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Mixer Monday: Mojito Madness

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Home Sweet Home, Mixer Monday, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 09/07/2015 at 09:00

Minty!

To ring in recent birthdays, I was all about ordering up mojitos!

La Canela Pasión

Passionfruit Mojito topped with Cocktail Fruit from La Canela Peruvian Restaurant

  1. First, to celebrate my Tita Fe‘s birthday, I had this Passionfruit Mojito at the Peruvian restaurant ~ thanks to my cousin & her hubby!
  2. Then I enjoyed a refreshing Frozen Blueberry Mojito at my own Bday Brunch from Miguel’s Mex Tex Café (Mex intentionally before Tex)!
  3. Most recently, I toasted to my cousin’s birthday with this Twisted Madre Mango Margarita ~ another special from Miguel’s Agave Bar!
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Twisted Madre: Frozen Margarita swirled with Mango Flavor topped with Lime and dressed with Chile Salt on the Sim from Miguel’s Mex Tex Café

S is for …

  • Sip On
  • ¡Salud!
Bday Frappé

Freebie for my Bday: Mocha Coconut Hazelnut Frappé

More Sweet Treats … this time without spirits:

Bday Frappé Run: Fun in the ☼Sun☼

Bday Frappé Run: Fun in the ☼Sun☼ as I stay cool at school #DISPObustAFlow #Frappuccino

Starbucks Birthday Rewards

Blueberries 'n' Creme

My Next Bday Freebie: Blackberries & Creme make you scream!

  1. First, from my research university before my BiG #-#: Hazelnut topped with Coconut
  2. Next, from our busiest local coffee shop: the new Blackberries & Creme Frappuccino
Blessed Frappuccino

Blessed with Rest (sort of) on my Bday … Real quick before I get back into it!

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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

Hickory Street Cafe

Hickory Street Cafe: Tomato Basil Soup

Hickory Street Cafe

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

Edible Image

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!!!

Foodie Friday: F is for …

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 07/11/2014 at 17:40

Faith * Family * Friends * Fellowship * Food * Fun * Fourth of July * Fireworks

Happy 4th of July

*Let freedom ring* … So F is for Freedom

The past couple of weeks (or should I say, month), I’ve had more than my share of YOLOs. Here are the highlights*!

{As I type this, I’ll munch on these frozen grapes and cherries, plus have green veggies to look forward to for lunch}

Frozen Berries

Berry Burst of Energy

Independence Day

* My parents’

7-Layer Dip

Nanay‘s 7-layer Dip

Fried Rice & Shish-kabob

Fried Rice & Shish-kabob ~ in my handy dandy cooler for my road trip!

* My work trainer’s

Watermelon Margarita

Sugar-Rimmed Watermelon Margarita for the 4th ~ Sweet!

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Lemonade = ☼Summertime☼ Sappiness

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My *USA* Dog & More!

* My gym buddy’s

F is for Flag

F is for Flag

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F is for Frito Pie

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F is for Flag Cake

In-Laws‘ Homecooking

* Day 1: Cajun

Chili's Cajun Pasta

Cajun Pasta ~ Chili’s Style!

* Day 2: Fajita

Fajita

¡Fajitas en la Casa!

* Day 3: Chicken

Reunions

* Beehive (Downtown Abilene)

* Tokyo Fusion (Abilene)

Potstickers

Gyoza (Potstickers)

Sushi

Sushi Roll

Mochi

Mochi (Ice Cream) ~ Green Tea

* Abi-Haus (Abilene)

* Colleti’s Italian (Harlingen)

Enjoy your eats & greets this weekend!

Foodie Friday: Asian Heritage Month Edition

In Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/16/2014 at 19:00

Happy Asian Heritage Month!

What’s in our fortune on this fine Friday? Here I’ll feature two Asian family-owned eateries in Abilene, Texas, complete with photos. Both of them have been known to consistently earn the Reader’s Choice Award from Abilene Reporter-News voters.

AM Donuts

AM Donuts

AM Donuts, Reader’s Choice Award winner, courtesy Elaine Dispo

AM Donuts & Croissants on Grape Street, only Abilene eatery to serve Boba Tea

Reader’s Choice Award-winning donut shop values customers, provides high quality  

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AM Donuts has assortment of flavors, courtesy Elaine Dispo

 By Elaine Dispo

AM Donuts

AM Donuts, the only Bubble Tea vendor in Abilene

AM Donuts & Croissants’ 1902 Grape Street location is thinking outside the bubble by being the only known public establishment in Abilene to offer boba tea. AM Donuts

Also known as “bubble tea,” this beverage that traces its origin to Taiwan has tapioca pearls of various flavors, like strawberry, lychee, taro, coconut and coffee.

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“It is healthy and adds more flavor,” said Sokol Kim, the wife of owner George Kim, about AM’s smoothie-like drink.

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George Kim, AM Donuts & Croissants owner, shows special straws for Boba Tea, courtesy Elaine Dispo

A 16-ounce bubble tea at AM on Grape costs $3.75, which is less expensive than bubble tea in larger markets and other frozen blended drinks of the same size or smaller at other vendors.

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The Kims’ business has its loyal customers, many of whom meet at AM Donuts on a daily basis, and take advantage of coffee, baklava, kolaches or other popular pastries, such as cheese sticks and cream horns.

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With bubble tea in the mix, Abileneans and visitors alike can be introduced to a commodity from a different part of the world.

AM Donuts has been widely-acclaimed by the city for over a decade, as it happens to be ranked No. 1 in the Readers Choice Awards for several years running.

“We like to take care of the people,” George Kim said. “It is nice to know that the city supports our product and knows it’s good and for our business to grow.”

AM Donuts also has shops on Willis Street, its original store, as well as Treadaway Boulevard and Pine Street. What makes AM on Grape so unique are the boba tea, as well as red velvet cake donuts and chocolate cherry fritters.

Aside from classic glazed donuts, AM also offers the maple bacon bars and an array of new baked goods. George Kim, coined the “AM Delight Do-sant,” inspired by the New York-style cronuts.

“The kitchen is my department,” George Kim said. He pointed out that AM’s efforts “to be as smooth and quick as possible to maintain the quality” pays off because “people like fast service and quality.”

AM Donuts

Since AM on Grape opens as early as 5:30 a.m. and closes as late as 5 p.m., Kim and his team “make that commitment to do it.” DSC00328

Chocolate-filled croissants recently joined their bakery selection of both savory and sweet treats. AM Donuts

Sokol Kim, brought up the idea of the chocolate-filled croissants from her time in France back in 2003, after she earned her bachelor’s degree in Cambodia. Her tour of Europe also led her to Denmark, and after she completed her master’s degree, she moved to the U.S. while pregnant with their daughter.

Previously, Sokol Kim’s career was in law that involved human rights at the international level. Now she works at AM Grape while attending school to become a Registered Nurse.

“Education changes life,” said Sokol Kim, who appreciates the support of her husband’s family and her family in Cambodia in her pursuit of a health care career while still supporting her husband’s business.

Many of the AM Donuts customers can agree . After all, the Grape branch is conveniently set on the north side of Abilene near Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and Hendrick Medical Center. Therefore, Wi-Fi comes in handy for students and workers alike, and the TV provides a relaxing environment.

AM DonutsA visit to AM not only appeals to the taste buds, but eye candy also surrounds the space. AM DonutsThe storefront has Asian-inspired pieces, such as the welcoming Buddha and a bamboo wall, in addition to classic art and recognized superheroes, including Batman, Superman and Marvel Comics characters. AM Donuts Some memorabilia have even come from the customers as gifts. AM Donuts

Due to the abundant space of the building as well as generous parking, George Kim envisioned “potential” of “not only a business but also a social network to hang out: an environment for everyone to enjoy, feel comfort. I think it’s important.”

Other than the boba tea and other special menu items exclusive to AM Donuts on Grape, George Kim’s service philosophy may be another reason why AM has earned the Readers Choice Award: to have “a relationship with our customers, make them feel connected.”

China Star

China Star

Beef & Broccoli + Kung Pao Chicken in the House!

Ever since my family moved to Abilene, my parents have frequented this Chinese buffet place for lunch or dinner.

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Succulent Spring Rolls

Many of our family friends have held parties there, and my parents love to pick up take-out from there.

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Hot & Sour Soup Warms the Soul!

The owners still recognize us when we go there for Sunday brunch after church.

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Mocha Cake is my fave!

Enjoy eating!

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