Monday, December 4, 2017

Sparkle & Glow - Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Solar Relief Effort - Sat., Dec. 9

The holidays are a time of giving. Your new Rodan & Fields Representative, Tara Nason, and your Stella & Dot Stylist, Bernadette Manzano, are partnering up to bring out that Sparkle, Glow and Energy to Puerto Rico. This shopping event will be a fundraiser for our friend's local non-profit, Puerto Rico Solar Relief Effort. Not only will you shop for gifts for those close to you, you can help those far away on an island that are still without power just by attending our event. Bernadette will be donating $5 for every guest in attendance (maximum of $500). Though small in consideration as to what is truly needed, this can help one family out. See their Facebook page to make a donation directly if you cannot attend. Latest news: Whitefish Energy has halted work due to a payment dispute. = Further delays.

Come by! Sign in at the door and you've helped make a difference in Puerto Rico. Grab a glass of wine, snack on light appetizers, meet other folks that care about the same things you do and shop!

Saturday, December 9th
1:00 PM - 5:00 pm

22012 Sevilla Road
Hayward, California

Stella & Dot
S&D is a line of jewelry, accessories, handbags and tops adored by celebrities and with half the line under $50. Try on and shop items like our engravable collections including lockets and cuff links, our newest addition of the Rebecca Minkoff pieces ready to be worn on New Year's Eve or shop our sale items.

SPECIALS - 1) For ever $50 you spend, you will earn $25 Dot Dollars to redeem towards a $50 purchase starting December 28th. There is no limit to how many Dot Dollars you can earn.
2) When you spend $50, you have access to the Trunk Show Exclusive Offers. December items will be posted soon.

Can't attend? Shop this link:

Rodan & Fields
R&F is an incredible line of skincare products created by the doctors who started Proactiv. Learn about the line, schedule on-site mini facials, take advantage of sign up incentives and enter a drawing to wine free R&F product. Give yourself and easily gift holiday bundles. These are the gifts that get results.

Can't attend? Shop Tara's site at

This comes from Puerto Rico Solar Relief Effort with your help.

Looking forward to meeting you! Please share and invite this event with friends.

Guest parking is available and labeled around the complex. Parking on Castille Lane will prevent you from climbing three flights of stairs.

Friday, November 24, 2017

32 Days Til Mexico

Though I stayed in bed sick on Thanksgiving Day, most of America is probably in a food coma today or spending a ton of money on Black Friday. I did not get to partake in the catering order I had placed for my sister and my grandmother. Nonetheless, I have not been eating well at all and sadly not on my fitness game as much as I used to. Being sick did not help. With Wag!, I walk an average at least 5 miles per day. It's just not enough.

So, I am saying goodbye to fast food, donuts, crepes, etc as seen below and working towards my cruise on Holland America from San Diego to Mexico with my friend, Catherine. We will be going to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallerta. Vamanos!

Smashburger in Emeryville, California

Dunkin' Donuts in Tracy, California

Crepes at Ooh La La in Walnut Creek, California

Nutella at C'era Una Volta in Alameda California

Daily goals will be cardio, weightlifting and eating right. I ordered my Shredz BCAAs today and have a new shipment every month. I prefer the Fruit Flavor over the eFlow Nutrition that I got at the San Jose Fit Expo during the summer. So wish me luck! Find me on and see progress here. Game on!

'bappletree' on SnapChat and my Court Court

Post work out on Maui

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Monster Pho 2 - Emeryville, California

No, Monster Pho 2 is not part of Emeryville neighbor, Pixar's Monsters Inc.. That would be cute with a 'Kitty' and 'Mike' restaurant in town, wouldn't it? Monster Pho has been around for a minute. And by that, I mean in 2014 and in Oakland, California when I still worked in at a law firm in town. I would send out our Legal Assistants to get lunch for the office and we would often go to Monster Pho. Not big on soup for lunch, I opted in for the rice plate. With the new opening of Monster Pho 2 in Emeryville, three years later, my order hasn't changed. Neither has their menu and I am phucking OK with that.

When visiting a good friend and my nephew, she was excited that I agreed to go back to Monster Pho. She was wanting pho. I usually like to try the hot and new restaurants in town when dining out with friends but it's been a long time since I've been to a Monster Pho. We packed up the baby, opted out of the dog-friendly patio seating and got a table in the middle the restaurant. There was counter seating, two-tops, televisions, beer taps and wine. With the baby locked into his seat, we browsed the menu but immediately ordered the Vietnamese Crepe ($10) starter and a green tea to keep me warm. The crepe was large and filled with shrimp, pork, onions and bean sprouts. Alexander loved the crepe and sprouts. My friend's pho arrived as well as my Monster Rice Plate ($15) with grilled chicken, beef and shrimp with rice and a fried egg. Yup, it was exactly as I remembered it. Tasty.

If you're on a diet, please skip to my next blog posting because you're going to want to try their Pandan Leaf Coconut Waffle with Ice Cream. Besides pho, my friend said we had to have it and that her husband was going to be so jealous. That plate could have been licked clean but we were in public. Yes, it's that good. Just look at Alexander's face. "Forget this soup, Auntie. Gimme some of that!"

Service was friendly and I loved that it is dog and child-friendly. Well done, Monster Pho.

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7-Day Black & White Challenge

For fun, I used to participate in the Pic of the Day Instagram posts. My sister challenged me in the 7-day black and white photo challenge of  'Seven photos. Seven B&W photos of my life. No people, no pets, no explanation. Challenge someone new every day. I invite..." Here are my results.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Among the four weddings on my plate, working on call at the Hyatt for their banquets department, I am also a Wag! walker. I initially wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was researching potential careers when I was a Freshman at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California. I obviously did not go in that direction but have always had a love for animals. In between jobs, I found a job walking a dog named Tahoe three days a week via Craigslist. While working at the law firm in Emeryville, I walked four dogs several times during the week that lived in the same building. I was always One Busy Bee.

Now, I am in my first month as a Dog Walker for Wag!, which is basically an Uber app for dog owners needing dog walkers. While working very long days for my restaurant in San Francisco, there would be some nights I'd have to call my roommate to take Bevo, my Boston Terrier, out. Once or twice, I've used Wag! Now, I am a Walker and have made decent money for 30 or 60 minutes with adorable animals like these guys.

I have walked parts of neighborhoods I would never have done otherwise. See the below list of places I have walked dogs. It's also great for what I do in terms of traveling. I would also like to share this information with local real estate agents. I see what kind of people live in the neighborhoods, how well they keep their yards, where the nearby schools and parks are located and sadly, even where the homeless hang out, where dogs are kept in cars on the street and for the local police, which stop signs get ran the most.

San Leandro
San Ramon

Wag! also provides sitters and boarders. I have only been a sitter for dogs and have always requested their Wi-Fi so I can work on my weddings or market myself as a Travel Agent. I unfortunately cannot board dogs as I have a dog of my own and we cannot have them co-habitate as it may not be safe to do so. However, sitting is great. I would hang out with the dog, make money as I am working on my own business. It's really easy money.

Please use my code and sign up your dog for walk, sitting or boarding - BERNADETTE9307. The Hayward area doesn't have too many users. Please share this information with any of your dog owner friends! Wag! does a background check on all Walkers, is insured and I have a 5-star rating with 30 walks logged so far and lovely comments from my clients.  It has already paid off my cruise to Mexico at the end of the year. Book yours HERE with me!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stella & Dot's Black Friday Sale

Now thru Sunday, November 26th, take advantage of Stella & Dot jewelry, tops and handbags for sale! There are charms for $2.99! Create a customized gift for your friends and family. Get these items before they are sold out!

DOT DOLLARS - For every $50 you spend, you will receive $25 in Dot Dollars to spend beginning December 28th towards every $50 purchase. There is no maximum Dot Dollars you may earn.

Shop this special LINK for my Hostess' trunk show and take advantage of November's Trunk Show Exclusive Offers. When you spend $50, you may add one of each of the below items to your card for 50% off. While supplies last.

If you're interested in hosting an in-home or online trunk show, please contact me! The average hostess earns $250 in free jewelry plus 4 pieces at half off. Willing to travel with jewels!

Happy Holidays!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Limon Rotisserie - Walnut Creek, California

"This chicken is so good."

"I've never had Peruvian food before."

"I have to come back to try their other items."

I love exposing my friends to new restaurants. I like that my friends come to me for recommendations on where to eat. Those friends even passed on my recommendations to those from Hawaii who will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future. The power of word of mouth is so important. In this day of age where information can travel in a split second, business owners need to value every inquiry and customer in hopes of new business and to create repeat customers.

My friend Tara is one of my oldest friends. It was her birthday this past week and we decided to meet half way and have lunch. I opened my OpenTable app and found Limon has opened a location in Walnut Creek. I have been to the location on Valencia Street in San Francisco and had a delicious meal and excellent service there. I couldn't go wrong with Limon.

I grew up nearby and have partied at local clubs and bars on and near Locust Street in Walnut Creek. Now more closer to 40 than 21, it was odd to see the different storefronts and how they have changed over the years. Limon was a great addition. I also see that Sauced has moved it. I have been to the Livermore location and who can resist BBQ?

Parking may be found on the street. Watch out for the meter maids. Make sure you obey the posted signage or pay for parking in the parking garage across the street. Unfortunately, Limon does not validate parking.

You'll pass their outdoor seating area and enter to meet the Hostess on your left. I see that she was busy on the phone and to go orders were waiting to be picked up. I was sat at a table for two and away from the draft of the door I just walked through. The bar with about ten bar stools was in front of me with two televisions playing college football. An open kitchen was also in view and there was seating upstairs as well. The bathrooms are located passed the kitchen and gender neutral.

I started with green tea by Mighty Leaf and the empanadas because why not?! I just had a jamon y queso empanada from El Porteno as the Ferry Building recently. El Porteno's has denser shell and accompanied with a spicy green sauce. Limon's was more like a fried won ton shell, with shredded rotisserie chicken, carrots and parsley in a cream aji amarillo sauce (an essential chili pepper used in Peruvian recipes). The cream had a mild bit and I enjoyed the crispiness. This is a great starter to enjoy and share with your companions.

Limon also offered ceviche, whole, half and quarter chicken entrees with two sides such as fried yucca and arroz (rice), a grilled octopus plate, Peruvian paella and fried chicken. If you have read my other posts, I love all those dishes. Tara and I both had the Quinoa Salad. We asked our server if we could have their delicious chicken added to it. I'm surprised it wasn't an option. For an additional $7 more, the kitchen allowed it, especially since we both were ordering the same thing, therefore less labor. It is always easier to double the quantity of one dish than to make two separate dishes, don't you agree?  The salad came with frisee, spinach, cancha (crunky skillet-toasted chulpe corn), queso fresco and mint with a lime-based vinaigrette. The chicken was just as I remembered it being, moist and flavorful. The salad was lacking in dressing so I requested a tad more. The cancha was basically like Corn Nuts and large kernels.

Unfortunately we weren't offered dessert but it was OK. Avoiding the temptation was kind of appreciated.

Congratulations Limon on expansion. They have locations in San Francisco, Burlingame, Oahu and soon to be at Terminal 3 of the San Francisco International Airport. I look forward to visiting it on my travels. I know a lot of restaurants can struggle. You are clearly doing something right with such growth.