Europe Trip β™‘

My parents decided it would be a great idea to go on a two week Euro trip with both my grandmas to Italy, Prague, Vienna and Germany. We had such an amazing time. This trip is definitely one I will remember forever. Seeing my grandmas communicating and traveling together with us was one of the best experiences. My grandma Nonna is Italian and my grandma Obaachan is Japanese. Somehow my grandmas get along and communicate with each other so well. I wish this was all filmed so you guys could see how funny and amazing the way they communicate is.Β  Here are a few photos from the trip. β™‘

Reggio Calabria, Italy β™‘

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My Nonna lives in Reggio Calabria, Italy so we began our trip from there. On our first day we went to my favorite beach in the world, which I have blogged about before called Baia Di Riaci, which is located in Taormina, Italy (an hour away from Reggio Calabria).

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Look how blue and clear! I have had the best memories here.

 

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My kawaii Obaachan and her stylish swimsuit hehe

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Bathing suit is from American Eagle πŸ™‚

67948949_402008007386113_3057879129769639936_n.jpgMy brother and I β™‘

67967038_446800816050156_2177942228918337536_n (1).jpgand my papa and I β™‘

69104065_492761458220864_5428828925453139968_n.jpgHere is a photo of the center of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

68399147_511642772937185_3461211141940707328_nWe had aperitivo in the Center. So yummy….

69006977_2484619918491287_6613442736039133184_nIf you ever go to Italy you have to try the latte di mandorla (almond milk) it is sweet and delicious. It tastes differently from the almond milk here in the States.Β  One of my all time favorites and I always get it when I am in Italy.

68559668_361575181430870_3126064016221274112_n.jpgWe went out to eat pizza. Guys this was the one of the best pizzas i’ve ever had in my life!!! Mozzarella con latte di Bufala, Caciocavallo Silano DOP, smoked Scamorza and Gorgonzola.

68866985_379255723007072_5661901617897668608_n (1).jpgWe spent a day with family at my uncle’s beach house. My grandma cooked so much for us. I forgot to take a photo πŸ˜₯ she made parmigiana, lamb, salad, cheese and pasta.

 

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Nonna and obaachan were holding hands everywhere they went and looked after each other.

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Vienna, Austria β™‘

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This is a photo of my grandma and I at our airbnb in Vienna. Vienna is such a quiet and clean city.

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With beautiful architecture!

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We went to a lovely traditional Austrian restaurant called Plachutta and had so much food.

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We had Tafelspitz (which is boiled meat in broth with vegetables) and wienerschnitzel which are both traditional Viennese dishes.

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Here is a photo of the broth with vegetables. It had so much flavor!

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We later went to see an Opera/Ballet, since Vienna was home to many famous composers like Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Mozart and many more. We thought it would be appropriate to go see a show.

 

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We then took a train to Prague πŸ™‚

 

Prague, Czech Republic β™‘

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I fell in love with Prague, from the food to the architecture to the people.

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Just so beautiful everywhere you look!

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We tried the famous TrdelnΓ­k (which literally means turtle neck) which was rolled dough with cinnamon, sugar and filled with ice cream! It was so good. They had so many different types with pistachio, nutella, fruits, chocolate and more.

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Here is a selfie πŸ˜€

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Both grandmas together β™‘ they are so cute.

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My dad and my Nonna β™‘β™‘β™‘

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We went to this amazing restaurant called Mlejnice which amazing traditional food with such flavor!!

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We had different types of meats, beer and goulash (which was my absolute favorite). I will be craving goulash every single day haha.

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Prague you were sooo beautiful and your food was so yummy.

Dusseldorf, Germany β™‘

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Lastly, we went to Dusseldorf, Germany. I have cousins and my aunt and uncle live here. I really enjoyed going back to Germany and seeing family.

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The famous and delicious curry wurst.

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Passed by this beautiful church

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Nonna and obaachan pretending to sleep haha.

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A photo of my beautiful mamma and I.

 

If you read this all the way through, thank you!! This is my favorite post i’ve made so far because it means so much to me and it is filled memories I will remember for the rest of my life. We laughed so much until we cried and I learned so much more about my family. I feel so blessed and thankful that my family are from two complete different cultures and that I am able to travel, learn and grow from and with them.

 

Thank you for reading β™‘

With so much love,

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4th of July Weekend β™‘

We went to Austin for the 4th of July weekend to celebrate my brother’s birthday πŸ˜€ Here are a few photos and activities from our trip.

 

Lady Bird Lake β™‘

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66209572_730715860693173_633016611074211840_nΒ The great thing about Austin is that there are so many outdoor activities. Kayaking at Lady Bird Lake is one of our favorite outdoor activities to do in Austin. When you go to Austin this is a must πŸ˜€

 

Sway β™‘

66127392_457963448321822_7307330376706293760_nWe went to a Thai Restaraunt called Sway to celebrate my brother’s birthday. I didn’t get to take too many photos of the food (I know, I’m sorry.. I was just enjoying my time with my family so much) but if you are ever in Austin and want to eat some good Thai we recommend Sway.

Sculpture Falls β™‘

66178518_2364119363912585_2064430186065035264_nOn 4th of July we went to Sculpture Falls! It was so beautiful!! Look how pretty and clear the water is. To get to Sculpture Falls you have to hike. The hike is around 1.5 miles.

We made our lunches, brought fruits and water to stay hydrated.

66278038_205324907051334_7890248122712981504_n.jpgPeople were slacklining, swimming with their dogs and skipping rocks. It was so great to see a community of people enjoying the outdoors together.

65971930_366387334023514_5419394179383951360_nMe and Feli β™‘ Look how pretty the falls are!

66599955_2069020656541755_3581151402216390656_nHere is a photo of my brother and dad. It was so great to spend time with my family. β™‘

66526526_674692866306493_2106504171027955712_nMy cute Mamma β™‘

66275837_379860659551447_6458135271211794432_nI really felt so blessed to spend this beautiful time with my family here.

Homemade Burgers β™‘

66143265_2151599461807324_7326976897147994112_nAfter Sculpture Falls Felipe made us his special burgers!Β  He has a special recipe that includes guacamole, sweet potato, turkey bacon and vegan cream cheese. It’s so good guys.Β  Let me know if you would like me to share the recipe πŸ˜›

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We had such a lovely time β™‘ Love my Mamma

66454335_603170256871963_2176773791655395328_nWe later went to go see the fireworks in Downtown Austin. Look at the lovely view we had!

66291167_479546402804957_1530728053691383808_n.jpgHope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July with your loved ones. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with my family. I am feeling very blessed.

Austin is a favorite place of mine and I know one blog post isn’t enough to share my appreciation. Next time I go, I’ll share more of my favorite places in Austin with you. Okay? β™‘

Β β™‘Thank you for always reading β™‘

With so much love,

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LA Trip β™‘

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I decided to go to LA for a couple days to get away from New York and also visit a very close friend of mine. Here are a few photos of my trip/places I recommend for you to go β™‘ For all you foodies, this one is here for you. I went a bit wild with the food this time. hehe

 

Melrose Trading Post β™‘

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Meet one of my closest friends Victoria β™‘ She is currently living in LA and I am so happy I got to visit her and have her show me around. Thank you for everything Vic, love u.

The Melrose Trading Post is like the LA version of the Brooklyn Flea Market (but better).

I bought the shades I am wearing in the photo at The Melrose Trading Post. Aren’t they so cute? πŸ™‚

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They had the cutest little stands/tents. Look at this cute little van too β™‘ I enjoy going to flea markets and I think The Melrose Trading Post is one of my favorite flea markets I have been too.

 

Gracias Madre β™‘

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Vic took me to the cutest Organic/Vegan Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre. Which is the sister restaurant of Cafe Gratitude (which I didn’t get the chance to go to this time).

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I had a yummy Michelada πŸ˜›

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Gracias Madre serves farm fresh, locally sourced, organic and vegan food. If you have the chance to go, you gotta go πŸ™‚

Malibuβ™‘

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I have never had the chance to visit Malibu!! So happy I got to visit this time. It was such a peaceful, quiet place.

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Happy I got to spend time by the beach β™‘

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For those of you who saw my instagram story saw that I was looking for the Grace & Frankie house there. I was never able to find it 😦 but apparently the house is located in Malibu. If you are able to go and find it, let me know! πŸ™‚

Little Tokyoβ™‘

Little Tokyo is such a fun place to go to for yummy Japanese food and also for Japanese snacks, face masks and more πŸ˜€

Here are two restaurants we went to, I recommend both. πŸ˜€

Chinchikurin (Okonomiyaki/Takoyaki)

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Marugame Monzo (Udon)

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I decided to be a little adventurous and I tried the udon carbonaro (a combination of Japanese and Italian food). I guess if I were a food i’d be udon carbonara….? lol I wouldn’t mind πŸ˜› It was sooo good. I know it sounds weird but it was sooo creamy and full of flavor.

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For the other half of my trip I stayed with my friends Aaron and Eilidh and they were kind enough to show us around and drive us around. Unfortunately, we only took this photo of us together. Thank you for everything Aaron and Eilidh!!

Runyon Canyonβ™‘

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I have always wanted to go to Runyon Canyon. Yes, this is the very famous hiking spot where you can spot lots of celebrities. (No we didn’t see any this time lol).

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Runyon is such a beautiful place to go to get a little exercise in. LA is great because you are still in a city but can be immersed in nature in just a few minutes.

Also, if you are looking for a place to get a good view of LA…Runyon is the place πŸ™‚

 

My Little Dumpling β™‘

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Vic took me to the cutest Dim Sum Restaurant. The photos speak for itself.

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This is the perfect place to go for an intimate dinner with drinks and plates to share with friends.

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We later had gelato at Gelateria Uli, it is walking distance from My Little Dumpling. So if you are looking for a good gelateria with unique flavors this is the place to go. I had the thai iced tea and lavender.

I met with so many other friends that I didn’t get to take any photos with or of 😦

During this trip I felt really loved and made so many great memories.

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Thankful for life, my friends, for Peri Chan, for being able to travel, to make new experiences and also for you. Thank you for reading this blog post all the way through.β™‘

Β What places do you recommend I go the next time I am in LA?

Let me know πŸ™‚

With lots and lots and lots of love,

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My Favorite Places in Brooklyn, NY (So Far) β™‘

As many of you know, I have been living in New York now for about 9-10 months now.

Although I do not feel like a New Yorker, I definitely have been finding cute restaurants, stores and cafes that I’d like to share with you all today.Β  You will probably see me hanging out at some of these places πŸ™‚ hehe

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Devocion, is a Colombian cafe. They have a few locations but a really close friend of mine is a coffee educator at the Williamsburg location so I like to work here often. I find this cafe really nice to work in because of the natural light and the beautiful green plant is nice especially when you’re living in a city.

Since I work from home, I have the luxury of working in spaces like this during the day πŸ™‚

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You can also find me hanging out here with my friend Laura πŸ˜›

Come here for good coffee and friendly people β™‘

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Carthage Must Be Destroyed is an Australian brunch place located in a warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn. All their ingredients are organic and fresh. Not only is the food great here but the decor is amazing too. Especially if you like all things pink πŸ˜‰

They have a rule where you can only take photos of your food and not of yourselves. Which I think is a great rule πŸ˜› Taking photos are always fun but learning how to be aware and present in your environment is important too.

 

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Van Leeuwen is a New York based artisan ice cream shop. They have classic and vegan flavors. If you’re ever walking around New York and you spot a Van Leeuwen’s do yourself a favor and get some ice cream… and if you’re feeling adventurous get the ice cream cookie πŸ˜› They have yummy flavors like their early gray ice cream and if you’re going for a good dairy free flavor I really enjoyed their chocolate vegan ice cream. πŸ˜€ (Seriously, everything I have tried here so far has been great)

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive studio to do some yoga in Brooklyn, Healhaus has a $20 new comer rate for one week of unlimited yoga. They also do meditation classes, workshops and have a wellness cafe. I came here one time and I really enjoyed the yoga class I took here.

Package Free Store

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The Package Free store is a zero waste retail store selling products from stainless steel straws to bamboo tooth brushes to diva cups! My friend Laura introduced me to this shop. She is very conscious and aware of reducing waste and living more of a eco friendly lifestyle. I am learning a lot from her. I never realized how much we really do waste and use plastic in our daily lives. Even if it’s little steps (I am still learning too) we can make small steps into implementing an eco friendly lifestyle.

 

These are a few of my favorite places. I will definitely be updating and reposting this as I know I will keep discovering new places. Let me know if you’d like to see this version of places I enjoy going to in the city.

 

Thank you so much for reading. Hope you can discover and check out these places too!

Let me know if you have any suggestions of places I should check out πŸ™‚

With love,

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Tulum, Mexico β™‘

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Hello β™‘ Happy New Year! During the holidays my parents and I decided to go to Tulum for a few days. I thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from the trip.

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Tulum is a city where you bike everywhere! We biked everyday to get to the beach for the first few days.

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I had an amazing smoothie bowl from a restaurant called Sugar Free

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We spent every day at the beach. (Bathing suit from h&m, I couldn’t find the link:( )

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We biked and bought a few pounds of rambutan πŸ˜›

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I found the most beautiful furniture store

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Bacalar β™‘

 

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My family and I went to this town called Bacalar which is three hours away from Tulum by bus. Bacalar is a lagoon connected to the ocean, this water isn’t salt water! Doesn’t it look like the ocean?

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My beautiful mommy πŸ™‚

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After we swam, we walked around the town. This town had such a calm presence to it, we felt so relaxed here.

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Mexico, I can’t wait to go back and see you again. Hopefully my next destination will be Mexico City? πŸ™‚

Hasta luego Mexico,

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Outside Lands β™‘

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During my time at Berklee College of Music, I was able to get into a class called The Berklee Popular Music Institute and the class entailed of sending artists to major music festivals. My team & I were able to go with the band AJNA.

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We had the time of our lives!!!! What a wonderful experience.

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I am so proud of them! They did so amazing!! They killed it. Check out AJNA’s new EP here-

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Matine and I on our first day ❀

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I even made a sweet friend on the trip ❀ Sidney !!! She is awesome.

 

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I even got tinsels in my hair!!! πŸ™‚

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IΒ  MET MY BEST FRIEND AND INSPIRATION JONATHAN VAN NESS ❀ he was the only person I wanted to meet and I met him. So i’m telling you all… dreams really do come true !! (Credit goes to Matine for taking this photo for me !! )

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Me + Sid + Matine + Aaron ❀ haha GIRLS CLUB

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me and feli! So proud of you ❀

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Outside Lands was by far the best festivalΒ  I have ever been too.

IMG_5778Β We were surrounded by nature, kind people, music and food!! What more could you ask for!?

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It felt like we were camping at a music festival!! All we needed was some fire and some yummy marshmallows to roast. πŸ˜›

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Mac Demarco !!!!

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Haha so much fun!!

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What an amazing team!! What an amazing group of friends!! What an amazing experience!! What an amazing group of people!!

 

Thank you SF!! Thank you Outside Lands!! Thank you Berklee!!

See you soon SF!!

With so much love,

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4th of July β™‘

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Spent my last 4th of July in Boston with friends at Carson Beach in Boston. I just wanted to share a few photos from my day on my blog.

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We spent the day with lots of yummy fruits, coconut water and chips.

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Here with my friend Allie!

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and with my peri chan πŸ™‚

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I went with a few other friends but they were too shy to take photos haha.

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We later biked home πŸ™‚

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and went to The Charles River and watched the fireworks! They were so beautiful.

 

I will miss you Boston, sad to be leaving you so soon.

 

❀

With so much love,

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