September 2021 Favorites
September is over and fall is finally here. However, September was a fun-filled month for me. From discovering new foods to changing hairstyles, I had a lot of things to enjoy. Read on to see my September 2021 favorites!
September 2021 Favorites
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Little Saigon Night Market
First of all, the Little Saigon Night Market was one of my September favorites.
During Labor Day Weekend, my parents came to visit me and my boyfriend. Coincidentally, it was also the last weekend of the Little Saigon Market. My mom had been wanting to go. So it was the perfect opportunity for us.
If you’re unfamiliar with night markets, they’re basically mini fairs full of street food and vendors. The most popular one in California is probably the 626 Night Market. However, Little Saigon in Westminster also has a summertime night market. It’s not as large as the 626 Night Market but it’s still packed with delicious Vietnamese food. My personal favorites were the grilled squid and sugarcane drink.
Whenever you have the chance to attend a night market, you should definitely check it out. It’s guaranteed to be a fun night filled with food, music, and culture.
American Horror Story: Double Feature
Next, American Horror Story: Double Feature was one of my September favorites. I’ve been a fan ever since season one.
Unlike previous seasons, American Horror Story: Double Feature has two separate themes. The first half of the season is titled Red Tide, while the second half is titled Death Valley.
So far, we have only seen the completion of Red Tide. The first half of the season focused on a family who moved to the outskirts of Cape Cod during wintertime. Essentially, the premise of Red Tide focuses on artists thriving for excellence and success. Some of them will do whatever it takes. And those who don’t make it will pay the ultimate price.
This latest season stars familiar faces such as Finn Wittrock, Lily Rabe, and Evan Peters. Additionally, this season features unexpected faces such as childhood star Macaulay Culkin.
If you’re a fan of horror, sci-fi, or thrillers, catch American Horror Story on FX. The show airs on Wednesday nights at 10 pm.
LesserEvil Himalayan Pink Salt Organic Popcorn
Then, LesserEvil’s Himalayan Pink Salt Organic Popcorn was one of my September favorites.
While shopping at Whole Foods one day, I randomly stumbled upon some LesserEvil Himalayan Pink Salt Organic Popcorn. I was drawn to the popcorn because the packaging featured a cute, glowing Buddha.
Also, I was surprised by the minimal ingredients in the popcorn. Moreso, the popcorn is processed with extra virgin coconut oil. The extra virgin coconut oil adds a subtle sweetness to the Himalayan pink salt. Best of all, LesserEvil’s Himalayan Pink Salt Organic Popcorn is the perfect, clean snack for any time.
I would recommend LesserEvil’s products to anyone who is conscious about the food they consume.
Another one of my September favorites was Paradise Dynasty.
Paradise Dynasty is a Singapore-based restaurant that serves soup dumplings or xiao long bao. Recently, they added their first US location at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California.
I only knew about the new restaurant because it appeared on my Yelp. So one night, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Paradise Dynasty for dinner. We didn’t realize they had just opened, so we ended up waiting an hour to be seated.
Even for a Wednesday night, the restaurant was full. We only saw our server three times. So we had to stop other waitstaff for requests such as chili oil, utensils, and extra napkins.
But it was well worth the wait and the experience. We got one order of Paradise Dynasty’s Specialty Xiao Long Bao, as well as two orders of their original Kurobota pork dumplings and a Tsingtao beer. The Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao featured a variety of flavors that were to be eaten in a specific order. The specialty flavors featured the original Kurobota pork, luffa gourd, foie gras, black truffle, cheese, crab roe, garlic, and Szechuan.
Compared to the famous Din Tai Fung, Paradise Dynasty’s soup dumplings are much larger and soupier. And I can’t believe my first time eating foie gras was in a soup dumpling!
All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience. My first time at Paradise Dynasty left me craving more soup dumplings. And we will be going back soon enough.
Lastly, ash balayage hair was one of my September favorites.
In March, I got my hair cut and dyed for the first time in a year and a half. Especially since I moved to Orange County, I had to look for a new stylist. But I finally decided to take the risk and go ash, as I’ve always wanted. Ash is a difficult color to accomplish. But my hairdresser achieved it!
I love that he’s attentive to detail and gentle with my hair. Not to mention, he always styles my hair and sends me pictures at the end of the session!
I’m so happy with the result. For sure, I feel ready for fall.
What were some of your September 2021 favorites?
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Wayne W Walls
I am a huge fan of American Horror Story, but I guess I’m a little behind. I had not heard of the new Double Feature season. I am so excited to check it out! Thanks for sharing!
The pictures of the foods are very colourful. I really enjoyed tasting all the foods at night markets when I was in Asia. Thank you for sharing!
Hi, thanks for visiting and enjoying my photos. Isn’t eating Asian street food just wonderful?
Hey, it’s a pleasure. 😊 It certainly is wonderful, I vividly and fondly recall my memories of street markets in Asia. 😋
The Little Saigon Night Market sounds really interesting! I’ve never heard or been to a night market, but I’ve been to a lot of festivals and farmer markets which seem similar though. Also, love the hair! I’m been thinking about mixing it with my hair again. Thanks for sharing! x
You’re absolutely right! Night markets are pretty much a mix of both festivals and farmers markets. And they’re really fun!
Thank you! I’m so happy with my hair. If you decide to do your hair, I’d love to see it.
I'm All Booked Up YA
Love the baylage!
ValerieI’m All Booked Up YA
Thank you! 🙂
Your hair looks fabulous! x
Thank you!! I’m so happy with the results.
Ellis James Designs
Always love me my xiao long baos! Made my mouth water when I saw your thumbnail and read your post!
ValerieEllis James Designs
Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my post! I love xiao long baos, too. I’m already craving more!
Heidi | The Frugal Girls
What a fun start to the Fall! Your hair looks absolutely gorgeous… and the food from the Little Saigon Night Market looks outrageously delicious!
ValerieHeidi | The Frugal Girls
Thank you, Heidi! I’m glad you enjoyed this post.
The dumplings look amazing! Thanks for sharing your September favorites!
The dumplings were most definitely delicious! Thanks for stopping by and reading.
This is awesome! the food ad soup looks yummy. No wonder it would make it to your favorite list. I haven’t tried before though.
Fransic – https://www.querianson.com
It was definitely delicious! You should try it when you can.
And thanks for reading!
Hazel @ Pixie Dust Words
I love soup dumplings! I just realized I haven’t had any in awhile… I can’t really think of any Sept favs except Hamilton movie & soundtrack!
ValerieHazel @ Pixie Dust Words
Soup dumplings are so yummy! There’s something hearty about them. You should definitely get some when you can.
And I still need to see Hamilton but I always hear wonderful things about it.
Hazel @ Pixie Dust WordsValerie
I’m def planning on going to my fav Soup Dumpling place this weekend! It would be such cozy feelings since it’s Fall now (even if it’s still 90* here)!
ValerieHazel @ Pixie Dust Words
Aw, I can’t wait for you to get soup dumplings! I’d love to hear about it.
And tell me about it! It’s been 85+ here lately. I’m ready for actual fall weather.
i’m a big fan of AHS as well! i’ll have to check out the double feature. i watched hulu’s edition of american horror stories and it was pretty good.
I forgot about the Hulu special! Thanks for reminding me. Now I have more stuff to watch.