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a bunch of my friends raved about how much they loved this photo when i posted it on instagram. i took it at 3 a.m. after shooting pool for 7 hours. all i did was throw my hair down (to measure my bangs, because they’re in bad need of a trim) and add a filter. boom. done.

my sister recently got engaged. it has taken precedence over shooting pool now, and sometimes sleeping. i have realized how much of a perfectionist i am when i found myself spending weeks trying to decide on paper colors (wedding invitations) and ribbon shades. roll your eyes if you must but this is my only sister and the closest i will ever get to being this involved in someone’s wedding (excluding mine, which i do not have a plan for when the time comes). i want it to be PERFECT. i want it to be so perfect that my sister can’t stand it. save the dates, wedding invites, menu cards, escort cards, programs, napkins, you name it, i’m doing it all. some will be a surprise for the couple. i will ask my sister if i can share any information on the wedding, but for now, my instagram will only show abstract images of planning and preparation. it’s very exciting. i can’t wait to see my parents!!!!!!!

next week is restaurant week and I AM EXCITED! i will be dining at 3 restaurants i have never been to, so i am stoked. i will also be attending my sister’s wedding venue tasting and going to NOLA for my brother’s birthday weekend. there will be lots of food for the next week and a half. lots of new food. lots of good food.

for now, i will get back to sister-wedding stuff.

hope you all have a wonderful week!

xoxo

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cruise food

last month i went on a 5 day cruise with my friend, dave. i couldn’t figure out how to post my photos, so i decided to start with posting my dinner food photos. just dinner over the course of 5 days. the rest of the photos will be posted soon, but for now, i keep gravitating towards looking at my food photos….because obviously, i love food!!! we ate dinner in the dining restaurant every night and i took photos of everything i ate. it started with one starter, one entree, and one dessert, then turned into 2 starters, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. hey, i couldn’t help it-might as well eat it while i can!

more on the cruise and its details later. but for now, time to get hungry.

 

duck.

duck.

 

pot roast.

pot roast.

 

molten chocolate cake and i always had butter pecan ice cream with all my desserts.

molten chocolate cake and i always had butter pecan ice cream with all my desserts.

 

alligator!

alligator!

 

shrimp cocktail.

shrimp cocktail.

 

now that's a piece of meat.

now that’s a piece of meat.

 

some damn good banana cake.

some damn good banana cake.

 

shrimp. with a fantastic marinated cucumber side dish.

shrimp. with a fantastic marinated cucumber side dish.

 

salmon.

salmon.

 

pork tenderloin.

pork tenderloin.

 

coconut cake.

coconut cake.

 

tiramisu, even though i don't like tiramisu.

tiramisu, even though i don’t like tiramisu.

 

lobster bisque.

lobster bisque.

 

frog legs.

frog legs.

 

chateaubriand.

chateaubriand.

 

fish and shrimp.

fish and shrimp.

 

coffee pie? i forgot already. but i'm sure it's a coffee pie.

coffee pie? i forgot already. but i’m sure it’s a coffee pie.

 

tomato mozzarella salad. obviously.

tomato mozzarella salad. obviously.

 

mahi mahi.

mahi mahi.

 

baked alaskan.

baked alaskan.

 

chocolate cake.

chocolate cake.

 

i can’t believe this is the first post i’ve made since the year started. there has been a lot going on since my last post and i have a lot of catching up to do. my instagram is much more up to date than anything else, so follow me and find out what’s been going on!

 

xoxo,

sierralei

happy terrific two

today is my 2 year anniversary of blogging. 

first of all, i want to say thank you for reading my blog. and all of its randomness. 

i have enjoyed meeting as many of you as i can (via blog comments, emails, facebook, instagram, etc…). i have enjoyed reading your blogs. i have enjoyed trying your recipes and experiencing your life through your stories. i have enjoyed reading about ingredients i don’t even like, and have not “enjoyed” reading about your dating woes and disasters. but you are all fantastic writers, and that’s what keeps me reading. 

there’s nothing sophisticated or themed about my blog. it’s just a bunch of random experiences that i want to share. 

and with that said, stay tuned for more random experiences that i will still be sharing!

may you all have a fantastic week. =)

xoxo,

sierra lei

 

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taste of addison 2013

yesterday, i posted about my friend’s wedding on may 18, 2013.

that wasn’t the only event that happened that day-but my friend’s wedding deserved her own blog. just like my friend’s birthday, which was on the same day. which was also the taste of addison weekend. YUM.

i have attended the taste of addison for probably 5 years now. i will admit that years ago, i was always excited for the food…but now i’m usually excited for everything else but the food. different restaurants set up booths to serve smaller portions of what they usually serve at their establishments, which is good, but it’s just the usual chain restaurant food, really. i prefer fine dining and chasing down food trucks that i see once a year. that’s more my thing.

the craft/art booths are my favorite things to see at the taste of addison. the atmosphere is what i enjoy there, as well. i like touristy, upbeat, exciting events like this. on top of it all, blue october performed. i was so stoked. i love watching blue october perform live.

i have decided to post only 10 photos of the evening. here are my 10 random photos from the taste of addison.

enjoy!

xoxo,

sierra lei

 

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butterflies and princesses

last year i blogged about the baby shower of baby showers. click HERE to see the baby shower madness.

today we celebrated ashton’s 1st birthday.

the theme was butterfly princess. the colors were lime green, purple, and hot pink.

it was so cute. and it was a blast.

ashton’s grandparents own a mexican restaurant in colleyville, costa vida. there was a taco bar at the birthday. last year, for the baby shower, it was a fajita station. the food just keeps getting better and better. i ate 3 plates today. veggies and ranch dressing, crackers and cheese (the cheese was in the shape of a CROWN. a crown!), fruits, and chips with salsa, guacamole, and queso.

and then there’s the dessert table. oh, boy.

ashton’s grandmother made the cutest butterfly cake. she has never worked with fondant before. you would have never guessed, the cake was sooooooo cute. i gained 5,000 calories just looking at the dessert table. there were cookies and chocolates and marshmallow lollipops. i made pink and purple rice krispy treats and butterfly cupcakes. i was going to make crown-shaped sugar cookies using the same crown cookie cutter from the baby shower, but i was piping grass on the cupcakes until 5 am, so i didn’t get to the cookies.

the decorations around the house were amazing. the entrance had a sketch of baby ashton that one of her relatives did for her. the staircase had all the gifts. there was a table for the guests to sign in and take party favors. balloons and tulle and butterflies everywhere. it was just so cute and fun and bright.

it looked like a million bucks and costed next to nothing. it’s all about shopping sales and finding great bargains.

the party was awesome. my friend’s family is amazing. they’re so easy to talk to and so much fun to be around.

here are a ton of photos from the party. i had a long day today (after the party, i had a work dinner to attend…and it was at a mexican restaurant-haha) and i am exhausted.

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

xoxo

 

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throwback thursday 05/02/13

i love planning events and throwing parties.

well, i love planning and coordinating and working with color schemes and making party favors and executing perfect displays and finding great food and gathering big crowds and making sure people have a good time.

but i don’t like the whole “burning the midnight oil” part. that’s the part that kills me the most.

i decided to do throwback thursday posts. earlier this evening, i was looking through some old photos and bumped into the pictures of the baby shower i threw for my sister. oh, the memories…..

it was back in 2006. during the first part of my sister’s pregnancy, we didn’t quite get along. we were doing our thing, going our ways…but of course, i had to throw her a baby shower. i’ve never really planned anything ON MY OWN before, so i had no idea what i was doing, but i knew that a baby shower had to go down, and i was the one to make it happen.

i did my research. what elements are involved in a baby shower? food. check. cake. check. decorations. check. party favors. woohoo! check. diaper cake. diaper what?

my sister and i were working for a department store, and we were close to a lot of our co workers, so invited almost all of them. i threw out baby shower invites, but being from saipan, i did not have anyone RSVP. because i did not know how many people were really coming, i just made sure there was enough of everything for everyone-food, cake, snacks, and party favors.

the bath and body works semi-annual sale was going on and i spotted votive holders for $1. a dollar! what a steal! i bought every single clear, frosted white, and blue votive holder in the entire dallas DISTRICT. i drove to malls that i STILL do not know how to get to today. their votive candles were 2/$1. i bought enough vanilla and cotton blossom votive candles to match each holder. i found mini baby confetti, white and blue tulle, and ribbons at different stores and had an assembly team of 4 people assembling the party favors for 2 nights straight-me, my boyfriend at the time, my brother, and his girlfriend at the time. we were like santa’s elves in the workshop, cutting tulle, sprinkling confetti, and tying little bows-and then hiding them in huge tupperware bins under the bed so my sister wouldn’t bump into them if she came over.

i heard that a particular bakery sold THE best tres leches cake in dallas. i don’t even remember who the bakery was but i knew i had to have that cake. all i knew about the bakery was that it was in a bad part of town, so i had my brother go get it. the baby shower had 2 cakes. “more is better than less (do you watch those at&t commercials? you’ll get that quote, haha).”

the diaper cake situation. i discovered that it wasn’t edible-darn. but it was creative-yay! so i made one. you roll up diapers and form them into a wedding cake. easy. i don’t think my first one turned out bad at all.

six years ago was such a blur, especially when i had no idea what i was doing. i remember being so dang tired the day of the baby shower. there was only one picture taken of me from that day and i refuse to post it. i was holding a BUNCH of helium balloons and i wanted to cover my face with them because i looked and felt so terrible. i thought i had thrown a successful baby shower, but looking back at it, i think to myself, “oooh, knowing what i know now, i could really have made it 10 times better….” i would have made party favor tags. i would have done RSVPs. i would have made the cutest little cupcakes. i didn’t bake back then. i don’t think i started baking until about 4-5 years ago. but i could have made some killer cupcakes.

here are some photos i found online of the baby shower. they might not be much, but i thought they were pretty cool!

 

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it was fun.

i hope i find other good throwback thursday ideas moving forward!

xoxo

the food truck festival

i went to the texas food truckin’ fest today.

it was awesome.

the event was held at the texas rangers ballpark in arlington. it went on from yesterday to today, benefitting the american cancer society. my sister, nephew, and i went to check it out. the parking was free around the ballpark, which was nice. it costed $10 to get in per person, $5 for children. i believe it was the ticket money that went to the american cancer society. there were about 30 food trucks that participated in the event. i was hoping that the sahm bbq (gourmet korean bbq tacos & burritos-they make killer kimchee fries!!!) food truck was going to be there. i had tried them at the taste of dallas last year and they were amazing. i was also looking forward to the cup cakin’ food truck (i had never tried them before), but i didn’t see them today. in fact, the cupcake trucks were closed when we got there. i was pretty upset. some food trucks ran out of food, but re-opened once they got replenished. there were all sorts of food trucks today that offered different types of cuisines: greek, vietnamese, american, indo-chinese, south american, latin, cuban. the lines were not that long, which was great. there was one food truck that had a noticeably long line, but i wasn’t interested in getting anything from them. aside from the cupcake trucks being closed, i really had nothing bad to say about today’s event. there were TONS of seating available to guests, outside the stadium and inside if anyone wanted some shade. there were bounce houses inside the stadium for kids to play. there was a huge screen that was available for everyone to watch the rangers game (unfortunately, we lost to the minnesota twins, 2-7) while they had their away game. there were trash cans available every 10 feet that were emptied out by the staff, and everything was clean. the rangers ballpark really knows how to throw and event to make sure everyone has a good time. and the weather was great. that always makes for a huge bonus in texas on any given day.

here are some pictures of the event, as well as the winner that beat all the food trucks. guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite food truck by texting their votes in. i got to try them without knowing they were going to be the winner, so that was pretty cool!

 

home of the texas rangers, yeehaw!

home of the texas rangers, yeehaw!

 

a row of food trucks...

a row of food trucks…

 

maui wow. i noticed quite a few articles online about this food truck coming to DFW but didn't get to try them. all-natural fresh smoothies and gourmet hawaiian coffees.

maui wow. i noticed quite a few articles online about this food truck coming to DFW but didn’t get to try them. all-natural fresh smoothies and gourmet hawaiian coffees.

 

what's cook-n chef food truck. latin-infused menu. i got the 3 street tacos in all 3 flavors. it was mind-blowing deliciousness. the tacos were so tiny but WOW, did it taste awesome! i would say it was my favorite food truck. i would totally break into this food truck to steal what magical sauce they put in their tacos.

what’s cook-n chef food truck. latin-infused menu. i got the 3 street tacos in all 3 flavors. it was mind-blowing deliciousness. the tacos were so tiny but WOW, did it taste awesome! i would say it was my favorite food truck. i would totally break into this food truck to steal what magical sauce they put in their tacos.

 

 

what's cook-n chef street tacos...at first i didn't think they were tacos. underneath the lettuce and cheese toppings is pure deliciousness.

what’s cook-n chef street tacos…at first i didn’t think they were tacos. underneath the lettuce and cheese toppings is pure deliciousness.

 

short-n-sweet food truck. very clever name for the tiny food truck owned by tiny and "sweet" people. serving locally-made paletas (latin-american ice pops made from fresh fruit), i got rice pudding and my nephew got watermelon. i loved this truck because i love ice cream and popsicles and it was a mixture of both.

short-n-sweet food truck. very clever name for the tiny food truck owned by tiny and “sweet” people. serving locally-made paletas (latin-american ice pops made from fresh fruit), i got rice pudding and my nephew got watermelon. i loved this truck because i love ice cream and popsicles and it was a mixture of both.

 

rice pudding paleta! next time i want to try coffee and pecan!

rice pudding paleta! next time i want to try coffee and pecan!

 

 

the food trucks along the stadium side and some of the seating area.

the food trucks along the stadium side and some of the seating area.

 

taste of cuba, called one of the best cuban food trucks in the DFW, but i didn't get to try them.

taste of cuba, called one of the best cuban food trucks in the DFW, but i didn’t get to try them.

 

 

watching the game on the big screen.

watching the game on the big screen.

 

the bacon lover's truck. as much as i wanted to try them, i ended up missing out! i must find them in the future!

the bacon lover’s truck. as much as i wanted to try them, i ended up missing out! i must find them in the future!

 

 

empanda armada food truck. since april 8 was national empanada day, i decided to try their pulled pork empanada and their buffalo chicken empanada, since they had sold out of other flavors. they were the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL winners this year!

empanda armada food truck. since april 8 was national empanada day, i decided to try their pulled pork empanada and their buffalo chicken empanada, since they had sold out of other flavors. they were the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL winners this year!

 

the winning menu. surprisingly, i liked their buffalo chicken empanada more than the pulled pork empanada. i love pulled pork and i am really not fond of buffalo chicken, but i wanted to try one of each. what a surprise.

the winning menu. surprisingly, i liked their buffalo chicken empanada more than the pulled pork empanada. i love pulled pork and i am really not fond of buffalo chicken, but i wanted to try one of each. what a surprise.

 

the guava tree food truck. cuban american family recipes with a twist. i spotted their cuban donuts and had to try them.

the guava tree food truck. cuban american family recipes with a twist. i spotted their cuban donuts and had to try them.

 

cuban donuts filled with cream cheese and guava jelly! yummmmmy! it was worth the 25 minute wait.

cuban donuts filled with cream cheese and guava jelly! yummmmmy! it was worth the 25 minute wait.

 

 

that is the food truck with the longest line. and i don't know which truck that is.

that is the food truck with the longest line. and i don’t know which truck that is.

 

cravetopia bakery food truck. homemade mini bundt cakes....CLOSED.

cravetopia bakery food truck. homemade mini bundt cakes….CLOSED.

 

 

nammi food truck. vietnamese fusion. i got an asian bbq banh mi sandwich.

nammi food truck. vietnamese fusion. i got an asian bbq banh mi sandwich.

 

 

i was obsessed with the marinated radish and carrots on top. the sandwich was awesome, but i just wanted a bowl of the topping. haha.

i was obsessed with the marinated radish and carrots on top. the sandwich was awesome, but i just wanted a bowl of the topping. haha.

 

i was desperately looking for a soda and i bumped into this!!!! i bought 2 and i'm scared to try it!!!!

i was desperately looking for a soda and i bumped into this!!!! i bought 2 and i’m scared to try it!!!!

 

my nephew took this picture. cheers to an awesome day!

my nephew took this picture. cheers to an awesome day! oh, and this is us trying to dress alike again. haha. 

 

i bet that next year’s food truck festival will be much bigger. i think this first year will get great reviews and all the food trucks will want to get in on next year. well, that’s what i’m hoping for. haha.

 

did any of you do something exciting this weekend?

xoxo