Posts Tagged ‘photos


season 2 finale – part 2.

As promised, here are the photos of our last Wednesday Night Dinner for the season.  I don’t think our dinner was quite as photogenic as it has been in the past, but it tasted great. The real star of this dinner was Derek’s brisket…unbelievable. I wish you could taste it because the photos just aren’t doing it justice. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


season 2 finale – part 1.

I love watching Top Chef, but sometimes I feel cheated when I can’t taste the amazing food. It’s such a tease. You know the feeling? Well if you don’t, you’re about to! Last night was part 1 of our Wednesday Night Dinner Season Finale. This was the meal that Derek and I chose and we were not disappointed. It was better than we both remembered! See for yourself. Thanks Stacy and Dre for a wonderful dinner and great season!

Drink: French 75
Pan Roasted Duck
Buttered Faro
Braised Endive
Cucumber Salad
Flaming Bananas Foster


honeymoon – santorini.

There are a lot of popular destinations that are over-rated and can’t possibly live up to expectations, but Santorini is not one of them. It delivers. It was more charming and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I’ve seen hundreds of photos and yet it still felt new and unexpected. Trying to get anywhere with Derek was a challenge because EVERY corner presents the perfect photo opp.

I’m positive that one of the reasons we had such a wonderful experience was because of our accommodations. We stayed in the most charming cave house EVER. The inside was nothing too exciting afterall, it was a house carved into the side of a rock) but the location was unbelievable. We were right in the heart of Oia. And best of all, we had our own private balcony with stunning views. If you ever go to Santorini, I highly recommend staying in Oia rather than Fira. In my opinion, Oia outshines Fira tenfold. This is an island I will never forget. PLEASE GO and see for yourself!

Here are those iconic blue domes of Oia.

If you look at the very bottom/center of this photo, you’ll see me standing on our balcony.

Enjoying our private balcony! Isn’t it beautiful?!?

My husband and I enjoying one of the many restaurants in Oia. If you look to the right of the pole, you’ll see a red/brown cave house. That’s ours! Great location!
Oia by starlight.

This is the little fishing village of Amoudi.  TONS of fresh delicious seafood. I highly recommend taking the stairs down to Amoudi.

Derek riding a donkey. When in Rome …

Not sure why I look so irritated here. Well, actually I do know why. The stairs from Amoudi are annoying and take forever. And to make matters worse, Derek was drunk and stopped every other step to crack a joke or take a picture. Rough…I know. 🙂


honeymoon – central greece.

Here is the next batch of photos from our honeymoon. After Athens, we rented a car and drove into central Greece for a few days. We visited Meteora (Kastraki) and Delphi. I didn’t really know what to expect in central Greece, but I’m so happy we made the drive out there. It was well worth it. Meteora is a series of monasteries built on sheer sandstone pillars. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen; I felt like I was in a fairy tale. Monks and Nuns still occupy and worship in these monasteries that are secluded from modern civilization. If you ever get a chance to see Meteora, I absolutely recommend it. The pictures just don’t do it justice.

After that we drove to Delphi – the holiest place on earth for Ancient Greeks. It’s such a stunning mountainous setting overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, there is no wonder why the Ancient Greeks were so enthralled with it. It’s the site of the Sanctuary of Athena, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the place where the oracle sat and where Zeus released his two eagles. For some reason, we don’t have very many photos, but the last photo in this post is the theater.


honeymoon – athens.

It dawned on me today that I haven’t posted any photos from our honeymoon in Greece. I think I’ve put it off because it’s such a daunting task as there are so many photos. It’s hard to choose which ones to share. I’ve come to the conclusion that the easiest way to do this is to break it into chunks. I’ll show photos by each destination we visited: Athens, Meteora (Kastraki), Naxos, Santorini and Sifnos.  We’ll start with Athens. Enjoy!

The Parthenon

The Porch of Caryatids

The newlyweds!

The Acropolis Museum – one of the coolest museums I’ve ever seen. It is built over the ruins so you peer down over them as you walk throughout. The night we were there  admission was free because it was a full moon!

Everywhere you go in Athens, the Acropolis is looming overhead. Pretty amazing!

Our first dinner in Greece, it was so cute!

We’re so excited to eat!

Derek in front of the parliament building.

The Temple of Zeus.

Me enjoying a little shade in the  National Gardens.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on Meteora.


wedding slideshow.

Our photographer (Jennifer Tai) put together this great slideshow of our big day. I absolutely LOVE it, and I thought I’d share. Turn on your volume because there is sound.


wedding photos & lessons.

As promised, here are a few wedding photos. For more photos, click HERE. These are 95% candid shots from our guests’ cameras and a few from our photographer. We’ll get the rest of the shots from the photographer in the next couple weeks.

Here what I’ve learned after having my first and only wedding (these are in no particular order of importance)…

Lesson #1:  Bridal Party. Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen carefully. I know we did and I’m so happy! Two days before my wedding, I was getting a manicure and there was another bride sitting next to me doing the same thing. Naturally, we started talking wedding talk. During the course of the conversation she told me what a horrible time she was having with her bridesmaids. Not helpful. Didn’t care. Selfish. Unsupportive. DRAMA. At one point, I thought she might start crying. It’s such an important day and you need all the help and support you can get, especially from your bridal party. Derek and I couldn’t have asked for a more hands-on, engaged and thoughtful group.

Lesson #2: RSVP. People are rude and don’t RSVP. It’s absolutely horrifying.

Lesson #3: Mothers. Nobody cares about your wedding as much as your mom does. Everyone is helpful, but nobody reaches the same level of helpfulness as your mom. My mom was A-MAZING. She was hands-on, supportive and involved, but never pushy. Embrace it and love it. You only get to do it once!

Lesson #4: Spend your money where it counts. If you are on a budget (which I think most of us are), then you need to identify the areas that are MOST important to you and spend your money accordingly. For us, the most important things were: 1) ceremony and reception at the same venue (ie more $$ spent on the venue). 2) The vibe to be more of a fun cocktail party, and less of a stuffy wedding dinner (ie more $$ spent on a band and the food stations). Of course things like the flowers, cake, and videographer were important to us, but not AS important, so we focused less of our funds in those areas.

Lesson #5: Gifts. I know it’s very crass to talk about gifts, but I can’t help it. I have to say, this one took me by surprise in both directions. We had guests who absolutely shocked us with their generosity. Especially people who couldn’t even make it to the wedding! Then, there were people who came to the wedding (didn’t bother to RSVP) and didn’t get us a gift. And I’d be lying if I said it didn’t burn-my-ass a little bit. Not because of the gift, but because it’s just rude. Who goes to a wedding and doesn’t give a gift?  If people are in a financial pinch, I can totally understand and respect that. Just write us a card or pull us aside to let us know! But to completely ignore the situation seems shady. Did you think we wouldn’t notice? Now, I know what some of you are thinking: Kindra, technically guests have 1 year to buy the couple a wedding gift. I know. And I think there are a few people who will fall into this category, so I’m not talking about them. BUT, I know that about 50% of them won’t bother. I know it’s very uncouth to talk about gifts like this, but it was on my mind, so I felt the need to share. I certainly don’t want the few bad apples to overshadow all the wonderful and generous gifts we DID receive.

Lesson #6: You are not alone. Delegate to your fiancé. This is a wedding for two people – not one. Make sure that the groom-to-be is equally involved. Naturally, a lot of planning falls on the bride, but make sure to delegate some tasks so that you aren’t carrying the load by yourself. Derek was a huge help to me and I couldn’t be more appreciative. He was stellar!

Lesson #7: Be flexible. Things will go wrong – they just will. Accept. Get over it. MOVE ON. When you are faced with these obstacles, you need to be flexible and to make decisions quickly on the fly. We weren’t planning on having a receiving line – but it just happened and before we knew it, we were 45 minutes behind schedule for everything. As the night went on, Derek and I made the decision to cut the slide show and the bouquet/garter toss. Everyone was having such a good time; we didn’t want to interrupt the fun! Let the good times roll!

Lesson #8: Time. Everything takes more time than you think. A hundred people must have given me this advice, but I didn’t heed their warning. It’s true. Put some time buffers in your schedule.



Derek has released the Thailand pics. Click here for more. Enjoy!


cruisin’ together.

Photos from our trip!












Here are a few photos from Derek’s trip to China; I thought some of you might be interested. Doesn’t he take great photos?!? For more pics, click here.







sunday nite dinners

A friend shared this blog with me yesterday; it’s called Sunday Nite Dinners. I love the concept, I love the photos, I love the recipes – I love the blog. Sunday night dinners are the best.

Thanks Kristina!


dinner…mexico style

Yesterday, we cooked an amazing dinner. Everything was grown, prepared and purchased locally. See photos below (although the photos don’t do the dinner justice – we were too anxious to eat the food).


Jumbo Shrimp – Purchased fresh from a local fisherman who was driving around the roads of Punta Mita selling to the community. ($10 for half a kilo)

Mahi Mahi – Purchased fresh from a fisherman at the marina. ($4 for a half kilo)

Homemade Mexican rice, refried beans, pico de gallo and tortilla chips from our favorite restaurant. We got it to-go. ($7)

In our complex, there is full kitchen setup (under a palapa in the sand). It is complete with a refrigerator, bbq, sink, etc. We prepared the meal drinking beer and listening to Jimmy Buffett’s satellite radio station “Margaritaville” (btw, if you have sirius radio it’s channel 31 and it’s perfect for tropical vacations). We bbq’d the shrimp and mahi mahi with butter, garlic and lime juice. It was so delicious – quite possibly the best meal we’ve eaten since we arrived (and for $11 each). It was such a lovely experience to be cooking and eating under the stars and in the sand.

Punta Mita marina

Kindra enjoying the palapa






punta mita

Last night we arrived in beautiful Punta Mita – Mexico. Punta Mita is a small, sleepy village nestled 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta and 20 minutes south of Sayulita. When we arrived at the airport, we picked up our rental car and headed to “Mega Foods” to stock up on supplies for the week. We were incredibly anxious to arrive at our final destination and when we finally pulled in… we were so impressed. It was more spectacular than we could have ever imagined.

We are staying at Derek’s dad’s brand new condo and it is stunning. It’s hard to even describe how amazing it is – my words aren’t quite doing it justice. Not only is the condo luxurious, but the small town is charming and offers a glimpse into daily life in the region.

After arriving and checking out the condo, we realized we were famished. We wandered down the beach about two blocks and found a small outside restaurant called Margaritas. There was live music, a floor of sand and good drinks –perfect. We had a delicious dinner which consisted of: warm salty chips, salsa verde, pico de gallo, seafood soup, fish tacos and jumbo shrimp – yummers! After dinner we grabbed a couple beers and dipped our feet in the pool admiring the stars which seem to shine just a little bit brighter here. We fell asleep last night to the sound of waves crashing against the beach and dreaming about the amazing week ahead of us.

Today we stayed busy, but in a good way. We woke up and immediately headed outdoors for some much needed sun. I sunned by the pool and read, while Derek took photos with his new digital SLR (after 6 six years of talking about this camera, he finally caved and bought one). We swam, we relaxed, and we took a long walk on the beach. By about 4pm, we were both ready to get out of the sun, so we drove into PV and picked up a few more supplies (most importantly an ice tray). We arrived back at the condo and walked into town to enjoy 50cent tacos at a local house (8 tacos for $4)! They were delicious, although I think we are both a little nervous we might catch a bad case of the screamers (I’ll keep you posted on that one). After dinner we went back to Margaritas for 2 beers and a quart of pico de gallo. It is SO yummy and such a great deal – only 50cents for a quart of the best pico de gallo I’ve ever had.

All in all, I’d say it’s been a pretty fantastic day. I’m sun-kissed and ready for bed; tomorrow we are headed up to Sayulita for the day. See a couple of our photos below – courtesy of Derek.

Condo view


The pool

Seafood soup



Derek taco


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