Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Love is in the Air~

A lovely moment recently captured on the streets of New York. May your holiday be filled with much love and joy. Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Savoring the Moments {Part 1}

Few weeks ago, before the hurricane and blizzard craziness, I went food hopping in NYC with some foodie friends. Starting with lunch around noon, we relished in the savory, sweet, and salty eats of Manhattan. A few favorites from the afternoon...

We started off  lunch at The Breslin with their famous chargrilled lamb burger with feta, cumin mayo & thrice cooked chips. Yes, thrice fried chips or as we Americans call it, french fries. We also ordered poached eggs with curried lentils, yogurt & cilantro. Both were very savory, with the lamb burger, as a friend delightfully noted, perfectly cooked medium rare throughout. The salted lemon sorbet was a refreshing finish for dessert.

For a mid-afternoon snack, we stopped by Num Pang a tiny eatery with mighty tasty sandwiches. Their coconut tiger shrimp sandwich was delicious and a perfect portion for a quick grab to go. The fellow eater upstairs seems to agree, giving a hearty thumbs up.

Amorino was a pleasant stumble upon discovery, a cozy cafe with a large variety of bold flavored italian gelato. The pistachio, dark chocolate, and coffee flavors are worth a try, especially given the choice of unlimited flavors that comes with each cup or cone.

More savoring moments to come...

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hello Hurricane

As most are well aware, Hurricane Sandy devastated areas of the Northeast. After a week of no power/heat, I'm relieved to be reconnected to a repaired power grid. As massive areas are still without power, many are in the process of accessing damage and trying to regain normalcy.

Finding gas has become a part-time job as many stations shut down or ran out of their supply and gas rationing went into affect today for New Jersey. In light of all this, it's encouraging to hear countless individuals and businesses/corporations step up to aid such as Hess donating millions and delivering gas to competitors for relief efforts.

If you know of organizations involved in relief efforts, please feel free to share. Keep safe and warm everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fast Company: Content as King

Most interesting magazine read in recent memory. Their website here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creative Interview with: Ricky Ferrer

Art director, designer, letterpress printer, type and music lover, Ricky Ferrer is a creative in every sense of the word. His interview:

Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Texas, went to catholic school and then college at UNT for communication design. I chose it because it was the closest school for design, but it ended up being a rigorous and outstanding program. I highly recommend it and am excited every time I meet a recent graduate making a name for themselves. Soon after college I left for NYC to pursue my design career. Just recently, I ended up back in Texas to become the online art director for D Magazine.

When did you first discover your love for design?
This is hard to pinpoint, but I believe it was two paths that converged: my love for computers and my love for comic books.

My mother was a software engineer and I grew up with computers. I had a fascination with the web as soon as I discovered it. I built my first website in 1994, which was a Simpsons trivia page. I experimented with type in Photoshop and learned basic HTML as a hobby. I also grew up drawing. First making my own comic strips, then comic books, then graffiti, then fine art. All of which I would extremely embarrassed to show now.

I learned in college that design could combine both my left and right brain interests. I explored drawing, painting, printmaking, interactive and graphic design all at the same time. Everything I explored made it into my design process and vice versa.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dessert with: Joohee Kim

I'm very excited to introduce Joohee Kim, pastry chef and owner of Joohee Bakes. She's sharing her delectable recipe for Red Bean Panna Cotta with Jasmine Sauce (included below). Bon appetite!

What's your favorite dessert? 
My favorite dessert is anything made with fresh fruit. I especially like fruit mousse cake made with mango or pear.  

What was the funniest baking mishap or highlight moment?
There was one memorable experience when I had left out four sheet pans of piped macaron batter before putting them in the oven. When I went to check on them about half an hour later, I found an army of ants marching all over the macarons! I'm really careful with my macaron batters ever since!

In the world of baking, who inspires you?
I find Candace Nelson inspiring and empowering. She opened up the very first cupcakery and I love the quality, delicious desserts. I also like the idea of 3-course dessert meal at ChikaLicious in NYC. The chef, a graduate of French Culinary, is known to prepare French style, American desserts in Japanese portions.

Recipe for Red Bean Panna Cotta with Jasmine Sauce (8 servings)
Red Bean Panna Cotta
200 ml  skim milk
1 Envelope of Knox powdered gelatin
160 g  Yude Azuki Prepared Red Beans (canned)
350 ml  heavy cream
Zest of 1 lemon

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pardon My French

Loving the Pardon My French illustrations by Garance Dore for Kate Spade. So relaxed, so tres chic.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Morocco in Manhattan

My introduction to Moroccan cuisine came in the form of Cafe Mogador in the East Village. A cozy, family owned restaurant with a quaint atmosphere and outdoor seating to match, my friend and I were served perfect portions of savoring lamb and duck dishes. Highly recommend if you're in Manhattan or nearby looking for a little taste of Morocco.

Cafe Mogador | 101 Saint Marks Pl #1 | East Village, NY | 212.677.2226

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beauty Marked

I've been wanting to do a beauty post for a while and recently noticed myself consistently reaching for the same products. So without further a due, here are some of my recent favorites: 1. L'Occitane Baume Ultra Riche Yeux Eye Balm. I love the consistency: it's not too light/'liquidy' or too thick. The lack of obvious fragrance is kind of nice.2. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free. Great, light feel. Perfect prep for foundation. Definitely can feel the ease of applying makeup on top. 3. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - Rose Tinted. Having tried all kinds of lip balms, sticks, and tubes, this is a definite favorite. It moisturizes, smells great, and has a light, rosy tint. I like the lipstick more than the non-tinted balm, which feels a bit grainy and too much like brown sugar straight from the kitchen cabinet. If your birthday is in June and a Sephora member, you might want to stop by a Sephora store as they've recently been giving out trial size birthday gifts of the Fresh Sugar. (Thanks S. for the scoop :) 4. Benefit Cosmetic They're Real Mascara. I first got this as a free trial sample and frankly, the label scared me with its claim to do all sorts of supernatural things to mortal lashes. But after using it a few times, I found myself reaching over other mascaras for this one. As for lip plumpers, I fear them still...

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012


As the last day of Internet Week NYC, I was thrilled to hear Shane Smith, the founder of Vice, speak in person. He's the bloke I mentioned who got into North Korea to film footage of grim reality censored by the country (see previous post). He talked about "TV being shit." And rather than "internet being a derivative of that shit", his challenge was for quality, relevant content in media, particularly online. He referred to revolts, tensions, and news of Pakistan, India, Greece, and Africa involving "young people" and the disconnect of that reality from what makes headlines in U.S. news: Two and a Half Men move from Monday to Thursday.

As provocative, entertaining, and interesting the content is on, I'm most inspired by his recognition of the need for us to be more aware, on individual and global levels. In his words, we may or may not care if "Pakistan was blazed flat into a parking lot." But it will affect us, whether we like it or not. Even with tech saavy change of times, it still seems no man is an island...

{photo above by shirtisfly}

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Internet Week NYC!

Happy NYC Internet Week! Located in Soho, the week is filled with tech-savvy creatives sharing their visionary, digital insights. Attended some refreshingly inspirational sessions today, including a Keynote Conversation with David Karp, founder/CEO of Tumblr. Like Facebook's Zuckerberg and Etsy founder Kalin, Karp, in his casual hoodie and jeans, joins the group of incredibly young and successful media transformers. Check out the details here.