The Adventures of a Calamari Queen

Filipina Foodie

Daniel’s Broiler

Hello Everyone! A couple of weeks ago, the Hubs and I and Sis In Law Julia  had dinner at Daniel’s Broiler at Lake Union. We’ve been here twice already and we like the place, food was decent but when it comes to steaks we still prefer John Howie in Bellevue (the best steakhouse for us ) near Seattle. The restaurant was kinda pricey for the quality of the food we had, and they messed up Zach’s steak order but they we’re quick to offer a solution (great customer service there!). The waiter felt bad for him and ended giving us free dessert. So that was nice. Although we had a good experience, we think it’s going to be a while that we will visit Daniel’s again!

2015-05-09_DSC_3619

How big is this lobster tail?!

How big is this lobster tail?!

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

Crispy Artichoke heart ( we really liked this one)

Crispy Artichoke heart ( we really liked this one)

Beets,Goat cheese salad

Beets,Goat cheese salad

Filet Mignon (my order) I really enjoyed this one

Filet Mignon (my order) I really enjoyed my steak! Delicious but not as good as John Howie

SIL's order:Lobster salad

SIL’s order:Lobster Cub salad

Zach's Ribeye

Zach’s Ribeye

2015-05-09_DSC_3611

2015-05-09_DSC_3612

Julia what you doing?!

Julia you feeling full?hehe

His "they messed up my steak" look!

His “they messed up my steak” look!

Wedding Guests!

This weekend, the Hubs and I (together with my In laws) attended a family friend’s wedding and it was such a nice event. It’s one of the best weddings we’ve attended in a long time. The Ceremony was beautiful, the place was cozy, and the food was delicious! The Bride is a childhood friend of Zach’s and both their parents knew each other for a long time. Congratulations to Dan and Noelle! The Best is yet to come…

Pretty Bride! And how cute is this little peony

Pretty Bride! And how cute is this little peony

Ceremony

Ceremony

2015-05-17_DSC_3802

2015-05-17_DSC_3813

2015-05-17_DSC_3818

2015-05-17_DSC_3826

2015-05-17_DSC_3823

Zachs Parents and Noelle (Bride) moms

Zach’s Parents and Noelle’s (Bride) mom

2015-05-17_DSC_3829

2015-05-17_DSC_3833

2015-05-17_DSC_3834

Noelle and my In Laws

Noelle and my In Laws

Cutting of the cake!

Cutting of the cake!

with my In Laws

with my In Laws

so much fun! smores table

so much fun! s’mores table

2015-05-17_DSC_3860

2015-05-17_DSC_3862

Fatty was waiting for us when we got home!

Fatty was waiting for us when we got home!

Mother’s Day 2015!

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last post but I’m still here doing the usual “wifey” stuff. I hope you guys had a great weekend (Mother’s Day weekend).  We invited my In Law’s last Sunday to have dinner with us and celebrate Mothers Day for my MIL. It was a nice and quite one, we ordered sushi from our favorite local sushi place and got some shrimp and crab cakes from our local fish market (we are so lucky to live in this area because we have a lot of good, quality markets around, we don’t have to go to Seattle for that). I’m so grateful for my Mom (she’s in the Philippines now) for raising me and my siblings well. She’s so selfless. I’m also thankful for my MIL who has treated me like her own since I met her. I’m so blessed in that department.

sushi

sushi

Sushi Plate#2

Sushi Plate#2

crab cakes and roast shrimp with umami sauce

crab cakes and roast shrimp with umami sauce

Strawberry,feta,candied walnuts,apple salad

Strawberry,feta,candied walnuts,apple salad

with my MIL and SIL Julia

with my MIL and SIL Julia

Bates Family

Bates Family

What We Wore: Cruise Edition!

Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a great Wednesday. I’m going to link up with The Pleated Poppy – “What I wore” because personally it’s fun for me and great to get some ideas / inspiration from other women’s fashion style. During our Cruise vacation we decided to just bring carry on bags (one for each of us) because the check in fee was $25 each so for roundtrip it will cost us $100 if we were both going to check luggage (nobody has time for that $100!). We are going to the Caribbean so we thought we’ll mostly bring casual clothes like shorts, bathing suits, light shirts. I packed minimally (I thought!) but we still had clothes that we didn’t wear. Anyways, I didn’t buy anything new for this trip but I did shop for my husband because he needed new rash guard shirts and some shorts.

We took a red flight so I wanted to be comfy; leggings and sweater: Target, Talbots top, Brooks running shoes

We took a red eye flight so I wanted to be comfy; leggings and sweater: Target, Talbots top, Brooks running shoes

Dress:Ross (I think, really old), Tory Burch Reva Flats and clutch

Dress:Ross (I think, really old), Tory Burch Reva Flats and clutch

My Hubs! Pants and Shirt:Nordstrom; Cole Haan Shoes

My Hubs! Pants and Shirt:Nordstrom; Cole Haan Shoes

Sea Day! so I wanted casual attire. Top:Maurices, Pants: Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch flipflops

Sea Day! So I wanted casual attire. Top:Maurices, Pants: Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch flipflops

Top:Target, JCrew shorts,Tory burch flipflops

Top:Target, JCrew shorts,Tory burch flipflops

Old navy tshirt, Speedo shorts (I got from Nordstrom), Clarks flipflops

Old navy tshirt, Speedo shorts (I got from Nordstrom), Clarks flipflops

Maxi dress from Ross, Wedge: J Crew, Tory Burch clutch

Maxi dress from Ross, Wedge: J Crew, Tory Burch clutch

Hubs: Old Navy shirt, Speedo shorts; On me: Forever21 romper, Tory Burch Flipflops

Hubs: Old Navy shirt, Speedo shorts; On me: Forever21 romper, Tory Burch Flipflops, Target hat, Rebecca Minkoff mini mac bag

Target Tankini

Target Tankini

Everything from Target! I love me some target:)

Everything from Target! I love me some target:)

Nike shirt, Target shorts (I think, his shorts was really old so I can't remember)

Nike shirt, Target shorts (I think, his shorts were really old so I can’t remember)

 Target dress (another old one)

Target dress/coverup (another old one)

2015-04-19_DSC_3187

Dress: Gap, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Target flats

Dress: Gap, Rebecca Minkoff bag, Target flats

My sister gifted me this dress and it this was super comfy!

My sister gifted me this dress and it this was super comfy!

Old Navy shirt, SPeedo shorts (another sea day)

Old Navy shirt, SPeedo shorts (another sea day)

Dress: Loft, Wedge: J Crew

Dress: Loft, Wedge: J Crew

The Hubs and his casual attire

The Hubs and his casual attire

Target top, Talbots shorts

Target top, Talbots shorts

Nassau, Bahamas

The last Island that we visited was Nassau, Bahamas! It was our least favorite just because it was too crowded and the weather was too hot for us (like the sun eating your skin). We checked out Paradise Point, some parts of the Atlantis Resort (that’s opened to the public) and spent the rest of our time at Cabbage Beach (which was gorgeous but too wavey for me!).

Almost there!

Almost there!

2015-04-19_DSC_3352

little selfie while waiting to get out of the cruise ship

little selfie while waiting to get out of the cruise ship

death to my hat!

death to my hat!

Crowds galore!

Crowds galore!

2015-04-19_DSC_3375

2015-04-19_DSC_3407

was excited to see starbucks bahamas so I can buy their "you are here collection" but they don't have it

was excited to see starbucks bahamas so I can buy their “you are here collection” but they didn’t have it

2015-04-19_DSC_3411

2015-04-19_DSC_3417

2015-04-19_DSC_3423

Cabbage Beach

Cabbage Beach

2015-04-19_DSC_3448

2015-04-19_DSC_3455

2015-04-19_DSC_3475

2015-04-19_DSC_3483

2015-04-19_DSC_3488

we had drinks and croch fritters before going back to the ship

we had drinks and conch fritters before going back to the ship

C fritter

C fritter

2015-04-19_DSC_3503

2015-04-19_DSC_3508

Going back to the Ship

Going back to the Ship

Bye Bahamas!

Bye Bahamas!

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands!

Our 2nd Island to visit was St. Thomas, US Virgin Island! This was another beautiful Island, I only wanted to do 2 things here and that was to see Magens Beach Bay (I heard that it’s voted one of the best beaches in the world; National Geographic Magazine!), second thing to do was visit Paradise Point to get a good of view the Island. After getting off from the cruise ship, we got a taxi right away going to Magens Beach because it can be so crowded and I wanted to take pictures when it’s less busy. When we got there, it didn’t disappoint! My goodness the water was so calm surrounded by a lagoon, crystal clear blue water! If you get to visit St. Thomas and have limited time, you gotta see Magens Beach, it’s one of the best beaches in the Caribbean in my opinion! *I’ve read somewhere that Bella and Edward (Twilight series) shot some scenes here in their honeymoon part of the movie. I can’t confirm that though because I don’t think I’ve seen all the movie/series.*

Good morning from St. Thomas

Good morning from St. Thomas

Magens Beach

Magens Beach

2015-04-19_DSC_3039

having a moment!hehe

having a moment!hehe

2015-04-19_DSC_3051

Hubs

Hubs

2015-04-19_DSC_3060

water is co clear!

water is co clear!

2015-04-19_DSC_3080

Hubs enjoying strawberry margarita!

Hubs enjoying strawberry margarita!

I took this pic inside the taxi, I can't get over how pretty the color is!

I took this pic inside the taxi, I can’t get over how pretty the color is!

Our next stop was Paradise Point (it was just walking distance from our cruise). They have an entrance fee of $21,kinda pricey but the gondola ride was nice and quick (the view was worth it).

Zach took this pic, inside the gondola (going up)

Zach took this pic, inside the gondola (going up)

2015-04-19_DSC_3139

2015-04-19_DSC_3150

2015-04-19_DSC_3155

2015-04-19_DSC_3173

2015-04-19_DSC_3178

2015-04-19_DSC_3162

St. Maarten, Philipsburg

Our first port on our Caribbean cruise is the Island of St. Maarten, Philipsburg (Dutch side). We’re really excited to be out of the ship after 2 and half days being on the sea. I really liked St. Maarten because it was clean and really tourist friendly. We visited Maho beach.  We spent a good amount of time there (it’s also called the “airport” beach) because it’s so close to the airport  (Princess Juliana International Airport). It is a must if you visit St. Maarten, I mean how often do you experience having a huge plane just above your head?! We got to see the big commercial plane KML ( looks like everybody was waiting for it too). It was so much fun for me, but the Hubs wasn’t as excited to see this whole thing. He’d rather drink at the bar and lounge! The beach was so nice too, clear and powdery white sand (my kind of beach!).

Good Morning St. Maarten

Good Morning St. Maarten

:)

:)

Hubs

Hubs

:)

:)

Love St Maarten

Love St. Maarten

Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach

:)

:)

:)

:)

On our way to Maho Beach

On our way to Maho Beach (we took the taxi, paid $9 each)

:)

:)

:)

Maho Beach

2015-04-19_DSC_2833

Here comes a plane!

Here comes a plane!

Photo from online (but this is the same plane we saw) that made me super excited!

Photo from online (but this is the same plane we saw) that made me super excited!

Hubby swimming

Hubby swimming

2015-04-19_DSC_2857

2015-04-19_DSC_2862

Smile Hubs smile!

Smile Hubs smile!

enjoying some fruity drink at Sunset Bar and Grill

enjoying some fruity drink at Sunset Bar and Grill

2015-04-19_DSC_2888

back to the Great Bay beach

back to the Great Bay beach

2015-04-19_DSC_2902

Boat ride going back to our Cruise

Boat ride going back to our Cruise

the famous Guavaberry (it was OK for us)

the famous Guavaberry (it was OK for us)

2015-04-19_DSC_2934

2015-04-19_DSC_2946

Ocean Blue By Geoffrey Zakarian

We had our Anniversary dinner at the Ocean Blue (Norwegian Getaway cruise) and it was one of the best times on our cruise vacation. The food was superb and the service was amazing ( always anticipating your needs yet not in your face kind of attitude). Although it was a bit pricey because this place is not part of any “free dining” that the cruise offers. The Hubs went all out with the appetizers! He really likes his apps:) They offer seafoods and have selections of raw items like oysters and hamachi. If you find yourself on a cruise and they have an Ocean Blue restaurant, you must try it at least because you will not regret it! The Hubs and I had a great experience in this restaurant.

Ocean Blue

Ocean Blue

mascarpone bread and cheeses

mascarpone bread and cheeses2015-04-19_DSC_2704

crab toast

crab toast (this was really good!)

different types of oysters

different types of oysters

2015-04-19_DSC_2712

yellow tail hamachi

yellow tail (hamachi)

salmon tartare

salmon tartare

beet salad with caviar

beet salad with caviar (the food presentation is just lovely)

steak tartare (this was Ok for me, had better steak tartare here in Seattle)

steak tartare (this was Ok for me, had better steak tartare here in Seattle)

Lobster Mushroom Risotto (rich and decadent!) love the flavors!

Lobster Mushroom Risotto (rich and decadent!) love the flavors!

hubs about to enjoy his dinner

hubs about to enjoy his dinner

I had the snapper with some fancy side dish that I'm not familiar with!hehehe

I had the snapper with some fancy ingredients that I’m not familiar with! hehehe

2015-04-19_DSC_2723

complimentary cake!

complimentary cake! that we end up not eating because we’re too full. we had some in our cabin the next day though 

2015-04-19_DSC_2727

2015-04-19_DSC_2728

Caribbean Cruise!

Hello everyone! I’ve been MIA for the last couple of weeks because the Hubs and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary with an Eastern Caribbean cruise (Norwegian Getaway). It’s our first time cruising and we had so much fun! It was such a relaxing time with my Hubs. We visited St. Maartens Philipsburg (Netherlands,dutch side), St. Thomas US Virgin Islands, and Nassau Bahamas. We really liked our cruise ship because there’s always something going on, lots of options/activities so we were never bored and the food was great too. I will be posting more of our amazing dinner experiences in the coming days. Enjoy the pics!

enjoying the view from our balcony room

enjoying the view(Miami port) from our balcony room

our Balcony stateroom

our Balcony stateroom

a little selfie action

a little selfie action

2015-04-19_DSC_2570
Pretty Chandelier from the ships main lobby

replica of our cruise ship

replica of our cruise ship

enjoying our lunch with a view

enjoying our lunch with a view

Atlantic Ocean

Atlantic Ocean

animal towel prepared by the housekeeper

animal towel prepared by the housekeeper

St. Maartens

St. Maartens

Fruit and Veggie carving demonstration (this is so pretty, watermelon flower)

Fruit and Veggie carving demonstration (this is such a pretty watermelon flower)

Hubs doing crazy things (rope course)

Hubs doing crazy things (rope course)

The cast of Legally Blonde (we did watch it but preffered the real "broadway show)

The cast of Legally Blonde (we did watch it but preferred the real “broadway show)

2015-04-19_DSC_29022015-04-19_DSC_2769

watched Fireworks on the 4th night!

watched Fireworks on the 4th night!2015-04-19_DSC_2792

St Thomas US Virgin Islands

St Thomas US Virgin Islands

2015-04-19_DSC_3203

My hat has a life of its own..lasted for 6 days and I have to throw it out because it was pretty useless.

My hat has a life of its own..lasted for 6 days and I had to throw it out because it was pretty useless.

Atlantis Resort Bahamas

Atlantis Resort Bahamas

Cabbage Beach Bahamas

Cabbage Beach Bahamas

2015-04-19_DSC_3483

Farewell show

Farewell show

Port of Miami

Port of Miami

last selfie before going back to Seattle

last selfie before going back to Seattle

Happy Easter!

Today we are celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! One of the most important events in the Christian world. I’m just so grateful for what Jesus did on the Cross, the unconditional love He gave to all of us. The perfect, sinless Son of God suffered and died for all of us, despite our unworthiness. Thank You Jesus for what you’ve done for our sake.

Yes He did!

Yes He did!

Hes-Risen

Aside from Easter Sunday celebration, we are also celebrating our 7th wedding Anniversary! We are thankful to God for blessing our  marriage for the last 7 years.  We cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the coming years! The Best is yet to come:) We took a couple of pictures before going to church this morning. We had brunch after with my In laws in one of the restaurants here in Issaquah.  The Hubs and I plan to have a little getaway somewhere to celebrate and we are so excited! I hope you had a great Easter weekend all:)

so blessed to have my Hubs in my life!

so blessed to have my Hubs in my life!

someone was forced to have a solo picture!hehe

someone was forced to have a solo picture!hehe

:)

:)

with my Bunny Riley!

with my Bunny Riley!

with my Sis-In-Law Julia

with my Sis-In-Law Julia

Siblings!

Siblings!

Sip Restaurant in Issaquah

Sip Restaurant in Issaquah

brunch

brunch

my lovely In laws! love them..

my lovely In laws! love them..

Yum!

Yum!

Post Navigation

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.