Foodie Files

A Long Beach Food Affair

Last month, my youngest brother had his last ever academic decathlon meet. It’s hosted annually in the Walter Pyramid, located at the California State University – Long Beach, and is a full-day event where middle school students test their knowledge. I’ve enjoyed supporting and attending these events, but I’m glad it’s finally come to an end. Waking up at 6am to get this thing rolling can get pretty tiring.

My family checked into the Marriott by the Queen Mary so we would have a shorter drive in the morning. Driving to Long Beach was a pain this time around because of the rain and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, California drivers go crazy with some rain.

Hokkaido Seafood Buffet

The night before the decathlon, we had a family dinner at Hokkaido Seafood Buffet. This was a monumental buffet for me because I tried crawfish for the first time – like actually peeling it and it was so good. I’ve had crawfish on my sushi before but this was different – an instant love affair.

Zero Express

On the day of, my younger brother and I decided to head over to 7-11 for some drinks. We ended up stumbling upon Zero Express, a boba shop, right on the same lot. I got the ube milkshake while my brother got the Thai iced tea; we also bought an cookies n’ cream shake for the youngest one who chose to stay at the pyramid. I had asked for my ube milkshake to have no toppings but the barista forgot and I got this massive drink instead. Don’t get me wrong – it made for a good photo but it was too sweet.

Roasting Water

Remember how I got obsessed with Roasting Water ever since Nancy mentioned it in her blog? Since they had a store in Long Beach and since I was in the area, I decided to stop by before heading home. I sort of regretted it because I waited in line for 20 minutes (note to self: they are busy on weekends) but the drink was worth it. Their #SWAG drink is something everyone needs to try at least once in their life!

I had planned on writing more about the decathlon but the food took over. Sorry not sorry – but let’s be real, I have no consent to post about school-related matters online, especially when it’s not my school. Hope this post didn’t make you too hungry!


  • Nancy
    April 11, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Oooh! I actually haven’t been to CSULB’s pyramid yet! Pretty cool that you got to support students at acadeca! OH YES!!! I can totally relate about Cali drivers LOL. Shh, I stayed at a hotel when I was in Seal Beach so I totally understand the commute!

    Yum! You were treated well with the seafood buffet! CRAB LEGS YASSSS

    Zero Express has been kicking up their aesthetic game lately! I had something similar in Monterey Park and it tasted like diabeetus @___@. BUT STILL PRETTY THO.

    YESSSSSSS ROASTING WATER! That is life!!!! UGH I remember walking out once because the line was ridic but the bottle is worth it!!!

  • nat
    April 11, 2018 at 10:53 PM

    That marshmallow! And the Roasting Water bottle! So cute.

    nat //

  • Yvonne
    April 12, 2018 at 12:04 AM

    Wow, these photos are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Yvonne

  • Kathrine Eldridge
    April 12, 2018 at 3:56 AM

    Those shakes look amazing! I want ice cream now and it’s only 6 in the morning!

  • Chiara Costigliolo
    April 12, 2018 at 4:58 AM

    nice post!
    Chiara –

  • Simone
    April 12, 2018 at 5:24 AM

    It quite made me hungry though lol! Those milk shakes look super delish, omg. Would love to try one of these.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • Richel V.
    April 12, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    The toppings on that milkshake is intense!! Wow. Even though it looks so pretty, I probably wouldn’t be able to finish it as well with how sweet it’s gonna be.

  • andthenzen ✨
    April 12, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Oh wow, I’m not surprised that your drink was super sweet but it’s so pretty, and still looks delicious.. 😍

  • Zoe Jackson
    April 12, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    I am now definitely hungry after reading your post and seeing your photos! It makes me want to jump on a plane and fly to California.

  • Mariann Yip
    April 12, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Such a yummy round up of foods! Love this looks so delicious!

  • Anouk
    April 12, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    I would love to try Roasting Water as I have never heard of it until now. The bottle looks cool!


  • Sophie
    April 12, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    I know you said you thought they were too sweet, but those milkshakes look incredible! And when I have sweet stuff I usually like it really sweet anyway. Sounds like you ate at some great places x


  • Lisa McLachlan
    April 12, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Ohhhhhh that seafood buffet 😋 I don’t blame you for letting the food take over this post, your photos are making me really hungry!

    Lisa |

  • Andrea
    April 12, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    What a lovely post! That milkshake you got looks absolutely amazing, and I love all the photos you took! Xx

  • Phoebe Rose
    April 12, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Loveee your photos! This looked like a lovely day, thanks for sharing!!

    Phoebe x

  • Emma
    April 12, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Oh my gosh look at that milkshake! Mmm you’ve got me craving something sugary now. Loving your photography girlie. Lovely blog post ❤ over from x

  • Stephanie Jay
    April 12, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Enjoyed reading this post, those milkshakes look amazing!! Food is always the priority haha

  • Rae
    April 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    you’re making me so hungry right now and i haven’t eaten breakfast yet so that makes it worse. hahaha.

    xoxo, rae

  • Vivian
    April 13, 2018 at 12:31 AM

    The ube milkshake looks INCREDIBLE! Looks like he heard the opposite of what you asked for haha.

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


  • Katherine
    April 13, 2018 at 3:55 AM

    That purple milkshake looks so cool!!

    Katherine |

  • Jenny in Neverland
    April 13, 2018 at 4:29 AM

    I absolutely love seafood so a seafood buffet would be right up my street! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  • Perrine - Ola Banana
    April 13, 2018 at 4:45 AM

    I’m definitely hungry now lol the crawfish looks amazing, I’ve never had it like that before either but really need to try it 😀


  • Kate
    April 13, 2018 at 5:40 AM

    Oh my gosh! I’m dying over here!!!! Those drinks especially look amazing…wowwwww talk about Instagram quality food!
    -Kate //

  • Kate
    April 13, 2018 at 5:40 AM

    Oh my gosh! I’m dying over here!!!! Those drinks especially look amazing…wowwwww talk about Instagram quality food!
    -Kate //

  • Emily
    April 13, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    Yumyumyum! Omg that milkshake thing looks incredible!!!! WOW!

    -Emily |

  • Annick
    April 13, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    OMG those drinks you got from the boba store got me drooling and craving for some sweet drinks 😩

  • Emily
    April 13, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Omg the food looks so good!! Food fairs are my absolute favorite!


  • Missy May
    April 13, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Making me hungry right here with these food shots. Sounds like a good day spent.

  • allie
    April 13, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    That’s so amazing you were able to come along on the trip!! aaaaand now I’m hungry after looking at these pictures, ha!

    xo, Allie

  • Katie
    April 13, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Wow that Zero Express looks like heaven! I’ve never been to California so I’ll remember that if I ever go.

  • Alys George
    April 13, 2018 at 12:22 PM

    Those Zero drinks look amazing, I really need to try one!

    Alys /

  • Kristin
    April 13, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    That drink looks awesome . My daughter would love it.

  • Kathryn Watson
    April 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Oh my goodness! Those shakes look incredible! I would definitely go for the marshmallow one x

  • Rebekah Gillian
    April 14, 2018 at 2:21 AM

    Okay, I need to get myself over to Long Beach, if only for that drink! I can imagine it was far too sweet, but it looks SO nice–and of course, Instagram worthy. Nevermind the fact that I live on the other side of the world of anything, haha!

  • Jessica
    April 14, 2018 at 6:13 AM

    Your drink is SOOO pretty, but yeah it looks like it’d be too sweet lol BUT it’s so pretty for photos hehe

  • Another Little Birdie
    April 14, 2018 at 6:50 AM

    Awesome pictures, loving the boba!! Honestly I love hearing about food when people go on trips, it’s the best part. And that water bottle is so cute! 🙂

  • Natalie Da Silva
    April 14, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    omg I was also in california! great blog

  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    April 14, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Ohhhhh boba is my favorite! Our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Boulder has watermelon boba and it’s one of my favorite drinks in the world. That is an EPIC drink right there!
    You always find these incredible drink spots and I want to try them ALL.
    At least the food made up for the early mornings!

    Susie |

  • Chanel
    April 14, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    OMG Zero Express look so good! Those look incredible!

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

  • Kat
    April 14, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Those shakes look so good!! They look really pretty 😀

  • Britney
    April 14, 2018 at 9:28 PM

    I’ve never had crawfish before, but I’m actually curious as to what it tastes like. That Zero Express place sounds awesome. Those look like yummy treats, and I love the marshmallows on the one.

  • Lizzie
    April 14, 2018 at 10:59 PM

    Oh my goodness those shakes look absolutely amazing! Seriously droooling

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  • What Corinne Did
    April 15, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    First of all, your photos are stunning. Second of all, you have me so hungry just now! Those shakes look amazing! xx corinne

  • Annie
    April 15, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Oh my gosh! That milkshake looks incredible! Such a pretty colour! It’s a shame it was too sweet though. I don’t think I’ve tried crawfish before but I’d definitely be willing to give it a go though! I love seafood!

  • Lea
    April 15, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    OMG, these shakes look so delicious and cute! I love seafood, so I’d definitely eat at this place, I wished I had some great seafood restaurants around but without a sea, it’s not that easy ;). xx

  • Tara
    April 15, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Woot for supporting events like the one you attended, but no woot for waking up so early!

    I had to giggle since crawfish and Hokkaido just doesn’t go together in my head. I am glad you had a good meal there!

    Zero Express looks yummy! That ube drink topping is definitely massive!!! It looks pretty, though And yassss! Roasting Water! You and Nancy are both making me want to check it out if I am ever in Cali!

  • jane
    April 16, 2018 at 12:52 AM

    This place looks tempting.
    The food looks delish.
    Hey hey for fellow pinay

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Pauline
    April 16, 2018 at 5:59 AM


    That crawfish looks delicious! I can’t forget that Roasting Water blog post from Nancy’s blog – I’ve since it on yours and hers since and whenever it pops up on my socials I just think of you both haha! I’d love to try it someday. 😀

    I hope your brother had fun at the decathlon – I’ve not heard of it before, what sort of knowledge do they test? Is it like general knowledge or stuff they were taught at school?

  • Melissa
    April 16, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    I am so hungry now!! Those shakes are now on my bucket list!

  • Bexa
    April 16, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Wow! Even though it’s probably too sweet for me too, that milkshake looks amazing! 💖 Your photography is fantastic and this post has definitely made me hungry! 😍 xx

    Bexa |

  • Rose
    April 16, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    The shakes look beautiful, but I do believe you say they were way too sweet. 😉
    And as for the food… hmmm you made me hungry. *runs to grab food*

  • Seeking Sammy
    April 16, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    These choices look so great! I love the milkshake! Sorry to hear that it was too sweet, but at least the photos looked amazing 🙂

  • Emma Rollason
    April 16, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    The Hokkaido Seafood Buffet and the Zero Express milkshakes look absolutely incredible. Your photo’s are amazing.

    Emma x

  • Andrea
    April 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Those drinks look so delicious and also very photogenic!

    Happy Monday!


    Seize your Style

  • Mercy
    April 16, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    Yes to crayfish! And that ube milkshake is intense, I guess the topping is worth it you have made us drool over it haha.

  • Sheena Sy Gonzales
    April 17, 2018 at 2:05 AM

    That’s one heck of a food trip!!!

    Sheena |

  • lesley kim
    April 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    these look so good!!


  • Kasie
    April 17, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    I’m actually disappointed that I didn’t know this was happening because it looks like it was so awesome! I’d never heard of Roasting Water before…time to check it out!

  • Caramella
    April 17, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Oh my…the food and those milkshakes!! <3

  • Mira
    April 18, 2018 at 4:52 AM

    Those milkshakes look insane but I can imagine that they were really sweet! I’ve never heard of Roasting Water but I’m really intrigued now – queuing for 20 minutes is a bit of a pain though but at least it was worth it. I recently queued for over an hour to get a table at a really popular café, at least the weather wasn’t too bad that day haha xx

  • Amelia
    April 18, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Just found your blog (thanks Twitter!) and I loooove it. That food looks amazing but I had to laugh when you mentioned California drivers. I live in Adelaide, South Australia – our climate is very similar. And my god do people go nuts on the road when it rains! Never seen anything like it 😂

  • Lauren
    April 28, 2018 at 1:04 AM

    Oh my goodness those drinks look amazing! Especially with the marshmallows! Wow! Beautiful photos!

  • Kim
    May 3, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Haha wait you’re trying to tell me you DIDN’T want those toppings?! It looks soooo goood!

    Simply Lovebirds

  • Ann
    May 10, 2018 at 8:58 AM

    Those are really lovely pics.
    You’ve got me craving for some milkshakes ♥



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