Posted by: The Fry Team | June 21, 2017

Options grow as cooks turn more to outdoor kitchens

Sharing our backyard and outdoor kitchen in hopes of inspiring a fun creation of your own!


Over the years we have seen this location be the host of other restaurants but I think we’ve found a winner in Monarch 9. 

When you visit this little find in the heart of the Savi Ranch area of Yorba Linda, you may very well be greeted by Quan or Ilene, the owners of this upstart eatery. The décor is clean and contemporary but warm and you get a sense of the treat you are about to delight in by the aroma of the Vietnamese spices as you enter. You can tell the owners have put their hearts into making their lovely restaurant a fun and satisfying place to dine, with a semi-communal table and lounge seating. 

I’ve come to love the Viscount Tofu and String Beans; thinly sliced marinated tofu and string beans pan fried with garlic, ginger and dried chili flakes and served with Monarch side salad and jasmine rice. It makes for a light lunch that’s satisfying and flavorful. For a beverage, try their Matcha Latte. It’s a little like a coffee but with a wonderful earthy taste that has just a little sweetness. Their Pho is the best in the area too. 

There is a reason Vietnamese cooking is so highly regarded, and Monarch 9 is a wonderful example of a family continuing the tradition of their culinary cultural heritage.

Posted by: The Fry Team | March 22, 2017

Wouldn’t You Adore a She Shed?

I am continually amazed that some of my girlfriends have not yet heard of She Sheds. I LOVE these adorable personalized wee buildings, and how easily they can be incorporated into most yards. A moment to ourselves is all we are really yearning for!

Here’s a way to get away from it all – right in your own backyard. It’s simply just a regular storage shed…with lots of style added! You can create all kinds of different spaces: an artist’s workspace, a home office, a reading nook, a yoga retreat, a peaceful tea room…the varieties are endless, and only limited to your imagination in creating your own private refuge.

Think “dreamy entrance” (curtains?), subdued or bold paint colors, Summer cottage look, a colorful rug, candles or dainty chandelier. Add fun touches like shutters, flower boxes, a weathervane…and how about skylights or a front porch while you’re at it?

Most She Sheds can be affordably created from hardware store purchased sheds, and many are offered online as the concept is growing in appeal. Check out these adorable She Sheds and where you can get started with your own…. –

Posted by: The Fry Team | February 17, 2017

Are You a View Buyer?

We are view buyers. Nearly every home Michael and I have owned has had a view of open city lights or the sunset. And, we are more than willing to recognize this in the price we pay for our home.

Different views attract different passions.

City light enthusiasts love the twinkling affect as night falls upon their home.


Those who appreciate romantic sunsets hope to capture the gorgeous orange hues that spread across the horizon.



The fairways of the golf course offer peace at the end of the day when gazing across the green grass.

Hills views are often sought out by nature aficionados, who long to end their days feeling outside the hubbub of their daily lives.

Mesmerized by the ebb and flow of movement, buyers also seek the serenity and interest water views afford.

Each type of view brings with it a value that a buyer is willing to pay, and that value varies with the quality of the view (unobstructed, panoramic, angled, double-fairway, waterfront, etc.)

What type of view fits your lifestyle? How would you put a value on the view at your future home?

Posted by: The Fry Team | December 9, 2016

It’s not how much we give…

A couple of years ago, a family event occurred that caused us to question what was truly valuable. We deeply longed for closeness, so instead of buying Christmas presents for one another, we all contributed to designing a memorable headstone for our beloved brother.

The following Christmas, my family chose to donate to a personal worthy cause, rather than spending on gifts for each other again. We have continued with our annual holiday charitable donations, and have chosen to enjoy the Christmas season by sharing activities together. This has now created lifelong memories by sharing the performance of “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory and a holiday dress-up dinner following, and “Disney on Ice” show at the Honda Center with dinner at Downtown Disney’s “Story Teller” restaurant.

The gift of time together and newly shared traditions is the most precious present of all.

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

– Mother Teresa

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