We went on vacation and all we got were these lousy sunburns

Hello? Is anybody out there?

We’ve been a bit quiet since our return to the States from Costa Rica almost two weeks ago. If you’ve been following us, you probably already know that during the first couple days of our trip Melo was getting over a cold and I had one coming on. Luckily, after just 2 days, I was feeling a lot better so we were able to take advantage of being so close to one of those black-sand beaches Costa Rica is famous for.

However…

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Simple Beef + Broccoli

Listen–

There are a lot of recipes out there that are fussy and complicated.

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This is not one of them. This is a very simple approach to beef and broccoli stir fry.

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Is it delicious? Yes.

Is it authentic? Probably not. And that’s okay.

Why? Because life is already fussy and complicated enough. Your food shouldn’t be.

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Playa del Coco

After being cooped up in the apartment, I was finally feeling up to going out and exploring Guanacaste a little bit. On Monday, Melo and I packed a bag with water and snacks and headed to the beach!

Outside the apartment
Outside the apartment
We were a little too hype, though, because we forgot to pack towels, a blanket, and put on sunscreen. That’s okay, though, because I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the International Day of Happiness than soaking in the sun and swimming in the warm waters of Playa del Coco!

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Pura Vida!

Hey, ya’ll!!

Right now, we are at home packing up and cleaning up as we are in the final hours before our flight from LAX to Costa Rica!!!

This trip has been months in the making, and since this past quarter was really hectic for us (Melo was enrolled in 21 units–yikes!), we are totally ready for a week of sleeping in, sitting on the beach, and sipping on delicious Costa Rican coffee.

We’ll post several updates with photos throughout our time in Costa Rica, but we’ll definitely be using our social media to share gorgeous photos and food porn so be sure to follow us on IG, FB, Twitter, and Snapchat. Just scroll down to the bottom of our home page and you’ll see our social media icons.

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California Donuts

Since my move to LA to be¬†with my boo, I’ve heard from various sources that California Donuts is a must-do. Last week I had an intense sweet craving and, knowing that nothing but a donut would satisfy, we made our way over to its 3rd Street location¬†for a treat.

Lemme tell you something first: being originally from New York and having lived in Atlanta, I know donuts. Everything from the classic chocolate glazed Dunkin Donuts that NYers love, to the famous light and fluffy Krispy Kreme champion of the south, to the trendy Revolution Doughnuts and Sublime Donuts famous in ATL–I know donuts.

But this–

Source: your dreams
Source: your dreams

–this is something else entirely. This is a feast of the senses: see, hear, smell, feel, and taste. Not to mention the psychic connection you feel as you walk toward that glass window to place your order.

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