Birthday Wish List 2017

Hi Guys,

It’s that time of the year again…. MY BIRTHDAY!!!!

That means… this is my annual Birthday Wish List! Unfortunately in this day an age disclaimers are needed to hopefully avoid one of the internet trolls lol..

*DISCLAIMER* Do not read much into my list that I post it is basically my if I could have anything what would that look like. I am not one who makes a list and gets everything on it or even anything on it as gifts. I normally buy myself things on my wish list that I really want! I do not expect gifts from anyone just love and cake haha.. Also I want to know what items would be on your wish list?? 

All I really want for my bday is.. God’s blessings, good vibes, great food, and a functioning world that allows me to grow old with my loved ones!! 

Let’s get this started.. 

Fashion: I love clothing, shoes, and all things fashion. (I dream of giant two level walk in closet) I shop year round and would consider myself somewhat of a pro at shopping. I do not worry about what everyone else wears or thinks is in trend.. I simply just buy what I like and what makes me feel great!

Adidas EQT Support ADV in Lavender Monochrome $110 I have wanted these for a little while now and just think they are the most adorable sneakers ever.. I know pastel colors are technically spring colors but I love wearing what others think are “seasonal” colors all year round! 

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(women’s size 10)

Vans Mono Canvas Old Skool in Skyway (light blue) $55 I have always wanted a pair of these but never wanted to buy the basic colors and now these have arrived in my sight.

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(women’s size 10.5)

Rue 21 Plus Camo 3pc Sweatsuit $57 (for all three)- yes I know these may be lounge wear or look like PJ’s but they look amazing!

Hoodie $19

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(women’s 2X)

Cardigan Duster $19

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(women’s 3X)

Leggings $19

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(women’s 2X)

Fila Trayton Hoodie $68– I have these Fila Grant Hill’s that I wanted when I was in 8th grade and I bought them not long ago but now all I need is a hoodie to wear them with. The thing I love about this one is the brown with the other colors because I can pair with brown leggings!

 

 (men’s 2X or 3X- I love my hoodies huge and comfy like a blanket)

Velour Tracksuit $35 I know everyone had the Juicy Couture velour track suits a billion years ago now but I never had one! I think these are so cute and being cute and exercisy is amazing.. basically 60% of my wardrobe is cute as a button and athletic! 


(women’s 2X)


Tech- I feel I am always in a constant need to upgrade my tech game in order to better my blogging and YouTube work (especially if I want to make it a full time career)!

Smart Watch- I am listing 3 different ones only because there are different brands and styles out here. I want a watch that will track my steps, calendar reminders, allows me to text, and can answer/make phone calls. Not to mention I always wanted to be a Power Ranger!

Fossil Gen 3 Smartwatch $275 I love the two tone of the rose gold and navy.. it just looks classic! 


(Q VENTURE ROSE TWO TONE)

Michael Kors Bradshaw $350 I think this is the boujee one of the bunch… the most expensive for sure! But it looks like a regular watch face so kind of a disguise however it’s a touchscreen and it’s eggplant colored metal! 


(Plum color)

Apple Watch Series 1 $269 This is the most common smart watch you see on everyone’s wrist. It’s like the PSL of smart watches.. I am okay with being basic and having an Apple Watch as long as it looks semi girly like this one lol!


(38mm rose gold with pink sand sports band) 

Laptop- I need a common but specific laptop.. I found this one.. I could go for the Intel Core i7 with more memory and bigger hard drive but this is the basics of what I need to better edit my videos!

HP – 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 1TB Hard Drive – HP finish in jet black $529 


(Click here for this one)  

Film Editing Software- VideoStudio Ultimate X10 for Windows $100 I could use a different one as long as it’s compatible with the laptop above.

 

Beauty- who would I be if I didn’t include beauty on a wish list.. I love reviewing beauty products.. So I kept it easy and picked my 4 top items from my Sephora “LOVES” list. And a KC product! 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $45 Doesn’t this just sound amazing and looks divine! I want watermelon all over my face!

 

Moschino Pink Fresh Couture Perfume 1.0 oz $45 I have wanted the original windex perfume for the bottle but knew I wouldn’t like the notes.. but they released this one and it’s the bottle with my scents and color!!! 


 

Farsali Unicorn Essence Serum $54 I have wanted to try these skin enhancement drops since they were released but was always concerned with oiliness.. however I heard these are quite nice and not oily! 


 

Jo LOVES White Rose & Lemon Leaves Fragrance Paintbrush Gel $55 I have always wanted to try a Jo Malone fragrance and now this will give me that opportunity and with a cool bonus aspect.


 

I love shopping for a cause! The Kylie Cosmetic item I want is the lip kit in the color “Smile” and that is because 100% of the proceeds go to SmileTrain which is an amazing foundation that treats untreated cleft lips. This color is no longer available but if Kylie Jenner happens to read my blog lol… giiirrlll bring that color back I am sure it will sell out immediately and raise more money for that amazing foundation who blesses children and parents all around the world.


 

Home- Firstly I just moved so of course there are things I want but also I am working hard on creating an ambiance for us to live comfortably and work from here productively as well!

 

Keurig 2.0 $120 I loved having my Keurig prior it is so convenient for folks who like drastically different coffee flavors! And this one is not only in my favorite color but one step up from the basic one! 

(Color: Oasis) 
 

Wall Shelves Set of 4 $25 I want to add a little bit of storage and cuteness over our writing desk! I think white is needed to tie in more if the color combo for the guest room! 

Upholstered Office Chair $170 I picked this one because it’s brown and white and goes with the color scheme of the room but technically we could do any color that goes with brown and white! PS I love animal print and cow print is no different!


 

Neon Lights $100 I just want to see my name in lights and at the same time I think it would add something special to the background of my videos.


I would want it to say ToriaLouise so I may need 2!

 

Experiences- I always list things I want do and aside from these things listed I really just want to see my loved ones in CA, PA, FL.. and break aka “eat” cake with everyone. (when I say “cake” I mean cake, pie, and or donuts!!)

MOIC SF– this is the museum of ice cream that took over LA and is now opening in SF and I am happy to say that we will be attending so stay tuned for pics! 

 

Color Factory SF– this is another museum type attraction that has beautiful rooms full of imagination and creativity.. sadly tickets for October are not available so Color Factory if your reading my blog please open it up for me to attend in October I am sure you will sell out October as well! (update- there ticket sales website was malfunctioning when I was in there to buy tickets so I in fact missed out on the tickets I needed) 😦

 

Mac N Cheese in Wisconsin.. just ask yourself doesn’t it sound amazing to have mac n cheese in the home of cheese heads… they even have this delicious place called MACS and it’s a mac n cheese shop! 


 

Have visitors here in IL.. I want to show people what I have seen and maybe find something new with them!!

 

Like I said these are gifts I do not expect to receive in anyway from anyone. Just seeing or hearing “Happy Birthday” to me or reading beautiful comments is what I appreciate so very much! 

Love Toria

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Yummy Mushroom Soup

First I am vegetarian now so learning to cook with my new lifestyle choice. Secondly we are moving and I will be responsible to cook for my family and get us healthy! No eating out as much since I may not have a job right away… hope you enjoy my adventure!

I have been craving the mushroom soup from a specific restaurant that sales cheesecake maybe made in a factory. I don’t mention there name because every time I have gone to get said soup I have been let down by the customer service and have left even before ordering.  Anyways I have been craving it and finally decided to create a recipe based on flavors in my head and experiment. I happy to say that this first try is so yummy and my SO (who is my guinea pig) says it is better than that cheesecake selling factory.

Give it a try and let me know if you adjust anything and at the end I will tell you what I will add next time.

Ingredients-

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 of a white onion diced

2 celery stalks diced

16oz (2 square packs) mushrooms, halved

10oz heavy cream

1 8oz can broth (I used vegetable)

salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese to taste

 

Time To Cook:

Start by prepping your veggies dicing onion and celery, also halving your mushrooms.

Heat a large saucepan and once heated add butter. When butter is melting coat the pan and add in the garlic, onions, and celery. Stir with wooden spoon until the onions are becoming translucent and at that point add in your mushrooms. Cover with pan lid to tenderize the mushrooms faster.

When you notice the mushrooms begin to shrivel or tenderize add in your heavy cream. Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes slowly stirring and lightly pressing mushrooms down at the same time. (We are basically trying to infuse the cream with mushroom flavor)

After simmering the cream with veggies you want add in your can of broth. Let this simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring and pressing again.  Now you get to add in salt, pepper, and cheese for taste. Just a reminder you don’t want to over salt or pepper the soup so I used lightly coated the top of my soup 2 and a half times and it was good.

For the cheese it depends on how cheesy you want your soup I opted for less cheesy and added to good sized dollops.

After you have come to your preferred taste in the saucepan you are going to add your mix into the blender. Blend this until it is liquid about 4 minutes. You can taste here to add more cheese or salt and pepper.

I wasn’t happy with the consistency so I added cornstarch. 1 tsp cornstarch and 1/8 cup hot water and deluted the cornstarch so no clumps were there.  I poured it into the blender and blended for 2 minutes. Let this sit for 5 minutes to thicken.

-Next time I will add sautéed mushroom pieces to garnish the soup and to add texture.

 

I hope y’all enjoy this recipe and let me know how you enhance or embellish or just enjoy it!

Lifestyle Wants: Humble Birthday Wish List

I released the materialistic items that I would want if I had the point and receive lifestyle.  I thought I would post a couple more birthday wish list because they are fun.  I consider this a humble list that I am probably going to make happen for myself.  Humble to me because I think these items are more of experiences and not materialistic items.

 

Disclaimer- If you do not like wish list.. Birthdays… hauls… or anything that has to do with this type of post.. You should probably leave or take a chance… read what I list and maybe try making a list yourself.

 

So without further ado let’s get started and thanks world wide web aka www for the pics!

 

1.Starbucks Chocolate Croissant & Black Tea Lemonade- my all the time order from SB and I will enjoy it like this a venti ice tea and 2 chocolate croissants.

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2.Bowling Fun- who doesn’t love bowling!

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3.See 2 New Places- Duh!

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4.To Make 2 New Soup Recipes- Soup is something I could eat everyday of my life.

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5.Sandwich from Gherkin’s- My current favorite sandwich spot.

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6.Try 2 New Restaurants in Bay Area- No explanation needed for this one.. This happens all year round for me!

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7.Good Dinner With Great People- in other countries this happens everyday but here only for special occasion and as I wish it could happen all the time I really appreciate the times it does happen.

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8.Take A Long Drive with My Lovey- who wouldn’t want to take a road trip with the love of their life!

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9.See An Array of Fall Leaves- The best colors of fall come from Mother Nature!

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10.Monogrammed Blanket Scarf- Not only is fall the best season ever for fashion but I am a fall baby and I embrace the scarves!!

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And there you have it folks.. I am looking forward to making this come to life for my birthday.  Don’t worry I just have one more list in plan for my birthday wish list and then the list of what I got.. So stay tuned for fun!  If you want to check out the first Birthday Wish List >>click here<<

 

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Lifestyle Wants: 33rd Birthday Wish List

I love making wish list and to be honest just list in general.. Now that my birthday is a month from today I thought it only fun and fitting to post this today.. 

This year for my birthday I am picking 10 of my top choices for birthday gifts.  Just a disclaimer I am not expecting these gifts I am just putting what I would consider my materialistic wants.  If you do not like wish list or birthday wants or birthday hauls.. >>CLICK HERE TO LEAVE<< (its an article of an adorable cat with a sad face)

If you do like these types of post or love the celebration of life we call birthdays and or you love shopping and wanting for things keep reading and.. WELCOME TO MY PAGE!!

Thank you to the linked websites for the pics!!

First a new grown purse without a cartoon character..  I picked two choices for this one but I want a mostly black designer bag that is under 200 bucks.  The reason I want black is I do not have any nice black handbags and since I am switching careers most likely I want to feel professional and empowered with a black stallion..

The first one I picked is an Arcadia black handbag that is embellished with a snake print pocket.. I found the bag at TJMAXX for $149.99 >>CLICK HERE<<

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The second bag is a Kate Spade bag that I have had my eye on for some time. What I like most is that the purse expends to give pack rats like me a little extra space.  I found the bag in the sale section on Kate Spade website for $180 >>CLICK HERE<<

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The next 3 items are makeup palettes from the same brand, Urban Decay. The reason I want these is the shadows are really good quality and I have half the collection minus the newest so now I am looking to complete the collection. The base price for these palettes are 54 bucks and sometimes not too often you can get them on sale.

2.Urban Decay Naked (1) Palette – I saw this on the Urban Decay website >>CLICK HERE<<

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3.Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette- I saw this one on Sephora’s website >>CLICK HERE<<

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4.Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette- This palette is set to release on September 19th!

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The next couple of items I am thinking of are shoes(no surprise).. SNEAKERS!! I have wanted shoes these colors for the last year and just can not seem to commit to the purchase.  Funny thing is everyone and their mama is on to my Mauve Olive fall fashion color scheme!

5.Olive Green Nike Sneakers- I found these on the Lady Footlocker website >>CLICK HERE<<

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6.Mauve Adidas Originals Tubular Defiant- Also on Lady Footlocker website >>CLICK HERE<<

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The next 3 items are not in a group but just single items that I would love to own.

7.Clinique Happy Heart Perfume- I chose this scent because it is beautiful and I have been using the same two perfumes for years now (Tommy Girl and DKNY Delicious).  I will probably continue to use the same ones but I want a spruce it up option in my collection.  I found this one on Macy’s website and they do come in a variety of sizes.. >>CLICK HERE<<

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8.Silver Hello Kitty Handheld Mirror- No explanation needed it is too cute!!  This item I found on Ebay for about 40 bucks >>CLICK HERE<<

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9.Aqua Sky KitchenAid Blender- I need a new blender and I have the Aqua Sky KA Stand Mixer so it only makes sense that I keep it consistent with the blender. At least that is what I am telling myself to justify this want. I found this one on Crate and Barrel website for 149.99 >>CLICK HERE<<

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The final is not an item it is an experience.  

10.High Tea- I want to experience with my cousins.. the good tea and little sandwiches and little finger desserts.  

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So there you have it my 10 item bday wish list.  I am not spoiled nor am I crazy I do not expect anything on the list to be bought for me that is not the best part of my birthday.  The smiles the hugs the warm wishes all for me on October 2nd is what makes me the happiest.  I simply do the wish list for myself to have fun creating and to think about if I could have any materialistic item as many items as I want for my bday what would they be.. Also I enjoy seeing what others want and get for their bdays so others must too.

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Travel Wants: Food Middle States

Hi guys… three of my favorite things in the world are:

  1. Making List
  2. Tasting New Food
  3. Seeing New Places

Any reason to do any of those makes me a happy girl but a reason to do all three at once just makes me over the moon ecstatic!!

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I have been searching all over the internet (Google, Pinterest, etc.) finding places and food all over the country for me to hopefully travel to and eat eat eat!!!  

 

This first list is for the states in the middle(don’t judge me if I am wrong)!  I hope you enjoy and let me know if you have any other recommendations! (Also disclaimer- the pics below are not my own and have been found all over the web)

 

1.Cincinatti, Ohio

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2.Chicago, Illinois

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3.Des Moines, Iowa

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4.Minneapolis

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5.Missoula, Montana

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6.Denver, Colorado

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Okay that is my first list.. I really enjoyed working on this blog so much that I have decided to work on similar post for the rest of the country.

P.S. The featured image pic is from one of our food trips to Portland.. and that was my face of excitement for breakfast!!

 

The Deli Dance Off: Little Lucas

Welcome to my food postings.. I love eating and talking about it almost as much as I love makeup.  In case you haven’t read the others come take a look.. and have no fears if you like these post there are many more to come…

 

Taco Wars: Taqueria Morida

Doughnut Combats: Rolling Pin  

 

As you know top take out foods for me are (not in any exact order)

 

  • Street Tacos
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Doughnuts

 

 

I have grown up on deli sandwiches.. I would actually go as far to say this is the one thing that I crave the most.  I could eat sandwiches everyday of my life, even when I was little I used to eat a sandwich at least 4 days out of the week.  At a point in my life I ate sandwiches everyday of the week because I worked at a deli.  That experience in my life was so much fun (for the most part) and if I could when I get a house of my own I wouldn’t mind a deli cart.. haha!!

My FAVE Deli Meats:

Roast Beef – Turkey – Salami – Chicken

My FAVE Deli Cheese:

Cheddar – Provolone – Pepper Jack

My FAVE Deli Breads:

Sourdough Roll – Dutch Crunch Roll – Sliced Rye

My FAVE Toppings:

Mustard – Red Onion – Pickle

 

The place I am reviewing is a place that is a local favorite as most of the places I review.. this deli is so good that they are technically open until 5pm but usually close by 4pm because they run out of bread so early!  If you are from here you may already know but its Little Lucas.. << Click for the website and >>> there for Yelp!!

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My Order-

BBQ Roast Beef with Cheddar Cheese (Hot) with Everything

On Sourdough Roll

Everything includes:

Lettuce – Tomato – Red Onion – Pickle – Mustard and Mayo –  Garlic Pesto Spread – Jalapeno Spread

First of all when ordering from Little Lucas you need to know what you are getting yourself into.. be prepared to spend a very well worth it 10+ dollars because the sandwich is the size of my calf.  

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For me it is worth it because this enormous sandwich will be my lunch and dinner.  Or I could take half for lunch the next day!  

Judging the sandwich..

It was amazing, every time I have a sandwich from here it is just that AMAZING!! I have been eating sandwiches from Little Lucas for years now so yes this first deli review was easy yummy peasy!  The size of the bread is like 14 inches and to top it off the the width, height, and weight of these sandwiches let you know you are getting your quantities worth.  When you take your first bite the juices leak out so 1. make sure you’re eating over the paper and 2. make sure you put your chips on that paper so you get the juice from the sandwich all over the chips.  Then as you are trying not to be messy when you are taking these first bites “JUST STOP” let go and embraces all of the flavors of your sandwich.  Now that you accepted the messy tasty future you know the sandwich has quality worth! 

For me I got cream, tang, spice, and nothing but deliciousness… I knew going into the shop what sandwich I was after and this is one I have never had from here.. I know it was going to be the BBQ roast beef with cheddar.. It was literally EVERYTHING & MORE!!

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If you are in the area of Burlingame right next to Linardi’s off of Trousdale and across the street from Mills Peninsula Hospital.. and they still have bread oh and you’re HUNGRY make sure you stop by Little Lucas.. (also they have a few other locations so you should Google them)

Please come back for more food reviews and let me know if you even like these things… If you have other things for me to review please let me know in the comments.. Like the pizza review coming next!!

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Taco Wars: Taqueria Morida

First things first “I’m the realest” (that will never get old….)

 

Top take out foods for me are

 

  • Street Tacos
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Doughnuts

 

 

Tacos are the most amazing thing in the world and if I ever get married or my 35th birthday whichever comes first I want it to be catered by a taco man with a cart!!

 

Living in San Francisco and the Bay Area, you are raised on burritos , tacos, and menudo (the soup) on Saturdays!

 

This post is about a Taqueria in Pacifica.. Taqueria Morida <<< Click there for their Yelp page.  If you are from the area this taqueria is where the old Taco Bell was in Manor!

 

This was not my first time eating there but my first time having their tacos and pesole.  My feelings..

 

BTW…. they have amazing nachos and burritos… wet burritos specifically…

 

Taco Review…

 

The soft shell made of corn tortillas held up.. I bought the tacos for dinner at work and did not eat them for about an hour and they did not fall apart or get all soggy!! The steak was grilled and seasoned well overall the carne asada was yummy and the toppings (look below) were really good.  

 

My Order:

  • Carne Asada Tacos
  • Topped with Cilantro, Onions, Hot Sauce

 

They were flavorful and filling which is really what I go looking for.. judging just the tacos #AMAZEBALLS!

 

Judging the whole experience.. I think they were really busy with a decent size dining in, a few people in line and waiting for take out orders.. and to top it off phone ringing off the hook.. The crew there does an amazing job.  And the restaurant is small but a decent size, as I mentioned it used to be a Taco Bell.  Most important it looked small but clean and clean is big for me.

 

I think my biggest complaint is that I did not get chips with my order and being the big taqueria lover that to me makes a difference.. however that is a first for the times I have eaten there!  My SO said he did not like his quesadilla at all but then again he is kind of hard to please when it comes to take out (no one tell him I said that please lol).  And then we got the pesole.. For soups specifically Sopa de Mexicana pesole is the top for me right under tortilla.. this pesole unfortunately I will not be ordering again.  And that is only because a lack of flavors.. the flavor it had was good but left me want more flavor.  Also it stained my face haha and hands..

 

As tacos go.. these tacos were delicious and I will order again..  If you are #hangry and happened to be in Pacifica Cali, you should go here for burritos (wet burritos- a burrito drenched in enchilada sauce with melted cheese.. I could eat this every week), nachos, and of course tacos.. Carne Asada Tacos!!!!

 

Please come back for more food reviews and let me know if you even like these things… If you have other things for me to review please let me know in the comments(of course you could head to my YouTube channel Pretty Toria and watch more reviews on a whole bunch of topics).. Like the doughnut review coming next!! Also excuse the lack of pictures for this one.. I was hungry and forgot!!

 

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