Oh J.Crew, I don't think I can ever quit you, especially when you continue to turn out fabulous looks like this that are totally up my alley. Absolutely loving the silhouettes and colors of these two outfits!
Li Bing Bing seems to be covering just about every magazine in Asia these days but I found her photos for Cosmopolitan China to be by far the most visually compelling especially the black + white images. The actress who appeared in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was recently cast as Ada Wong in the next Resident Evil movie. I'm not sure if I'm more amazed that they're still making those or that they actually cast a Chinese actor to play a Chinese character. Ada Wong was totally badass in the RE games. While I like Li Bing Bing, nothing she's ever done leads me to believe she can pull this off but I sure hope she does.
I first learned about Jjajangmyun after seeing it consumed in a number of Korean dramas and it looked so tasty. Jjajangmyun is actually an adaptation of Chinese Zha Jiang Mian which literally means "fried sauce noodles". While the preparation is similar, the taste is quite different and both are delicious in their own way. As it usually goes with food that fascinates me, I must try to make it myself and this was quite easy once you get past all the dicing. I found a recipe online and just adapted it to our household's tastes.
Tucked away in a little corner of the West Village is Takashi, an intimate dining establishment that specializes in the Japanese version of Korean barbecue known as yakiniku. Beef or rather all manner of cow is the focus here as the restaurant engages in the practice of horumon which lets no part get wasted. This means a selection of various offal meats are offered on the menu alongside more traditional cuts like kalbi short ribs or kobe steak. The appetizers are also imaginatively meaty with one that features sea urchin atop a piece of raw chuck flap steak meant to be enveloped in seaweed and a single shiso leaf, dipped in soy sauce & wasabi and consumed in a single bite. Rice and veggie accompaniments can be ordered as extras but it's really all about the meat here, the quality of which was quite excellent.
Old Homestead in the Meatpacking District offers their version of a recession special called the “Burger Diamond” lunch. Featuring a burger trio of kobe, filet mignon and sirloin, freshly ground to order, each burger is about 3 oz. and comes with different complementary gourmet toppings. They're accompanied by a Caesar salad, homemade tater tots and a secret recipe chipotle ketchup. And if that's not enough, you also get your choice of a glass of California chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon or a beer. This $22 deal is available on weekdays between 12:00 - 4:00pm and 1:00 - 4:00pm on weekends. I found both the food and service to be very good. Old Homestead 56 Ninth Avenue New York City 212.242.9040
Actress/model Han Chae Young turns up the glamour as she shows off the latest fashions from European luxury label Derercuny in a sultry shoot inspired by the Italian movie "I Am Love" for an upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar Korea. She's not known as Korea's "Barbie Doll" for nothing. So pretty and her legs are absolutely insane!
So I've done this blogging thing before but due to a lack of time and interest on my part, I gave it up. There were times when I was tempted to take it up again and I'm not exactly sure what held me back but I'm giving it another go now. I guess I just really want a place to share my photography, interests and inspirations as well as recipes and pretty much anything else that strikes my fancy.