Sugar, spice, and a pinch of GLAM

04.21.2013: 365 days

Hello, dolls! :) Today, I am going to share something really special. I know this is almost a year late but just like what I always say, I like to keep some things to myself until the right time — just like this one. I can still remember all the little and big “firsts” that A and I shared together, and how cute he was each time. Like how shy he was when he asked me on our “FroYo date” –which turned out to be our “first date” as well. The time that he was so excited to get off work early and pick me up from my apartment and bring me to one of the best Italian restaurants here in Baltimore for our “first real date”. The first time he let me drive his car , first movie we watched together , first Asian restaurant we went to , first NYC trip , first month together , and the first time he said I love you — the list goes on and on and ON and everyday is just amazing with him.

You see, I do not talk about our relationship that much here on my blog, but this week is like an exception. I can’t believe that we are going to celebrate our second year anniversary in 3 days!!! It’s crazy!!! Where did time go?? I feel like nothing much has changed, only that our love for each other grew (or to make it cheesier — blossomed like the beautiful flowers of spring). We are still the crazy kids who gets too excited about food and cooking and loves to travel and talk about whatnots in the middle of the night.

Everyday is an opportunity for firsts. 

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I’ve always wanted a man who will make dinner reservation for us and tell me “wear a lovely dress tonight”. Lucky for me, I met a man who did that on our first week of being together (major brownie points!!).

A made a reservation in one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve been to. For our first anniversary, we went to Ram’s Head Inn in New Jersey.

But, before I tell you about the delicious food that we had, let me start with the nice afternoon that we had.

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We started our day by giving each other our presents.

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Asian, Irish, and Greek!

03.15-17.14: Third week highlights

Hello, dolls!!! I am baaaack ,not that I was away for too long or something. But yeah, I am just too happy that I get to update my site tonight after a very awesome work weekend. In 9 days, I will be here for 2 months (what?already?) and I am going to talk about my third week just now (yikes). Just like what I always say, “I’ve been incredibly busy” . In the midst of my crazy-busy-happy life I am still able to do a bit of traveling, EATING and shopping – what else can I ask for?.  I can say that as of now, I’ve got everything that I need. It’s still pretty hard to say this, but I am starting to realize that things are not always pink and pretty and how I want them to be. Sometimes, it’s better and bigger and it could take time to accept and see the beauty in things, or at least I think that’s how it was when it came to believing that distance should not hinder me from being who I want to be.

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Our Mondays are always crazy-fun. We always try to go to places and EAT awesome food.

This Monday, however, has got to be one of the bests. We were able to accomplish a lot of things and celebrate 3 cultures!

First Stop: Pho’ 98 in Glen Burnie.

Glen Burnie is 30-45 minutes away from us, and we only go there for 2 reasons — Roger and Frances or to go shopping. We did both that day, but it was more for the couple that we love and their wedding :)

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Chicken Pho

Perfect for the very cold weather that we had that day.

 

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Broth was very light and flavorful. The noodles were good,

If we are to compare it to the Vietnamese restaurant in Towson (which is 10 min away from us) we would say that is better. But Pho 98′s is good enough to keep our tummies happy.

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Rooftop Afternoons

 

Hello, dolls!! :) It’s officially spring, my favorite season!! It’s crazy how the nicer weather comes with spring flu virus. Yup, I caught it! I’ve been sneezing and sniffing since yesterday and boy is it hard to be sick when you are alone. All I really want to do now is to cuddle with my Mom.I always find myself wanting to be snuggled up in bed with her when I’m sick. She is soooo soft and her arms and legs are “pillow like” lol.

So today I am going to make you hungry. My afternoons here in Baltimore are different — no rooftop, no afternoon cooking for the family, just me time usually. In the midst of my crazy fast paced life, I can’t help but be excited for my Dad’s 50th birthday!!! I can already smell home and feel the warmth of being surrounded by my family. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here! I am loving every minute of it and I wouldn’t have my life any other way BUT home is home.

Let me share with you some of the things that I cooked for my family, especially my parents, before I left MNL :)

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Milk Shake x Grilled Cheese Afternoon

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Aside from me missing home, today is “National Siblings Day” so it is just perfect to write something about the awesome moments that we’ve had with the food that I made form our kitchen :)

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Come tooooo Mommmah

BACON x tomato x cheddar cheese

Hungry yet? I HAVE MORE!

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03.11.14: Picture Perfect Kind of Day

Hello, dolls!!! I am so ecstatic right now, April is just amazing to me. First and foremost, A and I are just 12 days away from celebrating our second year together and I just can’t sit here and hide my excitement cause I know it is going to be ah-mah-zing! Second, I am only a few months away from hugging my family again!!! I can’t wait to travel with them again and be crazy with the sibs again. Lastly, I just accomplished something for school yesterday!! It really is happening!! One of the things that I promised myself when I got into Culinary school is to study abroad — and I am finally a sheer month away from crossing that off my list! :)

Read my post about our awesome lunch in Duke’s Grocery here - http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/washington-dc-dukes-grocery/

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It’s been a while since my last outfit post. I mean, let’s face it friends, I am not too good at it. LOL

But yeah, I will tryyyyy my very best to make each post worthwhile.

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If there is anything that I can’t give up from my closet, that would be this H&M jacket.

 

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I remember it as my first splurge after being here for only a week 2 years ago. I just can’t help it, the soft pink color and the gold buttons (I have this thing about gold buttons).

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03.11.2014: FOURever plus 1

Hello, dolls!! :) Today has got to be my most laid back Sunday here in Baltimore. Weather was too beautiful that I wish A was off today so we could be out on the porch chilling. I find myself falling asleep on the couch several times today, I am pretty beat I must say. The past 6 weeks has been a roller coaster ride, and now things are slowing down a little.

Yesterday, I witnessed LOVE and COMMITMENT happen right before my eyes. The two people that A and I love were joined together by God in Holy Matrimony. I am so glad that A and I are a part of it. I am going to save all the cheesy details about them – us – and the wedding next time (with photos included!). But let me tell you upfront that it is such a blessing to be part of each other’s lives. I am dedicating this post to the people who made “us” possible for A and I.

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Food is our common denominator.

First time we all hung out, first time we all drove an hour away from Cockeysville, and the reason why we are all in this State — food has always been there for the 4 of us.

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Double Date in DC <3

 

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I love how there are a lot of awesome restaurants in DC. It’s always a treat for A and I when we go.

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#TBT First Date Night

03.10.2014 – Of getting things done

Hello, dolls!! :) Happy #TBT day!! My favorite day to blog cause I have a valid excuse to post entries that are ages ago. Though, this one’s not a month old (yet) I think it’s perfect cause this happened on a Thursday a couple of weeks ago. I guess for now, this is the best that I can do when it comes to posting something “recent”.

I love productive days like this one, we were literally out all day around the city accomplishing stuff — and I loved every minute of it! What’s more awesome about that day was how we spent the entire day with love and end it with great food…and drinks! :)

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Beautiful day with an amazing date

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I am not going into the details of what happened before our afternoon in Inner Harbor, but let’s just say…we accomplished 4 big things prior to that. ;)

 

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Oh hello there

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Anghelica’s

 

Hello dolls and hello APRIL!!! It’s official, A and I are only days away from celebrating our second anniversary. The weather is getting nicer now and I am just hoping that our anniversary weekend will be as good as last year’s. Anyway, one of the things that I am missing terribly is authentic Filipino food. It’s so weird cause I am not really the kind of Filipino who requests for Pinoy food every week, when I was still home I would often suggest Japanese,Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, European or Italian food when we go out. BUT one thing that I could not resist are Filipino Desserts! I cannot go a week without having my kakanin or ube fix. And I must say, I go gaga over ube.

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Best ube dessert I had!!!

Uhhhh why can’t I just have this now??? Whyyyy!!?!?

 

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The person behind this amazing ube leche flan cake is probably the nicest and coolest Chef that I know. And I am not only saying this cause she understands my kaartehan BUT because she really is amazing like that.

Two of the best Filipino desserts in one?? YES PLEASE!

I wish I have a better photo of this heavenly delight when I ordered the first time, but my family just massacred this thing  after I opened the box. It was toooo good!!!

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I am such a fan. I can’t sit and  just look at her posts on Facebook when she launched her “Dulce Queso Mamon and Smore’s”.

It’s such a shame cause Chef Ann just came up with another dessert and I am like 1 million miles away from the Philippines!! :| I swear when I get back I am going to order the biggest ube leche flan cake and the new baby!! :)

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