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Archive for October, 2009

Do you ever wonder how long your food is good for?

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Stop throwing away your money and find out how long you can keep your food.

Well, I came across this really cool article on Re-Nest and thought it would be nice to share with you.   If you’re like me, there are those moments when I reach into the fridge, to only discover some old fruit or yogurt I had totally forgotten about.  Because most fruit and vegetables do not come with an expiration date, I guess you have to go by how it looks.  With other food items, it may be hard to judge whether or not it’s safe to eat it, so it usually ends up as rubbish.

Instead of prematurely throwing away your food, double check on this nifty website for additional information food storage and the safe amount of time you have to consume it.  It will probably end up saving you money in the long run, since throwing away food = throwing away money.  Be safe, eat well, and save yourself a stomach ache!  Enjoy!


Hello Kitty x Happy Birthday x Royal T

I love celebrating birthdays, and here’s your chance to join Hello Kitty for hers!  Royal T in Culver City is officially hosting a whole week long of special events leading up to Hello Kitty’s Birthday celebration on November 1st.

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Special Hello Kitty inspired menu will be served, only for a limited time.

For a complete list of scheduled events, click here:

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Click here for more info.


Good Eats: Thyme Cafe and Market

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Here on the Westside, we’re so fortunate to have so many delicious eateries.  This afternoon I decided to check out Thyme Cafe out in Santa Monica, and the food was just divine!   The only caveat is that they close at 7pm daily.  =(

The seating is sparse, as there are only a couple of tables and 1 communal table.  Most of the customers ordered take-out, so the seating situation didn’t get ugly.  I would definitely not recommend taking a large group to Thyme because of the lack of seating and parking in the area.  They have a back lot, but that gets filled up very quickly.  Now, on to the good stuff.

Thyme Cafe’s menu features about 8 sandwiches and 8 salads, for just under $9.00.  It was a really tough choice, so I decided to get one of each.  They also feature a breakfast menu, ala cart items, pastries, and an extensive beverage selection.  I highly recommend the Chinese Chicken Salad because the dressing was flavorful and not over powering.  The wonton strips and lettuce were crisp and bell peppers definitely added a nice flavor to this salad.  The Ham & Brie bagette is one of my favorites over at Joans on 3rd, and Thyme’s version is absolutely delicious.  It is a light sandwich that is packed with robust flavors!

I must take JP with me next time.   And, then I can try the Pressed Salami Sandwich, or maybe the Steak Sandwich.  =)

A huge clock right as you enter.

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Funny Signs.

With so many serious things going on in life, it’s always fun to see a sign like this:

=)  It's quick and to the point.  Love it!

=) It's quick and to the point. Love it!

You can see this sign @ Mitsuwa in Torrance.  It's awesome written out in Japanese as well.

You can see this sign @ Mitsuwa in Torrance. It's also written out in Japanese as well.


Fall Gourmet Food Fair @ Mitsuwa (Torrance)

Phew, I am so happy to be starting up a new week. Last I had a couple of crazy a** days. I’m pretty laid back 99% of the time, but there are certain things that really irk me. Any who, this weekend was really fun and relaxing!!!

On Saturday, we lucked out and got a chance to try some of the Japanese goodies during the Fall Gourmet Food Fair @ Mitsuwa.

The line for the Okonomiyaki (Osaka Style) was about 10 ppl deep, but that didn’t deter me from waiting. =)

Then we had “waffles” from “Kobe-Fugetsudo. These yummy “waffles” were sooo delicious! You can choose from an assortment of “waffles” filled with custard, matcha red bean paste, and chestnut cream. Jp went with the matcha & azuki bean and I got the chestnut one.

Mr. Man is making okonomiyaki right before your eyes!

Mr. Man is making okonomiyaki right before your eyes!

Long line, because it takes awhile for okonomiyaki to cook.

Long line, because it takes awhile for okonomiyaki to cook.

Waffles from Fugetsudo.  Light, sweet, and full of flavor.

Waffles from Fugetsudo. Light, sweet, and full of flavor.

Chirashi!

Chirashi!


We All <3 Tiesto!

Just got a tip off to this freaking awesome vid/song by Tiesto.  Thanks Trinster!


Sneak Peak…Porsche Panamera

Jp and I stopped in to check out the Porsche Panamera in person yesterday, and it looks pretty good.  We both think it could use some sprucing up, with a full Mansory kit.  =)  Is it me, or does the car look naked?

Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Sporty gauges

Sporty gauges

Lots of controls in the middle console.

Lots of controls in the middle console area.

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Now here’s what the Porsche Panamera will look like, after it gets the Mansory kit on it!

Mansory Porsche Panamera Kit

Mansory Porsche Panamera Kit


DIY Halloween Costume Accessories.

My dear friend Katherine is going to be Hello Kitty this Halloween, so we had to get creative and find the right outfit and accessories.  After scouring several stores, we realized that this is going to be a DIY kind of costume.  Soooo…Katherine made her own Hello Kitty furry ears from scrap materials at home, and I made a cute bow to affix over one of the ears.  And for the outfit, we plan to recycle one of my Halloween costumes from the previous year.  Can’t wait to see how everything looks, once it is all put together!

Supplies you need to make the bow:

–  Felt

–  Embroidery thread

–  Embroidery needles

–  Cotton (to stuff inside)

–  A good imagination!

Made of fuschia colored felt.

Fuschia bow, made out of felt.

Voila!  Now we're just missing the ears...

Voila! Now we're just missing the ears...

Supplies you’ll need for the ears:

–  Faux fur scrap pieces

–  wire clothes hanger (to add shape inside of it)

–  thread & needle

–  ribbon or  headband, to attach ears & bow

Made by Katherine!

Made by Katherine!

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The choice of outfit was inspired by these two photos of Hello Kitty:

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My Christmas Fantasy Gift Guide (2009)

So last year, I shared my small Christmas WISH LIST and it was so popular!  This year I’m going to start early and will include some fun, inexpensive, expensive, thoughtful, and not so practical gifts for you to peruse.  Maybe my Christmas picks will inspire you to GIVE this holiday season.  Remember, the act of giving a gift, should be done without any expectation of reciprocation.  GIVE because you want to, not because you have to.

This sexy, sporty, and sophisticated car is sure to please most automotive enthusiasts.  The photo below features a Mansory kit, which transform the Panamera into an aggressive and very sporty look.
Mansory Panamera

Mansory Panamera

And, for all of you eco-friendly folks, let me introduce the electric cupcake car, as featured in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.  Honestly, I’d totally rock this car.

The electric Cupcake Car!

The electric Cupcake Car!


Sunset & El Tarasco…A Perfect Thursday!

We enjoyed the sunset, as we drove down PCH to grab some dinner in Manhattan Beach.  We decided  to take a break from our home cooking, to dine out at a local spot that is known for their authentic Mexican food.  El Tarasco has been in business since 1969, and the Manhattan location is the original spot!

JP had 2 chicken tacos, and I had the Tarasco burrito w/carne asada.  Their chips are super thin & crispy, and it comes with a side of roja salsa.  I always like to take the meat out of my entree and eat it with the chips.  Kinda like nachos, w/o the cheese.  =)

El Tarasco

(310) 545-4241

316 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan BeachCA 90266

Sunset, driving down the PCH.  Somewhere around Dockweiler Beach area.

Sunset, driving down the PCH. Somewhere around Dockweiler Beach area.

With the SMART, you always get front row parking.  =)

With the SMART, you always get front row parking. =)

El Tarasco Manhattan Beach, since 1969!

El Tarasco Manhattan Beach, since 1969!


$44 One way ticket to Vegas!

If you or a friend plans to hit up Vegas in the near future, take advantage of the sale on Southwest right now!  $44 one way tickets, from LAX, SFO, and many other California cities.  Click on the image to see what dates are still available.  If you snooze, you’ll definitely miss out on this awesome sale.

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Forever XXI, Super sized!

I’m truly impressed by the growth of Forever XXI, and I think they were smart for tapping into such a huge demographic of buyers that like to indulge in fashion, without emptying their pockets!!!  As of 2 1/2 weeks ago, Forever XXI opened their new 2-story retail location at Fox Hills Mall.  This used to be a super ghetto fabulous mall, but Westfield has taken over and made some serious renovations.

I must say that this location definitely has the best selection of dresses, jackets, and coats.  I still think the 3rd street Promenade still has the best selection of accessories and sun dresses.  This makes total sense, since it is much closer to the beach!

It was a gloomy day, but my trip to Forever XXI definitely made it much better!

XXI's sign is just as HUGE as MACY'S!

XXI's sign is just as HUGE as MACY'S!


SMART sighting on Melrose.

Stopped off @ Urth Cafe for a mid-afternoon snack and saw a fellow SMART parked on Melrose.  How cute!

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Wanted posting by the Crepe Nazi!!!

Over on the westside, Sawtelle Blvd to be exact, there is the Crepe Nazi!!!  One look at his signs and you’ll immediately see why everyone calls him the Crepe Nazi.  The funny thing is, he hides behind all of his signs, so you never get to see his face!  Sooo, when you’re ordering food, to when you’re picking it up…you won’t see his face.  I’m super serious!

I heard he gets pretty angry when you change your order, or ask him him questions about the menu.  I’ve also heard that he messes up the orders too, and if you try to tell him that he screwed up, get ready…he’ll scream at you!

Anyways, I was walking pass his small crepe shop today and noticed a WANTED posting on this doors.  I think this guy is totally weird, and this WANTED posting confirmed it today.  See for yourself, better yet, go visit him.  =)

Read and see more pics of the Crepe Nazi on YELP!

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Birthday Festivities!!!

Happy Birthday Tony!  We were invited to the most awesome birthday ever!!!  There was beer tasting, tons of home made appetizers, steaks, and gourmet sausage.  We had an awesome time!  Here are some of the highlights of the night.

Mini sized beer mugs for all!

Mini sized beer mugs for all!

There were even drinks for Fuego!!!   He had some Corona & Kettle One...  =)

There were even drinks for Fuego!!! He had some Corona & Kettle One... =)

The fridge was stocked full with all kinds of exotic beeeeeers.

The fridge was stocked full with all kinds of exotic beeeeeers.

Home made truffle fries...So tasty!

Home made truffle fries...So tasty!

A super popular dish...Sliced apples with carmel & cream cheese dip.  MmMMm.

A super popular dish...Sliced apples with carmel & cream cheese dip. MmMMm.

No party is complete w/o a cheese plate!

No party is complete w/o a cheese plate!

The "secret sauce" used for the steaks.  It was mighty good!

The "secret sauce" used for the steaks. It was mighty good!

Cheers Tony!  Damn, that's a huuuuuge CHIMAY glass.  Filler up!

Cheers Tony! Damn, that's a huuuuuge CHIMAY glass. Filler up!


Sneak peak inside shopping tote from the Farmer’s Market!

I look forward to the weekends, because there’s less people on the road, and I get to stop by the local Farmer’s Market. I’ll posted number times about my trip to the Farmer’s Market, but here’s your chance to see what’s in our shopping totes!

Asian pears, fuji apples, nira (Japanese chives), daikon radish, nasu (Japanese eggplant), vine ripened tomatoes, and leeks…
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Fresh Komatsuna (Japanse Mustard Spinach) & Fresh Arugula!!
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And, last but not least, pomegranates!

Inside are ruby red kernels, full of sweetness & tartness.

Inside are ruby red kernels, full of sweetness & tartness.


Be Eco-Chic…Recycle & Trade Your Clothing!

I’m always online searching around for eco-friendly tips, and luckily I stumbled across a super cool website called ThredUP.

Donating is very life giving, in more ways than you can imagine.  At random times during the year, I find myself sifting through my closet to put aside tops, dresses, coats, and even accessories to donate to my local church & Goodwill.  I must say that most of the items I’m giving away are of really good quality and value.

Soooo, ThredUP encourages you to recycle clothing through their super creative program.  Here’s how it works!  At ThredUP, they have you send in your goods, you specify on your profile what brands you’d like to receive and sizes you wear, then they will send you some clothes in exchange that are in the same brand tier!  It’s more like an exchange program, for your designer clothing!  It sounds like  a really cool concept, since you don’t know what you will be receiving in the exchange!  I still feel it’s important to donate, but I’m definitely going to give this a try as well.  Remember, these are expendable goods that were on the way out the door anyways, so why not swap them out and get some different threds!  It’s like getting a mystery bag of goodies in the mail. =)

The guys who started up this company are Harvard Busines School Grads, and I think they’ve got a really cool business model.  I can’t wait to see how popular it gets!  At this moment, you can only trade short/long/sleeveless shirts, however in the near future, they will add several new categories.  Check out their site and hopefully you’ll give it a try as well.

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Happy Sunday!

What a wonderful day!

Breakfast/Lunch: Whole Foods
Afternoon: Church
Early Evening: Went to the movies with Trisha, and saw Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs in 3D!!!

This was such a fun movie to watch in 3D!  It was better than Chicken Little!

This was such a fun movie to watch in 3D! It was better than Chicken Little!

Evening/Night: Cooked dinner for JP & I…Chilean Sea Bass, Sauteed Ong Choy, Jean Georges Corn & Crab Soup (same one we served @ our wedding)

Late Night: Baked Bouchon “cork” cakes (aka, mini chocolate cakes)

Very rich and strong chocolate taste.  A little too much for me, since I don't eat sweets often.

Very rich and strong chocolate taste. A little too much for me, since I don't eat sweets often.

Our Dessert: Fresh organic pomegranate, from the Farmer’s Market. It was delicious!

Sweet and tart. I love fresh pomegranate.

Sweet and tart. I love fresh pomegranate.

It’s now time to watch Entourage, Desperate Housewives, Hung!!!  Oh how we love Sundays!


Just Another Simple & Relaxing Saturday

Today JP and I woke up a beautiful sunny, but cool day.  We took the bikes out down to Venice to grab some breakfast.  Afterwards, we biked all the way to Santa Monica to stop by the Farmers Market.  I forgot to bring my basket (to attach on my bike), so we couldn’t buy too many things.  We picked up lots of veggies, asian pear, pomegranate, apples, and even honey straws!  I’m planning on picking up a juicer @ William Sonomas tomorrow, so I’m super excited to see what concoctions we come up with.  There’s nothing like a glass of fresh juice in the morning.  Will keep you posted on what turns out yummy.

After returning from our long bike ride, we took it easy and caught the matinee showing for Coco Before Chanel.  I highly recommend this movie, it was inspiring, intriguing, and very moving, to look inside the not so fabulous days of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.  This film really made me think about the sacrifices, heartaches, and challenges that many face today, however it is inspiring to know that Coco never gave up, despite hitting many rough patches in her lifetime.

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Hello, Skyline GTR…

At last, our fabulous Skyline GTR has just arrived!  This sexy beast will be getting the full WALD treatment, and will be debuting at SEMA this year in Vegas.

Just got dropped off today!

Just got dropped off today!

You look naked, don't worry...we'll get some accessories on you soon enough.

You look naked, don't worry...we'll get some accessories on you soon enough.

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Here's a what this GTR will look like when it's done!

Here's a what this GTR will look like when it's done!


I heart Wednesdays!

As of late, I seem to be having way more fun on Wednesdays, then I do on weekends. I guess not having a 9 to 5 gig, makes everyday fair game!

I was in SF last week, so didn’t get a chance to venture out, but this week I decided to do something different.

I had my friend over for dinner, I made spaghetti with a side caesar salad and garlic bread. And for dinner, my girlfriend brought over some fabulous desserts from Chantilly Patisserie. Take a look for yourself…

=) so cute and yummy.

=) so cute and yummy...p.s. thank you for the lovely plate, Trisha!

she picked out 6 desserts for us to share after dinner...so thoughtful!

she picked out 5 desserts for us to share after dinner...so thoughtful!

I’m not much a dessert kind of gal, but these mini desserts were delicious! Japanese desserts are usually less sweet and packed with flavor. They always look so dainty and appetizing. =)

After dinner & desserts @ home, we drove over to Katsuya for some drinks. Things were pretty mellow this Wednesday, but it was really fun. Hope to do it again sometime. Thanks for the awesome desserts Young!!!
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