Shin’s Watermelon and Vodka Drink🍸

Refreshing drink with watermelon, Asian pear and vodka

We visited Mom and Dad Shin last evening at Newport Coast.  We made super fancy refreshing drinks.😉 We also enjoyed a Korean 🇰🇷BBQ with banchan (side dishes)!

You will need:

  • Fresh seedless watermelon from Trader Joe’s 🍉
  • Asian pear
  • Vodka of your choice
  • Ice
  • Glass of your choice

  1. Blend your fresh watermelon till juicy (white seeds can be blended also).
  2. Pour watermelon juice and vodka in you shaker or glass.
  3. Pour shaker into your glass of ice  or no ice if using a martini glass.  If you do not have a shaker, be sure to stir your drink.
  4. Garnish your drink  with your Asian Pear.  You can also use mint leaves!
  5. Enjoy a refreshing Shin’s Watermelon and Vodka Drink! 😅

Chinese Fried Chicken Quesadilla🍗


Chinese Fried Chicken Quesadilla

We made a quesadilla with our leftover Chinese fried chicken and fries from Fortune Garden . 😋 Kind of a California Burrito but a Quesadilla! 🍺Leftover salsa from El Torazo! 🐂Just wanted to clear up some space in the fridge.  Instead of sour cream, we use Chobani non-fat Greek yogurt.  We use a 5 cheese taco blend. 🧀  Have you tried Estrella Jalisco 🍺 imported from Mexico? 🇲🇽  Refreshing on a hot day! 😅

Top plain yogurt or sour cream with green onion and stir before dippin
Layer cheese, fried chicken, jalopeno and green onion
Add more cheese on top
Top with a tortilla
Cover your quesadilla and cook both sides on medium low heat. Easy to cut with a kitchen scissor.


Creamy Canned Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 🌕

Creamy🍅Soup topped with mozzarella, Chobani plain Greek yogurt, green onions and grilled mozzarella sandwiches


  • medium sauce pan
  • 26 oz can of Tomato condensed soup
  • Can measured amount of half & half (26oz)
  • 1 1/2 T of butter
  • 10-20 grinds of Black Peppercorn
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chobani non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Green onion chopped


  1. Empty entire contents of soup can in your pot.
  2. Fill your soup can with half & half and add to the soup.  Stir and add your grinds of the black peppercorn.
  3. Stir peppercorn grinds thoroughly and turn heat to less than medium heat.  Add butter to soup and stir.
  4. Stir soup throughout cooking time to prevent soup from burning on the bottom.
  5. Once soup is ready, pour into bowls.  Sprinkle your shredded mozzarella first, then spoon a scoop of your Chobani yogurt on top.  Next, top your soup with your chopped green onion. 

Grilled cheese sandwiches

  • Alfaro’s Artesano bread (we used the original white bread)
  • Sorrento whole milk shredded mozzarella
  • Butter
  • large pan

  1. Heat a generous amount of butter in your pan.  Then coat your slices of bread with the melted butter on one side.  Then toast the unbuttered side first.
  2. Once toasted, flip both slices to the butter side.  Then top one slice with your shredded cheese and place the toasted side of the other slice on top of the cheese.
  3. Once the bottom of the sandwich is toasted, flip the sandwich over and toast the other side.
  4. Cut your sandwich diagonally and your ready to dip your sandwich in your creamy canned tomato soup! 😋



Shin Restaurant, Long Beach, CA

Philly Temp, Highway3, Spicy Tuna Bomb and Salmon Sake

We did take out last evening!  Our first time ordering from Shin Restaurant! We chose this restaurant because of the name (Shin).  It’s my last name, hence Shin Times. 🙂  We decided on sushi 🍣…they also serve poke, rice bowls, ramen, Thai and Bento lunch specials.🍱  Everything was delish! 😋  We are looking forward to ordering from them again!🍜


El Torazo🐂 Long Beach, CA

California Burrito…carne asada, french fries, cheese, sour cream and guacamole

El Torazo is one of our neighborhood spots for great Mexican Food!  You can never go wrong with a California Burrito!😋  They have a salsa bar and serve wine and beer!🍺  They usually have a couple of games on as well.  Their tv’s are mounted high, so it’s easy to watch.👁

Cap’n Crunch Berries Pancakes

Super rich & fluffy pancakes

You will need: (makes 3 medium size pancakes)

  • 1 cup Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries cereal
  • 1 cup Krusteaz Pancake Mix Original
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 large dining spoon of Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 T butter melted
  • Extra butter for frying pancakes
  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork or whisk
  • Frying pan


  1. Mix pancake mix, half & half, egg, melted butter and yogurt with a fork or whisk.
  2. Add crunch berries and stir.
  3. Heat a generous amount of butter to cover your pan on less than medium heat. 
  4. Pour a half cup of batter on to pan.  Flip pancake when you see air bubbles.  Be careful not to over cook due to the thick pour of  batter.
  5. Stack your pancakes on a plate. 
  6. Serve with your favorite breakfast food or enjoy it on it’s own! 😋


LW Pizza Delivery

Fresh opened!🍕

Busy day so we ordered an extra large LW Combo Pizza and added fresh garlic, tomatoes, pepperoncini and extra cheese with a dinner salad! 😋

LW Pizza is one of our favorite places to order from.  They are in the same shopping center as our friends at the Broken Comb Barber Shop .🙂