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Happy Halloween!

This post is a little late but I have just gotten back from a short trip to Asia to visit family.  Eversince I got back I have been busy getting back into the swing of things but everything is slowly going back to normal now, thankfully!  Happy November!  The last two months of the year is when I am mostly happy because of the atmosphere.  People seem to be happier and in a festive mood, families get together, we all think of our loved ones and also get the chance to express our appreciation to those who care and love us the most.  With that said, let’s jump start the festivities with some spooky snapshots I took from this year’s beggar’s night.

Corn and Pumpkins

It’s time for Halloween!!!  With that said, hubby took me to the North River pumpkin patch in Indianola this weekend.  In 32 years I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch or have I carved a pumpkin before!  I grew up in the Philippines; we don’t have the orange giant squash that you guys call “pumpkin”, over in my country!  We grow a different type of squash in the Philippines, which is often used in many of our dishes such as stir fry, curry, broth-based soups including desserts.

We hit the golden hour and the light was BEAUTIFUL.  It would have been the perfect time for a portrait or engagement session.  All photos were shot in manual mode (as always) using the Sunny 16 rule in my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM kit lens.  I had so much fun taking pictures.  Thanks to my wonderful husband.  I might as well carve my first pumpkin! 


For those who know me, they know I LOVE to eat.  I just love food!  I am not addicted to food but I’m always in a good mood when there is food around!  One of my favorites is dimsum.  There is only one place in Des Moines that serves this type of food as far as I know and that is Wong’s Chopsticks located in Johnston.  Dimsum is served only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-2pm.  Their dimsum has gotten so popular that they started serving them now on Saturdays; initially they only did it on Sundays…and yeah I am REALLY happy about that!

Dimsum is a type of Chinese small plate food usually served in carts around the restaurant ready for people to eat.  It is pretty popular in big cities.  I remember when I was in New York and London the dimsum restaurants normally have big round tables where they seat you with your fellow other diners and have you share one table.  The lines and the wait times are quite long too but to me it has always been worth the wait!  The three menu items I frequently order from Chopsticks are the Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan), Shrimp in Rice Paper, and Fried Dumplings – my newest obsession!

On a different note, Filipino (Pinoy) food is my favorite cuisine.  I am not biased to my roots either!  I just have never been able to let go of what I grew up eating!  Among my favorite Pinoy dishes, Lechon Kawali (Crispy Pork Belly) is probably the one that I crave the most and since there aren’t any Filipino restaurants in Des Moines, each time you crave your native food, that usually means you have to get in the kitchen AND make it!  So, I made it happen!  Craving -served!

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