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Hello there,

It’s been a long time since I’ve talked to y’all. Hope all is well. The first day of Autumn just passed exactly one week ago, so what’s better to do than reminiscent the tail of summer. Of course, nothing beats a good brunch filled with your favorite people and a little something extra, like mimosas! Paperless Post reached out to me and asked about what would my ideal brunch entail. So let’s go on a journey to my ideal breakfast bash and escape this fifty-degree reality.

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When I think of summer, I think of relaxing days filled with the sun and pastels. Imagine sitting in a field of green just hanging out with you besties. Everything will be pineapple themed. I mean what else is cuter than a pineapple right? The yard will be decorated with green and yellow streamers.  There will also be picnic blankets set up for guests to chill at before or after the actual brunch. Of course the one thing we can’t forget is have a photo booth location with DIY-ed props and a Polaroid camera to document the fun and the sun.

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The menu will be printed on the invitation,(check out some of paperless post’s really cute invitations for ideas). The guests just have to indicate what they want!

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There will be a small bar set up serving three summery mimosas in stemless wine glasses:

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Watermelon Goodness

Watermelon | Lime | Agave Nectar | Dry Sparkling Wine

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Pineapple Coconut

Pineapple Juice | Coconut Juice | Champagne | Syrup | Shredded Coconut

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Simply Orange

Fresh Orange Juice | Dry Sparkling Wine

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I hope you’ve enjoyed that small piece of imaginary summer.

This summer I was very much obsessed with pineapples. I’ve always loved the fruit, but the print just somehow gotten to me during the warmer days. I was THIS close to buy a pineapple printed sundress. I refrained because I’m still on search for that perfect daisy/sunflower dress which started around two years ago now. This will have to wait in line.

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Happy Thursday! It’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be my last day at work and school starts in less than 15 days. Where has the time gone… I don’t think I remember how to school anymore. I’m thinking about doing a post on packing, since I will have to somehow fit my whole life for the past eight months in one suitcase. The only thing is I don’t know if I will have time to take pictures, hopefully I do.

So a couple of weeks ago SkinnyPop Popcorn I came across the wine + popcorn pairings they came up with thanks to Olivia Pope. Being a lover of infographics, of course I said yes! I’m not an avid wine drinker, the only ones I’ve tasted are chardonnay and pinot noir, and between the two, I’m all for the chardonnay. So I decided to come up with a list of non-alcoholic drinks that I think would go well with the different flavors.

Original: tea, soda, juice, basically any drink other than water.

White Cheddar: I personally don’t like cheese so I’m skipping this one

Dusted Dark Chocolate: drinks that are a little bit bitter, like black tea, black coffee, and earl grey. Think of it as a little dessert.

Sea Salt & Pepper: this is a bit tricky, cause I can’t imagine how it would taste. I imagine herbal tea and light juice (think lemonade, white grape juice) would go well with it.

Jalapeno: Pepsi; Ginger Ale; Spirit; anything that’s carbonated and light

Naturally Sweet: like the dusted chocolate, anything a little bitter would go well with this. I think sparkling drinks would go together with it as well.

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Honestly, when I saw the email I was a little freaked out because I absolutely adore the original SkinnyPop Popcorn. I would always eat a bag at work when they are available. I was like “Were they spying on me?!” I love how there are only three ingredients to the original flavor: popcorn, sunflower oil and salt. It’s great that sunflower oil is used, the flavor is not overwhelming like butter but still gives that buttery/oily taste. All in all, I really like the original SkinnyPop and hope you enjoyed my hypothetical drink pairings.

 

May 17th.

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Address: 500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Website: https://thepurplepigchicago.com/

Price Range: One of those places you treat yourself to, unless you’re loaded of course

This weekend my best friend from home came to visit. We basically forgone most of the tourist attractions and just stuffed our faces. We visited the Purple Pig for dinner on Monday thanks to the 4000 plus reviews on Yelp. I’ve never eaten at a restaurant similar to this so I was really excited.

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The Roasted Bone Marrow with Herb Salad & Sicilian Sea Salt

After asking whether we’ve been to the place before, the waiter recommended the four most popular dishes and we ended up getting three of them (ambitious I know). The first dish that came out was the Roasted Bone Marrow with Herb Salad & Sicilian Sea Salt. The bone marrow is cooked to a semi-buttery consistency to be spread on a piece of toast. Although it is oily, the herb salad has a lemony sour base to it so the whole dish doesn’t feel heavy.  Read More

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Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Address: 108 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Website: http://www.magnoliabakery.com/

Price Range: Less than $10

Despite the chain starting in NYC and having many locations, I waited until I came to Chicago for my first visit. I don’t know why either. The shop has a very homey feel, like a bigger version of mom’s kitchen (except my mother doesn’t make cupcakes but we can imagine right).

My friend and I went pretty late at night, around 9 pm, after our rather late dinner so there was a limited amount cupcakes to choose from. I ended up getting this chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting, honestly I have no idea why it’s mint colored.I contemplated whether I should cut the cake in half and make it into like a cake-burger before eating it, since you know that’s apparently the correct way to eat a cupcake.

The cake part was delicious. It was moist and chocolate-y. Now let me talk about the frosting. It tasted strongly of butter, for those of you who love butter you would love the frosting. I was not expecting it. The lady who recommended me the cupcake only told me it was vanilla frosting so I assumed it would be more of a cream frosting. I, for one, am not about the butter taste. Thus, I didn’t like the top too much. Another thing is that the frosting was way too sweet for me. Although it looked pretty, I think I can find a cupcake that better suit my taste.

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Green Tea Shaved Ice with Chopped Peanuts, Sliced Strawberries, and Mochi Bits

Address: 17 W 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001

Website: http://bygracestreet.com/

Price Range: Less than $10

I’m a sucker for cute cafes/bakery/coffee shops. I love the atmosphere and interior design of these shops. I was very happy when my friend and I found dropped by this place because his friend worked there.

Grace Street is located in NYC’s K-Town. It has the regular coffee menu, but it also serves Korean desserts like 팥빙수 (patbingsu) and 호떡 (hodduk). Patbingsu is a shaved ice dessert, like the one shown in the picture. It usually has a shaved ice base sweetened with condensed milk and topped with yummy toppings like mochi and fruit. Hodduk is a hot dessert, usually ate in the winter. It’s very similar to a donut pocket. Since I’ve not had it before, I can’t really describe it in detail.

 The setting and the menu really brought back memories of when I visited Korea back in 2014. The shop has a very comfortable vibe with wooden tables. There are several types of seating, on this wooden platform near the giant storefront window (where my friend and I sat and it has great lighting for photos on sunny days), regular tables with chairs, and sofa section. Since we went on the weekend, there were a lot of people. But I could imagine this to be a really nice study space during weekday afternoons when people are generally at work. It could also be a cute date spot for like a break after shopping around the area.

May 5th.

Hello there! So I decided to start a new post series called Foood as a way to categorize reviews of restaurant/coffee shop/food places I’ve been to. After scrolling through my Instagram account (check it out if you haven’t done so already), so many of my photos are food related. I thought might as well start a food review section since I almost always take a picture of the food before I eat, unless I made the food or I’m way too hungry. Not to mention I recently jointed this online community for foodies, by foodies (from their words) called TABElog. I’m slowly, very slowly, writing reviews of the places I’ve been to based on Instagram photos, and I will just also post them here on the blog as well.

So the reason why I named the series Foood with three ‘o’s is because that’s how excited I am about food. My friend in school have seriously contemplated about bribing me to visit their place (they live way too far, like under a massive hill) with pickles, jalapenos and other edible things.

Anyway, hope you will enjoy this series!

Cheers,

Jenn

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