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Madrid 2017 (Part One)

The one thing I love about Europe is that I can travel to a new country rather inexpensively and get to experience a new culture.  Each country has its own cuisines, traditions, and history.  There is so much to see and do!

Madrid is so different from London.  First off, it’s BOILING THERE, an average of 36-degree Celsius (97 Fahrenheit) a day.  We did a lot of walking but of course a lot of resting as well.  It’s a very clean city and the people are very friendly.  Uber services are quite limited (compared to London) but that was fine because most of the places we went were very accessible.

The best way to travel is on EasyJet.  Flying from London to Madrid only took 2.5 hours.  Always remember to check in online.  We forgot to and we checked in at the airport.  We were seated separately, and I almost didn’t make it on the flight.

My first impression of Madrid – hot policeman.  My sister is trying to locate our uber while I have my eyes on the cop in the back (who speaks very limited English) therefore, it was just eye candy for us. =)

Do you think this is big enough?  I think my grandma can see it too. I think it’s hilarious!

It was nice to stay at a hotel.  It feels so good to have someone make my bed every day.
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Lifestyle, Vacation

Dining Experience: Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

Have you guys ever dined at a Michelin star restaurant?  Michelin stars are a rating system to grade restaurants on the quality ranging from one to three stars.  One star indicates a “very good restaurant”; two stars indicate  “excellent cuisine”; and three stars means “exceptional quality, worth the visit”.

The first time I visited a Michelin star restaurant was three years ago in San Sebastian.  You can read the post here.  Since we’re in Europe, we knew we had to try out some of the Michelin star restaurants.  There are 163 Micheline star restaurants in the world and sadly, none in Canada.

Thanks to Jeanie who chose Hélène Darroze.  Hélène Darroze is a renowned female chef who owns two Michelin restaurants.  She is also the winner of the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Award in 2015.  I’m elated that we were able to dine at one of her restaurants.
While walking towards the hotel, I saw a Goyard Store, so I just took a pic with it.  We don’t have this brand in Vancouver.

This prestigious hotel is more than 100 years old but it still looks luxurious.

The interior is sophisticated with beautiful wood panelling, plush furnishings, and an intimate vibe.

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Lifestyle, Vacation

London 2017 (Part Two)

This is my second time to London.  The first time I went with my husband was back in 2001.  I don’t remember exactly where we went, except it was raining a lot.  Also, we were on a tour so we went to all the touristy places but I don’t remember if I had a good meal then.  You would know how it feels if any of you have been on a tour especially a Chinese tour, which means we ate a lot of Chinese food. =)

This is the famous Big Ben, which is actually the nickname of the Great Bell inside Westminster’s iconic clock tower.

Westminster Abbey – beautiful Gothic-style Church also where Prince William and Kate Middleton got married.

The iconic red telephone booth – Did you know that it’s actually very filthy inside?  I’m pretty sure no one uses them anymore.

Buckingham Palace – As you can tell, both my sisters are 2 inches taller than me.  Why is the oldest sibling always the shortest? ;)
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family, Vacation

Last Bit of LA

I know my travel posts are primarily about food but honestly, there’s not much to photograph in Los Angeles.  Don’t get me wrong, I love taking pictures of architecture, landscapes, and people but nothing interesting on this trip.  Hope you enjoy this post and see you in my next post on Europe (I promise you there will be more action).

Visited my good friend in LA.  He lost a tremendous amount of weight.  Well, sh*t happens right?

We went to Sugarfish for lunch.  I’ve always wanted to try this restaurant since they have really good reviews.  Perhaps my expectations are high, I wasn’t blown away with the sushi but the quality was decent though.  I actually thought the handrolls at KazuNori were a lot tastier.

This fish was quite buttery though.
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Vacation, wedding

J&T Wedding

My purpose on this trip was to attend my cousin’s wedding.  I love weddings.  It feels so good to listen to two people pledging their love for each other.  Just like labours, every wedding is different.  The wedding was held at the Colony House in Anaheim.  It’s a beautiful venue with high ceilings, brick walls, a fireplace, and an exquisite succulent wall.

They are so cute together!  Joyce is very petite like maybe 5 feet which makes her even more adorable.

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