{the bliss + the palate} oh so busy in the city

October 14, 2011

tart shell

I owe you bit of an update.  The last thing I posted about was my birthday.  And even with two parts, it was pretty half-assed.  For that, I apologize.  I’ll give you the 411, the low-down, the info-may-chon if I may.  But before I delve any deeper, can I just give two open mic snaps to my mare (Filipino slang for girlfriend) — Aly?!  She redesignd my banner.  Pretty dope, right?

Can I be honest with you?  Work has taken over my life.  Truly, truly.  Do I work early mornings and late nights?  Yes.  Do I have nightmares about it?  Yes.  Do I whine, bitch, and moan about it?  Yes.  Do I ever wish I were unemployed again?  Free to do whatever the hell I want?  Heck no!  Who doesn’t like being productive?  Especially when it’s something you enjoy doing?  I love planning events.  I love all the details.  I love it all.

Anyone who knows me, I mean really knows me, knows that I can become obsessive and fixated on the little things.  I’m tough on myself and sometimes I don’t give myself some slack.  I’m such an imperfect perfectionist.  It’s only been a couple of months and already I’ve broken down and cried about this and that — but you know what?  As corny as it sounds, what hasn’t killed me has made me stronger.  I’m still learning a lot about myself and I’m learning a lot at my new job.

me holding macarons

With that said — I haven’t always found the time to cook/bake, take pictures, sit down and blog.  But when I find an hour to bake the simplest thing, it makes me incredibly happy.  Since moving up to the DC Metro area, I haven’t had a free weekend to do absolutely nothing.  Me and Chris have been sprucing up our apartment, discovering our new neighborhood, and hosting guests that have come up to visit.

u st festival

For the past couple of months, we’ve gone to festivals, ate at quite a few restaurants, and spent a lot of time walking Kirby.  Oh yeah, and did I mention I’ve lost over 15 pounds without even trying?  You mad?  Haha!  Listen.. though it’s great to fit in some old clothes, it’s actually a bit of a problem.  I feel like I have to buy a new wardrobe.  And it doesn’t help the fact that people think I’m an intern at work.  The people that haven’t worked with me directly, anyway.  My mother thinks I look like a little kid.  Lovely.  Just lovely.

Oops, sorry — kinda went off topic.  The point is I’ve noticed a lot of people here are fit.  I’m sure it has a lot to do with how public transportation is widely accepted here.  For some, it’s unavoidable.  Personally, I take my apartment shuttle to the metro station, walk a couple of blocks, then walk up the stairs to my office.  About 15 pounds gone.  I’m sure stress played a little part.  But it’s crazy, right?

kirby on bridge

Walking is a my main mode of transportation nowadays.  I live behind a shopping center and I love it.  It’s so convenient!  I’m sure Kirby is loving it, too.  He definitely benefits from it all.  Boy is curious as George.

kirby rolling around

I’ve enjoyed living up here thus far — my weekends feel so short because I feel like I have so much to conquer.  I want to try every restaurant, hit up every happy hour, and attend every festival!  But I’ve learn to accept that it will take quite a while to feel… like a local, I guess?  Notice I said like a local.

A couple of weeks ago, me and Chris tried ShopHouse in Dupont Circle — aka our local Asian Chipotle.  We heard good and bad reviews, so we had to try it ourselves.  They serve banh mi and custom bowls — made up of rice or noodles, a protein, vegetables, sauces, and toppings/garnishes.  Some say Steve Ells stole the idea from an America’s Next Great Restaurant contestant and if that’s true — it might’ve been a bad move.  I know they’re test-driving the idea, but if they want to stay open, they need to add more flavor and heck, add more to the bowls in general!  Chris ordered a bowl and he hardly received any noodles.  Will we go back?  Meh.  Maybe in a year or so.

shophouse

Oh yeah, and I made a chocolate tart.  I made it for Chris’s family friend and she lives in Maryland — the whipped cream didn’t travel well.  I should have added it on before serving.  Ah well.  It was amaze-balls.

chocolate tart

And that’s all for now.  I’ll try my very bestest to keep my faithful readers updated. :)

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1 Katrina October 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

I see that you put my tart pan to use! I’m so glad you finally had the chance to post! I’ve missed you so much. I can’t wait to visit, so I can be featured in a future post. Teehee :) So proud of ya and so happy for you!! <3

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2 rosalie teodoro October 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I am glad Lyn you back for your making some goodies even though u are so busy and i am proud of you love you.

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3 Aly October 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Aww, thanks for the shoutout! As always, I love your photos :D Katrina, Riot & I should visit soon!

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4 Odyssey November 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

The tart was amazing. Reina even had some and ate it non-stop. Thank you again!

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