Eiswelt Gelato

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Eiswelt Gelato

9605 Bolsa Ave.

Westminister, California 92683

I am, hands down, a visual person. I eat with my eyes, I take photos with my eyes (obviously haha), I shop with my eyes. Everything I do is inspired or done by creativity. That said, when I found out that Eiswelt sells cute-shaped gelato, I was all game. I mean, look at them! There are several flavors and you have the option of a pig, a teddy bear, or a rose. Is the gelato amazing? Not amazing as my salted caramel macarons from Ladurée but it sure has a cute factor and so Instagram-worthy. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!

 

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Los Angeles

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Zara dress and MUR Lifestyle circle bag

Los Angeles

It’s been awhile since I’ve last one to Los Angeles and boy do I miss it. But I do love Hawaii so there’s that. Maybe I miss LA just a little bit more than I’m used to since I pretty much haven’t done much since I’ve been home. I have plans to hike and swim but I just get way too drained to do anything. Maybe I’m just getting another round of burn out. I’m probably going to need to take a breather before my next round of traveling. Plus, anticipation on Charles’ end has been killing us since June. Nothing serious, in fact, it’s good news (sort of). Also with the combination of Charles starting his business, it’s been a busy, stressful, and tiresome kind of summer. It will be worth it though!

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But good news is, retail therapy has been great! Pictured is a Zara dress that was originally priced at $100 but I found it for $29.99. Amazing right? It’s perfect for the summer months here in Hawaii which has been unbearable at times. I don’t know what it is (maybe global warming?) but it just keeps getting hotter each and every summer. Or maybe it’s the lack of AC in our apartment. Whatever it is, I’ve learned to love certain fabrics when it comes to clothes and this dress is perfect because of it. Which reminds me, I need to do some serious laundry soon! Happy Thursday!

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New Zealand Photo Diary

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New Zealand Photo Diary

Hello, August! Can not believe that we’re more than halfway through the year! It feels as if it was only yesterday I celebrated the New Year at Waimanalo Beach on a swing and here we are, with about 5 months left in the year. Speaking of, I can not believe it’s been almost 3 months since my brother and I were in New Zealand (and I still have yet to share some LA photos, and not the most recent one, the one in April!). New Zealand is still fresh in my mind as LA was: the crisp, cool air, feijoa smoothies, Sky Tower, and mochaccinos. New Zealand was beautiful in so many ways and I’m so happy that I’ve captured photos the way that I did.

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Views from Sky Tower and the view of Sky Tower from Ponsonby

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Feijoa smoothies are delicious: it’s both creamy and tart

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Beautiful proteas in Ponsonby

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Hotel room and view from Barclay Suites

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Auckland Art Gallery

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Kris at Auckland Art Gallery and King Salmon from Best Ugly Bagels

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Quick stop at Gather N Feast on our way to Whangarei

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Sunset view from Mount Eden (which changed colors as the sun was setting)

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Dinner at Scarecrow

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Blooms at Scarecrow

The last few days have been spent wanderlust-ing and looking at travel photos for inspiration. My current lust: Hong Kong. Something about the tall skyscrapers condensed in such a small area and the food is making me want to catch the next flight there but of course, that’s not feasible. September seems to be the perfect time to visit so here’s hoping Charles and I can make it happen next month! Hope you guys had a great weekend! It was Charles’ birthday on Friday and we spent all weekend at grocery stores (his favorite thing to do haha) and staying at home. He was perfectly content with that (he detest spending money on going out to eat, even on his birthday). We did eat at a Korean BBQ restaurant on Friday but he wasn’t impressed. He’s hard to impressed these days!

August seems to be a busy month for us so I’m excited to see where it will take us! Have a great week friends!

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Grove

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wearing H&M shirt, H&M skirt, H&M shoes, and circle market bag

That circle bag makes an appearance again! It’s kind of like the perfect summer staple and easy to match with pretty much any summer outfits and dresses I have in my closet. And since I have two, I’ve been rotating between them.

Not much has happened since I’ve been home which is usually the case in between traveling. A time for me to recover mentally, physically, and especially financially. But it’s been great so far as I’ve gotten the chance to finally keep a consistent blogging schedule. After about a week of not doing anything though, I’m ready for some adventures around the island. Charles is finally off all weekend so I’m hoping for some adventures! Happy Wednesday!

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Lotus of Siam

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Lotus of Siam

953 E. Sahara Ave Ste A5

Las Vegas, Nevada 89104

It’s been years since Charles and I last went to Vegas. Vegas isn’t one of our top places to visit; we just don’t have a a strong desire to visit (plus we went with it was 100 degrees and that’s just too hot). But to be fair, Las Vegas has some pretty yummy places to eat so Charles, his family, and I stopped by to eat lunch before heading to Utah.

After eyeing over various options, we opted to try Lotus of Siam after reading over the rave reviews on Yelp. Here’s what we ordered:

Garlic Prawns

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I highly recommend this dish despite the hefty price tag. According to Yelp, nearly everyone recommended this dish and so we decided to order it and I was not disappointed. The garlic prawns reminded me of garlic chicken in Hawaii which is a super delicious plate lunch. I’ve never tried shrimp shells before BUT when cooked right, it’s really delicious! It was nice and crispy and tasted so good with white rice (who doesn’t like white rice though?).

Nam Kao Tod

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Charles ordered this dish. It’s crispy rice with pork, cilantro, green onions, dried chillies, ginger, peanuts, and lime juice. Pretty much ingredients that I love. It was an interesting dish and very tasty (but the garlic prawns are still my favorite). This was my first time having this dish and I would get it again.

Nua Nam Tok and Nua Sao Renu

Wander Hour - Lotus of SiamI love anything crying tiger and/or nam tok but I’m very picky when it comes to my nam tok. This was an okay nam tok and I’d probably skip it next time around (and just get the garlic prawns). If you’re not familiar with nam tok, it’s a spicy beef salad with cilantro, lime, red onions, and steak. The nua sao renu was not my favorite. Charles’ brother ordered it and his family seemed to like it but the flavor was just not something I like. It’s beef in a tamarind sauce. If you like tamarind, definitely try it! Otherwise, I’d skip it.

As you can see, I absolutely LOVED the garlic prawns and I’m okay with getting that with rice. We came during lunch and the wait wasn’t long at all. They have a huge restaurant and it wasn’t full but it was picking up around lunch. I hear the line is long during dinner so keep that in mind!

Hope you guys had a great week! Yesterday night was insane here in Honolulu. We were driving through floods and the roads were closed because of Tropical Storm Darby that hit the island. Never experienced something like that before but the sun has been shining today and I’m excited for a drier week! Happy Monday!

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