A Quick Look at 2012 and Baci di Firenze Trattoria

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I hope you all had a very warm and lovely Christmas this year, and that the berrrrrryyyyyyy chilly weather (for the U.S.-ers) didn't keep you from enjoying the end of 2012 last night. After going back and forth on how we should ring in 2013, Greg and I decided to freeze our buttocks at Downtown Disney--not that we didn't have fun, because we certainly did.

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But before that took place, we called Baci di Firenze Trattoria and within a flash we got ourselves a reservation at 6pm!

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[Excuse me ahead of time for the butchered photos—the lighting is too orange, but the world doesn’t revolved around food bloggers]

Now that's what I call a diamond in the rough.  Everywhere else was packed and too loud for my liking anyway, so we were more than excited to dine at this super romantic, cute, authentic Italian restaurant.  What’s even cooler is the fact that the people who work here are true Italians themselves!  They look Italian, sound Italian, and dress in super spiffy attire…I couldn’t help but think of all the restaurants in Argentina as I saw many similarities in Baci, and of course that made me miss my motherland quite a bit last night! Smile with tongue out

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Our meal started off with some hot bread and a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Then we moved on to the Baci Salad which was delicious due to the green colored Italian dressing.  It was my first time trying that kind of dressing, but I loved the slightly tangy and creamy yet not overpowering taste so I could enjoy the fresh veggies in the salad.

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Since Greg and I believe that Italian food should be judged by their tomato based pastas, he went with his all time favorite lasagna dish.  This one had no ground meat and instead featured some delicious Italian sausages.  It was like love at first bite because the sauce was to DIE for!  It tasted just like the pasta sauce I grew up with and try so hard to remake at home, but without any success.

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Although I’m not the biggest fan of creamy sauce, I figured that I could share the lasagna with Greg and try their Rigatoni Del Papa.  I really liked it because it was loaded with mushrooms and artichokes, but the lasagna was clearly the star of the show.  Smile

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To end our meal we ordered dessert and went with the ice cream truffle. We enjoyed it and cleaned up the plate, but it wasn’t something to rave about.  Perhaps it’s because we originally wanted the Tiramisu, but since it contained a good amount of Kahlua that was uncooked we figured that it wasn’t worth the risk for the sake of the baby.

We highly recommend Baci di Firenze Trattoria for anyone who is around the area of Anaheim.  The food, the service, and the amazing atmosphere is truly worth checking out!

I have also been meeting up with girlfriends pretty much every night for the past 4 days.

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I’m glad I did though because it is very much needed in my life right now.

A Quick Look at 2012

As I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs, I realized that I'm not the only one in the world who thinks that New Years Resolutions are much too over hyped.  This way of thinking is something that has stuck with me since my early years of childhood, and I have always been a firm believer that in order to change things about ourselves, we need to take small reasonable steps.  And what's even more important is that there are things that we just cannot do on our own strength.  Some things just require more...Holy Spirit power, simply put.

Now I sit here in front of my laptop thinking back on the small and big changes that I've gone through the year of 2012, and let me tell you that there have been TONS of changes for me!  The only things that come to mind is how grateful I am for all the good times and the hard times that I've faced this year.

In order to "celebrate" that (if you're interested at all) I am copying Kat's idea and compiled some of my favorite posts. :D

Joyful Memories

Preparing for the upcoming wedding

My bridal shower

Some pictures from our engagement photo shoot

Bachelorette trip to San Francisco

Honeymooning in Kauai

Our Wedding

A day with the Santa Ana kids at Knott's Berry Farm

Camping for the first time

Life long prayer is being answered

Trip to San Diego

The day we found out we're pregnant

Finally, to Disneyland we go!

Thought Provoking

Learn how to dance in the rain

Semi-healthy living counts too

Face it, you can't be perfect

A shift in perspective

Everything (or most things) in moderation

Best Recipes

Honey roasted dill spiced nuts

Red velvet cupcakes with yam frosting

Vegan Thai curry with tofu

Cranberry orange snack bites

Kauai's pulled chicken quesadilla

Fermented bean stew (Korean)

Best ever guacamole (Like Chipotle)

Turkey burger

Hazelnut cookiewich with mocha cream cheese filling

Gluten free peachy millet pancakes

Salmon with sweet rosemary sauce

Vegan and gluten free hazelnut cappuccino bread

Apple chicken waldorf salad

Best Workouts

Run Your Heart out Interval

Strong and Lean Circuit [Video]

Fire up Your Legs and Glutes [Video]

Running Interval Blast

Mountain 14 Circuit

Stay in Shape While Pregnant Circuit

Okay so that was a really long list, sorry….Smile with tongue out

Have a great day and talk to you soon!

What aspect of your character do you want to grow this year?

-I want to grow in confidence!  Confidence at work, studies, becoming a momma, whoa.

Share about some “miracles” that happened to you this year!

-For me it was seeing God answer my life long prayer for my family.

The best thing you’ve eaten recently?

-Peruvian and Italian.

Love,

Ellie <33