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Archive for September, 2009

How do I feel today you ask?

I feel like a space cadet cupcake, ready for action!
take that, take that!

take that, take that! check out Natalie Dee for more cute comics...(www.nataliedee.com)


SLS Jose Andres Restaurant Review

2 weeks, 2x @ Jose Andres Restaurants @ SLS.  I’m the luckiest girl on the Westside.  Jose Andres is the perfect place to take your date, or just an awesome place to meet up some friends for dinner.  The menu is very eclectic, with an endless assortment of modern and traditional tapas.  The cocktail menu also has a wide variety of yummy elixirs to choose from, however the Magic Mojito is by far the most popular drink there.

Parking:  Valet only

Price range per person(w/1 cocktail):  $100-$150

I must say that everything on the Jose Andres menu is fantastic, and here are some of my favorites.

Oysters served in a cute tin.  Very fresh and light flavor.

Oysters served in a cute tin. Very fresh and light flavor.

Hamachi with marinated watermelon cubes, soy foam, and a slice of jalapeno for kick!

Hamachi with marinated watermelon cubes, soy foam, and a slice of jalapeno for kick!

Fresh Uni.  Enough said!

Fresh Uni. Enough said!

King crab w/raspberry puree.  Very tasty.

King crab w/raspberry puree. Very tasty.

Momo Peach Bellini is my 1st favorite, 2nd fav is Magic Mojito.

Momo Peach Bellini is my 1st favorite, 2nd fav is Magic Mojito.

Japanese taco...eel w/fresh cucumber and topped of with bonito flakes.

Japanese taco...eel w/fresh cucumber and topped of with bonito flakes.

Foie Gras, wrapped in fresh spun cotton candy.  #1 must try!

Foie Gras, wrapped in fresh spun cotton candy. #1 must try!

Apple Fennel Salad...soooooo tasty.

Apple Fennel Salad...soooooo tasty.

Wagyu Beef, Philly Cheesesteak.  My all time favorite!!!

Wagyu Beef, Philly Cheesesteak. My all time favorite!!!

Eggs Nuovo.  This one is hard to explain, but it tastes like a fresh omelette, once you mix up the potato puree and egg mixture inside.

Eggs Nuovo. This one is hard to explain, but it tastes like a fresh omelette, once you mix up the potato puree and egg mixture inside.

Cup of freshly spun cotton candy, just for our table!

Cup of freshly spun cotton candy, just for our table!

Chocolate Pop Rocks

Chocolate Pop Rocks

For dessert...White chocolate lollipops, berry pate of fruit

For dessert...White chocolate lollipops, berry pate of fruit, rice crispy chocolate bar.


DIY Project: Paint it blue, call it new!

So, finally!!!  We’ve officially started the DIY (or have someone else do it, if you’re a cheater like me) projects at home.  It took awhile to decide on a color for the guest room, but I ran over to Home Depot and had the guy mix up something extra special for me.  Looks like it’s time to decorate the wall with some art, or maybe even some vinyl decals.  Stay tuned for updates!

Here it is…

In the process...

In the process...

Voila!

Voila!

Here's a different view from the living area.

Here's a different view from the living area.


Hooray! Our DIY Project Begins…

After flipping through dozens of wallpaper sample books, we’ve finally decided on something for our master bedroom.  The color theme will be: purple, black, silver, and white.  I’ve also included some pieces that we may incorporate, to transform our space into a stylish bedroom.  Total budget:  $1000

wallpaperblack-table-lamplouis ghost chairlucitetablealpinebedpercalesheetsFC09black vases


Retail therapy, eco-chic style.

Please, let me introduce you to my Bling Tree!  No leaves to clean up and no water necessary.  Just add sparkly things to keep it alive!  Available at Cb2.com

Love is forever, and so are diamonds!

Love is forever, and so are diamonds!

Like twinkling stars in the sky.  Muah!

Like twinkling stars in the sky. Muah!


When times get tough..

it’s time to start robbing the piggy or Hello Kitty bank and run to your nearest Coinstar machine! I totally cashed out and walked away with $45.45.  Unlike chancing it in Vegas, you’re a winner every time!

Before...

Before...

After!  It was practically raining coins!  I'm rich bitch!

After! It was practically raining coins! I'm rich bitch!


Now here’s a fierce lunch box!

Was browsing around Whole Foods and came across this intimating lunch box. First thought, FIERCE!

Hahaha, I think lunch boxes back in the day, consisted of super hero characters and Care Bears. It was oh so innocent!

REeeeeooooow!

REeeeeooooow!


I heart this vid/song

Lady Gaga, awesome!


My Latest Addiction…

I’m in love with CHOCOLATE POP ROCKS!!! Yea, you heard me right! I had dinner at Jose Andres @ the SLS hotel last night, and towards the end we ordered up some CHOCOLATE POP ROCKS! MmMmm.

I liked them so much, I had to order some to-go! They are so magical.  Best part is, the chocolate doesn’t compromise the “pop”!

Tasty treat.

Tasty treat.

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Happy Happy Labor Day!

Woke up to another beautiful sunny day, so JP and I are about to head out on the cruisers. Before heading out, I fixed some mini pita sandwiches!

Whole wheat mini pitas, stuffed with organic hummus, alfalfa sprouts, and sliced japanese cucumbers. It was fresh, light, and very flavorful!

Very healthy and tasty pita sandwiches

Very healthy and tasty pita sandwiches


There’s nothing like a home cooked meal!

As you can see from my previous entries, we definitely love to eat!  One of the most satisfying meals has to be a home cooked one.  Some days I cook from Jean Georges book, and other days I prefer something Asian.  Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, you name it, I can cook it!  Btw…all of these ingredients can be found at Mitsuwa, Nigiya, or Murakai (Japanese grocery stores).

Soooo, today for dinner, here is what I cooked:

Cold Tofu, topped with daikon, ginger, bonito flakes, and japanese chives (nira)

Organic Green Tea Soba Noodle, topped with toasted seaweed & served w/warm dipping sauce

Broiled Hamachi Kama (Fish) w/citrus ponzu sauce

Our dinner was served in a bento style place setting.

Our dinner was served in a bento style place setting.

Home cooked meal for 2!

Home cooked meal for 2!


Sunday Brunch @ Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey

Our day started off like any other Sunday, except we decided to ditch the Farmers Mkt and head over to Ritz for some brunch. We’ve heard many good things about their brunch, so we had to go investigate and decide for ourselves!

We were seated promptly, then our waiter explained that the appetizers and desserts were self-served (buffet style), and then we also had a choice of  1 main entree off the menu. There were so many yummy choices, but I ended up going with the Lobster Benedict.

Brunch menu at Jerne @ Ritz Marina Del Rey

Brunch menu at Jerne @ Ritz Marina Del Rey

Lobster Benedict with green tomatillo sauce, with a side of crispy potato bits.  Yummmmy!

Lobster Benedict with green tomatillo sauce, with a side of crispy potato bits. Yummmmy!

Beautiful view of the marina from our table...

View from our table...

Appetizer bar, with delectable small plates of...seafood ceviche, shrimp cocktail, mediterranean salad, and caviar.

Appetizer bar, with delectable small plates of...seafood ceviche, shrimp cocktail, mediterranean salad, and caviar. And no, that's not JP in the background!

I started out with a Bellini...(Champagne & Peach)

I started out with a Bellini...(Champagne & Peach)

My appetizers...shrimp cocktail and mediterranean salad.  Very refreshing.

My appetizers...shrimp cocktail and mediterranean salad. Very refreshing.

Dessert buffet was spectacular!  Macarons, champagne berries, apple tartlet, mango creme brulee, and more!

Dessert buffet was spectacular! Macarons, champagne berries, apple tartlet, mango creme brulee, and more!

Champagne bar & sweets bar filled with gummy worms, M&M, and more!

Champagne bar & sweets bar filled with gummy worms, M&M, and more!

3 cute lil macarons.  I still like Jin's Patisserrie better, since they have a variety of flavors.

3 cute lil macarons. I still like Jin's Patisserrie better, since they have a variety of flavors.

Secret walkway back home.

Secret walkway back home.

The food was delicious and light, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. It truly felt as if we were vacationing! Highly recommended!


Awww. Look how cute this puppy is!

Poor thing…can’t get up on his own. The thing that sucks is his mommy is in the background sleeping.  Wake up woman!  Your baby is rolling around trying to flip over.  Helpppppp!


New bed, new walls!

With all the traveling and unexpected moments in life, we never found the time to really sit down to add color to our home. We finally decided to order a new bed, so now it’s time to spruce up our boring white walls.

Option 1: Traditional paint
Option 2: Wallpaper!

We’re leaning more towards option 2, since there are so many modern patterns available.  Gonna have to take a field trip over to look at some swatches.  I found this one online, but it totally doesn’t go with our furniture.

From the Graham & Brown Collection

From the Graham & Brown Collection

On the subject of re-purposing…

I’m always been a fan of re-purposing little items around the house, but as of late, it seems to be trend that is getting more popular! Was browsing on apartmenttherapy.com, and excited to see the creativity in several re-purposing projects. My favorite one is the shipping pallets transformed  into a daybed!

Here's a simple way to re-use ordinary materials, into furniture!

Here's a simple way to re-use ordinary materials and transform it into furniture!


Mid-afternoon cravings…

Spent the afternoon hanging out with my friend Trisha and it was so much fun!  It was extremely hot today, so we went to Angelina for some frozen yogurt.

Today’s pick: Naturale with almonds. MMmmmmMmM.

Angelina Frozen Yogurt on N. Bedford (bev hills)

Angelina Frozen Yogurt on N. Bedford (bev hills)

Stopped by Greenleaf (gourmet chopshop) on Wilshire for:

BBQ Chicken Panini, my fav.

BBQ Chicken Panini, my fav.

Delicious side salad with a light vinaigrette.

And, a delicious side salad with a light vinaigrette.


48 Hours in Vegas.

On a last minute whim, JP, Mommy, and I decided to meet up in Vegas! We also lucked out because the Magic convention show was going on at the same time.

The first day we arrived, checked-into the Wynn and got ready for the evening. Our first stop was dinner at Bellagio, then we went to watch “O”. Enjoy the rest of our 48 hrs in the picture story below:

Dinner @ Noodle inside Bellagio.  The best flat rice noodle soup ever!!!

Dinner @ Noodle inside Bellagio. The best flat rice noodle soup ever!!!

Noodle is my new favorite restaurant in Vegas.  Good atmosphere and great food.

Noodle is my new favorite restaurant in Vegas. Good atmosphere and great food.

Inside decor at Noodle.

Inside decor at Noodle.

Brunch @ Red 8...inside of Wynn

Brunch @ Red 8...inside of Wynn

Dim sum is the breakfast of champions!!!  Pretty atmosphere...food is mediocre.

Dim sum is the breakfast of champions!!! Pretty atmosphere...food is mediocre.

Classic candy apples @ Espressamente illy Cafe inside of Palazzo

Classic candy apples @ Espressamente illy Cafe inside of Palazzo

Jp & Mommy had gelato @ Espressamente illy Cafe

Jp & Mommy had gelato @ Espressamente illy Cafe

Vertu phones are beautiful...shop is located inside Wynn Resorts

Vertu phones are beautiful...shop is located inside Wynn Resorts

Window shopping at midnight...oh how I love vegas!  (Vertu cell phones)

Window shopping at midnight...oh how I love vegas! (Vertu cell phones)

Wynn Tower Suites has a separate lobby, concierge, and lobby.

Wynn Tower Suites has a separate lobby, concierge, and lobby.

Tower Suites concierge...

Tower Suites concierge...

Gorgeous floral arrangements adorn the main lobby area.

Gorgeous floral arrangements adorn the main lobby area.

Lounge area

Lounge area

Private entrance to the pool!

Private entrance to the pool!

It's been a long time since I've seen a classic phone like this!

It's been a long time since I've seen a classic phone like this!

Private entrance to my favorite place...it's like my home...away from home!

Private entrance to my favorite place...it's like my home...away from home!

Down the corridor to Wing Lei restaurant @ Wynn

Down the corridor to Wing Lei restaurant @ Wynn

Mini koi pond and garden at Tower Suites entrance.

Mini koi pond and garden at Tower Suites entrance.

Wish I brought food to feed the Koi fishies.  They were so cute.

Wish I brought food to feed the Koi fishies. They were so cute.

The koi pond and garden courtyard, also leads to the Villa Suites @ Wynn

The koi pond and garden courtyard, also leads to the Villa Suites @ Wynn

Beautiful installation @ Palazzo

Beautiful installation @ Palazzo

Partied @ XS.

Partied @ XS.

Stopped by Magic to visit Young's booth.

Stopped by Magic to visit Young's booth.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Blackjack poolside @ XS nightclub

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Blackjack poolside @ XS nightclub


Another trip back to Farmers Mkt!

 

Yumm...Roasted corn with a side of chili powder!

Yumm...Roasted corn with a side of chili powder!


Cute Billboard

Was cruising on Wilshire Blvd last week and saw this advertisement for Literati Cafe. It’s so cute, I’m going to have to swing by sometime!

Literati Cafe on Wilshire Blvd.

Literati Cafe on Wilshire Blvd.