Archive for May, 2009

awkward comment @ the movie theater

girl: (said REALLY loud) Are there a bunch of midgets saving these seats or something???
girl:  (pauses)…ohhhh…these are booster seats for little kids.  Whatever, we’re sitting here.
girl’s friend:  Did you seriously just ask if there were midgets sitting here?


(thinking to myself) doh!…good job girl…a smart one you are

drifters of the deep

From one of my favorite places in California….Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Jellyfish are always so mesmerizing…..

“blue sticks”

blue sticks_claude cormier
“blue sticks” by claude cormier

I have a soft spot for architectural landscape art and installation.  Featured in book, “avant gardeners: visionary designers for the contemporary landscape”


(image from Designboom)


UP_russel 01

UP_russel 02

up movie

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78 yr. old Carl Fredricksen heads out to fulfill his lifelong dream to explore South America.  After taking off he finds he has a unintentional stowaway scout, Russell.  That’s a basic summary of Pixar’s newest movie, UP!

I love Russell!!  Sooo CUTE!!  Grumpy old man vs. spunky little asian boy…many laughs to be had.  I am sooo ready for this movie.  Comes out today!

(UPDATE: saw this movie and it was awesome!  Pixar made another winner)

coco avant chanel

Audrey Tatou (known for playing Amelie) portrays fashion design icon, Coco Chanel, in the French movie about the designer’s life, “Coco Avant Chanel” (“Coco Before Chanel”).  The movie has been released in Europe already and will be released in limited showing in the U.S. sometime in September 2009 according to IMDB.  I love Audrey Tatou!  Beautiful and great actress.  Excellent choice for the role.  Can’t wait for the movie to come out.

coco chanel
coco chanel

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coco chanel

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“coco avant chanel” – french movie poster

coco avant chanel_american
“coco before chanel” – american movie poster

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audrey tatou as “coco chanel”

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audrey tatou as “coco chanel”

303,000 texts

I’m not sure how to text 303,000 phone texts in a month, but this girl did.  Apparently it comes out to 7 texts a minute or 10,100 texts a day…crazy!  I wonder if her thumbs are tired?

Check it here @ cnn.

haw flakes

haw flakes

A snack from when I was a little kid!  Found these at a Chinese grocery store the other day and I just had to get them!  Not to mention a 10 pack of these firecracker-looking packages was only 39 cents!  Amazing.  That’s like the cheapest thing I’ve gotten at a store in a very long time.

They taste just as I remember them and I’m pretty positive the packaging hasn’t changed at all (no rebranding for them!)  Decided to look up what exactly makes up a haw flake because I never knew.  These sugary little discs, that are probably only slightly bigger than a nickel, are made from the hawthorn fruit.  I guess if you wanted to compare the taste to something, they would remind you of those natural fruit leathers you get at the grocery store. Consistency is chewy and slightly brittle.

(image from flickr)


snapshot of exterior from my streetcar ride

delmonico dining area
one of the dining areas

gulf crabmeat cake (further description of all food following last image)

delmonico duck confit
confit duck leg

pan fried red fish

delmonico_lime cheesecake bites
lime cheesecake bites

delmonico dessert pudding
pudding trio

Took a detour towards the fancier side for my final dinner in New Orleans.  Headed to Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, Delmonico.  He has so many in New Orleans that I didn’t know what to pick, but I think this is his newest and is really affordable for such a nice place.  I always chuckle a little when I think of Emeril because all I picture is him going, BAM!! BAM!! BAM!! on his show on the food network.  The food is definitely worth going for and the atmosphere is great.  Feels like you are walking into someone’s fancy home when you step through the door as opposed to a “restaurant”.  You get attended to by not just the waiter who takes your order, but also the other 4 or 5 in the room who make sure you are having an excellent time there.  Makes you feel extra special.  Mood lighting of course and elegant decor, but not too over the top.  Still felt like you were in a nice home.

Now onto the food.  I of course wanted to try everything, but since I can’t I did end up trying these dishes that I HIGHLY recommend.  (All pictured above)

Appetizer: Gulf Crabmeat Cake with green tomato chow chow

Main Course: Confit Duck Leg with French Lentils, Fig Marmalade, & Sugar Snap Peas (duck was cooked perfectly, the marmalade was the best I’ve ever tasted, and the snap peas were so sweet);  Ran Fried Red Fish with Fingerling Potato Lyonnaise, Stewed Green Beans, Shrimp Veloute Sauce

Dessert:  Lime Cheesecake Bites dipped in Chocolate Ganache and Graham Cracker Crumbs (I want to learn how to make this!); Pudding Trio – Chocolate, Salted Caramel, & Vanilla

I highly recommend all of the above.  Everything was delectable and savory! 


1300 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937

(images from Delmonico site and some by: vivien chin)


ignatius restaurant

Gumbo and jumbalaya were on my checklist of things I have to eat when in New Orleans.  Had them both at dinner here for the first time and they were delicious!  The jumbalaya was my favorite.  Ignatius is located in the Garden District on Magazine street.  Real New Orleans food at non-tourist prices.  Low priced and tasty…always a good combo.


4200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 896-2225

(image by: vivien chin)

“little bite”_mini wheat

little bite

Little Bite is pretty cute for a frosted mini wheat. 😛

(image from adtothebone)

the avengers_emma peel & mr. steed

avengers_mr steed emma peel

avengers_mrs peel needed

emma peel

emma peel 02

emma peel 03

Just recently got back into the 1960s British TV series, The Avengers, about British secret agents Mr. John Steed (known for his bowler hat and long umbrella) and Mrs. Emma Peel.  Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg) is great in it and she has awesome ’60s fashion in the show.  Love her character in it.  Such a quirky and fun show.  Classic.

happy memorial day

american flag

twelfth night_shakespeare in the park

shakespeare in the park

While in Central Park today, I remembered that “Shakespeare in the Park” is starting up again in June.  Excited because Anne Hathaway is in the cast this year performing as Viola from “Twelfth Night”.  Other famous stars who have performed there in the past include, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, and Christopher Walken, to name a few.

The free performances are at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.  Free tickets are given out there at 1pm on the day of every performance.  People wait as early as 6am for the tickets since they go fast.  That’s kind of hard core, but then again the tickets are free.  I’ll have to make sure to go this year because I still haven’t been yet since moving to NYC.  “Twelfth Night” runs from June 10-July 12, 2009.

dancing domo!

domo dancing

need i say more?….

domsai desk pet

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domsai desk pet_matteo cibic

Domsai is “a tamagotchi for your desk” by Matteo Cibic.  Each dome contains a cactus and is tailor-made and blown to have it’s own personality–often mimicing it’s contents. 

I need to find me one of these for my desk! Fun design!  Like cute litte aliens.

pinkberry delivers!

pinkberry delivers

Pinkberry delivers…in parts of Manhattan anyway!  Saw this image on a flyer today when I was getting my Pinkberry.  Minimum order of $10 gets you a delivery to your door.  (Alison our wishes have been granted finally!)

a day in the sun…

It was a beautiful sunny day today.  Awesome start to Memorial Day weekend and I definitely took advantage of it by spending it outside.

shake shack UWS

After the gym this morning I headed up a few blocks to the Shake Shack in the Upper West Side (above).  Yea I know…gym plus shackburger doesn’t quite add up to healthy, but it sounded sooo good..haha.

Museum of Natural History

Took my shake shack to go and walked towards one of my favorite museums–The Museum of Natural History (above)–across from Central Park.

Natural History Museum Steps

Lunch on the steps of the Museum and people watching (above).  Yay for Rainbow sandals weather!

central park row boats

Central Park rowboat riders (above) enjoying the day and listening to a performer who’s on the grass behind me.


Lots of people out in Sheep Meadow (above) in Central Park.  Awesome.

central park 01

The spot I picked to settled down in (above).  Lied down on the grass to get some studying done and work on the tan.

view of sky_central park

My view of the sky…

central park dog

My favorite dog to watch at the park today.  Finished the day off with some Pinkberry.  What a relaxing day…

(images by: vivien chin)

lego style

2 great things combined: Legos + Jewelry.   They are for more than just building now! Lego jewelry by 2 designers below. (men’s styles available too.)

lego jewelery_JacQueline Sanchez
Lego inspired jewelry by JacQueline Sanchez. She makes lego hairclips and belts as well.

Mathea’s sterling silver lego rings that you can add a lego block on top of to customize.

word of the day: equanimity


how tranquil…

equanimity – noun

Evenness of mind; calmness; composure; as, “to bear misfortunes with equanimity.”



(images by: vivien chin)

tin tin & snowy

tin tin and snowy

Blast from the past…Tin Tin and his dog snowy.  I loved this cartoon when I was young!

diamond ghost ring

dimond ghost ring

Simple and smooth crystal ring with a laser-engraved 3d diamond in the core of the crystal creating the “ghost” effect.  Designed by Emmanuel Laffon de Mazieres + Anne-Dorothée Christo from France.  Love it.


memoring 01

memoring 02

memoring 03

“memoring” is a ring you can write on by Superdesign.  I wonder if they have these at Staples…

heard in passing…


lady: “I’m not giving up sugar, I can’t”
lady’s friend:  “Why can’t you give up sugar?”
lady: “I don’t have ALCOHOL, DRUGS, or SEX.  I can’t give up sugar!”

…passed these ladies on my way home…awkward…and kinda funny…haha

word of the day: buss

sailor kiss

(a pic also in honor of fleet week this Memorial Day Weekend…)

buss – noun, verb

a kiss; a playful kiss; a smack


muffeletta & napoleon house

Napoleon house 1

napoleon house

muffuletta sandwich

One of my favorite spots in New Orleans was Napoleon House in the French Quarter.  It’s a 200 year old building who’s first occupant, Nicholas Girod, offered the building up to Napoleon for refuge during his exile in 1821.  Napoleon never came, but the name stuck. 

It has one of the BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had–the Muffuletta (seen above).  The sandwich is huge and in it has: ham, genoa salami, pastrami, swiss cheese, provolone cheese, and homemade italian olive salad in it.  The combination is delicious–all my favorite things in one sandwich!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Went great with a cold Abita Amber on that hot day.  I want to learn how to make the muffuletta olive mix because it was so amazing.  This is a must go in New Orleans, seemed like pretty popular place when I was there.


500 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

(images by: vivien chin)

bump it!

volleyball net

Played some volleyball today after work (subbed in on Alison’s team just for today) and realized how much I miss playing!  Need to get back into it. 

The games are put on through Zog Sports which is “a charity-focused, co-ed, social sports club that promotes charity and social action amongst young professionals” in NYC.  They organize different intramural, co-ed sports (ex. volleyball, basketball, kickball, rugby, dodgeball, etc.) with the donations going to the winning team’s charity of choice at the end of the season.  It’s a really great idea and for great causes.

rings you can draw with


Crayon rings by Timothy Liles.  Jewelery you can draw with.  I wish there was a colored pencil version!!

planets lesson


This was found displayed in a supermarket at a table teaching kid’s about planets.  However, a closer look and you’ll find the information isn’t that reliable…

Things to notice:

(1)  Earth is some how no longer the 3 planet from the sun
(2)  We’ve been spelling “Uranus”, “Neptune”, and “Pluto” wrong all these years
(3)  Pluto is a planet again apparently

(thanks moi for the find! sooo funny!)

brownie bites!

brownie bite 2

brownie bite

Brilliant idea!  Maximum brownie edge which is what I love.  I want one!!….Brownie bite pan by Wilton

excessive cola drinking = paralysis


Watch out cola addicts…Caught a headline on today one of those Metro papers they pass out every morning on your way to the subway and it said that cola could cause paralysis.  So I skimmed the article in a paper that someone had just left on the seat next to me.  Continually consuming large amounts of cola greatly lowers potassium, calcium, and mineral levels and can cause rapid demineralization of of teeth and bones, with leads to rapid drops in potassium, muscle mass loss, and then muscles weakening to the point of paralysis. 

Sounds all pretty scary considering how much soda people consume all the time.  I think you have to drink more than 3 liters or so of cola a day for it to be a problem.  (Some of the studies tested people for 2-9 liters of cola consumption).  I can’t fathom drinking that much soda, but then again there was a woman on tv who drank on average 70 cafe lattes a week so I suppose anythings possible.  So not to fear for all of us just occasional cola drinkers.  Having some cola with a well balanced diet is just fine.  I suppose it’s just like anything else, if you have waaaaay too much of one thing it’s bound to cause your body harm.

cafe habana

cafe habana

cafe habana_grilled corn

cafe habana_fish tacos

Cafe Habana is one of my favorite lunch spots on the edge of SoHo.  Really delicious Cuban-Mexican food.  A must-have is the grilled corn (shown above) which is topped with cheese, a little chilli powder, and a side of lime.  It is the best thing ever.  The fried plantains are also one of my top picks.  My favorite entrees are the fish tacos (shown above) and the sincronizada which is similar to a quesadilla in form, having 2 tortillas with cheese and avocado in the middle.  The meat version, sincronizada toluca, has chorizo added to it and is also very delicious.  Brunch is excellent there as well.  They have some of the best french toast with scrumptious fresh fruit and syrup. 

It’s a small place so you can expect a wait if you go during busy times, but I think it’s well worth it if you have the time.  I’ve waited almost an hour for brunch one during winter because I really wanted some of their french toast.  (i’m a french toast lover!).  If you can’t wait, just around the corner there is the Cafe Habana to-go shop which serves the same food, but you can grab it to go and eat elseware or try and grab on of the few seats they have in there.  Highly recommend eating here!


17 Prince St
(between Elizabeth St & Mott St)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-2002

word of the day: synecdoche

big chair

synecdoche – noun (si-nek-duh-kee)

A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword).

Also the title of a really great movie and fun word to say!….

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Ed.
Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


lego dispatchwork berlin

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Jan Vormann‘s project, “Dispatchwork”, shows up in Berlin.  He fills holes left on/in buildings remaining from World War II with LEGOS!  He has also done this in Italy and Isreal.  In Berlin, many spontaneous people started helping him fill the bullet holes with Lego bricks at a building of Humbold University. 

Awesome project!  Love this idea!  Very fun and creative and gets people involved.

(images from Likecool)

punch in!

time card

Noticed today that Fairway Market still uses classic time punch card machine to mark when people get into work.  Awesome!

wood keyboard @ ICFF

wood keyboard_hacoa

wood keyboard_hacoa

Very nice keyboard by Hacoa.  Comfortable to the touch and definitely provides a warmth that you don’t get from plastic.  I would love a wooden keyboard!

giant knitted rug_christien meindertsma

giant knit rug 01

Christien Meindertsma knit these giant rugs with wool from a sustainable sheep ranch.  Each hexagon swatch below represent the yield of one sheep.  This is part of the Design for a Living World exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC which is showcasing products made using sustainable materials from around the world.

I need giant knitting needles like hers!….

giant knit rug 02

giant knit rug 04

It’s like one giant scarf!!

(images from Dezeen and Christien Meindertsma)

rapping flight attendant

This guy would make all flights awesome! (thanks sis for the find!)

“spoon?” @ ICFF

mixing spoon 01

mixing spoon 02

“spoon?” by FLASK (for Yamauchi Spring Mfg. inc.).  Stainless steel silhouette of a mixing spoon.  I like the notch detail so that you can anchor it on the side of your cup.  Fun idea.

(images by: vivien chin)

“cul is cool” @ ICFF

cul is cool 01

cul is cool

cul is cool2

“cul is cool” by ABR.  Sit your butt down in a…butt chair.

(top image by: vivien chin)
(images from ABR)

auto-watering planter @ ICFF

self watering plant

If only this could help me water my plants.  Didn’t catch who made this.

(image by: vivien chin)

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