Friday, December 21, 2012

We are 3!

Yesterday, we celebrated our third anniversary =) 

Time flies. I can still remember the excitement that I had on our wedding day. I was also super nervous. One of my biggest worry that day was to trip over my dress when I walked to the front of the reception room. Thankfully, that worry didn't turn into reality.



Fast forward three years, and here we are now. We've been through a lot these past three years. Both of us feel like we have been married for ages!! Not in a bad way though =)

We don't have any special plan celebrating our anniversary. We usually just go out and have dinner. This year we did the same thing. However, from year to year, the restaurants change. We choose restaurant mostly based on the food, and not the ambiance. I know ... both of us are somehow not that romantic =P To be honest, this time I was actually thinking of celebrating our anniversary in Texas Road House (which is a very casual steak house if you don't know, with blaring cowboy music and peanut skins on the ground). But my husband vetoed that down.

In the end, we went to Santana Row for dinner. We decided to eat at one of the Italian Restaurant. Yup, finally we're going for ambiance this year =P

It was almost a bad idea though. This time of the year, Santana Row is super crowded. We had to park a few blocks away and walk. To make it worse, we didn't make reservation. We went to two restaurants and the waiting time for a table of two at those restaurants were an hour and a half! Since we had to wait anyway, we finally agreed to try Maggiano's Little Italy.

Good thing the wait was worth it.

     
Please excuse the picture quality. It was kinda dark in that restaurant. 

We had a set menu for two people. So we got to chose one appetizer (or one flatbread or two side salads), two classic pasta entree, and a dessert to share. These were what we chose:


Stuffed Mushrooms for appetizer. Mushroom filled with spinach and breadcrumbs, served in garlic white wine sauce. Despite the look, this dish was amazing! I think this was my favorite for the night. 


My husband chose Fettuccine Alfredo, which was basically a plain pasta and cream sauce. He requested the Fettuccine to be changed into Linguine btw. It was just okay. My pasta was Taylor Street Baked Ziti as pictured above. The sauce was a mix of italian sausage, pomodoro, and cheese. 

Next came the dessert. We chose New York Style Cheesecake which comes with seasonal fruits. This time the fruit was blueberry. This was the highlight of our dinner for my husband. He loves the cheesecake. He even said that this was better than Cheesecake Factory's Ultimate Red Velvet. 


So, was it a romantic dinner? Hmm.. the ambiance was not as good as we think. Yes, the decoration was beautiful. The service was good. The food was okay, but the two people package was really worth it. However, it was too noisy and crowded for my taste =P

Still, we did have a good time together and that was the most important thing. 



I am truly grateful to God for sending this wonderful man into my life. He's not just a husband for me... he's my partner in life, my other half. It is a great comfort for me, knowing that whatever life might bring, I will face it together with him. I pray that our love for each other will continue to grow daily. I also pray that God will continue blessing our marriage so that we can be a blessing for others around us. 

Dear husband, cheers for more years ahead!!   

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My LOFT Haul

Ever since Black Friday, I have been monitoring my favorite store intently =P If you do not know, my favorite store is Ann Taylor LOFT. Their collections are very petite friendly. Anyway, on their current holiday / winter collection, they have a few cute sweaters that I adore. After waiting for around 3 weeks, it seems that the lowest price for the particular sweater that I want is $25. And ... I missed that sale because I was waiting for the price to go down lower.

Anyway, today I noticed that they have the exact same sale again for that item. I went to LOFT store, but they didn't have the color that I want in my size. So I have to buy it online.

Turns out, I was super lucky today. On top of the current sale that they have, I managed to get another coupon that give 25% discount for that particular sweater. I finally got that sweater for $20! I also bought two other items that I have been eyeing this whole time.

Petite Kitten Print 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan $16 (after double discount) - pictures taken from www.loft.com

Petite Marisa Straight Leg Pants in LOFT Scuba - Royal Blue $22 - pictures taken from www.loft.com

Petite Stripped Cozy Cable Sweater $20 (after double discount) - picture taken from www.loft.com

I'm super happy for getting those cute pieces in bargain prices! =D

Btw, I don't know if you are familiar with Ebates. For those of you who often do online shopping, please check out Ebates. You can get cash back for your online purchase with stores that are registered on Ebates.

As an example, currently Ebates has 9% cash back for Sears and 6% cash back for Toys R Us.If you want to sign up for Ebates, you can click on this link below:

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=ZuYCy84RlgfDGiPz8CzPcg%3D%3D&eeid=23552

I hope you find this information useful. Happy holiday shopping everyone!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

November in Pictures

It's been a while since my last post. I can hardly believe that we're already in December. This post will be a quick recount of November. So here it is, my November in pictures. Enjoy!

My husband and I went with a couple of friends to Santana Row's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. They had quite a few of live performance like ballet dance, A Capella choir, and this young singer from American Idol - Deandre Brackensick. No wonder Santana Row was very crowded that day. We almost couldn't find parking. Also because of the crowd, we couldn't take any decent picture of the performance. However, my husband did manage to snap this picture of the American Idol singer after his performance.


Deandre Brackensick
After the ceremony, which only lasted around an hour or so, we went to a nearby Chili's for dinner. That day I decided to try dry rub ribs. It looked really good on the menu. However, it was a little bit too dry for my taste =P Fortunately, I asked for BBQ sauce on the side for dipping. The Cajun Chicken Pasta on the other hand, was really good.


Cajun Chicken Pasta @ Chili's
Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs in Memphis Dry Rub
Talking about food, on one weekend night in November, I suddenly craved pancake! So we went to IHOP =)






New York Style Pancake
Steak Omelette - my Hubby's fav
Good food ... and yummy hot chocolate =)



OK, enough food talk. Going back to holiday atmosphere here in the U.S.

Even before Thanksgiving passed, Christmas decoration was all over Santana Row. When we went to Valley fair for Black Friday Shopping on Thanksgiving night, we walked passed Santana Row.  It was very pretty! I can't help myself from taking pictures.





Here is one silly shot of me and my friends on Black Friday midnight shopping madness =P


Photo courtesy of Miss Kristani
The next day, I went back to Santana Row for unfinished Black Friday shopping ... and photo session =P





Oops, I almost forget about our Chinese style Thanksgiving dinner. We're celebrating a friend's birthday, plus house warming, plus thanksgiving, with bird from the far east. It was more like Chinese New Year's dinner than a Thanksgiving dinner =P I want a traditional Thanksgiving feast next year!



Group photo with the birthday girl =)



So how's your Thanksgiving folks? I hope you had a good one =)