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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Banana Crepe - San Jose

I am not a dessert person so it's very seldom I find myself at a store that sells dessert only. This weekend we have a friend that came to visit so he had been looking up yelp to find out about shaved ice place in our area. That's how we came about Banana Crepe.

The location is at the corner of Jackson and 6th St in San Jose Japantown. Tiny place with only about four table that could fit around 12 people. They do have outside seating that could fit another two parties. That's it. There is a city marble bench nearby and also next door Nijiya's Market has a few seating outside. I guess most of their clients don't really need a table if they only order shave ice and it's hot outside. Just grab your shave ice and off you go on the street. In our case though it was different. We also ordered their signature double choco crepe. It was 60 degree outside. Ha..ha. A few spoons into the shave ice I started shivering. Anyhow if it's cool outside, try the inside seating. It's nice and warm and it smells so nice of crepes cooking in the air.

Okay. So when you walk in just go straight to the counter and order if there's not already a line in front of you. We got shaved ice with mango and lychee flavor with aduki beans (red beans) as topping. And then we got the double choco crepes.

I am kinda surprise that it took quite a while for the order to be ready. There were another two orders in front of us. But I guess they only have one crepes person ?

I would be able to enjoy more had it been a hot day like 80 degrees outside. But the crepes was good with chocolate ice cream and banana filling and also whipped cream oozing out of it. Swirl of chocolate syrup on top of it. It's not overly sweet and I don't mind going back for more. The shaved ice was nothing special. Our friend the one that was craving shave ice didn't quite like the shaved ice. He was looking for the shaved ice that was already flavored. Not plain ice and flavored with syrup. So he was disappointed.

Banana Crepe
248 Jackson St

San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 271-2644

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bob Sang Korea - Fremont


Found this place kinda last minute when we found out that we'll be going to Fremont area. Took a big round before we finally found the place. If you are going on North 880 - take the Cushing Pkwy exit. Duh.. The address for the restaurant was Cushing Pkwy. *shaking my head*


Anyhow, we were starving when we arrived there. The place was surprisingly pretty spacious inside. And even though it was already passed 1 pm it was still busy with many tables occupied. We were greeted and seated quickly. Menus were brought to us. I already checked out the menu online but it's still not quite decided yet. In the end we ordered dubokki (spicy saute rice cake), spicy squite saute (from the lunch menu), and Korean style miso stew (don jang jjigae).





Found this place kinda last minute when we found out that we'll be going to Fremont area. Took a big round before we finally found the place. If you are going on North 880 - take the Cushing Pkwy exit. Duh.. The address for the restaurant was Cushing Pkwy. *shaking my head*

Anyhow, we were starving when we arrived there. The place was surprisingly pretty spacious inside. And even though it was already passed 1 pm it was still busy with many tables occupied. We were greeted and seated quickly. Menus were brought to us. I already checked out the menu online but it's still not quite decided yet. In the end we ordered dubokki (spicy saute rice cake), spicy squite saute (from the lunch menu), and Korean style miso stew (don jang jjigae).

The first item brough to us were salad. Very refreshing and I love the nutty flavor of the dressing. Then they brought us our cafetaria style tray that held rice and different types of ban chan. The ban chan we got today was potato (sweet, rich and a bit oily). Jap chae - stir fry korean style vermicelli noodle. Soy bean sprout - simple. Kim chee radish and cabbage - the radish one was a bit sweeter than usual.

Then the dukbokki came out. It had sweet chilli soy bean paste sauce and fish cake and tons of green onion and onion. I had tried quite a few version of dukbokki. This one was actually not as oily and not as shiny (maybe less high fructose corn syrup ). And the sauce tasted more of gochujang (Korean style hot pepper paste).

The spicy squid saute was smoky even though it was supposedly saute. Beside squid, it also had slices of zucchini, carrot, mushroom, onion and green onion. They were all covered with red sauce, not watery but more sticky to the squid, etc.

The miso stew was rich with mixture of meat, mix seafood, thinly sliced potato, in a pungent miso flavor. I never had anything like this before. We tried some sort of fermented soy bean paste stew before that had a very strong flavor. But this one was more mild. Even hubby could say that he enjoyed it.

All in all the dishes were all good. And we were given free yogurt drink as desert in the end. Good gestures. If we happened to be in the area, we'll surely be stopping by again.

Bob Sang Korea
4185 Cushing Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538  (510) 252-9844

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tints of Nature - hair color

I don't usually write review on beauty products. I thought I started on this one just in case someone out there looking to use this and was wondering about it.


Just to give you my hair background. I had grey hair for quite a while and ever since I was waaaay too young to have grey hair. It never quite bothered me since it was under my top layer of hair. It's covered up by my otherwise black hair. But I guess finally my age caught up with my grey hair (or the other way around ?). Anyhow, I started to notice more grey hair on where my hair split naturally. So I started coloring my hair. I have used Garnier Nutrisse for quite a while. I have tried permanent and also semi permanent hair color. Semi permanent ones supposedly wasn't as harsh on your hair as the permanent ones. The latest one I tried before this one was the foam one by Clairol Nice 'N Easy.

Enough said, I know and realized that my grey hair is going to be a very long term issue. And all this hair color couldn't be good for me if I use it long term. So I started looking around for something more natural. Well, I tried henna powder in the past. The color didn't quite work out for grey hair. It made my hair orange. I tried it with indigo mixed but the indigo couldn't stay long enough.

Finally I decided to try this. Bought it from my local Whole Foods store. It was on sale for $13.99 (originally $17.99). There were a few other brands but this one was on sale. I decided to give it a try.

One thing I noticed was the smell. The product did have peroxide but the smell wasn't very strong. It kinda smelt like wine so I gave it a plus points already. The other thing was my hair didn't smell of harsh chemical afterwards. That's another plus.

The box came with instructions, a pair of gloves, a bottle of colorant, activator, twin pack of shampoo and conditioner. I did a skin test prior just because I didn't know if there would be anything different than the regular hair color products.

Other than the shampoo, the rest worked like regular hair dye. So I colored my hair and waited like about 40 minutes because my grey hair usually takes very long time to absorb the color. Regular hair supposedly takes only 10-15 minutes. Then I rinsed my hair and shampoo. Yes, shampoo. That's kinda unique since usually other hair dye wouldn't give you any shampoo. After I rinsed out the shampoo then I applied the conditioner and let it sat for five minutes. Rinsed out and I'm done. My hair smelt wonderful without any chemical smell left. One thing I am curious is how long this color will last. Hopefully it could last at least a month.

----UPDATED June 29, 2011 -------
My hair color lasted about 3 weeks. The top of my head started showing greys again due to new growth. I would say that I was surprised to find out that this hair color actually lasted as long as the regular brand hair color that I have used in the past.

I'll definitely use it again in the future.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dental insurance is a scam !

Me and hubby haven't had any dental insurance for going almost ten years now. Partly I remember that our last experience with one wasn't the best. Last December I had a toothache and I had to go find a dentist. It felt to me that my gum was swollen. I looked in the mirror and it seemed like there was something protruding out of my gum. I made my own diagnose that my wisdom tooth was finally coming out. So I made an appointment with a neighboring dentist and told them ahead of time that I was not covered with any insurance. They let me know the estimated fee before hand. I wasn't going in with no estimate at all. Never know, I might have to sell my car to pay for the bill.


So I went in and had my mouth looked at. What I thought was the source of pain was not even getting enough attention on. The dentist pointed the finger onto another tooth and had that one removed instead. The whole thing happened fast and before I knew it I had lost a tooth. With enough conviction from my dentist, I went and signed up for dental insurance for this year.

Here I am almost six month into the year finally using my dental insurance. I dragged my poor hubby to our first dental appointment of the year. The dentist listed a long list of 'work order' for us. Then the receptionist did her part trying to work us another appointment to get the 'work order' completed. On the top of my list was my bridge - it's due to be changed. Guess what's the cost ? About $1100 for one tooth, $250 for each post. Didn't seem to be a lot ? Unfortunately I have four teeth on my bridge. Beside that, my dentist also listed gum surgery for me. Hm..all this number kept dancing on my head when the receptionist trying to calculate our payments. I was busy thinking where am I going to get those money. It's going to cost around $700 for both of us to have deep cleaning for our teeth. Really ? Even after I already paid around $600 for my premium ?


The following day I called another dental office and straight away asked for cash price for deep cleaning. The price quoted was $400. Later on I was thinking to myself. Why do I even need or want an insurance. First I have to pay for the premium and then when I needed to use it guess what...?? I HAVE TO PAY MORE ! And for the expensive stuff that I needed done the limit was so low that I might as well don't have coverage.

In short : deep cleaning with insurance for both of us $1300. If we didn't have dental insurance : $800.

Now I remember why for so long we didn't have dental insurance.