Through My Lens : Recently On Instagram

A few highlights from the past month as seen on Instagram which serves as my unofficial food diary and love letter to NYC. I also post quick reviews here and there. I generally try to keep the content unique so it's not just a bunch of photos from here. You can see more on Instagram and do follow if you like what you see...

  • Just a slice of life in NYC.
  • The Emmy burger I featured in my review of Emily has been turned into a special dumpling at Mimi Cheng's Dumplings and it is delicious while also capturing the flavors of the burger. It's been such a hit that they've extended it's run for another month.
  • I couldn't resist picking up boxes of the Patchology Illuminate FlashMasque and Leaders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution sheet masks when I spotted them at bargain prices at TJ Maxx. They're both quite good too!
  • Found my favorite new summer treat in Pressed Juicery's matcha freeze. It's totally no guilt and low sugar since it's frozen green juice. And yes it does taste good.
  • I never pass up a chance to take in an elevated view of the city.
  • Humblefish might be displacing Chikarashi as my favorite neighborhood pok√© spot and they deliver to us. The Classic is delicious especially with purple rice. You can also sub for quinoa or zucchini noodles. 
  • I love my cushions and this April Skin Magic Snow Cushion White is a current favorite.
  • Had a fun get together with friends at Barn Joo where we tried a number of tasty dishes. The kimchi bacon pancake was a a personal favorite. I make bacon kimchi fried rice and I can't believe I never thought to do a pancake. I cooked up one at home last weekend. It's an amazing pairing since the smoky flavor of the bacon really brings out the taste of the kimchi.
  • I also never pass up a chance to take in a view of the city from the water.


  1. Such a lovely slice of life in NYC!
    Kisses, Paola.

  2. NYC from the water must be unbelievable gorgeous, wish I was there right now! Frozen juice? Yummy indeed! Happy weekend dear Rowena! xo

  3. Bacon and kimchi pancake? I am not sure if I would have tried it without your recommendation... But a burger dumpling would be great right now.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  4. Oh my gosh! Kimchi bacon pancake?!?!? Why have I never heard of this before! Must.Find.Recipe. And your NYC shots are always beautiful, Rowena:) A "love letter" indeed.:)
    Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend, chingu!

  5. Happy weekend, Rowena!

    We just tried Chikarashi last weekend and were quite happy (the ones we originally wanted to try were all out, though). Now I wanna try Humblefish if you say they are better than Chikarashi! ;D

  6. Winners here has some really great Korean sheet masks too and I'm always tempted to haul a few of them. And I just hopped over to check your review on the APRILSKIN cushion, it sounds amazing and I will try to get my hands on it.

  7. Oh my gosh - I want to try Mimi Chen's Dumplings and Barn Joo!

  8. NYC is very beautiful and this selection looks stunning sweet Rowena
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  9. Lovely photos! It looks like you had some wonderful times recently. :)


  10. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

  11. New York, New York. Love the spots of green amidst the city.

  12. I love these types of posts Rowena! It really gives your follwers an slice of New York!

  13. Seems like a lovely collection of moments, city life and things happening through your lens. I love sheet masks as well. I've have kimchi pancake before but not with bacon, perhaps I'll try it with faux bacon. Wish you a happy weekend, Rowena. x

  14. I'm starting to see a lot of anti-pollution beauty products Rowena. That is very nice!

  15. I’m in love with dumplings so these special dumplings at Mimi Cheng’s look amazing!!! I would also love to try those Acia Anti-Pollution Sheet Masks

  16. A slice of life in NYC is looking VERY appealing (though doesn't it always?). Your Instagram is always on point Rowena!

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  17. Woah these photos are incredible! I want to go to New York so badly, and this post captures everything I love about the city. And I don't blame you, I'd never pass up an opportunity to take a photograph over the water either!

    Little Moon Elephant

  18. beautiful images! I always enjoy your insta picks.

  19. These shots are making me hungry. Craving savoury and sweet now (even though the matcha fro-yo was anything but in your description hehehe!)



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