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Shoofly

11.21.14: Of dinner dates

Hello, dolls! Happy weekend!❤ The past couple of weeks has been beautiful.I still have a gazillion posts to share, hopefully I can keep up in the next 3 months wink.

“Life lately”: (1)A and I celebrated our 4th year Anniversary in Chicago — what an adventure!(2) I am 33 weeks pregnant, can’t believe we are going to meet baby A soon!!!! So yeah, I get easily exhausted now which means I fall asleep right away when I get home aka less computer time.(3) I am going to see my family in a month!!! Another big blessing for all of us.

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One of the things that I can’t wait to do after I give birth is to try new restaurants with A (and the baby) again. I have been pretty picky during this pregnancy and most of the time I can only eat half of my dish, so I told A maybe it’s best if we just go to our favorite restaurants so I won’t waste food haha.

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We love Woodberry! When we found out that the restaurant group Foodshed is opening a diner style restaurant, A and I wanted to go right away (of course it didn’t happen right away because we had so much on our list haha). Anyway, I am glad that we got to go before they closed. There are rumors of Shoofly relocating but so far it has been a year since they last served food.

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I told A I want to go back and just have desserts because we were not able to try any. Guess I will have to wait until they open again😦

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YES

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Cameo apple Salad

apple butter, candied pecans, Caputo Bros. cheese curds, pickle brine dressing

My kind of salad! I love salads with fruit and delicious cheese. The dressing complimented the sweetness of the apple and candied pecans. Ahhh sooo good!

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Braised Greens

So I was feeling extra “healthy” that night so my picks were mostly veggies..

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like this delish sweet potatoes. yum!

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Biscuit? Yes please!

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Delicious cornbread

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Pork Fat Fried Chicken

It’s funny how A and I could be contrasting sometimes. Like how I order veggies and he orders this… pork.fat.fried.chicken.

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Corn Fritters

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Blogging about food is not helping me and the baby right now. Food please!

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Can’t wait for our next date night! Maybe I won’t feel too sick this weekend😉

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Belvedere Square is one of our go to places here in Baltimore. When we finally set up a date with Mr. Flores and Ms. Angel, we decided to go to Ejji cause I know they would love to try their ramen.

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A’s new found favorite drink

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Gyoza for appetizer

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A’s Curry Beef Short Rib Rendang

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Finally got to try their miso ramen

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Aaah so good!!!

Maybe we can ramen this weekend…hmm 

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With our Angels here in Baltimore:)

xx

 R

04.11.2015: Showers of Happiness Round 2!

Hello, dolls! Hello, APRIL!! Aaah our anniversary month❤ I can’t believe that A and I got married last year… LAST YEAR! So I will definitely spend each day this month reminiscing about our wedding and all the events that happened when we were all in the Philippines. One of which, my bridal shower!! I am very blessed because I got to have 2 bridal showers on both sides of the world.

My Mom and Chella did not have a lot of time to plan my bridal shower (I wasn’t really being cooperative at first because I was getting stressed about the wedding! haha). I don’t know how they did it, but it was one of the sweetest days in my life.

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Happiest bride-to-be!❤

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I love french macarons.

I love afternoon tea.

I love presents! Read the rest of this entry »

Emporiyum 2015

11.16.14: YUUUUM!

*So I failed to publish this on Friday.. ha! Anyway, HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!! 

Hello, dolls!! Happy weekend!!❤ Another week flew by…aah I can’t believe it’s almost April — our anniversary month!!:) The rest of the year is going to be amazing but I know for sure that the best months will be April, May, and June! It sounds random (I know) but thinking about meeting our baby in 3 months is giving me so much excitement!!

Majority of my Facebook friends are posting about Holy Week in the Philippines. It’s making me miss home more and the things that my family and I would do during Holy Week. It’s been a while since I did “Visita Iglesia” — and how it becomes a food trip adventure after. I miss our “staycations” and how we would observe the religious practices each day. I miss how it’s not about Easter baskets and brunch. Ahhh…home.

Anyway, this Easter weekend is going to be pretty good! A and I are going on an adventure tomorrow. I can’t wait!

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Right around April, I get nostalgic about the things that we did when we became a couple and the adventures that we went to celebrate our anniversary.

One of our favorites? Emporiyum!

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We attended the first Emporiyum event in Baltimore 2 years ago. It was in April, a couple of days after our anniversary so I have this I-love-Emporiyum-because-it’s-our -thing- feeling”. Read the rest of this entry »

Sirius Espresso II

04.09.2015: “Sirius” Love

Hello, dolls!! Happy weekend!❤ It’s the weekend again…finally! I can’t believe that it was already a week ago when my best friend Maricor came here to visit A and I. I woke up today feeling like I am just ready to for my maternity leave. All the so-this-is-what-it-feels-like-to-be-pregnant symptoms are kicking in — I can’t lay my head on my pillow without falling asleep, my stamina is low, and I am just hungry and sleepy all.the.time! So anyway, we lost an hour today (hello daylight savings!) and I told myself last night that I want to be productive BUUUUT the baby wouldn’t stop kicking. Every time I try to move or get out of the bed he would kick, it’s like he knows that I need to relax today so yeah.. I took a nap and woke up an hour..baby is still active and kicking! I was feeling more exhausted so I decided to just stay in bed for the first half of my morning — my normal self would definitely freak out about this because I am all about getting things done haha.

Anyway, so here I am trying to accomplish things on my list for today, and my main goal is to publish this entry tonight.

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Whenever I think about going home, I think about Sirius Espresso.

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A and I love starting our own traditions. One of our traditions whenever we go home to the Philippines is to go to Sirius Espresso.

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Atwater’s

11.12.14: Of lunch dates

Hello, dolls!! Happy weekend:) So this coming week is pretty exciting. March is around the corner, meaning SPRING IS COMING!! What makes it even more exciting is the weekend that I am going to spend with my best friend Maricor. It has always a dream of mine to have my girlfriends visit me here in Baltimore so yeah, I am really really excited about it.

A and I are back to “dating” again. The first trimester of my pregnancy was hard. I couldn’t eat anything BUT plain food and I spent most of my “free time” lying in bed. Now that my belly is getting bigger, the baby is getting hungrier. I am starting to eat normally again without gagging so for the past month A has been taking me out on a “date” during our day/s off. YAY

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One of our favorite places in Baltimore is the Belvedere Square. Since we always go to Tooloulou or Ejji we decided to give Atwater’s a try.

We went to Atwater’s on Falls Road prior to this but since it was more of a “lunch meeting” with a Chef that we know we were not able to order food.

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I like watching people prepare food. I spend most of my days in a week doing it so yeah haha

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A’s Pastrami Sandwich with Egg and Cheese

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Just how he likes it…runny

A enjoyed this so much because I remember looking at him and thinking “wow he is already ate half of his sandwich and I am just starting with mine ha!”

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My Chicken Scottish Pie and Salad

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Ooooh look at that beaut! My favorite part about eating a pie is the crust. Atwater’s did not disappoint — the crust was made with love!!! YUMMS

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Atwater’s Mocha Cake

Gotta have my dessert in front of me…for inspiration haha

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…and another slice of cake to take home.

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Atwater’s “to go” corner

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Had to hold back and tell myself to just try their ice cream next time.

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H E A V E N

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Should I or should I not? Spent about 10 min staring at every cookie because I really wanted to get some but I knew it would take me forever before I can eat it.So again… I had to pass haha

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Cheese anyone?

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Spotted brussel sprouts still attached to the stalk in the grocery

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A cooked turkey tetrazzini for dinner. Man was it delish!

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The day after… we craved for Chinese food (or maybe he did cause that’s the scenario everyday haha)

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Shrimp stir fry!!! YUM

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OOTD

I remember being so inspired to dress up during fall in 2014. It all started with the pair of brown booties that I got from JustFab…that lead to me looking for a pair of tall brown boots. It’s weird but yeah… shoes make me inspired to dress up!!

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Nude Basic Tee: Topshop

Bandage Skirt: Topshop

Booties: JustFab

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A and I are both obsessed with Mad Men. We watched it every night after work. (mmm Don Draper!)

 

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Did some “grown up” shopping and bought a glass bar cart because you know…too much Mad Men can lead you to this! lol

xx

R

DBGB

11.10.14: Daniel Boulud in DC

Hello dolls, happy weekend!! Aaah SaturYAY.. I always get mixed emotions about Saturday. It’s the last day of my “work week” so I am usually counting the hours left until I can fully relax, which makes me really excited or laaazy ha! This winter has been pretty crazy for us, the blizzard put us on house arrest the weekend that we were supposed to move in, it snowed again recently which delayed some of our plans,and of course the cold weather makes us want to just cuddle in bed…all day. 

I am now 22 weeks pregnant. Wow! The morning sickness, horrible food aversion, and motion sickness are now starting to subside. A and I can now finally eat again and plan short trips before I give birth.

DC is always an option for us. It’s less than an hour away and there’s always something new for us to try. I can’t believe that this happened over a year ago and I am just sharing it now haha. I must have been realllly busy. Anyway, one of the things that we love to do is to go to DC with Roger and Frances, it’s always a great food trip with 2 of them.

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We went to DBGB, Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in DC. I was so excited because I am a fan and of course, date night in DC? Yes please!

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City Center DC is beautiful especially at night. We got there at around 6PM so we got lucky with a parking spot in front of the restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Date 2015

02.15.2015: Happy Hearts Day

Hello, dolls!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!:) February 14th to me is a funny day for social media. Reading about different kinds of emotions, surprises, and expectations is pretty entertaining. From big surprises and couple dates to “IDGAF about Valentine’s Day” posts..you can see it all in one day.

So what it is Valentine’s all about,really? Is it just really about the presents and surprises that mostly teenagers expect? Or is it about roses and chocolates that women think of while putting on their red lipstick for the much awaited “Vday dinner date”. To me..it’s all about time.

Every year, I would write how Valentine’s is more of a family day for me. Flower/balloons from Daddy and  dinner date with the family.  A changed the game for me. 3 years ago I went on my first real Valentine’s date ( read it here https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/vday-restaurant-nora/  and https://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/vday/)

Although we spend Valentine’s Day at work (this year I got lucky..so I am spending the day cleaning our house #DateWithMyself) A would see to it that we go out on a date whether it’s before or after Valentine’s Day.

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Last year, we went to The Oregon Grille for a quiet and romantic brunch.

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It was a very cold weekend for Baltimore but we braved the weather.

I love brunch dates with my favorite person :)  Read the rest of this entry »

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