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Touched Down

21 Mar

Just touched down from my trip to Australia a few days ago!  I”ll post pictures from the trip soon, but in the meantime, I’ll post a few pictures off of my phone for your entertainment.

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My aunt from Japan brought me some lavender & chamomile warming eye masks.


Aussie Cereals


A wallaby and peacock just lounging in a park


two of the many Magnums we ate!


sea grapes and oysters!   I cut my hand trying to open an oyster.


Norm got tired of swinging, I guess… ; )



Full o’ Chocolates.

12 Nov

A few months ago, our friend went to Europe and brought back these chocolates from a place called Leonidis, which sells French Belgium chocolates!  IMHO (in my humble opinion) no one does chocolates better than Belgium!  They invented the pralines!  Sweet mother!  *drool* (I’ll explain pralines more below).

If you know me, then you know chocolates is my kryptonite.  Delicious milk chocolates make me weak in the knees. Cookies are another kryptonite of mine, but anyways, with this fun-uhohitstams fact established, I can go forth to explain to you how I was once again, defeated by chocolate.

These were absolutely A-Mazing!  Obviously, they would be since they’re from Belgium chocolatiers.  I normally don’t like dark chocolates because I favor the sweeter milk chocolates, but the dark chocolates from Leonidas was not as bitter and extremely smooth (like buttah).  But, the best chocolates out of that box were their pralines!  Pralines are pretty much Belgian chocolates with a chocolate shell and a soft chocolatey inside.  I probably liked it so much because the praline with hazelnut inside reminded me of Nutella, and boy….I have a crazy addiction to Nutella.  NO JOKE.

Anyway, you can order from them online or visit their store in New York.  Or you can plan a Euro trip and eat your way through all of the famous chocolate countries…..oh man.  That’s going on my bucket list.

So remember Leonidas = Hella good chocolates!  (disclaimer, eating these chocolates may make you break out in dance to this song).

Disney Moments – Part II

10 Oct

I wanted to share another fond Disney memory of mine.  A few years ago, I went on a road trip to Disneyland with my brother and a few friends and we had an amazingly fantastic time!  Around this time, my brother and I grew close, and this trip brought us even closer.  I love my brother deeply.  He’s a pretty awesome sibling : )  He’s always looking out for me even though he doesn’t always show it. And, I’m lucky that we share the same group of friends.  We can all hang out together and shoot the shit, so to speak.  To this day, even though he’s thousands of miles away, I still feel like we’re very close.

Here we are on Splash Mountain and in front of the main entrance.

Getting back to my first Disney post, on the most recent trip I took with my two friends, we also visited California Adventure’s new Carsland.  I was completely awestricken walking around Radiator Springs.  The imagineers did an amazing job building the Carsland to look and feel like it was straight out of the movie!  Something that really caught my eye in California Adventures, was a new store imagineered to look like an old-school gas station named after Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt’s first animated character.

The best part of the trip was eating at the newly opened Carthay Circle Restaurant, inspired after the Carthay Circle Theatre, where many movies were premiered during Hollywood’s Golden Age.  There, I had a Hemingway Daiquiri, which was phenomenal!  We also each ordered a lamb dish which was cooked perfectly and was extremely tender.  I definitely want to go back with Normakins!  I think he would love the food and cocktails.

In addition to all of this awesomeness, my other friend, who is a HUGE Disney-fanatic, got me into pin-trading, my new addiction.  hahahaha, I got two lanyard because I had waaaaay too many pins, and next time we go, Normakins can take one and pin-trade too!

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