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New York Diaries: Paris Baguette and The Girl

10.07.2014: Parisian feels

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Aaah I can’t believe it has been a month already…our Manila trip is now another chapter to look back to. This is the 4th time that I left for the US in the past 3 years and I don’t I can ever get used to it. Leaving home is never easy, uncertainty is a killer. This time, I only have my plans and aspirations to hold on to (and if ever none of it happens–which I doubt, I push through with plan B!). So anyway, I do not want to think about the sadness anymore, I have great memories with me that I can think about until I get to be a full time sister here in the US.

Yesterday was the easiest trip to the US for A and I. No exhausting connecting flights and we did not spend 24 hours in the air, it felt like we just drove to Ilocos or something. So JFK will be our official airport when travelling to Asia, which to me is exciting because NYC is close to my heart in so many ways.

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Today, let me share with you the continuation of A’s birthday celebration in New York

They had a mock set up of the cafe that was presented on the Friends TV show.

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We like to pay a visit to A’s Nounas and Nounos whenever we can. They live in Bay Side which is about an hour away from Manhattan. I asked A if we could stop at this Korean bakery that we saw along the way. (more…)

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New York Diaries: Ivan Ramen

10.06.14: Of ramen and tea

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 Hello, Vancouver!! Aaah I can’t believe that this is really happening!! After having an amazing and busy weekend with A,we are now on our way to Manila. As what A said “it is our most memorable trip to Manila”. It is definitely a trip of a lifetime because it will be the first time that our families will be together. Anyway, we have less than an hour left here in Vancouver until our plane leaves for Manila, hopefully that will be enough time for me to publish this one before all the craziness begin when we arrive home.

Today, we experienced a couple of firsts together. It’s our first time to travel to Manila together (this is A’s third time in MNL). Also, our first time to fly out of JFK. Thank God that our flag carried, Philippine Airlines, started flying to Manila from New York 2 weeks ago! We were very excited about this when they broke the news last year, no more loooong layovers, exhausting connecting flights,and worrying about our baggage!

Oh,we have so much love for New York! So let me share with you A’s birthday celebration in New York last year 🙂

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One of the things that I love about A is how it’s not very hard to put a smile on his face.

He appreciates everything even the simplest form of gesture.

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So what better way to make my birthday boy happy? A trip to New York to eat ramen 🙂 (more…)

Engagement Dinner

07.20.14: With My Italian Family

Hello, dolls!!!! Happy Friday — well it’s not officially Friday yet but ahhh I am just excited to wake up in the morning later and have lunch with the fiance cause it won’t be for another 2 and a half days until I get to spend more than an hour with him during the day. Anyway, one of my goals for my blog is to post at least 2 entries about our upcoming big day (3 months left!), finish all my holiday posts, and start February with a Bangkok post. I know I can do all these as long as I stick to blogging 3 times a week.

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I can’t believe that my year of being a fiancee is already over and that in a few months I will embrace a new role.

If there is a perfect word for 2014 for me, it would be YES.

2015 will be, I DO.

After I got engaged to A, I realized that we are not only engaged to each other, we are also engaged to our families. Last year, I really felt how blessed I am to be a part of A’s family. They give me sooo much love and happiness like we have known each other for years!

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Over the summer, A’s parents threw us an engagement dinner. Since A’s family live in New York, we did the party there.

Adorable gift bag from the Buscemi’s. (more…)

NYC: The Girl and Her Macarons

07.20.14: Summer’s yummy colors

Hello, dolls!!! Happy Sunday! 🙂 Today has been lovely — A and I were able to go to church early in the morning, have a sumptuous lunch together, and I was able to spend the afternoon with a friend. It’s days like this when I appreciate the time that I get for myself, with all the crazy things that I have to do, it feels like a reward lately. So A and I were sick for the past week, I guess I have to get used to being sick during the first week of January now because I can see that my body hates the cold weather that even 3 layers of clothing won’t suffice.

So anyway, here’s the continuation of my blog post about our NYC trip over the summer. http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/nyc-jeepney/

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Growing up, I never thought I will love wearing skirts. My family can attest that I used to be a jeans and sneakers kind of girl —- cause I used to be really concious about my legs. Now, I dislike wearing jeans. And even when it’s really cold out, I would prefer to wear a skirt with tights underneath. #TiisGanda as we say it in the Philippines!

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Let me start my post with some yummy macarons. My ultimate favorite treat!

Give mmacarons and I’ll love you forever. (more…)

NYC: Jeepney

07.20.14: Summer Adventures

Hello,dolls! I was supposed to post this last night, but I felt really sick. ughh We had our first snowfall 3 days ago, so I guess this is how my body is adjusting. Coming from a tropical country, wherein you can only distinguish the weather as hot or hotter (lol), my body is really not used to winter. I am not a fan of winter, in fact I am already counting the days until it’s over. If it weren’t for the outfits that I can wear, I would probably abhor it. Since I am in dire need of anything that will keep me warm throughout the day, I am going to share with you our NYC food adventure this past summer. Talking about summer and a Filipino restaurant (cause it’s always warm in the Philippines) will surely help me stay cozy.

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A wawa stop is always part of our schedule when we go to NJ or NY. And of course, I do not leave without a nice cold peach yogurt smoothie to keep me energized. haha

I like how Wawa has healthy food and drink choices!

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A and I has a long list of places that we want to go to — overseas, here in Baltimore, other big states, and of course..New York.

I am very happy to say that we crossed off a lot of restaurants on our list last year. Including restaurants that are not very close to us… yay!

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Filipino cuisine is still trying to make its way to be known and loved globally. It’s only now that a number of Filipino restaurants here in Baltimore opened up (3 years ago I only knew about 2, this year… we have 2 more Filipino restaurants close to us now yay!). So imagine our excitement when we found out about Jeepney, 1 of the 12 restaurants in New York that we know of.  (more…)

New York Engagement Shoot II

Hello, sweets!!! 🙂 Today I am going to write about the continuation of our engagement shoot. Unlike my previous post, this won’t be extra cheesy and it will mostly cover food. It’s hard for A and I to go out on a date and not make food the highlight.Planning the engagement shoot was very exciting for us, so I will also add a little extra to this post and show you snippets of the things that we did prior to the event. I don’t know if I can ever top my New York Engagement Shoot post, I mean WOW! The traffic that I got and overwhelming messages from everyone made my heart melt. And I guess it’s safe to say…… donnnnn’t goooo! Hahaha!

Want to be inspired? Read my blog about our Engagement Shoot before you scroll down http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/new-york-engagement-shoot/

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New York is not only about the fast phased lifestyle and glamorous outfits. It’s the concrete jungle, and one must be an animal to fully see what New York is all about.

Don’t just go to 5th Ave or Times Square. Do get lost,ask New Yorkers, and don’t be afraid! Try the food carts parked on the streets and go to a beautiful restaurant with an amazing view. Stare at the subway map. Ladies, look at the shoes that New  Yorkers wear.

Don’t be a tourist, be a traveler.

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A gets excited when he sees the word “noodles”. He saw the logo of this restaurant and asked Pat if he can take pictures outside this restaurant.

I almost died laughing, but let’s be honest I found it cute that he spoke up. The engagement shoot is more of a woman’s thing and the fact that he cooperated and wanted something for the two of us made me so happy.

Anyway, we can’t have a picture outside this restaurant and not eat here.

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New York Engagement Shoot

Hello, sweets!! 🙂 Happy hump day!!! I’ve noticed that I haven’t posted anything about my wedding and the joys of planning it since the proposal entry. I love planning events! I think if I am not a Chef right now I would be an Event planner, slaving my way to every joyous moment. I can’t believe that A and I are getting closer and closer to our BIG DAY!!!! And everyday I feel like I still have a million things to do. It’s extra challenging to plan our wedding because we are miles and miles away from the Philippines. Yes! The wedding is going to be in the Philippines, so we are going back to my home country in a couple of months and we can’t wait!! My only wish during this process is to not be a bridezilla, I do not want to put the people that I love through a frightening roller coaster ride. I want it to be memorable for all of us, that’s why I want my personal touch in everything and everyone’s opinion. So far, no one has opposed to anything yet, I don’t know if they are just being nice or what but knowing that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the wedding makes things a lot easier.

Today, I will share with you one of the most exciting happenings in my life,and probably one of the best parts of being engaged —- the engagement shoot! A lot of couples are doing it now, and since I got engaged, whenever A and I does something related to the wedding I couldn’t help but be grateful for all the fun things that we get to experience. Getting married now is now an extra memorable milestone for the couple,all the perks and celebrations are just some of the things that makes me want to not let this pre-wedding stuff to end. I also know that there are still a number of engaged couples out there who are not too thrilled about doing an engagement shoot, and it could be because of many reasons,doing an engagement shoot is not cheap,and it will take up your day just for the shoot alone —- unless you want to keep it low-key and hire a friend photographer, you’ll be fine. 

Anyway, these are not the official photos from our photographer. I will be selfish for a little bit and take my time before I share them here! HAHA. And before you move on to the rest of my entry, read about my engagement here http://riannagalvez.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/yes/

My main reason why I started this blog 3 years ago is to inspire people, and though sometimes I feel like I fall short in doing that. Today, I will do my very best to tell you a few tips about having an engagement shoot 🙂

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New York, New York!

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Here we are at the Brooklyn Bridge being directed by my favorite photographer 🙂  (more…)

YES

04.21.2014: Will you marry me?

Hello, dolls!! 🙂 Today, I will be sharing something very special and personal. I’ve always had trouble opening up,and this blog has been my outlet for years now. I may not dig deep when I share something, but knowing that there is a place where I can pour my heart out is comforting for me. Before, this was just a place for me to vent and put my sadness into words. Now, as years went by, I’ve seen the beauty in life and I promised myself that I will try to inspire people through this blog by talking about all the amazing things that comes my way.

Who would have thought that I would be writing about something that every girl dreams of now? I must confess, I’ve always wanted to find my one true love before I turn 25. There’s something about growing old together and celebrating years and years and yeaaaars of love  with the person you love, you know? Something that made me believe in young love (without being a hopeless romantic) and taking risks. I still can’t believe that IT HAPPENED! I met the love of my life and he is beyond AMAZING! Three years ago I was hopeless and broken, and I ran away….I decided to clean my life and do something that I wouldn’t do in a million years, leave home. 

I flew 8,539 miles, with half my heart left in MNL. 8,539 miles to find myself again and create a better version of me. Until someone, unexpectedly came my way.YES… the time that I wasn’t even trying to find someone and the only time that I told myself that I am not ready. It’s crazy you know? How A found me, how he saw me at my ugliest and still looked at me. How I was so broken for being away from my family, and without even trying he fixed me. And how it just all happened, without me even knowing. It’s crazy…. crazy love.DSC_1295A

…and YES.

It happened. It’s official.

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GORGEOUS! A knows how to make me feel special…in every possible way.

Me: Why did you get this ring? 

Him: When I saw it I just said “thats’ her”. It was the most beautiful ring in the case.

There is something about a man who knows what to give his lady without even asking her.

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Momofuku x Milk Bar

04.21.2014: Before the big Y-E-S.

Hello, dolls!!! 🙂 Today, I will love myself more. I mean not that I don’t…In fact, sometimes I think I love myself waaay too much haha. But you see, I had a pretty rough week. I don’t know what hit me but I overthink everything or anything that comes my way. I get in this weird zone at least once in a year, not more than thrice if I may say, but yeah. I am just fortunate that I have A who is very patient who tells me the nicest things, hugs me tighter,and keeps emotional eating away from me.

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For our anniversary this year, A and I went to New York. We are planning to celebrate our anniversary in different cities (last year we were in New Jersey). I’ve always wanted to go to Momofuku, ever since I read about it almost 4 years ago. It took me a while to get there, but trust me, A and I tried to go 2 years ago but something as exciting as going to Momofuku always comes up, that we’ve decided put it on hold until April 21st. It was more meaningful for us anyway because we went on our Anniversary day! 😉

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This.Is.HAPPINESS.

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THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Barbie Girl

Outfit post for 08.05.12 New York trip 🙂

Bought this dress from my Sissy during my second trip in New York 🙂 Wore it cause…that’s how I roll :))

My accessories! 🙂 Loved everything that I wore that night! 🙂

One of my favorite heels! 🙂 DAS baby 🙂

Kim K. went to NYC the next day for FNO (I wanted to be in NYC that day but my schedule does not permit to /wrist LOL)

Anyway, I love the fact that our dresses are somehow identical when we were in New York!! 🙂 How awesome,right?:)

I must be back before October 5th! 🙂

Not excited about the upcoming season,

R<3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Times Square at night

08.05.12: Bright lights in the city that never sleeps

Last part of our awesome trip in NYC. It’s amazing how Times Square could turn into something different during the night. The bright lights that makes the city more alive and the vibe that you get because of the happy energy that you get from everyone who is there are just some of the things why I love New York…and everyone else 🙂

Yellow Cabs! 🙂

Barbie House in Toys R Us

My Barbie girl-ish outfit :))

Find us hahaha 🙂

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Blurry photo cause it was raining. Boo

Say hello to,Kambi 🙂 A ramen house in 14th street between 1st and 2nd avenue 🙂

Was able to take a snapshot of the quaint restaurant before the group of Japanese teenagers came. Haha

Yummy chicken teriyaki salad!!

Yummy ramen!!! 🙂

Everything homemade…awesomeness!

Sleepy and tired,

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Down by the water

08.05.12 – City Sightseeing by the wate

4th entry about our awesome trip in NYC a week ago. I was a bit hesitant in going to this boat tour cause it started drizzling while we were waiting for the ferry bus but one of the things that I uphold when it comes to life is to never miss an opportunity.Especially when it comes to seeing something beautiful.

Some pier in NYC

Gelato while waiting for the ferry

 

Had to wear a silly raincoat because of the rain 😐 Boo

Hello, Brooklyn bridge! 🙂

Official photographer of the day – Karen! 🙂

So happy that we are on the twilight cruise batch!!! 🙂 NYC looked more stunning!

Statue of Liberty!!!

With ze girlies 🙂

Had the privilege to meet the captain and take photos inside!!! 🙂

 

90 minutes worth of fun 🙂

2 more NYC entries to go!! 🙂

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Emipre State Building

08.05.12 – Empire State of Mind

Third stop for our awesome trip in New York last Tuesday. We did not plan anything for that day, so everything that transpired throughout our trip were  spontaneous.It started raining on our way to the Empire and it was a bit disheartening for us thinking that it might last until the evening, but as soon as we arrived outside the building the rain stopped so it was a fortuitous day for us 🙂

Hello, Empire State!

The view was very breathtaking, it felt so surreal 🙂

My favorite building in NYC 🙂

Can you see the Statue of Liberty?:)

It was super windy and cool at the deck.zomg

With ze girlies! 🙂

c/o Alyza/Karen

Happy Monday off!!

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Grand Central x New York Public Library

08.05.12: Young Folks

I am sleepy…tired..sleepy and tired. I hope this will not turn out to be a boring post cause my words are somewhere far and I couldn’t seem to find them.

Hello Grand Central!

Reminded me of the pilot episode of Gossip Girl 🙂

With ze grlies! 🙂

(c) Alyza/Karen

New York Public Library for the second time 🙂

 

Hope you enjoyed the photos at least!

R <3 xx

THE GIRL AND NEW YORK: Jollibee

08.05.12 – Beeda ang Sarap

First part of my third NYC trip 🙂 Karen suggested that we should go to Jollibee for lunch, so off we went. In my normal world in the Philippines, I try to keep my distance from fast food as much as possible cause I’d rather eat on a table with white linens and enjoy the greatness of life in my mouth :)) But this was different, I am already away from home for 6 months, and anything that says Philippines in it excite me. I felt like a kid with a happy meal in happy land with happy food…yeah, you get the picture haha

Love 🙂

We all screamed when we saw the sign. LOL

Went to their branch in Jersey City cause its much nearer from where we were.

With “Charmee” aka Snooki of Jersey Shore hahaha

Hello Jollibee food! YUM

They all tasted the same!! From the gravy to the palabok and spaghetti! YUM My belly was tumbling out of joy the whole time <3

Taro x Pandan pearl shakers! YUMEH

With ze big bee

MANILA Ave. <3

Just a tunnel away from NYC… 🙂

Hello,NYC! 🙂

Next Stop: Grand Central x New York Public Library

Can’t wait to be back,

R <3 xx

New York and The Girl: Princess of China

07.25.2012 – I know it’s a very odd title, I’m just too hooked on that song! Lol

Last post about our NYC trip last week. I can’t help but wish to be in New York now. As I wrap up another New York chapter in this blog, I’ve come to realize that life has been nothing but amazing to me this past year, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. Anywaysy, I am embracing an awesome day-off today! What a way to start the month of August 🙂

Heart x Love sling bag. Was so excited to use this!! 🙂

 

Lace x Strong colors for the day! 🙂

 

Accessories from Forever21

Lace see through dress: forever21

Inner boob tube: topshop

Low cut wedge booties: PLNDR

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The real reason why I feel like a Princess!!! 🙂

Lookie what the chorvaers bought me at Topshop,New York!!! a new pair of awesome babies!! <3 <3 <3

Some of the stuff that I bought in NYC! Most of it are for the Sissy 😛

 

Hoping for a nice schedule next week,

R <3 xx

New York and The Girl: MORIMOTO

07.25.2012: Grandest Dinner…to date

The main reason why we drove all the way to New York was because of the restaurant week, it’s not everyday that we’ll get to eat in a fancy shmancy NY restaurant, so we took the opportunity of going there on our day off. We were supposed to have lunch in Boulud Sud but we didn’t make it to our reservation (boohoo). Anyway, I chose Morimoto because their website is so cool (HAHAHHA) #chos… but seriously, cause he is IRON CHEF MORIMOTO..and it’s Asian – win win situation we got there! 🙂 Thing is, they only offer their “prixe menu” for lunch so we what we had for dinner ws from their ala carte menu.

This was quite misleading, we thought it was just some exterior or something so we went inside Chelsea Market to find the “entrance” for the restaurant.

Yes kids, say hello to the awesome entrance of Morimoto’s restaurant in New York!

The place was packed with men in suite and ladies in couture dresses. The host who was wearing a very sharp outfit greeted us as we entered and confirmed our reservation. Such a scenic situtation that I would want to happen every single day of my fattie life. Hahaha

Eel and Avocado Roll

This was awesome! I was so hungry so I kind of munched down 3 sushi’s in just a minute or two. I love how the eel was glazed with teriyaki sauce.

California Roll…NOMNOMNOM!

Chicken Ramen

This was the bomb!!! It was served simply – chicken;noodle;onion; and broth. But, it tasted like it has a thousand ingredients in it! the broth was so flavorful that I swear, I could eat this everyday! *drooling*

Line Caught Halibut

black bean sauce, shaved ginger, hot oil

The doneness of the fish made this dish exceptional!

Duck, Duck, Duck

foie gras croissant, roast duck, soft duck egg, red miso sauce

I wish I could’ve taken more pictures inside, but I do not want to look like a capital I or something so whatevs. The beauty of the restaurant will always remain in my mind…and heart HAHAHA

Quickly Bubble Tea to end our night! 2 for me of course :))))

Tired and sleepy,

R <3 xx

New York and The Girl: Spoiled

07.25.2012: She’s spoiled, and he’s dealing with it.

Second part of our afternoon – Rockefeller Center x Central Park x Topshop. So I will make this quick since it’s a Monday and I have to make each minute count today.

RED x HEART = LOVE!

Central Park! The horses scared me…. OMG

Love this photo so much!!! 🙂

Trump International Hotel and Tower

I look lost and this was really a stolen shot..promise! Hahaha

But I like how the globe is above my head..it reminded me that my heels will take me to beautiful places… hahaha echos! I’ll be travelling the world,it is written!

Topshop love foreveeeeer!

The chorvaers bought me a new pair of heels from Topshop!!! I’m so lucccccky!

Went to Paris Sandwich for afternoon snack and bubble tea time!!!

 

Caramel Flan

Going somewhere today,

R <3 xx

New York and The Girl: Unplanned Visits

07.25.2012: Dora the Explorer and Boots the Monkey

We are “conquering” New York day by the day. I do not want to rush into going to all the places that I must see in just a day cause I do not want to foresee anything.As I look back to the awesomeness of how we spend our NYC days, I can’t help but to wish for time to fast forward to the day that we get to be in NY again.

Flat Iron Art

I’ve been wanting to see this beautiful building since God-knows-when…but I didn’t know it would be that day!

Standing on a rock in the middle of the street..

Yellow Cab x Tall buildings = NYC lovin’

Passed by New York’s Public Library! Took the chance to change and see the beautiful facade! I must go back to see more of its beauty!!

Stolen shot..obviously HAHA

Some view across the library

So we literally walked the whole day – cause it’s the best way to see things when you “travel”. I am so glad we came across this place on our way to Central Park! It definitely made our day more New York-ish! #whuuut

PHL represent. HAHAHAHA

..another discovery while we were walking!! Couldn’t resist sweets.. #SweetToothProblems (lmao)

 

Pistachio x Vanilla French Macarons!! YUM!!!!!!!

 

So so so so sleepy,

R <3 xx

The Girl and New York: La Nonna x EATALY

07.25.2012: First Part of the Second

NYC post! Yaaaay 🙂 I am so grateful that we were able to go back to New York again. Our plans and yearns were hanging on a thread because of our busy schedule at work, but the big guy up there is really amazing, he blessed us with an awesome schedule.

Hello Airplane!

Beautiful NYC..

We arrived there at noon, just in time for lunch but 15 minutes late for our reservation in Boulud Sud ( 🙁 )

Since we parked in Chinatown again, we’ve decided to find a nice restaurant in Little Italy.

I don’t know why but there something about white table cloths that makes me want to try a restaurant, so yeah I chose La Nonna because of that…and also because of the Italian Manager and servers. Hahaha

Carb overload for lunch! I did not mind the carbs cause I know we’ll be walking A LOT!

Rigatoni Alla Vodka

Margherita Pizza

I don’t know why there’s no basil on our pizza…. sigh

Capellini Primavera

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Empire State Building

Disclaimer: I might not give justice to this awesome place, so yadda yadda here’s Eatlay’s website http://eatalyny.com/

So elated when I found out that we are going here! This place is beyond awesome!

Eataly is owned by Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich

Rabbit Meat

* The place was huge and I only have a few good photos (thanks to the chorvaers for being a good travel buddy hahaha)

Can you see that wild boar sausage?

2-3 feet long pasta! If only I could send this to the Philippines… hahaha

Me with a happy bag from Eataly

So glad that we went to that Culinary haven! Cannot wait to go back!!!!

Eataly’s Gelato… the texture of their gelato is too amazing for words! It was so smooth and creamy. NOMNOMNOM!

Leaning towards being sick,

R <3

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