Bonjour Paris, France!

It's been a hectic five days in France! Each day flies by quickly and I finally have down time to update so I'm going to backtrack starting with...

Arriving in Paris:

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May 18, 2015

After a 7 hour flight (with a layover in Dublin, Ireland for about 3.5 hours), Christina, Alyssa and I arrived in Paris 14 hours later. It was a longer flight than anticipated because our flight from JFK -> DUB took a longer route due to minor technical difficIulties with air traffic control. Once we arrived in Dublin, our flight to CDG, Paris boarded half an hour later than the scheduled time. When we arrived, my older cousin, Nellie had a driver pick us up to drop us off at her apartment in central Paris. The weather was partly cloudy and it was chillier than I thought it would be. It was my first time in an actual car in France because the last time I was here, I got around via a huge tour bus. My first impression of drivers in Paris: I didn't realize how closely cars drive together. It's kind of scary and pedestrians don't really have the right of way since cars will drive close to people as well. 

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After settling down at my cousin's apartment, the first thing we did was snack on some baguette with Camembert cheese, prosciutto and saucisson (French salami). It was a very satisfying and delicious meal! By then it was around 5:00PM, so cousin Nellie took us for a walk around the area and we got glimpses of a bunch of stores and boutiques. I love the balcony-esque terraces that's on almost every building window, along with the plants and/or vine covered walls - it just gives that whole romantical look. It makes sense that Paris is known as the city of love. 

Breakfast Brunch Munch

Brunch aka Breakfast for Lunch is definitely my most favorite meal of the day (aside from every meal). And lately, potatoes, especially hash browns and/or tater tots are at the top of my Must-Satisify-My-Cravings list. This week I was able to cook breakfast with Neepak twice. Nothing is better than cooking together (except eating together). Whenever I need to look for recipes, I use Yummly.  For those of you who don't know what Yummly is, it's like Pinterest but ONLY FOR FOOD RECIPES! It's great because you can organize recipes however you like and when you need to refer to it, it's easily accessible.

Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast w/  sausages and tater tots

Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast w/  sausages and tater tots

Chocolate chip blueberry pancakes, sausages, and tater tots

Chocolate chip blueberry pancakes, sausages, and tater tots

On Monday, we made Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast together (recipe here). The instructions weren't as specific as we would've liked, but since it's a very basic recipe, it was easy to estimate the temperatures/cooking time, etc, to get the French Toast the way we wanted it. The recipe was perfect because it was simple. I like simplicity and straightforwardness when it comes to cooking because I want to minimize as much time preparing/cooking and get straight to my favorite part: EATING!

On Friday, we were craving some fluffy, oh-so delicious Pancakes (recipe here). We altered the recipe a bit by adding extra ingredients into the batter: cinnamon, chocolate chips, and blueberries. No matter how much I love breakfast joints, nothing beats homemade breakfasts.

What are your favorite breakfast foods? Which recipes would you recommend?

Coffee Dates

There's something about the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air mixed with the humming of quiet conversations that make coffee shops alluring. Coffee shops are another one of my favorite spots to rendezvous with friends. It's just such a relaxing atmosphere. My particular favorite type of shops are family run because they are small and cozy. I love observing the unique interior decor that gives each shop its own personality, with its own range of super comfy chairs to the witty phrases plastered on the walls. Extra points to coffee shops with board games cause who doesn't love those?!

Because I work in retail, I don't always have every weekend off. Luckily, this past Sunday I was free so I met up with Dj and Neepak at Starbucks to discuss two upcoming projects we are working on! I'm not going to give away too much just yet except that in one of the projects that Dj proposed, Neepak and I have leading roles (we're gonna be superstars). The second project is a collaboration between me and Dj (#teamdjandjen).  The details are still in the brainstorming/planning process but I'm super excited to share updates as it progresses, so stay tuned!

Dance the Night Away

It's been awhile since I last went out to a night club. A big part of that reason was due to work schedule conflicts between me and my group of friends. Though this was a last minute, spur of the moment outing, it was a much needed night out with the girls. How could I resist an occasion to get all dressed up and dance the night away? It was my first time to Tropicana's Cuba Libre and Providence night club. I enjoyed the music at Providence much more than Harrah's Pool After Dark, which was the last club I went to. The compact atmosphere at Providence gave off more of a night club vibe compared to the spaciousness of Harrah's Pool After Dark. Now that the weather is getting warmer and summer is coming, I definitely plan to go out more!

A Weekend Getaway to Connecticut

April 10-12, 2015

We have our silliest moments together

We have our silliest moments together

After a long week of rainy, gloomy weather, I was ecstatic for a beautiful weekend in Greenwich, Connecticut with Neepak. It was my first time to Connecticut and I must say that I'm in love with the quaint, small town atmosphere. I used to think I was a city girl, but I really am a suburban girl at heart. It's great having the proximity to the city (NYC is about an hour away) but there's nothing quite like the peacefulness of a small town. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, which was conveniently situated close to the destinations on our to-do list.

Before exploring the boutiques and stores on Greenwich Ave, Neepak and I had lunch at Méli-Mélo, a French restaurant. This brought back high school memories of French class when I first tried nutella crepes. So guess what I ordered?  A banana and nutella crepe. It was Neepak's first time eating crepes and he had a super sweet and delicious treat!

Les Delices De Suzette: Apple tatin, one scoop vanilla ice cream, homemade chocolate sauce, whipped cream

Les Delices De Suzette: Apple tatin, one scoop vanilla ice cream, homemade chocolate sauce, whipped cream

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If you're an outdoor enthusiast and in the area, I would definitely recommend Greenwich Point Park (check out my foursquare tip here). On the drive there you'll also pass by a doggie park where there's several small bridges and a lake you can stroll around. 

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This was my first but it definitely won't be my last time in Connecticut! 

A Fresh Start

Photo Credits to Djaniella Dimayuga

Photo Credits to Djaniella Dimayuga

Photo Credits to Djaniella Dimayuga

Photo Credits to Djaniella Dimayuga

This year is all about new beginnings and embracing changes in my life. From the transition of college life to post-graduation plans, the end of old relationships to the blossoming of new ones, cutting my hair is definitely the icing to the cake. I've had long hair for as long as I could remember and I never thought I'd muster up the courage to chop it to a shoulder-length style.

Photo Credits to Natalie Yip

Photo Credits to Natalie Yip

Photo Credits to Natalie Yip

Photo Credits to Natalie Yip

 

I think I speak for most girls when I say hair is important. For me, this change symbolizes my acceptance of leaving what was in my past in the past. I'll always cherish the memories I've made but I'm ready for whatever new and exciting adventures are in store for this year.

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