NY | March Photo Diary

went to NYC last weekend.

it was such a short trip but better than nothing i say!

we stayed @ the W in Midtown. booked it through booking.com

i found a great last minute deal [under $200/night].

 the decor is somewhat dated. and i could not find a usb plug anywhere. it can be quite noisy; you can hear the cars honking and new yorkers love to honk their horn all day!  but i think the noise in unavoidable in this busy city.

the staff is nice & accommodating.  for the price, i thought it was worth it. if you don’t mind a little noise then i think this is a good place to stay. the hotel is located close to the subway, so it is not hard to get around.

inside the lounge area of the w.

waiting for the metro

grand central terminal

fearless girl in front of the charging bull #wallstreet. i heard this installation is on display until april 2, but they are trying to make it a permanent statue.

photo diary isn’t complete without food photos, right?

here are a few highlights:

had sushi zo in NY.

it’s my favorite place in LA & so we had to try their NY location. overall it was a great meal but i was sad that they did not have the uni-ika spaghetti nor abalone. they now have an location in Bangkok as well. what about the bay area?!?!

black on black on black [black sesame on black chocolate cone + @oreo] #nyceats #softswerve #icecream #newyork #hjtravelgram

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it was too short of a trip. i must go back soon!

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SF | China Live in Chinatown

China Live is a new addition to Chinatown, where you can shop, eat, drink and explore Chinese culture & cuisine.

this is above the entrance that leads to the marketplace.

i got to attend the market restaurant media preview for China Live in Chinatown.

[thanks to tablehopper ‘s Marcia Gagliardi x @kavalanUSA x @anchorspirits x @chinaliveSF]

there are communal benches as well as tables. bar seating is also available. the tables and chairs were crafted in China from reclaimed Chinese Elm.

the ceiling has Chinese characters that represent the flavors of China.

these were some of the seasonal menu items that i had the pleasure of tasting.

shen jian bao, chrysanthemum ten ingredient salad, pressed five-spiced bean curd, winter turnip. the bean curd was probably my favorite from this group. the dish was well-seasoned and the green peppercorn flavor really came through.

the crust of the roast pork char siu baked bun added a nice sweet crunch to the soft baked bun.

one of my favorite dishes was the peking duck with kumquat glaze, in traditional sesame pockets. who doesn’t love the crispy, oily skin of a peking duck wrapped in a crispy sesame pocket? the sweetness from the kumquat glaze complemented the saltiness of the skin. the cucumber & green onions brought freshness to each bite.

we also had cocktails made with Kavalan, a Taiwanese Whisky brand.

this was the ‘laughing gas’: Viognier, fresh lime, pineapple, smoked honey & bitters.

and lastly, the dessert was mango shaved ice, similar to the Taiwanese shaved snow but with an added twist of sesame soft serve underneath the fluffy snow with yogurt-flavored popping boba.

currently, the market restaurant opens @ 5pm

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China Live

644 Broadway

San Francisco, CA 94133

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LA | restaurant review: the butcher | the baker | the cappuccino maker

bbcm cafe for short.

the space is absolutely gorgeous! there is also an outdoor patio area as well.

they roast their own beans.

latte. mango pudding. chai latte. kouign amann

everything is made fresh daily!

love the decor. i am also in love with their marble plates.

the food is beautifully plated, not to mention quite delicious.

a few recs:

the spaghetti is simple yet tasty. the noodles are on the thicker side and not too saucy.

the small potato bites are like crispy seasoned home fries.

you can’t go wrong with a red & golden beet salad. the goat cheese complements the beets well and the fried beet chips add a little texture to the dish.

can’t wait to try some of these beans! [colombian dark. sumatra espresso. guatemala medium]

also, i need to go back during brunch hours. their ricotta pancakes look amazing.

tip: there is F R E E parking behind the building [sunset plaza].

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BBCM Cafe

8653 Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Recipe: Zola x Vitamix Espresso Coconut Banana Smoothie

super simple espresso coconut banana smoothie

recipe

base:

3/4 cup zola espresso coconut water

1/2 cup ice

2 bananas, frozen

1 tablespoon peanut butter

garnish:

1 handful of coconut flakes

1 handful of blueberries

1 handful of granola

2 strawberries

1/2 bananas, sliced

1 teaspoon chia seeds

instructions:

  1. blend the recipe base ingredients until smooth. finally, i got to use my new vitamix !
  2. garnish as desired
  3. enjoy!

 

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Goby: A Modern Electric Toothbrush

this is my first ever electric toothbrush so i had to share.

i like the simple & sleek design. i’m not that into colors so a little splash of color (or just black, white or gold) is ideal for me.

the colors available are: midnight, goby blue, magenta & tangerine.

the brush kit comes with a magnetic usb charger + outlet adapter + hygenic stand.

the magnetic usb charger can be used on its own to charge the toothbrush, making it very portable.

or it also can slide into the hygenic stand when you are at home. [shown in midnight & magenta]

i like how it pauses each time you have to switch quadrants. and there is an indicator light that comes on to remind me to replace my brush head.

the brush kit is very affordable ($65) & $50 if you subscribe to their brush replacement package.

also, Goby donates a percentage of all sales to help provide dental services to people around the world which is great!

 

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2017 Winter Fancy Food Show: Wild Garden Foods

This is my second year attending the Fancy Food Show in SF.

I had the pleasure of meeting the people at Wild Garden, which brings the taste of the mediterranean to your home.

Ziyad is the parent company, specializing in mediterranean & middle eastern products.

wild garden is based in chicago & was originally known for their hummus.

they started branching out to quick marinades & heat + serve pilafs.

i had a chance to sample their persian & chicken shawarma. they were loaded with flavor.

wild garden uses natural and healthy ingredients, which is a plus.

they sent me a tasting box to try & i can’t wait to try them.

you can purchase their products online or find them through a store locator on their site.

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The Standard DTLA

Happy 2017!!

I had a terrible experience with @Airbnb this past trip to LA.

When I got to the rental, someone was already staying there.

End result: could not find a last minute replacement through them. I had three dogs with me so that made the task extra difficult.

Luckily, discovered that The Standard is pet friendly [& they stay for free!].

there is valet and two self parking lots behind the hotel. the lower level is cheaper by a few dollars.

when I was there it was $20 for valet, $15 for one of the lots & $10 for the other.

the back of the hotel. there is a small seating area with a fireplace and foosball.

the ‘huge’ room

420-square-foot, king platform bed, tons of natural light, open plan room with soaking bathtub, sitting area, extra closet space, and extra-long desk.

the shower/tub divides the room & bathroom. there is a separate room with toilet.

next to this tub is where the tv/minibar/closet space is. Overall, very roomy for a couple and their two small dogs + medium-sized dog. 🙂

The hotel is surprisingly pretty quiet. You may hear doors shutting and an occasional siren, though. But that’s just expected in LA.

Hopefully, next time I can try the 24/7 restaurant, Hermanos coffee shop, and maybe even the salon. I’ve been to The Rooftop (but it’s been ages!) which has nice views, music, and drinks.

They have a thing called “Standard Time” where you can pick your check-in/out time (for a small fee).

I’ll probably skip the Airbnb next time (I’ve had WAY too many horrible experiences) and just book a room here next time.

#NotSponsoredJustGrateful

got to enjoy walking around DTLA near the hotel.

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The Standard Hotel DTLA

550 South Flower Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

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DeLicious DeLuscious Cookies & Milk

DeLuscious Cookies

Happy Holidays!

I have had this place bookmarked for YEARS and I was so glad that I finally got the chance to try them.

It’s not a retail store with cookies on display but they do allow walk-ins; you would have to choose from whatever they have available at the time and sometimes they sell out so it is probably good to call before heading over.

 If you call a few hours ahead during nonpeak days, they may be able to prepare the cookies you want! Shhh!

this is where you pick up the cookies. (it is their HQ.)

this is the stairway that leads to their offices/pick-up location/kitchen.

love the handmade hat box. perfect for gifting.

classics

cinnamon brûlée

chocolate decadence

chocolate chip

oatmeal raisin

peanut butter

peanut butter chocolate

couture (changes seasonally)

white chocolate macadamia nut cranberry

ginger spice

chocolate peppermint

red velvet chocolate brownie

butterscotch blondie

vegan

vegan gluten-free chocolate chip

special edition

chocolate bing cherry (Spielberg’s fave!)

These DeLicious DeLuscious cookies are available for pick-up, hand delivery, and they even ship internationally.

I also like that they also do a lot of charity events; they give back to the community.

My faves: chocolate chip, cinnamon brûlée, chocolate bing cherry.  They are crispy around the edges and chewy in the center. The bing cherry surprisingly goes well with the chocolate.

Owner, Lydia Shayne, is a self-taught baker who takes pride in her cookies. She does not use preservatives and  uses the best ingredients possible in these hand-crafted cookies. FYI, the bing cherries used the the chocolate bing cherry cookie are from washington. She also creates her own blend of quinoa and rice flours for the gluten-free options.

I will definitely be back to try more of their flavors.

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DeLuscious Cookies & Milk

829 Highland Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Sanrio x Box Lunch

Sanrio and Box Lunch Collab = #HelloSanrio

the collab features blankets, notebooks, clothes, blind boxes, pillows, etc.

I went to the preview event (12/8) and came home with this goodie bag.

their next event is in Irvine on 12/17.

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so cute! love the packaging.

the inside contents:

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hello sanrio memo tabs, gudetama toilet paper & key cap, sanrio character cookies, a sticker and their little catalog.

every $10 you spend, @boxlunchgifts will provide a meal to a person in need.

my only question was: where’s pochacco?

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Box Lunch

69 Powell St

San Francisco, CA 94102

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October LA: Part IV, Day 5 & 6

Missin’ LA so here’s a post about what I ate the last time I was there. I tried a few new-ish spots mixed in with some old regular spots.

Day 5 Eats:

Chosun Galbee (my favorite KBBQ place)

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I usually get their Chosun Galbee, or their flower meat. All prime cuts. melts in your mouth!

Homibing

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very cute presentation. not sure if i loved the mango shaved snow, though.

Choe Kang Jip

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another celeb chef baek jong won restaurant. the spicy jok bal is spicy for most and has an herbal-y taste. not enough meat and a lot of bone and skin. the sundae guk was not impressive.

The Kimbap

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the owner of gaju kimbap opened this new place and their tuna kimbap [add cheese] is still good!

they modernized the decor and also updated their menu.

Day 6 Eats:

M Grill

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an oldie but goodie. better than other Brazilian BBQ spots. all the meats are well seasoned and not salty. pictured is their top sirloin. love their pão de queijo and their grilled pineapple is a MUST!

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Chosun Galbee

3330 W Olympic Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90019

Homibing

3300 W 6th St

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Choe Gang Jip

3470 W 6th St

Los Angeles, CA 90020

The Kimbap

400 S Western Ave #102

Los Angeles, CA 90020

M Grill

3832 Wilshire Blvd #202

Los Angeles, CA 90010

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