the cutest little sliders

24 06 2009

krabby patty doppelgänger

So, this post doesn’t really have much substance other than I wanted to share a picture of the cutest sliders I had when I visited the Philippines. I have never seen a burger as cute (I know I need a thesaurus) or tasted one as yummy as these. I don’t even recall the name of the restaurant. It was at this really nice mall called Rockwell in Makati City. Don’t these suckers remind you of Krabby Patties? Spongebob would be proud.

patty in my hand

Here I am holding up the tiny burgers. My brother is pictured here drinking a “frozen hot chocolate” (I know – whaa? …but trust me it was so delicious). So if you are ever in Makati, definitely stop by the mall I mentioned and try to have these sliders!

Happy eating!

xoxo,
andi





i love me some harajuku lovers

16 06 2009

Just in time for summer and the No Doubt concert tour, I found these super cute cherry red patent flats. These shade shoes are the newest addition to my growing Harajuku Lovers cute stuff collection. What can I say? Their shiz is bananas (b-a-n-a-n-a-s). I don’t end up using most of it but I can’t help it when cuteness attacks.

harajuku red flats

I loooove all the cute details. From the shoebox with illustrations of each Harajuku girl, to the soles printed with sunglasses.

harajuku shoe box
harajuku shoe close ups

I went to the No Doubt concert this past Sunday and was happily taken back to the carefree days of the late 90s/early 00s. It helped that Gwen did not look like she aged since her first tour. The concert was awesome! It’s def a must see, even if you just sit on the lawn like I did.

no doubt

holla back,
andi





butter, sugar, and eggs equal dessert bliss – a silvanas tale

8 06 2009

Baking is therapeutic for me. I might not know how to cook, but I have been designated as the family baker. I have been reading a lot of posts on the oh so delicious macarons lately, so I was in the mood for something crisp and chewy. I decided to make some meringue – filipino style. I made some silvanas for the first time, which is basically a cashew-meringue and buttercream sandwich. If you love buttery goodness, this dessert’s for you.

silvanas and smiles

This was my first attempt at making this cookie and I think it turned out pretty well (my little brother agrees). You are supposed to coat it with cake crumbs but I couldn’t find any so I used bread crumbs, which is a decent substitute. I’ll have to find some cake crumbs for next time though (I am not trying to make that from scratch). I’ll also have to figure out how to make them into perfect circles or ovals (help! how do i do this??).

silvanas up close and personal

I sometimes don’t eat what I bake but I definitely did not pass on these silvanas. It was just the right balance of crunchy and chewy meringue with a not too sweet buttercream icing. This is best eaten chilled but still tastes good at room temperature if you simply can’t wait (my little brother agrees).

Hope I got you interested in some silvanas!

xoxo,
andi

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a cute place to brunch in tribeca

3 06 2009

This past weekend, I went up to New York for a change of pace (and to check out Topshop). My friends and I were strolling towards Broadway and Broome when we turned the corner and saw the polka dotted sign for Kitchenette. As soon as we walked in, we could not stop saying “that’s so cute.” It was so darn cute inside (but not sickeningly) with a shabby chic feel. The manager knew that it was our first time there since we really could not stop saying “cute” and assured us it would be our new favorite place.

kitchenette counter

Kitchenette has a pretty extensive Brunch menu, which they serve until a generous 4:30 pm. My friend and I decided to split the Breakfast Enchiladas (scrambled eggs, poblano peppers topped with guacamole and cheddar, rolled in corn tortillas) and The Bridgehampton (silver dollar pancakes topped with fresh fruit and yogurt). I do love variety! The enchiladas were yummy and a bit spicy but the guacamole made it delectable. The pancakes looked unassuming but turned out to be light, fluffy, and sweet enough on its own. I should have taken pictures of the dishes I ordered but just trust me when I say it’s a must for brunch.

kitchenette pastries

We left happy and full and vowed to return to try their cupcakes (which the manager said was better than Magnolia’s).

kitchenette sign

Happy reading and eating!

xoxo,
andi





bon list: pretty pastels and a pop of black

28 05 2009

Hello, and welcome to our newest segment: the Bon List.  Here we’ll be compiling trends, fashion direction and anything else we can fit neatly into one photo post.  We are by no means an authority on style, just sharing with you all what we think promotes the good life.  We didn’t really take retail price into consideration (more of a “lust” versus “must” list) but I’m sure you will be able to find similar looks for less.  Hope you enjoy!

Our first Bon List is about color combination for the spring/summer.  As seen on Daria Werbowy, black is a great accent on pastels and bright colors.  I actually have the Forever skirt below and paired it with a white tank, beige cardigan and black sandals.  I also accessorized with my owl necklace and Botkier bag.

bonlist pastels
 

Bon List:
Forever 21 Brenda Elastic bracelet
Forever 21 linen skirt
Kate Spade Colin Black Suede sandals
Marni sleeveless top
Rebecca Minkoff Ostrich Rendezvous clutch





modern mexican – parte dos

26 05 2009

This past weekend, Saam and I had a late dinner at La Sandia (since our mainstay, CPK, was closed).  As mentioned previously, it is the other Modern Mexican franchise in the DC Metro area.  Like Zengo, La Sandia looked inviting and had great design elements.  I loved the embossed silver ceiling and the detailed cutouts on the bar and walls. You can see what I mean by viewing the restaurant gallery.

We started off with sangria and an agua fresca, a traditional Mexican drink made from fruit, water, and sugar.  I first heard about these drinks from The Splendid Table (one of my fave radio programs) and wanted to try it.  The sangria was pretty good and the agua fresca (watermelon for the night) was delicious. We also ordered beef and chorizo empanadas.  The chile chipotle sauce looks like baby food, but trust me, it tastes much better than it looks. The creme fraiche added a nice light flavor to the flaky empanadas.

lasandia

We decided to split chicken fajitas, which was plenty for the two of us.  The fajitas were pretty tasty but nothing revolutionary, much like the restaurant it seemed.  Perhaps I would have really liked the other entrees (that included seafood or pork).  Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience and one of the better late night dining options.  

lasandia fajitas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo,
andi





cute owl necklace

23 05 2009

The other day, Saam sent me a link to this Kate Spade owl bag.  He liked it, I did not.  Nothing against owls, I just didn’t want to spend what was likely a fortune on this cutesy bag.  Besides, I didn’t like owls in my fashion thank you very much. Plenty of designers have incorporated owls in shirts, necklaces and such.  Even Krazy Kelly (Bensimon) of the Real Housewives had several owl pieces in her jewelry “collection.”  (Side note – did you SEE that episode?  She is cuckoo crazy)

Anyway, so I went to Forever 21 recently (so sue me) and was browsing their expansive accessories section when I came across the cutest necklace.  Yes folks, it was an OWL necklace.  I almost didn’t buy it cause I didn’t want Saam to tease me but at $4.80, I couldn’t pass up this cute steal!

owl necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t this necklace just so fun?  I love the bright colors and the black beady eyes.  I went to a cocktail reception this past week and people were complimenting me on it.  Even the dudes!  And here I thought they were staring at something else.  So, if you want a fun accessory I suggest you go to Forever pronto.  Just try not to buy the whole store while you’re there.

xoxo,
andi