Here are just a few pics of my vakay. Some highlights have been being around family meeting new additions to our family and the cold. My brother whom I have not seen in years had a little girl who is now 19 months old. It's rare that girls are born in the Sanchez family for there are more boys than girls. So, it's been so nice to meet little Faith Ann. I want to take her home with me. Spending Christmas with the familia Sanchez and Barranco's means amazing food such as tamales, homemade tortillas, pozole, homemade chili and dancing. I will be updating my blog with more pics as I go of my vakay and I will add more once I return home and plug in my memory card.
Ready for the cold.
I asked my aunt and uncle to take me to the Red Iguana. Made famous on Guy Feiri's show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. This place dishes out seven different types of mole! Watch the episode on Youtube.
Our meal and a mimosa is always in order no matter how cold the weather is! I ordered the Mole Negro. Amazing mole.
A view from inside the Joseph Smith observation room of the Mormon temple. You don't have to be Mormon to enter the Joseph Smith building.
The outside of the gated up no entrance allowed Mormon temple.
A beautiful walk up to the State Capitol of Utah. This neighborhood exuded old charm.
A view from within the state capitol.
In front of the visitor station.
The state liquor store. We had to drive out here for champagne and rum.
An easy yet delicious recipe perfect for the cold weather that my friend Melissa Loschy taught me to make this week at her gingerbread making house party. Apple cider and spiced rum. It's easy and yummy.
It wouldn't be Christmas without pozole or tamales.
My beautiful nephew and cousin Johnny.
My brother whom I haven't seen in years.
I was given this.. Not my cup of tea.
Nephews and I on a coffee run on Christmas morn.
Faith Ann.. Love this girl.
Stoked to be in snow. First time ever that I have seen snow fall!
Girls day post Christmas shopping at the Gateway outdoor mall. Similar to Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. 12.26.2010