Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday bakefests came a little early this year

Thought I'd try to bring back my blog (for the umpteenth time) a couple months before I spend the upcoming spring semester studying abroad below the equator in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina (!!). Lots has changed since I last posted, and I've recently become quite adamant about creating a visual timeline of my life. I think it's amazing to look back and see how much you've evolved as an individual through these colorful stories. I figured if I posted a few photos a few times a week, and kept things short and sweet, blog maintenance wouldn't be so tough.

So, I'm kicking off the re-resurrection of my photo diary with an afternoon spent baking sweet treats with some lovely peers and my super rad nutrition professor in our immaculate food studies/nutrition kitchen this past Saturday.


The amount of sugar I consumed this weekend was truly astronomical...It was so hard to resist devouring all of the festive sugar cookies, peppermint fudge, gingerbread men, cranberry oatmeal cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and Mexican wedding cookies — especially when everything's so warm straight out of the oven! And yes, I was that one annoying person snapping photos away at every opportune moment as if I had a serious case of FOMO (but, real talk, who in this digital age doesn't?!)

Monday, July 28, 2014

New England Highlights

Who knew that 6 months later, I'd be back to the city of Boston with a day trip to Newport, Rhode Island? As much as I love New York City, I find myself itching to explore new places of interest - especially cute little coast towns like Newport. The change of pace is truly a breath of fresh air. Since I grew up in the city my entire life, I have always associated it with school/work/crowds/tourists/exhaustion/$$$$$. Even when I hang out, it's about rushing to not be late, thinking of the long commute, being early on line, choosing the shortest route from point A to point B. Trips like these remind me to take a step back and just let things fall into place on their own. 

Enduring the 4+ hour bus ride was worth the afternoon tea at the Boston Public Library. 
I am such a huge fan of tea so I was super stoked to accompany the cute sandwiches and scones with white wedding tea, matcha green tea, and jasmine tea. 
My Bostonian cousin Jing Ya (pictured above) housed me for the weekend and invited my other cousin Rosa (pictured below) and me to her friends' barbecue. The odd little pickle-sized meat on the grill is actually the result of us forgetting to bring along burger buns for the burger meat and sausages for the hot dog buns. With a little innovation, the 'burgerdog' was born.
Rosa and I love seeing Melo the maltipoo (follow him on Instagram @maltipoop!) whenever we're in town. He's such a funny character; it's hard to deny him his mandatory belly rubs. 
Jing Ya's friend owns an adorable toy poodle named Bimmer. I'd like to think Bimmer and Melo are BFFs even though they need to work on their sharing skills :-) 
We went out to Newport with Melo who hates being cooped up at home. He loves cuddling with people and sitting on your lap when there's plenty of space!
I'm obsessed with this shirt dress from Zara. It's even got pockets - a must in my book!
We explored the grounds of a few notable historical mansions just before the rain caught us. Yes, I do have an affinity for Gatsby-like homes. This one here is the Rosecliff Mansion.

This past weekend was a culmination of good food and good company, the perfect combination of happy smiles and warm memories.