Weekend in New York

Man… New York never disappoints.  No matter how many times we visit, there’s always something new to see and do.  And even though we both lived there for a bit, it’s definitely nice to go back as tourists, and truly appreciate this great city with fresh eyes.  In our last vlog, you saw that we went to our friends’ wedding in Queens.  Afterwards, we decided to venture into the city and stay in Manhattan for a couple days.   Read more

A wedding and New York memories

Every time we’re back on the east coast, it always brings back memories.  It’s because that’s where some hardships were faced, many good times were had, life long friendships were made, and where we got married.  New York especially will always have a special place in our hearts.  That’s where Joe worked as an art director in advertising, where I worked as a chef, where we dated, and even got engaged!   Read more

Our boring road trip

I’m going to be releasing a series of vlogs from our recent adventures on the east coast.  We were there for about a week and a half and it was jam packed.  This was our second time driving from Chicago to Philadelphia in only a matter of months, but this was the first time we decided to capture it on film.  For those of you who have ever made this trek, you know there is NOTHING to see.  It’s all flat roads and there’s not a mountain, hill, or pond in sight for nearly the entire 12+ hour exhausting drive.   Read more

Trip to Gino’s East

We had a Groupon that Joe purchased a while back for Gino’s East and forgot about until it was ALMOST too late.  I didn’t even know he bought it in the first place, so it could’ve been a tragedy if we “wasted” it.  Luckily, Joe remembered it the same weekend it was going to expire… on Sunday!  But better late than never!  So off we went to the city to score some pre-paid pizza for dinner.  Since it was both of our first times at Gino’s East, we thought we would film our experience there.  Before we even moved here, we’ve had Chicago deep dish pizza at some of the other well-known places like Giordanos, Lou Malnati’s, and Pequods, and I can honestly say that they’re all a little different from one another.  I think that’s pretty cool though, because then you can get a unique experience with each place.   Read more

New York New York

My thoughts are with Japan these days, and my heart and prayers go out to them during this time of disaster.  With that in mind, I think about the time I went to the Japanese ramen restaurant, Ippudo in New York City, when Joe and I went back there for a visit.  My sister and our friends kept insisting that we go.  And everyone would say, “and you need to get the pork buns.” I distinctly remember it being 100 degrees with 90% humidity, so we were in no mood for a hot steamy bowl of ramen noodles.  But everyone and their mom kept telling us to go, so we sucked it up and went, and waited for a long time to be seated.   Read more