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Lucy’s Tamale Factory – San Jose, CA

Lucy’s Tamale Factory
3739 Madeline Dr.
San Jose, CA 95127

This tamale factory is famous in San Jose, so I thought I’d give it a try.  It isn’t the best tamales I’ve ever had, but they are good.  $2 each is a little pricey, considering they don’t taste too good the next day.  It’s in a ghetto area, I didn’t want to drive my new car there so I took my old one haha.  The shop is in a hidden plaza, so you need to know your way around San Jose to get to this place.

Jalapeno & Cheese: SPICY (for me at least), freshly eaten, the cheese is melted and it is heavenly.  Wait until the next day, you’re going to find yourself eating a tamale with a cheesestick inside…


Chicken con chile – The best! Chicken is super juicy and the green chile sauce is yummy, corn maza is textured but not hard, just the way I love it.


Beef – This special one was $3, but it was worth it.  The beef is tender, juicy, and extremely delicious.  Not spicy.


Sweet tamale – This unique dessert tamale is like a corn bread, Mexican style.  So soft and warm, the taste of corn is the best, and there are chunks of pineapple in it.


We also tried pork and regular chicken, not impressed.  The pork was juicy, but it didn’t have too much flavor.  The chicken was a little dry and also was bland.

I will definitely be coming back for the chicken con green chile and the sweet tamales, those are my favorite!



Fukuburger – Hollywood, CA

1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Josie bought a groupon for this burger joint so we decided to hold another administrative meeting here!  The deal included any four burgers (up to $12 value each), two family-size orders of fries (a $10 value each), and two sides of edamame (a $5 value each), all for $28 dollars!  We ordered the Fuku Burger with a turkey patty, Buta Burger, Karai Burger, and Chicken Katsu Burger.  For the sides we got their regular fries and Jazz fries.  There was  A LOT of food for the three of us.  The beef burgers were really juicy, but they tasted the same to Josie and me.  The Chicken Katsu burger was really tasty, the chicken was tender and had a crunchy crust.  The turkey burger was also really good, I couldn’t even tell it was turkey, just that it wasn’t as juicy as the beef burgers, but that’s expect.  The fries were really good, they were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and the sauce they gave us to dip it in was amazing…Justin poured it onto everything he ate lol.

The decor was Japanese inspired pop culture-ish, and the music was really loud.  Our server was very nice and friendly, but she disappeared for a while for break and didn’t tell us, so we had to wait a bit.  But it’s a very friendly and nice atmosphere.

For the price Josie paid for the groupon, it was definitely worth it since we were able to try so many things.  But I don’t think I’ll be going back here if I have to pay regular price, just because all the burgers tasted the same, so it was nothing too special for me when I could get the same thing or even better burgers for less.


Thanks to Justin for taking all the pics! ^^


Spicy Korean Tofu Soup

Spicy Korean Tofu Soup


1 package of enoki mushrooms

1 package of soft tofu

1 cup of sliced zuchini

1 cup of sliced onions

sliced green onions

sliced beef

kimchi, chili powder, salt & pepper,

I forgot what else we put into this Korean Tofu Soup…but basically we followed the recipe from this youtube video:

Korean Tofu Soup

Watch it if you get a chance. I know it’s been a while since Nicole and I have updated.. we’ve been making food and everything, it’s just we’ve been preoccupied with school and stuff… so I’ve just been uploading pictures of food we’ve made onto facebook. Anyhow…. I really want to try and make this soup again… It was very hearty and full of veggies.. I think we need to add more broth.

The only thing we didn’t add was the clams, like the video… instead I substituted clams with shrimp (still yummy).Now I’m craving Tofu house …man!

❤ josie

Stir Fry Beef with Bell Peppers


Stir Fry Beef with Bell Peppers


  • 2 bell peppers (orange and yellow)
  • half a pound of beef (seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic salt, soy sauce, red pepper flakes)
  • season bell peppers with salt, pepper, soy sauce, and chili

A really simple meal for tonight… I actually have my camera on campus, so I decided to test out my wide angled lens some more.. unfortunately… the quality isn’t that great because of the poor lighting..

Good stuff.. I haven’t had bell peppers in a while..

❤ josie

Chicken Katsu and steamed broccoli


Chicken Katsu and steamed broccoli

Made by Nicole


  • 1 large chicken thigh piece— tenderized
  • Panko crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • flour
  • salt, pepper, garlic salt
  • 2 heads of broccoli—steamed, seasoned with salt and pepper

yum yum… this was a REALLY big dinner for us.. I was able to eat the katsu and some of the broccoli for lunch the next day. It’s really great

Sweet Peas and Ground Beef

Made another day— can’t remember when


half a bag of store bought sweet peas with ground beef— seasoned with soy sauce, fish sauce, a little bit of sesame oil, salt & pepper

yummmmmmm delish… I don’t remember what we ate this with..but it was really good!

Chicken and beef fajitas with bell peppers


Chicken and beef fajitas with bell peppers

Made on Oct. 19, 2009 

So Tristan came over on Monday night and made chicken and beef fajitas. unfortunately I was at a meeting while they were making it. But when I came back, they left me some.. It was really good! Here are some pictures I found on my camera when I came back.. haha

❤ josie

Beef Curry


Beef Curry with Onion, Carrots, and Potatoes

Made on Oct. 14, 2009 


1 lb of beef (cut into big cubes)

1 russet potato

1/2 large sweet onion

1/2 cup of baby carrots (diced)

1/2 packet of kokumaro brand curry in medium

Nicole first seared the beef while I cooked the carrots and potatoes in the pot. She dipped the beef in some flour and seared it in a pan with vegetable oil. I sweated the vegetables for about 5-8 minutes before adding the onions in. After the beef was added, we added 3 cups of water and let the whole thing come to a boil before we added the curry packet.

I personally liked this brand of curry more so than the last brand of curry I got (the name escapes me as of now). It made a LOT of curry. It fed me, Nicole, Chris Wong, and Laurie (who came over after the CSC meeting and didn’t get a chance to eat beforehand). We still have some leftover in the fridge. It was sooooo goood.

I love curry!

❤ josie

Korean BBQ beef ribs


Korean BBQ beef ribs

Made on Sept. 29, 2009


  • 10 pieces of beef ribs
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • store bought korean bbq marinade

Grilled Asparagus


  • 1 bundle of asparagus— ends cut off and cleaned
  • vegetable oil, salt, and pepper.

Grilled Shrimp (not shown in picture)


  • 1 cup of shrimp
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt & pepper, tablespoon of sesame oil, and a dash of fish sauce.

Today we invited Jonathan over for dinner along with my friend Robert. Saba ate with Nicole and the rest of us, too. I forgot to take pictures of the food while I was cooking and after I cooked because my hands were a little greasy from touching food and meat and from grilling it all on the stove-top.

I accidently set off the smoke alarm in our apartment, because the vent wasn’t sucking up the smoke coming off of the grilled meats and veggies. But, no biggie— Jonathan fanned all of the smoke out of the apartment, and we opened all of the windows and doors.

This dinner was really great!! The meat was cooked pretty well and the asparagus tasted awesome! I wish I had taken more photos, but the photo that’s displayed is just of the leftovers we had….which as you can see…isn’t very much.

I’ll have to remember next time to make sure I document the whole thing.

food and love

❤ josie