The Adventures of a Calamari Queen

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence day, America! I’m so grateful to enjoy the freedom of living the American Dream. The Hubs and I (and Riley) stayed at home,though we had some invites from family and friends (thanks for being so thoughtful guys!) we did watch a movie and did some errands earlier today. We hope you are having a fun and safe 4th of July weekend! God Bless the U.S.A!

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Some of the things we did today: cuddle with the fattypuss, Riley, enjoyed some Jamba juice, ordered pizza, did a little couponing:)

Happy Birthday Riley!

Today June 30 is Rileys 5th birthday! We didn’t have any get together with my hubs family(we always do something) because it’s in the middle of the week. We got some donuts to celebrate the bday boy (we only gave him a tiny piece) and walked him this evening and had yogurt to end the day:) Happy Birthday Riley, you bring so much laughter to us!

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Garden 2015!

We’ve been having a great week in the PNW (weather wise) so I’ve been enjoying staying in our patio and my little garden, savoring summer! I didn’t go “all out” in my garden this year and kept it simple. I had tomatoes and herbs and cheap annuals just to add color and that’s about it. I have 3 hydrangeas and I’ve been enjoying them inside the house too. They’re my favorite! I’ve been loving free flowers for the last couple of weeks now. I’ve been using our herbs too in my cooking. I love summertime:)

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green onions;I planted this last year(from seeds) and they survived winter!

green onions;I planted this last year(from seeds) and they survived winter!

herbs!

herbs!

Herbs from the garden (grilled salmon with herb butter)

Herbs from the garden (grilled salmon with herb butter)

coffee and bagels in the garden!

coffee and bagels in the garden!

organic lettuces

organic lettuce

cayenne pepper

cayenne pepper

I can't remember the name of this flower/plants

I can’t remember the name of these flowers

annuals

annuals

Blue Hydrangeas

Blue Hydrangeas

white hydrangeas

white hydrangeas

purple/pinkish

purple/pinkish

pretty blue

pretty blue

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someone's liking the flowers too!

someone’s liking the flowers too!

with my Gardening buddy Riley!

with my Gardening buddy, Riley!

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Father’s Day 2015!

Hello Everyone! Hope you had a good Fathers day weekend. Ours was great!  We had some nice, sunny weather in the Pacific North West. Saturday, Hubs and I, with our travel buddy Riley, went to the Tolt River (Carnation,WA) and spent Saturday afternoon there. The river water was pretty clear and low and they have an area were public fishing was opened and several people just did that.

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I can't even with this picture!

I can’t even with this picture!

Take out Thai food for dinner!

Take out Thai food for dinner!

Sunday, Father’s Day, we had hamburgers to celebrate my Father In law. We ate on our patio and enjoyed the nice Sunday evening. My Dad is not with us anymore so Father’s day is kinda sad for me but I hope you guys had a great time with your Dads and celebrate them while they are still here! Have a great rest of your day, I’m off to garden right now:)

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FIL grilling

FIL grilling

YUM

YUM

summer must!

summer must!

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Father and Son

Father and Son

opening gifts

opening gifts

Furbaby and paposh!

Furbaby and paposh!

with Baby lexy (goodness eyebags for days!)

with Baby lexy (goodness eyebags for days!)

Giada

One thing me and my sisters wanted to do in Vegas was to dine at Giada De Laurentii’s new restaurant in the Strip (Cromwell Hotel) because it got good reviews and personally I really like Giada.  I usually watch her Food Network shows and I have 2 of her cookbooks. I even went to Costco when she had her cookbook released and I waited in line to get it signed. I’m sort of a fan! This is her first restaurant so I figured I might as well check it out. The atmosphere was really nice, we were seated at the window so we got a good view of the Bellagio fountain and the Strip.

It was a pricey dinner for what we had (I think, the Hubs kinda disagree!). The food was good but the servings were kinda small for the prices ( I guess we need to expect that in a fine dining place). Although the food was good, Zach was unlucky because he didn’t like his order. He got the lobster ravioli (the servers recommendation) and it was pathetic. I tasted the ravioli and I can’t believe Giada would allow that dish to be served in her restaurant. The pasta was too al dente and BLAND and the lobster was overcooked! I wouldn’t recommend their lobster ravioli. Despite Zach’s order, we had a good experience and the service was fast. We will most likely be back here if we happen to be in Vegas but we’ll just skip the raviolis ;)

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Meat and Cheese platter! I love their Parmesan and Prisciutto

Meat and Cheese platter! I love their Parmesan and Prosciutto

She put her name everywhere, from plates to the placemats!

She put her name everywhere, from plates to the placemats!

orzo meatballs and marinated olives

orzo meatballs and marinated olives

roast chicken with cacciatore sauce

roast chicken with cacciatore sauce

asparagus on the side

asparagus on the side

Lobster Ravioli (looks good but this was so BLAND)

Lobster Ravioli (looks good but this was so BLAND)

Lemon SPaghetti with shrimps (this was good)

Lemon Spaghetti with shrimps (this was good)

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There was a photobooth outside the restaurant but we didn't bother checking it out.

There was a photobooth outside the restaurant but we didn’t bother checking it out.

outside Cromwell Hotel!

outside Cromwell Hotel!

 

 

Vegas!

The Hubs and I just got back from Vegas 2 days ago to attend a family friends wedding. The Bride is my sister Cynthia’s SIL and they are like extended family to us. My other sister Rosell also attended so it was like a mini reunion for me and my sisters. It was such a fun wedding and so happy that Zach and I got to see Trisha and Shane (Bride and Groom) on their special day. Aside from the wedding, I’m glad we got to spend some time with my sisters doing “Vegas” thing like watching a show, having a nice dinner at Giada, and enjoying the pool at Caesars palace ( we stayed at the Hard Rock hotel too), buffet dinner at Bacchanal and Wicked spoon and experienced the HighRoller at the LINQ.

We are back at home now and I’m just resting because since we got home, I’m having a nasty cold and I’ve been pretty miserable since. The Hubs is taking care of me and Riley. I hope you’re all having a good weekend!

Hello Vegas

Hello Vegas

Hotel View

Hotel View

strolling around The Forum Shops with my sisters

strolling around The Forum Shops with my sisters

Dinner at Wicked Spoon (Cosmopolitan Hotel)

Dinner at Wicked Spoon (Cosmopolitan Hotel)

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strolling around the strip!

strolling around the strip!

enjoying our burgers at Shake Shack

enjoying our burgers at Shake Shack

Pretty Bride Trisha (her Bachelorette  party)

Pretty Bride Trisha (her Bachelorette party)

great view during the Bachelorette Party (Cosmopolitan Hotel)

great view during the Bachelorette Party (Cosmopolitan Hotel)

excuse my double chin! this was such a fun night celebrating the couple!

excuse my double chin! this was such a fun night as we celebrate the couple!

Trisha and Shane (Bride and Groom)

Trisha and Shane (Bride and Groom)

Pool time (Caesars Palace, I love this place)

Pool time (Caesars Palace, I love this place)

enjoying the sun and relaxing at the Pool

enjoying the sun and relaxing at the Pool

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Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity

Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity

YUM!

YUM!

My sisters at Bellagio Hotel

My sisters at Bellagio Hotel

Real Hydrangeas at Bellagio

Real Hydrangeas at Bellagio

Lovely dinner at Giada

Lovely dinner at Giada

great way to see the Vegas view at night

great way to see the Vegas view at night

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wedding day at Caesars Palace

wedding day at Caesars Palace

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Groom and his Groomsmen

Groom and his Groomsmen

preparing for a group picture with the newly weds

preparing for a group picture with the newly weds

Father of the Bride, Trisha, Brother of the Bride

Father of the Bride, Trisha, Brother of the Bride

My sis and her husband Chad (brother of the Bride)

My sis and her husband Chad (brother of the Bride)

Reception at the Palms

Reception at the Palm

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The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

My yummy filet mignon!

My yummy filet mignon!

I love this picture of my Brother in law Chad and his brother Landon! such a happy picture.

I love this picture of my Brother in law Chad and his brother Landon! such a happy picture.

with my family tree!

with my family tree!

Congratulations to Trisha and Shane! You two are such a fun couple and we wish you a lifetime of Love and Happiness!

Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! I’m not an American citizen by birth, but I’m so grateful for the sacrifices of the American soldiers. Freedom is not Free! So many gave their lives so we can enjoy the lives we have right now. I love living in this country and what it stands for! Land of the free because of the Brave. (picture courtesy from http://www.memorialdayusa.com)

Memorial

We had BBQ tonight because aside from Memorial day, we are having late birthday celebrations for my In laws. They were on vacation during their actual birthdays. We had burgers….sooo good, chicken wings, chips, homemade guacamole, and cake. It was a simple but special time with my In laws.

I made caramelized onions

I made caramelized onions

sweet corn with parsley (lots of butter!)

sweet corn with parsley (lots of butter!)

chicken kaboobs

chicken kaboobs

chicken wings

chicken wings

so flavorful!

so flavorful!

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monster burger

monster burger

Lexy napping!

Lexy napping!

Oh my goodness, Riley so spoiled!

Oh my goodness, Riley so spoiled! I think he’s enjoying a belly rub from his Auntie

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birthday cakes

birthday cakes

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love Rileys  face here!

love Riley’s face here!

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!

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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

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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

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Zachs Parents and Noelle (Bride) moms

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

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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

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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

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