Archive | September, 2011

Race for the Cure

26 Sep

Number 9 on my list of goals to complete for the 2011 year, that you could read about here, was to complete 5k race.  Technically the Atlanta Thanksgiving 5k.  So, just in case we are not here in Atlanta for the Thanksgiving 5k, I am going to cross this goal off my list and substitute it with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k, fair enough right!?

That being said, it’s official, we are racing! Our shirts and numbers just came in!

Only four more days.

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I can not wait to spend this occasion with my family and Luis, to celebrate my grandmother surviving breast cancer.

Don’t forget to cheer for the Lovely Lady Lumps!

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Yellow Jackets vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

24 Sep

Today we woke up to nothing but blue skies and a temperature of 63°. An awesome day for a football game even if it did start to warm up not long after the game kicked off.  It’s also family weekend, so the streets were jammed packed with our team colors, and maybe with a few specs of blue here and there for North Carolina.

Even the dogs had Buzz fever!

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Actually, I have to admit North Carolina had a huge amount of support… lots of loud supporters full of spirit, and a great band that tried their best to drown out our band.

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In my opinion, this was the best game of the season.  It wasn’t a complete shut down like our last three games, where the opposing teams supporters/fans left half way through the game, leaving us Yellow Jackets to cheer in all of our glory.  It was a back and forth game full of errors, flags, constant turnovers, barely completing touchdowns, and a small amount of rushing yards.  It was down right stressful, but then again I know nothing about football, but I DO know I had a lot of fun and very glad we won!

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Just in case you haven’t noticed, something strange has been happening to me.  I am getting into college football.  I have never cared for college games before, only cheering for U of M in the past when a cute guy was near.   But now, I actually look up statistics of  opposing teams before we play them.  I even turned on the T.V. after the game today to watch the last quater of the U of M game and the Virginia Tech game just to get an idea of how the teams are doing for when we play against them.  This is getting ridiculous, who am I becoming?

On a different note, would it be safe to say now that we are 4-0 that maybe, just maybe Luis and I are bringing some luck to Georgia Tech haha.  How many people do you think say that?  Probably lots, but you never know… could be true.

We’re off to a birthday celebration at a new bar that we have never been to on Paces Ferry Road and we all know how happy I get to explore new places!

Career Fair @ GT

22 Sep

Luis is attending two days worth of Career Fairs to find a co-op program, and/or internship, and/or even his next potential workplace.  He could get accepted to a company in Tennessee, or Texas, or California, or Washington State.

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Interviews are within the next few weeks so, keep him in your thoughts, even though it means he would be leaving me behind in Atlanta for a whole semester…

I am hoping for Tennessee.

Nakato Japanese Restaurant @ Cheshire Bridge Road

19 Sep

This past weekend, after a major win for the Yellow Jackets, the boys and I tried a new Japanese restaurant that Hoki found online.

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant is divided between three different style rooms; the Teppan “Hibachi” dining room, the Tatami room (where you remove your shoes and sit on the floor), and lastly the one we dined in, the tradition style sitting room. I also noticed that they have a small side garden where you could sit outside and relax, or possibly have a drink.

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Red Lotus.

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Tuna tataki and beef tataki.

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Tofu steak with seaweed.

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Octopus and veggie tempura.

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A whole lot of sushi, not even sure what was ordered.

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Then came the main course and what could be the best thing I have eaten since Japan. It is my new obsession; hot pot, otherwise known as Shabu-Shabu.

Get ready for some action pictures of our sweet, funny, and super tiny server Moya setting up the hot pot for us.

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What’s on fire you ask? Kaki Rockefeller; grilled oysters topped with mozzarella, bacon, and spinach. Yea, we take food pretty seriously  =)

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Look at the excitement on his face!  He wasn’t the only one exited, I was too! No lie, it was the best thing ever! We ate it all and the broth was so delicious, I ended up dreaming about the broth all night and wished that I had asked our server to pack up the left over broth for me to take home.

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And of course after a feast you have to order dessert to top it all off. Green tea creme brulee and ginger ice cream.

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I am so happy Hoki found this place, it was the best meal ever!

Ray’s New York Pizza @ Tech Square

18 Sep

We recently started a little addiction to Ray’s New York Pizza located on campus and I think it’s because of the garlic knots!

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My first time ever eating a Falafel. This one was made with bean fritters, tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickles with a sesame cream and roasted pepper  spread, served in a pita bread.

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Garlic knots.

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Bruschetta; sauteed spinach, sundried tomatoes, eggplant, feta cheese, and basil baked on flat bread.

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A Greenwich Village Calzone made with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and spinach with a side of their delicious tomato marinara sauce.

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In the dessert section of the menu was a picture of this dessert called Kunafa.  It’s something I have never had before so, of course I had to order it.  It is a baked cheesecake with shredded dough crust, topped with a sweet simple syrup and pistachios.  It was amazeballs!

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The first time we had Ray’s was before the first football game.  It was so good we had to go back a week later.  On our second visit Luis and I took advantage of the nice weather and opted to sit outside. The food was quick, inexpensive, the service was great, and the Mojito was pretty darn tasty.  That could be why this place is always packed.

Another great thing about this restaurant is that it is next door to Barrelhouse, which just opened in July.  The best thing to do (or what I think is best) is to enjoy a nice meal at Ray’s then head to Barrelhouse for some interesting and unique hand crafted drinks, but more on Barrelhouse and my bourbon muddled with fresh oranges drink concoction that Brian made me another time.

GT Night @ Six Flags

17 Sep

Last night Georgia Tech hosted a night at Six Flags Over Georgia.  Nothing but students, facility, and family of Georgia Tech roamed the park.  It was pretty neat and with the temperatures in the 50’s, I am filing this post under the fall category even if fall is weeks away, it sure felt like it.

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This was my first time to Six Flags, Luis had been to the park was he was younger.  Even though it’s smaller than the parks in Orlando and they don’t serve alcohol (which by the way this park needs), I thought the park had awesome rides.  The best part of the park being only open for Georgia Tech is that the boys got to ride 3 or 4 times without having to wait in the line again, well, if there was a line.

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Just what everyone wants to ride when the temperature is dropping; a water ride, and the only water ride open… I wonder why?

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We happened to run into Hoki there, who had already been on the Splash Water Falls six times!  I love seeing everyones faces, pure enjoyment. Up next was Ninja.

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Then the Superman ride.

This is where I thought I lost Luis and Eddy and waited in the front of the entrance of the ride for almost two hours.  Somewhere in the two hours I called my mom and cried because I thought Luis left me without looking for me, until the crew came out to let me know a group had gotten stuck on the ride.  Of course! Luis has just the luck to get stuck. So, my anger turned to worry.  Luis and Eddy were the last ones to be taken down off the ride, poor guys!

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After being stuck on a ride for almost an hour, first thing you want is food!

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Afterwards they went on the Dare Devil ride.

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My favorite area was Gotham City.  I wish I could have taken photos of the actual roller coasters, but the rides had no lights.  Both the Mind Bender roller coaster and Batman the ride were in complete darkness.

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Did you notice any spider webs in the photos?  It’s because Six Flags is getting ready for Fright Fest.  Which would be something I would like to attend, but once again I have to say, this park needs alcohol vendors.  Maybe that’s just me, but being frightened with a buzz is the only way to go.

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Besides not serving alcohol, I didn’t think the park and the areas were designed out very well.  It was hard to find the paths that lead into the next area and many roads lead to dead ends.  Even with a map, it was still hard to figure out where to go and how to get there.  As far as rides go, the assortment of thrill was awesome. By the end of the night, Luis nor Eddy could not decide which ride was their favorite.  We didn’t have enough time to ride everything, but thankfully we were handed free admissions tickets when we first walked into the park.  We are already planning another trip soon.

Today we are going to stay in and relax while watching the Yellow Jackets beat the Kansas Jayhawks, only because we are awesome like that! =)

Carrot Ginger Soup @ Home

15 Sep

With fall on it’s way, I have been feeling orange.  While I wait for squashes and pumpkins to come into season I will have to settle for carrots. What’s another perfect meal besides orange meals during fall? Soups! Soups are perfect for fall.

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With the weather being cooler lately, almost feels like fall.

Now I feel like baking some pumpkin cupcakes!