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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Beef & Co in Metz, France


MR and I have taken the decision to move out and move in a house or apartment closer to work (and the city). This was a particularly hard decision to make because we currently live surrounded by family members, but in the city, with the exemption of some friends, we know no one. But we made a pro and con list, and ultimately, moving out made more sense. We each spend an hour and a half - two hours per day driving to and from home and it's becoming tiring. Not to mention a waste of time and extra expenses for the car. We haven't told any of my family members yet. Actually, I'm not quite sure how the news will be taken, but we have officially started looking for a house or apartment for rent. We decided on a 1-year transition period before buying our own place.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Asian Delices - Filipino Food in Lourdes, France


A lot of French people ask me, "What is Filipino food like?"
"Delicious", I usually reply with eyes full of stars.

Truthfully, it's sometimes hard to say what Filipino cuisine is exactly. The Philippines, to me, is a melting pot of different cultures and identities and so is the food. Sometimes Spanish, sometimes Chinese, sometimes Indian, sometimes Malay.  Again - delicious.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cafe Les Brancardiers in Lourdes, France


After the night procession (click here for the post), we finally noticed how hungry we actually were. We ate some bread earlier in the evening, but it just wasn't enough. Since we moved to France, I noticed that we've been following a lot of the French living guidelines, including not snacking between meals. But heck, we were on vacation and on vacation there are no rules. Nothing wrong with night snacking.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France


We initially hesitated about going to Lourdes because it was out of our way. But then every time I removed it from our list, I went back to the promise my husband and I made to his mother. A few months before she got sick, we shared with my in-laws our plans of moving to France. My mother-in-law was particularly pleased and was excited to someday visiting us and going to Lourdes. Being a devout Catholic, visiting Lourdes was important to her. Unfortunately, months later she succumbed to cancer and MR and I promised ourselves we would go to Lourdes in honor of her. Which is why, I felt a particular tinge in my heart at the thought of not going ahead to Lourdes during our vacation. Budget-wise, we could just work harder as soon as we got home, and kilometers-wise, what was 300 kilometers more than originally planned?! So we went ahead with our plans and had absolutely no regrets.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Grand Hotel Basilique in Lourdes, France


After Carcassonne, our next stop was Lourdes. At this point, driving long distances was becoming easier and the 3-hour drive went by easy. The hardest part was when we finally arrived in Lourdes and we were looking for the hotel. When I booked our hotel room, I knew there was no private parking and we would have to look for some elsewhere, but truthfully I didn't think it would be this complicated. We eventually found a parking, not so far from the hotel, but it's really difficult when you're not familiar with the area.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pigs in a Blanket


Since our little evening together (click here for the post), my daughter, SO, has been asking me to make Pigs in a Blanket again. Not only does she love those little piggies in a blanket, but she especially loves being so hands-on in the preparation.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Les Terrasses de la Cité in Carcassonne, France


Like I mentioned in the first post I wrote about Carcassonne (click here for the post), we didn't have a specific restaurant in mind - just a particular dish. So after touring around by foot, we stopped at Les Terrasses de la Cité for lunch.

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