Friday, August 17, 2012

Party Pants

Maybe, it's the age thing (I just turned 28 *yikes*)? Maybe, the need for comfort during these hot months? Choosing comfort over cool, lately, I've just been a "no frills" kind-of-gal. Whatever reason(s) behind the logic that gravitates my eyes to a colorful, patterned, loose, or tapered pair of lightweight pants, I'm liking.

(crop top: asos, trousers: haus131, heels: zara)

(print trousers: haus131, shoes: zara, blouse: h&m)

(trousers: see above, belt: f21, bag: nine west, shoes: bcbg, tank: target)

(see post below)

Twist of Mint & Vintage Dots

"Ya look like a lost grandma", said the seester. Thank you, thank you very much. Don't mind if I do, actually.

(gifted vintage polka dot pants, haus131 chiffon blouse, f21 hat, zara bag + heels)

Who doesn't love fresh eats? Just the thought & sight in front of one's eyes is literally an eye-opener.  Every week I make it a priority to peruse one of the three farmer's market locations throughout the city. In my case particularly, it's more of an educational field trip incorporated with the best of  local offerings.
Opting for the Uptown location, I forewarned the little sis in tow to bring her appetite. As we set out to stock up on produce & such, the kettle corn man + infamous solar powered empanada producing machine are serving up grub.
 Can't say the same for all, but, the sight anyone/anything pumping out quality food to the masses are such rockstars in my eyes.
Frozen watermelon treats, picking fresh herbs, homemade jams + sauces , quality time with the sis w/in the same parking lot vicinity= success. All this and it's only Tuesday?!

[Click link above for times + locations w/ the happenings] 

empanada intifada

'nuff said

made in the shade..that's just how we roll down here.

poblano pepper mac 'n cheese + chimichurri + beana vista empanadas. *noms

what green okras & big creole tomatoes you have?!?

and a bead dog.
the end.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Je Ne Sais Quoi

Cold soba (buckwheat) noodle salad w/ soy-chili dressing + mango, cucumber kimchi slaw + firecracker shrimp + charred scallions, & fried quail eggs.

Rice Krispy Treat (Thai coconut sticky sweet rice topped with a spiced jackfuit compote, vanilla foam & drizzle of coconut rum creme anglaise)

These long, sweltering summer days have me spent. Lots of long work days + sleepless nights w/ a very miniscule amount of fun in the sun. So, to keep my body fueled & height on my twinkle toes, often do I challenge my palate, as this vessel yearns for only the freshest fare with that certain je ne sais quoi.

Oh no you don’t! We’re not talking raw veggies here nor seasonless standard fare, my dear. That “je ne sais quoi” I speak of often comes in stacks of various textures + layers of flavors masked by modification & elevation. Sometimes in French…sometimes in Italian…many of times in Asian. All nonetheless, deliciousness with an end result= happiness. ‘Tis the main objective, no?

On that note, tonight we do Asian! A little dash of Thai, pinch of Korean, heaping scoop of Japanese-influenced goodness with 100% soul.

Simple with subtle hints of complexity. You are what you crave.