Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy 9 Years in the U.S.!

The rest of Saturday, July 25th was spent celebrating our 9 year anniversary of having lived in the United States. It was a firm decision made by our family to continue the tradition and celebrate this event every year. As we sat down to enjoy our pre-course consisting of oysters and champagne, the phone rang and my aunt Raisa advised us that they were planning to come over since we have not seen each other way too long.

Since we still had some time before they made it to our house, I decided to have an impromptu photo session with my stepdad, an aspiring photographer. The results you can see below:

Home Visit

Last weekend I went home to Philadelphia to visit my parents. Summer is always a busy time for us to get together. With all the events going on in my and my mom's lives, we hardly see each other throughout the summer. However, when we do get together, we always end up having an absolutely amazing time.

This weekend we had big plans as it was the weekend of our nine year anniversary of having been in the United Stares. Therefore, the plan was to have a celebratory dinner on Saturday night. But first, we decided to visit some of the places we used to visit a lot. First, we started with Burlap and Bean coffee shop. 

This place is my favorite coffee shop by my parents' house. It's not very close to where they live (about a 29 minute drive), but it's definitely worth the drive! I remember right before I moved to New York, my mom and I would go there and think about our lives apart from each other. The conversations were bittersweet - I was going away to live my dream, I was after all going away. Now, after three years of having lived in New York, it's nice to remember and reflect on those times.

Next stop was Trader Joe's in Media, PA. This year we decided not to go out to any restaurants, but instead to have a nice dinner at home, so we can relax and have a nice conversation. Therefore, we went to our favorite store to buy some delicious produce.

After the grocery shopping, we could not simply go home, so the decision was to stop by a newly renovated Indian restaurant to have their amazing cocktails. 

By the time we finished our cocktails, it was time to go home and start preparing dinner. As soon as we pulled up home, I remembered how I used to take so many blog pictures right in our parking lot in front of the house. I decided to 'relive the past' and have some photos taken in the same spot:

Next up was the celebratory dinner itself, but that's for the next post. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Club 21

Every once in a while, my roommate and I like to get dressed up and go out to nice, expensive restaurants. Since we both are single gals, we figured that instead of missing out on such opportunities due to not having boyfriends, we would just explore the classy, glamorous side of New York on our own. This Friday we went to Club 21, an American traditional cuisine restaurant and former prohibition-era speakeasy, located on 52nd street in Manhattan. The place offered unbelievably tasty food and wine! It is a lot of fun to be able to dress up and go to fancy places. Even though the bill always ends up being sky high, the experience of going to such places makes it totally worth it.

 And this is how I look getting ready at home: