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Kitchen Diaries: Winter

Winter 2015

Hello, dolls!! Hello, August!! It feels a little weird to blog about winter when it’s super hot right now. The best month for our family this year has come to and end and I really wish it did not have to. My camera is full of beautiful pictures, and my hearts is filled with beautiful memories from the past month. I honestly couldn’t wait to share it here — which we all know is going to be next year because I am still working on entries from last year HA


The brutal weather right now is making me miss fall and spring, when the weather is just right. Winter is my least favorite but I have to say, I am pretty excited to dress up my baby A in winter clothes this year.


I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t get to cook for my family that much. One of the perks of living with parents is having food on the table all the time. Before I could think about what to cook for them, Mama or Daddy has a pot of sinigang or adobo already waiting for us.  Read the rest of this entry »

Winter 2015

Hello, dolls!! How’s your July so far? Mine’s been surreal. I can’t believe that after 14 months, our family is complete again. I’ve always imagined what it would be like to live with my family here in the US, and now it’s finally happening — we are living the dream. Having my family here means being surrounded with food all.the.time. The best part of being with them here is eating together. Geez how I missed that! I wake up with the smell of Mama’s garlic fried rice, and then we all gather at the dining table to talk about what we will eat for lunch, plan our day and go on an adventure, then we all sit down again to have dinner (if we’re lucky, we get to have dessert before we go to bed).


I would sometimes think about how life was for A and I before. We spent most of our time at work, go on adventures during our days off, and make sure we get to cook together at home.


One of my favorite dishes that we cooked at home.

Seared Sesame Crusted Tuna with Bok Choy, Chinese Noodles, and Soy-Ginger Sauce Read the rest of this entry »

Lola’s 75th

04.13.2015:My #1

Hello, dolls!!:) What a month! I can’t believe that our baby A is 13 days old now — did I really give birth 2 weeks ago? My family keeps on telling me it seems like I did not give birth at all because I am back to my normal groove (keeping myself busy with stuff!).Only difference is I have the cutest little boy in my arms!I love devoting my time for his feeding , changing his diaper doesn’t bother me (cause it doesn’t smell yet!haha), and I also like seeing our family hold him. I know some people can get overprotective with their newborn, not me when it comes to family! He is loved by many and I want him to know and feel that.

Anyway, I bet my family felt the same way when I was born. Especially my Lola,just like how my Mom and Mom-In-Law are with baby A! They always say it’s different with the first grandchild, and I can see why. The anticipation, the feeling of having a new role in someone’s life, and the love. I am my Lola’s first, and I remember growing up and seeing her every week! Growing up, every Sunday I cried because that’s the day that she would go home. I remember her taking me to Quiapo to watch a movie and it’s still by far the best movie date ever. My Lola is my #1, so what are the odds of her turning 75 the same year we are home for our wedding? We all know it’s not easy to go home when you live abroad, but aaah God is just really good to us!


My Lola is the simplest person that I know. She is not hard to please. I remember every Saturday my siblings and I would make sure we order pizza for merienda (afternoon snack) because that is her favorite. I would get really emotional when she goes to our house and she has pizza for us. I feel like we should be the one treating her! Not the other way around.

She is not a shopaholic and maarte like me. She will only buy something if she really needs it, like when something breaks and she has to replace it. Her happiness is us, her family. She doesn’t like the thought of spending too much .She is the most selfless person that I know.So for her birthday, Mama planned a simple celebration with the entire family — Lola’s siblings, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and us!


We went to The Food Club. A new buffet restaurant in Manila.  Read the rest of this entry »

Laduree New York

12.23.14: Our best brunch date (so far)

Hello, dolls!!! Happy weekend!:) This “waiting game” is making me the most impatient person in the world right now. I know some Moms can relate to me about this anxiety I am feeling right now.WE ALL WANT TO MEET YOU NOW BABY A! –That’s what I am literally yelling in my head for the past week now. I am not overdue yet, technically I can go until July 4th which is my 41st week, buttttt it’s my due date and I want him ouuuut! I guess it’s the fact that his room is ready, everything’s ready for him.. I find myself going to his room more than 10 times a day to organize and see if I have everything for him for the nth time. We have over 1000 diapers and almost 2000 wipes waiting to be used (I do not want to sound excited about the #DiaperLife but yeaaaah). I guess, I just can’t wait to hold his tiny hands and smell his tiny feet <3 Save me the “are you guys ready” lecture, I do not need to hear it for the 100th time this month wink

Maybe I am just getting frustrated because I miss work…I miss working!!! I NEED to be responsible of something other than myself, so yeah I am excited to take care of baby A!:) Anyway, I am also excited to go on adventures with our little family. I know I am making it sound easy and I am being presumptuous that we can actually go on adventures anytime soon..but hey! With the right set of mind it’s possible😉

*P.S. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy the very next day I was working on this blog. I uploaded my birth story on Facebook and it’s shared to public. Read about it here :) Alexander Constantine Stavrides❤ 


So for now, I am just going to look back at our adventures and think about the future ones on our list:)

I know it took me a while to work on this entry. It’s too beautiful and I feel like I need to be in the right moment to work on something like this. haha


Heaven❤ Read the rest of this entry »

04.07.2015: K by Cunanan x Chinatown

Hello, dolls! Happy weekend!! Aaah finally, time to relax..wait, do I really have time to relax this weekend? 

My parents are going to be here in less than 48 hours!!! Meaning I only have less than 48 hours to gussy up our home. It’s a bit challenging because today is a work day so there goes half of my 48 hours :( Anyway, my parents said (especially my Mom) they do not mind the mess that they would rather help me…but I do!!! So yes I am crossing my fingers that this house will be in good shape when they get here. P.S. my pregnant self can’t do all the work obviously so I hired some help. I can’t wait!

I love reminiscing about our wedding, and I also like to look back and remember the things that we did to get ready for it.It was challenging of course, but definitely worth it.

*okay so obviously I wasn’t able to post this 2 weeks ago because things got prettty crazy again haha


I love white.

Every time I plan a party, I always opt for the color white. Maybe because I am super OC so I like things to look clean…or maybe because I love the purity of white.


I know some brides had to drag their grooms when it comes to the feminine side of wedding planning. I mean, let’s be honest, planning a wedding is not easy and it involves a lot of kaartehan aka details that men don’t want to deal with.Women are great when it comes to nailing down things like planning a wedding because we can handle the hour long meetings about flowers or cake tasting.

I am blessed because A was there beside me all the waaaaay. He even helped me make the bouquets for our entourage — hopefully I can work on my entries about our wedding soon so I can share the photos soon!  Read the rest of this entry »

Cunningham’s Bakery

Fall 2015

Hello, dolls!! Hello, memorial day weekend!:) I feel like I am in Manila again because of the weather! Seriously, it’s not even summer yet but it feels like it. Now I understand why pregnant women are extra moody when it’s hot — the level of discomfort is x100! back pain, nausea, and sweat!

June is around the corner meaning…I will be seeing my parents in a week and our little love a couple of days/weeks after that!:) Our excitement in meeting him is building up everyday! Which reminds me…I have to finish organizing is nursery SOON! yikes


A lot of people go to the beach on memorial day weekend. This year,since we still have a couple of things to do around the house (and since I look like a giant watermelon) we decided to stay here in Baltimore.


One of my favorite cafes here in Baltimore is Cunningham’s.  Read the rest of this entry »


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.


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.


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.



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😦




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!



Braised Greens

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


like this delish sweet potatoes. yum!


Biscuit? Yes please!


Delicious cornbread


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.


Corn Fritters



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





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



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.


A’s new found favorite drink


Gyoza for appetizer


A’s Curry Beef Short Rib Rendang



Finally got to try their miso ramen


Aaah so good!!!

Maybe we can ramen this weekend…hmm 


With our Angels here in Baltimore:)



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