Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eating, sipping, and living in New York

A good day in my book includes a good cup of coffee, a run around the neighborhood and a lot of chocolate. January 24, 2014 was a very good day. 

I took the bus into New York and went searching for a chocolate chip cookie, coffee, and chocolate. My friend recommended Culture Espresso one day so I went on Yelp to read some reviews. People were going on-and-on about their chocolate chips cookies and I had to taste it for myself. It was crispy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside. Very cliché but how else can you describe a cookie that's been done the right way? Unfortunately, it lacked that fresh-out-of-the-oven texture, which I was desperately seeking.

My next stop was Blue Bottle Coffee. The cafe felt cozy and the interior is modern and simple. I ended up reading a book while I sipped on a macchiato. It was a little too bitter so I added milk. I felt like I was making a faux pas but I'm not used to drinking really strong coffee.

Afterwards, I wandered around to see what else was nearby. To my surprise, I saw the Flatiron Building from afar. It's probably not a big deal to most people but I never saw it in person. What a beauty. On another note, I received some good news today! My aunt has a vacant loft in her apartment, located 2 blocks away from the building, and said I'm welcome to sleepover a couple of days a week. It's such a cool and strange coincidence. I guess stumbling upon the building was foreshadowing something really good.

Other places I went: ROYCE' ChocolateEataly, Grimaldi's, The Cellar

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goals for the new year

Happy new year! I celebrated it a little differently this year but nonetheless, the night was lovely. A new year comes with new goals. I feel like I've matured a lot this past year and have a better sense of who I am, and who I want to become. The goals I made for myself will help me become stronger (mentally and physically), healthier and happier.

- Drink more water and tea (less coffee)

- Exercise at least 4x a week

- Be kinder and more patient

- Consume less sugar (this may be a difficult challenge)

- Continue to stick up for my beliefs and respect myself

- Check my phone less, especially right before bed

- Worry less and stop trying to please everyone

- Carry my camera around for those impromptu moments

- Read more

- Spend more quality time with God

- Write a list of goals for every week

Revised on January 13, 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cookies, Candles, Chocolate

As of late, I've been treating myself to a lot of sweets (what else is new). Danish butter cookies were a staple in my household growing up. When I saw this tin of nostalgia at my mom's holiday work party, I got really excited and I ended up taking them home. My favorite are the pretzel-shaped ones and the ones with the raisins.

Candles make my room feel cozy and this pumpkin scented one smells so good. I got it from T.J Maxx on clearance. I'm not one to splurge $60 on a candle because I use them up really fast.

Caramel, salt, and chocolate? How could you go wrong? These Charbonnel et Walker truffles are dangerously good. I just love the packaging. I'm not going to lie. At first bite, I thought the salt was overpowering but then I got used to it. I think the salt balances out the caramel really well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A new chapter

Life has been pretty great lately. I'm done with finals and my official graduation date is January 19, 2015. My commencement ceremony will be held in May, however. I got a 4.0 this semester and I'm so happy I finished strong. When I found out my final grades from my professor, the first person I called was my mom. I really couldn't have done it without her support these past couple of years. I'm glad I can graduate with zero regrets because I know I did my best.

I'm really excited to see what opportunities come my way and enter a new chapter in my life.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Spur-of-the-moment trip to Princeton, NJ

I never thought I'd find myself walking through the pouring rain for a good 15 minutes for a fat sandwich. But that's exactly what I did with my friends last night and I have no regrets. What sandwich is that good, you ask? The (extra) dirty sanchez from Hoagie Haven in Princeton, NJ. The dirty sanchez contains a chicken cutlet, American cheese, mozzarella sticks, fries and sanchez sauce. If you want extra sauce, which is definitely necessary, you have to ask for an extra dirty sanchez. The first bite was heavenly and I found myself taking huge bites of it because it was so good. I had to remind myself that the sandwich isn't going anywhere and that I can take my time. 

Afterwards, feeling full and content, we walked over to House of Cupcakes and got 3 cupcakes (2 cheesecake brownie, 1 carrot cake) to go. I scarfed mine down the minute we got home (I sound so ladylike). They actually renovated the bakery and now sell donuts, and other treats! I'm definitely going to try a donut another time. Fun fact: The founders competed in Food Network's Cupcake Wars and won!

I always enjoy going to Princeton because of the atmosphere and food. The university is beautiful, there are many shops such as J.Crew and Paper Source and plenty of restaurants to try. 

Hoagie Haven
242 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542 

Other recommendations: buffalo fries and El Mexicano

House of Cupcakes
32 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

Friday, November 28, 2014

Macaron Cafe Taste Test

I really like macarons.

It might be because they're adorable and look like miniature burgers, or because they're just really tasty. When I saw the little Macaron Cafe stand in the middle of the food court at Woodbury Commons, I got really excited. This little box right here is my favorite purchase from Black Friday.

As I was nibbling the gingerbread macaron, I thought, "I should do a taste test on my blog!" But really, I just wanted to try all of them at once and that was the reasoning behind my decision. Shh...

Left to right:

Gingerbread: This has a very subtle gingerbread flavor and it kind of tastes like pumpkin cheesecake

Pistachio: Once again, the pistachio flavor is very subtle and it tastes very nutty. The cream isn't too sweet, which balances well with the sweet cookie

Orange Blossom: This is not my favorite but it's not bad. It tastes very fresh

Pumpkin Spice: I like this one! However, I didn't taste any of the pumpkin, just a lot of ginger

Earl Grey: I can't really describe this one but...it's good