Europe Trip ♡

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.  Here are a few photos from the trip. ♡

Reggio Calabria, Italy ♡

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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 🙂

67948949_402008007386113_3057879129769639936_n.jpgMy brother and I ♡

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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 😥 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 ♡

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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 🙂

 

Prague, Czech Republic ♡

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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 Trdelník (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 😀

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Both grandmas together ♡ they are so cute.

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My dad and my Nonna ♡♡♡

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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 ♡

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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 ♡

With so much love,

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LA Trip ♡

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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 ♡ For all you foodies, this one is here for you. I went a bit wild with the food this time. hehe

 

Melrose Trading Post ♡

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Meet one of my closest friends Victoria ♡ 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? 🙂

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They had the cutest little stands/tents. Look at this cute little van too ♡ 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 ♡

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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 😛

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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 🙂

Malibu♡

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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 ♡

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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! 🙂

Little Tokyo♡

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

Here are two restaurants we went to, I recommend both. 😀

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 😛 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 Canyon♡

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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 🙂

 

My Little Dumpling ♡

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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.♡

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

Let me know 🙂

With lots and lots and lots of love,

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Yokohama, Japan ♡

Kimono ♡

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During my time in Japan, we went to Yokohama (a city an hour away from Tokyo) to visit my grandma’s friend of 55 years and her husband.

My grandmother’s friend Atsue handmakes kimono’s and she handmade me two kimonos.

They are so beautiful, one of the kimono’s is a yukata (which is a casual summer kimono) and the other kimono is a lot thicker with many layers and is used for formal purposes.

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This is the kimono used for formal purposes, look how beautiful this is!

This was handmade. Kimono’s are an art.

So beautiful, it makes me feel so proud of my heritage.

Kimonos are worn for many occasions, even during weddings, they have been around since the Heian Period in Japan which is from the year 794.

 

When wearing kimonos, their are specific ways you need to put on each layer. The kimono has to be wrapped onto your body a certain way.

(This is Atsue San, my grandma’s friend of 55 years and the lady that handmade me these kimonos)

Like I mentioned before there are many many many layers. haha

To the point where you feel stiff when walking around or sitting down.

This process takes a while, more than you would really think!

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Then finally ta-da!

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The Obi (the belt of the kimono) can be wrapped and tied in many ways.

This is how Atsue San folded my obi, this is very very difficult to do!

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This is Hirofumi San, Atsue San’s husband.

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My brother Andre and I.

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Hirofumi San, Atsue San and I.

Aren’t they so cute?! I call them my Yokohama Ojiichan and Obaachan (grandpa and grandma).

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Then, I tried the yukata (as mentioned before, the casual kimonos worn during summer).

This time my obi was yellow and folded in a bow, so cute right?!

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My family with Hirofumi San and Atsue San.

I cannot begin to thing how blessed I am to have been able to receive two handmade kimonos and to experience my Japanese culture in an even more traditional sense.

ありがとうHirofumi San and Atsue San ♡

 

Akarenga (Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)♡

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Akarenga also known as the Yokohama Red Brick House, is a place I have been going for several years because of family friends that have taken me.

Look how cute and festive it was for Christmas!!

Fun Facts:

  • Akarenga is a warehouse near the Yokohama port.
  • There are two brick houses, One is a museum and the other is filled with small shops and restaurants.
  • In 1911 the first Brick House was built and then later in 1913 the second Brick House was built.

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Taking selfies outside haha

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We went inside and did a little shopping ♡

and later had lunch inside the brick house, there are many restaurants in the brick house.  We ate at the food court.

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This was my yummy lunch, I had sashimi donburi (donburi which literally means bowl in Japanese) and miso soup.

yummy.

Cup Noodle Museum ♡

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We went to the Cup Noodle Museum and we got to make our own cup ramens!!!

 

Andre and I were so excited!!!

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To the left is Andre’s and to the right is mine 🙂 I put little narutos that had cute birds on them 🙂 (naruto is a cured fish).

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After making our cup noodles we got to put them in bags, so that’s me showing off the cup noodle I made, loud and proud 🙂 haha

Then on later floors they had the history of how the first cup ramen was made and it was actually a very educational and inspiring experience!

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I would recommend for you to go if you ever have time to visit Yokohama:)

Thank you Yokohama ♡

Yokohama is a city I have grown to love very much.

またね Yokohama ♡(see you)

With so much love,

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Bangkok, Thailand ♡

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Bangkok for a few days. I was so excited to go because I have never been to an Asian country other than Japan!

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We stayed at a very cute and affordable airbnb near the city!

 

JJ Green Market

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On our first day there, we decided to visit the JJ Green Market which is a weekend night  market that sells awesome vintage and new clothes. You cannot imagine how cheap everything was. I was purchasing beautiful shirts for $3!!! I know, crazy.

 

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

IMG_4728.jpgThe next day we went to visit Khlong Lat Mayom floating market. There were sooo many delicious looking fruits and food.

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For $3 each we were about to go on taxi boat to a few different locations.

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We went to visit a beautiful temple!

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We went to a beautiful orchid farm!

We drank yummy coconuts

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I took lots of pictures and Felipe was sweet enough not to get annoyed. haha

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The food was soooo delicious! Every dish was around $3-$6! It was too go to be true.

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I wanna go back and eat these mussels again!!!

 

Wat Pho

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The next day we went to Wat Pho, and it is where the famous reclining Buddha resides.

It was HUGEEE.

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This is our attempt at taking a selfie with the Buddha.

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The architecture was so beautiful, we took lots of photos.

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Look at this cutie!!!

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LATER I HAD THE BEST PAD THAI OF MY LIFEEEEEEE~~~

Grand Palace

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We  walked to the Grand Palace from Wat Pho, This is the king’s palace ^^

It’s so big, the whole palace didn’t fit into the picture.

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Isn’t it so beautiful?! I’d like to live here!

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Bangkok, you were awesome ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡

 

Thank you ♡

I’d like to come visit you again soon.

With so much love,

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Red Bull Music Academy – Montreal

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I had the great opportunity of going to Montreal for an exciting weekend, sponsored by Red Bull. The weekend consisted of a tour of the Red Bull Music Academy facility as well as the  Björk Exhibit and a RBMA kick off party. wooo

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First we had The Björk Exhibit to attend. I had no idea that this exhibit would be presented through virtual reality. There were five scenes, for each scene you would be sent to a room,  sit down, turn on the headset and immerse into Björk’s world. Björk would bring emotion and warm ambience through each scene.  Every moment of this exhibit was so moving and eye opening. I wish I could have taken photos but was asked not to. I would definitely go attend  this exhibition again. Björk is a true artist and I was gratified to have experienced such a moving piece of art.

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That night, we attended the Red Bull Music Academy kick off party which featured artists such as Turbo Crunk. It was a great night filled with amazing  DJ’s and lots of yummy Red Bull (the orange Red Bull edition is my favorite)

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The next day we had the opportunity to tour the Red Bull Music Academy facility. The aesthetic of the center was beautiful. Everything I love and more (Electronic music, plants, more plants, amazing food, and great people) I would definitely call the Red Bull Music facility the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for electronic music makers. 

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Every room in the facility was filled with a theme and designed by a local artist in Montreal.

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The art in the rooms were all done by different artists.  each room looked so amazing. This is one of the 10 bedroom studios.

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We were brought to the workspace of the facility- this floor was by far my favorite of the facility. I would love for this to be my workspace one day. #GOALS

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This was the RBMA Cafe. Ahhhh isn’t everything just so cute?! they were serving coffee and drinks and for lunch were served such amazing food.

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After lunch they were serving doughnuts from a local doughnut shop in the area. The doughnut was so yummy looking I couldn’t wait, I forgot to take a picture…haha  but just imagine a delicious looking doughnut. It was so goooood.

 

Thank you again to Red Bull for sponsoring this amazing trip. I had a memorable weekend and I hope to be back again at the RBMA sometime soon.

 

For more info on the Red Bull Music Academy check out their website here- http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com

 

with so much love,

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Surprise trip to NYC ♡

12179484_1047525471970317_91166851_nMy boyfriend surprised me on a trip to New York with tickets to go see Disclosure at Madison Square Garden for my birthday.,,ahhh I know, he’s so sweet! I didn’t get to record many footages because I wanted to enjoy the trip without feeling like I needed to record every moment of it but here is a short video clip of small footages I took during our time in NYC together.

Hope you enjoy!

Here are a few pictures I took from the trip-

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with so much love,

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My day in NYC ♡

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I arrived to NYC last night and have had a wonderful day in the big apple so far.

IMG_1285I finally got to go to the Butcher’s Daughter! A juice bar/ cafe that I have been wanting to go to for a while now…..mmm doesn’t the food look amazing?!

The Butcher’s Daughter is strictly vegetarian and non dairy.

Most of their items are vegan and gluten free!

IMG_1281My brother and I enjoying the delicious juices from the Butcher’s Daughter. I got the waterflower juice and my brother Andre got the yellow juice.

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We later went to Dominque Ansel Bakery where I indulged in a frozen smore!

(yes that is marshmallow on my mouth,

I actually did not realize that until now HAHA)

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The frozen marshmallow is a roasted marshmallow with ICE CREAM INSIDE!!!

AHHHHHHHH. This was the bomb.

I love you I love you I love you New York.

with so much love,

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