Wow! It’s been ages since my last update. Before I know it, the year will be over. So what have I been up to lately? Nothing much. Life has been hectic but good kind of hectic thank God.
Finally it’s September. And as expected, the weather here has started to be erratic. Two days ago, it didn’t feel like summer, it felt like autumn. So off to wearing light jackets/coats. The Big Apple as usual is loaded with tourists though I’m sure it is now not as loaded because most kids are now back to school.
Home front, Spring of this year, we headed down to Florida, our second time actually. We have started our search for a second home and it’s been fun stalking the different gated communities at the town of our choice. There’s nothing set in stone however at this time except for the town.
It’s been a busy kind of summer for us. Although summer is unofficially over, I want to hang on to the thought that it’s still officially summer. This early I’m actually having separation anxiety because I’m a summer girl. We were at the Hamptons twice. Once in mid spring and last June for our 17th wedding anniversary. Of course, the Starbucks girl is still in love with Starbucks, and of course, I have not skipped a beat with my juicing and smoothie making. It has become a way of life and my Vitamix and my Hurom are my constant companion in kitchen.
I end this update with a pic of my all time favorite matcha green tea frappuccino. Yes, I’ve been ingesting tons of it because I deserve it (lol). Till the next update and hopefully it won’t be that long. Promise.
Wheewww!!! Where did the time go? Or should I say, where did I go? Apologies for slacking on updates. That is, if I still have readers left (lol).
I did not go anywhere. I did not leave nor go on vacation. As you may already know, I have lost my penchant for travel. Gone are the days of biannual vacations. That’s long been eradicated. The most recent vacation we took which was almost a year ago this April was something small scale, yet I still goofed and missed on bringing some essentials. Yes, I did not only lost my penchant for travel, I also lost my ability to prepare and plan perfectly. But nothing is permanent. Who knows I might surprise myself and be back to it as though there were no gaps at all. As to when that will happen – that is a big question mark.
So, let me come back to blogging and start with this update. Nothing beats coming back with an update and showcase my latest fave – Dough Doughnuts. They are sinfully delicious but they are also sinfully expensive compared to mainstream donuts. They have decadent flavors and I love them all. If you ever visit New York City, this is an absolute must try especially if you have sweet tooth like I do.
In my effort to eat more healthy, and offer better options also for my husband, I’m always open to trying out new food that I come across with. On a recent trip to the health food store, I stumbled upon this butter alternative.
Melt is an organic, vegan, gluten free, trans fat free and soy free butter alternative. I was very excited to try this out. It tasted good, creamy and rich. However, it did not taste like butter, as far as I’m concerned. Something was missing. I actually don’t know if I can ever find one that really taste like butter, the real deal. Whenever I crave for real butter, it brings me back to the butter that I grew up eating – the Anchor brand, imported from New Zealand which my Mom used to get from the PX store. There’s nothing quite like it among the alternatives.
Recently, I bought and tested Anchor butter from New Zealand sourced from the health food store. However, it was unsalted so the taste wasn’t quite the same. Okay, I cheated. I just wanted the real deal.
In fact, my search for a butter alternative is still ongoing for as long as there are new products out there. I guess, I’m really not that happy going for alternative butters but because I want to cut down fat intake, I’m continuously using the alternatives. I say… good luck to me. I hope one day, I will really stumble upon one that matches my palate.