the food court. It is hidden by a brick wall, but you will be able to tell because of the restaurant signs along the wall. The brown, brick interior really brings the warm and rustic elements to life. The color and flooring choices are clever because it looks clean and hides any missed mess.

The produce area is well organized and fully stocked fresh fruits and vegetables of various diversity. The quality of the produces I picked up were all fresh and good shape. As for the rest of the neighboring produces, they all seemed to be just as good.

They have a dedicated Kimchi Section packed with various types of kimchi. I personally am a kimchi eater [with a obsession] so this section definitely caught my eye. And I think any other kimchi eater would appreciate the dedication and the noticeable sign to boot.

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While browsing through a market, you cannot leave out the food sample booths set up all over the place. These booths are heavily concentrated near/towards the seafood section, which is on the opposite side of the kimchi section.

The seafood section is another sight to see with bustling groups of people sampling and lining up to get their fresh seafood tidied up by the friendly staff. I snapped a pic of the fresh shrimp displayed. They have separate pile for headless-shrimp & regular shrimp. I think that is a very good idea because as someone who loves cooking, I find it nice that they have two different preparation for different uses depending what you are planning on making.

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As expected, each aisle is very well organized in a very efficient and cleanly manner. I found it very clever how they hung tools needed to use the ingredients on top.

Last, but certainly not least, I’m going to cover their amazing bakery: Tous le Jours. This bakery is very well known franchise, that has established itself as one of the rising stars in the bakery business alongside Paris Baguette. Every H Mart is known for having a Tous le Jours bakery inside, so this was no surprise, but the interior and the decor was pretty on pointe!

I purchased some bread from here and I have to say, “Pretty Good~!” It’s hard to find korean bakery around here so it was nice to get a taste, but I do wish they had more variety than they had; however, I do understand the limited space issue so it was fine.

Overall, my experience and impression of the hot&new H Mart located in Cary, NC was great and have a lot of high hopes for it in the future. I do recommend paying a visit if you are in the area and are in need of asian food or just want a to grab a bite to eat.

I give this H Mart a 5/5 stars.