Let’s Eat in Old Town Alexandria

I love this wine that I drink with my dinner at Taverna Cretekou. I can finish a bottle on my own. ūüôā

What are you hungry for?  Because chances are, Old Town Alexandria has something to suit your taste!

The best thing that has happened for my work is moving my business here. I love to cook but also love to experience new and different tastes. That is why I love that I have so many options¬†to choose from when I do not feel like cooking or¬†don’t have the time to prepare my goddess meals. Just steps and minutes from my sanctuary, there is French, there is American, there is Asian Fusion, Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, Spanish, Irish, medieval, and southern flare, and within their menu options, there is always something healthy for me.

While there are many choices, some of my regular places to eat include Taverna Cretekou, Society Fair, The Pita House, Cafe Banh Mi, Asian Bistro, Le Pain Quotidien, located practically next door to my goddess boutique, and the Brabo Tasting Room at the Lorien Hotel and Spa, where I go regularly for my massages and to use their eucalyptus steam room.

Don’t forget the Old Town Farmers’ Market. Held year-round in Market Square on Saturdays, the market is the oldest in the country, and in fact originally featured produce sent by George Washington from Mount Vernon.

And if that’s not enough, Alexandria was named “Best Downtown in America” last year by Livability.com! ¬†One thing they highlighted was the restaurant scene, saying “restaurants in Alexandria are themselves worth flying across the country to try and draw thousands of food connoisseurs from the Washington D.C. area. Residents here take full advantage of their city‚Äôs thriving food scene, eating out nearly twice as much as the average American.” ¬†I can personally attest that statistic is correct. ūüôā

I am happy and proud to be living and working in such a cute little city. Just wanted to share with you in case you would like to give Old Town Alexandria a visit. What about you? Any food suggestions for me that you would like to share?

A salad composed of fresh ingredients I got from the farmers market.

The famous Irish bread from Society Fair and my homemade tuna salad with greens from the Saturday farmers’ market.

Want something sweet after your meal? Try these chocolates hand crafted with love…

One Door Closes, Another Door Opens…New Moon in Virgo

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At the end of a work day when no one is around, I like to close my eyes and just dream in quietness.

When you want something to change in your life really¬†badly, all you have to do is ask! ¬†Are you feeling the energy of this new moon in Virgo today? I have! At least over this past weekend I did. I have been asking the universe to give me signs and clarity for my romantic life. And surely, I got what I asked for. A relationship that has not been emotionally healthy for me finally had closure. I feel so relieved while at the same time hurt and sad, but I am glad that I finally have closure and am able to move on with my life. Don’t get me wrong. I was a hot mess this weekend. For the past few days, I felt like the world had ended. I slept lots and was not very productive at work.

But this morning, I woke up to the energy of this new moon in Virgo and told myself “tu-anh, you need to snap out of it, what happened was meant to be so that you could heal¬†and grow.” And so…I am now out of that darkness and sadness.

In the meantime, I am so excited about my new found emotional freedom. It is the¬†perfect time for me to take charge of my life and get clear about what I want, who I want, and where I want to go. I am¬†learning to slow down and carefully monitoring my thoughts and actions to make sure they all align¬†with my life’s purpose¬†and what I truly stand for…Love, Beauty, Sensuality, Happiness and Truth…

I can feel doors closing and new doors opening around me day by day. I wish, for example, I could share with you a wonderful miracle that happened today at the sanctuary. But for now, I will celebrate this new moon energy and indulge in a therapeutic goddess essential-oils bath with beautiful rose petals floating around me. After tonight, my mind and body will be cleansed and healed from any fears and doubts that have been holding me back from living my most beautiful life.

So here is to new love, new life, and new doors opening! I am so thrilled! And you, will you celebrate this new moon energy along with me tonight?

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Solitude is the best medicine for the soul.

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They remind me to take time and be still.

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Let go and receive the gifts of the universe!

How Much I Love Old Town Alexandria

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I love praying and sitting in silence at Saint Mary’s¬†in the afternoons.

There are so many reasons why I love living in the City of Alexandria and having a business right in Old Town. But here are some visual reasons why I just love being here.  From the architecture to the food choices and being near the waterfront, I could wander around all day and still discover something new and inspiring each time.

In fact, I am so passionate about where I live and work that I will be hosting our very first Nguyen family reunion ever! My family and relatives who had escaped Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon in 1975 will be coming in from all over the world and gathering here. Many of the different generations will be meeting each other for the very first time as well.

I will share more on that event with you soon, but for now, soak in the sun and fun of Alexandria. ¬†I hope you will make the time and visit me¬†at my goddess sanctuary and lifestyle boutique¬†if you are ever in town for any reason. ¬†And if you have any questions about the area or want advice on a restaurant, just let me know. ūüôā

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A clean and quiet courtyard for your afternoon break!

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The homes are beautiful and have a European feel to them.

You can’t come to Old Town without visiting tu-anh goddess sanctuary!

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I can stretch and meditate anywhere at anytime!

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Resting my Goddess feet from a long walk and watching the sailboats go by is so therapeutic.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church

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There is water and greenery!

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The colorful and cute homes!

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My favorites to eat at Brabo Tasting Room of The Lorien Hotel.

I can play Volleyball right by the water!

I can play Volleyball right by the water!