Life may be like a box of chocolates but heaven is like a box of macarons…
It’s not very often you see a line outside the door of an eating establishment in Belfast. (That’s what San Franciscans do!) According to my husband, Belfastians aren’t generally foodies. The majority of Belfastians are not so head over heels about food that they aren’t willing to wait more than 10 minutes in line. They care more about drink than food. (It’s Ireland, afterall.) Imagine how shocked my husband and I were when we saw a line (or queue as they say here in the UK) outside Boojum, a new Mexican fast food “burrito bar” in the city centre.
Boojum is a small chain in Ireland started by a husband and wife team. The husband is an American from Philadelphia and the wife from Ireland. The wife was so addicted to burritos during her time spent in Philadelphia that she had the brilliant idea of opening up a burrito bar in Ireland. Boojum was born.
We have pretty decent Mexican food in San Francisco but nothing compares to the Mexican food in Los Angeles. My first authentic Mexican food experience was when my roommate at UCLA (a second generation Mexican-American) took me to her East Los Angeles hood. Her family owned a taqueria and it was here I was introduced to enchiladas swimming in mole sauce. It was a revelation and ego shattering to discover that Mexican food in San Francisco is not up to par as its Southern California cousins. Goes to show the closer you are to the border, the more authentic the food gets.
The distance between Belfast and Mexico City is 5,266 miles. Let’s hope Boojum disproves my proximity theory…
San Francisco independent soap company, Savor, has now climbed up the ranks of holy grail status in the soap department. Their soaps blow Lush out of the
water shower in my opinion. Their customer service is top notch. Easy transaction and quick turnaround! The owner, Lisa Salamida, is in the middle of recovering from eye surgery and I still received my order in two days! Talk about dedication to her customers. Their products match their level of customer service, high quality!
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Cookie hands and cookie feet
You brown and friendly and delicious to eat…”
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I’m a Bath & Bodyworks home fragrance hoarding whore. (Try saying that 20 times in a row!). This is the time of year when I take advantage of BBW’s holiday sales and scents. My husband always shakes his head every time I walk in there because I go off my rocker. I’m talking “mental, mental, chicken oriental”…100% cuckoo! Continue reading
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It’s that time of year again here in Northern California! Californians know it’s the start of Autumn when the oppressive, blistering hot Indian Summer draws to a close and the temperature has dropped significantly. You step outside and notice that everyone has traded in their shorts and tank tops for their warm long coats and toasty sweaters. Continue reading
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The Stargazer Lily is one of my favorite flowers. I love its vivid color of fuschia and the smell of its powerful sweet nectar. Stargazer lilies have an intoxicating effect on me. When I smell them it instantly picks me up and I feel happy and energized. Its scent has a candy-like quality as if the lily has been coated with a light dusting of confectioner’s sugar. Continue reading