And we’re back!

This poor abandoned blog. As usual it’s not you- it’s me. I’ve changed. 

You see I’m sleeping a LOT less. A tiny tyrant has entered my life. One with an aficionado for midnight snacks in the form of a bottle. 

He sure is cute though. This is evolution at its finest. Babies would so just be left out somewhere if they weren’t so cute! 

So, said little tyrant is now 19 months old. Just started walking after the PT said to bribe him with chocolate chips (seriously), and is sleeping more. Still loves a night-time snack often but I’m a bit more coherent. Maybe the typos in this first post back won’t be so bad. A girl can dream

I am different. Becoming a parent does something to your priorities- it obliterates most that aren’t kid related. Your life revolves around this new person now. And yes, we all had those goals that we wouldn’t be those parents before kids. We would live our own lives! Not much would change! bla bla. It’s ok. I though that too. 

And so here we are. Life is different yet I would still love to blog. I still get just as excited when I find a great meal and I want to share! 

I also get really really excited about finding a great deal on must have baby gear. I think every parent needs to get the skip hop toddler harness for when their kid starts walking and wants to lick the beer cans in the store (not that that happens to me or anything…). 

So somehow- this blog will have to be both. I’m not sure what that will look like- just that I want it. Perhaps you, the reader, have changed and we can change together.

Love, 

Mariana 

Antoinette’s Bakery – GF and Vegan treats in Dublin

*UPDATE* As of June 30th, 2017- Antoinette’s Bakery has closed its doors. Sad to see you go!! 

Nestled right on Kevin Street in Dublin 8 is the charming Antoinette’s Bakery. A little getaway into all things cute and delicious. Step inside and you will be greeted by eclectic decor and treats that catch your eye straight away. The best part? Everything is gluten free and some offerings are vegan too!

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The New Kitchen Aid Mini ?

“I have never seen you like this! You look so sad! Please come back. We’ll find a way!” “No! It’s too big!! There’s no way!” I called back to my husband as I was walking away, my Kitchen Aid mixer in a trolley behind me. It was a sad day friends. The day I had to say bye to my stand mixer because we were moving to Dublin (with the knowledge that the next stop would be San Francisco – a bit far to ship such a monstrosity).

I miss it everyday. It’s been a year and I miss it everyday. This is probably why no one squealed louder than I did when the new Kitchen Aid Mini was revealed at a launch party hosted by Harvey Norman.

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Game of Thrones Tour – Leaving from Dublin!

Northern Ireland is Game of Thrones country – their words not mine! The lush Irish countryside is the perfect backdrop to places such as the Iron Islands, Winterfell, and the Twins on Game of Thrones. The title of filming headquarters has been fully embraced by Northern Ireland and they have issued everything from Game of Thrones stamps to Game of Thrones doors. Are you a serious fan? Welcome! Would you like to hold a replica of Oathkeeper? ⚔

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Dalkey Castle – A fun and unique experience just south of Dublin

Is there anything more fun than stepping foot into a different world? I love immersive experiences that take you somewhere you haven’t been and Dalkey Castle is one! Just 30 minutes south of Dublin on the DART is a charming coastal town called Dalkey. This place has it all! Shops with adorable storefronts, great restaurants, frequent festivals, the ocean, and a castle with the most unique tour around!

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Top 10 Tips – eating well on a budget, vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, organic

One question I get asked often is, “I want to eat healthy food but I can’t afford it! What should I do?”

I recently turned 30 and my twenties have been up and down with times where I was able to strut up and down the aisles of fancy grocery stores throwing anything in my cart and other times where the 50 cent oatmeal in Hofer/Aldi was a lifesaver! ? Regardless of where you currently stand in the spectrum, hopefully the following tips can help keep your wallet happy without any compromises.

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People’s Park Market Dun Laoghaire

I could tell you in a heartbeat what my favorite thing about living in Dublin is – being close to the ocean. In a mere 10-20 minutes in different directions on the DART train one can find themselves smelling fresh ocean air. I am obsessed with it. As soon as I step off the train, the moment the salty goodness fills my lungs, I start to relax. The sound of the ocean starts to ring in my ears along with the chatter of the seagulls. Heaven. On a Sunday there is no better seaside spot than Don Laoghaire because of the People’s Park Market. The ukulele group is a great reason to go but the second reason? Food! Lots and lots of food!

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Press Cafe – My favorite cafe in Dublin!

Dear Dublin,

I have a bone to pick with you! You don’t understand what good coffeeshops are and this Austrian is distraught! Where are the live piano players after 6pm? Where is the quiet humdrum of an imported Italian espresso machine that costs more than my rent (which btw. Dublin, is WAY too much)? Where are the real chairs? We want real chairs!! With backs! Wifi access for longer than 20 minutes if you please. And for goodness sakes, what is that loud rock music doing in a coffeeshop? Honestly Dublin, if it wasn’t for Press Cafe, you and I would have a serious problem.

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Gluten Free & Vegan Crepes – Don Laoghaire, Ireland

We spent a significant amount of time on the Don Laoghaire Pier this Sunday. I’m not gonna lie, we were totally Pokemon hunting! The bandstand on the pier is a well known Poke Stop always surrounded with lures. Well, if all that running around and phone swiping does not work up an appetite! Fortunately we were rescued from by THE most charming food truck.
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