Devouring The Big Apple: pt 1 ~ ‘Statue of Liberty’

Woohoo! You guessed it! I’m on vacation with the family and I have lots and lots of content to go through and talk about! Finally!! After a whole month of nothing interesting to share… I miss writing :’)

So just as an overview, our trip consists of a week in New York city and then another week in Washington D.C.
I will be going over the attractions we went to, and also little reviews of things only found in the US, because I’m a tourist like that. Let’s get started!

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So just as the title reads, we finally had the chance to visit Lady Liberty! :D Yay!
Our last trip to NYC was a little after Hurricane Sandy, and as a result, we were unable to visit because of maintenance and such, so that was a bummer, but we got a second chance!

We booked our tickets early through the official website and I was so glad we did because upon arrival there was a huge line waiting to get tickets that same day. We just sped through and got on the ferry to the little island where the statue was. The next pictures basically do all the talking :P

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SQUIRREL!!!!!

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I love this picture because we were at a similar place in Washington D.C. last year in spring, when the cherry blossoms were in bloom, and now this is a different season with a twist! <3 This is the picture incase you missed it:

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We could see it off in the distance by then!

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It’s getting closer!!!
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And here she is! In all her greatness and glory :P
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She’s always ready for a close-up ;)

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I’m really glad my camera didn’t act up (much) and the pictures turned out lovely! They look like they came straight out of a postcard :)

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And as if the Home Alone soundtrack wasn’t blaring into my head enough, this also reminded me of the movie! xD

And now for some random pictures of the place..

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I’m not entirely sure if it’s this one or the one next to it, but supposedly it’s the bridge from the Two Broke Girls opening video, and I love that show so I decided to snap a picture as a ‘souvenir’ :P

Anyway, that will be all for now! Again, like I said there are many photos to go through and it’ll take me a while to sort through them, filter and edit until I can post something again, but stay tuned!

Next stop: Central Park and America’s largest toy store!

Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I did!

Love always,

– Reem AlHashmi

Cheesecake Factory-Style Caesar Salad

Hello friends!

A while ago on Instagram I mentioned something was brewing in the kitchen, and it was the famous Cheesecake Factory Caesar Salad!! This isn’t my own recipe, I found it on a cooking blog called Mom’s Dish! I decided to write this one up to spread the word, and a second opinion doesn’t harm anyone :)

Check out the recipe here, it’s by Natalya Drozhzhin, who has a variety of delicious recipes for the tummy!

She did not lie when she said it tastes like Cheesecake Factory’s salad, because it actually DOES! I asked my sisters, parents and my uncle who all agreed as well, so you don’t get a biased opinion haha! Definitely recommend this one to all lovers of caesar salads and the famous restaurant. This is my take:

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Really easy and simple to make, and it makes quite the amount so it could last for one to two days depending on how small or large your portions are. When I knew we were having guests over, I doubled the recipe, but ended up having more dressing than salad. oops.

Thank you to Natalya Drozhzhin and give her blog a visit!

Hope you guys try it out and if you like it, give her some feedback :) New Monthly Finds post coming up soon so stay tuned!

Stay healthy,

Reem AlHashmi

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Piece of Cake: Vermicelli Bites

Hello ladies and gents!

My newest category to my blog is a cooking-themed one, which I’ll call it “Piece of Cake” from now on. The idea behind the name is because the recipes I’ll post will be simple and easy, just like what the saying describes!

My first recipe is one I am not sure if many of you know, because I had a school “Bake Sale” long ago and many people were suspicious about it and didn’t know what it actually was. But oh, how their doubts disappeared when they took a bite :) Trust me, you’ll love it too! Very fast and easy, takes approx. 10-20 minutes max.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

– Two packs of “thin” Vermicelli. If you’re not sure what that is, here’s how it looks like. Basically, “balalee6″ lmao. Make sure it’s the brown not the white kind.
– 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
– 100 g butter (unsalted) *preferably room temperature*

Materials:

– Deep pan
– Ice tray

That’s all. A small amount and I’m sure you’ll find it in your kitchen already!

Preparation:

1) Place the Vermicelli on a pan and into the oven on low heat for approx. 5-10 minutes until it turns golden brown.  Like a cookie. We’re not baking it here, just trying to give it a golden touch, so keep an eye on it. Keep on low heat for the whole baking process.

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2) Then transfer it into a deep pan (If you haven’t already used one), and set the stove on low heat again. Cut up the butter into small pieces, adding gradually and stirring the Vermicelli until all butter is dissolved. Don’t worry if it breaks, that’s the point ;)

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3) Now add the whole can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and stir your mixture. By the time it’s fully combined, your Vermicelli should be about the same size as the one on the fourth step.

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4) Remove the pan from the stove and prepare your plate with wax paper as it is quite sticky. Then with a fork, scoop up a small amounts of the Vermicelli and press them into the ice tray. You can be creative here, as it will take up the shape of the tray itself. So use the standard or any ice cube shape you desire :)

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5) When you’re done, pop them out of the tray and onto your plate. Tada! You’re done!

6) Now eat away your worries and fears.

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This dessert is popular in our family because it’s just so darn good! Give them a try: Vermicelli Bites :)

Hope you guys enjoyed it and get to make it! Contact me with any questions.

– Reem AlHashmi

Monthly Finds: June

Good Afternoon!

Today’s blog post will contain random items and stuff I found over the coarse of the previous month of June and a little of July. I’ll call it “Monthly Finds”? Sounds good to me. I might do this every month, depending on if I actually find stuff worth telling you about, or I might not. We’ll see what happens.

Let’s start with…

Shoes ♦

These babies are all from New Look! And surprisingly they’re comfortable! I haven’t actually worn them too much yet, but they’re not those hard aching cardboard kind you find in usual clothing stores that sell shoes. So cute, aren’t they?


Books 

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Not very new, but I got my hands on 2 novels: Galagolia by Dubai Abulhoul (Which I’m planning on reviewing after reading) and Paper Towns by John Green. And I also got myself a new flaming red Moleskine Agenda. No big deal :P

Video Games ♦

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If you know me, then this is obvious. One of the all-time best video games I have ever played was Naughty Dog’s newly released action/survival game, The Last of Us. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful that game was. I myself hate the action genre (Yes, I hate COD) whether it’s a movie or a game. But this game is so story driven and dramatic and the action just makes it even better! I was so emotional after it had ended that I wouldn’t dare rate it lower than a 10/10. I know you’ve probably heard or read this already, but the graphics are exceptionally amazing to the fact that my dad loved watching me play because it was “like watching a movie” to him xD Recommending this to….everyone lol. Except kids though.

♦ Attire ♦

I’m only going to be sharing those that actually win my heart xD Look at this beautiful cat sweater! A gift for a friend with the same exact cat but with much more beautiful eyes ;) I’m a sucker for anything cat.


And this is the back ♥


I love that “messily done” look it has :P

That’s all folks! Stay tuned until next month’s Monthly Find!

Until next time,

Reem AlHashmi

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