amelialourdes: (icon ; croissant time)

Oh, hi, LiveJournal. It's been a minute, hasn't it? Everyone's just kind of all over the place and I utilize all kinds of social media that I haven't revisited my old haunts. But I wanted to today! I really want to try to get into the habit of writing. I need to start posting on my site more and start using that. If you want to follow me over there, that's where I'll be! I'll provide the link at the bottom. For now, let's talk about Mother's Day. Every year, I try to take my mom somewhere new, somewhere nice. And we've never been to The Melting Pot before so we decided to give that a shot. There used to be one closer to us in Pasadena and we've never been there so we went to the one over in Thousand Oaks. They were open for lunch for the day, which works for my mom since we both like just going out for lunch and hanging out in the afternoon. Besides, Game of Thrones was on in the afternoon.

Warning: Food Photos. You'll be hungry after viewing. )

Never been to Melting Pot before and I walked away pretty pleased. Yes, it's expensive. I think my brain temporarily short-circuited after looking at the bill because I couldn't figure out the tip to add. As we drove away from the restaurant, I realized that I had been short on the tip, and felt incredibly guilty. The little devil on my shoulder said, "It's okay. You'll never go back. Just leave." The bigger angel on my shoulder said, "Are you fucking crazy? Why would you do that to someone? CALL THEM WHEN YOU GET HOME." What did I end up doing? I called them when I got home to add to the tip. I'm not that terrible.

But I pay for the experience to dip things. I love fondue. There aren't restaurants that cater specifically to the idea of fondue and I love it. Everything tasted fresh. The chicken and steak were my favorite parts of the entree. The chocolate was fantastic. How could it not be? The girl at the front desk was adorable. Our server was really, really great. Everyone seemed discombobulated that it was lunch and not dinner since they're usually only open for dinner. We were greeted with a, "I hope you're having a great night." They were charming errors. No complaints here and my mother still talks about what a wonderful experience she had. So we're looking forward to going back! Hope other celebrants had wonderful days, as well.

I can't say with confidence that I'll post here regularly at all, but I am looking to reengage my site and considering an interview part of the site that'll feature different artists that I admire. I've purchased a lot over pop art over the years and there are some talented artists that definitely need to be featured somewhere. That's in the works! For now, visit to see what I'm up to and my recaps from events I've been to last year. Until next time, LJ!

amelialourdes: (cmas ; decor)

Here are some photos I took at the LA County Fair this past September. Imagine the warmth of summer for the people experiencing the cold. In return, someone send me pictures of snow. This heat makes me wanna punch someone right in the face.

Meet me at the fair. )

amelialourdes: (cmas ; gold)

Well, my day was wonderfully relaxing. Started the day with the annual Disney Parks Christmas Parade on ABC followed by viewings of Home Alone, a Disney movie, Babes In Toyland (live action 60s version), and the Santa Clause. I went straight from the Christmas movies to the fandom stuff starting with the Doctor Who Christmas special (ALL THE SOBBING), the Sherlock minisode (ALL OF THE SQUEEING), and finishing right now with Downton. I'm holding back my opinion until it's all over but I don't have strong opinions of S4, anyway.

Feel free to talk to me about the shows! Spoilers will be abound if you haven't seen them yet. I still have to get back to other comments and messages. My work schedule this week has been particularly wacky. It's been one day off and one day there and it's pretty tiring. All I want to do is stay home and have two days off in a row. Thankfully, I'll have that next week and I am looking forward to it.

As for gifts and greetings, I bought myself the complete Home Improvement DVD set on amazon today since they were all on sale. Joy! Can't wait to get them so I can watch them. But I still have my new Sherlock blu-rays to watch. So many things to watch! Not enough time! I already need another vacay, haha.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! What'd your hauls look like?

Christmas lunch: baked potatoes, turkey, gravy, my mom's caldereta (Filipino dish), homemade spinach pies (first time I made them and they were delish), and hot apple cider enhanced by this mix I bought at the Biltmore on vacay this year in North Carolina. The cider was particularly good. Nom nom.

amelialourdes: (icon ; croissant time)

So that's what I'm going to do.

I don't know when my obsession with food began. I was a pretty skinny kid who got eaten by the person I am today. But food and television always went hand in hand. The episodes I remember or television specials I remember the most are always food-themed. I'll give you a few examples.

I'm a huge I Love Lucy fan. I've been watching the show since I was a kid and three of my favorite episodes were Pioneer Women, The Million-Dollar Idea, and The Freezer. These are just three examples and I'll show you why.

Pioneer Women

Food: This giant loaf of bread.
Most Memorable Scene: The last scene is Lucy taking this giant piece of bread slathered with homemade butter that they churned themselves and Fred, Ricky, Lucy, and Ethel take a giant bite out of it. Never fails to make me want a really great piece of bread.

The Million-Dollar Idea

Food: Salad dressing.
Most Memorable Scene: This scene where they sell the dressing on television never fails to make me want a really, really big salad filled with romaine and croutons and good stuff. I'm not even paying attention to the actual ingredients in this episode. I'm only thinking about my favorite salad dressing and devouring a ton of greens with it.

The Freezer

Food: All. That. Meat.
Most Memorable Scene: It's one line for me. It's one line that does it in this entire episode. At the end, she stuffs all the meat in the furnace to hide it from Ricky. Fred lights it. And Lucy says to bring a big bottle of ketchup down to the basement where they're going to have BBQ. And there's me on my couch imagining the smell of delicious, delicious BBQ.

And moving on from Lucy...

Funny Little Bunnies

Food: Chocolate.

And it goes on and on and on. I can do this all day long but I won't because I'm going to get even hungrier than I am right now. Does food trigger television memories for you, too?


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