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Foodie Friday: Pocket full of Yumshine 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 03/18/2016 at 09:45

As Dr. Ken😷* says…

______’s my jam!

In my case, stuffed starches are.

What can I say? I am what I eat!

 
🎎Asian versions from Pho #1 :

  • Steamed potstickers 🍜
  • Boiled wontons (not pictured) 🍜

🍕Italian-style versions from Mami Aya:

Basically, these all are dumplings!

ALM

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While I’m visiting home over ♣Spring Break, the piece that I covered on my homeboy (literally) was published in our hometown magazine:

*Check out Dr. Ken tonight & Fridays on ABC + ISAtv‘s Dr. Ken feature!

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Foodie Friday: Fazing over Fazoli’s

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/24/2015 at 16:00

My latest dessert obsession:

*Nutella* Cheesecake from Fazoli’s

Nutella Cheesecake

Don’t let the solid chocolate look fool ya … This bad boy’s full of flavor!

Combines 2 of my faves:

  • Chocolate hazelnut
  • My favorite fast food joint

    Nutella Cheesecake

    The darker the chocolate :: The sweeter the flavor!

There’s never been anything that I didn’t like from Fazoli’s ~ Italian, I’m in Heaven ~ including from this most recent visit.

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Giving Grape Italian Lemon Ice ~ a drink with a contributory cause!

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Penne Romano ~ steaming HOT!!!

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Yummy Post-Church Meal complete with blessings!

I’ve lucked out with this eatery (which opened in my hometown, thanks to my h.s. buddy’s dad ~ a contractor who liked it when he visited his son in college and decided to build it by their family home) because it’s always been quick, inexpensive and most of all: delicious!

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Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I’ve rung in the New Year with Fazoli’s!

My former workout partner (who now lives overseas for the military) and I used to grab Italian Lemon Ice at Fazoli’s after we’d have a fun run at the park around the corner ~ we’d burn calories then reward ourselves with something sweet, refreshing and healthy!

Classic Strawberry Italian Ice

Classic Strawberry Italian Ice ~ nothing classic about it! #BoldAndFresh

Tour of Italy

Alfredo & Marinara + Meatballs = YOLO Italiano!

Fast & Fazoli's

F is for … Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I’ve even feasted on Fazoli’s while watching Fast & Furious movies at the drive-in!

Plus, now that I typically fly solo, I’ve done my work or homework there after hitting the track myself and have tried almost ALL of the seasonal desserts (except for the Red Velvet Cheesecake around ♥Valentine’s♥ Day ~ because it was out when I visited)!

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Watching my ☼truck☼ while sipping on this Strawberry Italian Ice Float!

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My fave Fazoli’s dessert before the Nutella Cheesecake came along … This Ghirardelli Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake!

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How do you eat an elephant? Savoring every single bite!

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Flashback *Foodie* Friday: I took 3 hours to work on this meal while writing my dissertation concept proposal!

Foodie Friday: Feline Edition ~ TGIF Brunch

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Feline Friday, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 14:50

TGIF! April Showers with a Chance of … Scrambled Eggs ✌

From ☼sunny☼ to stormy, I’m honestly relieved to sleep in on this rainy day because we all need downtime (something that I took for granted and recently realized is a necessity in order to thrive and survive).

Before I made myself this brunch:

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Grilled Cheese Garlic French / Texas Toast: French Toast with egg wash (Almond Breeze Coconut Milk blend with cage free egg scrambled) * grilled cheese (Kraft Colby Jack marbled Big Slice) * garlic garnish (McCormick Perfect Pinch Garlic & Herb) for Texas Toast

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♪Gotta have coffee♫ … I dig those days when I’m can drink from my mug at home instead of taking my tumbler on-the-go!

I also fixed my family theirs:

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Chill cats waiting patiently with anticipation of good grub

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Breakfast of ChampionsMeow Mix Soufflés “with REAL Chicken, Egg and Garden Vegetables”

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Sharing is a skill!

Simple and Savory is the Flavor of this Friday!

Final note: good thing that we chowed down our hearty meals before the heavy hail hit! I saw our neighbor cat sprint across the front yard to safe shelter!

Movie Monday: Valentine’s Flicks

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Movie Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 02/09/2015 at 18:00

Nah, Kelvin … I’m gay, & I’m here to play*

I’m mostly into action films, but during this time of year with ♥LOVE♥ in the air for ♥Valentine’s♥ Day, I don’t mind checking out those chick flicks (the ♥lighthearted♥ ones ~ not those tear-jerkers)!

Bring on the ♥rom-com♥ …

Since Evie suggested for me to set aside one single day out of each month just for myself (aside from the hustle & bustle of school & work ~ notice that we didn’t mention †Church† because I never take a ☼day☼ off from GOD ~ and I admit that I still did homework), after MLK Day in January, this past Friday (after my stress-relieving massage ~ thanks to Lisa with her rolling pin technique and refreshments) was my February “me ☼day☼before the ♥Sweetheart♥ Ball

… which included tapping into my collection of DVDs since I’ve been ♣spring♣-cleaning anyway with my Double A!

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Main Movie of the Day: *Valentine’s Day ~ co-stars from my fave prime time show, Grey’s Anatomy (Patrick Dempsey * Eric Dane * Hector Elizondo), and star from the *must-see* movie of the moment, American Sniper (Bradley Cooper, who sat beside someone else in uniform, Julia Roberts) + Cooper, Dane, Emma Thompson & Jennifer Aniston each star in 2 of these films!

Foodie Friday: Gourmet Italian

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/30/2015 at 14:30

I was fortunate enough to have another multi-course meal

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Roasted Garlic Hummus: Olive Garden’s Festa Italiana appetizer

This time, from mainstream and always yummy Olive Garden!

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Risotto Bites: Olive Garden‘s Festa Italiana appetizer

What drew me here was the Festa Italiana ~ four course meal.

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Asiago Tortelloni with Meat Sauce: my main course from Olive Garden‘s Festa Italiana

I grew up here, as Italian is my favorite food!

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White Chocolate Strawberry Dolcini: my dessert from Olive Garden‘s Festa Italiana sweetens the deal ~ and to top it off, I had a discount!

When you’re here, you’re family!

Foodie Friday: Easy Italian

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/23/2015 at 10:00

When we’re working on-the-go and don’t have much time to cook …

Giada De Laurentis

Target has yet another exclusive line as always … YES, I intentionally left the label on to show how much $ I saved!

Everyday Italian to the rescue!

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This flavorful lunch meat actually is gluten free! SCORE!

H is for …

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Open-faced …

Healthy and hearty!

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… or a Rollatini!

Quick sandwich pairs perfectly well with work, either when I report to duty or write my dissertation from my desk!

Foodie Friday: SDJ

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 01/16/2015 at 12:55

TGIF!

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Red & Purple: Color-coordinating with the Paris-inspired wall!

Last Friday night, my Church💒 Bestie, Evie, and I were in for a treat …

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Sweets du Jour🗼, my favorite 🍩bakery🍮 in town, offered dinner, so we’re were honored to be their first evening guests!

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Appetizer: Tomato Basil Mozzarella Tart

We indulged in a five-course meal.

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Soup: Italian Sausage Tortellini

All of the flavors were mighty tasty …

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Salad: Pear Walnut with Dijon

From savory to sweet, it couldn’t be beat, as we needed the heat from the cold, even if it was bold!

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Main Course: Asparagus Lasagna

Meanwhile, we enjoyed having it to ourselves!

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Sweeten the Deal: Caramel Apple Cheesecake for Dessert

Hopefully, this eatery will open its doors again for more dinner parties!

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Complete with Coffee!

Bon apetit! 👌

Foodie Friday: PTL for PhD ~ Victory Meals

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/24/2014 at 07:00

To celebrate my Ph.D. progress, I had championship pre- and post-workout meals!

Cypress St. Station & Abilene Brewing Co. (Downtown Abilene)

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Black Box Pizza (Dyess Air Force Base)

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2:22 ~ make a wish!!!

HBD, PAPA JUN!!!

Foodie Friday: Birthday Grub

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/22/2014 at 09:00

Happy Morning After My Birthday!

Since I always care to share my wealth of health, my family and friends deserve honorable mentions for feeding me for my BiG 3-3. Two weeks ago, I left the Valley with a bang when I my classmates celebrated with me!

One week before my birthday, my Church bestie Evie took me to brunch at Hickory Street Café.

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Spinach Quiche & Salad with Raspberry Vinegarette + Raspberry Tea ~ Raspberry Good

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Hickory Street Cafe: Tomato Basil Soup

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Hickory Street Cafe: Chocolate Kahlua Bundt Cake ~ Just how this Bday Girl likes it!

Last weekend, my childhood friend/fellow August baby Dee cooked lunch, and my mom cooked dinner for us and our dads, and our Pinoy homeboy Vince joined us with his kids! We celebrated more last night to wrap my birthday up right!

Birthday Feast

Birthday Feast for this Beautiful Beast!

Rigatoni

Rigatoni tossed in Pesto with Marinara by Bday Girl Dee

Strawberries & Watermelon

Red & Ready: Summer Strawberries & Wonderful Watermelon

On my birthday eve, my gym rat/fellow mama of a cat and August baby Lisa had us over at her house to wine and dine, and I brought cake!

Carne Asada

Carne Asada Simmering

Comida Mexicana

Traditional Mexican made by Lisa

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Photo Cake c/o Snowhite Bakery

After my Birthday Blessing, my Church buddy Joe cooked me yet another bodacious breakfast.

Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato Steaming

The Incredible Edible Egg

Sunny Side-Up, if you please

Blessed Birthday Breakfast

Blessed Birthday Breakfast, thanks to Joe!

Last night, we wrapped up my birthday with another family night plus making music time!

Nanay's Bomb Diggety Spaghetti

Noodles for Long Life from Nanay

Birthday Feast

Beautiful Feast for this Birthday Beast

Grapes

Grapes for GOOD LUCK!

TGIF for Thank GOD It’s Friday * Thank GOD I’ve got great Family & Friends!!!