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July 1, 2015

Eye Candy : Joseph Cheng for MRRM

Joseph (Joe) Cheng is quite stylish and urbane in Lanvin in this pictorial for Hong Kong's MRRM magazine. It's been awhile since I've seen a men's fashion editorial so on point with it's styling as every outfit he has on actually looks wearable and the whole communications theme is well executed too. The attractive Taiwanese actor who started out as model recently appeared in the drama Singles Villa and the film The Beloved alongside Wang Likun and Korean actor Kim Bum. I used to watch Taiwanese dramas and It Started With A Kiss which starred Joe and Ariel Lin was one I enjoyed back in the day. It was based on the Japanese manga Mischievous Kiss (Itazura na Kiss) which had a a pretty typical storyline of the naive but optimistic girl who crushes on a cold moody guy and they slowly fall in love when they're forced to live under the same roof. I think this scenario has been used in countless Asian dramas and back then it did feel kind of fresh. Joe had the most awful permed mullet hairdo but somehow he still managed to look cute. His haircut is much better these days and the rest of him looks pretty good as well.

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June 29, 2015

Dine Out : ABC Cocina

ABC Cocina Review, Jean-Georges Vongerichten Restaurant

Ever since my impressive dining experience at ABC Kitchen last year, I've also wanted to try Jean-Georges Vongerichten's companion restaurant ABC Cocina. I believe that these two spaces are actually interconnected through ABC Carpet and Home. Nonetheless we made our entry through their 19th Street entrance that offers outdoor seating during the warmer months. The somewhat cavernous feeling dining room with a bustling open kitchen features exposed beam ceilings from which a number of eclectic chandeliers hang. The decor adopts an eco chic modern vibe with concrete walls, black steel tables with black and pink open back chairs that look cool but are quite uncomfortable. The Latin inspired tapas style menu follows the same farm to table market concept of ABC Kitchen with a varied selection of seasonal organic and local sustainable fare. All the dishes we tried were bursting with bright and fresh flavors. Our starters of mezcal cured salmon with cucumber yogurt relish and shaved beets, portobello mushrooms, queso blanco and herbs were impressively flavorful. The market vegetables over brown rice with salsa verde looked gorgeous and tasted equally as incredible. Every element was cooked to perfection and the flavor of each vegetable was as if it had just picked from the garden. I can't say the same for the roasted turkey cuban sandwich which had some crazy kick that burned so intensely that I couldn't spit out the bite I took of it quick enough. My husband didn't have any issues with it though. For dessert we tried their famous salted caramel impossible flan which had the loveliest smooth texture and delicious mingling of vanilla and caramel. The light and creamy tres leches cake didn't disappoint either. I've mentioned before I'm not really one for sweets but I could easily eat a few bites of both of these without getting sick of them. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. Overall I think we may have enjoyed the food here even more than ABC Kitchen and there are some menu items like their spring pea guacamole that I'd love to return to try. The reservation situation is similarly challenging to their sister restaurant but I will mention that it does seem to be easier to score a table during lunch than dinner. 

ABC Cocina
38 East 19th Street (Park & Broadway)
New York City

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June 26, 2015

A London Fog Latte with Plum Deluxe Tea

London Fog Tea Latte, Earl Grey Latte Recipe

I often talk about my love of tea and how I drink several cups a day. London Fog Lattes are a particular concoction I've been enjoying lately. This drink is also known as an Earl Grey Tea Latte since it's made with Earl Grey Tea. I didn't think this drink could get any better until I recently tried it with the Mindful Morning Black Tea from Plum Deluxe. This fresh take on Earl Grey is a 100% organic tea blend that features cream black tea, orange peels, blue cornflowers, bergamot oil and vanilla essence. It not only smells heavenly (like I wouldn't mind wearing it as a fragrance) but it may also be one of the prettiest looking teas I've ever seen. 

Plum Deluxe Mindful Morning Blend

I've been asked how I make my London Fog Latte so I'm sharing my recipe here.

June 24, 2015

Foreo Luna Review

Luna by Foreo, Foreo Luna vs. Clarisonic

As a long time Clarisonic user, I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Foreo Luna other than by the looks it, I imagined the experience would be quite different. The Luna is billed as a revolutionary facial cleansing and anti-aging device that uses T-Sonic (transdermal sonic) silicone touch-points to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and remove impurities for a glowing and radiant complexion.

The Facts: The Luna by Foreo is a cute looking personal skincare device, It is about 3" wide by 4" high and can fit into the palm of your hand. It is made of non-porous and bacteria resistant silicone and is fully waterproof. The Luna is available in 3 different models that suit sensitive/normal, combination or ultra-sensitive skin. The pink one which I have here is designed for sensitive/normal skin. It has 4 intensity settings which you can adjust to your preference or for the area you're treating. The Luna can be used about 450 times per charge and requires no replacement brushes.

Luna by Foreo, Foreo Luna vs. Clarisonic

I incorporated the Luna into the second step of my double cleansing process following the oil cleansing that removes all my makeup. You use the cleansing brush surface during the cleansing mode on your damp face with your favorite cleanser. Up to 8,000 pulsations per minute are channeled through the silicone touch points during the process. You cleanse each area of the face for 15 seconds as directed by the pauses of the device's pulsations. After the cleansing mode is done, you rinse your face and flip it around to the concentric waves surface for the anti-aging mode.

June 22, 2015

Central Park Conservatory Garden

Vanderbilt Gate Central Park Conservatory Garden

Come take a tour of the Central Park Conservatory Garden with me today! This magnificent formal garden is just 6 acres of the 843 sprawling acres that comprise New York's Central Park and it is one of the park's attractions that still manages to remain relatively hidden in part due to it's location. The Conservatory Garden lies behind Vanderbilt Gate and 105th street on Fifth Avenue. It is actually made up of 3 smaller gardens, each designed in it's own distinctive style. The northern French garden is the home of the dancing nymphs in Untermyer Fountain flanked by concentric circles of flowerbeds. The central Italian style garden features a charming pergola and terrace with views of the entire garden. The southern classic English garden is probably the least formal in style and my favorite. A bronze sculpture based upon the characters of Mary and Dickon from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett that oversee a dainty yet enchanting water lily reflecting pool is the centerpiece of one of the most idyllic spots to sit and take in the splendor of this urban oasis. This officially designated quiet zone is also home to thousands of trees, plants, shrubs, bulbs, perennials and annuals which blossom through the seasons. It's serene beauty makes it a perfect escape and not surprisingly the site for a number weddings. We even witnessed 1 on the day of our visit. Stepping into this space was kind of like going into a fairy tale and I almost wanted to keep this little gem to myself but it is really too good not to share. I hope to return in the fall to see the changing colors of the foliage. The Conservatory Garden is open from 8am to 8pm daily.

Cool fact: Central Park itself is reported to attract approximately 37.5 million visitors a year.

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Burnett Fountain Central Park Conservatory Garden

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