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citizen*N* says

June 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Earlier this month, Sarah and I pretended we were livin’ the dream and were travel bloggers. Thanks to the Tumi Golden Ticket competition I’d been trying to win, I found out about a new branch of the trendy boutique hotel citizenM opening in Paris, and they were offering free nights to ‘test sleep’ at their newest hotel in exchange for feedback. Sounded good to me!

The Top Line: If you’re looking for a hotel in the CDG airport area for a good price, citizenM is a great option with its cute, creative and modern set-up and very friendly staff.

Here were our top ‘liments and ‘laints: Read more…


November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Hmm. Well I can’t say it was my first thanksgiving outside of the U.S. (see Puerta Vallarta, 2006). And I can’t say it was my first without the family (see Australia, 2007). Because I tried to — I typed both those things and realized they were false. So. It was my first Thanksgiving in London! And it lasted three days.

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Day 1: Mostly, it was just Thursday and Thanksgiving and probably pretty productive since basically no one was on gchat! But Sarah and I wanted to stop at Bea’s after work for some apple streusel crumble or pumpkin pie just because it was Thanksgiving (because lunch was … burritos at Chilango). However, we got there and they were closing for a private event soooo we grabbed pumpkin pie (well..Sarah did. I got a vanilla-Bailey’s cupcake. Happy Thanksgiving, AA!) and headed home.

Day 2: Worksgiving. So we uh. Taught our co-workers about Thanksgiving…see above. Ken (man in pilgrim hat) was narrating whilst the rest of us ‘acted.’ Best parts:
-Ken says something about scurvy and Marith (pilgrim) fake pukes — and then says “I don’t know what scurvy does?”
-Ken says something about how  the Indians taught the pilgrims how to cultivate corn, how to fish, and how to know which plants were to avoid because they were poisonous — to which Sara added,  “Uhh..don’t touch those!”

It was ridiculous and hilarious and awesome. And the food was pretty good too.

Day 3: Potlucksgiving. Meeting up with friends of friends and friends of friends of friends here is Sarah’s and my thing. So we did that on Saturday night. Another Sarah, Ashley, and Mike were taking care of the turkey (and pheasant — to add a British touch) and pies and my Sarah and I made mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, respectively. We freezingly made our way to Clapham but it was totally worth it because we had so much fun. Us 5 Americans plus Canadian Tara who made us salad (with a touch of maple syrup hahaha). And it was very fitting because I definitely felt disgustingly full afterwards. But I didn’t puke. Some random girl on the bus did on our way home, so we had to GET OFF. In the freakin 27* cold!!!

So no, we didn’t get any days off here (but hey! We get Royal Wedding April 29th day off, remember? Making for 3 work days sandwiched between 2 4 day weekends — 11 day holiday where you only have to take 3 days vacation, anyone?) but it was still a great Thanksgiving weekend. Can you beat it the next time I’m home for Turkey Day, USA??

10 Pounds in 1 month

October 30, 2010 6 comments

1  more month till my visit back to Texas. It has been 14 months since I’ve been home. I can’t stress how many items of food and drinks have entered my tiny belly in those 14 months. I’ve enjoyed the best dishes in my life – I wasn’t just eating my typical Tex Mex or Mommy’s vietnamese dishes. During those 14 months, I was able to add on 10 more pounds of Julie. I left Austin weighing 105 pounds, and my goal is to arrive back in Austin at 105 pounds. Today starts my shedding of the pounds.

Here is a bit of a summary of the delicious items I’ve had in the past 14 months:

  • 6 Brunches. Brunch in Dubai is defined as Friday’s day of unlimited eating and drinking (alcoholic and non alcoholic) for 5 straight hours. There are over 50 brunch venues in Dubai and the cuisines vary. The best brunches in town offer the most exquisite dishes (i.e. Al Qasr brunch includes over 5 rooms of food)
  • Pakistani/Indian Cuisine. I’ve learned that every Pakistani dish you eat includes a lot of Roti or Naan (bread). I never ate Pakistani food in Texas – never!  Now I eat it on a regular basis and have tried it all. My stomach has been fed Chicken Tikka, Lentil, Kebabs, Keema, every type of curry and others I don’t even know how to pronounce. If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it. And if you live in Dubai, you must check out Ravi!
  • Lebanese. Another popular cuisine in Dubai. Lots of yogurt, hummus, fattoush and zaatar. Am I missing anything?
  • Shakespeare. At the Ogilvy office, when everyone asks that question at 12 o’clock ‘to order lunch in or go out for lunch?’ it usually means ‘to order lunch or go down to Shakespeare?’ The “shakespearean” atmosphere cafe offers loads of overpriced food and coffee, yet we still eat there day after day. I have a record of 6 biscuits every morning with my latte.
  • Ruth Chris. Ribeye. Enough said.
  • 5 days of Thai food. Pad Thai, Green & Red Curry, Nasi Goreng, etc for 5 days straight in Thailand.
  • Chocolate after each meal. Ritter Sport, Kit Kat, Lion bar, Crunchy you complete me. I eat one of these after each meal. Bad habits die hard and this one has been the most tough.

Now it’s time to say goodbye to all the above and to my 10 pounds for the next month!  Words of advice? Please do share.