bon appetea, ice cream, and polka dots on polka dots

hanhgry.com | jumping in front of the Fosselman's sign

Ross had some free time before he had to go to set for the last day of shooting on the film, so we went to a few places I love in the San Gabriel Valley.

The SGV is a region in Los Angeles County that is known for its Asian population and concentration of good and affordable Asian restaurants. You can find restaurants representing the different cuisines of China, Vietnam, Korea, and so on. But the SGV has a LOT of Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants, so much so that there are restaurants specializing in specific regional cuisine such as Sichuan, Cantonese, or the typical Americanized Chinese food.

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streusel-topped zucchini bread and being unemployed

hanhgry.com | zucchini bread slices on cake stand

I was laid off from my job about three months ago. I knew it was coming, as the company I worked for was shutting down and every week there was another round of layoffs. Those last couple of weeks at work were…interesting, as everyone was kind of on edge even though we all knew we had the same fate. The day I got laid off, I wasn’t sad or surprised. It was more of a “oh well, time to move on” feeling. I think what I missed most of all was the routine, and my awesome co-workers.

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hanhgry.com | Wildfox Couture sample sale haul

Wildfox Couture sample sale: immersed in rainbows

The Wildfox Couture sample sale. I waffled on whether or not to go. I heard it was really crowded, hot, sweaty, and that there were long lines no matter what time you went. I had never gone to one of their sales because I thought it wouldn’t be worth it. But when you look at the retail price of Wildfox Couture clothing, and then at their sample sales everything is $50 or less, it’s hard to resist.

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hanhgry.com | bowl of vegetarian shiitake shio ramen at Ramen Champ

Vegetarian ramen at Ramen Champ!

Los Angeles is a mecca for people with alternative diets (vegetarian! vegan! gluten-free! raw! etc.) and you can find a vegetarian version of almost anything here. It’s usually very easy to find good vegetarian options even at places that don’t specifically cater to vegetarians. Vegetarian versions of dishes I thought I could never eat again are plentiful here, including Vietnamese pho and Japanese ramen.

I know the idea of vegetarian or vegan ramen sounds blasphemous to most ramen purists but when it’s done well, it tastes really good. And in LA, there are a variety of places that serve vegetarian ramen, one of them being Ramen Champ.

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hanhgry.com | Dear Creatures sample sale haul

Dear Creatures sample sale haul

I went to the Dear Creatures sample sale this past Saturday, and I came home with a bunch of cute stuff. One of the cool things about living in Los Angeles is the ubiquity of sample sales, from well-known mainstream designers to indie brands (such as Dear Creatures) that are usually sold through websites like ModCloth or ShopRuche. LA’s Fashion District is home to the West Coast or national headquarters of many clothing brands. Because of the concentration of clothing companies, there are sales all the time in downtown LA. Most notably, the big ones are in the Cooper Design Space or the California Market Center. Not all sample sales are located in downtown; many other brands hold sample sales in their warehouses or offices throughout Southern California, including Orange County.

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hanhgry.com | The Young Kieslowski poster

OOTD: premiere of The Young Kieslowski

My husband Ross is a screenwriter and film producer, and a movie he worked on premiered at the Vista Theater in Los Feliz on Tuesday! I got to attend and dress up and pretend to be the glamorous wife of a movie producer (hahah uhhh, no, I’m not glamorous at all). The Vista Theater is one of my favorites in LA; the seats have lots of leg room and the interior has a kind of Art Deco, 1920s Egyptian theme going on. Also, the Vista’s movie tickets are only $9, which is pretty much unheard of anymore.
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hanhgry.com | blueberry and cream muffins on bird cupcake stand

blueberry cream muffins


I love fruit. Luckily, living in California, I have access to a lot of seasonal, fresh fruit throughout the year. Strawberries are my favorite, but blueberries are a close second. Blueberry season in southern CA just ended so I made a batch of my favorite muffins with a big container of blueberries I bought recently. However, this recipe for blueberry cream muffins works just as well with frozen blueberries if you don’t have any fresh ones on hand.

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Hanhgry.com | Quenelle - funnel cake ice cream sandwich

Churro Borough’s churro ice cream sandwich vs. Quenelle’s funnel cake ice cream sandwich

I love ice cream and different variations of it, and food mashups have been a big thing the past few years. Traditional ice cream sandwiches made with cookies have been around forever, so why not substitute cookies with discs of sugary fried dough? Two dessert shops in LA put their own twist on the ice cream sandwich, and I tried both!

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Hanhgry.com | Quenelle - Fluffernutter and strawberry shortcake ice cream cone

First post!

Hi, I’m Hanh! I’m a graphic designer/illustrator who really, really loves eating food and cooking/baking. I live in Los Angeles with my husband and two rescued cats. I actually registered this domain name almost two years ago but it took me a really long time to actually get moving on making this blog a reality. (more…)

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