Around…

…on Instagram! I’ve really propelled  myself into the 21st century by getting an iPhone and signing up for Instagram all in the same week, so make my day and follow me here.

See what I’ve been up to around town including some Instagram favorites:

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Breakfast pic, again.

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GO HAWKS. Taken during my early morning walk to work.

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Late night executive decision to order in a snack… Seriously, it took us an ungodly amount of time last weekend to decide if we wanted to order a pizza.

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Wine, cookies and The Knick – one of the best shows I’ve seen in the past year. Quite possibly the best. Look it up here.

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Sumo Mandarin Oranges are insanely delicious this season.

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The place where all my childhood fantasies came to life is closed. RIP, Sanrio of Bellevue Square. Without you, I don’t where I would be right now in life.

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@ the movies: Popcorn and candy by the pound. At a pound actually. We’ve been upping our intake of bulk candy on a weekly basis. What used to be a $7 bag is now a $13 bag. Oops.

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Another thing we’ve been hooked on is salad with chips and salsa. It’s easy to repeat meals when chips are involved. I have a post to come on the dressing we’ve been using that David thought up :)

 

Breakfast…

Is life.

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My mom was was born and raised in Taiwan and never settles for anything mediocre, so when she recommended Tofu 101, a Taiwanese breakfast shop, I knew it was going to be amazing. Tofu 101 is located in a strip mall across from Bellevue’s Factoria Mall. The store front is modestly decorated and the inside is even more stark, but that lends to a food-centric experience. Against their bare walls are shelves just lined with an assortment of Taiwanese breakfast foods and snacks, as well as fresh soy milk by the jug or the to-go cup. Once you get over the fact that you’ve just arrived at breakfast heaven, you notice the line of customers patiently waiting to package up their choice of steamed or pan fried buns at their own pace. We quickly noticed that every customer ahead of us waited for one thing: Chinese donuts. There’s no better indication of “what’s good” than that, so we waited our turn, then picked up far too much food – just to be safe. As expected, the Chinese donuts were the best either of us have had; and keep in mind that we have traveled to Asia multiple times and tried almost every Taiwanese/Chinese restaurant around. We also picked up some steamed buns with an assortment of fillings, as well as pan fried buns, noodles, etc., which were also exceptionally fresh and flavorful. This place is pretty well-priced and also vegetarian-friendly, so don’t be shy to spread the word. Well, maybe keep the donuts on the DL. I’m already looking forward to our next visit and excited to try everything else!

Some other notable breakfasts:

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Weekend ritual.

In an effort to spend less on brunch,  which really add up both $ and calorie-wise, we’ve been making most of our weekend breakfasts.

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“Stroopwafel” from Oxford. These Dutch treats are addictive. If you’re lucky, you can find them in the International Foods aisle at your local grocer. Make sure to try them both dry and “warmed” over tea or coffee.

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Steamed pork meatballs rolled in sweet rice, a Taiwanese delicacy.

Lately.

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My first iPhone picture ever. After 4+ years using a Windows Phone, I’ve finally converted. Now I see what all the fuss is about.

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Orange Chicken from Sushi Maru in Bellevue. A visit to Maru signifies that the weekend is here! Seriously, we go at least once every weekend.

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Plates.

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Beaujolais in extra large wine glasses for aggressive swirling.

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Peeking at David through this HUGE Valentines chocolate box.

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We’ve been enjoying crumpets since David’s return from the UK.

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Boiling Point.

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Coffee and tea date at Storyville with Sinae and Jin :)