Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sol Food

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While watching Food Network last week, we saw this segment on a Puerto Rican restaurant in San Rafael called Sol Food. After that, we were itching to go try it. We ordered the Pollo al Horno, and the Bistec sandwich, and the drinks were Te Helado (orange and mango iced tea) and the Limonada Fresca (fresh limeade). I almost drank the whole Te Helado before my food came because it was so ridiculously delicious. Not too sweet or tangy. And then took one bite of my Bistec sandwich and I was in heaven. The meat was just tender enough, the bread was soft and buttery, and the garlic mayo mix was just so perfect. Apparently they serve breakfast there too, so we're definitely making a trip there one weekend just for that.

We proceeded to do some shopping on Haight and Berkeley, and then went to Somar in Oakland for Irwin's friend's birthday. At first I was terrified, it being my first time hanging out in Oakland, but this place is pretty awesome. I ended the night in a drunken stupor, and was hung over pretty much all day today, but at least it was fun last night. And as I was uploading pictures onto my computer, I came upon a picture I didn't even remember taking with Hazel and Ginna. Wow. Awesome times.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things....

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1. Mochi - my totally cute and fat chihuahua

2. Gummi Choco's and Hi-Chews - best candy ever. Found at your local Asian store. (Well, usually)

3. Hawaiian Ring - It says Irwin's nickname on it "Swerv". He has the same ring with my Hawaiian name, Malikeki. We got these on our first trip to Hawaii, his present to me for our anniversary. My hand feels bare without this ring.

4. My new Invicta watch - Most recent purchase from Gilt.com. I had been looking for a chunky Men's style gold watch for a while now, but they were always too bulky. This one was just perfect, and still feminine.

5. My view from work - Every morning this is the one thing I look forward to seeing. I come in at the butt crack of dawn, but it's the best time to be in the office. No one's there, and I get to see this peaceful sunrise all by myself.

6. Lastly, my Canon DSLR - This is my baby, aside from my laptop. I also carry my Point and Shoot with me at all times. But on special occasions (and most are), I lug this thing around to capture my fondest memories.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Celebration of Life

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My aunt passed away a few days after my birthday, and I've been sort of a robot trying to get through the week until I went back home this past weekend. She was a beautiful person. I didn't get to see her or talk to her as often as I wish I had, but from my earliest memories of her, she was a beautiful person. A very elegant, graceful woman, who believed that I could do anything I wanted to. I was supposed to call her a few days before she passed away, but I had been so excited about my birthday plans that I just forgot.

I'm sorry Auntie Norma. I miss you and I love you very much.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Old Navy beater, F21 Sweater, Random store mini skirt, Colin Stuart for VS boots

This Valentine's Day was BEAUTIFUL. It was a gorgeous day in the city, so after checking out of our hotel (sadness), we decided to eat at Marnee Thai on 9th and Irving. Everyone and their mom had been telling me about this place so we finally tried it and it totally lived up to the hype. We had the Satay Wraps and the Pad Thai which were my favorites from the place, although everyone had been hyping up the Angel Wings. They were good too but the Satay Wraps kicked the Angel Wings' ass. And I tried regular hot Thai Tea which is now my new favorite drink. For dessert, we walked up a couple blocks to Tart to Tart and tried their Pear Almond Tart. I have to say, this is the perfect spring time dessert. It's not too rich or too sweet, and the pear wasn't too... tart. After devouring the whole thing, we decided to take a slice of the Mixed Fruit Tart and the Mixed Fruit Cheesecake to go (for consumption later).

Afterwards we decided to go up to Twin Peaks and enjoy the view of the Bay from there, snap some pics, and then decided to drive around aimlessly just to see the cool sights and sounds of the city in areas we never really ventured in. Two things for sure: 1. need to have a picnic at Dolores Park, 2. Try that ice cream spot that had a fat line going around the block near Doloros Park. Then went to Berkeley for the best looking flowers around for Irwin's mom. We were going to watch Valentine's Day, but by then we were both exhausted. Stayed home and curled up to 2012.. which was.. a ridiculous movie. Scary to think about the world ending in 2 years. Anyway, wonderful weekend overall.. we didn't want it to end. We ate so much though this weekend, we went for a walk after I got off work, and I think I need to go for a run tomorrow.

Irwin: We've been eating like it's a fooding marathon!
Me: But it's a HOLIDAY!!

Thank you again honey.. Best weekend ever ^_^



Monday, February 15, 2010

Open Wide.. I Know You're Thirstay..

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Alexander Wang Dress, AA Mesh Body Suit, Aldo Heels, Bulova Watch

Fortunately I wasn't hung over from Friday night as Irwin had told me had a surprise for me the following day. I was told to pack PJ's and something nice to wear for the evening. So off we went, and he pulled up in front of the W Hotel downtown. I was ridiculously excited. Our room was amazing, so posh and modern. And the bed of course was Heaven. We didn't have much time to enjoy the room because we had to get ready and go to dinner which was also a surprise.

We ate at Crustacean, which is this fantastic EuroAsian place, which doesn't seem like much from the outside, but is quite fancy inside. They are known for the Roasted Crab and Garlic Noodles which was so juicy and rich, and quite a weird experience for me as I had to eat with my hands and have this fashionable bib tied around my neck. After dinner, we caught a cab to the Orpheum theatre, where I had previously been fooled into thinking Irwin would never go to. And we ended up watching Wicked and I almost screamed in delight. The show was AMAZING. I loved every moment of it, the music, the production, the acting was fantastic. Overall it was a lovely birthday surprise by my honey. And one of the first times he was actually able to pull off a surprise that I couldn't guess! Thank you Sweetheart for being the best and for making my birthday so wonderful. Love you!

Go Girl It's Yo Birthday..


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My actual birthday was pretty low key. Received a beautiful bouquet of roses from Irwin, complete with a teddy bear and box of chocolates. Yum and oh so cute. Also a delicious cupcake from my manager from Baked in Potrero. Red velvet, you can't go wrong.

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Asos dress, Aldo heels, F21 Ring and Earrings

I loved my dress and the shoes were ridiculously comfortable. Too bad I was a giant compared to my friends, but eh, I'm used to that ^_~.

The food at Circa was DELICIOUS. I ordered the Lobster and White Truffle Mac and Cheese, and the steak was to die for. It was so tender and flavorful, I made Irwin regret the chicken he ordered! Oh, and those are chocolate covered Oreo's with Edward and Jacob kissing me on the cheek, and yes thats a real picture. HAH I wish. And those are not cupcakes, they're mini upside down bundt cakes from this fabulous little bakery Janelle had found called "Nothing Bundt Cakes". Cute no? But it was also a tasty variety: Lemon, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Red Velvet. I swear my friends know me so well. I had such a fantastic time and I was soo happy to celebrate with my all my faves. I love you all.