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Aug 14, 2014

Saturday 7/19/14

Passed a farmer’s market on the way to brunch with the sister!

Hot chocolate! It was really good. So rich.

Brunch with sister!!

Waffle and berries! Yum (although I’ve bad better waffles, and better whipped cream.)

Poached eggs on biscuit, salad, and potato (mash?). It was really goood. So filling/ so much food but really gooood. Salad was good, potato was yummy, and I loved poached egg, so no questions there.

So after wandering tj max a bit with the sister, we parted ways at the subway. She was going to head off to Philly, and I was going to head back to the NY mini over at Chinatown. I was standing at this train, and I had it all planned out; this line was going to take me 5 stops right to a stop in front of Seward Park. However, about 2 stops in the screen on the train went blank, and they made some announcement I couldn’t hear. The train was apparently rerouted to like the AC line, which I discovered later as we went 2 stops past Canal Street, which I knew we weren’t supposed to pass. I was very lost, and couldn’t really get data underground, and ended up just taking a train back to Canal and walking from there. The Canal street stop I got off at, of course, had to be the farthest metro stop from Seward Park. I had to walk a mile to get there.

Never had I been so happy to see this. FAMILIAR TERRITORY.

And time for 9-man vball.

Intense.

A little bit of girl’s vball.

They have cool cheers XD

Go boyfriend go! (He’s setting. :D)

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Aug 10, 2014

Friday 7/18/14

Off to NYC we go! Boyfriend had his annual NY Mini 9-man volleyball tournament that weekend, and we went up a day early cuz his dad wanted to hang around Flushing a bit.

Here begins the food hopping journey! We tried to hit places on this list.

After this gigantic bowl of beef noodle soup (for like $6 I think, pretty cheap, handpulled noodles too! All NYC chinese food are legit handpulled noodles <3 THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT LEGITLY.) we realized that our eyes are too big for our stomachs. We were getting pretty full :[ We hadn’t even hit half the things on the list unfortunately. A lot of things are very bready too, so we definitely would not be able to eat them.

Look at this crepe!

It covered delicious dumplings! They pan fried the dumplings and poured crepe batter along the pan to connect the dumplings and then just flipped everything upside down onto the plate.

Pork belly buns! (I am a bad asian, and don’t know the names, both chinese and english, for the duck and pork belly buns :[  Feel free to help educate me )

MY FAVORITE THING EVER. BOTH THE LAMB AND THE SQUID SKEWERS WERE AMAZING <3<3 i want more T.T

Soy milk to go along with our xiao long bao!

Hotel.

Dinner in our usual place in Little Italy. Our once a year trip to this restaurant, and for some reason I can never remember the name of the restaurant haha.

They have the most amazing oilive oil dip for their bread! It is really herby, garlicy, and cheesey!

Risotto!

Lobster Ravioli.

Lamb shank. I feel like this is getting worse and worse. We should probably stop spending the insane amount of money it costs for this dish -.-;;

Off to Spot for dessert with the sister. 

The other desserts were alright, but the best is still the chocolate lava cake with green tea ice cream!! <3<3 so good. My favorite.

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Aug 10, 2014

Wednesday 7/16/14

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Riverside Hotpot with boyfriend.

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We had a groupon for the place.

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Service was still a bit spotty even though there were definitely not that many people when we went. They kept jipping us of things that we ordered on our list for our all you can eat hotpot. They kept leaving things off that we ordered, which sucked. I also feel like the seafood didn’t seem all that fresh. 

All in all I’m not sure I really like this place all that much anymore. I feel like it was better the first time around, but I guess like all you can eat korean bbq, it’s better to go with more people. But I still like the individualized hotpots. I think I got the mushroom broth base this time. It was a lot more subtle, and maybe I was just more in the mood of something stronger; some bolder (maybe spicier too) flavors. Boyfriend got the curry base, but I’m not really sure I would want curry base either. I tried the spicy ma-la last time and it was definitely very very spicy. Definitely better for cold months, but maybe I’m just in the mood for spicy now.

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Aug 10, 2014

Tuesday 7/15/14

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This is how old-school my work computer is. It blue-screened of death on me. Windows xp…Supposedly we’re all converting to windows 7 soon, but we might need new computers first….These have been there for like 10+ years.

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Aug 10, 2014

Monday 7/14/14

Crazy downpoor…

And then drove another few feet and bam it was sunny.

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Aug 04, 2014

Those moments where nothing seems to go right.
And then you can’t even seek comfort in the one person who supposed to be there.
But it always boils down to being your own fault.

It always is.

Can I disappear yet?
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Aug 04, 2014

Sunday 7/13/14

Hiking at Sugarloaf with the parentals.

So I was trying to track the hike on mapmyfitness, and on the way down, the app spoke. So I was stupid and tried to take my phone out of my bag. In that split second that I wasn’t paying attention, of course I was stepping down a step and I stepped on a rock and twisted my ankle. Good job self. Just ignore the phone next time or wait until you’re on flat land -.- My mom made me take off my shoe and my parents were rubbing my ankle, or in my mom’s case, pressing really hard around my ankle. -.-;;

Stayed at home to watch the world cup finals (and kept wondering why boyfriend was ignoring meeee cuz I thought we were going to watch together.) and he didn’t come comfort me with my twisted ankle. Then we went to Sardi’s and missed out on my dad’s yummy fish and TOFU. The tofu was amazing. We snuck pieces before we left.

Super annoying and rude guy in front of us at Sardi’s. They wasted a whole half chicken because of him >:[. But Sardi’s is always yummy and filling. So worth the money.

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Aug 04, 2014

Saturday 7/12/14

Doink in a box.

Rosebud just climb straight into my lap.

She had such beautiful coloring!

Got free big gulps from 7-11!

Went to an “event” that the shelter was participating in, and boyfriend wanted to try the beer samplers. Still not a beer fan. Two were pretty nice and fruity. One was pretty light on the alcohol so that was pretty good haha, but the middle one was really spicy as well as hoppy. Did not like that one at all.

Tried a pulled pork sandwich from the food truck, dog tags.

We kind of hogged the corn hole game. (Boyfriend successfully made all 4 bean bags in the hole!)

Seoul food. Noms.

Got a free mousey for Luna.

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Aug 04, 2014

Friday 7/11/14

Daddy made some soba for dinner.

Wanted to go for a walk, and a death cloud kept following me around and sprinkling occasional raindrops on me so I gave up pretty quickly.

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Aug 04, 2014

Wednesday 7/9/14

Went for a walk after dinner. The wild blackberries were in season.

They were a little bitter and more tart than sweet. They were probably under ripe.

Sunset.

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Aug 04, 2014

Tuesday 7/8/14

Was talking to my coworker about alkaline water and he brought me a bottle to try. It does have a different taste. But I must have had it before without knowing because it tastes familiar.

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Aug 04, 2014

Monday 7/7/14

Spent a good 2 hours in bed, bath and beyond trying to help my sister buy a bridal shower gift.

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Finally found something she deemed acceptable.

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Saw this on the way out (why put things behind the check out counters?! How are we supposed to see and buy this. We’ve already checked out and are not about to go back in line!). But I think I may need to purchase one of these for outings. It’s perfect! Picnics, beaches, star gazing, it’s great for anything when we need to sit!

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Jul 22, 2014

Sunday 7/6/14

Some outdoor volleyball with some college friends at the usual field. Luckily it wasn’t too gross. It was hot, but there was at least a slight breeze.

Then off to Eden Center for dinner with boyfriend and his family. It was an extended dinner as the SO’s came (aka me and boyfriend’s sister’s boyfriend). First dinner all together.

This viet beef noodle soup was really good. It was really hearty and the soup was kind of umami-y (reminds me of how totto ramen’s broth is. Very meaty and heavy, almost fatty-ish?). It was almost a little bit curry-like. It was yummy, and the beef was really good. I just wish it was a different noodle from egg noodle.

Fish that was kind of just one-flavored-sweet. (We also got smoothies (boyfriend and I got avocado, of course) and some banh mi to go. Apparently I need to buy a can of the patte and just eat it with bread because it is delish. I knew it was good in the banh mi, but haven’t tried it by itself yet. Next on my to do list!

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Jul 11, 2014

Saturday 7/5/14

Lunch at an Indian place that got new management so we thought we’d give it a second try. (The first try was terrrrible).

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They had this lunch special where you could order 2 of the items on the lunch menu for $8.99, 3 for $9.99, or 4 for $11.99.

We wanted to order 4 and just share those 4, but the waiter was really rude about telling us that we couldn’t do that and that we each had to order something. It was not as good of a lunch deal that way. The most bang for your buck would be the 3 for $9.99. He said that we could order and then share, but we both had to order. This kind of pissed me off because…who are you to tell anyone that you can or cannot share food. Like no shit we can share what we ordered, it’s our food. And then of course when an Indian family came in and they wanted to do the same thing, he let them. Only 2 of the 3 people ordered something and he was about to say you can’t do that, you can just share what you each ordered, and the guy was like yeah that’s what we’re doing (except they weren’t cuz all 3 didn’t order their own). And of course the waiter let them only order 2 instead of 3. That also pissed me off. Just because they’re Indian, and older adults, they can get away with that.

Anyways, the portions were somewhat small, but with Indian food, what seems like a little bit always goes a long way. We ended up being quite full and satisfied. Everything was quite good. The new chef was sooo much better than the old one. Quite a step up. We got the butter chicken, chicken curry, lamb curry, roasted eggplant (so good!), and spinach and potatoes. The butter chicken, lamb curry, and roasted eggplant were my favorites :D but everything was good!

We got some bubble tea and then off to the farm for some blueberry picking! :D

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We went to homestead farm for some fruity goodness.

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Fruits of our labor!

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Blueberry peach smoothie!

Boyfriend wanted bbq, so we drove all the way to Glen Burnie to try Mission BBQ. 

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The cornbread was really good!

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The meat wasn’t bad. The pulled pork I thought could be a little more moist, but it was pretty good, and it was great with the sauces! The brisket was nice and moist (we got the “moist brisket”) and was one of the better ones we’ve had around our area. The sauces though, oh my god. THOSE were good! It made the meal that much better, and of course it’s hard to pick just one, so we had to have all of them!

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Half rack of ribs that was also pretty good. All in all, this was one of the better bbq’s we’ve had. (There really isn’t much good bbq in the moco area, but I guess we have a bunch yet to try. Looking at yelp, the places in Moco didn’t look too promising though.)

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Jul 11, 2014

Friday 7/4/14

Happy Independence Day USA!

Decided to go to DC for the fireworks for the first time, so boyfriend and I thought we’d make a day of it.

First stop. Amsterdam Falafel for lunch!

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So good!! Falafels were good, and you don’t think it’s a lot of food, but you just stack on the free toppings from their super generous and awesome toppings bar and you’re stuffed!

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I’d highly recommend this place if you’re around Adams Morgan in DC.

Then, instead of metroing to the Smithsonian area, boyfriend and I decide that we could walk the 3.something miles since it was such a nice day.

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But of course, a brief detour for froyo at Pinkberry.

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WE MADE IT!

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Caught the tail end of the parade.

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Not really sure why there’s an Indian cart, but sure.

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Folklife Festival on the mall!

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It was awesome they provided free filtered water :D

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Made some playdough moon cakes XD

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Doggie!

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Omg, she was doing paper cutting free hand, cutting tiny tiny pieces out. Those scissors must be crazy sharp. This was so insane and pro.

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OH. MY. GOD. THIS HUSKY PUPPY <3 I WAS IN LOVEEE. His coat was sooo soft, and he was just ADORABLE. He was so friendlyyyy and he kept jumping on me and licking my face. I WANT THIS PUPPY!!

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It seemed like he was tuning the individual tubes of this bamboo instrument!

Off to Kenya

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Rock sculpting! He was making an elephant.

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Smithsonian Castle! (just some like visitors info and stuff)

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Visited the Louvre! Jk.

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Rainbow!

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National Archives/

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Plopped down by this tree to wait for the next 3-ish hours?

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Then we moved to claim our spot on the mall.

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Bored.

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Sun setting.

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And it begins!! :D

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I loved the smileyfaces!

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and the stars!! 

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This ended up looking like saturn XD

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So, after the fireworks, the mob of people everywhere was, of course, insane. Boyfriend and I had already decided beforehand that we would avoid the crowded metro for a bit by finding a bit of late night dinner. Of course, boyfriend started craving ben’s chili bowl when we mentioned it/it came up somehow so we started our 2-ish mile trek to Ben’s Chili Bowl. (So much walking!! Ended the day with 26,000 steps XD)

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And there was a crazy long line looping outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl.

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After our super healthy lunch, we had some unhealthy dinner XD

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So delicious and satisfying!! 

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