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by Koko on July 11, 2016 · 0 comments

in Travel, Uncategorized

WOW, three weeks have been gone since I’ve been on here. It feels like such a long time. Here’s the catch-up:

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I went to Tennessee to check on the house and do some Army wife business. While I was there I found that the outlet that our basement freezer was connected to had stopped working during the last thunderstorm three weeks earlier. It was pretty much the worst Deployment Murphy’s Law moment that could have happened since I had a flight to catch and had to clean out a freezer full of spoiled food by myself. It was one of those “I can’t believe this is happening to me” moments. But I pushed through and handled it like a champ.

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I went to one of my best friend’s weddings in Pittsburgh, which was a blast. It’s always fun to explore a new city with my girlfriends and adventures like this keep me busy while Q is gone. The rehearsal dinner was at PNC Park where the Pirates play, which was a beautiful and fun location.

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Carl turned 4 and Q turned 31!

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And per usual, I’ve been enjoying a lot of good food, particularly breakfasts.

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Mom and I made a delicious pan-fried chicken and arugula salad for dinner tonight and I’m going to prep the recipe for later this week.

Hope you missed me because I missed you!

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Hawaii Adventure

by Koko on April 14, 2016 · 0 comments

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Oh hi, I’ve so sorry I’ve been MIA, but it is for the best reason: in the first time in what feels like forever, Q got 2 weeks off of work! We spent the first week of the break going to Hawaii with my parents and my best friend, Jess. Jess had never been to Hawaii and Q had never been with my family, so it was a blast showing them the local way (my mom is from Hawaii and my grandma, aunt and uncle all still live there).

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We rented a fabulous beachfront house in Kailua(there’s nothing like walking on the beach each morning). Because of our fantastic view, we ate most of our meals as a family in our front garden.

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Each morning we would venture into town for breakfast and the three of us joked that we went on a pancake tour of the islands, trying a different kind each day (these ones are lilikoi (passionfruit) pancakes from Mokes).

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We brought an underwater camera with us on the trip, which was so fun to use when we surfed and also when we went snorkeling in Lanikai.

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I took them to my favorite food stop in Hawaii, Romy’s Kahuku Shrimp, for some local garlic shrimp. It took them a while to get used to peeling and eating the shrimp by hand, but in the end they gave it a thumbs up.

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And in true local fashion, we stopped on the side of the road to get some fresh fruit and got to take pictures with an extra friendly parrot.

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And because why not, we stopped by the Honolulu Zoo for a quick morning visit. Weird fun fact about me is that I LOVE going to zoos and seeing animals. I turn into a 10-year-old girl going from exhibit to exhibit.

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Overall it was such a fun trip spent with Q, Jess, my parents and extended family. We are all still wishing we were there!

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Before Q and I took off for London, we spent a weekend in San Francisco. Well technically we spent 24 hours in San Francisco. Q and I both are big mileage status people aka we like our airline status! Q was going to be short 960 miles if he didn’t take a last minute trip, so we decided San Fran it would be. We took it as an opportunity to visit my aunt, uncle and cousin who live there. We had fun drinks and then a delicious dinner at Wayfare Tavern (highly recommended PS).

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My New Year’s Day treat is always a burger from In N Out. I hardly ever eat red meat, so this is my once a year burger. And I love every minute of it, and then don’t want to eat another burger until next New Years.

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I’m more of a seafood girl, you know what I mean?

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PS this is not a great photo, but the new portobello mushroom salad at Sweetgreen is to die for. Their winter menu is on point.

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I woke up to 60 degrees this morning and Q and Carl woke up to SNOW! Carl actually tolerates the snow quite well, what a trooper!

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I attended a bridal shower this weekend and wore one of my favorite dresses (Kate Spade) with some fun leopard heels (Jessica Simpson).

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London Town

by Koko on January 5, 2016 · 0 comments

in Travel, Uncategorized

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This Christmas, Q and I took a trip over the pond to visit his mom in London! A little known fact about me: I studied abroad in London for 6 months while I was in college, so I have a real affinity for it. We spent just under a week exploring and loved every minute of it. Although much of London was closed during the holidays (they sure do love a good holiday break), we still managed to fit a ton in our short stay.

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We went up The Shard (the tallest building in the UK), rode the London Eye (great views of the city), we ate Indian on Curry Mile (the best Indian), and went to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (basically one huge carnival). We got the chance to eat at one of my favorite cookbook author’s restaurants, Ottolenghi, and even saw Star Wars on Christmas Day. We saw a play (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night), which was fabulous, and ate noodles at Wagamama. We explored the local pub and enjoyed a few pints with the locals (they even allow dogs inside).

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Q’s mom loves in a great neighborhood outside of town called Woolwich Arsenal, which is where the British used to keep and manufacture weapons. It is made up of beautiful old buildings and the area still has canons and old war memorabilia around.

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Ottolenghi, one of my favorite cookbook author’s, has a fabulous restaurant in the East End. It reminds me of Joan’s on Third in LA, lots of salads and side dishes. It’s mainly vegetarian, and the food was fabulous!

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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park was an absolute blast. There were carnival games, rides, tons of food and drinks. We spent a good 4 hours there and could have stayed all day. Definitely a highlight of the trip.

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Overall, a fantastic trip where we fit in SO much and got to spend some much needed time together!

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