The past week has been quite busy for me, as many of you know, since my boyfriend Victor arrived in the U.S. last Tuesday the 16th. He’ll be here for over a month, until August 20th to be exact, so keep your eyes peeled for our adventures! I don’t usually go out often by myself, but because Victor’s visiting the U.S. for the first time and has not been to a lot of places (like a zoo) or tried a lot of things (like ramen), I definitely want to take advantage of the time and take him everywhere.
The first week wasn’t actually too adventure-filled but was more about adjusting to the New Jersey atmosphere … and weather. Of all times of the year, that darned heat wave had to hit us during his first week. Victor didn’t handle the heat pretty well (thank God the ungodly heat and humidity is gone). In spite of not really venturing out a lot, Victor did get to try (and eat) quite a bit of new things his first week.
Besides meeting the fam, he met my fluffy, feathery friend Ellie. I think they hit it off pretty well, as he doesn’t usually quickly adjust to strangers. Ellie approves.
Qin Dynasty Dim Sum
My aunt and uncle actually decided to treat us to one of my favorite places! Qin Dynasty specializes in dim sum food. We had soup dumplings, shumai, pork buns, and other food which I have no idea what to call it in English!
For some reason, this was one of the only pictures I managed to take at Ikea – not even the food we ate … what is wrong with me?! But yes, my boyfriend was kind enough to pose for the camera here. This was also the first time he met my best friend Katie and her boyfriend Sal, so it was a fun event. Even though we were just window shopping for the most part, it was fun sitting in each of the show rooms and pretending we owned the place. We literally used the wine bottle props and pretended to serve each other wine. I think the passers-by thought we legitimately were drunk.
For Sunday brunch, I decided to take Victor out to Halulu for hibachi along with my mom and aunt. It’s super convenient that it’s only five minutes away from my house. It’s one of my favorite places to eat! The food is always well seasoned, brought out in a timely manner, and the portions are generous. Plus, I got an awesome deal of $13 for $30 worth of food on Groupon. Win-win!
Halulu was a big hit for my guy as he enjoyed the chef and the entertainment he provided (like throwing chopped pieces of veggies and squirting sake in our mouths) as well as the tasty chicken hibachi. He looks forward to going back and trying different dishes from the menu.
One thing he really wanted to do even when I visited him in Canada was to try Starbucks, but all we were able to do there was to go to a Tim Horton’s. The day finally came when he got to give it a try! I gave him my phone to play with the Starbucks app and customize a drink to his heart’s content. He ended up choosing a Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato: five pumps vanilla syrup, one pump caramel syrup, extra caramel drizzle, chocolate powder, and whipped cream. To be honest with you, I’ve never played with this option myself because I always aimed to make the drink as cheap as possible … but maybe I will do a bit of customizing next time! Anyway, he really enjoyed his first drink and is definitely planning on going back.
I can’t wait for our adventure this coming week – we did something super fun this past weekend but that will be for a future blog post!
Thanks for reading, until next time! ♡