Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quality Family Time

I have spent two fabulous weeks with family and friends in Peru. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we ate a lot!

The hardest part was definitely saying goodbye to my grandfather. In the last 3 years, his age has taken a toll on him. From one year to the next his ability to walk has almost been taken away. He is beginning to forget things. Maybe it's the fact that I'm older, that I'm grown, or that he is my last grandparent alive and I just want him to be around forever. 

I love him. I love the stories they tell me of him since he used to be so strict, but somehow, he had a tender spot for his grand kids. I was his first grandchild, and I love hearing stories of when he would rescue me from my parents when I was getting scolded. 

I love his stubbornness, yet I hate that this keeps him from doing things that would probably help him (like using a sturdier cane). I see him now and thank god for the time that we have spent together. Losing my Mama, his wife, was my first big loss. I never forgave myself for not calling her more often. With Nonna (my dad's mom), it was the same. I was lost. But I vow never to do this again. Never to take my family for granted. I have been lucky enough to visit him two years in a row. I hope I can continue to do the same. I don't ever want to feel like I could have done more to see and spend time with him. 

Never take your loved ones for granted. Love them to pieces every single day!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

I did it. I made it. And it was incredible!

My little absence over the past few weeks was due to my fabulous fun filled trip to Peru. 
Amongst ruins, history, food, drinking, dancing, and family fun I had the most wonderful time.
I went to visit family last year on my own. This year, I brought hubby with me as I promised him to take him Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

I had a great time between learning new things about Peru's history and spending time with old friends and some of my favorite family members, including my grandpa. 
And before I go into any further details, I just want to leave you with some photo highlights of my trip. I am in awe as I have not edited any of the pictures

Blue skies over Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Overseeing the fields at Pisac, Cusco 
At the top of the clouds at Ollantaytambo, Cusco
At the market in Pisac, Cusco 
Admiring the view halfway up Machu Picchu, Cusco
Posing for the camera Machu Picchu, Cusco
Dining on top of a bathtub filled with goldfish, Fallen Angel, Cusco
Barbecue Chicken with Tata!
Showing off some ginormous snails used for beauty creams, Chinatown Capon, Lima 
With my cousins having sushi at Oceanika, San Borja, Lima
Sausage fest with the family, Miraflores, Lima 
Ultimate burgers at Papacho's, Miraflores, Lima
Debauchery with cousins and friends at Mamabatata, Chacarilla, Lima 
Dancing on the hanging bridge, La Cantuta, Chosica, Lima 
With Tata saying goodbye, San Isidro, Lima

Stick around because you won't want to miss these adventures!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Adventures in packing!

This is what my guest room likes looks like at the moment. My closet has thrown up all over the bed as I am trying to pick and chose what outfits to wear to my trip to Peru!

My family members are always dressed to the nines, even in the cold of winter over there. So I need to spruce up my outfit selection if I don't want to look like a frumpy traveler!

This is the Pinterest board I chose to help me with my selections!

I can't wait to tell you about my trip!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mangos for you, mangos for me!

And SNL's Mango is who I think about whenever I talk about my own mango tree! I mean they are falling everywhere from my trees! What am I to do? I guess I must show them off to you!

I had already posted my Mango Chicken recipe [here], but I think these are some more recipes I will be testing out before mango season is over. And after mangos are done...we get avocados! So get ready to see these babies here too!

Happy Pinteresting lovelies!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Fusion of the day: Korean/Peruvian/Cuban

So the other day I decided that it would be a great idea to just have  a wine, fruit, and cheese type of dinner. I mean, why not? You have your fruits, dairy, and your calcium! Healthy, right?!?

Yet, something told me it may not have been the best choice, but whatever. I needed to "wine" down. I was starting to get super anxious for my trip! Yipeeee!

The next day, my foodie friends saved me and decided I needed a sensible dinner. The stashed hubby and I in their car and drove us to a land not too far away, yet once we arrived to FINKA, it appeared that we had just traveled over 30 minutes to the "chic" area of Miami. "FINKA" is a deliciously amicable friendship between Peruvian/Korean/Cuban cuisine. I may be a little biased in regards to Peruvian being the tastiest cuisine, but really, the fusion, mesh, intro, presentation was to die for!

Early in the night, I asked the bartender to make me a "Chilcano" a refreshing mix of Pisco, lime juice, and ginger ale. So tasty!

Anyhow, here some of the dishes we had for dinner. And like all great foodies, we order plates to share! Everyone has to taste everyone's food! So dig in and see!

We were extremely pleased with the food and the prices! Yet, we felt a bit shafted since they did not take reservations on a Thursday night and we had a 50minute wait. Although the music was great and jamming, the volume could have been a bit lower. We were yelling at each other while seating a few inches across from each other at a table! But even with these comments, I would still come back here in a flash!

What would you do?!?!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Music Monday

Yes, I know, I am late. It is now Tuesday in my timezone as I am late by 45 minutes or so.
But who cares! Music is what makes the world go 'round anyway!

And this little Canadian chick makes all my 80s dancing dreams come true. Kiesza is like that piece of candy you found in your pocket after you thought you had finished all of your Halloween goodies. So sweet!

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