Can we still be friends?


{image via/imagen vía: BLIPPIT}

Please forgive my absence…..this is how I feel right now. I’m going a little bit crazy. I’ve had 2 big orders, packing up my house, driving all over, trying to sell our furniture, starting to say goodbye to friends….it’s all taking it’s toll. I promise to try and keep you in the loop.  We intend to document the move. Please be patient. Thank you!

Por favor disculpen mi ausencia….así es como me siento ahorita. Me estoy volviendo un poquito loquita.  He tenido 2 pedidos grandes, empacando mi casa, manejando por todos lados, tratando de vender nuestros muebles, empezando a despedirme de amigos….me esta afectando.  Prometo tratar de mantenerlos al tanto.  Estamos planeando documentar la mudada.  Porfa sean pacientes. Gracias!

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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Happy Weekend ~ fabulous new additions to my blogroll

Here are 9 new wonderful reads that I’ve been obsessed with for a while now and I know soon you will too.  They’re all full of fashion+style, food+entertaining, cities+travel, design, and much much more sweet girly goodness (and some interests for the gents too)…as you well know, ALL my favorite!!  Hope you find some inspiration for your daily life!

{Mimi + Meg}

{Crow and Canary}

{Apartment #34}

{Oh Joy!}

{cupcakes and cashmere}

{hither & thither}

{the city sage}

{A cup of Jo}

{lox papers}

These should be really fun reads this weekend!! Enjoy!!

~Mrs. B

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Paris, Je t’aime #2

Ok, so it took me a while (a very long while) to get the rest of our Paris~NY trip up on flickr….but they’re finally up! Obviously it isn’t all of them, only a few of our favorites! Just looking through them makes me want to go back so so bad.  Click on the image to check out the rest or click HERE!

Notre Dame

{our friend at Notre Dame, Paris 2010}

Besos,

~Mrs. B

 

 

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The celebration continued….

Two years ago we went to Southern Italy on our honeymoon. As you travelers out there know….Sundays in Italy are literally lazy Sundays. Most places don’t open at all and some do, but only half day. It didn’t take us long to figure out that we would be heading to the mall on Sunday because that was the only place open for business!

It ended up being pretty amazing. There was a heineken bar/panini shop where some older Italian men were watching football and drinking beer and so we proceeded to do as the Romans do and joined them! The shop had hotdog & french fry paninis!! Don’t get me wrong….I’m no stranger to hot dog sandwiches. I grew up eating them and LOVE them. However the added goodness of fries in them intrigued us both so we ordered them. They were so tasty!! we couldn’t believe it! I’ve made them once since we got back and yesterday, in honor of our anniversary, I made them again, but with a twist! I added a little truffle oil to the fries and used sourdough bread. And for our greens….chilled green beans with feta cheese, black pepper, salt and lime!! Amazing!

{hot dog/french fry sandwich}

{green beans}

We also enjoyed some Moretti beers and managed to find an Italian game to entertain us while we ate. It was a lovely anniversary lunch!

To continue our celebration we went to Morton’s Steakhouse. We just recently found out that Morton’s has a power hour! What is this might you ask? well it’s happy hour from 4:30-6:30 as well as 9pm-close!!! And it just so happens that our location has food on their happy hour menu as well as drinks. It sounded so appetizing that we decided to go for a late night snack/drink.

We got the iceberg wedge salad (not pictured), the mini prime cheeseburgers, the chicken tenders and the filet mignon sandwiches. Oh they were good! And they make the best dirty martinis (or mortinis as they call them)! We had so much fun! My absolute favorite were the sliders….maybe it’s because they added bacon. Bacon makes everything better!

{extra dirrrty mortinis}

{filet mignon sandwiches}

{chicken goujonettes….or as we know them: crispy chicken tenders}

{mini prime cheeseburgers}

 

Hope I didn’t make you too hungry!

 

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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It’s been 2 years!

Today is our 2 year wedding anniversary!! I can’t even believe it!! I think we still find ourselves saying we just got married.  On our trip last weekend all the sales guys kept calling us honeymooners and one even went as far as saying that it was because I still looked happy.  So I guess that’s a good sign right? And I am! It’s been hard, but it’s been super fun and I’m looking forward to the years to come.

Here’s a little video N made when we were in Southern Italy for our honeymoon. ENJOY!!

The Fiat Express from Crafthouse Productions on Vimeo.

Happy Anniversary monkey! Te amo!

Bunny

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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{Updated} Anniversary Trip/Family Visit

Tomorrow the hubs and I will be celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. It’s so crazy how time flies.  To celebrate we decided to plan a trip.  Since we had been wanting to go to Guadalajara to visit my grandparents anyway (N still hadn’t met my grandpa) we settled on a mini getaway to Puerto Vallarta with a quick stay in Guadalajara. It worked out perfectly because it had also just been my grandpa’s birthday so we surprised him with a visit.

So on Wednesday we drove down to San Diego, transferred to my mothers car and headed to TJ (Tijuana – for those of you that are confused…).  The flights are way cheaper if you fly within the country so we try to fly out of TJ whenever possible.  That day was also my brother’s 26th birthday so we went to eat and he joined us as soon as he landed from his business trip.  Not only did we have a delicious meal before our 3 hour flight, but we got to spend some time with him as well.  That night my uncle picked us up from the airport and we dropped my dad off at my grandparents house.  He ended up taking the same flight as us so he could visit with them the same day as us to keep N company (since my grandparents don’t speak english and he doesn’t speak spanish hehe).  We stayed at my aunt Miriam’s house (she’s my mom’s youngest sister).

Thursday we ventured out by ourselves with my uncle’s borrowed truck and GPS and we managed to make it all the way across town to my grandparents house.

{this thing is amazing. i want that!}

{my driver}

{fun buildings on our drive}

My grandma and my aunt Mirella made super delicious pozole for lunch and we spent the entire afternoon with them there. It was nice to hang out with all of them, I hadn’t seen them in a very long time.

{aren’t they cute?!}

{abuelita María….or as N calls her little baby grandma}

{tía Yeya, me, abuelito Moises, tío Tavi, abuelita María, N & pa (my cousin Tavito is taking the picture)}

{me and grandma & grandpa being silly}

 

After we left the grandparents we went back to my aunt and uncle’s and they took us to a delicious potato and taco place. Of course we had their specialty: stuffed potatoes- carne asada, bacon, mushrooms, cheese and gooey yummy sauces.

{cool bridge on the way to dinner}

{um…yum!}

{with my little cousin Natalia}

Our original plan was to rent a car in Guadalajara, drive to Vallarta and drop the car off at the airport.  Unfortunately it’s kind of pricey to drop cars off at different airports sooooo we ended up taking a bus.  It was actually quite nice…beautiful scenery and a nice long nap.  After a 4 1/2 hour ride we got to the coast completely refreshed and ready to get to our hotel to spend time alone without the chatter of my family.  We’re very very chatty and loud!

We stayed at the Marriot Casa Magna.  All in all it is a very nice hotel, however….what kind of hotel doesn’t offer free WIFI nowadays??? (especially such a big chain)….even the Comfort Inn a block away has free WIFI. Our stay was very pleasant though and we had perfect weather.

{hotel grounds}

{in our pool garb}

{this awesomeness greeted us in our room one of the days after our afternoon laziness}

 

One of the things I miss most about mexican beaches is the fruit! Especially the coconuts with lime/chili and the glass of REAL coconut water on the side!!!! so I had one every day we were there. what? I was on vacation! and now I’m craving them again.

{my weakness}

Our mornings started with a walk to the starbucks on the marina (free WIFI)…our afternoons were filled with sun, fruit, beers and lazy reading. It was awesome! I got to catch up on all my magazines. I felt rested and refreshed!

 

{on our morning walk}

{being silly in the pool}

{more underwater fun}

{i decided to go a little crazy with my drink}

{can you tell which is the real one and which 2 are spider man?}

 

Our nights consisted of nice walks in the downtown area and dinner.  The first night we ended up getting sucked into a kind of touristy place for dinner, but we had delicious queso fundido with squash blossoms AND there was a singer there who made up his own words to american songs so it was very entertaining for us.  The second night we ended up at this little taco place that was also pretty touristy…it seems you can’t get away from it….so we just went with it and stayed there.  We were not disappointed.  We had one of their specialties….volcanes: little tostadas with cheese and carne al pastor with pineapple and cilantro! oh they were so so good…I had 4!!! Don’t judge! Vallarta is known for their tacos al pastor so we were pretty happy we had some while we were there.

{puerto vallarta sunset}

{volcán! sooo soo good!}

{getting a to-go cup}

{one of our cooks}

{exploring the area}

{one of the 2 super cute churches we saw}

 

Our last night we went to this little restaurant called El Arrayán which serves traditional mexican cuisine, with a more upscale gourmet twist! It was delicious! N got the duck carnitas (it wasn’t served like carnitas though) and I got the delicious barbacoa. Yum!!! Our drinks were also spectacular: a coconut margarita and a grapefruit vodka mojito. It was the perfect ending to our mini trip.

{salsas}

{duck carnitas}

{barbacoa}

{maracas}

{sombreros}

{juguetes (toys)}

{this is the second church (sorry i don’t remember their names!)}

{our last night}

We were sad to leave the nice weather and cozy/lazy days by the pool…but we were slightly glad to leave the amount of loud tourists behind.

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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Guadalajara/Pto. Vallarta….coming soon

Just wanted to let you know I’m working on the post form our trip last weekend.  Two more days until our 2 year wedding anniversary…WOAH! CRAZY!

Stay tuned for the full post. Here’s a teaser…. Have a wonderful weekend!!

{our meal before my mom dropped us off at the airport….cabrería YUM!}

{the helpings and some agua de horchata}

{on our flight: free snacks, beer & coffee}

{my little cousin}

{our lovely view from our pool, pretty no?}

{on our way back home……}

Besos,

~Mrs. B

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Happy birthday Mama!

Today is my mother’s birthday! Feliz Cumpleaños MA!!! We celebrated yesterday by going down for dinner (which her friend invited her to and we just kind of invited ourselves….) and ended up having a lovely meal and surprise run-in with some of our really good friends.

Our adventure started with us (N, my dad, my brother and myself) walking across the border and my mom picked us up.  We went to dinner with close family friends to Chans and it was pretty delicious.

Then, Maricarmen (my mom’s friend) mentioned that her daughters had decorated her house for her grand-daughter’s quinceañera (15th bday party) and insisted that we come see. So we ended our night crashing a quinceañera and hanging out for a little bit with our good friends Fer and her husband.

We got dropped off at the border, walked back across and drove back up here getting us home around midnight….all in all quite a fun night. (~extra treat ~ I ended up bringing some mexican candy from the party home with me….yay for me!!) Happy Birthday Mama Elisheva…..Te queremos mucho!!!
Besos,
~Mrs. B
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