Things You Can Learn From James Bond (Spectre version)

Things you can learn from James Bond (Spectre version):
1. It’s always ok to immediately bang the damsel in distress however it’ll take time to get in bed with a smarter one (or so lol)
2. Alcohol is not always available at every bar. Instead, they will try to keep you healthy with green smoothies πŸ˜‰
3. Tangier is indeed a romantic city to spend your Honeymoon and to come back again and again each year no matter how crap the accomodation is
4. If Q can actually hack information from the spectre ring then next time i’ll try to give him the precious ring from Bilbo so i can have info about Middle Earth and its citizen
5. Avoid traveling to Mexico city during the day of the dead if you have a phobia to skeleton. You’ll only get yourself trapped amongst humans who dressed like one.

anything else? Feel free to add in the comment section πŸ™‚

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

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Psst… I am going to hold a giveaway real soon!

Hey readers,

my blog / web is gonna turn 1 so to celebrate i am going to hold a giveaway real soon!

yes, this is an international giveaway and everybody can participate.

the gifts however are gonna be solely food based (as you know how much i love food lol) and it’s gonna be concentrated on sweet stuff although i might add some salty stuff in the gift box later.

here are the sneak peek of the gifts i might give for giveaway (gifts may change in case the products are not available anymore or sold out — remember i am still working on this thing):

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Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate Mix (awww how cute!) – guaranteed will be in the gift box!

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Lindt limited edition truffles – guaranteed in the gift box!

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Ghirardelli squares holiday edition – guaranteed in the gift box!

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Hersheys fans will def go gaga if you win my giveaway (yes this is one of the thing GUARANTEED will be in the gift box!)

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Santa and Marshmallow?! yes sir! – guaranteed in the gift box!

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Godiva holiday edition truffles. πŸ˜‰ – guaranteed but packaging may slightly differ from this pic.

So, are you ready for the giveaway?!? πŸ˜‰ I will post more on how to win this giveaway couple of days before Thanksgiving so stay tune!

in the mean time, how’s your day? pretty hectic for me now.

and i just heard about the news in Paris. 😦 what a sad day indeed! My thoughts and prayers are with everybody in Paris. RIP to the victims! God bless everyone!

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

Some Tidbits About Me

  1. I love shopping (why,of course!) but nothing is more indulging than scoring the deal of the day from the local grocery store which i know that later i can cook and enjoy it as my dinner meal without guilt πŸ™‚
  2. I have quite an “orgasmic” thing with food. There are times when i am feeling so satisfied after just scrolling down pictures of foods on instagram, yelp, blogs, and so on.
  3. i can never say no to a piping hot mom’s chicken soup. If there is one food left on earth and i have to eat, then it’d better be that!
  4. unlike most of my family members, i am not lactose intollerant. Even long before i knew about European delicacies, my comfort food were always anything dairy like milk, cheese, eggs, and all that stuff. Mom said even when we went for a short trip, i’d always look for cold cuts and yogurts for breakfast.
  5. i love my Mortadella! Period!
  6. i do not have sweet tooth so please bear with me if i am not eagerly excited if you post cakes. I love cakes, pies, and stuff but as Nigella herself said in her book, my tongue is super sensitive and picky when it comes to dessert. I can sense from far whether a restaurant or a diner has good sweet desserts or not.
  7. i can eat sorbet/ice cream/gelato/fruit bar/popsickle and call it a dinner. Yes, i mean it.
  8. i am what they called adaptable. I tend to adjust to new place easier whether it’s new language or new culture.
  9. I don’t like rain. Period. F**k rain! Whoever said it is always romantic to be kissed in the rain — trust me it’s not!
  10. I love cold weather. Fall is good but winter is better! I love it when the temp hits below freezing or even subzero. I know, i know, some of you are already hating me for saying this. Oh well.

that’s all folks! See ya later on my next post!

ps: Puh-lease, pretty please! Dump snow in NYC ASAP!

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

Christila Utomo met: Nigella Lawson

She is the reason why I am always excited every time I enter my kitchen.

She is the reason why I glued to the TV at night when I was still in school back then — until both mom and pop scolded me and told me to go to bed.

She is the reason why sometimes in the middle of the night I snack on leftovers (and I mean by snacking meaning not just reheat and eat the leftovers; i even boil the pan and make something new out of it LOL).

She is the reason why I feel like I am enjoying life to the fullest even tho some people closed to me resent my habit (and by resent meaning like they tell me what I am doing is wrong and I should change it a.s.a.p).

She is… well… without her I don’t think my love for food would ever be the same.

If you’re guessing Rachael Ray well you are wrong (even tho I am also a fan of Rachael and I alreadyΒ met her as well).

Her nickname is domestic goddess. And yes, her name is also a name of a plant too πŸ˜‰

Yeap, she is Nigella Lawson.

Long story short, last wednesday 11/4/15 was the day when Nigella hold a book signing at Barnes and Noble UWS location. I was already informed about this event since a month ago and I already put it in my reminder but soon enough I forgot about it. Not until like days before Nov 4th came that I actually remembered about the event. talk about getting reminded early in the morning from my phone LOL. So I contacted B&N representative about the event and as soon as I got out of work, I rushed thru the subway and told myself that if I ever gonna be late then this is gonna be MTA’s fault.

luckily I arrived there like 15 mins before 7. πŸ˜€

I was indeed surprised that I could actually get a seat consider it was already 95% full but then I learned something: not everyone sitting there are a fan of Nigella or are buying Nigella’s book. a guy next to me used the seat to actually listened to the free 10 mins intro from Nigella herself and as soon as the line for signing was opened, he left. owwkay!

Event began at 7.05 ish and she gave a lil bit of intro about her latest cookbook called “Simply Nigella”. She also answered some of the questions from the audience (unfortunately she did not answer mine; quite possibly b/c my question was pretty much the same as other people — stupid me should have think harder!) and she also shared some unique trivia about herself.

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The book signing line moved quite slow because she actually took her time to answered some of the questions asked by the fans while she signed the book and she also offered the fans to actually take a picture with her. what a sweet lady indeed!

I decided to wait a lil bit before I actually joined the line (mind you this B&N location was not as big as UES or Union Square so it was kinda cramped) and boy was it a very good decision as i could relax my feet without having to complain later on lol.

As usual, if i have a chance to meet someone that I really adored then i will always prepare questions for that person. I don’t know if it is the euphoria or nervousness or what, as soon as I handed the book for her to signed, boom, i could only remember some things! πŸ˜›

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I took a pic with her before she signed the book and for some reason she was quite interested with my unusual name. πŸ˜‰ I told her how she had inspired me to cook ever since I watched her show on TV and I had to spill some secret about a family member who was quite a picky eater — to which she responded in a class way of course. She gotΒ excited when I told her I also loved lemon meringue pie but just could not make a good one — just like her πŸ˜€

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All in all, meeting Nigella was one of my bucket list and I am so happy that I could finally fulfill it. I have read the book and I was so pleased with the selection of the recipes — i even already favorited some of the recipes and I swear to myself I have to master them at least by next year. And oh, if you are a health concern then do not worry ; some of the recipes are gluten free friendly. πŸ™‚

Yours Truly πŸ™‚