#frugalfashionista: Filipina food finds 

A Philippines getaway vacation with the boyfriend coming up and a little bit of longing for home I was in search of a Filipino restaurant. I had done the Google search and came upon one single find in the area. The search landed me with JnJ Turo Turo in Quincy, MA. So Friday after work I threw the suggestion to Todd who joined me in this mini quest. 

As we approached the restaurant our faces slowly began to take on disappointment. The place was dark with the white and red sign in the window glaring at is with their “closed” status. I couldn’t believe it, it was only 7:45pm and wasn’t due to close for at least another 15 minutes. But we parked anyway, adjusting our quest to check out the Filipino grocery store we thought we saw next door. 

The shelves of this grocery store were filled with childhood nostalgia. There were treats my parents had made, treats relatives would bring back from trips to the “homeland.” I reached for my favorites and a cheesy Tagalog drama. Though we were bummed about missing the restaurant we made do with the grocery trip. In fact I was quite pleased with the grocery discovery. 

It was worth while mini adventure that ended in pleasant discovery. 

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#frugalfashionista: essays with Emerson

After a Saturday full of shopping and great finds, Sunday’s morning is more tranquil. 

My week had been bustling with preparations for meetings and design coordinations. The weekend was a shopping filled one and then topped off with Italian dining and entertainment. Today I woke up with the eagerness to start my day with me myself and I. I popped out of bed to change the k cup for a fresh one and then pushed the blue lit button for my fresh cup of a breakfast blend. On my way to the couch, I reached for my new-old copy of essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson in passing. After pulling aside my white drapes I fixed myself underneath the plush faux fur throw, reached for a few sips of the steaming coffee and then turned open the pages of my new book. 

In truth he isn’t so new hence my “new old” reference earlier. It was a lucky and happy find at yesterday’s thrift store venture. With his signature on the cover and the publishing stamp from 1926 it was a find I would purchase in a heart beat, and I did for only $1.99. I love classic literature and transcendentalist writings. I have a nerdy weak spot for it. 

So happy Sunday!

Much love-MA

  

#frugalfashionista : more macaroons pour moi

I’ve found it a rare sighting for macaroons in the states, even in the major metropolitan cities. Luckily I found one small bakery a city over that sells them, but they’re quite expensive, so when I buy from them it’s usually a special treat. 

And Of course, after all my wishing that more bakeries in the states would take an interest in producing macaroons, I would stumble across them in the monopoly of a retailer who has “everything.” Never did I imagine that walmart of all places would carry these goodies. 

Sure enough in their frozen dessert section sits a box of 12 macaroons. I finally thawed them out today for my after dinner treat. They aren’t nearly as divine as fresh ones but they do the trick and are still quite tasty. Feeling a little nostalgic for Paris? Here you go…

Much love – MA 





#frugalfashionista : mcdonalds macaroon mania

Ok so laduree is a must when vacationing in Paris, but if you’ve “been there done that” then you know there’s no need to be paying 2.5 euros per one macaroon! 

I love laduree for all it’s splendor, but I also love macaroons, but I don’t love the idea of spending all my money on so few. Well lucky for you almost every mcdonalds in Europe has an exquisite extension of a mc cafe that we don’t have in the states. And that mc cafe in Paris includes one that has macaroons….and at 4.5 euros for 6 pieces! Sounds better doesn’t it? They still taste quite yummy too for their value. 

Much love – MA