Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Black Rice Paella

I'm going try and make this..wish me luck :)

2 cups black rice (pirurutong)
6 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
4 cups water
2 pandan leaves
1 lemongrass, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 shallots, minced
2 green chilies, chopped
1 inch ginger, minced
2 leeks, sliced 1/4 lb. fresh shiitake mushrooms
2 plum tomatoes, diced
1 lb. large shrimps with heads
3 blue crabs, cleaned and cut in half
1 1/2 doz manila clams
2 lbs sea scallops
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp fish sauce
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Chinese eggplants, cubed
5 longbeans (sitao) in 2-in. pcs

1. Rinse the black rice in cold water. Sauté the onion and carrot with 3 tbsp olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Stir in rice, add the water and bring to a boil. Add the pandan leaves and 1 tbsp salt, reduce the heat to low, and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is almost cooked. Transfer the rice to two claypots (palayok).

2. Sauté in 3 tbsps of olive oil the lemongrass, garlic, shallots, chilies, leeks, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant and longbeans in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimps, crabs, clams, scallops, and coconut milk and stir well. Season with fish sauce and lemon juice.

3. Add the seafood to the rice in the claypots and place over medium heat. Simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes until the clams open.

good news

Cendrillon is still open..False alarm....
You guys should all go's located at 45 Mercer St.,SoHo, New York City

And October is Filipino-American History Month and Cendrillon is planning an adobo cook-off for November which will culminate in early December. More details to follow.

The owners (Amy and Romy) are sooo cute....

mike & chris

Knoll Warehouse sale

perfect timing...


Great new line Beckerman...As a trio of sisters with a childhood dream, the Beckermans combine an aesthetic of colorful innovation and whimsical chic. Each with their own design talents, the girls have been celebrated for their originality and fun approach to fashion. Their luxurious clothes, jewelry, and handbags mix high craft and feminine details with a sense of humor, bringing a downtown point of view to contemporary American fashion.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Masion Moschino

The latest designer to have a hotel concept will be Moschino. The Maison Moschino will be located in Milan, Italy in the old neoclassical railway station on Viale Monte Grappa. The four-story building will hold 54 rooms and 15 suites each with its own unique look. Rossella Jardini and the Moschino creatives are designing the space themselves with whimsical fairy-tale rooms like the petal bedroom shown at right. The hotel will also have a bar, restaurant, gym and spa. Opening is planned for 2009.

London's biggest MALL!

It may not be the best time for a new shopping mall but London's getting one anyway. The new Westfield Mall which opens on Thursday will cover 43 acres of space and cost £1.7 billion to build. As the Telegraph reports the mall will have 265 shops, a 14-screen movie theater, 50 restaurants, a gym, spa, a library and 4,500 parking spaces. For the luxury-minded shopper the mall has a concierge team of 60 who speak 14 languages total. Valet parking is available as well as handsfree shopping and chauffeur service.

Although the immediate economic forecast is bleak, Westfield's executives are confident that in the long run the mall will prove to be popular. Most of the stores are rented out and it is predicted that 25 million people will visit the mall each year.It will be the largest in-town shopping and leisure destination in Europe.

a random Monday Night....

Stopped by the Nike Sportswear store on Mercer for a lil Nike boots event....counting down the final days in nyc...sigh...
then to be really nostalgic passed by one of my fav flip restaurants in NYC..Cendrillion (but It looks like it's CLOSED)
I hope it hasn't closed it's door forever..must find out ASAP!

Another great eats choice in the area is Joe's Shanghai, which has the best soup dumplings in NYC (I'm not a huge fan but I don't mind them at all). Trust me the sesame chicken is a "must-have"! Got a lil MSG headache afterwards but so worth it!

my dog is cuter than yours...

no really she is...Shadow is 65 pounds of beauty. You don't wanna mess with her!
And she's got her lil Halloween scarf on! Very scary!

this is halarious!

leave it to Leen to find the craziest things on youtube

Sunday, October 26, 2008

bling for your ears

Perfect for any iPod device or iPhone, the DEOS diamond headphone covers add just a bit of bling to your earphone thing. Depending on the diamonds you choose the price can range from $4,500 in black and white to $60,000 when adding colorful diamonds of yellow and pink hues. If you're going to spend thousands to decorate your earbuds, especially more than $5,000, DEOS (Defining Expressions of Sound) is at least willing throw in a complimentary shuffle or iTouch tom ford

Decadent designer Tom Ford has come out with a limited edition collection of fur boots for men, with the top-priced pair commanding $9,240. The collection, calculated to appeal to wealthy glam junkies and luxury ski freaks in places like Aspen and Gstaad, consists of three pairs of boots and a compatible fur trapper hat. There are silver and tan natural fur boots for $5,250; chocolate brown kid fur boots for $4,470 (above) both with rawhide leather laces; and a somewhat dressier pair of natural brown otter fur boots which cost the $9,240. The hat is made of white badger fur and costs $4,510. Ford has become known for pushing the boundaries of luxury for men, and this collection is certainly no exception.

travel in style

Patterns and designs inspired by nature brought to life using the latest technological know how. Samsonite Black Label by Alexander McQueen is an ergonomic collection, featuring natural shapes and curves, which look revolutionary against the traditional hard lines of luggage.

Friday, October 24, 2008

more furniture

shopping.....decorating is fun...

text for charity

Say CUL8R to traditional fundraising -- in an attempt to reach younger tech-obsessed generations, The Salvation Army is going to start texting for cash this holiday season. Apparently the charitable organization is aware that not only do many twenty- and thirty-somethings operate better via cell phone, many of them aren't big on carrying cash to stuff into those swinging red coffers set up alongside Santa.

Instead, those who want to contribute can send a text agreeing to a $5 charge added to their cell phone bills at the end of the month. The Salvation Army will test out the program starting in November in Ohio and expand it nationally if it's successful.


Now that's a phone. The $2,000 Motorola Aura is here, and lookalikes are bound to follow.

The Aura has the world's first circular display with 16 million colors and a 300 dpi resolution. The lens isn't just scratch resistant, it's Grade 1 62-carat sapphire crystal. The casing is stainless steel, coated with PVD coating (like on a luxury watch), and it rotates open with the help of 130 precision ball bearings.

All the usual technologies (2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Open Source browser) are included in this sleek, attractive 47.60 x 96.87 x 18.55mm phone.

Blackberries are for assistants.

Just in time for the holidays, you can order one now to be shipped out December 4th.

heading to the chapel

or city lil sister got married today in a civil ceremony at city hall. We keep things simple in my family.

my kids are crazy...

Terry X Obama

Leg art

I'm kinda obsessed with hosiery. It's a passion of mine.

new home...

where I'd like to live.....the bedroom is sooooo nice.Look at all those windows....

Thursday, October 23, 2008

love type

click on the image to discover what kind of love describes you....


an oldie but goodie...and def more affordable than goyard...not really my cup of tea but I could make it work

sadly daydreaming...

very very sad...