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Food Review: Sake2Me in Cerritos

By Noelani Discipulo

Sake2Me is a Japanese styled sushi bar located in Cerritos. They’re open from 11:30am – 10pm seven days a week. They are mainly known for being an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) restaurant, which is limited to their menu and is priced per person. However, that is not the only dining option they provide. Sake2Me also offers a la carte, which means you can order specific items off the menu for the listed price. 

Sake2Me offers a variety of different sushi types. They have regular sushi, sashimi, no rice rolls, fresh rolls, tempura rolls, classic cut rolls, hand rolls, baked rolls, and deep fried rolls. If you want more than sushi they also offer soups, salads, a variety of tempuras, tapas, and noodles.

In general, Sake2Me is on the more expensive side, but would be a good place to go to for a special occasion or to treat yourself. I would recommend ordering what you want early on since the workers do not check on your table as frequently as they should. Their customer service was not terrible, but it could have been better, but that could just be because they always packed.

Some of my favorite things on their menu are their salmon and scallop baked rolls, garlic butter edamame, and their peppered salmon sashimi. 

A word of advice, since the popularity for this establishment is high, I would suggest getting there at least 30-90 minutes in advance to place your name on their waiting list. When I had gone we still had to wait for about thirty minutes before we were seated. They are also much busier during weekends, evenings, and holidays.


11454 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / https://www.sake2mecerritos.com/ / IG: @sake2mesushicerritos

Zodiac Watch II

By Juliet Tarot

It is Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius season. Sagittarius is a fire sign; Capricorn is an earth sign; and Aquarius is an air sign.

Sagittarius (11/22-12/21) 

Sagittarius, this week you can expect change but take this as an opportunity to better yourself.

Sagittarius is a fire sign. You are most compatible with fellow fire signs Aries and Leo, and air signs Libra and Aquarius. Sagittarius are known to be the funniest and most outgoing sign in the whole zodiac. I’ve never met one Sagittarius who wasn’t funny.

Capricorn (12/22-1/19)

Capricorn, this week I see acceptance. Learn to be okay with change. It’s not always a bad thing.

Capricorn is an earth sign. I am a Capricorn myself. We are most compatible with our fellow earth signs Taurus and Virgo, and water signs Scorpio and Pisces. Capricorns are known to be hard workers, very passionate about what they do.

Aquarius (1/20-2/18)

Aquarius, be on the lookout this week. Remember to stay positive.

Aquarius is an air sign. You are most compatible with fellow air signs Gemini and Libra, as well as fire signs Aries and Sagittarius. Aquarius are known to be the weirdest of the zodiac signs. Having this zodiac sign is pretty rare. There aren’t many Aquarius out there. Every Aquarius I’ve met, especially girls, are super unique.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2021): Film Review

By Karissa Meno

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid premiered on Disney+ on Friday, December 3, 2021 and was found all over Twitter that same day. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was definitely something different coming from the original live action Diary of a Wimpy Kid from 2010 and something to reflect upon with the book.

This Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Studios, 20th Century Animation, and Color Force Production was directed by Swinton O. Scott lll, with producers Jeff Kinney, Bradford Simpson and Nina Jacobson. The music was composed by John Paesano with screenplay by Jeff Kinney. The cast contains the voices of Bradly Noon (Greg Heffley), Ethan William Childress (Rowley), Erica Cerra (Susan), Chris Diamantopoulos (Frank), Hunter Dillon (Roderick), Christian Convery (Fregley), and Gracen Newton (Manny). 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Disney+ Movie Trailer and Photos | POPSUGAR Family

The story starts off just like in the book and original movie: Greg is starting middle school soon. We are introduced to Rowley, Greg’s best friend who doesn’t get the concept of middle school and “acting his age.” We’re also introduced to Greg’s family, which, just like in the book and original film, contain Greg’s mom Susan or Mrs. Heffley, Greg’s dad Frank or Mr. Heffley, Greg’s older brother Roderick, and Greg’s younger brother Manny. The characters are animated to have the same physical factors as they do in the book with large heads and feet and skinny legs and arms.

Roderick gives Greg advice on how to get through middle school and is faced with the challenge that Rowley may not survive middle school (but trust me, no one does). They also must survive the famous moldy cheese. Greg starts to give subtle but not so subtle advice to Rowley on how to survive middle school. As they head into their new and uncharted school they try to get through the day as much as possible. After the first day, Greg hopes to help Rowley survive middle school for the rest of the year. Even though Rowley takes Greg’s advice for a few weeks, as Halloween approaches for the new middle schoolers, they fall back into certain aspects that lead them to be chased down by a few reckless teenagers trying to bully and take Greg and Rowley’s candy.

After Halloween, Greg has to deal with having no video and ends up giving Rowley a popularity mechanism. The day they go back to school, Rowley starts to gain new friends and become more popular like Greg wishes for. As Greg and Rowley grow apart and Rowley gains a new best friend, Greg starts to grow jealous and tries to make Rowley jealous in the process. After a few terrifying encounters with Greg’s neighbor Greg realizes that it was time to do right by Rowley and do what he wants even if people judge him (or run away from him either way). 

The movie itself had me confused when I would see the physical features of most characters. This new, short film is based on the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the events that happened are meant to sequence with the events in the book. In the movie, each event happened in a significantly different way. The animation was greatly significant as well as the coloring and other factors of the animation that made it interesting to watch. Some of the beginning and end storytelling was drawn just like it was from the book, which I always found nice to see. Some of the voicing matched up perfectly with most characters or sounded a little too young for “meant to be older characters.” Even though the movie happened very fast it all made sense and transitioned smoothly. As most people would say, the movie wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad (I just hope they don’t consider making a sequel).

Disney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid animated movie gets a new poster and sequel

How to Make Holiday Yams

By Joseph Kilis

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Cans Yams
  • 2 Cups Cranberry Sauce
  • Miniature Marshmallows

For Crumble:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Butter (Softened or Melted)

Instructions:

     1: Preheat your oven to 350°. Mash your yams at the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish, and mix half of your crumb mixture in with the yams. Smooth out.

     2: Add your cranberry sauce over the mashed yams, and also smooth it out. Make sure the sauce is cooled so it has some stability for the next layers.

     3: Add the rest of your crumb mixture on top of the cranberry sauce. It will crumble, so attempt to smooth it out without mixing it too much with the cranberry sauce beneath it. Add the cut nuts of your choice to this layer.

     4: Add a good amount of marshmallows to the top, just enough to cover all the cranberry sauce and crumble added. 

     5: Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the marshmallows are a nice golden color. Take out to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Home Sweet Home Alone: Film Review

By Karissa Meno

Rating: 1 out of 5.

We love to start the holidays early, especially with our Christmas movies. There’s no better feeling than watching a Christmas movie, especially the Home Alone movies. Even though the new movies will never be better than the original, it’s just like every other Christmas movie.

Home Sweet Home Alone is directed by Dan Mazer, produced by Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson, with the story by Mikey Day, Streeter Seidell, and John Hughes. The cast consists of Archie Yates (Max Mercer), Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell.

The movie follows the same format as the previous ones, but focuses on Max Mercer, who lives in a similar family situation. Max and his mother Carol stop by an open house being run by broke couple Jeff and Pam, who can no longer afford to pay it’s mortgage. Max goes to the bathroom there, and afterwards converses about their collection of porcelain dolls. Carol suggests selling them for money, and after finding them worth thousands of dollars scramble to sell them, only to find one missing. Tracing the doll back to Max, they decide to try and break into the house to retrieve it. Max, on the other hand, gets ready for a trip to Tokyo for Christmas. On the day of, though, Max accidentally gets left behind, and subsequently has to face Jeff and Pam solo. He decides to fill the shoes of Kevin, and sets up traps to catch them in the act.

Even though every Christmas movie is meant to be wholesome and cheerful, I wasn’t feeling any sort of direct emotion towards the movie. The movie seemed uneventful and felt like every other remake of Home Alone. It felt stale and sort of dried up, along with being typical and harboring no aspects of the original Home Alone movies. The story was trying too hard to make sense of it all, and as a result didn’t seem as important. The movie felt slow but at the same time felt like the movie was happening all at once. If you enjoy any particular Christmas movie there are good characteristics to take away from the movie, but this Christmas movie was personally not my favorite.

Archie Yates as Max in HOME SWEET HOME ALONE, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Philippe Bosse. © 2021 20th Century Studios.

Food Review: The Good, The Bad, The BBQ Chicken

By: Noelani Discipulo

Lunch – BBQ Chicken

MUST HAVE CRUNCH.  

Do you crave chicken but that crunch is never satisfying enough? Then BBQ Chicken is a place for you. 

BBQ Chicken is a Korean fried chicken joint that offers more than just fried chicken. The secret to their crispy original chicken is that it is fried in olive oil. Their chicken also comes in a variety of seasonings such as: secret spicy, hot spicy, or honey garlic. The menu also includes boneless chicken, wings, sides, and other Korean foods like kimchi fried rice or tteokbokki (Korean spicy rice cakes). 

Their hours are from 11am – 10pm everyday. Personally, my favorite thing to get is their secret spicy boneless chicken and golden original whole chicken. If you are interested in trying more than one flavor, they do offer a half and half with the chicken of your choice. 

11322 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703 / IG: @bbqchickencerritos or @bbqchickenus

Food Review: Code Green? Code Red? The Coffee Code?

By: Noelani Discipulo

Breakfast – Coffee Code

SEEKING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. 

If you really enjoy the artistry and craft of coffee, may I suggest you try Coffee Code. 

On the corner of Rosecrans and Clarissa, just before Carmenita stands Coffee Code. With their original shop being in Fullerton, this location has been open for roughly a year now. Their hours are 7am – 6pm everyday, unless specified otherwise.

Other than the classic coffee, Coffee Code offers unique signature latte drinks like their Iced Horchata Latte or Spanish Latte. Their Strawberry Latte and Caramel Latte use coffee cubes. They also offer non coffee beverages like their Summer Breeze and Passion Berry loose leaf teas. Size wise, Coffee Code only offers a regular or large size. However depending on the type of drink they only offer a regular size. The size of their regular coffee is about the size of a grande at Starbucks. Admittedly the prices are on the more expensive side, but they are good drinks.

They offer great customer service and their workers are extremely friendly. If you are unsure on what to get they help you to find the drink that would best fit your tastes. Coffee Code is also well known for having won multiple latte art competitions. 

13250 Rosecrans Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650 / IG: @coffeecodeusa

School Menu Revisions

By Jacob Miranda

Starting this November, the entire school menu, for both lunch and snack, has been revised and reworked. 

At snack, bean and cheese burritos, chocolate muffins, new cinnamon rolls, and PB&Js will now be served on a rotating basis. As for lunch, each quick lunch lane will now be giving out only a select few items, so make sure you know your lines!

From left to right, these are the selections: 

1 and 2: Pizza only

3 and 4: Cheeseburgers, Chicken Sandwiches, and Taco Nadas

5: Premade Asian bowls on Monday and Tuesday, and Tyson Popcorn Chicken Nuggets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday.

6: Sandwiches (Turkey, Italian, or Both), Chicken Salad Wraps, and Yogurt Parfaits. 

The inside left lane is also getting changed. In addition to the usual fried chicken, some days will also allow you to make your own Asian meal, with a choice of Orange chicken or Korean beef and Chow Mein or Rice. 

Every food item is also getting a designated side (except for the Yogurt). Asian bowls are getting a cookie alongside it (chocolate chip for make your own, double chocolate for quick line), and every other item is getting a bag of Doritos. Veggie smoothies will also be offered as a side on Mondays and Fridays.

Food Services - Bolton Public Schools

The Source in Buena Park

By Noelani Discipulo

Sometimes we are so comfortable staying in our own area, we don’t get to see the great things outside. If you are looking for something different but close, The Source in Buena Park is a great place to explore. 

The Source is a predominantly Korean-centric shopping venue in a semi-outdoor modern complex. They are open Monday-Thursday 10am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 9pm, and Sundays from 10am – 7pm. However, each store has their own individual hours that vary. 

The complex has three floors. The third floor is mainly the food court and restaurants, along with the entrance to the movie theater. The lower floors have clothing, music, stationary, home decor, and other culinary choices. On the first floor there is also an indoor playground for younger children. 

The best times to go would be when special events are happening. There are more people and various events to attract their guests. While it is not always advertised when they have events, it’s a solid bet they will have something during holidays. For K-pop events, the @kplaceusa on instagram makes announcements for the events and Random Dance Plays they hold.

If you like to take Instagram worthy pictures and are looking for places to take nice pictures, The Source is also a great place for that. Some of my favorite places to visit are mainly on the ground floor; the K-Place, Myungrang Hotdog, Ding-Tea, Flippoly, Little Light, and Amuse.

ADDRESS: 6940 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621 / IG: @thesourceoc

Red Notice: Movie Review

By: Karissa Meno

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Red Notice is set up to be a fun and adventurous movie, and as always contains a little comedy. The Netflix Original movie beats views of the Disney+ film Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings.

This Flynn Picture Company, Seven Bucks Productions, and Bad Version, Inc. production is directed by Rawsn Marshall Thurber. This action/comedy has a starring cast of Gal Gadot (Sarah Black/The Bishop), Dwayne Johnson (John Hartley), Ryan Reynolds (Booth), Ritu Arya (Inspector Urvashi Das), and Chris Diamontopoulos (Sotto Voce) that make this movie eventful.

This movie offers the story of the worlds greatest con-artist (Booth) and intelligent FBI Agent (Hartley) looking for Ancient Egypt’s Cleopatra’s famous and expensive glamour eggs. While trying to beat the worlds greatest thief (Sarah Black) to the eggs as well. All while creating an action filled and adventurous roller coaster throughout different places.  

The movie begins fast paced, introducing our two main characters Booth and Agent Hartley. Booth is the world’s greatest con-artist and Agent Hartley is part of the FBI trying to track down Booth. Booth’s main objective is to gain Cleopatra’s extravagant glamour egg given to her by Mark Antony. After Hartley goes on a chase for Booth, a misunderstanding leads both Hartley and Booth to work together. They are given an offer by Sarah Black who also wants to retrieve the glamour eggs. Now Booth and Hartley are on a race to beat Sarah to the eggs. This adventure brings Booth And Hartley closer together as Hartley is looking to regain his reputation in the FBI. Later the three of them are forced to work together on their trip to the third egg.

The beginning of the movie is fast moving but still easy to keep up with. Ryan Reynolds as always offers some great comedy throughout any scene. Even though the action begins a couple minutes before the start, it was eventful to watch for an action/comedy. The events that follow make sense, in a way but are very random; and even though the story has an objective it lays a little bit of history behind the story all tying it up to the places they travel. I’ve never been one for your “historical con-artist action movies” but this one seemed eventful to me in some way that I never took a chance on action movies. Some aspects of the movie were your typical cheesy action scenes, but all is well and good enough for me.

If you love your action-filled car chases, slow motion air scenes, sort of predictable twists and turns, going from place to place, and some occasional safe-cracking, this is the movie for you.

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