Eat Here : Woodblock : Redmond, WA

Woodblock is a vibrant new restaurant that opened recently in downtown Redmond. Owned and operated by Tony and Carolyn Scott, Woodblock specializes in craft cocktails and hearty, rustic dishes. I had such a positive experience when I came here for the first time. My boyfriend and I came here during their happy hour and ordered the Cajun Mussels, Fried Calamari, and the Braised Lamb-Pea Risotto. My favorite dish was the Cajun Mussels, even though it was a bit too salty for my taste, the flavors were super powerful and had a nice kick to it. The calamari was nested on a bed of hummus which was a nice combination! For someone who doesn't normally eat lamb, I enjoyed the risotto a lot. The rice was perfectly cooked, and the balsamic gastric gave it a nice balance. I will definitely return to try more dishes!

Woodblock - 16175 Cleveland St #109, Redmond, WA 98052
Rating: 5/5
Price: $$

Eat Here : Molly Moon's Ice Cream : Redmond, WA

Molly Moon's recently opened a new location in Redmond! With several other locations in Seattle, it's nice to finally be able to get some home made ice cream on the East Side. I've only tried Molly Moon's a few times with some hits and misses. Although they have unique flavors, I prefer to stick with their classics like as their strawberry or coffee. I found that some of their others flavors were a bit overpowering. Their salted caramel has mixed reviews. For some it is perfect, but for others, including me, it was wayyy too salty. Not sure if it's worth the $4-5 for a single scoop because I could just get a container of ice cream from a grocery store that's just as good, but it's the experience that makes it fun. When you go into their stores, it is such a cool and fun environment. You can't help but to take out your phone, and start taking photos of every inch of the space because it's just so darn cute! I'm not normally a fan of ice cream so I tend to judge harsher than others, but if you're an ice cream fan, definitely give this place a try!

Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream - 16272 Cleveland St, Redmond, WA 98052
Rating: 3/5
Price: $

DIY Origami Stars

Here is my tutorial on how to make cute little origami stars! I tried my best to make the steps as simple as possible! It takes some practice to make the stars look perfect, so don't be discouraged if you don't get it the first time! You can change the size of the stars by having thinner or thicker paper strips. Good luck and enjoy!

—  Love, Minna

Eat Here : Tigerlily : Berkeley, CA

I was excited to try Tigerlily after seeing all the positive reviews online. Located in Berkeley's "Gourmet Ghetto", this restaurant brings you indian food with a modern twist. I ordered naan bread, a fish dish, and their Tikka Masala Fried Chicken, which was the star of the night! The flavors of each dish were unique and extremely flavorful. The fried chicken was super crispy and the marsala sauce added another level of flavor. My experience here was very positive, and I hope to get the chance to come here again soon!

Tigerlily - 1513 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Rating: 5/5
Price: $$$

Happy Day!

It's been a lovely week catching up with friends and spending time with family. My birthday is coming up in a few days, so it was nice to celebrate early! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'll be having a busy week! I'm already waiting for the next weekend to come...

—  Love, Minna