Thursday, October 21, 2010

BBG Book List: Reading and Needing

Every night I follow the same routine to wind down. First I read new posts on my google reader, next I watch an episode of shows I purchase on itunes (currently it's The City) and then lastly I try and read for up to an hour. I finished Skinny Bitch last month and now I'm on Shoo Jimmy Choo! Both of these books have changed my life for the better. I've made a lifestyle change and went vegetarian, and now finally I'm getting my savings on track. I really recommend these books for a great read.

The books that follow these are books I really want to get my hands on. "Lauren Conrad Style" for simple fashion ideas, "Lunch in Paris" for late night reading and midnight snacking and both "I know how to cook" and "Macaroons" to experiment in the kitchen with.

Have any other reading suggestions?

BudgetBeautyGirl Tip: Save money on books and buy used from sites like Amazon, that way you'll have extra cash to put into your rainy day savings, a pedicure or cocktails with the girls.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Brazilian Holiday Part 3

I was going to wait and post this last entry of my Brazilian Holiday tomorrow, but I'm on a roll. Also you all have waited far too long. Brazilian Holiday Part 3...

Javi and I on our second to last day in Brazil. I love this Idea of a Tree Bench with colorful pillows. I need this in my future backyard or patio area.

Dinner was at Zaza Bistro Tropical. This place ended up being my favorite. I wish we could have gone a second time but we couldn't.

Le Menu's. I love it!

Appetizer Sampler... we practically inhaled this dish. I can't quite remember what it was but I do remember that my favorite was the ceviche in a shot glass (far left) with veggie chips.

Javi's Dish. Lamb something or other with lobster ravioli. Cooked slowly in a process that takes 5 days. Sorry I should have wrote every plate name down but I was so hungry and into my dish that completely forgot.

I'm a happy camper... my food looks delish and it's plated beautifully!

My plate! Organic Chicken Curry with Basmati cashew, garlic and apricot rice. The plating was set up in a way that you would spoon some rice in the empty bowl and then spoon some chicken curry....together they were a match made in heaven. If I could eat this everyday I would.

Dessert Sampler. We had a hard time picking one dessert and appetizer, so these samplers were perfect. Left to right pictured is Banana capriccio with vanilla bean ice cream, fried nutella crapes, More vanilla bean Ice cream on a bed of chopped toasted nuts, mini brownie and blondie with chocolate and cream drizzle, and last is a medley of chopped fruits with lime and honey, topped with nuts.

Too full to even get up and start walking back to the hotel. So So Good!

Graffiti Art painting outside Zaza

Following morning, last day in Brazil. Continental breakfast!

Finally at Christ the Redeemer. It was huge, not at all what it seemed like in Romeo and Juliet.

Best way to take a photo and get a head to toe view. Javi doing his thing.

Here is the photo Javi got.

View from the top of Christ the Redeemer.


Chica Bon Chica Bon Chica Bon...Bon, Ice Cream!

Although we hardly had any fast food, when we did, it was at this super cool sushi bar called Koni! Amazing little joint. Wish it was a franchise out of Brazil. Pictured is a Steel "Koni", wasabi soy sauce, and Sunomuno Salad. All of this for around $8 including a drink and another roll.

California Roll with Mango... I have always eaten it with Avocado but since it's not native to Brazil they substitute it with Mango. I now make rolls at home using mango, it was super super good.

Hot Philadelphia Steel Roll with Fried Seaweed.

After Christ the Redeemer, lunch and a nap Javi took to a movie at a old theater called Estacao. It is a renovated home of a famous 1920s actress in Brazil, now her home is a movie theater/gallery. It was enchanting. Here we are about to enter the theater.

The movie we saw on our anniversary.

Graffiti artwork inside the Estacao Gallery. La Vida Loca

Walking back to the hotel... another beautiful Graffiti art piece.

Before leaving to the Airport we take a taxi to Copacabana Palace for an early poolside dinner. Cheese Burger and Fries. Yum
Home sweet home.... why did I have to leave so soon? Back to Texas.

Breakfast on the flight back. Not so bad. I like fruit... I like Croissants. Butter, Jelly and OJ too!

Hope you all enjoyed my post about my Brazilian Holiday. I had tons of fun taking photos and Building memories. I certainly can't wait to go back, but until then I have all these photos to keep me content.

See Brazilian Holiday Part 1 (Here) and Part 2 (Here).

Brazilian Holiday Part 2

Finally, Part 2 of my Brazilian Holiday! Let us continue...

Dessert after Sushi Leblon at a Cafe inside Leblon Mall. Caramel Turtle Cheesecake. It was a little piece of heaven!

We got up bright and early the next day to head out to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. While in the taxi I shot the sides of the sidewalks along Copacabana Beach. Here is a close up of a sand castle.... Amazing! Apparently they were having a sand castle design competition.

Copacabana Hotel built in the 1920s. The hotel in Rio where most celebrities stay.

Sugar loaf Mountain consists of two mountains. You take a pod attached to a cable rod to the first mountain and then take another pod to the second. I just couldn't look... I was so scared.

Before entering the pod there was a mini museum. Here pictured is a parrot made of different stones.

Bathing Suit detailed with emerald. I wish they had a 360 degree view of it, because it would have been nice to know if it was a thong in the back.

Gift Shop trinkets.... Christ the Redeemer

These little monkey guys look pretty scary according to my boyfriend, but I really thought they were kind of cute. They were sooo small, like the size of a squirrel.

View from Sugar Loaf Mountain

Javi and I

Another breath taking view

Classy Guy my Guy!

Pose for the frame

Javi Baby!

Moving on up to the second Mountain. Again I couldn't bring myself to look down.

Cats in the Gift Shop. This made me so sad... I missed my Kat Girl!

Caipirinha Kits! Yummy!

Carmen Maranda... Should have gotten one of these...UGH!

Picture of Christ the Redeemer. Taken by Javi while on a helicopter ride with his mother.

Full View of Sugar Loaf Mountain

Javi and his mother getting ready to get a tour by helicopter. Brave!

Away they go!

Back on Sugar Loaf waiting for my Love I ordered a Caipirinha and did some shopping. I was relaxing under an umbrella table when they returned.

Walking back to our hotel from where the taxi left us. Beautiful flower cart! Reminds me of my mother and her flower shop back home.

Stay tuned for Part 3!
If you missed out on Part 1 click (Here)