Archive | December, 2009

Brazilian Steakhouse Review

23 Dec

Brazilian Steakhouses are known for their never-ending delicious meats that are brought to you churrasco style.  This type of restaurant is usually a flat rate and can range from $35 to $60 per person, not including dessert and drinks.  Cold and hot side dishes are served buffet style, while all you can eat meat entrees are served to your table.  And if you need a little break from eating, simply flip your table topper to red.  When ready for some more, simply flip it to green.  See how many licks in my yummy meter these 3 restaurants received.

5/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Agora Churrascaria in Irvine, Ca — Located in Irvine, not too far from John Wayne airport is Agora, a Brazilian Steakhouse at its finest.  Expect exceptional service from the servers who are dressed as Gauchos , while enjoying delicious meats including beef, pork, lamb, and chicken.  If you are craving a little bit of the sea, Salmon is also available.  With every dish cooked to perfection, you’ll flip your table topper from red to green every time the servers pass by.   With a romantic ambiance, this is definitely a great place for a date or an intimate dinner with several people.  If you have an appetite for tender steaks and want to visit a place with sophistication and style, Agora is the place for you.

4/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Green Fields Churrascaria in Long Beach, Ca — Green Fields Churrascaria is a meat lover’s paradise, which brings a little bit of Brazil to Long Beach, California.  Their selected meats include ribs, steaks, pork, chicken, lamb, duck, and rabbit which are all carved to your liking at your table.  The side dishes are decent and compliment the meats well.  This is more of a casual dining experience that’s great for the whole family.

2/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Redondo Beach, Ca — A prime location in Redondo beach with a view of the ocean from your table and a small lounge for dancing, drinks, and music after dinner, gives this a potential to be a great restaurant, but with its mediocre service leaves it as a disappointment and last on the list.

The side dishes were exceptional, especially the cheesy puff bread.  Though the meat selection wasn’t as diverse compared to the other two restaurants, the few they had were delicious.  It’s a fun atmosphere as  they dim the lights around 8:30 and ladies in colorful costumes dance throughout the floor and invite guests to dance along, forming a conga line.  The one prevalent thing this place lacks is customer service.  The server was not only inattentive, but was also rude who never filled up our water glass even after asking twice.  The lively music and lights create a fun atmosphere and would be great if you’re planning a big party, in hopes they train their staff on customer service.

Satisfaction Sidenote — Even as a food fanatic, I would rather go to a restaurant with mediocre food and excellent service, than a place with great food and horrible service.  Eating out is not only to fill my tummy, but it’s a dining experience, so customer service is very important – from the hostess’ greeting to the server’s attitude.  So on that note, I doubt I’ll ever go back to Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, but you’ll defintely see me at Agora Churrascaria many times, grubbin on their delicious steaks while enjoying the service of their friendly staff.

XOXO, Chic Chick

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How Do I Train My Puppy?

8 Dec

The Dog – an accessory to some celebrities, a stuffed animal to kids, a companion to elders, a protector to families, a best friend to man, and to me… my happiness.  However you may view dogs, one thing is certain, dogs are kind loyal creatures who love unconditionally.  Their love is pure and without judgement. All they know is how much they love you and how happy they are when you’re around.  They ask for nothing in return — well, except for a few belly rubs here and there.  🙂

So for all the dog lovers out there, I wanted to share a few tips on dog training, as I’ve used on my dog. I’m not the Dog Whisperer or anything like that, but here’s just 4 simple tips to go by when training your loveable pooch.

1. Repetition and Consistency – Dogs do not learn from mimicking.  They learn best from repetition and consistency.  It will take several times until it registers in their head what a specific word really means.  When picking command words, make sure to keep it the same throughout the training and don’t switch it up mid or even after training.

If your command word for your dog to bring its paw up is “paw”, then stick with “paw.”  Do not switch it to “hello, shake, hi-5, etc.”  Keep your command words consistent and repeat, repeat, and repeat.

2. Continuous Praises – Dogs want nothing more but to see their master happy with their accomplishments.  Therefore, praises are just as important as the treats when training.  Your dog wants to learn, so refrain from scolding at your dog if they fail to do the trick.  Just be sure that you praise them once they finally do what they’re told – even if it’s once out of 20 tries.  Be attentive to what they are doing and praise them as soon as they do it correctly.  After several times, they’ll realize the meaning of the command word.

3. Be Patient – Training is a process, so it takes time.  Both you and your dog have to be patient with each other.  It may get a little frustrating at first, but if you follow these simple tips, you and your dog will soon be having a blast showing friends and family his/her newfound tricks.

4. Have Fun – Never forget, the most important tip of all, have fun!

To see more videos of the featured pup, visit his page on YouTube.

XOXO, Chic Chick

What's your label?

6 Dec

We are taught that to judge is wrong, yet we live in a world of labels.  From our clothes to our religion, from our job title to our relations, and from our gender to our ethnicity.  We are forced to be branded ever since we were born.   “It’s a boy” or “it’s a girl” is the first label we are given and that’s when the judgement begins.

“My boy will be strong and athletic who will be great at sports.  I will start painting his room blue.”

“My girl will be a little princess who will love to cook and play house. I will start buying pink dresses.”

Drive a car labeled a Porsche, you are branded rich.  Graduate from a college labeled Stanford, you are branded smart.  Job title labeled as CEO,  you are branded successful.  Religion labeled as Christian, you are branded good.

Problems arise when the label does not match the person.  Problems arise when people discriminate against a specific label.  Problems arise when people begin to hate themselves for not being that label.  Problems arise when the label’s expectations deviate from being yourself.  Problems arise when people are blinded by the label.

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states that our 3rd level of needs is the sense of belonging.  Do labels give us a sense of belonging?  The label as a wife, the label as a college graduate, the label of the clothes you wear, the label as an Asian – does it make you feel like you belong – that you belong to your husband, you belong with the smart people, you belong with the rich crowd, you belong to a Nation?

I am not saying that our given labels are always falsely branded nor are they always true.  I am not saying that it’s wrong nor right that we have these labels.  I am simply stating that we live in a society, a world of labels.  Therefore we are forced to judge, whether we choose to or not.

The real problem is not that we have these labels, it is that sometimes people get lost in the labels and forget who they really are.  The labels do not make us — we define what the label means to us.

XOXO,  Chic Chick