Not your ordinary cup of tea

I received a registered mail from the Philippines! It was sent in August probably the US customs checked the contents because the envelope was slightly opened and am thankful that the stuff inside was completely intact and unharmed.

I am so excited to try the tea samples that my friend gave me. I really love tea and I love the “animated” designs of these tea packets! These are really different teas from what I heard from my friends because these are made of blended flavors so you’ll be impressed when you taste it.

Karel Capek, an Original tea blend created and mastered by Utako Yamada. From what I read from their Facebook page in One Tap Lifestyle, Utako Yamada is a popular illustrator/author of children books and she was inspired to “invent” different flavors of tea. Aside from that, the designs of each tea packets captured the hearts of many female tea lovers — like me! I also researched online that she also designed a merchandise for Sanrio (I still have to confirm about that!).

So far I have tasted two variants: Alice Chocolate Grey and Sakura Ceylon tea! Both tasted really GOOD.

 

Enjoying this chocolate flavored earl grey tea from #onetaplifestyle @onetaplifestyle #tea #earlgreytea #teatime

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Alice Chocolate Grey
From the name itself, this tea has a unique blend of Earl Grey and chocolate flavor! I was so excited to take a sip and it was so good! I didn’t know that you Early Grey and chocolate will be a great combination. Overall, the taste complement to each other. I usually love drinking Earl Grey tea because the compound bergamot helps me to relieve my stress.

 

Having my Sakura Ceylon tea during my lunch break! It smells sooo good!!! @onetaplifestyle #onetaplifestyle #teatime

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Cherry Blossoms with Karel Capek Sakura Ceylon Tea
I love the smell of Cherry blossoms! I know Ceylon tea is commonly known as black tea but the sweetness of Sakura is perfectly blended!

Other teas that I am looking forward to taste and yes, I am excited πŸ™‚

White Peach Tea, Good Night Herb,  Garden Party, Girls Tea

 

You can purchase Karel Capek’s tea collection in One Tap Lifestyle Facebook Page.

Tea saga continues…

Tea + Marshmallows = 😍😍😍

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Because of my craziness and love over tea, I went to Adagio Teas Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, IL and tried their new exclusive flavor called “Bonfire” – a marshmallow made with Lapsang Souchong tea. I did not know that you can pair gourmet marshmallows and tea. I LIKE IT.

Matcha ❀Love

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Another discovery when I went to Asian store is Matcha Love Organic Green Tea! I only bought two bottles to try at home and I want to buy some more! It has zero calories per bottle, made from pure matcha and green tea powder. No sugar added or preservative!

Please also read the benefits of drinking tea:

http://www.glamourmoments.net/drink-tea-eliminate-belly-fat/ 

RoyAnne Camillia Couture – Gown Review

I got my gown made by RoyAnne Camillia Couture for my cousin’s wedding next week. RoyAnne, the designer, was so nice and friendly and accommodating as well as her staff. I now have a boutique to go to should formal events come my way again.

Their gowns range from P6500 for short gowns to P9500 and up for long gowns which is really inexpensive considering the intricacy of their designs. The gowns come with a clutch bag too! Bridal gowns start at P30k, i think.

And from what i saw from my last visit, there’s a robe and clutch that comes with the bridal gown. They also have gowns for rent, of which fees i do not have knowledge of, but i can assure you those rental gowns look amazing.

If you want to standout without upstaging the bride, RoyAnne Camillia Couture is your go-to designer. If it’s any other party, you can rest yourself assured you can be the belle of the ball without trying.

No tiis-ganda with this one. You can be comfortable while being your beauty queen best.

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Summer in Chicago Part 2 – Jurassic World The Exhibition in Field Museum, Chicago, IL

I have won (1) complimentary ticket to see Jurassic World The Exhibition at the West Gate of Field Museum. I am very excited to see the big animatronic dinosaurs and experience the prehistoric world inside the tent exhibition.

 

The entrance was we’re supposedly traveling on a boat crossing the island Nublar wherein the Jurassic World exhibit was located. We were welcomed by a park ranger and the huge door (like in the movie!) opened and our adventure started on getting up close and personal to prehistoric dinosaurs that really roars so loud and recreating a petting zoo for those who would like to touch them.

Our favorites Velociraptor and Indominus Rex were enormous and these two creatures were too scary when they started to roar! We were warned to stay calm and safe because these two are being out of containment! It’s more like a mini action scenes and you’ll be surprised!

The exhibit has state of the art effects and TV monitors narrated by the park ranger guiding you everywhere you go. There is also a design your own dinosaur touch screen monitor and send the digital image of your creation to your inbox. At the end of the exhibit hall is the activity and learning area where you can try extracting the bones and rediscover some parts of the dinosaurs.

I feel like a child again exploring the dinosaurs and one of the best animatronics I’ve ever seen!

Did you know that the Field Museum has an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils? I went there last year and I was overwhelmed seeing them! The Field Museum also has the best preserved and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex and they called it, Sue.

Field Museum – 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2496
The exhibit runs from May 26, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018
Tickets: $10 for children and $15 for adults for daytime entry in addition to general museum admission; $20 for children and $25 for adults for evening entry.

I took a video using my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and uploaded to my Β YouTube Channel. Β The first part was when we dine at Nutella Cafe and followed by the Jurassic World exhibtion. You’ll see the dinosaurs up close!!! don’t blink and don’t run…..

Enjoy watching!!!!

Summer in Chicago Part 1 – Visiting the new Nutella Cafe in Chicago Downtown

Are you a Nutella fan like me? If yes, then you’ll enjoy reading this first part of my blog post. We visited the first standalone Nutella Cafe in Chicago along Michigan Avenue and Lake. The cafe is owned and operated by the Nutella makers, Ferrero USA. We have been to Nutella kiosk in Eataly (Ohio Street Chicago) and this is much different because the cafe menu has sandwiches, salads, fruits, gelato, coffee, crepes, muffins and a lot more.

The entrance door is shaped like a Nutella jar, you can easily see the signage from outside because of its color combination of black and red in “Nutella” logo and white background. There was a line outside and slowly moving towards the counter where you can see the menu and their busy open kitchen. They are also giving away menu brochures so that you can decide on what to order. My agenda on that day is to taste their Nutella gelato because am really a big fan of gelato!

From breads, oatmeal, fruits and crepes – everything has a Nutella on it! I know you can DIY but I want to spend my time exploring the cafe and experience something new.

Price ranges from $2 to less than $10, there’s also a “kids menu” wherein they can enjoy pancakes, grilled cheese and sandwiches which also include an optional side of fruit.

 

 

The space is too small I think that’s the reason why people have waited long if you want to dine in and the line gets crazy during the day.

Luckily, there’s not much people when we arrive there and the line in the counter is moving fast… We got our orders in less than 5 mins so we decided to stay and enjoy our coffee, croissant and gelato.

Nutella CafΓ© is at 189 N. Michigan Ave. and is open Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 312-729-5186 for more information.

Me and my Nutella gelato

Festival Polonaise 2017

We love attending summer events and this time it’s by our neighborhood!

Festival Polonaise is a weekend event to honor the local Polish community and share their natural heritage of Polish arts and culture, food and tradition.

The event takes place in Golf Mill Park – Niles , Illinois and the attraction includes: commercial booths (clothes, accessories and sponsors), amusement park for the kids, medical station for free blood pressure check and health advice, art exhibitions, stage for entertainment and what I love most – the food booth!

Festival Polonaise 2017#Niles #golfmillpark @golfmillsc

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Festival Polonaise 2017

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Polish Pop Singer, KÆYRA

The rides at Festival Polonaise 2017 #Niles #golfmillpark @golfmillsc

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Discovering Polish culture:

1. They love folk music and live entertainment.
2. My first time to taste their food: Potato pancakes, Polish sausage, Polish dumplings (Pierogi).
3. According to the Polish Network website – The Poles are 22,3% of the population of Niles.
4. Famous Polish people were: St Pope John Paul II, Marie Curie, Frederic Chopin and a lot more.