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Cherry Blossoms

 

04.14.2014: FOURever date ❤

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Is it weird that I am not completely happy about being back in Baltimore? I just had one of the best 3 days of my life this past “weekend”!! To round it all up, I spent an amazing day in New York ,and was able to cross off 2 things from my bucket list. Theeeen we had the loveliest 2 days in New Jersey, just like always! I wish it never had to end, but chores and work are waiting for us here in the big B so yeaaaah. For those of you who follows me on Instagram, you would have an idea of what is coming up…and AAAAH I can’t wait!!!!

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My favorite season is spring. The weather is perfect — not too cold like winter and not too like summer. I also love it because everything is prettier, flowers start to bloom and trees are green and not scary looking anymore.

One of the things that people here in the US look forward to during spring is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. Lucky for me, we are only less than an hour away so yeaaaap…cherry blossoms every spring is such a sight to see!

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This is going to be another lengthy post. Lately, I’ve been  only posting one entry per week, so to make up to you dear readers, I will add a little extra to each post 🙂

Travel. Food.Fashion

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Washington DC: The Girl (03.11)

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 – https://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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Washington DC: Duke’s Grocery

 

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 ❤

 

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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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VDAY: Her Outfit

02.12.13: His Princes

Hi lovelies! Before I talk about the last part of my awesome VDay date. I would like to once again, express how grateful I am for all the blessings that has been coming my way since…God knows when! I could’ve been on my way to the airport now..or maybe spending my last remaining hours here in a restaurant or somewhere that I’ve never been before. But God has been nothing but amazing to me for the past 22 years that he opened another opportunity for me. An opportunity to make things possible and for my life to have a direction until the coming year, 2014. It amazes me how one day I can be clueless about things and be excited about my future the next day. I love appreciating and loving life, it’s my obsession.

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Curled my hair cause it’s a special.

An obligatory shot since I am really happy that I can curl my hair without asking for help! Hahaha. #LongHairJoys

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I am a “gold accessories” kinda girl! I love how gold makes an outfit look so chic!

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It was still freezing cold when we went but it won’t keep me away from dressing up! 😛

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My modern “Alice in Wonderland” look. I only realized that when I changed my profile picture on Facebook. The tights and the shoes just makes perfect to be in character that day. Haha

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Tights: Urban Outfitters

Heels and bag: Forever21

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I love paring this blue dress with my favorite lace blazer! It’s not the first time that I wore them together! It just looks perfect for a nice occasion like this! Not too formal and not too simple. Just the right amount of simplicity and elegance 🙂

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One of my favorite necklaces from Forever21

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See you in a month MNL!!!!!

R ❤ xx

VDAY: Restaurant Nora

02.11.13: My Valentine

Hey there loves! Here’s the second installment of my lovely Valentine’s day celebration. My first and real Vday has got to be one of the best dates that I have ever been. I never thought that a day like this would come so soon in my blessed life. 🙂 The first time we passed by “Restaurant Nora”, 10 months ago, we told each other that we would one day, eat there for dinner. I told him the place looks nice and it seems expensive. Black shiny cars and men in suit are just some of the few things that I noticed after passing the premises of Restaurant Nora.

Being treated like a lady is every girl’s dream..or should I say, a smart girl’s dream. Having someone who would treat you like a lady is a blessing. So is it safe to say that I am now, a smart lady? Haha. It still feels like it was only a dream. Me being treated like a lady every waking day. Every day, I would wake up and say, “can anything get better than this?”. And yes, it can. Special days like this. Days where in cupid and God work together to make people like us happier and feel more blessed. 🙂

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A glimpse of Restaurant Nora’s kitchen

I had no idea that we were going to Restaurant Nora. There’s something about a guy making a reservation in special moments like this.

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Samuel Smith and some drink that he forced me to order cause it’s a special night. haha

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Grilled Calamari with tomato and chickpea ragout, harissa, fresh arugula. 

I am so glad I ordered this! I am still having dreams about this appetizer. It was soooooo good it made me forget my name!

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Charcuterie

Something that we do not fail to order. YUMMS!

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Braised Beef Short Rib with Polenta, Brussel Sprouts,Turnip and  Swiss Chard

The sauce was so good that I had to ask for more. Short rib on the other hand was too tender for my life. My entree was too delish I can’t even…haha

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Spring lamb Stew with Heirloom Vegetables

Flavorful and amazeballs! YUMM

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Had dessert in one of my favorite places in the world, Dolcezza. Which was only a few blocks away from Restaurant Nora.

Don’t hate me for not blogging too much,

R ❤ xx

VDay

07.11.2013: First and Real

Hi dolls!!! 🙂 Especially to the awesome readers who never failed to make me smile everyday 🙂 I know I really suck at the “consistency” part when it comes to updating this blog .So as I drown myself in embarrassment for leaving this page on idle mode. I hope you all had an awesome love month! Cause I sure did!!! 🙂

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We started our day by waiting for almost 2 hours in the city for a dentist’s appointment. We visited this Peruvian restaurant to kill time and have lunch. For less than $10, it was so worth it! The serving was very generous that I only ate a third of the food that I had. Boo :))

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It was a bit late in my clock to go to DC. But having the most awesome chorvs, he still insisted in going to one of the best places that we can ever be for my first and real VDay date.

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The major thing that we sacrifice for the career that we love is time. Time for our loved ones and ourselves. We sacrifice the best days of the year just to make families, couples, friends, individuals, professionals and everyone else who loves food happy. It’s a blessing to be part of this industry, a lifetime commitment that I will always uphold in my life.

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Hahaha lol

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Valentine’s Day has always been a thing about my Dad and the women in his life. My Mom, my sister and I. Every year we would get the loveliest bouquets from him with a sweet letter and chocolates. This year,again, was different. Not a single flower nor a bar of chocolate from the Dad. Only a heartwarming text message from him that made me smile while I was working. Enough to make me feel like I am not too far from him. My Dad will always be my favorite Valentine. 🙂

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I have never really had a decent Valentine’s day. No romantic dinner, no surprises and no dressing up. It has always been a family thing until this past month.

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I am so lucky to have the most perfect VDay date with the most awesome person.

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One thing that we do not miss when in DC, is to visit the African-American Art Museum for some scavenger hunt! Something that I really really love to do! 🙂

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Decided to have a new “thing” that we can enjoy doing together, collect pins or prices from our scavenger hunts!!!  Yaaaay! 🙂 *nerd mode on*

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Bubble tea after our museum trip. Something that we never fail to do every time. Haha 🙂

P.S. Wore the super soft and awesome gloves that my Sissy sent me for my birthday! 🙂

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Tried Red Velvet’s cupcakes! Perfect for our Valentine’s week!

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We messed up the cupcakes big time 😦 but nonetheless we still enjoyed them!! 🙂

Flavors that we got: Southern Belle aka Red Velvet , Cookies and Cream , Peanut butter Cup, Carrot Cake , Summertime (our fave!) , flourless chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate shavings (their featured cupcake for Valentine’s Day)

I loved their frosting’s! I’m a frosting freak, I can eat a tablespoon of it just because haha. Anyway, I can’t help but compare RV’ from DC Cupcakes. I would still go for Georgetown any time of the day 🙂

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Most girls got flowers during Valentine’s. I got 6 huge red heart balloons, the most awesome thing a guy could ever give me. 🙂

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I love balloons!!!!!! 🙂

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His

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Asian Snacks for the Asian girl! 😛

Going home soon,

R ❤ xx

Taste of DC

10.08.12: Celebrating Mom’s Birthday
 
Something that transpired last week made me realize how eager I want to some things to just work out and make everything that I have been aspiring for happen in God’s time. Knowing that I have been missing a lot of joyful moment is really pulling me down in a sad pit. Missing my family’s birthdays is one thing, but not being there on that special someone’s birthday is a different story..knowing that we are just in the same place at the same time and the same same same..I don’t know. It just really devastates me. And I hope there is still another year for us to celebrate..but all is left uncertain until the end of the year..maybe.
 
Anywaysy, God has turned around everything and blessed me with a beautiful Monday off to celebrate two birthdays in a lovely place at an awesome event! If there’s one thing that my Mom and I likes to do..it is to attend events that are related to shopping and food. So this was a perfect way for me to celebrate her birthday! 🙂

Monday off in Washington, DC! 🙂 

Got super excited when I saw these food trucks!!

Some of the foods that we tried:

Spicy Beef x Vegetable Curry Patty

Tastes better with the jalapeno salsa! 🙂

Chicken Banh Mi!!

YUM

Bought an authentic jamaican patty from a JAMAICAN!!! Whuut

Best beef patty I’ve ever tried! ❤

Our favorite food truck 🙂

Because of this witty and kind American owner and his Fil-Aussie wife (who is very pretty)

..and of course because of this yummy lamb sausage!

My brother Remo will go crazy about their cookies!!!!

Gooey goodness inside!!! These cookies were AMAZING!!!!

Lamb taco..YUM!

Had thai food) no photos..there were a lot of thai food stalls!! Most people seems to be crazy about their food these days…

It was a super duper cold day for me! Went to Barnes and Noble to warm up for a bit and then headed to H&M and F21 to go shopping! This is why I love DC. It’s like my mini New York, only that it’s not crowded 🙂

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OOTD: I can finally curl my hair with no help!! 🙂

Top: delia’s

bandage skirt: topshop

leggings: forever21

Embracing the cold weather,

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