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A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

26 May

midtown, girl, walking
Hello SLH readers! I wanted to pop in before the weekend and say a quick hi.

Memorial Day is the official start for summer and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Normally I’m a fan of fall/winter but I’ve changed my tune! I’m ready for sunny days, warm weather, beach vacations, and most of all, plenty of time with close friends and family.

Speaking of which, I’m actually jetting out of town tonight to spend this holiday with my lovelies in California.

On my agenda: parking it on the beach, late-night drinks with friends, time with my family, and lots of guacamole & chips. Oh, and I fully plan on putting my camera to good use so get ready!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend… See you next Tuesday :)

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The First Day

3 Jan

When planning my trip home, I decided to stay in town to ring in the new year. I couldn’t imagine a better way to start of 2011 than with my friends and family.

2011 started in the best way possible:

  • Tiramisu Cake & coffee with my loveliest friend at a Sacramento hotspot
  • A thrilling movie that had the best costumes and acting I’ve seen in a while
  • The sweet taste of a Champagne Cocktail in a dark bar
  • Some light shopping from my favorite jewelry store
  • A quick cuddle from my furry boyfriend

I leave for NYC in 4 days and while I’m sad to leave, I am ready to get back to my NYC routine. The cafes, bars, museums, parks.

Going Away Party

16 Aug

On Saturday, my best friend threw a going-away party for me at a very chic bar that served tasty appetizers and kept the cocktails coming. I am so lucky to have amazing people in my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better send-off.

Tales from the Road

23 Jun

What can I possibly say that will sum up my recent trip to Los Angeles? Sometimes, it is hard to put an experience in to words.

You know what I mean? I guess the one word that captures my trip is fun. Good, clean, solid fun. First of all, I should tell you that Linda from ButterSugarFlour is the sweetest, craziest, most lovable girl around. I swear, if could, I’d steal her away. Unfortunately, her family and friends probably want her in Australia. I will have to be content with the week we spent running around Los Angeles.

First of all, everyone says it but, LA traffic is the worst. It can’t be compared to anything else in this world. I don’t know how you Angelenos deal with it. I would go mad! No matter the time, there is always traffic. But you endure it because the Los Angeles is a city meant to be explored in the car. And explore we did. We visited practically every neighborhood in Los Angeles, with some minor exceptions. My favorite area has to be Venice because of its lowkey vibe and cute shops. But we spent most of our time in Santa Monica and West Hollywood where we ate to our hearts content.

We both fell in love with Huckleberry Café located in Santa Monica. Bright and busy, the café boasts a menu for all eaters. Their pastries are fresh and gorgeous while their savory egg dishes leave you completely satisfied. I’m a big people-watcher and this café is the perfect venue for that.

Another place we enjoyed was Joan’s on Third in Mid-City. It reminds me of a smaller version of the famed Dean and Deluca markets. Fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and eye-catching desserts. We tried the Vanilla and Raspberry Cupcake, Broiled Lemon Tart, and Snickers cake. The Snickers cake was by far the best thing I have had in a while. Layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a crunchy nut topping. Seriously, it was heavenly. I’d like to recreate it sometime soon. Also, the lemon tart was tart and sweet in the best way. Their tart dough was light and salty and the lemon filling tasted like pure lemon. The vanilla cupcake wasn’t dry (thank god) and the frosting was exactly how I like it. Not too buttery, sweet, and light.

For dinner, we enjoyed Pizzeria Mozza, a casual restaurant owned by Mario Batali. The menu has a plethora of pizza choices that will please everyone. We had the Fennel Sausage pizza, and while the toppings were divine, it was the pizza dough that won me over. Crispy, thin, and melt-in-your-mouth good.

We also had the pleasure of meeting two fine ladies: Joy and Terilyn. They are both as sweet as can be and I’m glad we were all able to talk for a bit. (By the way, Teri is a lovely photographer and her portfolio is worth checking out.)

Before Linda departed, I introduced her to some of our most “tasty” American foods. She had some Cheezits, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Hostess cupcakes, ding-dongs, and ho-hos. Also, we had an ice-cream tasting test of the finest ice cream we could fine: Ben & Jerrys Chunky Monkey, Half-Baked, Triple Caramel Chunk. Suffice to say, we saluted our spoons to friendship and the crazy world of the internet for bringing us together.

I’m a little bummed that my partner-in-crime has left me but I know that our paths will cross soon. Till then, I can always look back at these pictures and recall our crazy outings.

Road Tripping, Part II

20 Jun

Road Tripping, Part I

15 Jun

Too tired and suffering from post-vacation blues to write a proper post. Instead, I have planned a nice set of photo posts for you all. I promise to write a big summary for you all in due time… Till then…

opiate-shades…

10 Dec

Walt Whitman- “Twilight”

“THE soft voluptuous opiate-shades,
The sun just gone, the eager light dispelled—(I too
will soon be gone, dispelled),
A haze—nirvana—rest and night—oblivion.”

A day well spent

14 Nov

Wandering around San Francisco, soaking up the sun, downing some donuts @ Dynamo Donuts, and buying some goods. Follow my travels here. I love this town.

no better time

11 Oct

While traveling is a big hobby of mine, I love that minute when you walk in to your home and everything calms down. Flights, packing, rental cars, blah blah blah. Nothing matters the minute you walk through those doors. My work trip was good, and my nerves weren’t too rattled to deliver a satisfactory presentation. But being away from my home, and not having any time to myself took a big toll on me. I’m a pretty private and independent person and I’ve never needed my private time more than after a long social week.

After catching up on sleep and slowly unpacking, my friend Julia and I made our way out of town to the glorious apple orchards and farms in Apple Hill. Located an hour outside of Sacramento, our annual trips to Apple Hill have become a favorite pasttime. I remember going as a kid and enjoying the hot apple cider, corn mazes, caramel apples, and apple picking.

This time around, the traffic was horrendous (stupid two-lane highways) but that didn’t stop me from grabbing some goodies. The Gala apples I picked were damn delicious! I can’t wait to dive in to the apple pie I bought and savor my jug of apple cider.

California dreamin’

31 Aug

One of the upsides to my job is that I get to travel. Not internationally (although that would be AWESOME) but within the great state of California. I love seeing all the nooks and crannies that California has to offer. Spanning thousands of miles, California is a vast and beautiful land, with beaches and mountains hours away from each other. Growing up Northern California made traveling so easy because I was able to see so much and experience all the seasons.

Come mid-September, I will be making a week-long trek to Southern California where I will be conducting some very important training seminars. To be honest, I’m freaking out. These training courses are really important and the room for error is slim. While I work pretty well under pressure, there comes a point when I need a mental break. A complete lapse in the brain. You guys know what I am talking about, right? When you are working your tail off for a whole week, trying to compromise with a coworker who has the same temperament as you, you reach a point when you throw your hands up and say, “Enough!”

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