Category Archives: Tween Beat

Blog posts and reviews from a 12 year old’s point of view.

Natalee Thai 

My mom and I had the chance to visit a wonderful Thai restaurant in Culver City named Natalee Thai. This restaurant is casual but visually beautiful and modern. The food is affordable but the price doesn’t compare to the quality and love presented. I felt totally comfortable in leggings and flip flops while being served incredible food. I ordered the Won Ton Soup and the mussels appetizer and was full in the best way possible. Although, I ALWAYS have room for dessert. The soup is delicious and was probably the best Won Ton soup I have EVER had. Before I start talking about the mussels, I would like to say that I have never had mussels before. After trying these, mussels are my favorite food! And, yes, I ate every single mussel in that dish. To top of one of the most flavorful meals of my life, I ordered Espresso ice cream and yes it is as good as it sounds.

If you ever want to have an amazing meal, stop by Natalee Thai. 🙂



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Popin’ Cookin’ Sushi

My friend Katie and I decided to experiment with the Sushi edition Popin’ Cookin’. Like most of the Popin’ collection, the sushi package is sweet and candy flavored rather than savory and realistic. It was a BLAST making all the different parts of the sushi and then putting them all together. The kit comes with a mini mixing spoon, the mixing “bowls”, “seaweed”, and powders to make rice, fish, and fish eggs. My favorite part of creating candy sushi was making the tiny fish eggs. You mix two powders with water separately and then with an eye dropper, you drop small portions of one liquid into the other causing it to instantly solidify in balls. Then you can scoop the eggs out of the solution and place them as a final touch on top of the rice and seaweed.

   
         

Here are some tips:

1. Look up the directions online. Since the whole package is in Japanese, it would make the process much easier to look up the English translation. Popin’ Cookin’ Sushi Instructions

2. Take your time. Buy a couple boxes and share them with your friends. Making this fun mini foods isn’t about the taste, it’s about the experience. Take your time and have fun watching each other’s reactions as you take your first bites. 

3. HAVE FUN!! ☺️

SSOTD

Dear Readers, before I get into this post I would just like to say that on June 4th, 2015, I’m graduating from 8th grade. :))))))))) Okay, back to it. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)

    

The first picture is actually courtesy of one of my closest friends since first grade and yes it is a photo of me in first grade. Obviously I had just lost some teeth and didn’t own a hair brush. I have to say I’m really not proud of either photos. The first is just plain out embarrassing and in the second I’m doing the duck face.  You can tell my dog is also in dissaproval. Anyway, I think my favorite things to do always involve my little dude, Toby. I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am that he came into my life.

My Trip to Santa Fe

Let me start off my story by confessing. When I think of New Mexico, I think of a dry and abandoned state. I think of one consistent season, summer.

Over spring break, my family and I piled into a car and went road trippin’. When I say my family I’m referring to my mom, dad, dog, suitcases, and headphones. On our way to our destination I got to stop by my favorite Route 66 landmark, The Jackrabbit. The Jackrabbit is a small spot in Joseph City, Arizona. Don’t get me wrong, just because it’s small doesn’t mean that it isn’t delightful. The Jackrabbit is defined by a billboard saying, “Here It Is.” It is a quaint and cozy store next to a photo opportunity, aka the jackrabbit. I’ve been taking pictures on it since I could walk. As I grow, it seems to shrink in size but never in memory.

Anyway, once we were back on the road I was able to enjoy the comfort of staring out the window and blasting music into my brain with the help of earphones. I have to say when I was younger I was a tad restless, but now I find it extremely soothing. I love to be on the open road. As we started to approach New Mexico, I noted the temperature slowly dropping. It wasn’t a significant change, but it was enough to catch my eye. When we entered Albuquerque I noticed that it was well populated and wasn’t the slightest bit abandoned. In all honesty, a few miles into Albuquerque I fell asleep.

When I woke up, we were on the outskirts of Santa Fe. I immediately recognized a drive-thru Panera. Now, this may not be a big deal to most people, but I love to know that there is something familiar in a brand new unknown. Anyway, when we arrived to the Double Tree Hotel I was in awe of it’s elegance and simplicity. Although this vibe was pretty much spread through all of Santa Fe. Santa Fe was so laid back and relaxed. There didn’t seem to be one person rushing or frustrated and in a hurry.

As we walked through the town square, it seemed like a place created for a TV show. It was so charming and unique. Even though that can be said for many locations, Santa Fe is a breath of fresh air, literally! Fun fact: Sante Fe is among the top ten cities with the best air!

There are so many things to do in Sante Fe. My mom and I got to have a private skateboarding lesson in Skate School. We walked into a room filled with vintage photos of skateboarders. I looked at my mom and without speaking I threw her a puzzled look. I had no clue where we would actually skate. As my thought bubble popped, we were guided through a door in a corner of the room and found ourselves in this huge indoor skate park. When I say skate park, I mean skate ramps, couches, and well placed graffiti. It could also be named as the ultimate hang out. Anyway, I was shocked that I went from a normal room to a huge indoor space with high ceilings. The lesson was a blast and I can truthfully say that I walked away having learned a couple techniques.

I feel blessed to have been able to be exposed to this wonderful destination with beautiful architecture. Let me end my story by saying that I was completely wrong about Sante Fe. I’m impressed and taken aback by it’s beauty.

  

SSOTD

On Wednesday, my mom and I threw on our fashion sense and went to a party on the sunset strip. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.) 

     

Fabfitfun is a company that produces subscription boxes. These boxes full of makeup, accessories, and more come out four times a year (representing each season). They threw a rooftop party on the sunset strip to promote their upcoming box. Of course, since I’m under 21 I entered with a big “X” on my wrist to avoid alcohol. However, the “X” did not stop me from having a great night out with my mom. Anyway, I got to meet the fabulous Chloe Bridges. She has been in Pretty Little Liars and Carrie Diaries. She is even more beautiful in person. Anyway, I had a blast and my favorite part was coming home and opening my goody bag!!!

SSOTD

It is currently Saturday afternoon, and I’m super excited because my dad is coming home tonight!!!! (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.) 

  

This is a glamorous photo of my dog relaxing on my bed. I sent this to my dad as a piece of family to have on the plane ride home. My mom and I have had a really relaxed weekend full of watching movies and eating ice cream straight from the bucket. While my mom was politely chipping away at her Pecan Praline Ice Cream, I was devouring my Cotton Candy Ice Cream. Overall, we had a fabulous time laughing, crying, and eating!

SSOTD

Happy Easter everyone! It’s officially Easter Sunday and I’m happy to say that I started the day off on the right foot with Lindor Truffles. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)

    

You can probably tell that the photos aren’t their normal size. These photos weren’t taken with Snapchat. 😁 This photo is actually my favorite picture of my mom. I think it captures her happiness and sirenity. This Easter was by far the best as we were joined by our close friends who I met before I was born. I have to say I do enjoy watching my dog play with his new bunny stuffed animal. This year, I have learned that you may not be able to choose your blood, but you can choose the people you surround yourself with. You may as well surround yourself with people who will laugh with you at your best moments and cry with you at your worst. Believe me when I say that it is wise to stick with people who make you happy and don’t bring you down. Anyway, shout out to my mom for making an incredible feast! Happy Easter Sunday y’all!

SSOTD

Today was a slowly-paced day full of sleeping, walking, and online shopping. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)



In complete honesty, my favorite thing about Snapchat is seeing the temperature or my own speed. So I pretty much took a picture of nothing and watched my speed increase and decrease as my posse and I walked to yogurt land. You are probably imagining a group of obnoxious teenagers strutting down the middle of the road and although that is much more extravagant and creative than reality I should probably put your mind at ease. My posse included my mom, dad, Toby (my pup), Rico (my neighbor’s pup), and myself. We went over to the center of Encino where we stopped at Wells Fargo and Yogurt Land. I cashed my Easter check. (Shoutout to the best Grandpa around, my Papa.) Then, we stopped for some fro yo. Since I just received $50, I decided to do some serious online shopping. Once my items arrive, I may be able to snap a picture and include them in my next SSOTD. Goodbye for now. 

SSOTD

Today I went to a party of two, including me. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.) 

Today my dad and I spent the whole day together. We went shoe shopping. The original plan was to get Converse and running shoes. However, when it took us seven stores to look for running shoes to peak my interest, we just decided to purchase Timberland Boots. After our long shoe journey, we went home, kicked up our feet, and started watching corny horror movies. Sorry Friday The 13th Part 2. Anyway, the above picture that you may or may not have recognized is a picture of my favorite beverage. Unfortunately, coke is a bad habit I have yet to shake. Comment below any guilty pleasures you are trying to get rid of. Okay well, I will see you next time. 

SSOTD 

Today I went to Knotts Berry Farm with my dad and some family friends. We had such a great time. Unfortunately, we had to leave early due to prior commitments. Anyway, I had never been to Knotts before. The first ride we went on was called Silver Bullet. It is a fairly fast paced ride. It is extremely smooth so it doesn’t cause your head to jolt back and forth. (Turning your computer, phone, or head may be required to view the following images.)



After Silver Bullet, we went on a few other rides including Xcelerator and and Montezooma’s Revenge. Both rides were extremely exhilarating. Xcelerator shoots you from 0 to 82 mph in the matter of about 2 seconds. It is a short but super fast ride. You go straight up into the air and then straight down. Montezooma’s Revenge was like a roller coaster version of the dragon ride at the pier. It shoots you off just to fall backwards into two loops. Knotts Berry Farm is a great amusement park for the whole family. It has roller coasters for the adrenaline junkies, small rides for younger kids, and slowly-paced rides for the more calm family members. In all, head over to Knotts Berry Farm for a smile-filled day.