Seattle, Washington

This week I got some amazing news. My boyfriend told me that for our anniversary in February we will be going to Seattle!

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Last year we celebrated it in Portland, Oregon and it was such a unforgettable vacation. When we were there we heard about Seattle and how beautiful it is over there. My boyfriend was completely sold on the idea when he heard about a fish market that tosses fish inside.

So now all I’m doing is counting down the days until it is time to take off. I fell in love with researching and planning out our days that I’m beyond excited that I get to do it all over again. If any of you are from Seattle or have ever been there I would love some recommendations on where you think we should go visit? I know that we are planning on eating the majority of our time there because after looking at yelp my taste buds can hardly wait.

Hope you all have a great Thursday. Just remember one more day until a new year arrives!

 

Love,

Erika

 

Monday Motivation

This Saturday was my little sister’s birthday.

She finally turned 21 this year, so we of course went to Vegas. My aunt picked me up after work and we headed straight to my mom’s house. Once we got there we picked them up and made our way to Las Vegas.

It was a girls getaway and it was very refreshing to spend time with my family but also to be apart of a moment that my sister will remember forever. She of course was on a lucky streak when she turned her $5 into $25 dollars. We even went to Excalibur to watch the Tournament of Kings, which is a fun family dinner show.

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The weekend couldn’t have been any better. Everyday I feel so grateful that I have an amazing family that loves me unconditionally. There is no greater feeling then spending time with the people that love you.

So this week’s quote is inspired .

my mother is still young and full of life, despite her age, and still looks young as well.. but this is still such a rarely realized aspect of reality...: Photo Credit: Lifehack

Hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend.

-Erika

Goodbye to October

You know the saying that things never go as planned?

Well this Halloween that came true. We were suppose to go to Halloween party but I didn’t find out that it was on Friday till I came home after work. Here I thought that I still had one day to make our costumes but it was really three hours.

So as I looked at my bf with stress flowing through my eyes we said f*** it lets not go.

Usually I want to wear a costume or do something creative but I figured my Selena costume was enough for me this year. Since we didn’t go I returned all our supplies and it felt good to get my money back. We spent probably like around 60 dollars on all the material and figured that we should’ve bought the real ones. So as we laughed it off we planned out our weekend.

On Saturday we went to the Luxe Buffet that is located in the Westminster mall. When you walk in you get overwhelmed with the different aroma’s that you have no clue where to start. They had sushi, crab legs, variety of soups, Brazilian BBQ, Chinese food, ice cream bar, mini donuts, macaroons and so much more. Once we were done we had to walk around the mall because we were seconds from falling into a food coma.

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As for Sunday my bf took me to his favorite taco place in Santa Monica. Ever since he started his new job he has been raving about this restaurant. So this weekend we had some time to go and check it out. I completely fell in LOVE with those tacos!!! The way that they marinate the Asada is foodgasm worthy. I was really impressed when I saw the quality of meat…no fatty parts. One thing I always check when going to any Mexican restaurant is their rice and beans. If they can’t master an easy side dish then that’s usually a sign that the food won’t be good.

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Later we met up with one of my bf friends and we headed to a haunted house. The place we went to was held by a martial arts school. Their theme was Revenge of the Ninja; Vengeance is their Legacy. We were put in a group with a family of three. As we began walking I started to get scared, lucky there was a boy in front of me. He would start freaking out when we would turn a corner and apart of me was thinking the same thing he was. Surely my bf took over and pushed us ahead of them. He mostly did that because he wanted the people to focus on scaring me instead of the little boy. After the whole thing was over I thought that it was a great experience especially because it was free.

I had such a great weekend that I’m sad that October is already over. Today I take down all my decorations and get mentally ready for Christmas because we both know it will be here in a blink of an eye.

 

Happy Birthday to Me!

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Today is not only my birthday but my friend Brittany too!!!

I can’t believe that today I turn twenty three years old. Yesterday my birthday Twin surprised me with a ticket to see a taping of The Voice. Amazingly I got to see Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine! They were so sweet and just as beautiful as I imagined. Alicia Keys was so loving when fans from the audience would yell out that they loved her she would just give the sweetest smile and mouthed I love you too.

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We waited for almost three hours to get in and seat but it was an experience I will never forget. It was a perfect way to start off our birthday week.

I’m pretty excited to see what the week brings, I’m hoping that the universe sends me some luck.

A Day at Disneyland

What do you do when you are feeling stressed and life is just getting you down.

Well what I do is go to the happiest place on earth. I love going to Disneyland and enjoying all the magic behind the park. It honestly feels like once you entered the park all your problems just melt away.

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I got the chance to go with my mom and sister. They are the best Disney crew around! What is shocking is that we went on Friday and we were able to get on eleven rides.

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I even got to see Ariel as I was walking into the park. She was looked lovely that I had to take a quick picture of her with a little girl.

If you love to laugh at cheesy jokes and puns then the Jungle Cruise is perfect for you. We got on that as our first ride because the line was only 10 minutes long. But it was actually quicker than that.

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When you go into Frontier Land you can see all the Mexican inspired Day of the Dead décor. I absolutely love it! This time when we visited this section we noticed that they were doing FREE face painting. So of course I made all of us wait in line. I liked that we did something new in the park that we usually never do.

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Here is the final product. Personally I liked my sister and Mom’s skull better than mine so I had to take a close up of theirs.

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My Mom loves the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and she is always my competition. This time I was pretty forced and our photo showed it all.

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Since it my favorite time of the year I always love seeing how Disney decorates their rides. One ride that gets my creative juices flowing is the Haunted Mansion. Every year they design a new gingerbread house and this one was speculator. The smell alone gets you excited for the cold fall weather that is on its way.

It was such a great way to relax and remind me what joy my family can bring me. I am extremely grateful for my Mom and sister.

 

626 Night Market

Today started off with a nice hot coffee.

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Photo booth at for Bruce Tea.

I woke up feeling the effects of having a fun weekend. It all started Friday night after work, we decided to go to the 626 night market. It was beyond tasty!

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Photo booth at for Bruce Tea.

Right when we arrived we had no idea where to start. Our minds were being blown after seeing booth after booth. I found myself saying that I had to try that after every single one.

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Paintings that were turned into art fixtures.

 

But like most night markets you get some things that were not worth trying. There were about two things that I found that were pretty delicious. For dinner we tried this Filipino chicken and beef BBQ skewers. It was the best Filipino BBQ I have ever had. The ratio of crispness and sauce was perfect!

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For dessert I had this Thai rolled ice cream. Words can’t describe how amazing it was. Since it was rolled up, it was extremely creamy and light. Every spoonful was pure heaven! The guy who worked there highly recommended the Cookie Butter ice cream over any other creation.

So I took his advice and was extremely happy with it. The only bad thing is now I crave it. Hopefully I can find one near my apartment if not, then I’ll have to wait until September 626 night market.

 

Erika

Yelp Elite Event At The District

So yesterday I attend a Yelp Elite event with my boyfriend. This event was located in Beverly Hills at the restaurant called The District by Hannah An.

We got there 20 minutes early because in any Yelp event it is always worth getting there early. So we walked around the area just to pass the time. As soon as we came back there were already some people heading upstairs.

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We signed in, got our name tags and free drink tickets.  The first thing we did was go straight to the bar. The line was small so we thought lets put in our order before it becomes chaotic. We both ordered the “Hot Asian”. I was in such a great mood that I started making puns/jokes. I told my boyfriend, “You know for liking a hot Asian, I really don’t care for the Hot Asian”.

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As people started coming we picked a spot to sit down and enjoy the free food. They had servers that would come around with trays that sampled their food. We tried their Tuna Poke, Duck Confit flatbread, Hannah’s Homemade Noodles and their Spring Rolls. This was just in a bite size since it was a tasting.

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This was my favorite by far it’s the Tuna Poke. That bite size sent me to heaven! I loved how all the favors complement each other so well. I was dying to get my hands on another.

 

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My second favorite was the Duck Confit flatbread. I was so amazed at how much I liked duck. But the cheese , pickled onion and vinaigrette took it to another level.

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Next was Hannah’s Homemade Noodles. They came out nice and warm I had to take moment to properly take a photo of them. This was so simple yet so delicious at the same time. I’m not going to lie, I had some fun mixing all the ingredients together. Other than the noodles it had garlic-lime, Thai basil and panko. My boyfriend and I had two each, so that has to tell you something.

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If you are a vegan or vegetarian then this might be something you should try. Personally this wasn’t my for me. I was not use to the chef choice protein or their garlic lime vinaigrette.

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After we left the event I was able to snag a few Yelp goodies such as their lip balm and cute notepads.  The restaurant even gave us these 20 dollar off coupons. I had such  a fun night out that we stopped at our local BCH Tofu place to fill our hungry bellies.

  • Since I was at a Yelp event I’ll post the meal planning tomorrow.

 

 

LA FIDM Shmooz Event

Good Morning Everyone!

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend our alumni event in LA. Every FIDM alumni event is different and isn’t held at the same location.img_4486

This year is was held at the New Mart in downtown LA. The purpose of each event is to network with companies that are looking for candidates like you. You also get the chance to network with other alumni from different class years. After exchanging your information with everyone you wait in line for your free food.

Since I love being on time I arrived at the event an hour early. What I thought was so funny is that I arrived so early that no one was there but me. I had my boyfriend tag along since he needs to find more clients for his personal business. So as we made our way around each company table we passed out his card and my resume.

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When we left I felt so inspired. As every company saw my resume they would say confidently that they could easily find me  a job doing what I want. I think just those words alone made my day. In an industry where everything is cut throat, its nice to hear that someone else sees potential in you.

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After leaving this event my dreams have became bigger . I can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Love,

Erika

 

Mexican Getaway

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. Lately I have been working on some side projects and focusing on re-branding.

But last Thursday I decided to take a break from the every day and go on a vacation with my family. My aunt was planning on going there for a quick two day trip. So she invited my mom, sister and I to go.

We all slept over my grandmas house and left to Mexico at 5:30 in the morning. As soon as we made it to San Diego we did our last stop before entering the border. We bought water bottles, snacks and stopped by the bank. After that we ate breakfast at McDonalds and before hitting the road we filled up the gas tank.

Some tips I would give others who haven’t been to Mexico is always bring water. Not only because you can’t drink running water but because you will save more if you but it before hand. Another important tip is to fill up your gas tank. The gas in Mexico isn’t  close to the quality in the U.S. So that small amount of gas you buy there might mess up your engine.

When we arrived in Ensenada we stopped by our favorite taco stand, since we had time to kill. Right when I took a bite, my taste buds went crazy. The tortilla was freshly made and complemented the meat so well. To top it all off I ordered a Mexican bottled coke and that sent me to heaven. Nothing is better than that combination.

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We headed to our hotel right after. This time we stayed at a different hotel than usual. The hotel amazingly had a casino and a beautiful pool. It felt completely safe and it had a secured parking lot for the guests.

 

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Right after getting settled in we decided the rest of the plans for the day. First we went to the cemetery to visit some of my family. My uncle Carlos and Jose are buried right next to my Aunt Maria. My grandma wanted to keep all her children together when they got laid to rest. My favorite Great aunt that I loved to visit was buried right in front of them. We brought them some beautiful flowers and helped tidy they tombstones.

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We then headed over next door to see my Great Grandma. Every time we go visit her my heart just breaks. In many third world countries they love to rob graves. They usually pick ones that rarely get visited and slowly pick away at them. I know this because this happened to her resting spot. When I was about ten, there was a black iron fence that surround her tombstone and had flower holders. Every year we would go there would be things that were slowly missing. Soon enough the black gate was gone and this time the flower holders were gone. As we prayed for her I couldn’t help be feel hurt that someone does this. On the row behind hers there was already an empty plot where someone already looted it. So I put more effort in cleaning her tombstone. I pulled out some weeds and splashed some clean water, to clean off the dust.

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Since we were close to our favorite paleta spot we decided we needed to stop by before we left. I got their cookies and crème paleta and my sister got their pecan. I did regret not getting the strawberry one because that one is their number one best seller. After having our dessert we were hungry again. So we thought why not go back to our favorite taco guy.

 

Round two at the taco stand I decided to be adventurous. So I got their flautas and man they were good! They had shredded beef filing and were topped off with sour cream, lettuces, pico de gallo, avocado and carne asada. With every bite you could tell that it was made from scratch.

 

On Saturday we packed and checked out at 10. My aunt Sandra was dying to go back to La Bufadora. So we walked around looking at food and seeing what each vendor was selling.

For you who don’t know what La Bufadora is. Here a video to show you the main reason everyone goes. That is to see the blowhole of the sea. The area causes the water to squirt up and spray everyone standing near it. Many locals go there to beat the heat especially when its just a dollar to go. Right after that we headed straight to the border and it took us about 4 hours to cross. We got home around 11:30 at night because we stopped to eat dinner. I got home tired not only the wait but the heat too. So when I saw my boyfriend a rush of relief hit me. Sometimes going and visiting other places teaches us what to be grateful for. Even though it was two days it took me a few hours to get use to things again.

Wishing you a great day!

Erika

 

 

Motivational Monday

Happy Monday Everyone!

Hopefully getting into work wasn’t that hard today. This weekend I decided to go visit my family in Hesperia, CA. I love coming home because of the peace and quiet. Another reason I love going home is that I get reminded of how much I am loved and missed (that’s why its hard to come back).

I always find it hard to do everything I want and be able to see everyone. The main places I make a priority to go to are my mom’s house, my grandma’s house and my best friend Vanessa’s apartment. There are days like yesterday that I leave feeling sad because I don’t know the next time I will get to see them. Its mostly because I feel like I never spend enough time with them even when I do see them. It forces me to remember that everyday is precious and that nothing and no one should be taken for granted.

After 3 days away from my boyfriend it made me not only miss my comfy bed but his warm, strong bear hugs. As soon as I saw his face I felt back at home.
I shared everything I did and who I saw. I told him that I gave my dog Muffin a little mani pedi. And since she was a good girl I spoiled her with some dog treats. I even got some treats for my cat too so she wouldn’t get jealous (lol).

I truly loved my weekend away. I don’t know when but next time I go I’m bringing my boyfriend with me 😉

The best kind of people  are the ones that come  into your life, and make  you see the sun where  you once saw clouds.  The people that believe  in you so much, you start  to believe in you too. The people that love you, simply for being you. The once in a lifetime  kind of people.: