J and J Restaurant


I had the opportunity to hang out with friends Jaime and Mike this morning! Kevin and I met them through Tiffany a few years ago, and we tagged along when Tiffany and Jesse went out to meet them. They are such good people! Jaime and Mike are expecting twins due in a few weeks and we had a blast sharing our pregnancy stories and other mommy stuff over a box full of pastries and potato balls we picked up from Porto’s! Jaime is one of the seven friends who are currently pregnant. 🙂

On our way home, Kevin and I stopped by Jin Jian (J and J) Restaurant in Alhambra for quick noodle and dumpling lunch.

I ordered the vermicelli noodle with fried tofu – warm and light, perfect for the cold weather.


Kevin ordered this noodle bowl with sweet pork chunks – sweet and although a bit oily, it was much lighter than ramen.


We shared an order of soup dumplings


… and pan-fried pork dumplings (we actually ordered the vegetarian version but got these instead) .

We shared a large round table with another couple, who looked like they were on their third date because they couldn’t seem to keep their hands off each other!lol

Wow, this was a weekend of pure fun and gluttony … and loved every minute of it!

Hawaiian Getaway: Aloha Food Factory

I am surrounded by so many Hawaii-loving friends … but then again, who doesn’t love the islands full of good people, delicious food, and picturesque scenery? Two of my running pals T and S are Hawaii-ophite. T travels to Hawaii almost every year, and S is actually from Kailua. And my fiancé, with the collection of Hawaiian shirts in his closet, he might as well be Hawaiian. So, it’s no surprise that we often find ourselves dashing for a Hawaiian lunch after our weekly Saturday morning runs around Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

Ever since my fiancé introduced us to Aloha Food Factory, a tiny shack that looks like a converted Taco Bell in Alhambra a few months ago, we’ve been hooked. We fantasize about the food that awaits us and we often rely on the mouthwatering images of Kalua Pig, Spam Musubi, and its famous Macadamia Nut Pancakes to get us through the final mile around Rose Bowl.

I was never a huge fan of Hawaiian food until this place.  I really enjoy the food here, as well as the kick-back atmosphere. The place is small and dive, but I really enjoy the fact that it feels like you’re sitting in someone’s Hawaiian mom’s kitchen.

Our lunch always begins with a can of Hawaii Sun’s Pass-OGuava Nectar juice, or POG for locals, followed by combo plates piled with proteins like Teriyaki Chicken, Portuguese Sausages, Pork Char Siu, and Kalua Pig. The side of Potato / Macaroni Salad is always a treat, although we are very aware of the calories that’s contained in the innocent-looking scoop!

Hawaiian food is not healthy by any means. Aloha Food Factory is probably a place that we can come only after running beforehand, with six miles under our soon-to-be bloated belt. We eat, therefore we run indeed.

Aloha Food Factory
2990 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803