a day in maymont – italian & japanese gardens –

 

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Well long time, no see guys!

It’s been about a month and a half I would suppose…whoops. In all honesty, this past Summer seemed so non-stop! I had a class that required me to do 2-3 assignments pretty much every day and it took up a lot of my free time. BUT I’M BACK. With a super long post too, so ya’ll better enjoy it.

Anyways, this past weekend, a darling friend of mine named Tawny and I drove down to Richmond to visit the Maymont Estate specifically because we had read about their Japanese garden. WELP, we finally went down and did a collaborative photo shoot together and today I’m going to show you the pictures. TA-DA.

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And I would call that a wrap! We had taken so many photos..almost 400 I believe and managed to get it down to 129 which was a miracle. Honestly though, these gardens were so gorgeous and there was beautiful weather…it was so perfect. Also a huge thank you to Tawny for being my partner in crime with this photo shoot and getting me out of my comfort zone.

Disclaimer; All photos were indeed taken by either me or Tawny with a Canon Rebel SL1 with the Standard Kit 18mm-50mm Lens (because I ain’t that fancy). Please do not re-use, re-post, or anything along those lines.  Thanks for your understanding.

I’m hoping the next post will be an anniversary geared post, but we shall see. 😉

Until next time guys!!

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

The Foodie: What the Phô at Phô Tây Dô

Hello & What is Happening!?

Honestly, what better way is there to start off the new year than with a delicious post about food!? I believe it’s been a wee bit of a while since my last foodie review. Though, I promise today’s post is going to leave your mouth watering as I describe my experience visiting the Richmond located restaurant, Phô Tây Dô.

DISCLAIMER: I was not paid, asked, or offered any discount for this review. This review is based solely on my own experience and opinion as a first time customer and the meal was paid for entirely by my party. Thank you for understanding.

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Phô Tây Dô is a small restaurant located in the west end off of Rigsby Road in Richmond.  Kyler would not stop talking about Phô Tây Dô and how amazingly delicious it is~. So, during one of my most recent trips to Richmond, I decided that the entire STR Crew would go and try it out.  I was pleasantly surprised with my experience!

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The exterior is that of a small ranch style house that you may pass by on the road if you did not known otherwise. They do have a private parking lot that is kind of small with only 6 or so spaces available. Although they do have a relatively large orange sign that lets you know you’re in the right place.

The interior appears larger than it looks on the outside with the help of some large mirrors. It has somewhat of a diner/ dive feel with the hand painted retro cutouts of people that double as clever advertisements. It posses a  super comfortable atmosphere. My only complaint would be the Christmas music instrumentals that sound like cheesy 8bit ringtones. It threw me off for just a second.

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For an appetizer, we ordered 2 egg rolls and 2 vegan friendly spring rolls. I’ve never been a big fan of egg rolls, so I didn’t try them personally, but Anthony said that they were quite good. I did eat a vegan spring roll and they were tasty and wonderfully light on the stomach! The somen noodles were refreshing and even better in the peanut dipping sauce!

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Now we get to my favorite part; the phô! My brother and I both ordered the vegetarian phô  which was filled with tofu, vegan broth and rice noodles. They also included plenty of bean sprouts, basil leaves, sliced jalpeños and lime wedges. For my bowl, I added a squeeze of lime, plenty of bean sprouts, and hoisin sauce and after being mixed, it was heaven~. My heart was heavy with happiness during my meal. I will say this; I couldn’t really eat the tofu for weird reasons that had nothing to do with the restaurant. However, they did not go to waste because my brother was kind enough to finish for me. It was an incredibly delicious meal that was perfectly portioned so I didn’t feel the least bit sluggish after eating.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Phô Tây Dô! The waitress was wonderful, the food was fantastic, the prices were totally reasonable, and the atmosphere was quiet, small, and comfortable. I would highly recommend trying a bowl of their phô if you’re ever in the Richmond area. A word to the wise though: they only accept cash payments!

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If you would like to visit Phô Tây Dô, visit their Yelp page HERE for their menu, operating hours, and more.

Honestly, after making this post over…I am craving phô again! AHHH. Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed today’s review and I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on Phô Tây Dô! To comment, just do so below and if you’d like to suggest topics for future posts, please click the “Contact” button above! Here’s to a wonderful week and you all know the deal…

REMEMBER: “If you believe you’re beautiful, you will be. I did.” – Tina Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Christmas & Travels… (+Pics)

Well Hello Everyone~!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! It’s been a bit more relaxing here lately. My full time work schedule has ended so I now have more time to dedicate toward taking pictures and working on future posts. It’s about to be 2015 or it may already be, after this post is edited…haha *cough* get to work broham *cough cough* haha, but I thought I would share with you all the pictures of my and my family’s Christmas holiday! So I hope you enjoy~!

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Well, that’s it! For now at least… I’m currently working on a New Year’s post so be sure to look out for that. Also stay sharp for a new addition to “The Foodie” series! Wanna guess what it is? It’s another noodle soup. I’ll also be doing a recent purchase post soon, as well, once my final package arrives~. If you liked today’s post and wanted to share your thoughts, go ahead and leave a comment down below. If you’d like to suggest topics for future posts, please hit that “Contact” button above and send me an e-mail!

As always, I hope you all have a Happy & Safe New Year and I shall see you all in 2015…

REMEMBER: Herp Derp Insert Cheesy Quote Here.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae